MusicFest tent goes up Thursday in Knoll Parking Lot at Steamboat Ski Area

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— As preparations continue for MusicFest in Steamboat Springs, a portion of the Knoll Parking Lot within walking distance of the Steamboat Ski Area's base will close. The festival tent will start to go up in the north portion of the lot starting Thursday. The tent will remain up through Jan. 13.

The small, lower Knoll triangle lot also will close for MusicFest events.

The southern half of the Knoll Parking Lot will remain open for free parking through the duration of MusicFest, as will all of the Meadows Parking Lot at Pine Grove and Mount Werner roads. Paid parking is available at the Gondola Square Parking Structure off Mount Werner Circle.

The annual MusicFest is expected to attract 6,000 visitors. The destination music festival is a six-day group ski trip running Saturday through thursday. The participants come from all across the country, but many hail from college towns in Texas, where a lot of the musicians come from, as well. Headlining this year are acts including Cody Canada and the Departed, Reckless Kelly and Stoney LaRue and 40 more bands highlighting recognized and up-and-coming Americana and country music.

MusicFest is sold out, but there will be four free outdoor public shows at the base of Steamboat Ski Area from Sunday to Wednesday, including Jack Ingram with Ashley Ray opening, Dirty River Boys and Kyle Park, Midnight River Choir and Turnpike Troubadours as well as The Washers and Cody Johnson. Those shows will start at about 1 p.m., and the show Wednesday features a Cajun cookout and a washers tournament.

A couple of downtown Steamboat Springs venues will host MusicFest artists throughout the week, including Carl's Tavern and Ghost Ranch. Visit ExploreSteamboat.com/events for detailed nightlife and concert listings.

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