Vail Mountain – Summer 2017 Events
Vail Whitewater Series
5/9, 5/16, 5/23, 5/30, 6/6
The Vail Recreation District partners with Alpine Quest Sports to host the annual Vail Whitewater Race Series. The races will be divided between three categories, including kayak (under 9'6"), two-person raft and stand-up paddleboard (SUP) (under 11') with different course challenges every week. The course challenge for each event will be determined the day prior based on river flows. Each week, the two-round format will consist of an individual time trial with results determining the seeding for the second round, head-to-head race. Lakota Guides will be on-site at each event with rafts available for R2 teams to use. An after-party will also be hosted in Vail Village each week where cash and product prizes will be awarded to the winners of all three categories and all participants and spectators over 21 will receive a free beer courtesy of New Belgium Brewing Company. Race day registration begins at 4:30 p.m. at the Vail Whitewater Park at International Bridge and all races begin at 5.30 p.m. Races start at the Covered Bridge and end at International Bridge. Short-term gear drop is available at Checkpoint Charlie. Please park in the Vail Village parking structure.
GoPro Mountain Games
June 8-11
What began with a grassroots idea to merge athletes, art, music, and mountains in 2002 has now become one of the best all-around mountain experiences available anywhere in the world: The GoPro Mountain Games. The 2016 GoPro Mountain Games may have been one of the most sensational, active, exciting and entertaining summer weekends Vail has ever known. More than 3,300 athletes signed up and took part. More than 67,000 people (and a whole lot of dogs) watched the action and strolled through the streets. The rivers were running high, the sun was shining, and ‘pros and joes’ competed side by side in more than 30 separate events. Big names in outdoor and adventure sports, like Rush Sturges, Izzi Gomes, Mike Tavares, Chuck Patterson, and the Jackson family of kayakers are already circling their calendars for 2017 June 8-11: More concerts at the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater, a souped-up Ultimate Mountain Challenge, and a few eye-opening new events are on the slate for the 16th year of the GoPro Mountain Games.
Vail Jazz Festival
June 9 – September 4
The Vail Jazz Festival is a 12-week program that brings the best talent in the jazz world to the ultimate summer destination in the Colorado Rockies: Vail. The Festival consists of six distinctive series that run from June – September: Vail Jazz @ Vail Square, Vail Jazz @ The Market, Vail Jazz Club Series, Vail Jazz @ The Remedy, the Vail Jazz Party, and new this year, Vail Jazz @ Riverwalk. With over 70 performances and 200 artists, join us this summer as we fill the streets of Vail with the sounds of swing, salsa, blues, Latin, bebop, the American Songbook, and more.
Vail Craft Beer Classic
June 15-18
Experience the mountains the way they should be enjoyed, with a cold beer and your friends. Enjoy tastings with dozens of breweries from Colorado and beyond, exploring not just the world of craft beer but all the outdoor adventures Vail has to offer.
Vail Farmers Market & Art Show
June 18 – October 1
Get a taste of Colorado with the Vail Farmers' Market and Art Show, open every Sunday throughout the summer. Colorado's finest are showcased during the farmer’s market including locally grown produce, international dishes, fresh baked goods and even Colorado wine. The Art Show feeds travelers’ creativity offering everything from beautiful clothing and jewelry to handmade home items.
Hot Summer Nights
6/20, 6/27, 7/11, 7/18, 7/25, 8/15, 8/22
Tuesday nights from June through August heat up the town with live-music that keeps the huge crowds dancing. All Hot Summer Nights Concerts take place Tuesdays at the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater in Vail. Join us for Hot Summer Happy Hour, starting at 4:30pm! Come to the amphitheater early and enjoy yard games, free music, and beer tastings from Crazy Mountain Brewery.
Bravo! Vail
June 22 – August 3
30 years ago, Bravo! Vail opened its doors with three concerts and a vision to bring great music to Vail. Today, that vision has blossomed into a summer home to the world’s finest musicians and ensembles, with dozens of performances and education and community engagement programs for all ages. The 2017 season is truly a once-in-a-lifetime celebration. Four of the greatest orchestras of our time—London’s Academy of St Martin in the Fields, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, The Philadelphia Orchestra, and the New York Philharmonic—offer some of the most powerful and well-loved masterworks ever written. Two Music Directors lead their farewell concerts. Five commissioned works receive their premieres. Not to mention sensational pops shows, world renowned soloists, innovative chamber artistry, and delightful family programs, all in spectacular settings throughout the Vail Valley. Orchestra concerts take place in Vail’s magnificent Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater, which accommodates guests in a covered pavilion or on the expansive grassy hillside with its breathtaking view of the Rocky Mountains. Tickets start at $28 for the lawn, and range from $44 - $150 in the pavilion. Children 3-12 receive $5 lawn admission to all Bravo! concerts at the Amphitheater. Pack a picnic and listen to the glorious sounds of classical music underneath the Colorado sky. Chamber Music Series and Classically Uncorked are presented in the intimate Donovan Pavilion in West Vail. 
