The Vail/Beaver Creek area is known for its athletic events, open-air markets, foodie events, and cultural festivals. Food just naturally tastes better in our mountain air! Shop our farmers markets for regional food specialties and farm-fresh produce. Browse our arts festivals for one-of-a-kind treasures. Take time to visit with the artists, many of whom have travelled from afar to exhibit at our renowned fairs. Attend a concert or theatrical performance. Wear your walking shoes and bring the kids... everything in Vail and Beaver Creek is family friendly. Here are a few, but there is plenty more!
Go Pro Summer Mountain Games
The Summer Mountain Games are the nation's largest celebration of mountain sport, lifestyle and music featuring top professional and amateur athletes from around the world. The environmentally friendly adventure sporting event hosts approximately 3,000 outdoor athletes, along with an estimated 40,000 spectators. Athletes converge on Vail's mountains and rivers to compete in eight sports and 24 disciplines for over $100,000 in prize money. Events include kayaking, rafting, stand up paddling, mountain biking, road cycling, World Cup Bouldering, amateur climbing, fly-fishing, trail running and a half marathon.
Vail Jazz - all summer
The largest festival of its kind in the Colorado Rocky Mountains, it has more than 40 performances that range from straight-ahead jazz to Latin, swing and the Great American Songbook. The summer-long festival includes concerts on Thursday nights, weekly performances at the Vail Farmer's Market and the 20th annual Labor Day Weekend Party.
Hot Summer Nights Free Concert Series
It always makes for a fun night to gather with friends and listen to a variety of music from pop to rock to classical. Bring a picnic or buy a bottle of wine and dinner at the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater. Kick off your shoes and prepare to dance the night away!
Vail Arts Festival
The Vail Arts Festival, renowned for its quality and variety of premier works of art, will celebrate its 33rd year in 2017. This open-air street festival creates ambiance and entertainment for Vail guests in late June. The Vail Arts Festival is a juried event with mixed media artists in multiple disciplines. There are 75 leading exhibiting artists from across the nation, a majority of whom return annually.
Vail International Dance Festival
For dance lovers there’s nothing more spectacular than the Vail International Dance Festival, which will take place at the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater in Vail and Vilar Performing Arts Center in Beaver Creek. People from all walks of life come to see these very moving performances by the some of the best dancers in the world.
Two full weeks of Bavarian fun! Munich comes to the streets of Vail and Lionshead in September for the world’s greatest celebration of beer, music and autumn: Oktoberfest! Dust off the lederhosen, throw on the dirndls and toast your steins to the world’s most popular party.