Opportunities to attend outdoor concerts and movies in the Aspen area appear to be multiplying each summer. Nearly every night of the week, locals and visitors alike can pack the kids, picnic dinners and cozy blankets for all of the following festivities. The Aspen Music Festival and School may have started the trend way back when. Crowds have gathered outside the music tent over the years to take advantage of free lawn seating on enchanting summer evenings. For more than a decade, Jazz Aspen Snowmass has produced the Snowmass Village Free Concert Series on Fanny Hill to a popular response. Aspen Highlands also joined the ranks several years ago in offering complimentary concerts and movies at the base of the mountain. Founded in 1949, The Music Festival and School now boasts a nine-week-long summer season featuring more than 200 performances. Concerts and recitals take place on a daily basis at the critically acclaimed Benedict Music Tent. For those interested in listening from the exterior, the David Karetsky Music Lawn serves as an ideal setting. The grassy, undulating landscape provides the perfect venue for all types of listeners. Each section of the lawn seems to take on an identity of its own - from the quiet and attentive adult area to the active children's section by the stream, all embrace the symphonic sounds from within the tent.
"We love the Aspen Music Festival," raved Rachelle and Kenji Kuramoto. The part-time Aspen residents bring their young children with them to enjoy concerts from the lawn. "Our son Sam is a fan already - he knows all of the instruments," Rachelle added.The Music Festival and School summer calendar continues with exciting events through Aug. 21. For a complete list of activities, including orchestral concerts, chamber music, master classes, tours to the tent, operas, recitals, rehearsals and more, visit www.aspenmusic.org.Since 1994, Thursday night concerts in Snowmass have become a summer tradition of epic proportions. In conjunction with the town of Snowmass Village, Jazz Aspen Snowmass has brought performers representative of various musical genres to the stage. Musicians specializing in Latin, blues, zydeco, soul, reggae, funk and country tunes play throughout the summer to a hillside crowd. Afterward, the village comes alive with ample options for dining, dancing or bar-hopping. Concerts will continue through Thursday, Aug. 25. To find out what performers are playing each week, click on www.jazzaspen.org.Aspen Highlands' action-packed schedule includes Freestyle Fridays concerts scheduled through Aug. 19, and Tuesday Night Music followed by Outside at the Movies through Aug. 23. For a complete listing for the rest of season, check out www.darnauer.com/highlands.To contact May to send info, insights or invites, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org