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Top Roaring Fork Valley Summer Events 2018

Carbondale Wild West Rodeo Series

June 7-August 23

Billed as “The place to be on Thursday nights” The Carbondale Wild West Rodeo Association presents a 12-week summer season of authentic rodeo, featuring competitors from across the state and as far away as Texas. Each week sees more than 150 contestants compete for the coveted end-of-the-year-belt buckle and the weekly prize of $2000. Every Thursday, rain or shine, from 7:30 PM. Gus Darien Arena, County Road 100 (Catherine Store Road) Tickets $10/per person, kids 10 and under free. | Website

Snowmass Free Concert Series

June 9-August 16

On 10 consecutive Thursdays and two bonus Saturdays (June 9 and July 21) throughout the summer, Snowmass hosts a weekly free concert series on Fanny Hill, showcasing genres of music ranging from reggae, to soul, to funk, to rock. 2018 marks the 27th year of the Snowmass Free Concert Series.

Snowmass Craft Beer Rendezvous

June 8-9

Snowmass Craft Beer Rendezvous, presented by the Colorado Brewers Guild, is the hoppy kick-off to the 2018 summer season. Friday, June 8th, guests are welcome to attend a series of new Brewer’s Pairing Dinners at restaurants around Snowmass Village,

before indulging in beers from over 30 craft brewers during a three-hour grand tasting event on Saturday, June 9th. The weekend culminates with the first concert of the Snowmass Free Concert series on Fanny Hill that evening.

Snowmass Automobili Exotica Presented by 3Zero3 Motorsports 

June 8-9

Returning after a four-year hiatus, 3Zero3 Motorsports, a premier European automotive group based in Denver, returns to Snowmass for a new car show extravaganza on the Base Village lawn. Automobili Exotica showcases everything from classic to exotics in all car brands. The car gathering is welcome to the public. 

Colorado Wild Public Lands 

June 12

Presents a conversation: Our Public Lands at Risk With Erik Murdock and Kenji Haroutunian of the Access Fund
5 pm to 7 pm
At BATCH BREWERY in Carbondale

Snowmass Rodeo

June 13-August 22

The Snowmass Rodeo celebrates 45 years of operations this summer, making it the longest continuously running rodeo in Colorado. The Snowmass Rodeo takes place on Wednesdays, rain or shine, throughout the summer.

Annual Food & Wine Private Kick-Off Party at Dancing Bear

June 14

Held on the stunning Dancing Bear rooftop, overlooking the tasting tents at Wagner Park and Aspen Mountain, this is one of the parties of the year. Vintners/vendors this year to include; Laura Werlin (The Cheezelady) Boich Family Cellars, The Bad Stuff tequila, Impeccable Rose, John Anthony Vineyards, Westwood Wines, Ripe Life Wines, Capitol Creek Brewery, Delysia Chocolatier.

Guest list: Dancing Bear owners and VIP guests. Private event.

Rustic Grind/Heritage Fire: Complementing The Food & Wine Classic

June 14 & 16

Classic in Aspen, Heritage Fire returns for a slopeside, wood-fired, meat-laden feast. Forty notable chefs and butchers cook up 3,000 pounds of heritage bred animals on the slopes of Fanny Hill, while wineries, breweries, and craft distillers offer drink pairings. Don’t miss Rustic Grind, a precursor to Heritage Fire, on Thursday, June 14th, during the Snowmass Free Concert Series.

Château Palmer Wine Dinner At Element 47 in the Little Nell 

June 15

Admission Price $950++

Enjoy a five-course meal prepared by Executive Chef Matt Zubrod, paired with rare vintages from five decades that were all sourced directly from the Château.

In the Margaux appellation, only one wine, Château Palmer, has ever challenged the preeminence of Château Margaux. Although ranked as a third growth, ChâteauPalmer has in some vintages surpassed Château Margaux and, in every vintage, provided a fascinating comparison with its eminent rival.

Contact Information: Wine Director, Carlton McCoy, MS | Email: | For more information:

Food and Wine Best New Chefs 30th Anniversary Dinner at the Sundeck at the Top of Aspen Mountain

June 16

Admission Price $400

Arrive at the Gondola Plaza at The Little Nell at 7:00pm

Each year, Food & Wine editors anonymously tour the country to uncover America’s most brilliant up-and-coming chefs in search of the latest class of Food & Wine’s Best New Chefs. ​The program has launched the careers of some of the worlds most esteemed chefs from Tom Colicchio to David Chang. In 2018, Best New Chefs will be entering its 30th year. To celebrate, F&W will bring the tradition to the top of Aspen Mountain on Saturday night of the Classic weekend for an unforgettable dining experience.  Enjoy delicious dishes from Best New Chef alumni including Hugh Acheson (BNC 2002), Stephanie Izard (BNC 2011), Rocco DiSpirito (BNC 1999), incredible wine from Chateau D’Esclans, and an unparalleled view.

