Summer Shakedown



From majestic hikes in the high Rockies, a variety of outdoor performances, open air culinary events, and so much more summer is a season to be savored, where nature is celebrated and cherished.

Have no fear, summer is still here in the high country and the valley is bustling with culture during this magical time of year.

Here is a quick shakedown on some upcoming events :

Vail Jazz Party– August 31- September 4

The culmination of this summer program focuses on spontaneity and chemistry. With over 70 different artists on the lineup both audience and musicians alike will be at the height of their musical sense.


VAIL OKTOBERFESTTM  Lionshead: September 8-10, 2017 Beer, Sausage, and European Flare, need we say more?

Vail Village: September 15-17, 2017

Gourmet on the Gore September 1-4 A diverse culinary festival with an outdoorsy ambiance

Colorado Grand- September 15 -16 The 29th annual charity tour for 1960 and earlier sports and race cars of distinction, generating over $400,000 annually for small Colorado Charities

Taste of Vail Fall Festival September 22-23 “Elevate your Palate”

Blue Starlit Drive In -Don’t miss this one of kind vintage experience

These events are a small slice of what the valley will be offering this fall. Contact your Vail Spa concierge for further local event information.



Purple Mountains Majesty


The summer signature event is finally here and the valley is bustling with culture. From a full orchestra performance to a happening parade and fireworks show, Vail America Days is a celebration not to be missed.

The parade will begin at Golden Peak at 10:00 a.m. on July 4 and make its way through the villages, ending in Lionshead. The parade is one of the most popular events during the Independence Day holiday. This parade theme this year is America the Beautiful!

Don’t forget the annual Patriotic Concert, with Dallas Symphony Orchestra at Ford Amphitheater at 2 PM. Amphitheater tickets go on sale Saturday, July 1st at 8:00 a.m. at the Amphitheater Box Office only. Tickets are $25 and are limited to four (4) per person ages 16 and older. 100% of ticket proceeds will go to the Vail Veterans Program. General Admission lawn seating is free and is first come, first served at 12:30 PM until the venue reaches capacity (1,250 lawn seats). For more information visit Bravo! Vail
Musically charged Fireworks on Golden Peak finish off the evening at approximately 9:30 PM.

For a full schedule of the holiday weekend events visit Vail America Days





Vail International Dance Festival starts July 31

The Vail International Dance Festival kicks off tomorrow with a performance of Buckets & Tap Shoes followed by opening night of New York Ballet Moves at the Ford Amphitheater.

The two-week-long event showcases advanced-level dance classes, open rehearsals, and contemporary ballet, among other forms of modern dance. Lawn tickets are $20. Reserved seating sections 1 & 4 (on the far right and left sides) are $60; front and center tickets (Reserved Seating Section 2 & 3) are $80.

To register for a master class at the 2011 Vail International Dance Festival, contact Abby Olson at or call (970) 777-2015. Cost is $15.

Dancing in the Streets is a series of three interactive evenings of dance and movement Thursday, July 28, Thursday, August 4, and Thursday, August 11. All events start at 5pm at the Solaris.

2011 Artist In Residence: Charles “Lil Buck” Riley will be performing in Dancing the Streets: Memphis Jookin’ in Vail, International Evenings of Dance, Dance for $20.11, and Dance TV.

New York City Ballet MOVES is a select touring group from the New York City Ballet, lead by Ballet Master in Chief Peter Martins.   

The Brooklyn-based Mark Morris Dance Group only dances to live music; they celebrate their 30th anniversary this Wednesday with a one-night-only performance.   

Trey McIntyre Project is a contemporary ballet company with a wide array of musical accompaniment including the Beatles, Beck, and Peter, Paul and Mary.

UpClose is a didactic mixture of lecture and performance during which the audience gets an exclusive, open rehearsal.

Below is the schedule for the entire festival.

Saturday, July 30

Village Vignettes: Buckets & Tap Shoes, 11am, Beaver Creek Village, Free

Master Class: Classical Ballet by Daniel Ulbricht of the New York City Ballet (for intermediate and advanced dancers only), 5:30pm, Vail Mountain School

Sunday, July 31

Village Vignettes: Buckets & Tap Shoes, 11am, Solaris, Vail Village

Opening Night: New York Ballet MOVES, 7:30pm, Ford Amphitheater

Monday, August 1

Master Class: Modern Dance by Fang-Yi Sheu, 5:30pm, Vail Mountain School

21st Century Moves: New York City Ballet MOVES, 7:30pm, Ford Amphitheater

Tuesday, August 2

UpClose: The Male Dancer by Balanchine, 7:30pm, Vilar Performing Arts Center, Beaver Creek

Wednesday, August 3

Mark Morris Dance Group 30th Anniversary Celebration, 7:30pm, Ford Amphitheater

Thursday, August 4

Dancing in the Streets: Memphis Jookin’ in Vail Charles “Lil Buck” Riley & Friends, 5pm, Solaris, Free

Friday, August 5

International Evenings of Dance I, 7:30pm, Ford Amphitheater

Saturday, August 6

Beginner Tango Class taught by Tango Colorado, 12:30 to 1:30pm, Betty Ford Alpine Gardens, Free

Public Tango Milonga Dance, 4pm, Betty Ford Alpine Garden, Free

International Evenings of Dance II, 7:30pm, Ford Amphitheater

Sunday, August 7

Ballroom Spectacular, 7:30pm, Ford Amphitheater

Monday, August 8

UpClose: Premieres, 7:30pm, Vilar Performing Arts Center, Beaver Creek

Tuesday, August 9

Dance for $20.11, 7:30pm, Ford Amphitheater

Thursday, August 11

Dancing in the Streets: Trey McIntyre, 5pm, Solaris

Friday, August 12

Trey McIntyre Project, 7:30pm, Ford Amphitheater

Saturday, August 13

Dance TV, 7:30pm, Ford Amphitheater

Sunday, August 14

Master Class: Contemporary Dance with Alison Holker from “So You Think You Can Dance,” 10pm, Vail Mountain School