Vail Arts Festival
June 23-25
A three-day celebration of over 80 artists showcasing digital art, drawing, fiber, glass, graphics and print making, metal works, wood, mixed media, ceramics, paintings, photography, sculpture, jewelry, and fashion all the while surrounded by the beauty and fresh air of Vail, CO.
Vail Family Fun Fest       
6/24, 7/1, 7/8, 7/15, 7/22, 7/29, 8/5
The Vail Family Fun Fest is a few hours of simple fun in the beautiful Colorado Rockies presented in a festival setting. Families can come and visit various stations including our Creation Station - a tent filled with creative arts & crafts projects, The Science Tent - featuring Nature's Educator's, an educational group fostering respect and awareness of Birds of Prey and other animals found in Colroado, Play Town - featuring hula hoops, giant jenga and Connect Four and our Bounce House of Fun. In addition to these stations, we will be conducting several contests and group games throughout the day which may include the "Water Balloon Toss of Death", The Blue Moose "Pizza Toss of Champions", Hula Hoop Extravaganza and Simon Says.
Vail Lacrosse Shootout
June 25 – July 4
A long running invitational lacrosse tournament featuring various age and gender divisions. Each division plays over a period of 3-4 days.
Vail Summer Bluegrass Series
6/28, 7/5, 7/12, 7/19
The Vail Summer Bluegrass Series is four free live bluegrass concerts. Each individual concert boasts national-level, award-winning talent and have proven to draw crowds from the Vail region, as well as visiting guests from around the world. To support our headlining talent, we have made it a priority to feature local and regional bands as well. In addition to music at the Arrabelle, the Vail Summer Bluegrass Series has partnered with Eco Products (cup donations) and Rock the Earth in an effort to keep our planet front and center.
Vail Farmers Market – Farm to Table Dinners
6/30, 7/14, 8/4
Join Vail Farmers’ Market and local Chefs for a family style farm-to-table dinner series. We will celebrate Colorado harvests with talented chefs, regional farms, and more.
Vail America Days
July 4
Vail America Days™ is the annual 4th of July Festival in beautiful Vail, Colorado. It's a celebration featuring spectacular fireworks, town parade, live music, children's entertainment and an open-air street festival atmosphere. Come experience all Vail has to offer this Summer.
Vail Jazz Gala
July 10
The 2017 Vail Jazz Gala, From Bridge Street to Bourbon Street, will be a dazzling evening of fundraising, exquisite food, and a genuinely soulful performance by “The Voice of New Orleans,” John Boutté. The evening will feature an alluring silent auction, extraordinary live auction packages, and a spectacular performance. New Orleans jazz legend Boutté will be joined by Vail Jazz Workshop Alumni, bringing together a celebrated legend of jazz history with the genre’s next generation of superstars. The evening is a benefit for Vail Jazz educational programs, which include the Vail Jazz Workshop, Vail Jazz Goes to School, and Jammin’ Jazz Kids. These programs bring music education into the lives of more than 1,400 students each year through more than 50 educational sessions annually.
Vail International Dance Festival
July 29 – August 12
The outdoor splendor of the Colorado Rocky Mountains is the backdrop each summer as the mountain town of Vail plays host to collection of the world’s finest dancers. Under the artistic direction of Damian Woetzel, the Vail Dance Festival has developed into a treasured celebration, renowned for its artistic excellence, unparalleled programming, new works and one-of-a-kind partnerships. More than 20-thousand people from around the world descend each summer on Vail, a vibrant cultural destination, for the Festival’s two-week residency. Now in its 29th year, the Festival’s spirited atmosphere transforms the village into a culturally-rich environment that is inviting to dance aficionados and newcomers alike. In addition to regular performances, the Festival features robust community programming and education events, drawing on its roster of visiting artists, in addition to year-round personnel who focus on arts education in the Vail Valley.
