Aspen's calendar is packed with events during the summer. Here is just a sampling of what's in store during the warm weather months.
May 21 – Ride for the Pass
June 17-19 – Food & Wine Magazine Classic
Aspen’s annual summer kick-off event and one of the nation’s most prestigious epicurean gatherings.
June 11-October 8 – Aspen Saturday Market
Aspen's weekly open-air meet and greet. While shopping for your week's supply of organic produce, you're sure to find someone you know amongst the fruit and veggie stalls.
June 19-24 – Aspen Words/Summer Words
Presenting its 38th annual Aspen Summer Words, the Writers’ Foundation continues its renowned exploration of the joys of the written word.
June 23-July 2 – Aspen Ideas Festival
Presented by the Aspen Institute, the Ideas Festival presents six days of fascinating discussion, seminars and conversations with leading writers, artists, scientists, political figures, business leaders and other influential thinkers—an extraordinary opportunity for exposure to the most important issues of our day.
June 24-August 20 – Theatre Aspen
Aspen’s original repertory theater in the park presents engaging plays and musicals in rotation at its tent next to Rio Grande Park.
June 24-July 2– Jazz Aspen Snowmass June Experience
The JAS June Festival offers popular artists in concerts at the Benedict Music Tent and other venues around town.
June 30-August 21 - Aspen Music Festival and School
More than 350 musical events are presented during this renowned eight-week classical music festival. Daily events include orchestral concerts, recitals, master classes, fully-staged operas and family concerts. Programs take place in the Benedict Music Tent, Harris Concert Hall, the Wheeler Opera House and various venues throughout Aspen.
July 4 - Old Fashioned 4th of July Celebration
With festive small town spirit, thousands of local residents and visitors come together annually to celebrate the nation’s birthday the old-fashioned way; with a parade, picnicking and of course, fireworks.
July 8-August 27 - Aspen Santa Fe Ballet Summer Dance
The ASFB’s summer season takes place at the Aspen District Theater and features performances by the ASFB as well as other renowned dance companies on selected dates throughout the summer.
July 23-24 - 14th Aspen Arts Festival
The annual art fair takes up Monarch St. this year, providing a four-block “open art gallery” composed of more than 170 exhibitors, offering jewelry, pottery, sculpture, glass, ceramics, paintings, prints and more.
July 27-30 – Aspen Security Forum
Top-level government and industry leaders, national journalists lead discussions about national and homeland security in this annual event presented by the Aspen Institute.
August 6 – Aspen Historical Society's Ice Cream Social
A taste of old-time Aspen summer fun, on the grounds of the Wheeler-Stallard Museum in the West End.
August 13 – Aspen Rotary Club's 25th Annual Ducky Derby
The Ducky Derby is Aspen Rotary’s annual benefit for local non-profits, youth groups, scholarships and Rotary International projects. It’s a full-day festival and rubber duck race that takes place in Rio Grande Park on the Roaring Fork River, with activities for the whole family.