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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?