Aspen Summer Events 2014

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.

Ride for the Pass – May 17

Aspen Cycling Criterium – May 18-19 

Food & Wine Magazine Classic – June 20-22
Aspen’s annual summer kick-off event and one of the nation’s most prestigious epicurean gatherings.

Aspen Saturday Market – June 14-October 11

Aspen Writers’ Foundation Summer Words – June 14-18
Presenting its 37th annual Aspen Summer Words, the Writers’ Foundation continues its renowned exploration of the joys of the written word.  

Theatre Aspen – June 21–August 16
Aspen’s original repertory theater in the park presents engaging plays and musicals in rotation its tent next to Rio Grande Park.

Jazz Aspen Snowmass June Festival – June 19-28
The JAS June Festival offers popular artists in concerts at the Benedict Music Tent and other venues around town.

Aspen Ideas Festival – June 24–July 3
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.

Aspen Music Festival and School – June 26 – August 17
More than 350 musical events are presented during this renowned eight-week classical music festival. Daily events include orchestral concerts, recital, 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.

Old-Fashioned 4th of July Celebration – July 4
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.

Aspen Santa Fe 2013 Summer Dance – July 5-August 16
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.

Aspen Security Forum – July 23-26
Top-level government and industry leaders, national journalists lead discussions about national and homeland security in this annual event presented by the Aspen Institute.

Komen Aspen Race for the Cure – July 26
The 22nd annual race begins at Rio Grande Park and winds through Aspen’s historic West End, down the scenic Rio Grande Trail and back to the park for a festive gathering of music, fun and fellowship.

Aspen Arts Fair – July 31-August 3
The annual art fair has been moved to 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.

Aspen Historical Society’s Annual Ice Cream Social – August 2
A taste of old-time Aspen summer fun, on the grounds of the Wheeler-Stallard Museum in the West End.

Aspen Rotary Club’s Ducky Derby – August 9
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.

Komen Aspen Ride for the Cure – August 26
This 100-mile “century ride” supports the Aspen affiliate of the Susan G. KOmen for the Cure and its promise to saves lives and end breast cancer forever.

USA Pro Cycling Challenge – August 18–19
In the fourth year of this excitingly demanding road biking event, Aspen hosts the opening stages—a circuit face and the stage from Aspen to Mt. Crested Butte.

Motherlode Volleyball Tournament – August 27–September 1
A Labor Day weekend tradition, the 41st annual tournament includes 700 teams from all over the country, competing in 18 different divisions of play at seven sites. Free admission, food and beverage concessions and music create a festive atmosphere all weekend long.

Jazz Aspen Snowmass Labor Day Festival – August 29–31
Jazz Aspen returns Labor Day weekend with a musical banquet of outstanding concerts in Snowmass’s giant tent at the base of the mountain.