Once summer begins, Snowmass doesn’t stop! From live weekly music concerts to Lost Forest adventures to rodeos, balloons, and Gold Medal-rated mountain biking terrain, there’s no way you’ll be bored when you spend the summer season in the valley.
Whether you’re a visitor to Aspen or a local in need of some fresh ideas, we’ve compiled a list of our favorite summer events to get you in the Snowmass groove.
Ongoing Summer Events in Snowmass
The Snowmass Free Concert Series takes place on the Fanny Hill Concert Stage in Base Village every Thursday evening from 6:30 to 8:30 pm, from June 10 through August 26 (plus the 4th of July). You’ll be able to purchase beverages onsite, or order a delicious takeout picnic from one of the various Base Village restaurants. Be sure to bring a blanket or chairs, as well as warm clothing to stay cozy despite the post-sunset chill.
Snowmass Wildflower Walks are guided nature walks led by naturalists from the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies (ACES). They take place on Snowmass Mountain twice per day throughout the summer. You’ll follow your naturalist through meadows and forests along the family-friendly Snowmass Nature Trail, and learn about the diversity of wildflowers on Snowmass Mountain. Wildflower walks take place daily at 10am, from June 19 through September 26.
Snowmass Ice Age Discovery Walks are easy hikes near the site of the Snowmass fossil discovery. Led by naturalists from (ACES), you’ll hear stories and see props and photos that introduce you to the Ice Age Discovery Dig. Ice Age Discovery Walks take place daily at 10am, from June 19 through September 6.
During weekly Snowmass Fridays on the Mall (from June 11 through August 27), you can enjoy live music (at the Tower Stage and on Fanny Hill) as well as numerous family-friendly activities. Kids and parents alike will be delighted by the free Snowmass S’mores from 5:30 to 7:30pm (although you may want to visit Snowmass restaurants for Friday specials first), and you’ll find that local shops welcome you long into the evening.
Farm to Table Tuesdays are hosted by the Elk Camp restaurant from 5:00 to 7:30pm every summer Tuesday in Snowmass. You’ll take the Elk Camp Gondola to the restaurant for a farm-to-table-inspired dinner made with locally sourced ingredients. Numerous family-friendly outdoor activities are accessible from Elk Camp post-meal, including the Lost Forest and the Snowmass Bike Park.
The Snowmass Rodeo takes place Wednesday evenings at 7pm at Town Park Station (formerly the Rodeo Lot) near the Snowmass Recreation Center. This long-standing weekly Western event includes live country music, rodeo horses, livestock, and plenty of family activities.
Snowmass June Events
The Colorado Comedy Festival takes place June 17, bringing several Colorado-based comedians to Snowmass to compete for a support slot with the summer comedy series. Contestants will have a chance to impress the crowds with a 3- to 5-minute comedy set. This is a great way to indulge in a laugh and support new comedians!
The Big Dog Show takes place June 18-20 and brings 20 giant steel dog sculptures (each created and welded by artist Dale Rogers) to the Snowmass Base Village lawn. The entire family will be delighted by these gentle giants, and puppy portraits will be available for purchase for families who bring their furkids along.
Summer of Soul is a drive-in movie experience at Snowmass Town Park. Presented by Aspen Film, Summer of Soul “shines a light on the importance of history to our spiritual well-being and stands as a testament to the healing power of music.” Enjoy an evening watching legendary musician Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson’s documentary about the summer of 1969’s Harlem Cultural Festival.
The Snowmass Art Festival takes place on June 26 at the Base Village Events Lawn at. Stop by for a free two-day juried art show, featuring original pieces by local and national artists. The Snowmass Art Festival selects a variety of artists, each of whom specialize in a particular medium such as painting, sculpture, photography, ceramics, glass, wood, and more. is surrounded by the world-class resort, beautiful mountains, countless recreational activities, and outstanding shops, restaurants, and hotels. While the festival itself is free, artwork is individually priced.
The Annual VIDA Mountain Biking Clinic takes place June 26th and 27th at the Snowmass Bike Park. Riders of all levels are welcome; you’ll take advantage of the chairlifts to access Snowmass’ world-class MTB trail network. The immersive Flagship 2-day Clinic is designed to give you confidence and improve your form. Spots in this clinic are in high demand, so book your spot early. Should the event sell out, you can always purchase a Bike Park day pass and enjoy the trails on your own!
