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Bear Music Fest Returns to the Lair

Each summer, the Lair of the Golden Bear hosts Bear Music Fest (BMF), a multi-day live music festival. And since its first performance in 2016, Bear Music Fest has become a Lair favorite.

July 27, 2021
by Amanda Chiu

Here’s what to expect when you go attend Bear Music Fest.

Musical surprises.

A “music discovery” festival, BMF features under-the-radar artists. The Lair doesn’t reveal the full line-up until a couple of months before the festival. Past BMF audiences have been introduced to musicians such as the Main Squeeze, the Terry Family Band, and Middlesleep. The performing musicians stay at the Lair as guests throughout the festival, allowing newfound fans to run into the musicians during meal times in the dining hall.

BMF jamming with MJ's Brass Boppers
BMF audience jamming with MJ’s Brass Boppers. At Bear Music Fest, you might just discover your next favorite band. / Bear Music Fest

Cal community.

BMF passes allow the guests to experience not only diverse music but also the Cal-spirited camp community of the Lair. Attendees reserve cabins and tents instead of concert seats, and attendance numbers are kept limited to build camaraderie among the participants.

Lair-style fun.

BMF attendees have full access to the Lair’s camp amenities and resources during the festival. Families can explore the forest, hike in the Sierra Nevada mountains, or swim in the Lair’s pool (and one of the musical performances might just be at the pool).

One Bear Music Fest performer sings at the Lair's swimming pool with Lair campers looking on.
Bear Music Fest performances happen throughout the Lair, even at the swimming pool. / Bear Music Fest

Ready to experience the music? Book your Lair tent or cabin for Bear Music Fest today.