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Basalt prepares for party 2.0

Scott Condon
The Aspen Times
Aspen, CO Colorado

BASALT – Basalt won’t have a pig roast to kick off the summer like last year, but the town is still planning a hell of a party.

The town is hosting a picnic with a beer garden from noon until 5 p.m. Saturday at Lions Park. A free lunch will be served until the food is gone. Nearly 20 Basalt restaurants are contributing favorite dishes.

Lunch will be served picnic-style, so people are advised to bring lawn chairs, beach towels or blankets to sit on.

There will be music by the Frank Martin Duo and the band Slightly White. Drawings will be held throughout the afternoon for prizes donated by Basalt stores.

The town threw a party at the same time last year to kick off a special promotion that awarded shoppers for frequenting Basalt stores through the summer. The pig roast drew thousands of people and exceeded the organizers’ expectations.

This year’s party, version 2.0, isn’t expected to be quite so grand, but as Basalt Town Manager Bill Kane told the Town Council recently, anytime you combine free food with a beer garden you can expect a big crowd.

The Wyly Community Arts Center will also celebrate its relocation to the old Basalt library, adjacent to Lions Park, on June 5.

In other events, the Basalt Summer Music Series will return this summer starting June 16. The Wednesday evening concerts alternate between Lions Park in downtown Basalt and Triangle Park in Willits Town Center over eight consecutive weeks, ending Aug. 4. The first concert will feature the music of Monkey Train at Lions Park on June 16.

The lineup includes Holy Smoke on June 23; James and the Devil, June 30; Carbondale All-stars, July 7; Eclipse, July 14; H2 and Bobby Mason, July 21; Sue Krechbiel, July 28; and Double Diamond Trio, Aug. 4. All performances are from 5:30 to 8 p.m.

Later in the summer Basalt will host another party when the annual River Days celebration teams up with modern creations Basalsa and the Sunday Market for a three-day event. Basalsa kicks off the party with Hispanic food, margaritas and dance music on Friday, Aug. 13. River Days will be held on Saturday, Aug. 14, with a parade, beer tent, food vendors and live music in Lions Park. The headlining act will be the Aspen group Starwood.

The Basalt Sunday Market, back throughout the summer, will round out the August celebration on Aug. 15.

The full list of Basalt summer events can be found at


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