The festivals and Family Entertainment we have in the mountains is second to none. Here is a list of many of the Festivals (and I'm sure that I haven't even covered half of them). Here's a surefire way to enjoy Summer in the Mountains.
Breckenridge Free Family Festival
June 26, 2019 at 11 AM – 1 PM - Riverwalk Center
MEET THE ORCHESTRA: A Free Family Festival - Bravo Vail and the NRO present an engaging concert for the whole family! Join us for fun activities, including an instrument petting zoo, before the performance begins.
Wine and Jazz Festival: Keystone
July 13 & 14th in Keystone
Keystone Wine and Jazz Festival brings more than 300 varieties of wine - red, white, bubbly and everything in between as part of the festival's Village Grand Tasting event, not to mention the Warren Station Reserve Wine Tasting on Friday evening to kick off the weekend's festivities. Top it off with educational wine seminars and smooth (and free) jazz shows all weekend.
Summer Beer Festival Breckenridge
Saturday, July 13, 2019 at 12 PM – 5 PM Beaver Run Resort
Join us for the 14th annual Breckenridge Summer Beer Festival at Beaver Run Resort! Brews, Views & Live Music! Proceeds benefit SOS Outreach of Colorado.
Breckenridge Food and Wine
July 26-28, 2019 Main Street Station Plaza
The Breckenridge Food and Wine Festival brings you a unique, wine-tasting experience. Main Street Station Plaza and The Village at Breckenridge, (at the base of Peak Nine), transform into a beautiful, mountain-side vineyard starring an array of varietals created by top wineries. From the soft and smooth to the unabashedly bold, guests will get more than their fair share of delicious sips. There will be nearly 300 wines to select from
Breckenridge Main Street Art Festival
August 1st 10:00 - 6:00p.m. Breckenridge Main Street near Wellington
The 18th Annual Breckenridge Main Street Art Festival has been ranked as high as #23 in Sunshine Artist's top 200 fine art festivals in 2017!!! This established show will feature 100 artists from around the country. Artists will present ceramics, mixed media, fiber, jewelry, painting, wood, glass, sculpture and much more! You won't want to miss this fabulous summer weekend of art and mountain ambiance.
Bluegrass and Beer Festival
Aug 3 at 1 PM – Aug 4 at 5 PM in Keystone
Keystone brings the wonders of Appalachia to the Rockies. Down-home cooking, frothy flavors and mountain music are just a piece of the pie. In a whirlwind of hillbilly luxuries, folks gather while 40+ craft breweries from Colorado and beyond showcase their unique blends of hops and barleys. Live music kicks up on three stages and the “best of the best” grace us with their presence throughout the two days.
Breckenridge Hogfest - Bacon & Bourbon
August 23-25 - The Village
“Keep your friends close, and your bourbon closer." - Old Kentucky Proverb. Bacon & Bourbon Fusion Bacon is the most loved food in the universe and the route to all things swine and divine. Add the quintessential American liquor, bourbon; mind blown. These indulgences come together for the Breckenridge HogFest - Bacon & Bourbon.
Bourbon Pairing Dinner - Friday, August 23rd, 2019
VIP Access - Saturday, August 24rth, 2019
Brunch - Sunday, August 25th, 2019
September 6-8 Breckenridge Main Street
Breckenridge Oktoberfest, September 6-8, 2019, is the largest street party in the Rocky Mountains. Join us on historic Main Street where Munich meets the mountains for views, brews, yummy food, live music and more!
With more than three-dozen genuine German cuisine and brew vendors, German-themed games including Hammerschlagan, Bavarian lederhosen, Oompah and polka dancing, Oktoberfest Breckenridge is an event not to miss!
Enjoy the most exquisite venue next to Red Rocks - Dillon Amphitheater
Inspired by our scenically spectacular lakeside venue over-looking the majestic Rocky Mountains, we delight in the opportunity to challenge attendees with diverse and engaging live performances, offer an incomparable guest experience and provide authentic and dynamic interactions with our community and visitors. Concerts are held all summer long with great names like Clint Black, Bodeans, Michael Franti, Colorado Symphony, String Cheese Incident, and many others. Don’t miss the Free Movie nights as well, that’s just great fun!
Visit Isak Heartstone
After spending the winter in warmer air, Isak is returning to Breckenridge in the spring of 2019 to settle back into the forest. Isak is Breckenridge’s 15 foot wooden troll capturing the hearts of many last summer. Isak welcomes those who will love his home as he does and leave no trace on his new surroundings. Isak Heartstone is a large-scale, wooden troll sculpture by Danish artist Thomas Dambo, known for building playful sculptures out of recycled material.
His new home is off the Illinois Gulch trail behind the Stephen C. West Ice Arena. The Trollsteigen Trail is a one-way directional trail and is the only way to visit Isak.
If you’ve never been white water rafting, you’re in for a treat this year! Arkansas River Rafting is truly one of Colorado’s greatest mountain adventures. Among the nation’s most sought-after whitewater, the Arkansas River in Colorado plunges 5,000 feet in its first 125 miles. The thrill of whitewater rapids both big and small, spectacular views of the Rocky Mountains’ highest “fourteeners” (14,000-foot peaks) and local wildlife (bighorn sheep, deer, elk, birds and more) make whitewater rafting on the Arkansas Rivers true Colorado adventure.
Discover Fairy Magic on the Trails
This has been a long time local secret, and has become more widely popular.
