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The locals call it, “Breck” but as summer winds to a close, you can call it simply amazing. There’s so much to do, from sampling artisan bacon to watching aerial dancers and musicians bring movement and melodies to the skies. Nestled between mountain and Main Street, Beaver Run Resort & Conference Center is your gorgeous home base for all things Breck this summer with special rates and a world-class, on-premise yoga retreat to refresh you for fall.

Whatever you do, don’t leave before visiting Isak Heartstone, the famous Breckenridge troll. He’s relaxing at the foot of the mountains in a new location, taking it all in. Read on to learn how you can find him, and join in on everything Breckenridge has to offer this season!

1. The Hills Are Alive With the Sound of Music; July 20-August 11

Great pop, classical, country, jazz acts at the Breckenridge Music Festival. (photo: m-gucci)

The Breckenridge Music Festival hosts world-class performers during its three-week run, many absolutely free of charge. Now in its fifth year, it features a resident ensemble of 45 professional musicians you can enjoy outdoors, or in indoor venues large and small. Enjoy champagne chamber concerts in private homes throughout the Festival; Simply Swingin’ with Sinatra and Friends (7/25) and classical geniuses, Copeland, Mozart and Haydn. World famous guitarist Leo Kottke (8/4) will inspire and jazz-funk outfit Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue (8/6) will get partygoers up and dancing in the Riverwalk Center Amphitheatre.

There are events for the kids, too, like the July 20 Kidfest at the Arts District Campus that includes participatory workshops and culminates in a free family concert at Riverwalk.

Beaver Run Resort and Conference Center is kid-friendly, too, as well as welcoming to your furry friends, with special pet rooms available. An on-premise pizza delivery option is a hit with the whole family as are the three- and four- bedroom suites, offering in-room private baths and enough space for the whole gang.

2. Wine Not?; July 26-28

Trolls, “Tree-Os,” Bacon and Beer Bring Summer Fun to Breck
A Vintage day at the Breckenridge Food and Wine festival (photo: Jill Wellington)

Just a quick stroll or complimentary shuttle ride from our front door, a mountain winery blooms each year during the Breckenridge Food and Wine Festival. With an unbeatable lodging special, make Beaver Run Resort & Conference Center your home base so you can imbibe the grape to your heart’s content. Enjoy food and entertainment, and taste close to 300 wines from over 70 of the most awarded wineries in the world. The festival features live music and small plates ready for the discerning nosher, as well as wine and food pairing dinners and a VIP package available for all-access deliciousness.

3. Trolls, Tree Roots and a Musical “Tree-O”; August 9-18

Breckenridge Troll Dougal Brownlie
The troll of renown: Isak Heartstone. (photo by Dougal Brownlie for The Gazette)

During the Breckenridge International Festival of Arts, the town will celebrate the environment and ecological stewardship through a wide array of nature-themed performances, exhibitions, screenings, workshops, and more. Many events are free–and your friendly Beaver Run staff can help point you to the most popular or compelling, based on your interests, and advise you when to leave your suite to beat the crowds. Enjoy a set of arboreal compositions high above you as musical group, Tree-O combines performance art with instrumental melodies that weave their way through the forest. Rotterdam-based Sicilian artist Giuseppe Licari’s installation, “Humus” features enormous tree roots emerging from the ceiling to bring attention to the plight of our woodlands. Since it was built during last year’s festival, Thomas Dambo’s troll has become world famous. You can see the 15-foot tall sculpture at his new home along Illinois Creek behind the town’s skating rink near the Illinois Gulch trailhead.

The Festival is about so much more than just incredible artists and one-of-a-kind musical performances, even though they absolutely cannot be missed. This year, the Festival’s environmental focus sheds light on Breckenridge’s ecosystem and how crucial it is to protect it. In keeping with the eco-theme, The Beaver Run Resort + Conference Center uses sustainable hospitality disciplines whenever possible, such as guest access to a shuttle to save fuel; keeping towels for the weekend to save water and energy; and more.

4. Namaste, Bacon!; August 25

Breckenridge Bacon and Bourbon Fest
Fulfill your hankering for bacon and fine bourbon at the Breckenridge Hogfest. (photo: by Elaine Collins)

If bacon’s your thing, you’re not alone. One day only, on August 25, they can find their bacon-y bliss at the Breckenridge Hogfest: Bacon & Bourbon in downtown Breckenridge, once again, just a quick walk or shuttle ride from Beaver Run. What’s more, many keto and Mediterranean eating plans allow bourbon as the low-sugar, adult beverage of choice–but we don’t suggest counting your calories or your drinks while enjoying the live music, crafts, pork-inspired chef’s cuisine and bourbon seminars during the day and into the night.

5. Yogis Unite; August 31 – September 1

Breckenridge Yoga Festival
Get centered at the Breckenridge Yoga fest. (photo: ipopba)

After perhaps indulging on bacon and bourbon, cleanse your system with the onsite, premier yoga event of the summer located on property at Beaver Run. The first ever Breckenridge Yoga Festival welcomes you to the Resort from August 31- September 1 with an exclusive event rate of $115 a night–which won’t last. Book today for the chance to explore aerial yoga, hiking- and paddleboard-yoga hybrid events and more. You can also learn to meditate; go on a mountain bike tour with meadow yoga included; and work with gifted yoga instructors to find your center and gain solace in one of the most beautiful places on earth.

6. Street Schnitzel and Suds: September 6-8, 2019

Breckenridge Oktoberfest
The biggest street party in Breck starts with beer and may include lederhosen. (photo: Romolo Tavani)

You’ve heard the rumors and they’re all true: During two days in September, the Oktoberfest in Breckenridge becomes the mountain town’s biggest street party. Buy your commemorative stein online and pick it up at the event before they sell out (they invariably do). You can even practice a “come-early, leave-early” policy if you bring your kids, who can enjoy a bounce house while parents enjoy beer. There are other paid activities at the Family Zone on the Riverwalk Center lawn–many who only accept cash. Remember, even though organizers love our furry friends, no pets are allowed at Oktoberfest, so leave them with a sitter.





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