Vail Kids Adventure Games
August 9-13
The Kids Adventure Games will return to Vail for its eighth summer, Aug. 9-13, offering kids ages 6-14 a race of a lifetime featuring river tubing, zip-lines, cargo nets, obstacles, rappelling, mud-pits, hiking, biking and more. Considered to be one of the coolest kids races on the planet, Vail’s race will be a qualifier for the National Championships to debut in spring 2018 in Vail. Additionally, this year’s race will feature new obstacles, courses and the long anticipated ‘Family Quest’ where a parent and child can try out the course together. The only adventure race of its kind in the nation, Vail’s race has seen over 1000 teams of two compete, learn self-reliance, grit and resiliency over the past six years and the 2017 Games won’t disappoint. Vail is the marquee event in the eight-race nationwide series, which is sponsored by Toyota, Horizon Organics, Clif Kid, Darn Tough Socks and Honest Tea. Registration for the Vail race begins March 1.
Gourmet on Gore
September 1-4
This unique culinary festival offers an open-air tasting with world-class wine, beer and spirits paired with culinary delights from Vail’s top restaurants. Gourmet on Gore offers free admission and a variety of additional pairing events.
Vail Oktoberfest
Lionshead: September 8-10
Vail Village: September 15-17
Munich comes to Vail for the world’s greatest celebration of beer, music and autumn - Oktoberfest! The event will see two full weekends of blown-out Bavarian fun including the return of many crowd favorites like the Bratwurst Eating Contests and Keg Bowling. Emulating the age-old celebration known all over the world, Vail Oktoberfest delights guests with Hacker-Pschorr Beer, Bavarian music and dancing, traditional fare, yodeling, alpenhorn blowing, and much more.
Vail Automotive Classic/ Vail Village Car Show
September 10
It’s much more than a car show; it’s an auto enthusiast weekend in Vail, Colorado. Back for its eighth year, the Vail Automotive Classic series of events will include the F.A.C.C. (Friday Afternoon Car Club) at the iconic Hotel Gasthof Gramshammer in the heart of Vail Village, a beautiful Mountain Road Tour through the Colorado Rockies, a Country Western Hoedown Benefit at the Vail Golf Club, benefitting the local non-profit, Eagle Valley Senior Life, and the ever-popular Vail Village Car Show featuring vintage, custom, and classic cars with awards presented in all classes.
Colorado Grand
September 15-16
The Colorado Grand® is an annual charity tour for 1960 and earlier sports and race cars of distinction. The event was founded in 1989 by Englewood automotive enthusiast Bob Sutherland. Every September at the peak of the fall color season approximately 85 vintage cars are driven in this relaxed, non-competitive event, covering 1,000 miles through the Rockies in five days.
Southern Hemisphere Wine Tasting
Brought to you by Taste of Vail. Featuring seminars, outdoor tastings and wine pop-ups at pariticpanting restaurants. Music and other artistic programs including art will be featured as well.
Slow Fashion Vail
September 22-24
Interactive event focusing on the commitment to sustainable fashion. Vail Slow Fashion represents a combination of ski culture and sustainability.
Vail Beaver Creek Restaurant Week
September 29 – October 8
Spanning the Vail Valley throughout Beaver Creek Resort and Vail Mountain, food and wine aficionados delight in the ten-day Vail . Beaver Creek Restaurant Week, which features delectable prix fixe specialties – each for the apropos rate of $20.17.  Renowned, award-winning chefs display utmost creativity and wine pairing mastery to tempt the palates of fortuitous autumn visitors and tenured valley residents.  Fresh flavors of European, Italian, Asian, American, Swiss, and Mexican cuisine beckon guests to taste a dish from the more than 40 participating restaurants – which include world-renowned favorites such as Tavern on the Square, Sweet Basil and Matsuhisa in Vail and Toscanini, Splendido and Revolution in Beaver Creek.
Outlier Offroad Festival
September 30 – October 1
Presented by SRAM and Scott Bikes, The Outlier Offroad Festival at Vail features mountain biking's best brands and hottest bikes for 3 days of lift-served consumer demo within the golden glow of Vail’s aspen-lined hero dirt. Welcoming the country’s fastest Enduro and XC riders, Outlier also serves as USA Cycling’s Rocky Mountain Regional Enduro and Cross Country Championships for amateurs and pros. A $25,000 cash purse, live music, kids’ activities and all of next year’s bikes NOW make Outlier a must-attend event for families that love to ride.

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