Sweet Summer Treat: Peach Music Festival returns to Montage Mountain for weekend of music, camping and more

In August on Montage Mountain, life’s a peach. Take a bite.

Peach Music Festival rocks its sixth year at the Pavilion at Montage Mountain Thursday, Aug. 10, through Sunday, Aug. 13. Started by the Allman Brothers Band and pavilion concert promoter Live Nation, the festival was modeled after the Wanee Festival in Live Oak, Florida, according to a Times-Tribune story in 2012. Due to its scenic mountain setting paired with proximity to restaurants, shops, hotels and more, the Pavilion at Montage Mountain seemed an ideal venue for the festival.

The event continues to grow with thousands of music lovers descending on the mountain each year to dance, sing, make new friends, reacquaint with old and share in a love of live music. Weekend Times put together a handy guide to the sights, sounds and tastes of Peach Fest.

The essentials

Peach Fest is a weekend-long event at the Pavilion at Montage Mountain, 1000 Montage Mountain Road, Scranton. It opens Thursday, Aug. 10, at 10 a.m. and will close Monday, Aug. 14, at noon. Music will go on from Thursday, Aug. 10, at 4:30 p.m. through Sunday, Aug. 13, at 10 p.m. Single-day tickets begin at $65. All tickets are available through the box office or online at thepeachmusicfestival.com. Re-entry is permitted with festival pass. There will be refillable water stations on festival and camping grounds, as well as phone-charging stations, ATMs and 24-hour medical service in the campground and RV lots as well as by each stage during festival hours.

Fuel up

Dancing to live music works up an appetite, and Peach Fest fans can grab food and drink at dozens of concession and vendor stands across the festival grounds. There will be typical concert food like hot dogs, hamburgers, chicken fingers and pizza plus some festival favorites such as wraps and sandwiches, barbecue, tacos, burritos and gyros. Plenty of vegetarian and vegan options will be on hand as well. Guests also can cool off with a variety of beverages from mixed drinks or craft, imported and domestic beers, to soda, water, fresh-squeezed lemonade and more.

The music

More than 50 bands will perform across three stages — Peach Stage, Mushroom Stage and Grove Stage — throughout the weekend. Acts will perform throughout the day and into the night, some after midnight. Thursday night kicks off at 4:30 p.m. with acts that include Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead and Cabinet.

On Friday, catch music starting at noon with bands including Steve Kimock & Friends, the Magpie Salute, God Street Wine, Tom Hamilton’s American Babies, Dark Star Orchestra, My Morning Jacket, Pink Talking Fish and Lettuce featuring Chaka Khan.

Saturday performances start at noon, too, and include sets from acts such as Umphrey’s McGee, Fruition, Rusted Root, Gov’t Mule & Friends, Widespread Panic, Papadosio and a Peach Tribute to Gregg Allman and Butch Trucks.

On Sunday, the music starts at noon and rocks until 10 p.m. with acts the Soul Rebels. Mike Gordon, Hayley Jane & the Primates, Ghost of Paul Revere, Joe Bonamassa and more throughout the day.

Schedule, set times and lineup are subject to change. For updated set times, fans can download the Peach Music Festival mobile app for Apple and Android.

Off-site parking shuttles

If you’re not camping on the mountain but still want to experience Peach Fest, shuttles transport guests from off-site parking to Montage Mountain during the festival. Shuttles from PNC Field and the Gold lot, both on Montage Mountain Road, continuously throughout the length of the festival: Thursday, Aug. 10, 2 p.m.; Friday, Aug. 11, and Saturday, Aug. 12: 11 a.m. to 3 a.m.; Sunday, August 13: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; and Monday, Aug. 14, 6 a.m. to noon.

For Gregg

Peach Fest founder and Allman Brothers lead singer Gregg Allman canceled his appearance at last year’s festival due to hospitalization, and died in May from complications of liver cancer. Peach Fest will honor the late rocker with an exclusive screening of the documentary “Back to the Swamp: The Making of Southern Blood,” centered on the creation of Allman’s final album. All ticket holders have automatically been entered for a chance to win access. Winners will be contacted the week of the festival with specific screening details.