Ellicottville’s 2015 Summer Music Festival: It’s All About Family


Summer can be crazy, but here, in Ellicottville, we want you to come and relax, as a family, and listen to some great music in an outdoor setting. Come and experience all that Ellicottville has to offer, in a family-friendly environment. In Ellicottville, it’s all about family.

The Ellicottville Summer Music Festival is one of the only outdoor music scenes that not only allows, but encourages, guests to bring a picnic basket in with them. Bring dinner and a blanket, even your lawn chair. Enjoy the show and have a family meal outdoors, in the fresh air. Parking is free and the entire venue is wheelchair accessible. With ticket prices starting at $25, children 12 and under are free, where else can you find this much of a night of family entertainment?

For those looking for something a bit more than a picnic on the hillside, VIP packages are available that include meals, refreshments, all-event tickets and preferred parking and seating.

The Summer Music Festival gets under way Friday afternoon, July 3, when a ride to the top of the hill at Holiday Valley will open to drinks and hors d’oeuvres. The food, drink and view will be just the start of the night as the party moves to the Holiday Valley Main Lodge with Monte Carlo night. All of that funny money will be used to bid on some stellar items!

Saturday, May the Force be with You as the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra takes to the stage at the foot of the hill, playing pieces from the iconic film series, Star Wars. Adults and children alike will have a great time as members of the Imperial army and their axis friends make their way through the crowds, in their attempt to take over the hill for the Emperor. No worries, the Rebel Alliance will be doing what they can to defend all that is good on the resort. Not only will the philharmonic play the popular hits from a galaxy far, far away, but they will also be playing dance music to get those toes a-tapping. The performance will culminate in an orchestrated fireworks show to some of the best patriotic music known.

On Sunday, the stage will play host to one of the most versatile bands in the classic rock genre, Grammy Award-winning, Blood, Sweat and Tears, with lead singer, American Idol runner up, Bo Bice, play their hits, spanning nearly four decades. The band is known for hits such as “Spinning Wheel,” “You’ve Made Me So Very Happy,” “I Can’t Quit Her,” “And When I Die” and many more.

Summer Music Festival isn’t just about what’s going on up at the resort. Our historic village is home to many shops and restaurants, just waiting to be explored. During the Summer Music Festival weekend, the village is alive with an arts and crafts show, a strawberry festival, the annual pet parade, and you never know what else you may find! There’s a buzz around Ellicottville. Come and see what it’s all about