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Thirsty Cat Festival | July 20th and 21st!

July 20, 2024
Saturday 7/20: 11am-8pm | Sunday 7/21: 11am-5pm

Sample a wide variety of craft beers, ciders, and wines from the local area and beyond while enjoying a lineup of live music, delicious foods, local craft vendors and kids activities. Located at Catamount Mountain Resort, Route 23 on the border of Hillsdale, NY and South Egremont, MA.

Thirsty Cat Festival at Catamount Mountain Resort!

Join us for Catamount’s biggest event of the summer season! The 2nd annual Thirsty Cat Beer, Wine and Music Festival brings together the best of the Berkshires! With a large selection of draft beers and ciders, a variety of wines, 5 great bands over two days, craft vendors and tasty food options - there’s plenty to keep you busy for a few hours or for the whole event! The event is family-friendly, with a kid’s lemonade tasting, scenic chairlift rides, zip tours and the aerial adventure park all open during the event. While there’s no admission to attend the festival – those wishing to try beverages can buy tasting packages in advance (for a reduced price) or day-of. Learn more about the event below.

Event located at Catamount Mountain Resort, Route 23 on the border of Hillsdale, NY and South Egremont, MA.
78 Catamount Road, Hillsdale, NY 12529


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 Craft Beer, Cider, and Wine Sampling

Come sample 50+ varieties of craft beer and ciders from the best local and regional breweries — PLUS over a dozen varieties of wine! We will also have a kids craft lemonade tasting tent - the perfect option for kids and those designated drivers looking to enjoy the festival and take home a souvenir from the event! There will be multiple tasting packages available including commemorative Thirsty Cat-branded glassware. Purchase your tasting packages online today.



Kids Craft Lemonade Tent Sponsor:

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 Live Music

We have an impressive lineup of 5 bands to keep the fun going throughout the weekend!


Saturday, July 20th

11am-1:30pm: Frank Viele & The Fallout
Frank Viele constructs his sound beneath an acoustic funk ceiling with windows of alternative pop, folk and soul. A musical carpenter in the independent rock genre, this singer/songwriter's approach mixes a dry wit with a soulful touch. A storytelling angle finishes out the floors of this building. Frank's sound construction is cemented together by a solid blues foundation and his stylistically aware approach is evident in his singing and guitar playing. Working off the brick and mortar of influences ranging from Dave Matthews to Otis Redding and Ray Lamontagne to Johnny Lang, Frank delivers an authenticity showcasing a familiarity to the inspirations that came before him. Frank Viele is Acoustic funk, electrified with a shot of Pop, Rock and Soul. Add Rhythm and Blues for a Chaser.

2pm-4:30pm: Blanket Statement
Blanket Statement is more than just another cover band – it’s a 5 piece powerhouse of musicians specializing in funky grooves and soulful singalongs that will be sure to have you up on your feet. From Stevie Wonder to Stevie Nicks, Tom Petty to Toto, and everything in between, Blanket Statement's shows, highlight the best of every decade from the 60’s to today. No matter what you like to jam to, Blanket Statement's got you covered!

5pm-8pm: The Englishtown Project
On September 3rd, 1977, The Grateful Dead headlined one of the largest and most musically successful concerts of all time at Raceway Park in Englishtown, NJ. In addition to the Grateful Dead, who had just completed its legendary Spring/Summer 1977 tour featuring a batch of new material from Terrapin Station, the show also featured the Dead family’s New Riders of the Purple Sage and the good-time, southern rock of The Marshall Tucker Band. This tribute extravaganza will feature healthy “doses” of selections from each band’s sets that day along with other deep cuts from all three bands and more.

Sunday, July 21st

11am-1:30pm: Dave Keller Band
Dave Keller has made quite a name for himself. He’s earned three Blues Music Award nominations for Best Soul Blues Album of the Year (2014, 2019, 2021). He won the International Blues Challenge’s Best Self-Produced Album Award (2012). He and his band tour constantly, performing at top festivals and venues throughout the U.S. and Europe, winning fans one livewire show at a time.

2pm-4:30pm: Reed Foehl and Friends
Born in a small country town in New England and into a musical family, Grammy-nominated songwriter Reed Foehl writes stories of the human condition with a lyric and voice which push boundaries while paying homage to tradition.

 Stage and Entertainment Sponsored by:



Browse the various local craft vendors we will have onsite during the festival. Vendors Include:

Pampered Chef

Myztik Treasure


Sawmill Crystals

Shire Glass Co.

Pioneer Valley Brews Cruise

Want to be part of your event - we are still looking for a few more vendors. Click here to learn more and for our vendor application! 

Scenic Chairlift Rides

Our Scenic Chairlift will be running throughout both days of the event. Ride the Glade Triple up to the summit to take in the beautiful views of the surrounding areas, including the Berkshires and Hudson Valley. Purchase your scenic chairlift ride online in advance. Tickets will be available on-site, subject to availability.

Zip Tour and Aerial Adventure Park

Our Zip Tour and Aerial Park will operate throughout the festival. Take a break from the festival activities and try your hand at one of our 9 aerial adventure courses or ride the longest zipline in the country! These activities have strict capacity limitations so advance reservations are highly suggested, as we anticipate these activities to sell out in advance for the festival dates.



  • May I bring my kids/What is there to do for children?
    The Thirsty Cat festival is designed with the whole family in mind – bring lawn chairs and blankets to enjoy live music while your kids can get into the spirit with patio games, vendors, food options and a special kids lemonade tasting option.  
  • Are pets allowed?
    No – due to the nature of the event with ample food and beverage options, we kindly ask you to leave all non-service animals at home.
  • Are lawn chairs and shade tents allowed?
    Lawn chairs and shade tents may be set up in designated areas only. Please be respectful of your neighbors when placing shade tents that may impede the view of others.  
  • Are there additional-fee activities available?
    Beer, wine and cider tasting, kids drink tasting, scenic chairlift rides, other food and beverage options, zip tours and the aerial adventure park will all be available as additional-fee attractions. In some cases, available inventory may sell out in advance. Reservations for the aerial adventure park and zip tours are highly recommended, in advance.  

Stage Sponsor

Lemonade Tent Sponsor