Every summer, as snowfields melt into wildflower meadows, a multitude from the Front Range to the Texas panhandle road-trips to Colorado’s high country to revel in hiking and mountain biking and rafting and fly-fishing and—the list goes on, and on (and on). But as anyone who’s lived here year-round will tell you, there’s a lot more to summers in our corner of paradise than singletrack and snowmelt. As Gore Creek and the Eagle River roar with runoff, our outdoor amphitheaters thunder with applause cheering maestros, choreographers, musicians, and dancers, while throngs pack the streets and tents of resort villages reveling in the bounty of winemakers, brewmasters, chefs, and artisans. Weekend after weekend, day after day, until the peaks again are dusted with snow and the lifts start spinning. Here’s a taste of, and a toast to, the quintessential events that define, and refine, our all-too-brief (but nonetheless glorious) warm-weather festival season.

In This Feature:

The Hills Are Alive with the Sound of Bravo! Vail

From the New York Philharmonic slopeside to pop-up performances at local brewpubs, Bravo! Vail has this summer's hottest ticket.

06/08/2018 By Kirsten Dobroth

Vail Jazz Brings the Heat to the Vail Valley's Summer Music Lineup

Time to bust out your dancing shoes—Vail Jazz keeps the party going all summer long.

06/08/2018 By Kirsten Dobroth

A Dance Lover's Guide to Summer

Once Bravo! Vail exits the Ford Amphitheater, the Vail Dance Festival takes center stage.

06/08/2018 By Kirsten Dobroth

Three Ways to Satisfy Your Wild, Western Wanderlust This Summer

Bronc riding, barrel racing, mutton bustin', and more.

06/08/2018 By Kirsten Dobroth Photography by Zach Mahone

8 Mountain Music Series That Will Make You Get up and Dance

When the sun goes down, the Vail Valley's summer music scene heats up.

06/08/2018 By Kirsten Dobroth

Four Festivals to Get Your Foodie Fix

From slopeside Grand Tastings to mountaintop biergardens, we've rounded up the summer's hottest events for food and wine.

06/08/2018 By Kirsten Dobroth

Everything You Need to Know About Oktoberfest in the Vail Valley

Grab your stein—it's Oktoberfest time!

06/08/2018 By Kirsten Dobroth

Your Farmers' Market Roundup

From farm-to-table dinners in Vail Village to fresh produce in Edwards, everything you need to know about the eating local in the Vail Valley.

06/08/2018 By Kirsten Dobroth