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.

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This weekend, June 24 to 26, brings an extraordinary mixture of cultural and athletic events to the Vail Valley. 

Today the Colorado-Eagle River Ride opened registration for its 10th Anniversary. Interested parties can visit SOS Outreach and register under the “River Ride” tab.  You can call SOS Outreach directly (970) 926-9292. Cost is $90 with a jersey, $65 without. After today, the price goes up to $100. Same-day registration is $130. The River Ride raises almost $50,000 to SOS Outreach every year. The bicycle ride goes from Beaver Creek to Wolcott up CO Highway 131 to Colorado River Road down to Dotsero and back to Beaver Creek. There are options to do a century, 68-mile, or 42-mile ride.

Here in Lionshead the Vail Arts Festival will showcase everything from glass to jewelry to bronze sculpture to photography. Admission is free all three days: Friday and Saturday, 10am to 5pm; Sunday, 10am to 4pm.

Vail Mountain is now open every day, meaning Friday Afternoon Club kicks off at Adventure Ridge today! Andrew McConathy & Friends will give the first concert of the year at 4pm.

Those willing to travel a bit should hit up the new-and-improved State Bridge riverside amphitheather for the three-day Roots River Reggae Festival. Stephen Marley & the Toots & the Maytals are headlining. State Bridge is located on the Upper Colorado River along the Colorado River Headwaters Scenic Byway between Bond and Kremmling. It’s about 40 minutes from Vail.

The Vail Lacrosse Shootout will take place at Ford Park, Donovan Park, the Athletic Field just past Golden Peak, Avon Fields 1 and 2, Edwards Fields, and the Berry Creek Middle School Fields.

Beaver Creek hosts the Tough Mudder, a nine-mile-long obstacle course, this Saturday and Sunday. Estimated time of completion is 2 hours and 30 minutes, with more than 4,000 feet of elevation change all the way. The obstacles range from mud pits to mounds of snow to wooden walls. Tough Mudder’s has events across the globe, with the top 5 percent qualifying for the World’s Toughest Mudder, a 24-hour race held in Englishtown, NJ this December.

Weekend staples such as the Minturn Market (Saturday), Edwards Farmers Market (Saturday) and Vail Farmer’s Market (Sunday) return, though in better weather than last week!

The Minturn Market is open every Saturday.

CineBistro in Solaris is offering Cars 2, Transformers: Dark of the Moon, and Green Lantern in 3D.

Zach Heckendorf plays at the Club tonight and Saturday night at 9:30pm–admission is free! He may only be 18 years old, but he did play the Telluride Bluegrass Festival, Film on the Rocks at Red Rocks Amphitheater, and KBCO’s Studio C.  

Enjoy the weekend!