Aspen Information : Summer Events

Hiking, Biking, Rafting, Fly Fishing, Aspen Ideas Festival

Aspen’s Summer season is packed with adventures for all interests, including: hiking, biking, rafting, fly fishing, horseback riding, rock climbing, outdoor music events, and more.

June 17-19, 2016
FOOD & WINE Classic in Aspen : Each year, the world’s most accomplished winemakers, celebrity chefs, and culinary experts come together in one breathtaking setting, the FOOD & WINE Classic in Aspen. Don’t miss the opportunity to experience the pinnacle of good taste, mingle with stars, and enjoy a pleasure-packed weekend at the base of spectacular Aspen Mountain.
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June 23 – July 2, 2016
Aspen Ideas Festival : The Aspen Ideas Festival is the nation’s premier, public gathering place for leaders from around the globe and across many disciplines to engage in deep and inquisitive discussion of the ideas and issues that shape our lives and challenge our times.
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August 3–5, 2016
Aspen Art Museum, ArtCrush : ArtCrush is Aspen’s premier summer event benefiting the Aspen Art Museum.
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August 4-7, 2016
Art Aspen : Art Aspen fair is presented by galleries from around the world exhibiting modern and contemporary art in a variety of media including painting, photography, sculpture, and mixed-media.
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September 15-18, 2016
Aspen Ruggerfest 2016 : A 4-day rugby football tournament in it’s 48th year…hosting local and international teams.
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September 2–4, 2016
Jazz Aspen Snowmass, Labor Day : Year-round music performances and events, including jazz, American, and world music
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September 10, 2016
Aspen Mac And Cheese Festival : Free admission for all to sample the best Mac’N Cheese creations in the Aspen area. Bring your own spoon to keep this event environmentally friendly.
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September 24, 2016
Golden Leaf Half Marathon : Voted by Colorado Runner as the Best Half Marathon and chosen by Trail Runner Magazine as one of “America’s 14 most scenic races”. The Golden Leaf is one of the most beautiful foot races in the Rockies. This 13.1 mile half marathon traverses from Snowmass Village to the heart of Aspen on mountain trails and roads at the height of Colorado’s breathtaking fall colors.
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Aspen Art Museum (
A contemporary art museum whose exhibitions include drawings, paintings, sculptures, multimedia installations and electronic media. Free admission.

Aspen Center for Environmental Studies (
Aspen Center for Environmental Studies (ACES) provides nature education for children and adults, offering classes, day camps, and special events

The Aspen Institute (
Offering seminars, lectures, and conferences by scholars and leaders from around the world

Aspen Music Festival and School (
One of the top classical music festivals in the United States, noted both for its concert programming and its musical training of mostly young-adult music students

Belly Up, Aspen (
Aspen’s live music venue

Theatre Aspen (
Performing nightly throughout summer

Wheeler Opera House (
Featuring live music, theater, and stand-up comedy

4th of July Festivities in Aspen, Colorado

Mike Lyons Photography

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