Snowmass summer calendar sizzles with events |

Snowmass summer calendar sizzles with events

Staff report
The annual Snowmass Balloon Festival will return to Snowmass Village for its 48th year.
Sara Stookey Sanchez/Snowmass Tourism

Snowmass Tourism has announced the preliminary event lineup for the 2023 summer season that includes the return of some popular events and something new.

Snowmass Déjà Vu makes its debut on Aug. 26. It will be put on by the producers of the Snowmass Rendezvous, which returns this summer. Other returning events include Heritage Fire, the Snowmass Rodeo, the Snowmass Balloon Festival, and Drishti Yoga & Music Festival, among others.

Visitors and locals can plan ahead for the upcoming summer and early fall events:

Snowmass Art Walk, all summer — The Snowmass Art Walk showcases the work of local Roaring Fork Valley artists with outdoor art installations that include murals and sculptures spread out around the Snowmass Mall, Snowmass Base Village, the Brush Creek Trail, and Anderson Ranch Arts Center. A full map can be found on, or for a map on the go, download the mobile app, Eventzee. Download the app from the App Store, enter an email, username, and password, and the event code: Snowmass. You can also tag any photos on social media @snowmass.

The Collective Snowmass, all summer —The Collective Snowmass has a summer lineup of weekly programming including chess club, comedy nights, bingo nights, art shows, storytelling, educational workshops, salsa dancing, Drag Queen Bingo Brunch, live music, outdoor Movies Under the Stars, and yoga with King Yoga. The Collective also features yard games, splash pads, fountains, and pop-up events. There are also Selfie Den and the Game Lounge downstairs, free from 2-4 p.m., $10 per person for anyone 6 years or older from 4 p.m. to close.

Music on the Mall, Fridays, June 9 through Sept. 29 — Every Friday, Music on Mall will have live music on the Tower Stage from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Performances feature local Roaring Fork Valley musicians.

Ragnar Trail Colorado, June 9-10 — Ragnar Trail Colorado returns to Snowmass for the ninth year with a trifecta of challenging trails with each trail loop beginning and ending at Ragnar Village in Snowmass Town Park. Teams of eight run relay style, rotating through three loops, varying from easy to difficult, over a 24-hour period.

A Ragnar Trail race competitor takes off smiling at the start in Snowmass Village.
Austin Colbert/Snowmass Sun |

Snowmass Rendezvous, June 10 —  The event launches on Friday night, while Saturday, June 10, is the main event. Tickets give access to multiple Rendezvous venues around the Village, complete with unlimited wine, beer, and spirit tastings, outdoor gear activations, live music, games, and more. End the evening with a free concert on Fanny Hill, presented by Two Parts.

The Snowmass Rendevous Craft Beer Festival in June 2018.
File photo

Snowmass Free Concert Series, June 15 through Aug. 24 — The Snowmass Free Concert Series returns to Fanny Hill at 6:30 p.m. on Thursdays. The weekly outdoor series features soul, pop, funk, rock & roll, country, bluegrass, and much more. Full band lineup to be announced. Additionally, Snowmass is home to free live music throughout the season at restaurants and venues around Snowmass Village, including one bonus concert on Fanny Hill on Saturday, June 10, part of Snowmass Rendezvous.   

ACES guided hikes, daily, starting June 17 — Aspen Center for Environmental Studies (ACES) returns to Snowmass this summer to lead twice daily hikes. The Nature Trail Hike begins at 10 a.m., and the Discovery Trail Hike starts at 1 p.m. Hikes are led by a knowledgeable ACES environmentalist and feature history, facts, trivia, flora and fauna, and possible wildlife sightings. Hikes leave from the Snowmass Mall Ticket Pavilion. Daily starting June 17-September 4, then weekends only through Oct. 1.

Snowmass Rodeo, June 21 through Aug. 16 — The Snowmass Rodeo has music, cowboys and cowgirls, horses, livestock, and family fun. The Snowmass Rodeo takes place at 7 p.m. on Wednesdays, rain or shine. For ticket prices, rodeo descriptions, and audience participation events, visit

Elk Camp Gondola, June 21 through Oct. 1 — Elk Camp Gondola gives access to the Lost Forest, Elk Camp Restaurant, and Snowmass Bike Park. Use Elk Camp as a base to ride 90-plus miles of Snowmass trails, part of the Aspen Snowmass/ Roaring Fork Valley IMBA Gold-Level Ride Center. Open daily June 21 through Sept. 4; Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays only on Sept. 8-10, 15-17, 22-24, Sept. 29 through Oct. 1.

Snowmass Art Festival, June 24-25 — The Snowmass Art Festival is a juried art show featuring original, handcrafted artwork. This free two-day event showcases local Colorado and national artists, representing a wide array of mediums including painting, sculpture, photography, ceramics, glass, wood, and more. Entry is free, while artwork is individually priced. Held from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday and from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday. 

4th of July Celebration — Enjoy a festive evening of live music, free sweet treats, performances from Art of Air, and free glow in the dark goodies. Patriotic attire is encouraged.

Snowmass Doubles Volleyball Tournament, July 6-9 — Volleyball of the Rockies brings this boutique mountain tournament to Snowmass Village. Sand and grass courts are located throughout Snowmass Town Park with plenty of spectating opportunities.

