Festival Info

High Mountain Hay Fever

Bluegrass Festival Guidelines

Please read and follow the guidelines below to help us make your experience at the High Mountain Hay Fever Bluegrass Festival as pleasant and trouble-free as possible.

Admission & Tickets

Prices and where to buy

Ticket Pricing

Ticket Level or Type


4-Day Festival wristband (Until July 8)


4-Day Festival wristband (Starting July 8)


Thursday wristband


Friday wristband


Saturday wristband


Sunday wristband


Student daily admission (At gate; Valid student ID required)


Children 12 and under


Festival Dates

July 8-11, 2021

How to Purchase Tickets

Online ticket sales are now closed for 2021!

  • In Westcliffe at Candy’s Coffee, 103 S 2nd St — Sales begin on May 1st
  • 4-day and same day passes available at the gate

All sales are final — No REFUNDS or EXCHANGES*
*this policy has been changed for 2021. Please read below.

Wristbands Required

  • As a festival attendee, you are required to wear a wristband identifying the day you are attending or identifying that you hold a four-day pass.
  • Wristbands must be worn at all times; they can’t be unsealed. Do not cut them off until the festival (or festival day) is over.
  • Wristbands that have been cut will not be valid for re-admittance to the festival.

2021 Ticket Policy

Bands are booked, the Bluff site will be ready and—as of right now—High Mountain Hay Fever 2021 is on! But with the future course of this pandemic still uncertain, we’re modifying our tickets sale policies in the following ways:

  1. Tickets will go on sale beginning February 1, 2021 on this page through our own new website and beginning May 1 directly in Westcliffe at Candy’s Coffees.
  2. The discounted price for 4 Day Passes won’t end on May 31 as before, but will be good right up to festival start. Then they will be available for full price purchase at at the gate. All other types of tickets will be available starting February 1 at the posted prices.
  3. In the event the festival must be cancelled, our usual No Refunds policy will be suspended for 2021.
  4. In case the festival can proceed as scheduled, refunds will still be available up to opening day in order to meet the comfort level of our loyal audience.

We all really want this pandemic to be a distant memory soon so we can again gather to enjoy first-class bluegrass music on The Bluff, second weekend in July 2021, the 18th year of…

A Good Time for a Good Cause!!


The HMHF Board of Directors is in the midst of planning a safe and enjoyable 2021 Bluegrass Festival. As we make decisions about the size, physical set-up and health considerations, please keep in mind that much will depend on State and national guidelines surrounding the Covid pandemic.

As we all realize this is a fluid situation and much can change in the months and weeks leading up to the Festival. For the safety and health of our Patrons there will probably be some Covid restrictions in place. We will be working with the County’s Public Health Office to determine what guidelines will be in effect (in July). We will keep you informed of these guidelines as the Festival dates approach. Thank you for understanding and working with us during uncertain times.

HMHF Board of Directors

The Venue

Info, Seating & Parking

General Info

  • Main Stage: The Bluff and Summit Park overlooks the Wet Mountain Valley and the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. The Main Stage will be under a large oval tent. Additional tents will house the “beer garden”, merchandise sales (performer CDs and t-shirts) and space for additional seating.
  • Workshops: The Workshop Stage will be placed in the banquet room at Cliff Lanes, across the street from the Festival site.
  • Food Vendors: A number of food vendors line parallel to the closed portion of S Adams Blvd.
  • Restrooms: Portable restrooms and hand-washing stations will be placed on the south side of the Park and in the camping areas.


Day parking is available at no charge on the festival grounds. Enter at the west end of Main Street. Parking attendants will direct you to a parking place. If no attendant is on duty, follow signs to a designated parking area.



We have developed these guidelines because our tent space is limited, we want to be fair to all patrons and we want all patrons to have a safe and enjoyable experience. Thank you for your cooperation!

  • Out of consideration for the performers and other patrons in the tent, please do not engage in conversations that might be distracting.
  • Please silence mobile phones when inside the tent.

Seating Chart

What to Bring

Be Prepared & Know the Rules

Climate Preparedness

  • Weather in these parts in mid-July is normally quite warm during the day and cool at night.  Plan on highs around 80 and lows of 45-55.
  • Westcliffe is located at an altitude of 7,888 feet so the effect of the sun in our thinner air can be intense. Please bring protective clothing and sunscreen.
  • In the summer, afternoon thunderstorms are always possible and it can get quite windy here,  so it’s a good idea for you to have rain gear and warmer clothing at hand if needed.

Rules & Restrictions

  • No coolers may be brought on to the festival grounds.
  • No glass containers can be brought on to the festival grounds.
  • Smoking and vaping are not allowed on the festival grounds. (A smoking area just outside will be established depending on whether fire restrictions are in effect.)
  • NO PETS ARE ALLOWED ON THE FESTIVAL GROUNDS EXCEPT SERVICE ANIMALS. This rule is strictly enforced. More on pet guidelines below.

Furry Friends

Pet Policies

  • Notice to All High Mountain Hay Fever Patrons:  The 2021 edition of the HMHF Bluegrass Festival will abide by Colorado State Statutes regarding the admittance of Service Animals to the venue. Only those animals specifically trained to aid a person with a disability are allowed. PLEASE HELP US BY LEAVING YOUR PETS AT HOME.
  • Pets will be allowed in a designated section of the camping area only and a surcharge of $10 for each pet will be levied upon arrival.
  • Pet camping options have been expanded to include lots “B” and “E.” Please let our camp hosts know about your pets as you register at the camping entrance.
  • Pets must be kept on a leash at all times. Owners must clean up after their pets or will be asked to leave with no refund. Owners of loud or threatening pets will be asked to leave with no refund. Owners are solely responsible for their pets. Pets are not allowed in areas other than the camping area designated for pets.
  • NO PETS ARE ALLOWED IN THE PERFORMANCE AREA EXCEPT SERVICE ANIMALS.   If you need to board your animal, here are local suggestions:   High Peaks Animal Hospital in Silver Cliff  or Eight Mile Ranch Kennel near Canon City or KLB Kennel in Penrose.

Festival Sponsors

We appreciate your support!