Colorado’s Mountain Towns come alive in the summer and are loaded with art and cultural festivals as well as food and music events. Here’s a list of some of the upcoming events worth knowing about that center around outdoor activities, arts, entertainment, music and food.
July 19 – July 20, 2012 - Snowmass Culinary and Arts Fest, Snowmass
The Snowmass Culinary & Arts Festival brings foodies, wine connoisseurs, and art lovers alike together in a premiere visual and delectable feast. It features celebrity chefs, a juried art exhibit with regionally and nationally recognized artists, food & presentation expert panels, and a Palette of Pairings featuring specialty foods with wines & spirits, all set in the scenic mountain splendor of Snowmass Village, Colorado. For more information please visit www.snowmassculinaryandarts.com/.
July 19 -21, 2012 - Wild About Colorado Plein Air Art Festival, Breckenridge
Wild About Colorado is an annual celebration of wildflowers, wildlife and wild lands in Summit County, Colorado. This multi-day festival features 16 acclaimed plein-air artists painting in and around Breckenridge, Colorado, with all works available for viewing and purchase. Activities include Guided Wildflower Hikes, Historical Walk and Talks, Photo Classes, Nature Workshops, Art Workshops , and other fun events for the whole family. Details at www.WildAboutColorado.org.
July 20, 2012 - Alpenglow Dinner and Wildflower Hike, Arapahoe Basin
Chef Christopher Rybak and his staff invite you to the Black Mountain Lodge for another Alpenglow Dinner and Wildflower Hike. This “All Colorado Meal” will include an incredible selection of Colorado inspired dishes and treats. After dinner, take in the sunset and wildflowers as you hike along the Continental Divide back to the base area. Arapahoe Basin thanks you for your support of Colorado ranchers and farmers. Go here for more information.
July 20, 2012 - Telluride Rotary 4×4, Telluride
Join Telluride Rotary for the 25th annual Telluride Rotary 4×4 where you will be taken on guided 4×4 tours in your own vehicle on Telluride’s most famous and beautiful 4 wheel drive roads. You’ll experience trails such as Black Bear Pass, Governor Basin, Poughkeepsie Gulch and Imogene Pass. There are trails for all levels of driving ability from first-time 4-wheelers to experienced rock crawlers. For more information please visit this page.
July 20, 2012 - Ah Haa Art Auction, Telluride
The Ah Haa School for the Arts is a community center of learning and culture that offers a wide variety of programs and seeks to inspire individuals of all ages to explore, develop and celebrate their creativity. This year’s theme is Joie de Vivre | Cirque d’Ah Haa and is the 20th annual art auction. The event starts at 5PM with a live auction at 7PM. There will also be a Thursday Night Intimate Fine Art Auction & Artist Talk from 5-7PM. For more information please visit this page.
July 20 – 21, 2012 - Steamboat Springs Pro Rodeo Series, Steamboat Springs
A PRCA-sanctioned rodeo series, every Friday and Saturday from June 15th through August 18th, with a special performance on July 4th at 6:30 pm followed by a fireworks display. The Steamboat Springs Pro Rodeo Series is the most successful weekly rodeo in the country. Gates open at 5:30 pm, the BBQ starts at 6:00 p.m. and runs until 9:30 p.m. Pre-Rodeo entertainment appears on the entertainment stage from 6:15 p.m. until 7:15 p.m. The Rodeo begins at 7:30 pm. For more information please visit www.steamboatprorodeo.com/
July 20 – 28, 2012 - San Miguel Basin Fair and Rodeo, Norwood
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July 21, 2012 - Durango Friends of the Arts Artists Market, Durango
This is a great opportunity for Durango artists to sell their artwork in an open-air environment at a fun fund-raising event that gives back to the Durango community. A percentage of the sales will go directly into the DFA Grant Fund, which benefits all of Durango.com Artists: come out, get noticed, meet the public and other artists, have fun and make some money! This is DFA’s first annual Artists Market, so join us in making it a great success! The event will be at Edgemont Ranch Picnic ground. For more information please visit this page.
July 21, 2012 - River Run Rocks Concert Series presented by Budlight, Keystone
River Run Rocks Concert Series Presented by Bud Light featuring The Six Million Dollar Band. Turn up the volume on the traditional summer, live-music scene. Set right in the River Run Village Plaza, the series features food and drink specials, plus prime seating on the decks of Wolf Rock, 9280’ TapHouse and Luigi’s. For more information, go here.
July 21, 2012 - 12 Hours of Snowmass
Aspen Youth Center, Town of Snowmass Village, Nat Ross and Pro Bike Center announced the return of 12 Hours of Snowmass. The 2012 edition is set for Saturday, July 21 and will be the series finale for the USA Cycling Pro Ultra Endurance Tour (US Pro UET). For more information please visit www.12hoursofsnowmass.com/home/index.php.
July 21, 2012 - 2012 Eriksen Tour de Steamboat
The Tour de Steamboat is an annual bicycle event that brings together 1000 cyclists and over 30 local and state-wide volunteers, on a one-day ride through beautiful Northern Colorado. Names like Rabbit Ears Pass, Gore Pass, Stagecoach, Toponas, Upper Craven and Wolford Mountain dot this incredible route, and 3 mileage options offer something for everyone to enjoy!. For more information please visit tourdesteamboat.com/.
July 21 – July 22, 2012 - Winter Park Alpine ArtAffair, Winter Park
39th annual fine arts and fine crafts festival, featuring painting and drawing, photography, pottery, metalwork, woodwork, glass work, jewelry, mixed media, food & music. Children’s activities and the HawkQuest Birds of Prey will be on site. Lions Club pancake breakfast each morning at 7:30 a.m. For more information please visit www.alpineartaffair.com/.
July 21 – July 29, 2012 - Fiesta Days, Durango
Celebrate our Spanish history and cowboy heritage with rodeos and a parade and more. For more information please visit www.durangofiestadays.com/.
July 22, 2012 - Steamboat Lake Sprint Triathlon, Steamboat Lake State Park
Steamboat Lake State Park has it all; a swim in the crystal clear waters of Steamboat Lake, a scenic ride through the rolling country side, and a run that takes athletes on the roads and trails of the park. With amazing views of Hahn’s Peak and the surrounding scenery this is one sprint you won’t want to miss! Go here for more information.
July 22 – July 28, 2012 - 73rd Annual Eagle County Fair and Rodeo, Eagle River Center
The 73rd Annual Eagle County Fair and Rodeo will be held July 22 – 28, 2012. The event promotes preservation of western heritage and youth education in a fun, family setting. For more information, please go here.
Photo credit: from Rocky Mountain Bridge Mag & MTN Town Mag.