Drishti Beats Yoga & Music Festival, July 7-9 —The 2023 Drishti Beats Yoga & Music Festival explores the symbiotic connection between music, yoga, and the outdoors. The three-day festival features yoga classes, lectures, and a live music lineup.

Anderson Ranch Arts Center Recognition Week, July 10-15 — The annual Anderson Ranch Recognition Week Celebration is a week-long celebration of the International Artist Honoree, with special events, lectures, and opportunities to purchase amazing art and much more all week long. Proceeds from the week provide the financial support that enables Anderson Ranch Arts Center to flourish as a place for art making and dialog around contemporary art and issues. Recognition week celebrates leaders of the art world and the collective mission to enrich lives with art, inspiration, and community.

Anderson Ranch Annual Art Auction & Community Picnic, July 15 — Live and silent auctions feature works of art — typically more than 200 — by contemporary artists and locals alike. Alongside the auctions are art-based activities for all ages, picnic-style food, and live music. The Annual Art Auction & Community Picnic is the culmination event of Recognition Week (kicking off the week of July 10, with the Recognition Dinner held on Thursday, July 13). All proceeds from the day directly benefit Anderson Ranch educational programs.

Anderson Ranch in Snowmass Village
Photo courtesy of Anderson Ranch

Triple Crown World Series, July 19 — Headquartered in Snowmass, the Triple Crown World Series is a valley-wide sporting event, featuring youth baseball games (9D2, 11D2, 12D2, 14D2) with regional and national attendees. Opening ceremonies take place in Snowmass on July 19, with spectator opportunities available throughout the week. Play takes place on fields in Glenwood Springs, Carbondale, Basalt, Snowmass Village, and Aspen from July 19-23.                                      

5K on the Mountain, July 21-22 — The Colorado Brewery Running Series, a Denver-based running series, returns to Snowmass for the sixth year. The run consists of a 5K trail run starting and ending on the Snowmass Mall. New this year is an option for a 2K and 10K course. Runners have the option to race either Friday evening or Saturday morning (or both). Pick a start time at either 6 p.m. or 6:30 p.m. on Friday and 10 a.m. or 12:30 p.m. on Saturday.

Heritage Fire, July 29 — Heritage Fire returns to Snowmass Base Village with a cast of chefs who specialize in whole-animal cookery. Heritage Fire Snowmass showcases more than 20 notable chefs, each grilling heritage-breed animals en plein air against the Rocky Mountain backdrop, and each inspired by global food cultures. Foods include dry-aged beef, whole pigs, lamb, goat, squab, rabbit, duck, fish, chicken, artisan cheeses, and heirloom vegetables.

Plein Air Art Festival, Aug, 5-6 — Throughout the week, over 20 Colorado artists will spend four days in Snowmass painting the natural beauty and splendor of the surrounding landscape. On Saturday, Aug. 5, and Sunday, Aug. 6, guests and locals can view the artwork for purchase.

Cidermass, Aug. 19 — Cidermass returns to the Snowmass Mall with hard-cider tastings from more than 30 hard cider, batch distiller, and hard-seltzer vendors from all over the country.  

— Snowmass Déjà Vu, Aug. 26 — The event organizers behind Snowmass Rendezvous debut Snowmass Déjà Vu, an homage to the classic Snowmass Craft Beer and Chili Pepper & Brew festivals from years past. On Aug. 26, Denver-based Two Parts is throwing a retro-inspired party with beer, activations, and more. Expect a slopeside, summer day full of tastings from Colorado breweries from the Roaring Fork Valley and beyond. Tickets on sale soon. ‎

JAS Aspen Snowmass Labor Day Experience, Sept. 1-3 — JAS Aspen Snowmass Labor Day Experience features three days of world-class performances on multiple stages, food and beverage vendors, a kiddie corner, and more. This year’s acts include The Lumineers, Foo Fighters, Old Dominion, Billy Idol, Grace Potter, Brothers Osborne, and James Bay & Jade Jackson.

Axes & Arms Walk, Sept. 11 — Join local first responders for a walk from Town Park Station to the Top of the Village, 956 feet, the highest number of feet that the New York first responders walked inside the first tower of The World Trade Center. Following the climb, return to Town Park to enjoy food, drinks, yard games, and more, provided by Roaring Fork Fire Authority. The climb is free and open to the public; donations to the Axes and Arms Foundation are accepted and appreciated.

Snowmass Wine Festival, Sept. 16 — Returning for its 21st year, the festival features 30-plus tables of wine from around the world enjoyed under the tents at Snowmass Town Park. The festival also showcases food from local restaurants, music, and a silent auction to benefit the Rotary Club of Snowmass Village. All proceeds are used for scholarships, local, and international grants through Snowmass Rotary. Ticket information coming soon.

Snowmass Balloon Festival, Sept. 22-24 — The Snowmass Balloon Festival celebrates its 48th anniversary in 2023. The long-standing Rocky Mountain tradition features three days of 30-plus festive balloons launching into the air from 7:30-9 a.m. amid the sunrise and and fall colors.

The Snowmass Balloon Festival on Sept. 12, 2020.
Austin Colbert/The Aspen Times

Golden Leaf Half Marathon, Sept. 23 — Chosen by Trail Runner magazine as one of “America’s 14 Most Scenic Races,” this classic trail running race from Snowmass to Aspen is an annual sellout that provides 980 feet of elevation gain and a 1,712-foot descent over its 13.1 miles.

For the full summer event calendar, visit