Summer In Aspen
Anderson Ranch Arts Center presents gallery exhibitions by faculty, residents, and visiting artists, free slide lectures, and guided tours. All ages welcome. 923-3181; http://www.andersonranch.org/ .
Aspen Center for Environmental Studies (ACES) offers a variety of nature activities for adults and kids throughout the summer, including guided nature walks on top of Aspen and Snowmass mountains, the Maroon Bells, Ashcroft Ghost Town, and at its headquarters at the Hallam Lake Nature Preserve in Aspen and at the Rock Bottom Ranch wildlife preserve near Basalt 925-5756; http://aspennature.org/.
Aspen Film and the Aspen Institute present a summer series highlighting critically acclaimed documentaries with filmmaker conversations continuing through July and August. http://aspenfilm.org/.
Aspen Historical Society features exhibits at the Wheeler/Stallard Museum, tours of the Holden/Marolt Mining & Ranching Museum, Aspen walking tours, West End walking tours, and Ashcroft Ghost Town tours in addition to speakers’ series and children’s activities throughout the summer. 925-3721; http://www.aspenhistory.com/index.
Aspen Musical Festival and School has more than 200 concerts, lectures, workshops, and classes . Concerts take place daily at the 2,050-seat Benedict Music Tent, the Wheeler Opera House, the Harris Concert Hall, and in churches and smaller halls around town. Many events are free, and lawn seating outside the tent is always free. http://aspenmusicfestival.com.
Aspen Art Museum features Artist and Critics Lecture Series talks throughout the summer with visiting artists. www.aspenartmuseum.org.
Aspen Paragliding offers paragliding adventures daily throughout the summer. No prior experience is necessary, only a reservation. http://aspenparagliding.com/
Aspen Saturday Market features western Colorado produce vendors and a local contingent of craftspeople selling their wares on Saturdays from 8 a.m. To 3 p.m. throughout the summer and fall
Bluegrass Sundays on the Sundeck atop Aspen Mountain feature free live bluegrass performances by top bluegrass musicians from around Colorado. Every Sunday, Noon to 3 p.m., June 15-Aug. 31. http://aspensnowmass.com/events-and-activities/events/bluegrass-sundays.
Camp Aspen/Snowmass offers daily and weekly programs for youth throughout the summer. Activities include mountainboarding, skateboarding, paintball, and mountain biking. Private lessons available for adults. Flexible scheduling available by reservation. (800) 724-2066; http://aspensnowmass.com/summer-recreation/camp-aspen-snowmass.
Friday Night Free Movies on Fanny Hill in Snowmass Village. Every Friday, June (800) SNOWMASS; http://www.snowmassvillage.com/index.html.
Jeep Tours on Aspen Mountain, Snowmass, Lenado, and other locations are available daily. Prices vary by tour. 923-4544; www.blazingadventures.com.
Kids Gold Panning Adventures are offered during the summer at Snowmass Village. Children ages 4-12 can pan for gold at the Buckskin Mine on Elk Camp. Tickets available at the end of the Snowmass Village Mall. (800) SNOWMASS; www.snowmassvillage.com.
Kids Trout Fishing on the mid-mountain ponds at Snowmass Village is offered Thursday through Monday at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. for children between the ages of 4 and 10. Reservations required. 923.1227. www.snowmassvillage.com.
Run and Gun Paintball at Snowmass is offered daily. Meet at the Snowmass Ticket Pavilion. Children under 8 are not permitted. Reservations required. 923-1227. www.snowmassvillage.com.
Saturday Classical Music on the Mountain presented by the students of the Aspen Music Festival & School. Students perform a repertoire of their own choosing on the music deck, located just a short walk out Richmond Ridge from the top of the gondola. Free. Saturdays at 1 p.m. www.aspensnowmass.com.
Snowmass Rodeo at the Snowmass Village Rodeo Grounds every Wednesday. Barbecue begins at 5 p.m., rodeo begins at 7 p.m. Kids activities include petting zoo, pony rides, horseback photos, roping arena, and mechanical bull riding. A different act – from cowboy singers to magicians – starts the entertainment each Wednesday at 3 p.m. Tickets available at venue. 923-8898; www.snowmassvillage.com.
Snowmass Summer of Free Music Series takes place every Thursday night from at 6:15 p.m. at the base of Fanny Hill in Snowmass. These open-air concerts feature renowned R&B, soul and Latin musicians. (800) SNOWMASS; www.snowmassvillage.com.
Sunset Dinners at the historic Burlingame Cabin on Snowmass Mountain. An evening jeep excursion followed by a campfire, live music and s’mores set against a golden sunset. 6-10 p.m., daily. Various ticket packages available. (800) 282-7238. www.snowmassvillage.com.
Theatre Aspen presents its summer repertory season at the theatre tent in Rio Grande Park. Children’s show is $20 for adults, $15 for children. 920-5770; www.theatreaspen.org.