Summer Event Enthusiast

Sweet Summertime

Whether you are looking for something a bit more laid back and relaxed or something action packed, the Vail Valley has multiple summer events that will please the whole family. From outdoor concerts at the Ford Amphitheater to bull riding at the rodeo, it’s easy to stay busy!

COVID-19 & EVENT UPDATE: Events are starting to be planned again as we inch our way closer to the end of the COVID-19 pandemic. Event times and protocols are uncertain at this time, so please check the event websites to find the most up-to-date information.

EVENTS & FESTIVALS

Action Packed Events

  • GoPro Mountain Games are the countries largest celebration of adventure sports, art and music. Pro and amateur athletes compete for fun and glory during this welcome-to-summer festival. From running to climbing, biking to dogs jumping from docks, there isn’t one minute of downtime. Jam pack your weekend with your favorite events, SWAG from outdoor industry partners, nightly concerts, and more. And the best part? It’s all 100% FREE.
  • Kids Adventure Games offers kids the opportunity to experience the thrill of adventure racing. Teams of two zip over creeks, run up trails, slide down the mountain, soar over the creek and pedal thorough singletrack. Fierce fun, just like the kids in Vail.
  • The VRD Bike Races bring out local mountain bike racers and let them compete on a singletrack throughout Eagle County. Races are open to kids 8 and older.
  • Xterra Beaver Creek is a triathlon series not just for pros. Offering championship length and sprint distant races that wind their way through Avon and Beaver Creek. For those not psyched to swim, sign up for the trail run!
  • Dynafit Vail Trail Running Race Series has become a must do race series. Expect well-marked routes, fully-stocked aid stations, experienced volunteers and courses that are challenging for the elites and enjoyed by the beginner trail runner. Shorten your bucket list and register for the entire series or choose an individual race.

Laid Back Events

  • Bonfire Block Party was voted Best Summer Festival in Vail and an event not to be missed! The annual street and music party brings live music, food vendors and craft beer to downtown Eagle Ranch.
  • Eagle Flight Days is an annual summer event that takes place at The Eagle Town Park and is packed full of fun things like a parade down Broadway, horseshoe tournament, concerts carnivals and more!
  • Gypsum Daze — A community event every July that brings friends and families together to celebrate Colorado and rural mountain fun. Join us for another spectacular Gypsum Daze filled with activities and fun for everyone.
  • The Beaver Creek Wine and Spirits Festival combines Beaver Creeks very own culinary talent, exquisite wines and beautiful outdoor venues to create an unforgettable weekend.
  • The Beaver Creek Rodeo series makes your Thursday evenings a little bit more fun! Featuring a full lineup of classic rodeo events and activities the whole family can enjoy.
  • Eagle County Fair and Rodeo is a long standing tradition here in the Wild West. From mutton bustin’ for kids to professional rodeo action, there’s not one dull moment.

Insider Tip: Staying hydrated is extremely important when you are at high altitude —  especially when you are out in the sun. Make it a priority to take water breaks throughout the day.

MUSIC & DANCE

Vail Dance Festival
Celebrate two weeks of exceptional artistry at the Vail Dance Festival. There is nothing quite like a night spent under the stars, taking in all the festival has to offer from tap dance, to modern to classical ballet.

Hot Summer Nights
Enjoy this free concert series hosted every Tuesday evening throughout the summer at the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater. Bring a picnic and enjoy the Hot Summer Nights show from the lawn while taking in the beautiful Colorado air.

Bravo!Vail
Bravo!Vail hosts some of the greatest orchestras, musicians, and acclaimed soloists throughout the summer. Come watch these masters perform in a breathtaking mountain setting at the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater.

ShowDown Town
ShowDown Town is a locals favorite bringing everyone together to enjoy free music and activities for the entire family. Make your Thursdays a little bit more fun and come down to Eagle to enjoy the beautiful summer evenings.

Vilar Performing Arts Center
Vilar Performing Arts Center is located in the heart of Beaver Creek and presents a variety of year round performances including concerts, jazz, comedy, dance, film, musicals, family shows and so much more!

Avon LIVE Concerts in the Park
Avon LIVE! Concerts in the Park series at Nottingham Park offers four exceptional evenings of live music. This Wednesday evening music series provides an opportunity to come together and experience music, fresh and unique foods from food-trucks and enjoy a summer evening outside.

Vail Jazz Festival 
Vail Jazz Festival provides a series of unique performances and signature educational programs from some of the best jazz musicians out there! It all cumulates with the Vail Jazz Party that promises a jam-packed lineup throughout Labor Day Weekend.

Whistle Pig Music Fest
Whistle Pig Music Fest is a summer long music bonanza featuring everything from rock to pop, country to bluegrass. The concerts will be at the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater. It promises to be a really good time.

Cover Rock Festival
Cover Rock Festival lets you enjoy a step back in time. This 2 day music festival celebrates music from the most significant era of rock and roll.

FARMERS MARKETS

Valley Wide Markets
Although farmers markets aren’t unique to the Vail Valley, each market is one of a kind, with unique wares, beautiful art, delicious snacks, handmade crafts and more! We have four farmers markets that span across the valley during the summer months:

  •  Vail Village: Sundays 10:00 am – 3:30 pm
  • Minturn: Saturdays 9:00 am- 2:00 pm
  • Edwards: Saturdays 9:00 am- 1:30 pm
  •  Gypsum: Fridays 3:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Insider Tip: Plan on eating a meal at one of the local farmer’s market. From crepes to tacos to paella, think of it as an artisan food court. In addition to the local fruits, veggies and meat, there is art, live music and much more!

Upcoming Events

Restaurants & Bars

In the Vail Valley, eating isn't merely sustenance - it's an important part of the lifestyle. From fine dining hotspots to casual comforts, it's not hard to find great food. Colorado is known for their locals breweries, distilleries and even wineries. Come sample a taste of Colorado and even international spirit favorites.

Activity Providers

Sure, Vail is world-renowned for its skiing and snowboarding, but the Vail Valley offers plenty beyond vast bowls of bluebird powder days and grippin' groomers. Whether you prefer your adventure water-drenched, iced, air-borne, cliff-side, cycled, motorized or snowy out mountain recreation covers it- and much, much more.

Vail Valley Events

Ski terrain and wonderful snow put the Vail Valley on the map, but it's more than just a ski resort. The calendar is packed with events that are a big part of the Vail Valley's culture. From outdoor concerts at the Ford Amphitheater to bull riding at the rodeo, it's easy to stay busy.

Visitor Information from the Locals

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