The San Luis Valley is keeping music alive thanks to the annual Rhythms on the Rio Music Festival – and this year, it’s bigger than ever! “Rhythms” will take place Friday, August 2 through Sunday, August 4, with a full 3-day line-up, weekend morning yoga, food, art and other vendors, kid’s activities and on-site camping.

Nestled along the banks of the Rio Grande, the festival features genres ranging from bluegrass to funk, jazzy soul to blues, acoustic to salt-of-the-earth grit – that’s right, you can listen to a plethora of live music while dipping your toes in the mighty Grande! And while the bluegrass community lost one of their own this year with the untimely passing of Jeff Austin (Rhythms headliner, renowned mandolinist and Jeff Austin Band founder/frontman), this tight knit community perseveres. Jeff Austin Band members and others will join the Travel McCoury’s for the Grateful Ball – a collaborative set featuring music of the Grateful Dead.

This annual music event was created as a platform to fund the South Fork Music Association’s (SFMA) Children’s Music Program and to provide a family-friendly festival experience for valley locals and visitors alike. 

The weekend is packed with music and fun for the whole family. The festival is rain or shine, and tickets and camping are still available. The SFMA also has a great list of “do’s & don’ts” available on their site – like bring along your camp chairs, blankets, refillable water bottles, but skip glass containers – as well as other frequently asked questions.

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