What is your favorite thing about Colorado summers? In the mountains, the days may be longer, but the infamous “mud season” seems to get shorter with every year that passes. Could it be a result of the influx of Colorado residents? A whopping 77,000 in 2017 alone! Regardless of the reason for a dwindling mud season, we are not complaining, because that means more events.
Venues like the Silverthorne Pavilion, Dillon Amphitheater, and a variety of event locations in Breckenridge guarantee there will never be a dull moment for locals and visitors.
If you ask any Summit County resident what they think about summertime in the mountains, you are guaranteed to hear something along the lines of, “I moved to the mountains for the winters, but stayed for the summers!”
Without a doubt, the main event this summer will be the countywide celebration of 4th of July. For fireworks lovers, catch a show over at the Dillon Marina or Breckenridge Mountain Resort. Bike enthusiasts participate in a 50-mile bike race and runners can sign up for the Breckenridge Independence 10k Trail Run. The county will be painted red, white and blue - especially during Breckenridge’s 4th of July Parade.
For all other spring and summer events, check out our local guide:
May 31 - June 3
Presented by Breckenridge Creative Arts, this festival will feature a variety of contemporary art. Over the course of 4 days, artists will demonstrate projections, art in digital form, sculptures and more. Combined with live music performances, this is a family-friendly experience not to miss!
July 20 - 22
Over the course of three days, art enthusiasts can peruse an exclusive collection of the finest arts. A unique selection of paintings will include charcoal, pastel, acrylic, among others. Wood bowls, sculptures, fabrics, an assortment of jewelry and photography will also be a part of the curated offerings this July. Artists are present all three days of the festival to answer questions from prospective buyers and curious shoppers. Live music will be played by the dynamic duo, Skanson & Hansen. Renowned for their double-finger style of guitar playing, they will be the cherry on top of an incredible event not to miss.
This August, head to a little town called Frisco. Nestled in-between Breckenridge and Copper Mountain, the town will host the 12th Annual Main Street to the Rockies celebration of all things art! Nearly 100 artists will attend. Creators display their works ranging from mixed media, sculptures, jewelry, you name it! Artists would love for you to spend your weekend, “browsing and buying unique pieces of art direct from the individuals that create it.”
Calling artists from around the world, you can expect one of a kind art and performances at BFA. Artists are broken down into 7 categories: music & performance, visual art, interdisciplinary, film & cinematic, contemporary circus, trail mix, and acoustic flow. There are dozens of workshops, classes and sessions to participate in. Breck Create has compiled a detail calendar of events for you to plan ahead!
In a state that is home to nearly 230 craft breweries, no Colorado summer would be complete without a beer festival. This June, find over 25 local breweries gathered on the shores of Lake Dillon. The festival will donate a portion of the proceeds to help advocates work with the state on behalf of Colorado’s craft brewers. Food vendors will satisfy your appetite and quench your thirst with Colorado’s finest hops & barley!
Admission: $35 to taste $5 Non-drinker
Children 12 and under free
A hoppin’ summer event, Breck’s beer festival draws beer enthusiasts from all over the United States. Connoisseurs can sip suds this year at the event’s new location at Beaver Run’s, Copper Top Plaza. The venue offers seating, shade and spots to relax and enjoy the live music! The festival is only a 5-minute walk to downtown Breckenridge, a convenient location to go get your grub on when the festival ends at 5pm!
Admission: $35 to taste $75 VIP
$30 Designated driver
$5 General Admission
What do seventy Colorado BBQ’ers have in common? They will be gathered in Frisco next month, competing for a variety of best in class awards. Categories include pork, ribs, chicken, salsa, dessert - to name a few. The BBQ festival is in its 25th year and bigger than ever with guests lists exceeding 30,000 attendees!
Recommended to purchase $15-20 “Hogbacks” for food
Fun fact for thought: Around 100 wineries operate in Colorado and 1,000 acres are home to grapevines. It is no secret that Colorado is known for beer, but wine is popular too! The main event is on Saturday, but there will be Friday night wine pairing dinner and Sunday brunch to soak up all those leftover tannins. Event entry and a la carte food will cost you, but the 10 mile mountain range views are free.
Admission: $50 advance, $60 at door
Variety of prices for Friday, VIP & Sunday brunch
Like peanut butter and jelly, salt and pepper, spaghetti and meatballs; a bacon festival would not be complete without bourbon! At the 2018 Breckenridge HogFest you can get the best of both worlds. Industry trendsetter, leader and sustainable practice company, Tender Belly, will exclusively provide all pork for the event. HogFest planners know bacon doesn’t tickle all fancies. For those more interested in just the bourbon, there will be alternative a la carte dining options. See you in August for HogFest!
Admission: $45 advance, $50 at gate
When are you in the neighborhood this summer?
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By Coldwell Banker