Each season in Aspen, Colorado, offers something new and exciting. Not only does our ever-changing weather allow a wide range of activities, there are tons of  Aspen and Snowmass events and festivals that happen throughout the year. Whether you happen to catch one during your stay with Aspen Signature Properties or are planning your vacation around one of them, we’ve chosen a few of our favorites.

For the ultimate list of Aspen and Snowmass events, make sure you access our Vacation Guide. Inside, you’ll find an insider list of events and activities you can’t miss during your getaway. Click here to see all of the Snowmass Summer Events. 

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Our Favorite Aspen and Snowmass Events

 

May

Mother’s Day Brunch: May 12th

Planning on getting away for the weekend and spending Mother’s Day in Aspen?  Head to the Aspen Art Museum for brunch from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm and enjoy sipping bottomless mimosa’s while taking in the breathtaking view of Aspen Mountain on the rooftop patio.  Purchase your tickets now and click here for more information on the fun-filled family event!  Happy Mother’s Day to all!

Ride for the Pass: May 18th

On May 18th, it will be the 25th Annual Ride for the Pass!  With around 400 attendees, the annual Ride for the Pass will have two different finish times with the first one only being 2 miles up Independence Pass finishing at Weller Lake and the second finish line is 10 miles up Independence Pass finishing at Independence Ghost Town.

Memorial Weekend

Plenty of outdoor activities for Memorial Weekend in Aspen and Snowmass.  Book your long weekend getaway at a discounted price and enjoy plenty of outdoor activities that our town has to offer!  Go hiking up Smuggler or Hunter Creek, mountain bike with your friends and family, head to the river and go fly fishing on the Roaring Fork River, or head to the public Aspen Golf Course to play 9 or 18 holes!

Restaurant or bar table with plate of appetizers and wineJune

Aspen Saturday Market: Starting June 15th – ALL SUMMER LONG

The Aspen Saturday Farmer’s market is back!  Start your Saturday morning by going on a bike ride or a hike, then head to the Saturday market for local goodies right in the downtown Aspen core.  Some of the all-time favorites include the kettle popcorn stand and the mouthwatering Louis Swiss Pastries!

Bluegrass Sunday’s on top of Aspen Mountain: Starting June 16th – ALL SUMMER LONG

Bluegrass musicians around Colorado perform on top of Aspen Mountain every Sunday from noon to 3 pm. Check out the 2019 Summer line-up right here.

Food & Wine Classic: June 14th – June 16th 

Kick-off the Summer by going to the Food & Wine Classic in Aspen, Colorado.  Food enthusiasts, this Aspen and Snowmass event is for you. Enjoy a weekend full of tastings, celebrity chef panels, and cooking demonstrations at the Food & Wine Classic.

Aspen Summer Word’s Festival: June 16th – June 21st

Every year, some of the most well-known authors and teachers come to Aspen for a six-day celebration of literature at the Aspen Summer Words.  Workshops, one-on-one’s and discussions will be held at the Gant in downtown Aspen, and evening events will take place including the Aspen Words Annual Benefit Dinner.

JAS Aspen Snowmass June Experience: June 20th – June 23rd

This is the 28th year that Jazz Aspen Snowmass has been around and this year, they’re switching things up for the JAS Aspen Snowmass June Experience!  Head downtown to a handful of different venues including the Little Nell, St. Regis, Aspen Art Museum, Belly Up Aspen, Skye Gallery and Victoria’s Espresso.  Check out the insane line-up and buy your tickets as soon as possible!

Aspen Idea’s Festival: June 20th to June 29th

The 2019 Aspen Idea’s Festival is held at the Aspen Institute and is one of the top gathering events across the globe with 450 presenters, 400 sessions, and 3,000 attendees.

