Big Blue Festival

Hosted by CB SUP and KBUT Community Radio


August 24-25, 2018

The Blue Mesa Beach Bash has combined forces with KBUT Community Radio to bring you a new event: Big Blue Festival! It's two days of fun at the I Bar Ranch and Blue Mesa Reservoir. 

This exciting 2-day festival has a stellar music line up at The I Bar Ranch, an authentic western heritage event center and a day of fun and adventure with Stand up Paddle Board activities on Blue Mesa, Colorado’s Largest Body of Water!

Join us on Friday and Saturday nights at the I Bar Ranch for some rocking concerts brought to you by KBUT Community Radio. Camp the night away at the I Bar Ranch or stay in one of our many local lodging properties!

On Saturday morning, head out to Blue Mesa for a full day of Colorado’s best Stand-Up Paddle-board event featuring SUP races, clinics, games, and more! Finish off Saturday with a sweet concert lineup back at the I Bar and camping under the stars! Make a weekend of it in beautiful Gunnison, Colorado! This weekend event is an event for all ages and abilities.

Activities and Event ScheduleMusic & Camping:

When: Friday August 24th and Saturday August 25th, 4pm-11pm

Where: At the I Bar Ranch located at 850 County Road 49, just east of Gunnison.

Music lineup below, doors open at 4pm


  • Shakedown Street
  • Floodgate Operators
  • ...and more to be announced!


  • Blackalicious
  • The Sweet Lillies
  • A.J. Fullerton Band
  • Ragged Mountain Bluegrass
  • Faces Made for Radio (featuring volunteers and staff of KBUT)

SUP Beach Bash

Now to the water part… What exactly is SUP?

Stand-Up Paddleboarding is the fastest growing water sport in the world, and quite possibly the most fun. SUP is a combination of canoeing and surfing where paddlers use an inflatable board and a long paddle to move across the water. Since SUP boards are more stable than canoes and kayaks, and are soft and covered in foam, they’re the perfect platform for goofing around on the lake, practicing your yoga moves, or relaxing in the sun.

When: Sat. August 25th, 9am-4pm

Where: SUP event: Old Stevens Creek day use area on Blue Mesa Reservoir. Located about 15 minutes west of Gunnison on Highway 50.

SUP Activities and Schedule

Intro to SUP lessons:

9:30am & 10:15am

Never been on a paddleboard before? No problem! Our experienced PaddleFit coaches will have you up and feeling confident in no time! Do you paddle all the time? Great! Come hone in your skills to win the big race!

SUP Yoga (30 minute classes):

9:30am, 10:15am, 11am, 11:30am

There may be nothing more peaceful than yoga on the water. Learn the basics or improve your form with one of our specialty instructors. You’ll find your flow in no time. Yoga is super fun, but on a paddleboard, even better! Join us for a yoga experience you will never forget.

Fun Race


This is a SUP race for everyone! Some people go fast, and want to win, and others, well others are in full costumes and just in it for bragging rights. Either way, this is an event you won’t want to miss (1 mile race)

Hogwood BBQ


Enjoy BBQ on the beach on us! 1 lunch per person.

Sup Jousting/Sup O War


Ever seen American Gladiators? Imagine that, but on the water! Jousting competitions and SUP O War (gather your friends and get a team together!) will be happening all afternoon starting at 11:30. For kids of all ages

Free Paddle/Play


There will be inflatable tubes, paddleboards, live music, and water games for all to enjoy or just watch all afternoon. Also, try out SUP demo boards and decide what you want before you buy! There will be live music to help you get your beach vibe on! And food & drinks included with your ticket.

Getting to and from

We will be providing FREE shuttles from the I Bar Ranch if you would prefer not to drive.

Check-in for event

Starts at 8am

Volunteers Needed

We're looking for volunteers to help with a variety of tasks at The Big Blue Festival. Volunteers are required to work one 5 hour shift, in exchange you will get an entry ticket to the 2-day event, two (2) beer tickets and KBUT swag. Please email KT if you would like to volunteer at

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