There’s so much in the pipeline for summer 2014 in Aspen, so here’s a run down of the things we’re most excited about this year…
ASPEN SHORTSFEST, APRIL 8TH – 13TH
Towards the end of spring Aspen plays host to one of the world’s leading film festivals, Shortsfest. Over the course of 5 days, more than 80 short films will be shown, each representing and show-casing a variety of themes from over two dozen countries. The combination of this cultural union and these eclectic short films makes this an insightful yet lively festival. This is like heaven for all you hard core culture junkies out there. Whether it’s comedy, animation, drama or documentary that floats your boat, the Shortsfest has it all, and in 40 minutes or less.
FOOD & WINE Classic in Aspen , JUNE 20TH – 22ND
Now, we all love good food and delicious wines, and nowhere does it better than the Aspen Food and Wine Classic. This three day extravaganza brings together the world’s top winemakers, chefs and culinary luminaries and includes over 80 cooking demonstrations, wine seminars and of course, those all important tasting sessions. Have your taste buds tantalised by food masters like Tom Colicchio and Jacques Pépin at this one of a kind food festival, all situated against the breath-taking backdrop of the magnificent Aspen Mountain.
OLD FASHIONED 4TH JULY CELEBRATIONS, JULY 4TH
No summer time trip to America would be complete without experiencing the pageantry of the 4th of July. Although each state does it a little differently, Aspen, particularly, shines with its whimsical twist on traditional celebrations. Dubbed the Old Fashioned 4th of July, Aspen’s Independence Day brings together 20,000 locals and tourists in an old timely celebration. Do as the American’s do in these quaint but highly spirited festivities. You can expect a day of parades, live music, picnics and a kid’s carnival, all topped off with a spectacular fireworks display over Aspen Mountain in the evening.
ASPEN ARTS FESTIVAL, JULY 26th – 27th
Aspen’s Arts Festival is a truly one of a kind event, showcasing the incredible expertise and skill of some of the nation’s finest. Here you’ll find all sorts of remarkable life-size sculptures, stunning photographs and exquisite locally crafted jewellery as well as many other wonderful creations. Simply browse and admire the pieces or take the opportunity to purchase from the original artists themselves. Festivities are not confined to the exhibitions; stunning fireworks, parades and even a U.S Air force Jet flyby are interspersed in this unique festival.
JAS ASPEN SNOWMASS EXPERIENCE, AUGUST 29TH – 31ST
Aspen is renowned for having some of the nation’s best and most eclectic music festivals and the Jazz Aspen Labour Day Festival is no exception. Over three days an amazing mix of world class and up-and-coming musicians take to the stages for a live music spectacular not to be missed. With a main stage hosting big names such as Jason Miraz and Keith Urban and two, more diverse, side stages, Jazz Aspen has something for every kind of music lover and an electric atmosphere thrown in for extra measure. You get a real festival feel walking through the stalls of exotic foods, drink and local crafts and the striking backdrop of the Snowmass Village makes for one truly unique festival experience.
THEATRE ASPEN, JUNE – AUGUST
Aspen really is becoming a cultural hotspot beyond its idyllic scenery and fantastic ski slopes and from June to August it is overwhelmed with a theatrical spectacular. Opening the season with The Full Monty you can expect a highly varied repertoire, lots of music and a little dash of naughty humour. Unlike the Edinburgh or Adele Fringe Festivals, Theatre Aspen’s primary focus is good old fashioned theater, combining Broadway extravaganzas with more rustic home grown productions. Featuring stunning venues like the Theatre Aspen itself, this truly is an unmissable show.
SNOWMASS RODEO, JUNE 12TH – AUGUST 28TH
The Snowmass Rodeo is a real slice of American history, dating back to the 1800’s when ranch hands would come together to showcase their skills on horseback, this promises to be one wild ride. A colorful parade kicks off the rodeo, with events including bull and saddle bronc riding and team roping to be enjoyed in the arena. The Snowmass Rodeo gives you that quintessential cowboy experience with a 16 foot mobile smoker that serves classic dishes such as St. Louis style ribs, pulled pork and chicken tacos. Here you’ll also find some amazing traditional western crafts, jewellery, décor and clothing. So, go on partner, what are you waiting for, kick off those work shoes and don your cowboy boots and spurs for a one of a kind magical event this summer.