There are two things that go perfectly together: camping and music festivals. If you find yourself missing out on this weekend's Meadowgrass Music Festival, or just can't get enough of this kind of summer season past-time, fear not. Campout for the Cause, June 1-3 at The Meadows in Buena Vista, has everything you're looking for from camping in a tree-lined meadow next to a bubbling creek with mountain views, to yoga-filled days, educational workshops and, of course, live music all weekend long.
“Historically the festival has always taken place in Eagle County,” says organizer Ariel Rosemberg of the event's relocation from Vail to Buena Vista. “Every aspect of Colorado that I love and that keeps me here, Buena Vista has.”
The 2018 Campout for the Cause marks 10 years of charitable giving, too, raising money for a nonprofit environmental, educational or humanitarian cause each year. This year's show will benefit The Beach at South Main, an outdoor music venue in Buena Vista, and
Emmy’s Friends, a nonprofit supporting two year-old Emery Welle, daughter of festival co-director Michael Welle, in her fight against childhood cancer. The group was the benefactor of last year's Campout for the Cause following Emery's first year of chemotherapy, she was diagnosed with a rare for of childhood cancer when she was 5 months-old.
"Since [March] she's been off of treatment, got to come home and hang and let her hair grow, and just be a regular two-and-a-half-year-old," says Welle. "Unlike last year where she was really feeling pretty bad from all the treatment, she's feeling great at the moment. It's just incredibly beneficial to get outside, breathe some fresh air and being around lots of folks and lots of love."
Benefits aside, Campout is still much more than a community musical festival, offering a little something for everyone in the family.
Among a number of workshops is Waste Free Earth's Marina McCoy's presentation on going waste-free, which Rosemberg calls "amazing." And Campout is dedicated to running a leave-no-trace, low impact event.
“Sustainability, diversity of music and a non-profit partner have always been at the core,” says Rosemberg.
For ticketing information, a full line up and more details, visit Campout's website.