First Annual Government Peak Music Festival 2016

Press Release

At Government Peak Recreation Area, Palmer
Saturday, August 20, 2016
Children’s Concert: Noon to 2pm
Music Festival: 4pm to 10pm
Hosted By: Mat-Su Trails & Parks Foundation

The Government Peak Music Festival is here Mat-Su! Come out and enjoy the music of Denali Cooks, Braided River, and The Carhartt Brothers, Saturday, August 20th at Government Peak Recreation Area (GPRA) located at the base of beautiful Hatcher Pass, off Edgerton Park Road (watch for signs) near Palmer Alaska. Mat-Su Trails & Parks Foundation, wishes to highlight and celebrate the connection between trails and parks in the Mat-Su Valley and the fabulous people who live here.

Come sing, dance and welcome the summer sun to the sweet sounds of local music while enjoying one of the most picturesque views the beautiful Mat-Su Valley has to offer. Mark your calendars for the Government Peak Music Festival, August 20, 2016! This 1st annual event, held on the grassy slopes at GPRA will feature trails & parks exhibits, great music, local craft beers, food vendors and emerging artists. Don’t miss out. 

For more information and to purchase tickets for this wonderful event go online now at

Special children’s concert! Besides our great headliners, the festival will also host a special children’s concert from noon-2:00pm the same day of the event. Bring the kids, blankets and chairs, and enjoy fun & music!

No outside food or beverages are allowed at the music festival and with the exception of service dogs, this event is pet free. No pets please. Parking is limited at the GPRA facility and we highly encourage car-pooling. Cyclists are welcomed! 

Event tickets sold in advance are $30.00 (plus $2.04 ticketing fee) on line though, or $35.00 at the door and at locally sponsored outlets (sold at later date, TBA).

What could be more fun than great music & good folks, all surrounded by picturesque endless trails for hiking and biking at this stunning venue? More information can be found at Please plan to join us as we celebrate and enjoy a wonderful festival vibe in the heart of the Mat-Su Valley.

The organizers of this festival, the Mat-Su Trails and Parks Foundation (MSTPF), has been in existence since 2011. MSTPF, a non-profit organization, funds and supports quality trails and parks in the Mat-Su Borough, to encourage outdoor recreational opportunities for all user groups. To date, MSTPF has handed out over $200,000 in grants for trails and parks projects in the Mat-Su Borough. Their community minded work is guided by the 2013 Trails and Parks Master Plan. This music festival will be an annual fundraiser for the foundation.

Stuart R. Leidner, Interim Executive Director
Mat Su Trails and Parks Foundation