One of the most intriguing places in Colorado is the town of Aspen. Sure, the town is home to celebrities throughout the year that you can mingle around, but the town also hosts a diverse line-up of festivals, including thought-provoking, musical, theatrical, and food and wine events. Checkout this list of the best Aspen summer festivals before you start making getaway plans to the mountains.
1. Aspen Food and Wine Classic Festival
June 15-June 17, 2018
The first top-notch event in Aspen to kick off the summer is the Aspen Food and Wine Classic Festival. Foodies should mark their calendars for June 15-June 17, 2018 because there is always an indulgent list of celebrity chefs and top winemakers from around the world. You can delight your taste buds and sharpen your cooking skills at one of the many cooking seminars. For more information, visit aspenchamber.org.
2. Aspen Summer Words Literary Festival
June 17-June 22, 2018
Literary buffs will be thrilled attending the Aspen Summer Words Literary Festival which is being held June 17-June 22, 2018. The six-day event features writing workshops that range from poetry to book editing to memoirs to fiction. The festival includes public panel discussions as well as readings throughout the day and night. For more information, visit aspenchamber.org.
3. Aspen Institute: Aspen Ideas Festival
June 21-June 30, 2018
Next up is the Aspen Institute: Aspen Ideas Festival which brings in top professionals, entrepreneurs, and scholars from around the world. The event is held June 21-June 30, 2018 and features opportunities for people to interact on a wide assortment of topics which include foreign policy, art, science, and business. For more information, visit aspenchamber.org.
4. Aspen Music Festival
June 28-August 19, 2018
Running for almost eight weeks, the Aspen Music Festival and School brings together more than 400 of the top musical students from around the world. Beginning in June and ending in August, the public is invited to many of the performances which range from opera, to chamber orchestras, to string quartets that highlight the musical prowess of these young student musicians. For more information, visit aspenchamber.org.
5. Old Fashioned Fourth of July Celebration
July 4-5, 2018
July brings the Old Fashioned Fourth of July Celebration, which features a bike decorating contest, a parade, a carnival type atmosphere for families and live music. The whole day culminates with a sizzling fireworks display over Aspen Mountain. The next day you can learn more about fascinating raptors like the Golden Eagles, Red-tailed Hawks, Great-horned Owls and Bald Eagles at the ACES Raptor Fair. The one day event on July 5, 2018 is a perfect festival for a long Fourth of July weekend stay. For more information, visit aspenchamber.org.
6. Audi Power of Four Events
July 28, 2018
If you are an avid outdoor enthusiast that likes trail running or mountain biking then the Audi Power of Four Trail Run and the Audi Power of Four Mountain Bike is perfect for you. The two-day spectacle beginning on July 28, 2018 is a series of trail races that include an Altra U.S. Skyrunner Series. The mountain bike challenge covers 29-miles with races for professionals as well as recreational bikers.
7. Aspen Backcountry Marathon and Half-Marathon
August 11, 2018
Marathon runners will be challenged in August by the Aspen Backcountry Marathon and Half-Marathon. Runners will take their starting position on August 11, 2018 and try to complete this grueling race which will have runners going up and down the incredible terrain of the four mountain area. For more information, visit aspenchamber.org.
8. The MountainSummit: MountainFilm in Aspen Festival
August 22-26, 2018
The MountainSummit: MountainFilm in Aspen Festival brings together exciting documentary films about the natural world in a non-fiction setting. The event is scheduled August 22-August 26, 2018 and features wonderful experiences about the environment, social justice, climbing, fishing, and more. For more information, visit aspenchamber.org.
9. Aspen Jazz Festival
August 31-September 2, 2018
Labor Day weekend brings the Aspen Jazz Festival to town which highlights three days of incredible music from a variety of genres. Starting on August 31, 2018 and running until September 2, 2018 two stages come to life with standout names like Lionel Richie and the Zac Brown Band. For more information, visit aspenchamber.org.
10. Snowmass Balloon Festival
September 13-16, 2018
The summer festival season closes out with the Snowmass Balloon Festival and you can watch world class rugby players from around the globe compete in the Aspen Ruggerfest from September 13- September 16, 2018.