By Eva Potter

The musical acts have been booked, the venue is set and now the kickoff to the best weekend of the summer has been planned.

Ellicottville’s Summer Music Festival, July 4–6, is one weekend you won’t want to miss!

This year, the weekend launches with an adult old-fashioned, carnival-themed Top of the Mountain Party on Friday, July 4 at 6 p.m. Start the evening with a scenic chairlift ride to the top of Mardi Gras for spectacular views and a party like no other.

A full dinner with food stations will include Coney Island steamers, mahi mahi tacos, wok specialties and more. In addition, there will be great live entertainment, fun adult carnival games and a cash bar. Tickets for the event are $40 per person.

Saturday, July 5, brings a family-friendly evening with a performance by the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, which always sounds fabulous as you watch from the slopes of Holiday Valley. A stunning fireworks display caps the evening. Bring a blanket, chairs and a picnic, if you like. Tickets are $25 pre-sale, and children 12 and under are free. A VIP Weekend Package is also available that includes a sponsors dinner that evening.

On Sunday, July 6, the Grammy-nominated group, the Gin Blossoms perform slopeside at Holiday Valley with an opening performance by Nelson Starr and The Benjamins. Pre-sale tickets are $25, and children 12 and under are free.

And that’s not all! There is family-friendly fun in the village all weekend long. An outdoor Art and Craft Show will take place on the village streets, the annual Pet Parade will promenade down the village streets and the hugely popular Strawberry Festival is an annual event not to be missed.

If you purchase a VIP All-Weekend Package by June 22, you will receive everything for an entire weekend of fun: two tickets to the Top of the Mountain Party; two tickets to the July 5 Sponsor’s Party at Holiday Valley including dinner and an open bar from 6–7:30 p.m., two tickets to the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra; two tickets to Sunday’s performance by the Gin Blossoms; and reserved VIP seating, limited preferred parking and access to the VIP Lounge. And there’s more … you will receive a randomly selected gift card for $10 to one of Ellicottville’s fine restaurants.

Get your tickets now at http://www.ellicottvilleny.com/summer-music-festival/pre-sale-tickets. For more information, call 1-800-349-9099 or (716) 699-5046.