If local music ranging from folksy to bluegrass, jazz, blues, gospel and beyond is your scene, you’ll want to mark Music Days at the Caverns in your calendar. Just down the road from Three Forks at Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park, you’ll find a music festival that takes local entertainment to a new level.
The Music Days vary from year to year, but you’ll usually find one set on a weekend in July and one in August. You should contact the park directly to find out more about their calendar of events for the year. The Music Days dates for 2019 are Sunday, July 28 and Saturday, August 24. So set an alert in your calendar, and get ready for a good time.
This is family-friendly at its finest. The laid-back ambiance is perfect to toss down a picnic blanket or set up some camp chairs. Let the kids run around in the grass while you soak in the melodies permeating the air.
Bring your own food and drink, or plan on purchasing sandwiches and other deli items from the cafe and gift shop up at the Cave Visitor Center. There are water, soda, and a few snacks for sale over at the Main Visitor Center just across from the campground.
How to Plan the Perfect Day
If you’re an early bird, get up by 7:00am to enjoy a relaxed breakfast in bed at the Sacajawea. Pack a gourmet picnic lunch to help you enjoy the music-filled afternoon—brie and bubbly make a glass-clinking combination. Then make your way to the caverns at 9:00am when the ticket booth opens up, the perfect chance to tour the cave before the day’s crowds arrive. If you’re not a fan of the subterranean, a morning birding session or a hike to get the blood flowing works just as well.
At 11:00am, the melodies start flowing at the campground pavilion. Heading in from the highway, you’ll take the first left into the campground and follow the road straight to the open-sided covered group-use area. You’ll find some seating under cover, but you can bring a picnic blanket to set up shop in the sunshine.
If you want to stay all day, your toes will keep tapping all through the afternoon. The show wraps up with a jam session beginning at 6:00pm, so bring your guitar (or even just your vocal cords) and join in on the fun.
For anyone who isn’t an early riser but who still wants to take part in the day while squeezing in a cave tour, it’s no problem to drop in for the morning music kickoff, and then make your way up to the cave in the afternoon to beat the heat before returning to enjoy the jam session.
Round out the day with dinner and drinks at Pompey’s Grill, a fine-dining experience to put a cap on a relaxed afternoon. You can’t go wrong with a chilled craft cocktail on the porch and a crisp summer salad (or a hearty steak) to help you enjoy a summer evening.
For more information about the Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park, click here and go to their official website.
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