Sunday Brunch: Cap off the weekend festivities with a brunch at Hotel Jerome featuring Alvin Cailan from Los Angeles’ eggslut, Johnny Iuzzini and many more.

Contact Information: Phone: 1-877-900-WINE | Website

Farewell Feast: F&W Restaurants on the year at the Hotel Jerome

June 17

Admission Price: $150

The May 2018 issue of Food & Wine will reveal this latest class of Food & Wine’s Best New Chefs, and then they will join us in Aspen to create a once-in-a-lifetime walk-around tasting brunch experience for Classic guests.  Classic attendees will have the opportunity to try dishes from these 10 intriguing restaurants on Sunday, June 17 at the historic Hotel Jerome. Previous honorees include Olmsted in Brooklyn, NY, June’s All Day in Austin, TX and Le Coucou in New York, NY.  

Contact Information: Phone: 1-877-900-WINE | Website

AREDAY Summit, Expo & Electric Vehicle Show

June 18-23

Founded in 2004, American Renewable Energy Day (AREDAY) is a conference on climate change, renewable energy, and policy. Held annually in Snowmass each summer, AREDAY brings together community leaders from around the world to discuss the ever-changing issue of climate change and climate change solutions.

The Aspen Words Benefit Dinner at The Hotel Jerome 

June 19th

Dinner and a reception with Summer Words authors, literary agents and editors.

This year’s guest of honor and featured speaker will be the winner of the inaugural Aspen Words Literary Prize, a $35,000 annual award for a work of fiction with social impact.

Contact Information: Phone: (970) 925-3122 | Email: | Website 

Aspen Institute Aspen Ideas Festival at The Aspen Institute Campus 

June 21-30

Presented by the Aspen Institute in partnership with The Atlantic magazine, the Aspen Ideas Festival is the nation’s premier, public gathering place for leaders from around the globe and across many disciplines to present and discuss the ideas and issues that both shape our lives and challenge our times.

From Aspen Lectures to debates to one-on-one interviews and more, days are filled from early morning to late evening. Attendees have exceptional opportunities to interact with public officials, artists, scientists, authors, business executives, scholars, economists, foreign policy specialists, entrepreneurs, and leaders of all kinds — on footpaths and sidewalks, over lunch on the lawn or coffee at the espresso bar, in auditoriums and in small seminar rooms. The intimacy of Festival gatherings renders the experience unique and unforgettable.


June 21 – 24 SPOTLIGHT HEALTH (2018)

June 24 – 27 FESTIVAL 1 (2018)

June 27 – 30 FESTIVAL 2 (2018)

Contact Information: Deborah Murphy | Phone: 970-544-7955 | Email: | Website:

JAS Aspen Snowmass June Experience at The Benedict Music Tent

June 22 – 30

(Researching Patron Pass Price)

The JAS June Experience features two nights of headline concerts at the spectacular Benedict Music Tent in Aspen, plus multiple shows at the JAS Cafe. GO VIP.

Patron (VIP)

  • Premium Floor Seating
  • On-Site Parking
  • Premium Open Bars
  • Live Cooking Stations
  • Gourmet Dinner & Dessert

Enjoy a FREE Lawn Party on the Music Tent Grounds before the main shows and an out of this world VIP Experience!

Contact Information: Phone: (970) 920-4996 | Website

Introducing a day of Rosè at The Roaring Fork Club Cabin #26

June 30

A unique wine and tequila tasting, culinary experience benefitting the Shining Stars Foundation, inspired by the most beautiful and famous beach clubs in Europe. Lounge by the Roaring Fork River and sip on a selection of rosés, tequilas, and other fine spirits, while listening to the beats of St. Tropez. This evening of compassion and hope which will feature:

Day of Rosé is a wine and tequila tasting, culinary experience inspired by the most famous beach clubs in Europe with Master Sommelier Carlton McCoy and Csaba Oveges of The Little Nell, talking about and serving rosé and other wines from their newest label, La Carafe. Put on your finest pink and white attire for an evening of compassion and hope, which will feature:

  • Heavy apps and great bites from top local caterers and restaurants
  • Fine rosé and wine tastings from La Carafe
  • Tequila tasting, frozé, and signature drinks from Luxco
  • Live entertainment and music
  • Silent and live auctions featuring one-of-a-kind items
  • Exciting contests
  • Shuttles provided to the event from Aspen

Contact Information: Hosted by Laura & Warren Kruger, Same committee that put together Wine Women & Shoes. Same people, new great event!| Website

The Snowmass Community Celebration & Fireworks

July 4

Guests and visitors alike are invited to celebrate Fourth of July evening in Snowmass with complimentary lawn games, music, sweet treats, and more. The festive affair coincides with the Snowmass Rodeo and culminates with fireworks over Fanny Hill.