Snowmass July Events
The Snowmass 4th of July Concert will take place Sunday evening at the Fanny Hill stage. Wearing red, white, and blue apparel is encouraged while you enjoy listening to New Orleans band Miss Mojo. Snowmass will provide free sweets and glow-in-the-dark swag.
Anderson Ranch presents a “Dinner and a Movie” event on July 14 from 6:00 to 9:00pm. A multi-course meal (conceived by Rob Ittner and the Ranch Café) will accompany the Scandinavian film Babette’s Feast, which explores what it means to be an artist, as well as the relationships between people and their beliefs.
Stop by the annual Snowmass Rendezvous Craft Beer Festival July 16-18 at the Snowmass Mall. While it used to be a craft-beer-only event, wineries, distilleries, and other retailers are joining in the fun. A welcome party, live music, and farewell brunch are just a few of the scheduled events during the weekend.
Support local youth by attending the Triple Crown World Series July 20-25, a double elimination baseball competition for youth in the Valley. While games take place throughout the valley, Snowmass hosts the opening ceremonies and other spectator opportunities.
Vist the Snowmass Base Village Ice Rink on July 26 from 3-6pm, where Straight Line Studios presents What’s in Yr Queue, a group art project exploring what we put in our queue for domestic and individual spaces when we’re also experiencing crises such as a pandemic and civil unrest.
The Snowmass Doubles Volleyball Tournament returns to Snowmass July 22-25, and spectators are welcome. Volleyball of the Rockies will present this boutique mountain volleyball tournament at Snowmass Town Park’s sand and grass courts.
If you’re an athlete eager to push your limits, sign up for the annual Audi Power of Four Trail Run on July 31, a 50K Ultramarathon which covers all four Aspen Snowmass mountains. In addition, a 25k and a 10k race take place at Snowmass, with the 25k extending its course to Buttermilk Mountain.
Also on July 31, Heritage Fire features a competition for chefs and farmers to create tasting menus that make use of traditional outdoor cooking. The competition takes place in Snowmass Base Village, where you’ll also find libations from wineries and breweries to accompany the dynamic tasting menus that celebrate local food sourcing.
Snowmass August Events
Sign up for the annual 5k on the Mountain, part of a trail run series (the Colorado Brewery Running Series) that takes place at various brewery locations throughout Colorado. The Snowmass event begins at the New Belgium Ranger Station at the Snowmass Mall.
Anderson Ranch presents a “Movie Night” event on August 18 from 6:00 to 9:00pm. Watch Tamra Daivs’ documentary Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child, featuring insider interviews, archival footage, and Basquiat’s own words. All event tickets include popcorn and a beverage.
Seven shows of the Flynn Creek Circus will take place August 20-22 under a vintage big top tent in Snowmass Base Village. The all-ages “Fairytale” show features acrobats, contortionists, aerialists, jugglers, and more.
On August 28, Cidermass invites 20-30 different cider vendors to the Snowmass Mall. Purchase Cidermass tickets to enjoy craft cider tasting from 1-4pm.
Snowmass September Events
While September isn’t quite the peak summer, we consider the JAS Aspen Snowmass Labor Day Experience part of Snowmass’ annual summer event lineup. Over Labor Day weekend (from Friday, September 3 through Sunday, September 5, 2021), enjoy three full days of top music performers. 2021’s Labor Day Experience guests include Stevie Nicks, Eric Church, Kings of Leon, Maren Morris, Sharly Crow, and more to be announced closer to the date.
Another not-quite-summer-but-worth-mentioning annual event is the September 10 Snowmass Balloon Festival. The event includes three days of balloon launches, plus the spectacular Balloon Night Glow on Friday evening. Spectators are encouraged to drive, hike, or bike to Snowmass in order to watch the event.
Snowmass Summer Vacation Tips
If you’re visiting Snowmass for the summer and need a place to stay, we at Alpine Property are happy to help you find the perfect Snowmass vacation rental. We’re also eager to assist our guests in choosing and planning the perfect summer activities while they’re here. Don’t hesitate to reach out and engage us!