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Summer in Aspen Snowmass Like a Local

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Ellen Winter
Published on May 25, 2022
Spring is here, finally! Summer is just around the corner. If you ask any non-native local how they ended up in Aspen and Snowmass. You will almost always hear, "I came for the winter and stayed for the summer, and I have never left." There are many reasons why the summers are magical in Aspen and Snowmass. It's hard to pick a favorite or even a list of top five favorites between the unparalleled mountain views, fantastic summertime climate, hiking, biking, rafting, gold medal fishing, music, arts, events, world-class dining, shopping, and the eclectic funkiness of the mountain towns. This summer is going to be no exception. We have an amazing lineup of events and activities. There won't be a bad time to be here. In fact, if you stay for this summer, you might never want to leave.

Here is the roundup of the best summer activities in Aspen and Snowmass.

Scheduled Events

Credit: Food and Wine Classic

Food and Wine Classic in Aspen

June 17th - 19th

Wagner Park + Additional Locations

Many call this event the kick-off to summer—a 3-day culinary experience with game-changing culinary leaders, innovative wine & spirits experts, and epicurean insiders.

Schedule of Events

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Jas Aspen - June Experience

June 23rd - 26th

Downtown Aspen

Your June Experience Pass allows entrance to performances in all participating venues, including: Belly Up, Wheeler Opera House, 39 Degrees at W Hotel, Limelight Hotel, Sterling Lounge, Here House and Felix Roasting Co. & Bad Harriet at the Hotel Jerome. VIP Passes also include dinner & shows rooftop at the Aspen Art Museum.

Schedule of Events


Credit: Property of the Aspen Institute

Aspen IDEAS Festival

June 25th - July 1st

Aspen Meadows Resort

The 18th annual Aspen Ideas Festival returns to the Aspen Meadows June 25th–July 1st for an in-person convening. Nestled in the Rocky Mountains, guests will reunite—in open-air tents and venues that bring the outside in—for stimulating and invigorating conversations with some of the brightest, most interesting thinkers and doers. Leaders from around the globe and across many disciplines will engage in deep and inquisitive discussion of the ideas and issues that shape our lives and challenge our times.



Fourth of July in Aspen

July 4th

Downtown Aspen

A tribute to Aspen – Embrace your red, white, & blue and express your stars & stripes as we celebrate America's Independence Day. The traditional parade is from 11:00 am until 12:00 pm.


Labor Day Experience

September 2nd - 4th

Town Park, Snowmass Village

This year's lineup includes: Stevie Nicks, Chris Stapleton, Leon Bridges, Little Big Town, Zach Bryan, Black Pumas, Patrick Droney and Marc Broussard.

Information and Tickets

Ongoing Summer Events and Activities


Photo courtesy of the Aspen Music Festival and School/Elle Logan

Aspen Music Festival and School

June 30th - August 21st

Various Locations throughout Aspen

Founded in 1949, the Aspen Music Festival and School is regarded as one of the top classical music festivals in the United States, noted both for its concert programming and its musical training of mostly young-adult music students. The typical eight-week summer season includes more than 400 classical music events—including concerts by five orchestras, solo and chamber music performances, fully staged opera productions, master classes, lectures, and children's programming—and brings in 100,000 audience members.

Information & Tickets

Theatre Aspen Gypsy Theatre Aspen Jersey Boy

Theatre Aspen

Theatre Tent near Rio Grande Park + Alternative Locations

Gypsy - A Musical Fable: June 27th – July 23rd

Jersey Boys The Story Of Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons: August 1 – 23

And several other special performances throughout the summer.

Its mission is to produce world-class entertainment and arts programming in an engaging, intimate and personal way. World-Class Theatre. Dramatically Closer.

Information & Tickets

Snowmass Free Thursday Night Concerts

Every Thursday Starting June 16th - August 25th

Fanny Hill, Snowmass Village

This summer will be like no other! Join them as they celebrate 30 years of The Snowmass Free Concert Series. This long standing summer tradition and local favorite return to Fanny Hill every Thursday evening, June 16-August 25. This may be the best way to enjoy some of the country's best live bands in a relaxed atmosphere with a spectacular mountain backdrop.

Information, Dates & Artists

Aspen Center for Environmental Studies (ACES)

Events All Summer

ACES is a nonprofit environmental science education organization. Since 1968, ACES has inspired a life-long commitment to the earth by providing innovative and immersive programming for all ages. They have three locations: Hallam Lake, Rock Bottom Ranch, and Catto Center at Toklat. Their programs focus on ecological literacy, regenerative agriculture, forest and ecosystem health, land restoration, and environmental leadership.

Information & Calendar

Aspen Art Museum

Events and Exhibitions All Summer

Downtown Aspen

The Aspen Art Museum is a non-collecting institution presenting the newest, most important evolutions in international contemporary art. Their innovative and timely exhibitions, education and public programs, immersive activities, and community happenings actively engage audiences in thought-provoking experiences of art, culture, and society.

Information & Calendar


Snowmass Rodeo

Wednesday Nights from June 22nd - August 17th

Town Park, Snowmass Village

The Snowmass Rodeo celebrates 48 years of operations during the summer of 2022. They are thrilled to announce the return of this long-standing Western tradition, complete with country music, cowboys and cowgirls, horses, livestock, and family fun. The Snowmass Rodeo takes place on Wednesdays at 7:00 pm, rain or shine. Arrive early and enjoy a great Rodeo BBQ for the family and friends!

Information & Tickets

Aspen Saturday Market

Photo courtesy of ACRA

Aspen Saturday Market

Saturday Mornings from June 11th - October

Downtown Aspen

Spend your Saturday mornings at the Aspen Farmer's Market. Since 1998 it has been a local's tradition to stroll through the market buying Colorado-grown produce and Colorado-produced artisan products.

Open on Saturdays from 8:30 am - 2:00 pm, the market offers Colorado-grown fruits, vegetables, bread, meats, jams, and more and a food court for lunch or a snack.


Photo courtesy of the Aspen Snowmass Skiing Company

Aspen Snowmass Skiing Company

Aspen and Snowmass Mountains

Daily Activities

Aspen Mountain: Gondola rides, hiking, yoga, live music, nature programs, and more—summer on Ajax will take you above and beyond.

Snowmass Mountain: Whether cruising through the Snowmass Bike Park, immersing yourself in Lost Forest, or Sightseeing from Elk Camp Gondola, there’s unlimited potential for fun on Snowmass all summer long.


If you're in need of a local tour guide, we have over 40 of them. Call or text any of our long-time local real estate brokers - meet them.