AdventureOUT Snowmass

July 4-8

AdventureOUT Snowmass brings the LGBT community together for a weekend of summer adventure, from hiking to biking, to white water rafting. AdventureOUT Snowmass features a different spin on the Aspen Gay Ski Week Experience, with an emphasis on building community and getting out into nature. AdventureOUT benefits local nonprofit, AspenOUT.

Marshall Direct Fund 11th Annual Aspen Reception

July 17th

Hosted by Ambassador Alexa Wesner and Blaine Wesner in their home in Aspen

Special Guest Speaker Ambassador Husain Haqqani. Discussion on the intersection of gender equality, democracy, foreign policy (U.S. and Pakistan) and peace.  

All proceeds go to support youth education and women’s economic empowerment in Pakistan.

Contact: for tickets

Anderson Ranch Arts Center 22nd Annual Recognition Dinner 

July 19

Anderson Ranch Arts Center will honor Ai Weiwei with the International Artist Award, and Bunny and Charles Burson with the Service to the Arts Award at its. Anderson Ranch Arts Center, a premier destination in America for art-making and critical dialogue since 1966, celebrates creativity and service to the arts by recognizing the accomplishments and contributions of key figures in the art world.

Contact Information: Katherine Roberts | Phone: 970.923.3181 x 301 | Email: | Website

Aspen Valley Land Trust 

July 21

Admission Price $300

Aspen Santa Fe Ballet’s Dancing with the Aspen Stars Gala

July 26

Contact Information: Website


June 28-30: Sethi Couture Jewelry Trunk Show

BYOB Party! Bring in your personal rings and we will help give them a new look with

Sethi’s signature stacking bands. Each piece is designed with the simple philosophy:

Elevate the Everyday.

July 5-7: ARA Jewelry Trunk Show

One of our best selling designers is back for his annual trunk show! All pieces are

handmade in Bodrom, Turkey and feature diamonds and gemstones uniquely set in

24kt gold. ARA: Where gold meets art.

July 19-21: Alex Sepkus Jewelry Trunk Show

A true master of design, Alex Sepkus is an award winning craftsman. Detailed and

timeless designs featuring gorgeous handcrafted 18kt gold and platinum with unique

and colorful gemstones and diamonds.

July 26-28: Sarah Graham Jewelry Trunk Show

By incorporating innovative materials with her exceptional design sense, Sarah

Graham creates jewelry that is unlike anything else; organic, textural and subtly

feminine. Come see her newest collection: Arches, inspired by the natural eye-

catching ventifact sculptures.

August 15-16: Heather B. Moore Jewelry Trunk Show

Heather combines her talent for storytelling with her passion for the arts to

create her jewelry. Her collections are all handstamped in her studio in Cleveland, Ohio. Every piece has a unique personality to match you.


Aspen Deaf Camp Benefit & Concert

July 21

Deaf Camp Benefit, established in the 1970’s, supports the Aspen Camp and their programs for deaf and hard of hearing kids. The Deaf Camp Benefit features a silent auction and a headlining band on the Fanny Hill Stage. The Aspen Deaf Camp Benefit is a free event. Donations are encouraged to support the Aspen Camp of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing.

Mountain Fair

July 27-29

The Carbondale Mountain Fair began in 1972 with 20 booths

showcasing local artists and artisans. Today, Mountain Fair is one of Western Colorado’s leading cultural festivals, drawing over 145 vendors poised to bring their unique and diverse homemade

wares to town each summer. In addition to vendors, Mountain Fair features non-stop entertainment– both in live music and various forms of performing arts; a family area called The Oasis which provides

interactive, creative experiences for children; great food; friendly competitions that run the gamut from pie baking to wood splitting, and an amazing spirit. That spirit is best evidenced by the over 300

volunteers who come together to run the fair. Throughout the weekend, over 20,000 people pass through from across the state and all over the country.

Carbondale Mountain Fair 2017

Yoga on the Mountain

July 27-29

The second annual Yoga on the Mountain, presented by Power Yoga Retreats, returns to Snowmass, this time in July, for a three-day festival celebrating yoga, music, and nature. The weekend schedule

includes restorative yoga classes, advanced asana workshops, children’s yoga, and focused sessions on mudras, mantras, bandhas and breath work – all mixed with meditation, presentations, and discussions.