Annual Sheriff’s Cup:  June 23rd

The Annual Sheriff’s Cup will be returning for the fourth year in a row at the Aspen Municipal Golf Club and once again, will benefit Huts for Vets.  This local non-profit organization caters to veterans around the country and provides them emotional and mental scars.  Donations can be made at www.paypal.me/hutsforvets 

Aspen Music Festival and School:  June 27th to August 18th

2019 marks the 70th Anniversary for the Aspen Music Festival and School!  Known to be the top classical music festival in the country, hundreds of talented young musicians and teachers play during the 8-week festival.

July

Fourth of July

Fourth of July in Aspen is always the biggest celebration of the Summer.  Start celebrating Aspen’s old fashioned Fourth of July by going to the annual parade off of Main Street in Downtown Aspen followed by a community picnic, games and much more for all ages, then end up watching the drone fireworks by the end of the night that light up Aspen Mountain!

The Bash for the Buddies: July 5th

The top fundraiser of the year for the Buddy Program, The Bash for the Buddies!  This year will mark the 20th annual fundraiser and will feature live music while having the theme of ‘Night of the Nile’ and you will want to  dress accordingly for the theme, as people go ALL out.

Saturday Classical Music Atop Aspen Mountain: July 6th, July 13th, July 20th, July 27th, August 3rd and August 10th

Every Saturday starting on July 6th to August 10th, the Aspen Music Festival and School students will perform classical music on top of Aspen Mountain. Gather with friends and family on top of Aspen Mountain while enjoying the breathtaking views while listening to classical performances.

Aspen Santa Fe Ballet: Beautiful Decay: July 9th and July 19th

Aspen Santa Fe Ballet presents ‘Beautiful Decy’, with long-time collaborator Nicolo Fonte and design by Tony Award-winner Mimi Lien.  Purchase your tickets for the 2019 Summer season before they sell out.

Audi Power of Four Trail Run: July 13th

The Audi Power of Four trail run has three courses you may choose.  The extreme 50k course covers all four mountains starting from Aspen and ends in Snowmass Village, that traverses all four ski mountains.  There are two other runs that are not as difficult, which is the 25k and the 10k course.  Sign up and conquer any of these difficult courses!

Aspen Security Forum:  July 17th to July 20th

The top level government officials gather at the Aspen Institute every year to discuss the key security issues.  The departments of Homeland Security, Defense, State, Justice and the Treasury all gather for this three-day conference, the Aspen Security Forum.  Join in and watch the discussion live!

Aspen Art’s Festival: July 20th and July 21st

The 17th Annual Aspen Arts Festival will be returning to the Rio Grande Park on July 20th and July 21st from 10am to 5pm!  Take in the gorgeous views of Aspen Mountain while experiencing a variety of different artwork and grabbing a bite to eat from one of our local restaurants!

August

Aspen Santa Fe Ballet: Stars of American Ballet: August 3rd

Stars of American Ballet returns to Aspen with their breathtaking performance and will perform classics such as George Balanchine’s Tarantella, Jerome Robbins’ Andantino, Christopher Wheeldon’s, and some astounding ballroom dancing.

Ice Cream Social: August 3rd

The Ice Cream Social is a long-standing tradition in Aspen that started back in the mining era as a community gathering.  The event that takes place a the Wheeler/Stallard Museum off of Bleeker Street in the West End neighborhood from 2 pm to 4 pm that features live music, ice cream bowls, spiked milkshakes, and a brief History lesson of our small mountain town.

T.J. Miller at Belly Up Aspen:  August 7th

T.J. Miller is known for his role in the HBO series of Silicon Valley, as well as the highest grossing R-rated film of all time, Deadpool!  The Belly Up Aspen will be hosting T.J. Miller, known for his comedy on August 7th at 7 pm and 10 pm.  Purchase your tickets now before it becomes a sold out show!

Ducky Derby: August 10th

Every Summer, the Annual Ducky Derby will take place for the 28th year in a row and one of the lucky winners will win a grand prize of $10,000 or a special ducky that is worth a million dollars!  Check out the schedule of events that will take place for the Ducky Derby on August 10th.

