Been waiting for your summer getaway to Aspen? There’s still plenty of summertime to play and something for every vacationing taste. Here are highlights of things to do in August in Aspen.
Mingle and Socialize
Maroon Bells Birthday Bash: Join the festival to celebrate the wilderness area’s 50th. Yes, there’s cake
USA Pro Cycling Challenge: Cheer the pros in Stages 1 and 2 of America’s greatest bike race, Aug. 18-19. And soak in stunning scenery on the Spotlight Community Rides, including the Aug. 16 tour of Snowmass that starts and finishes at the Limelight.
Aspen Historical Society’s Traditional Ice Cream Social: Load up your sundae, play lawn games and get a taste of Aspen’s eclectic history.
Get Your Groove On
Check out the stellar August concert lineups at these great venues:
Belly Up: Ryan Adams, Cut Copy, B.B. King, Everlast and more.
Aspen Music Festival and School: Student and master recitals, Opera Gala: Carmen in Aspen, Aspen Chamber Symphony and more.
Jazz Aspen Snowmass: Spend Labor Day weekend with Fun., OneRepublic, Carrie Underwood, Nickel Creek and more.
Snowmass Village Free Concerts: Awesome music with an awesome outdoor backdrop.
Test Yourself on Race Day
Zoot Aspen Triathlon: Post your PR with views of the Maroon Bells: Aug. 2.
First Annual Grand Traverse Mountain Run & Bike: Mountain bike or trail run 40 scenic miles from Crested Butte to Aspen: Aug. 16.
Power of Four Trail 50K: Ultra-run all four ski mountains: Aspen, Aspen Highlands, Buttermilk and Snowmass.
Expand Your Cultural Horizons
The New Aspen Art Museum Grand Opening: Concerts, tours, performances, culinary demonstrations and the opening of new, influential exhibits, Aug. 9.
Aspen Institute: Anything on the schedule will expand your mind with world-class leaders and thinkers, but don’t miss the Aug. 8 foreign policy fest with Former Secretary of
Defense Robert Gates and former Secretaries of State Condoleezza Rice and Madeleine Albright.
MountainSummit: MountainFilm in Aspen: The unique collaboration brings the leading film festival for adventuring and advocacy to the Wheeler Opera House Aug. 21-24.
Of course, there are always the classics: hiking, biking, whitewater rafting/kayaking/paddleboarding, fly fishing, golfing, yoga and more. The Limelight staff can point you in the right direction for outdoor recreation.
What’s on your schedule for August in Aspen? What’s your favorite thing to do in Aspen?