Hermitfest Music Festival - Ebbetts Pass Scenic Byway Celebration

The Ebbetts Pass Scenic Byway Association invites you to "Come Play on the Pass" at its Annual Scenic Celebration, know locally as "Hermitfest,"  on the second Saturday in September in beautiful Hermit Valley each year.

Join us for the last outdoor live music event of the season.  Enjoy live music by Bill Welles, the Hot Dark, Ten Dollar Pony and others from noon until 7pm.  Food and non-alcoholic drinks will be available for purchase as well as the work of a few artisan vendors.  Come early and camp so you can enjoy the Friday evening activities and Sunday morning camaraderie.

Hermit Valley is located on the Scenic Byway (Hwy 4) in the Stanislaus National Forest about 38 miles east of Arnold and 23 miles west of Markleeville on the North Fork of the Mokelumne River at about the 7,000 foot elevation.  Highway 4 is one of the most intimate and untamed trans-Sierra routes.  The byway is a 61-mile stretch of one of a kind beauty book-ended by Big Trees State Park on the west and Grover Hot Springs on the east.

Details for the event can be found at scenic4.org/events/ebbetts-pass-scenic-celebration-in-september/ - details will be updated as the date gets closer.

Ebbetts Pass (Hwy 4) was designated as a California State Scenic Highway in 1971 and was honored with National Scenic Byway status September 22, 2005 by the U.S Department of Transportation in Washington D.C. It is one of only seven nationally-designated byways in California and the 151st in the nation.  The Ebbetts Pass Scenic Byway Association is the proud non-profit organization dedicated to preserving, enhancing and promoting the unique resources of the byway.




Latitude: 38.53935 Longitude: -119.88851 Elevation: 7117 ft
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Admission Fee


Ages Event is Appropriate For

All Ages

ADA Accessibility Notes

Event area is an undeveloped camping area but the area is relatively level and accessible toilets are available.

Pet Friendly Notes

Well behaved pets on leashes are welcome.


It said stage music ends at 7:00. Usually it ends at 10:00 -11:00 and then campfire music till late. Whats up with that? Unacceptable!

Homeysteve@gmail. Com , 9/10/2013

A really fun day with great food, great music, fun & affordable booths, always friendly people...and never too hot!

Jon, 7/12/2014

Festive day but would not encourage dogs attend next year. Too many barking dogs! creating too much dust! Hope to find more of a variety of talent & food booths next year.

Karen , 9/7/2014

Love this festival !! The music, the people, both guests and organizers are THE BEST

Cindy Bergantz, 7/28/2018

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