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It's the Party Your Backyard Has Always Wanted 

The inside scoop on the 4 Peaks Music Festival.

If you live in one of those newer homes with a backyard just big enough to bury a casket (i.e., where your summer get together dreams go to die)… fret not. Bend’s popular camping and music shindig is just around the corner and boasts enough space to entertain you and your friends with two days of fantastic folk and bluegrass.


Melvin Seals & JGB / Poor Man’s Whiskey / The Mother Hips / Hot Buttered Rum / Fruition / Nicki Bluhm and The Gramblers / Everyone Orchestra / Dead Winter Carpenters / Tyler Stenson / The Pitchfork Revolution / Alison Harris and The Barn Owls / Huckle / Jed

Make sure you see:

Nicki Bluhm & The Gramblers

Nicki Bluhm played Bend’s Alive After 5 series in the Old Mill last year and showcased her heartfelt ‘70s-inspired folk music. Her sophomore album Driftwood was one of 2011’s best.

What to expect:

Beautiful views, relaxed setting, cool people, and awesome music.

When to show up: Gates to the campground will open at noon on Friday, June 22, and the music starts at 1:30 p.m. You can camp until Sunday morning, June 24.

Alcohol Policy:

While alcohol in non-glass bottles is okay in the campground, no outside alcohol is allowed inside the venue. A local beer vendor will be on site and you should support them. After all, they won’t be charging $9 for a pint of Pabst like The Gorge does.

What to bring:

Camp stove/grill: No fires allowed at 4 Peaks
Your best camping meals: Get gourmet! It will increase the fun.

Tent/Sleeping Bag/Air Mattress/etc.: It’s a camping festival, so that means real outdoor living and sleeping.

Layers of clothes: It’s June in the High Desert and it gets cold at night. Be prepared for rain too.

Hand wipes: The term is “Whore’s Bath” and with no showers at 4 Peaks, you better get good at taking one.

Facial Hair: It’s a camping festival, so don’t show up cleanly shaven (ladies that goes for you, too).

Tobacco pipe: no campfires allowed, so one five inches from your face is the best you can do.

Paper straw hat: Your facial hair and tobacco pipe will be lonely without one.

Trash bags: No dumping onsite means “pack out what you pack in.”

Jumper cables: It happens at every camping festival… someone runs their battery down listening to music.

Lots of water: Hydration is key at a music festival. Man cannot live on beer alone.

Cash: See previous info on beer vendor. Plus, you’ll probably want to buy some merch from the bands. You’ll also have to pay an extra $20 if you bring an RV, trailer or large bus.


• Camping Chair

• Refillable water bottle

• Blanket: Waterproof if possible

• Flashlight/lantern

• Sunscreen

• Chapstick

• Toilet paper

What NOT to bring:

Inflatable beach balls:
This isn’t a Nickelback concert.

Your four-legged friend: Bend loves their dogs… but 4 Peaks is not the place for them and you will be turned away if Fido is in your vehicle.

Firewood: Fires are not allowed at 4 PeaksGlass bottles: All glass bottles are prohibited, so stick to cans.

Your non-ticketed friends: No one will be allowed on site without their own ticket.

Intolerance for bad weather: If it rains, just go with it. Whiskey stomping in the mud is a beautiful thing.

4 Peaks Music Festival


June 22 to 24

$80 festival pass

$20 RV/trailer/bus parking permit

19449 Tumalo Reservoir Rd.

About The Author

Ethan Maffey

Both a writer and a fan of vinyl records since age 5, it wasn't until nearly three decades later that Oregon Native Ethan Maffey derived a plan to marry the two passions by writing about music. From blogging on MySpace in 2007 and then Blogspot, to launching his own website, 83Music, and eventually freelancing...
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