Upcoming Events in the Vail Valley: July 14 to 21

This Friday Bluzilla plays Friday Afternoon Club from 5 to 9pm at Eagles Nest on the top of Vail Mountain. The gondola is free to season pass holders and children four and under. Five to 12-year-olds also ride free when accompanied by an adult with a paid ticket. Lift tickets are $15, including a $10 voucher for the purchase of on-mountain food and beverages at Talon’s Deck Grill and Bistro Fourteen or Adventure Ridge activities. Complimentary shuttles will also be running to Game Creek.

The Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival continues as well, with the Philadelphia Orchestra visiting. The schedule for the upcoming week is as follows:

Friday, July 15: Dawn of a New Century, Strauss’ Ein Heidenleben and Ravel’s Mother Goose Suite, 6pm, Ford Amphitheater

Saturday, July 16:  Carmina Burana featuring the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra and Colorado Children’s Chorale

Monday, July 18: Joie de Vivre: The Artistry of a New Generation, Calder Quartet & Mana Saxophone Quartet, 6pm Vail Mountain School

Tuesday, July 19: Soiree II, An Evening with Gabriel Kahane Music for the Ear, Intellect and Soul, 6pm, Home of Jeanne and Jim Gustafson

Wednesday, July 20: Big Music for Little Bands, The Artistry of Gabriel Kahane, 6pm, Vilar Performing Arts Center

Thursday, July 21: Let Music Swell the Breeze: Sounds of America, Mana Saxophone Quartet, 12pm, Vail Interfaith Chapel

The New York Philharmonic arrives next Friday for a week-long stint.

Beaver Creek hosts the XTERRA Mountain Championship with the triathlon on Saturday and the trail run on Sunday. The triathlon includes a one-mile swim, a 15.5-mile mountain bike ride, and a 5.75-mile run beginning at Nottingham Lake. Sunday’s half-marathon and 10K will be a lung-busting out-and-back from Beaver Creek to Bachelor Gulch. Patagonia is offering 30% off retail during the XTERRA weekend. The Coyote Café is offering 15% off entrees as well as drink specials on PBR during the showing of “180 South,” the documentary about adventurer Jeff Johnson and his recount of Patagonia founders’ 1968 excursion through Argentina.

Festival-goers head to Green Mountain Reservoir for Gish’s Getaway Music and Arts Festival this Friday through Sunday. Admission is only $10, but limited to the first 150 people who show. State Bridge hosts Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Yamn, and Ultraviolet Hippopotamus on Saturday at 1pm. Admission is $15 in advance, $18 day of the show.

DJ Epidemix and DJ Koncept play Sandbar at 9pm Friday; DJ Sonic plays the same time at Samana.

Beaver Creek Rodeo starts June 30, continues every Thursday!

The Beaver Creek Rodeo kicks off today, the first installment of a summer-long Thursday night series.

Events include bronc riding, team roping, barrel racing, bull riding and burro racing. Kids-only events include mutton bustin’ and the calf scramble.

There’s plenty of pre-rodeo fun for the kids, too, from face painting to pony rides. Those interested in competing in the rodeo need to get there at 5pm, just before the show begins.

Location: The Beaver Creek Rodeo is in Avon behind Chapel Square at Traer Creek. A continuous, free shuttle runs from 5 to 9pm from the Covered Bridge in Beaver Creek Village to the rodeo. Free parking is also available across the street from the rodeo grounds.

Dates: June 30, July 7, 14 and 21; August 4, 11 and 18

Prices: Chidren 12 and under are free, Youth (13-17) $10, Adults (18-64) $17, Seniors (ages 65+) $12. VIP Seating is $22.

 Visit BeaverCreek.com or call (970) 754-4636 for more information.