Love to hike with the little ones? Breckenridge has its very own Fairy Forest trail. What began as a creative game of fairy hide-and-seek blossomed into a community collaboration, as neighbors and locals discovered and added to the charming collection of fairys, mushrooms, and trolls. Start at Breckenridge Ski Resort’s Snow flake chair lift. The fairs await along a gentle shady trail that meanders amount the tall trees on the Four O’Clock Trail.
Copper Mountain Fun Park
Looking for a fun Family Adventure Park that won’t break the bank? There is something for all ages to do at Copper in the Summer. Channel your inner ninja on the Woodward WreckTangle outdoor obstacle course, ride the longest Mountain Coaster, Zip Line over the pond, race your family in your own Go Cart, and more! 2 for 1 passes available this summer.
Breckenridge is a mecca for bikers of all kinds. From road bikers to mountain bikers to cruisers and everything in between. Discover the seemingly endless trails, paths and bike parks for every level of rider and get ready to take in the views on two wheels. Mountain Bike from the chair lift at Breckenridge or Keystone, Ride the Vail Pass downhill, or Freestyle on any one of our amazing bike trails all around. Rent gear or bring your own! Biking with the family? You can always put your bike on the Summit Stage to get back to your home base!
Take a swing at Breckenridge’s 27-hole golf course, one of the few Jack Nicklaus designed municipal golf courses in the world, complete with a driving range, practice putting green and clubhouse. Try to focus on the turf and not the views of the Ten Mile Range. Breckenridge Golf Club offers Pass Cards to residents of Breckenridge, Upper Blue second homeowners, or residents of Summit and Park Counties. Play for only $44/round. Breckenridge Golf Club is also offering a Summer Renter Punch Card. The card is designed for those individuals who aren’t property owners of Breckenridge, but will be staying a minimum of two weeks during the summer months. These are $85/round. Buying in Summit County has its privileges.
Hang at the Lake (Frisco or Dillon)
Nothing screams summer like the scenic Dillon Reservoir in the heart of Summit County, Colorado. The Reservoir spans 3,300 acres and boasts 27 miles of shoreline surrounded by majestic peaks. At 9,017 ft. in elevation, the boating season is weather dependent, but typically runs from early June to early or mid September. The Reservoir has 2 marina’s, Dillon Marina and Frisco Bay Marina and brings lake life to this quintessential mountain town with boat, kayak, and paddle sport rentals, a sandy beach and waterside dining.
What's not to love about a farmers market? Where else can you shop with a direct view of towering peaks, buy directly from an artist or a farmer, do some yoga on a manicured lawn, listen to live music while supporting local economies. Summit County is home to several summer markets. On Sundays you'll find the Breckenridge Market at the south end of town at the corner of Park and Main in the Main Street Station courtyard. Live music, fresh bread and flowers, Colorado farms, artisan goods, chair massage and more are all represented in this pleasant shopping experience. Over in Dillon the farm vibes are strong. The Dillon Farmers Market will be located on Lodgepole Street adjacent to the Dillon Reservoir. The Friday Dillon Farmers Market has a great showing of organic produce, bath products, kombucha, and also features live music at 10:30 a.m – 1:00 p.m.
Stand Up Paddleboard Yoga is fun, challenging, and relaxing all wrapped up in an inspiring experience on the water. SUP YOGA is accessible to everyone willing to step out of their comfort zone and practice yoga on a floating surface. Take your mountain yoga experience to the next level and join Meta on the water this summer! Meta Yoga Studios hosts SUP YOGA classes Thursday - Sunday during the Summer months of June, July, and August.
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Here in Breckenridge, we really have three seasons rather than four: Ski season, summer and mud season. The latter is aptly named, considering it is the time when the snow is melting and trails become messy with mud. This year is truly one of our most Epic Years with the Ski Resort extending it's opening to June 9th, well past Memorial Day Weekend. May and June are pretty much the epitome of mud season as are experiencing the wonderful summer sun mixed with crazy snow showers, warmth and wildflowers not fully arrived. May and June (barring any unseasonal snowstorms … never out of the question) are the town’s best kept secret. While some think that Breck becomes a ghost town this time of year, there are actually many things to love about it.
Local eateries like to honor locals and anyone who comes to town for the off-season by offering two-for-one dinners and a slew of other yummy specials. Nearly three dozen restaurants comprise the Breckenridge Restaurant Association, which is offering a Spring Dining Passport full of coupons for fantastic dining specials through June 6. Passports can be picked up at all participating restaurants or at the Breckenridge Welcome Center. The Passports, valid for two people, are available for a $10 donation, which benefits scholarships for restaurant industry-bound local high school graduates.
What?! Yes, it's true! Breckenridge has extended their season to June 9th (weekends only after Memorial Day weekend) The ski season is still charging in all of it’s slushy glory with a ton of terrain still open and great events throughout May.
WAVE: Light + Water + Sound, an exhibition of cutting-edge works of contemporary public art presented from May 30–June 2, 2019. The free four-night festival features interactive artworks, temporary installations and performances in and around the Blue River Plaza in downtown Breckenridge, transforming the river, bridges and waterfront area into outdoor canvases, stages and exhibition spaces.
So this may have to wait, but ... Have you ever noticed how a winter parka takes up as much space as about eight sundresses or 12 T-shirts? Shove it away, people. Revel in the possibilities. You could practically rent your closet as an extra bedroom, it’s so delightfully spacious all of a sudden.
Ghost town is simply not the way to explain it. The way that the majestic, partially snow-covered peak loom over a quiet Main Street inspires an unmistakable sense of Zen. The chatter of returning robins and hummingbirds are the soundtrack. Soak it up.
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