Vail Events & Festivals
After you ski the legendary slopes of Vail, hike the high-mountain trails and raft the raging rivers of the Rockies, experience exciting events that make Vail one of the most festive alpine resorts in the world! Vail, Colorado offers myriad of exciting events, festivals and concerts throughout the year that celebrate the culture, cuisine, music, art and spirit of Colorado.
Vail Jazz Festival – Annual Summer Event –
Bravo Vail Valley Music Festival –
Annual Summer Event – The Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival runs for six weeks from the end of June to early August. This amazing music festival boasts three world-class symphony orchestras – New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, and the Dallas Symphony Orchestras – and presents a dynamic schedule of orchestral, chamber jazz, and pops music at the Vail Mountain School, Vilar Performing Arts Center and the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater with breathtaking view of the Rocky Mountains. Visit http://bravovail.org.
Vail International Dance Festival – Annually in July/August –
Held at the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater in Vail and Vilar Performing Arts Center in Beaver Creek, the Vail International Dance Festival features incredible ballet and modern dance performances by renowned companies, as well as community events in streets and villages throughout Vail Valley. Visit http://www.vaildance.org.
GoPro Mountain Games – Annual June Event –
The country’s largest celebration of adventure sports, art and music, GoPro Mountain Games attracts professional and amateur athletes from around the world to compete in 8 sports in the mountains and rivers of Vail. Events include kayaking, rafting, biking, climbing, fly fishing, running, paddling, and World Cup Bouldering. The nights are filled with free concerts and ultra-fun parties. Visit http://www.mountaingames.com/summer.
Vail Farmers’ Market & Art Show –
Get a taste of Colorado at the Vail Farmers’ Market and Art Show, the largest farmers market in Colorado. Held throughout the summer in Vail Village, the market features farm-fresh local produce, international foods, fresh-baked goods, handmade crafts and Colorado wines. Sample fresh baked breads and pastries, local alpine honey, and smoked salmon.
The Art Show presents local arts and crafts, beautiful jewelry, clothing and hand-made home goods. Enjoy the mountains while you meet the farmers and artisans every Sunday, June 15 – October 5, 10am – 3:30pm on Meadow Drive in Vail Village. Visit http://www.vailfarmersmarket.com.
USA Pro Cycling Challenge –
For seven days, the world’s top cyclists race 600+ miles through the majestic Rockies in America’s version to the Tour de France,. This is one of the top professional cycling events in the US. The Vail Pass Time Trial has been an exciting stop on the tour. Visit http://www.usaprocyclingchallenge.com.
Vail King of the Mountain Open – June Annual –
The oldest consecutive running volleyball tournament in Colorado, the Vail King of the Mountain Open is held at Vail Valley Athletic Field and Gerald R Ford Park. Catch the excitement of AVP championship and amateur volleyball on grass and sand courts. The event also offers free junior clinics with AVP beach pros. Visit http://www.kingofthemountainvolleyball.com/
Gourmet on Gore – Labor Day Annual –
An open-air gourmet food and wine festival, Gourmet on Gore takes place along Gore Creek Drive in Vail Village over Labor Day Weekend. This flavorful Vail event showcases the Vail Valley’s top restaurants, as well as wine, beer and spirits from around the world. Sample gourmet food and enjoy wine tastings, wine demos, and live jazz music in the wonderful atmosphere in Vail Village. Visit www.gourmetongore.com.
Vail Oktoberfest – September Annual –
The streets of Vail host a fall celebration of beer and music at the Vail Oktoberfest. Held for two weekends in September in Vail Village and Lionshead, Vail’s Oktoberfest delights with Bavarian beer, music, dancing, cuisine, yodeling, and alpenhorn blowing. Enjoy crowd favorites like bratwurst eating contests, Beck’s Keg Bowling and the Oktoberfest Fun Run. Visit http://www.vail.com/summer/events/vail-oktoberfest.aspx?page=viewall
Vail Film Festival – Spring Annual –
One of the country’s most acclaimed film festivals, the Vail Film Festival will present over 60 feature and short films, many featuring the top writers, directors and actors of our generation.
The Vail Film Festival will feature film screenings, lectures, interviews, live music and nightly parties. The Vail Film Festival Screenplay Competition gives aspiring screenwriters a venue for getting their scripts read by top industry film producers. Visit http://www.vailfilmfest.com.
Taste of Vail – April Annual –
Taste of Vail is wonderful springtime food and wine festival held at venues throughout North America’s favorite ski resort. The annual three-day event showcases Vail Valley’s world-class restaurants and wine makers set against dramatic mountain vistas.
Taste delicious food and fine wines poured by winemakers and winery owners from around the globe. This sensory extravaganza also offers seminars, activities, dance performances, apre ski tastings, the Colorado Lamb Cook Off and the popular mountaintop picnic on Vail Mountain. Visit http://www.tasteofvail.com.
Vail Snow Daze – December Annual –
Kicking off the Vail ski season, Vail Snow Daze is a week of blockbuster live entertainment and concerts, as well as parties and contests held throughout the Town of Vail. Hear your favorite musicians and bands rock the Rockies at this spectacular winter event in Vail. Visit www.vail.com/snowdaze.
Crazy Mountain Brewery Hot Summer Nights Concert Series –
June – August Annually – Celebrating years of free concerts at the Ford Amphitheater in Vail, the Crazy Mountain Brewery Summer Nights Concert Series is the social event of the season for locals and vacationers. Tuesday nights heat up the town of Vail with bands that rock the Rockies. Visit http://www.vail.com/summer/events/bud-light-concert-series.aspx.
Spring Back to Vail – April Annual –
Spring Back to Vail closes out the ski season with music concerts from top acts like Train, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, and Stephen Marley. This fun Vail event also features sporting spectacles like the World Pond Skimming Championships, where athletes launch themselves off a snow jump onto an icy pond in attempt to exit the pond on both feet. Visit www.vail.com/springback.
Vail Lacrosse Shootout – Summer Annual –
The Vail Lacrosse Shootout is a 10-day lacrosse tournament held along a 13 mile stretch of the Vail/Avon/Eagle Valley at venues that include Ford Fields, Donovan Park and Avon Field. The summer event features the men’s and women’s Elite Championships. http://www.vaillacrosse.com/