TEVA Mountain Games – June 2-5
The country's largest celebration of mountain sport, soul and culture as professional and amateur adventure athletes converge upon Vail to compete in a variety of adrenaline pumping sports. Competitors run, climb, bike, kayak, raft and fish for cash purses and ultimate bragging rights. And to round it all out, concerts, film screenings and plenty of after-partying make this event the perfect summer kick-off.
Firefighter Combat Challenge – June 11-12
The Vail Firefighter Combat Challenge provides a snapshot of one of the most physically demanding occupations, and gives the viewing public an idea of the physical prowess to do the job of firefighting. The intense, spirited competition has been deemed “The toughest two minutes in sports”.
Bud Light Hot Summer Nights – Tuesdays, June 14 – August 23
Celebrating 24 years of free concerts at the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater in Vail, Bud Light Hot Summer Nights has become the social event of the season and the place to be for locals and visitors alike. Tuesday nights from June through August heat up the town with bands like The Wailers, Reverend Horton Heat, Mofro and Soulive who rock the house and keep the huge crowds dancing. The concert series begins June 14 and runs through Aug. 23. Hot Summer Nights is a project of the Vail Valley Foundation. Visit, www.hotsummernightsconcerts.com
Vail Farmers’ Market & Art Show – Sundays, June 19 – Sept 18
Get a taste of Colorado with the Vail Farmers' Market and Art Show, open weekly throughout the summer on Sundays, June 19 through Sept. 18. Colorado's finest are showcased during the farmer’s market including locally grown produce, international dishes, fresh baked goods and even Colorado wine. The Art Show feeds travelers’ creativity offering everything from beautiful clothing and jewelry to handmade home items.
Carmichael Training Systems – June 21-25
Carmichael Training Systems returns to Vail June 21-25, 2011 with its Vail High Performance Camp. Participants will be able to experience classic Colorado summer rides while being coached by the world-class staff of Carmichael Training. Carmichael Training Systems was created by Chris Carmichael, the legendary coach known for bringing Lance Armstrong back to cycling after his battle with cancer.
Vail Arts Festival – June 24 – 26
Each summer more than 70 artists from around the country converge in Lionshead for this colorful visual arts festival. With countless mediums represented, it’s a unique and free opportunity to meet each exhibiting artist in person. Also, enjoy street entertainers, live performances and great food throughout the day.
BBQ Bonanza – June 25 – 26
Finger licking happiness can be found here. Come hungry and enjoy the best barbecue around as local restaurants compete for the coveted title of “Vail’s Best BBQ.”
Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival – June 26 – August 3
Celebrating 24 years in the Vail Valley, the Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival is a hallmark cultural attraction in Colorado. The six-week festival touts the highest quality classical musicians in the world today. Bringing in four venerable ensembles, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the National Repertory Orchestra and the New York Philharmonic, the Festival has established Vail as one of today’s leading musical landmarks. The Festival will be punctuated with intimate chamber music performances and inspiring festive classics.
La Sportiva Vail Hillclimb – July 3
Those looking for high-altitude competition can find their match in Vail and choose between one of Colorado’s best trail running race series and the local mountain bike race series. Named best trail running race series by Colorado Runner in 2005 and 2008, the Vail Recreation District’s La Sportiva Vail Mountain Trail Running Series attracts the region’s finest athletes and recreational runners to compete in seven races that take runners up and over Vail and Beaver Creek Mountains. The local trail running race series is the longest running series in Colorado with race lengths from 3.2 to 14.5 miles.
Vail America Days – July 4
Celebrate 4th of July with the Vail parade, family activities, free concerts, entertainment and fireworks.
Saturday Family Afternoon Club – Saturdays, July 16 – August 13
Free family activities in Lionshead each Saturday.
Vail Antique Festival – July 15 – 18
The Vail Antique Festival will host antique dealers from New Jersey to Washington with antiques dating from 480BC to 1960's retro in a juried antique show. Quality antiques will be featured in a festive atmosphere at various locations throughout Lionshead.
Vail Half Marathon – July 24
Local running race series through the Vail Recreational District.
Vail International Dance Festival – July 31 – August 13
The world’s greatest artists take to the stages of the Vail Valley for a two-week celebration of unparalleled dance. Under the leadership of Artistic Director Damian Woetzel, the Festival has grown to be among the premiere cultural events in the nation.
Festival highlights include the company debut of the critically-acclaimed Morphoses/The Wheeldon Company; dancers from New York City Ballet, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and The Royal Ballet gracing the bill on the International Evenings of Dance at the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater; and the introduction of the UpClose dance and dialogue series at the intimate Vilar Performing Arts Center.
Vail Jazz Festival & Jazz at Vail Square – August 4 – September 5
Every week at the Vail Farmer's Market, enjoy free live music from local jazz musicians, kicking off June 19,and continuing every Sunday from noon to 3:30 p.m. The live performances are not just limited to Sundays, as Jazz at Vail Square comes to the Arrabelle every Thursday night in August, culminating with the 2011 Vail Jazz Party taking place on Labor Day Weekend.