An Interview with MC YOGI

Aspen Institute’s Annual Summer Celebration at the Doerr-Hosier Center

August 4

Non-deductable: $250.00 per ticket

Annual Summer Celebration Conversation and Gala at the Institute’s campus in Aspen, Colorado. The benefit will begin with a public conservation at the Paepcke Auditorium featuring honorees to be announced, followed by a reception and dinner at the Doerr-Hosier Center.  

Contact Information: Natasha Little | Email: | Phone:  (202) 736-3503.

Tickets to the public conversation only ($25) will be available for purchase at  (970) 920-5770, or in person at the Wheeler Opera House.

Conversation and Gala

Honorees: To Be Announced

Dinner Chair: To Be Announced

Conversation: Paepcke Auditorium – 5:00 pm

Dinner: The Doerr-Hosier Center – 6:30 pm

Tour De Farms Bike Tour Expands

August 11

The ultimate local farm tour on wheels takes place in and around Carbondale, August 11, 2018. Tour De Farms, hosted by Mt Sopris Conservation District, is a day-long road bike tour stopping at the working gardens and farms of Colorado Rocky Mountain School (CRMS), Flying Dog, Nieslanik Farms, and Roaring Gardens. For 2018, more farms will be included as this event grows in popularity. Riders head out from Carbondale early in the morning and enjoy road-rides of 17 miles between each farm before ending up at Carbondale eatery for a lunch serving local produce, beef, and beverages from surrounding farmers and producers. The ride is family-friendly and riders of all abilities are encouraged! Pricing is $25.00 single, $65.00 family of three, $85.00 family of four, which includes the fully supported ride, lunch, t-shirt. For booking and more information visit

Zoppé Italian Family Circus

August 17-19

The Zoppé Italian Family Circus returns to Snowmass again this summer, welcoming guests into an intimate 500- seat circus tent for a one-ring circus, honoring the best of the Old-World Italian circus tradition. The circus features aerial stunts, horse riding, dog tricks, and much more.

The Zoppè Italian Family Circus in Snowmass

Art Base Annual Summer Gala

August 18

This year’s annual summer gala and 10×10 Name Unseen silent auction will take place at the Art Base on Saturday, August 18. Mark your calendars for an artful evening of fine dining, live music, and the chance to bid on artwork created by over 100 distinguished Colorado artists. Generously sponsored by Harry Teague Architects, our thrilling 10×10 Name Unseen silent auction conceals the artists identities until after the bidding ends!

We are excited to honor internationally exhibited, locally based artist Isa Catto with our 2018 Dedication to the Arts Award. Isa Catto’s work has been widely exhibited throughout the United States and abroad. She has spent the last 15 years working in watercolor and mixed media, as well as teaching workshops at arts centers worldwide. Celebrate Isa Catto and the transformational power of the arts!

The gala sold out last year—join the ABC to ensure your chance to purchase a ticket! Tickets will go on sale to the general public at the beginning of June. Stay tuned for more details, and visit our website for photos from last year’s amazing party.

Tough Mudder Colorado

August 25-26

The 2018 Tough Mudder Colorado weekend marks the eighth in company history in Colorado and the third at Snowmass. The sprawling course includes the biggest elevation gain in North America. The weekend features three events – Tough Mudder Half (5 miles/10+ obstacles), Tough Mudder Full (10 miles/20+ obstacles), and Tougher Mudder, (10 miles/competitive race wave).

Sustainable Settings’ Annual Harvest Festival

August 25-26

Sustainable Settings’ Annual Harvest Festival Dinner and Dance is one of the Roaring Fork Valley’s late summer highlights, which features Demeter Certified biodynamic/beyond organic food grown and raised at Sustainable

Settings then harvested and prepared by the Roaring Fork Valley’s finest chefs including Mark Fischer,



Purchase a Patron Pass for three nights of today’s best performers outdoors at the beautiful Snowmass Town Park. Patron Passes also help JAS fulfill its mission to bring world-class renowned and emerging artists to its stages.

The Hottest 72 Hours of the Summer, The JAS Labor Day Experience includes three days of world-class music with crowds of up to 11,000 per day. In addition to headline performances on the main stage, two side stages keep the music going throughout the day with a mix of up and coming artists.


Fri, Aug 31, 2018: Lionel Richie / Michael Franti & Spearhead

Sat, Sep 1, 2018: Jack Johnson / Fitz & The Tantrums / Bahamas

Sun, Sep 2, 2018: Zac Brown Band / Gary Clark Jr. / The Record Company

Contact Information: Phone: 970-920-4996 | Website


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