If you need a break from speakers, concerts, hiking and biking, hop on the bus up to Snowmass for the annual Snowmass Culinary Festival, Saturday July 12. The scenic surroundings of the Snowmass resort provide the setting for participants who'll enjoy a day of great food, wine and spirits, culminating in the "Palate of Pairings" at 4pm. At the pairing, small plates with wine and sprits, prepared by local chefs, will be offered. A silent auction will be conducted to benefit the Little Red Schoolhouse. For details visit www.gosnowmass.com.
If you love the violin, you're in luck this weekend as two of the world's most famous concert violinists perform in the Benedict Music Tent at the Aspen Music Festival. Tonight at 6pm Gil Shaham performs Bartok's 2nd violin concerto with the Aspen Chamber Symphony. The program also includes Beethoven's iconic 5th symphony. Tomorrow afternoon, Joshua Bell performs the Bruch Concerto with the Aspen Festival Orchestra. Saint-Saens' gorgeous 3rd symphony ends the program. For details, visit www.aspenmusicfestival.com.
If you're going to be here for July 4, plan on a day full of activity and classic small-town celebration. At 8am, the Boogie's Buddy Race gets off to a shotgun start. Kids can decorate their bikes at Paepcke Park and then line up and take part in the annual parade, which begins at 11am. The AVSC and the Aspen Art Museum are both holding picnics in the afternoon, and at 4pm the Aspen Music Festival presents its traditional free band concert. Fireworks go off at 9:15 pm, with dancing until 10:30pm at the corner of Mill and Cooper, just a few blocks from Aspen Square!