Vail Kids Adventure Race – August 13
Vail’s signature, kid’s-only race will return Saturday, Aug. 13 for the second summer and pit 100 teams of two, ages six to 12, against each other on an obstacle course like no other in Vail Village and on Vail Mountain. The Vail Kids Adventure Race offers children an opportunity to work together to navigate an adventure course including hiking, mountain biking and ziplining on Vail Mountain; tubing down the Gore Creek; plus archery, an underground river crossing and balancing on a slack line over a mud pit. The highlight of the race is Vail’s-own giant Slope-n-Slide, a 100-foot version of a slip-n-slide that takes participants down the front side of Vail Mountain for a fun and wild ride. During the race, parents aren’t allowed to help the teams as they use a kid-friendly map to orientate themselves around the course. Last summer’s race sold out and it’s anticipated to be another packed event for the younger ones.
Sonnenalp’s 26th Casual Classic – August 20
Sonnenalp’s 26th Casual Classic bike ride, consisting of 175 riders plus lunch attendees, begins after breakfast where participants are bussed over to Breckenridge where they start by peddling west to Copper Mountain; up over Vail Pass and coast down to the Sonnenalp Hotel for a delicious Bully Ranch BBQ, live entertainment, silent auction and fun gift bags. This event is a must for all who enjoy family-oriented activities and casual peddle benefiting the ECOTrails bike path as well as the Sonnenalp Foundation.
Vail Soul Music Festival – August 19 – 20
Vail Soul Music Fest is far more than a music concert event – it is “the ultimate soul experience”. Vail Soul Music Fest celebrates the heart of Soul Music with top musicians, empowerment events and cultural activities over three days and two nights of performances by some of the greatest Rhythm & Blues (R&B), conscious Hip Hop, alternative Rock, Blues & Neo Soul artists from around the world. As Colorado’s first-ever, multi-day, soul music-themed event, the Vail Soul Music Fest focuses on the preservation of traditional soul music, while also cultivating the growth and exposure of new independent soul artists.
NEW! Diva’s Half Marathon – August 21
The Diva’s Half Marathon and Girls 5K running event take place in Vail Aug. 21, 2011. While the event takes place in Vail, the participants will run through the valley enjoying picturesque mountain views throughout the course. The long weekend will begin on Thursday, Aug. 18 with a wine and cheese gallery stroll followed by The Health & Fitness Boutique on Friday, Aug. 19 and Saturday, Aug, 20. Other weekend activities include a Movie in the Town Square, weather permitting on Saturday night and finally the crown jewel, Diva’s Half Marathon and Girls 5K on Sunday morning.
NEW! Quizno’s Pro Challenge Bike Race – August 25-26
Poised as one of North America's premiere pro cycling races, the Quiznos Pro Challenge is a seven-day road race that will feature elite professional teams and athletes from around the world. One of the only American races listed on the international professional cycling calendar (2.1 UCI ranking), the Quiznos Pro Challenge awards important, world-ranking points to the top finishers. The Quiznos Pro Challenge brings the drama and excitement of professional cycling back to Colorado and to spectators around the globe. On August 25, Vail hosts Stage 3, the Individual Time Trial and on August 26, Avon hosts the start of Stage 4, along with race expo and entertainment throughout both days.
Gourmet on Gore – Sept. 3 – 5
This open-air culinary extravaganza takes place in the heart of Vail Village over Labor Day Weekend and pairs world-class wines, beers and spirits with the best food throughout Vail. Winemakers and sommeliers will be on hand to discuss and educate, while Vail restaurants will offer tastes of their specialty dishes.
Oktoberfest (Lionshead and Vail Village) – Sept. 9 – 11 and Sept. 16 – 18
Raise your steins and toast to the 2011 Vail Oktoberfest. Join the world in celebrating the season Vail-style and enjoy two full weekends of oom pah parties, bratwurst, Beck's Beers, beer gardens and traditional dance demonstrations in Lionshead and Vail Village.
Colorado Grand (Finish/Display) – Sept. 16 – 17
Watch the spectacle as vintage and historic racecars role into Vail after a 1,000-mile tour of Colorado spanning four days.
NEW! Women’s Empowerment Weekend – Sept. 15 – 18
The 2011 Women’s Empowerment Workshop will be held amidst the stunning landscape of Vail, Colorado Sept. 15-18, 2011. This unique opportunity empowers women to nourish mind, body and spirit by connecting to the natural world in a way they never have before. Women will discover and renew their personal strength and confidence through soulful and expertly guided activities from world class providers including hiking, rafting, rock climbing, photography, self-care and equine therapy.
NEW! The America Cup International Fly Fishing Tournament – Sept. 15 – 18
The America Cup is a catch and release, fly-fishing tournament with 80 International, US, Youth and Adaptive anglers competing on the best trout waters in Colorado. Join this event as a Controller and go riverside with a world-class fisherman.
Vail Restaurant Month – Sept. 19 – October 16
Set in Vail’s active fall season, Vail Restaurant Month is a four week series of singular events integrated into the lifestyle of Vail’s restaurants, lodges, and retail communities. A wide array of events, activities and packages, that is available for singles, couples, families or groups. Enjoy the four themed weeks: “Market to Table Week”, “Health, Wellness & Outdoors Week”, “Family Week featuring Little Foodies in the Kitchen” and “LoveFest Week”.
For more information or a complete list of events in Vail this summer, please visit vail.com