Vertex Festival Vertex Festival

Buena Vista, Colorado August 5 - 7, 2016


The mountains make great people. It's as simple as that. We don't know whether it's the fresh air, the elevation, or our adventurous hearts. There's something special here. Seeing this greatness, Vertex invites everyone to make their own contribution. This is a call to get involved as we pioneer a new festival frontier together.

You can join the arc of the Vertex story through performance, design, charity, hard work, or just plain fun.

Rubber Duck Race The Musical Championship The Art Installation Summons Sticker Design Contest Food Drive Headcount Music In Schools Charity Sustainability Buena Vista Community Garden Food Vending Craft Vending Work at Vertex

Below are seeds of opportunity. More will be planted as the festival date approaches. Please subscribe to our newsletter to be in the know.


Vertex will be holding our first annual rubber duck race down Cottonwood Creek at 12 noon on Sunday August 7! Register in advance at the info booth to enter!

The rubber duck race will benefit Vertex’s Music in Schools program, which supports music education in Buena Vista’s public schools.

Click here for more information!



The showcase of musical excellence will become a Vertex tradition. This is a call for skilled amateur performers of diverse musical backgrounds to apply to perform and be rewarded at Vertex. If you are a Colorado-centric performance artist or musician who would like to perform at Vertex, don’t be shy!

Vertex is accepting applications from across the spectrum of musical talent – click here.



Vertex is a place for all the arts, from the melodious to the machined. Our Art Installation Summons aims to integrate diverse projects of the second variety.

View the 2016 winner and learn more about the opportunity!

The inaugural festival will feature several special areas of artistic discovery, in which a variety of interactive and unique installations will be displayed. The Vertex art team is currently seeking pieces for those areas. In order to qualify, the work you have in mind must be weather-proof, people-proof, and of high creative quality.



The Vertex Sticker Design Contest is a call for designers who are inspired by Colorado and new frontiers to create the most widely distributed piece of art in the first year of the Vertex Story.

If your sticker design is selected you will receive two (2) Base Camp Tickets to Vertex and your artwork will be distributed to 2016 festival attendees!

View the winning design and learn more about this opportunity here!



In partnership with Conscious Alliancea nonprofit committed to supporting communities in crisis through hunger relief and youth empowerment, Vertex will host a food drive through their ‘Art That Feeds’ program! All food will be donated to the local area food bank to combat regional hunger!

The first attendees who donate 20 non-perishable food items or a suggested monetary donation will receive a limited edition Vertex poster, created by a very talented poster artist! Food donations will be collected at the Conscious Alliance ‘Art That Feeds’ booth, which will be depicted on the Vertex guide and map.

Conscious Alliance always encourages food donations to be low-sodium and health oriented products. Organic food donations are especially encouraged. Ramen noodles and expired food items will not be accepted for the poster.

Thank you for your continued support in feeding the hungry everywhere music plays!



HeadCount works with musicians to promote participation in democracy.

This year at Vertex, HeadCount will be organizing to register voters and get out the vote for the 2016 elections. If you need to register to vote, update your registration, or learn more about your power in our democracy, visit the HeadCount booth, or start today at


Vertex strongly believes that our home should be a place of musical discovery year-round.

Vertex’s Music In Schools Program works to help support music programing in public schools. For its inaugural year, Vertex and The Mockingbird Foundation are partnering with Buena Vista’s public schools to help provide funding for their middle school and high school music departments. The money donated will help pay for Honor Band and Choir travel expenses to competitions and festivals across the state during the 2016-17 school year, and will help support the purchase of new band and choir performance uniforms.

Vertex 2016 Music In Schools Program donation allocation to Buena Vista High School and Middle School Music Departments:

  • Travel Expenses for the Following Honor Band and Choir Groups
  • Western State Honor Band
  • Western Slope Choral Festival
  • Top of the Nation Honor Band
  • Top of the Nation Honor Choir
  • Colorado Choral Directors Select Choir
  • All State Choir
  • All State Band
  • Middle School All State Choir
  • Band jackets and/or uniforms
  • Dresses/vests for choral performance


Sustainability is a core value of Vertex. Buena Vista’s snow-capped peaks, rolling meadows and mountain spring-fed creek provide vivid inspiration for the event and our greening efforts. In celebrating and supporting the resiliency of nature, Vertex is focused on sustainable event production and conservation of our home as if it were a national park.

2016 Sustainability Initiatives include:

  • Sourcing regional materials and people to build our festival
  • A focus on creating reusable structures and materials for use year after year
  • Assistance for artists and designers in repurposing and recycling their used materials after the festival
  • Vendor requirements and guidance in sustainable purchasing and operations to minimize the material sent to landfills
  • Food and beverages served using only certified compostable materials
  • Educational signage providing a sense of place while supporting waste diversion
  • Environmental impact data collection to help benchmark and track resources used and conserved through efficiency measures
  • Cultivating a sense of guardianship for our home in the heart of every person who sets foot in Cottonwood Meadows

Stay tuned! As this program continues to grow, there will be greater opportunity for participation and positive impact.




For this inaugural year, Vertex will be working Chaffee County and the Town of Buena Vista to begin the development of a long-awaited community garden. More information will be announced!



Thank you for your interest in vending food at Vertex! Applications are now open and more information is available by clicking below.

Apply to vend food at Vertex!



Thank you for your interest in vending your craft at Vertex! Applications are now open and more information is available by clicking below.

Apply to vend your craft at Vertex!



Vertex is proud to pay all who support this festival. Applications to do work of all kinds at Vertex are now available. Apply now- positions are expected to fill up quickly.

Apply now to work at Vertex!

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