Free event to celebrate Grateful Dead in Auburn |

Free event to celebrate Grateful Dead in Auburn

This year celebrates 50 years since Jerry Garcia, Phil Lesh, Bob Weir and crew started what became The Grateful Dead. The songs, music and environment surrounding this band has created a community of fans, musicians, artists, songwriters and others for whom the spirit and music of the Grateful Dead refuses to die.

Saturday the Friends of the Auburn Recreation District are hosting a Free community festival celebrating the fun of the Grateful Dead by presenting the “Ain’t Necessarily Dead Fest.” As the name implies, there is more than just Grateful Dead music going on this day. The Festival will feature two stages, playing songs that were either played or inspired by the music of the Jerry and the boys. In addition to the music, three local brewers, the Auburn Ale House, Out of Bounds Brewing and Hoppy Brewing will be there, with the Auburn Association of University Women pouring. There will be a giant Kid Zone, where for a small fee kids of all ages can play on Bounce Houses, Slides, Climbing Walls carnival rides and more!

As with any Dead show, this event will feature our version of “Shakedown Street” where local artisans will be selling their wares, from bangles to tie dyes. Complimenting the shopping will be a variety of demonstration and information booths, including some Grateful Dead memorabilia by some well known collectors, Bob Minkin, long time Grateful Dead photographer, and Moonalice biographer will be showing off some of his pictures, and also promoting his new coffee table book “Live Dead.”

Music for the day will vary from lfunk, jam and reggae infused music including Uncle Jr, The Cheeseburger Boys, Saints of Circumstance, Red Dirt Ruckus, Midnight North, which features Phil Lesh’s son Grahame Lesh, Moonalice, and closing the night out will be Stu Allen & Mars Hotel.

While the event is free, but there are a few VIP Packages available, that include close up parking, lanyards, posters, access to the VIP Tent and a viewing section.

The Auburn Recreation District’s Regional Park located just off of Highway 49 and Dry Creek Road in North Auburn will be the location (3770 Richardson Drive, Auburn). There is a fee for parking, which will be facilitated by the Parkside Nazarene Church.

Additional parking and a Shuttle will be available at the DeWitt Government Center at the intersection of Bell Road and Richardson Drive – a Shuttle will be operating throughout the day.

For more information visit VIP Tickets while they last are available at

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