I hear this comment all the time from my visiting friends, “yeah, we can see why you live here in Vail and are always posting fun pictures online for us to see.” The reality of life in the Vail Valley is there is always something fun to do. This is the good news for visitors. Sometimes you will hear a local lament “I have to go to another event this weekend” as they hunch their shoulders and look toward the ground. The sigh released from their lungs indicates just a twinge of pain but mostly sarcasm.
It’s true- really, there is always something fun happening here. Fun is a relative term but I think we can make the majority of people and families happy with the variety our towns have to offer.
Ok, here is a small list of ongoing events happening this Summer in the Vail Valley.
Farmers Markets. we have several and they each have their own flair, unique booths and a few similarities. These are relaxing, festive and interesting events for everyone in the family. They have children’s activities, food you can eat while walking around the market, food you can take home with you. Refreshing treats like homemade lemonade and ice cream. The best cup cakes to ever touch your lips, made here locally. Music floats through and is perfect for a beautiful day- which we normally have here in Colorado. We could go on and on about everything Farmers Market.
Ok, so let’s say it does rain or your kids just like to read. We have a number of libraries.
You would think that in our compact community we would have only 1 library but surprised we like to read around here so we have several. Town of Vail Public Library, Eagle Valley Library District which has library’s in Avon, Eagle and Gypsum.
We live in a music lover’s paradise. All summer your calendar can be filled with musical activities for your whole family no matter their interests. Here is a small list of the some of the music events for the summer.
The Bravo Music Festival at the Ford Amphitheater from June 25- Aug 4th. This has the the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the National Repertory Orchestra and the New York Philharmonic.
Jazz at the Market: Sunday’s from June 24th- Aug 26th Held at the Jazz tent at Solaris
Minturn free concert series, Thursdays from July 12 through Aug. 30. Enjoy the natural amphitheater at Little Beach Park in Minturn below Lionshead Rock.
Jazz at Vail Square from July 5 – Aug. 30. Jazz at Vail Square comes to the Arrabelle every Thursday night featuring international jazz groups representing a variety of genres.
Vilar Performing Arts Center (VPAC) Underground Sound Concert Series in Beaver Creek on Sundays at 8 p.m. from Sept. 23-Nov. 4.
Hot Summer Nights Concert Series. Tuesday nights at the Ford Ampi-theater starting June 12. This is the locals favorite where they get to see people they haven’t seen in a while and families can play on the grassy knowel and watch the concerts.
ShowDown Town Free Concert Series at the Eagle Town Park in Eagle Thursdays starting June 28th.
Vilar Arts Center in Beaver Creek has concerts all summer. A Variety of amazing acts will be performing like the Dukes of September, Nanci Griffith, Al Green, K. D. Lang & the Suss Boom Bang and Diana Krall.
And…We are not done yet.
Minturn movies in the park every other Saturday from June 9 through Aug. 18 from 8 to 10 p.m. These free movies take place at Little Beach Park in Minturn and have movie theme nights. More Information.
Friday Afternoon Club on Vail Mountain, Fridays starting at 5 p.m. on Talon’s Deck at Adventure Ridge June 22-Aug. 31. More Information and full band lineup.
Beaver Creek Rodeo Series at Traer Creek in Avon, Thursday evenings June 28-Aug. 16.
The Beaver Creek Rodeo returns with classic rodeo events including bronc riding, calf scramble, team roping, mutton bustin’, barrel racing, bull riding and burro racing. Located in Avon behind Chapel Square, gates open at 5 p.m. Bring the whole family for pony rides, face painting, mechanical bull, western fare and a wide range of barbecue from Vail Valley restaurants. More Information.
Lionshead Family Fun Club, Saturdays, June 16 – Aug. 11. Free family activities in Lionshead each Saturday. More Information.