Vail, Colo. – Summer 2016 – Vail offers a calendar of events that entertains, engages and challenges visitors in the summer and fall seasons. From world-class performers to world-class athletes, Vail sets the stage for some of the most exciting events in the high country. There also are a number of participatory activities where athletes of all ages and abilities can test themselves.

Whether it’s enduro mountain bikers racing on-mountain during the Vail Outlier Offroad Mountain Bike Festival or the best anglers in the world descending on the Vail Valley for the 36th FIPS Mouche World Fly Fishing Championships, the line-up ensures guests have a wide variety of events to choose from no matter when they visit Vail in summer or fall 2016. Following are a few highlights of the 2016 schedule.

The GoPro Mountain Games kicks off the summer event series June 9-12. Now in its 15th year, the GoPro Mountain Games is the nation’s largest celebration of mountain sport, lifestyle and music featuring top professional and amateur athletes from around the world. The environmentally friendly adventure sporting event hosts approximately 3,000 outdoor athletes, along with an estimated 62,000 spectators. Athletes converge on Vail’s mountains and rivers to compete in eight sports and 24 disciplines for more than $100,000 in prize money. Events include kayaking, rafting, stand up paddling, mountain biking, road cycling, World Cup Bouldering, amateur climbing, fly-fishing, trail running and a half marathon. Additional events at the GoPro Mountain Games include the Slackline World Championships; Outdoor Reels, a film series; Mountain Click, a photography competition; Gear Town, an interactive expo area; Dock Dog canine competitions; free concerts at Mountains of Music and more. The GoPro Mountain Games are a project of the Vail Valley Foundation.

The Vail Farmers’ Market & Art Show takes place Sundays, June 19-October 2. The Vail Farmers’ Market is one of the largest in the state and showcases Colorado's finest locally grown produce, international dishes, fresh baked goods and wine. The Art Show feeds travelers’ creativity offering everything from beautiful clothing and jewelry to handmade home items.

The 22nd Annual Vail Jazz Festival is one of Vail's iconic summer events and has grown to include 40 shows over a 12-week period from June 26 to Sept. 5. The Vail Jazz Festival is host to the Labor Day Weekend Vail Jazz Party, the best jazz musicians converging on Vail for over 30 hours of jazz. Don't miss out on the summer-long jazz shows at Jazz at Vail Square, Jazz at The Market, Jazz at Sweet Basil and Jazz After!, featuring today's finest jazz artists.

The Vail Summer Bluegrass Series consists of four free live bluegrass concerts Wednesdays, June 29-July 20. Each individual concert boasts national-level, award-winning, high-energy talent and have proven to draw crowds from the Vail region, as well as visiting guests from around the world. Performances are located at the Arrabelle at Vail Square in Lionshead.

Celebrating 29 years in the Vail Valley, the Bravo! Vail Music Festival is a hallmark cultural attraction in Colorado and takes place July 1 to Aug. 6. The six-week festival touts the highest quality classical musicians in the world today. Bravo! Vail is the only festival in North America to host three of the world’s finest orchestras in a single season. Each summer, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, The Philadelphia Orchestra, and the New York Philharmonic take up residence in Vail, featured in programs of the great classics, plus jazz and pops. New in 2016, Bravo! will feature a three-performance residency with London’s internationally acclaimed chamber orchestra Academy of St. Martin in the Field. Dates for the residency are June 23, 25 and 26. In addition, world-renowned chamber music artists perform a diverse and eclectic chamber music series throughout the festival.

The outdoor splendor of the Colorado Rocky Mountains is the perfect backdrop to artistic brilliance and each summer the unique mountain town of Vail plays host to the world’s finest dancers. Now in its 28th year, the Vail International Dance Festival has developed into a treasured celebration of dance, renowned for its artistic excellence and unparalleled programming. Nearly 20,000 people from around the United States and parts of Europe descend on Vail, a vibrant cultural destination, for the Festival’s two-week residence July 30 to Aug. 14.

The Kids Adventure Games will return to Vail for its seventh summer, Aug. 10-14, offering kids ages 6-14 a race of a lifetime featuring river tubing, zip-lines, cargo nets, obstacles, rappelling, mud-pits, hiking, biking and more. Considered to be one of the coolest kids races on the planet, Vail’s race will be a qualifier for the National Championships to debut in spring 2017 in Vail. Additionally, this year’s race will feature new obstacles, courses and the long anticipated ‘Family Quest’ where a parent and child can try out the course together. The only adventure race of its kind in the nation, Vail’s race has seen over 1000 teams of two compete, learn self-reliance, grit and resiliency over the past six years and the 2016 Games won’t disappoint. Vail is the marquee event in the eight-race nationwide series, which is sponsored by Horizon Organics, Clif Kid, GoPro and Smartwool.

In its second year, the Outlier Offroad Festival brings cyclists of all types together Sept. 9-11 to sample Vail’s hero dirt in the golden light of autumn. The biggest brands in all of cycling point their demo trucks toward Vail Village for the weekend of Sept. 9-11, bringing the hottest bikes and accessories for three days of lift-served consumer demos and top-flight racing. Featuring a 50-mile ultra-XC on Vail Mountain, a 3-stage Enduro, a Colorado-style gravel gran fondo and much, much more, Outlier also brings elite riders from around the country and globe to compete for a $25,000 cash purse.

The best fly fisherman in the world descent on Vail Sept. 11-18 for the 36th Annual FIPS Mouche World Fly Fishing Championships. This catch and release fly-fishing tournament features anglers from around the globe competing on the best trout waters in Colorado. The championship is a wonderful event to attend, as the venues are the free flowing rivers and majestic lakes of the Rocky Mountains and the mountain resort towns of Colorado. The Town of Vail is the location for the opening and closing ceremonies as well as the host hotel.

Book Early and Save
A Vail summer vacation provides travelers with a great value with room rates starting at $150 per night with the destination’s special Book By offer. Guests booking a summer trip can save up to 20 percent over regular summer rates when booking by June 1, 2016. Vail offers nearly 40 hotels and condominium properties to choose from throughout the community. These properties range from full service, luxury hotels like the Four Seasons Resort Vail to boutique properties such as The Sebastian – Vail – A Timbers Resort. Condominium resorts such as The Antler’s Vail offer exceptional accommodations with the convenience of home.

For a complete list of summer events or to secure an early season Book By offer, please visit vail.com.



Kristin Yantis

Email: kyantis@myprco.com
Phone: (775) 351-7904
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