Stars Above Aspen Astronomy Night: August 12th

Stars Above Aspen is one of the new annual events that takes place on top of Ajax Mountain from 6 pm to 10:30 pm.  Take the Silver Queen Gondola to the top of Aspen Mountain with friends and family for a fun-filled evening full of activities and games for all ages.  No need to worry about food or drinks because the Sundeck restaurant will be open to serving!

Mozart’s Le Nozze Di Figaro: August 13th, August 15th and August 17th

One of the most well-known opera’s, Mozart’s Le Nozze Di Fiago is a comedy about pursuing love and lost in the palace of Count Almaviva.  Join the fun with friends and family on Tuesday, August 13th at 7 pm at the Wheeler Opera House.

Aspen Mountain Film Festival: August 21st to August 25th

“Aspen Mountain Film Festival is a 5-day celebration of diverse mountain cultures, highlighting Aspen’s unique philosophy of body, mind, and spirit through documentary film, music, art, food, and stage with shared experiences of travel, adventure, environment, sustainability, community and extraordinary storytelling.”

September

JAS Labor Day Experience: Labor Day Weekend

What better way is there to enjoy Labor Day Weekend than at an outdoor music festival in Snowmass Village? Some of the top names in music play during the JAS Labor Day Experience.

Snowmass Balloon Festival: September 6th – September 8th 

Every September, the sky fills with color as hot air balloons float among the clouds. During the Snowmass Balloon Festival, you can watch balloons race against each other over the Snowmass Town Park.

film festivalOctober

The Meeting:  October 2nd – October 5th

The Meeting is split into two parts: a conference and a filmfest. The conference draws top thinkers, influencers, and entrepreneurs to network and discuss the world of content creation. The filmfest sets the tone for the upcoming ski season with ski and snowboard films!

December

Ullr Nights at Snowmass

Ullr Nights at Snowmass are fun for the whole family. Visit Elk Camp every Friday night for hot chocolate, s’mores, and outdoor winter activities.

12 Days of Aspen

Get into the holiday spirit with 12 Days of Aspen! From ice skating to caroling, each night brings something new to town. On the last day, December 31, make sure you watch the New Year’s Eve fireworks extravaganza over Aspen Mountain.

January

skiing

X Games Aspen

You’ll know when the X Games are in town. The air is buzzing with excitement as some of the top athletes compete in exciting winter sports. Not only can you watch the competitions, famous artists also take the stage.

Gay Ski Week

The rainbow flags fly high during Gay Ski Week! An incredible lineup of events will keep you busy for an entire week. Enjoy parties, contests, shows, and more. There’s nothing like it!

February

Aspen Snowmass Freeskiing Open

Join us for one of the last and longest running independent open competitions in the country. The Aspen Snowmass Freeskiing Open allows both professional and ametuer athletes to compete on the X Games Aspen Slopestyle and Superpipe and Big Air courses.

Aspen Laugh Festival

There’s no shortage of laughter at the Aspen Laugh Festival! Some of the top names in comedy gather in Aspen to perform every February.

Audience with hands raised at a music festival March

Bud Light Hi-Fi Concert Series

Let some free concerts be the icing on the cake to your Aspen Signature Properties getaway. The Bud Light Hi-Fi Concert Series has become a staple to both locals and visitors to Aspen. With multiple venues, these concerts are a great addition to your vacation.

April

Closing Parties

Say goodbye to winter and hello to spring at one of the many Closing Parties held in Aspen and Snowmass. When it’s time for the slopes to close, we say goodbye in the best way possible: through celebration.

Book Your Getaway Today

Enclave TownhomeDid you find an event you’d like to attend? Book your stay with Aspen Signature Properties, and we will take care of the rest. Whether you need tickets to some Aspen and Snowmass events or would like a dinner reservation before one of the festivals, our concierge can plan the perfect getaway for you. Browse our properties to book your stay today!