Need a good party, summit, forum or festival this summer? Aspen’s got you covered, whether you’re into music, art, film, theater, food, wine, yoga, fitness, the environment, social change, cycling or outdoor adventure of all kinds. Come with friends or meet new ones with the same interests. Here’s a rundown of Aspen’s top summer festivals this year.

 

Aspen Eco Fest

June 7-8, 2014

The free cultural, educational and environmental festival blends lifestyle, business and the environment. Enjoy environmental films, discuss sustainable solutions and shop with over 100 street vendors featuring everything handmade, remade, natural, organic, up-cycled or energy efficient.

aspenecofest.com

 

Snowmass Mammoth Festival in AspenMammoth Fest

June 13-15, 2014

The weekend festival takes place in Snowmass Town Park and features chili and beer tastings. This year’s musical lineup includes Leftover Salmon, Chris Robinson Brotherhood, Xavier Rudd, Les Claypool’s Duo De Twang and more.

snowmassmammothfest.com

 

Aspen Summer Words

June 13-18, 2014

ASW is the place to be for anyone with a passion for the written word. Attend writing workshops and discussions with award-winning authors, including Billy Collins, Meg Wolitzer, Julia Glass and more.

aspenwriters.org

 

Jazz Aspen Snowmass June Experience

June 19-28, 2014

Multiple venues with four nights of world-class headline artists, including Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Diana Krall, Steve Winwood and Tony Bennett.

azzaspensnowmass.org/jazzfestival/june-jazz-festival

 

FOOD & WINE Classic in Aspen

June 20-22, 2014

One of the nation’s epicurean epicenters. More than 300 vintners pour, and leading chefs—Jacques Pépin, Michael Symon, Ming Tsai—inspire with specialty foods and entertainment tips. Your palette with thank you.

foodandwine.com/classic

 

Aspen Ideas Festival

June 24-July 3, 2014

Gather at the Aspen Institute with some of the world’s foremost thinkers to explore and discuss social and cultural ideas and solutions in business, the arts, politics, philanthropy, education and culture. Choose from 200 sessions and 350 presenters across multiple genres anchored by the theme Imagining 2024.

aspenideas.org

 

Wanderlust Festival Aspen-Snowmass

July 3-6, 2014

A celebration of yoga with epic musical performances—Jurassic 5, Tycho, MC Yogi, Mishka and more—thought-provoking lectures, delicious farm-to-table dinners, wine tastings, hikes, films—even July 4th fireworks.

aspensnowmass.wanderlustfestival.com

 

Aspen Music Festival

June 26-Aug. 17, 2014

The Aspen Music Festival and School offers more than 350 musical events during its eight-week season including symphony, chamber, opera, choral and family concerts. This season—its 65th—the theme is The New Romantics. Not a student or performer? You don’t have to be to savor the world-class performances.

aspenmusicfestival.com

 

Old Fashioned 4th of July in AspenOld Fashioned 4th of July Celebration

July 4, 2014

Celebrate our nation’s birthday in All-American mountain style. Join 20,000 locals for a parade, live music, picnics, a kids carnival and spectacular fireworks over Aspen Mountain.

www.aspenchamber.org/calendar-of-events/annual-special-events/4th-of-july

 

Aspen Arts Festival

July 26-27, 2014

Browse or buy creations from the works of all-star artists from all over the country. Works span a wide range, from life-size sculpture, photography, glass, paintings, ceramics, one-of-a-kind jewelry and mixed media.

artfestival.com

 

American Renewable Energy Day (AREDAY)

Aug. 10-13, 2014

The annual renewable energy technology and policy summit focuses on America’s new clean energy economy and solutions to the climate crisis. Attendees discuss issues like climate change and renewable energy with the world’s top environmental educators, such as President Jimmy Carter, Ted Turner and Dr. Sylvia Earle.

areday.net

 

USA Pro Cycling Challenge

Aug. 18-19, 2014

America’s best cycling race kicks off in Aspen with the Stage 1 Aspen/Snowmass Circuit and the start of Stage 2: Aspen to Crested Butte. Mingle with the pros and pedal-centric fans, and enjoy epic road and mountain rides of your own.

aspenupcc.com

 

MountainSummit: MountainFilm in Aspen

Aug. 21-24, 2014

Based at the historic Wheeler Opera House, the unique collaboration with MountainFilm in Telluride brings to Aspen the leading adventuring and advocacy film festival. Join artists, activists and adventurers for award-winning documentaries and speakers.

wheeleroperahouse.com/events/mountainsummit-mountainfilm-in-aspen

 

Jazz Aspen Snowmass Labor Day Experience

Aug. 29-31, 2014

Rock the weekend with stunning views from the outdoor main stage and a variety of world-class artists, including FUN., OneRepublic, Nickel Creek, Carrie Underwood, Ziggy Marley and more.

jazzaspensnowmass.org/jazzfestival/labor-day-jazz

 

Where to Stay

Set up your festival basecamp at the Limelight Hotel, and stay in the know on the Limelight’s Events page.

 

Been to a summer festival in Aspen? What’s your favorite?