THE ASPEN SNOWMASS SUMMER AGENDA

THE ASPEN SNOWMASS SUMMER AGENDA
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Ellen Winter
Published on May 21, 2021
11 CAN’T-MISS IN-TOWN AND ON-MOUNTAIN HAPPENINGS THIS SEASON After the surreal summer of 2020 — one that was likely the saddest season in recent history — Aspen is making a major comeback this year. For our community’s many cultural institutions, canceling the entire calendar was a harsh reality caused by the novel coronavirus. Take, for instance, the Aspen Music Festival and School (AMFS) silenced for the first summer ever in its 70-plus years history. But as the pandemic comes to a close and most restrictions lifted, the much-anticipated return of live music, artist conversations, on-mountain offerings, musicals and more has finally arrived. Here are 11 can’t-miss in-town and on-mountain happenings this season.

11 CAN’T-MISS IN-TOWN AND ON-MOUNTAIN HAPPENINGS THIS SEASON

After the surreal summer of 2020 — one that was likely the saddest season in recent history — Aspen is making a major comeback this year. For our community’s many cultural institutions, canceling the entire calendar was a harsh reality caused by the novel coronavirus. Take, for instance, the Aspen Music Festival and School (AMFS) silenced for the first summer ever in its 70-plus years history. But as the pandemic comes to a close and most restrictions lifted, the much-anticipated return of live music, artist conversations, on-mountain offerings, musicals and more has finally arrived. Here are 11 can’t-miss in-town and on-mountain happenings this season.

CHRISTIE’S AUCTION HOUSE TAKEOVER

Christie’s Auction House is taking over the office space of Christie’s International Real Estate Aspen Snowmass for a month-long exhibition. The schedule for the month is as follows, July 3rd – 18th Post-War & Contemporary, Impressionist & Modern Private Sales; July 21st – 28th Street Art; July 31st – August 8th Fall Auction Highlights. Christie’s Art professionals will be on location giving artwork tours from 10 am – 6 pm daily. This is the first time that Christie’s has had an auction house presence in Aspen. It is a must-see art event this summer. christies.com

ASPEN MUSIC FESTIVAL AND SCHOOL

Founded in 1949, the Aspen Music Festival and School is regarded as one of the top classical music festivals in the United States, noted both for its concert programming and its on-campus musical training of young-adult students (keep an eye-out for their pop-up performances throughout downtown). Its beloved Benedict Music Tent event is back with a seven-week, 52-day, 150-event celebration (July 1-August 22) with symphony orchestras performing on three evenings every week.
aspenmusicfestival.com

THEATRE ASPEN

After a full-season cancellation last summer, the curtains are officially open at Theatre Aspen. A much-anticipated lineup of musicals, plays, one-person shows and cabaret performances are on the calendar, which opens with “Chicago” (June 30-July 22) followed by “Rock of Ages” (July 30-August 21) on the Hearst Theatre stage featuring the best of Broadway talent. theatreaspen.org


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DINNER + A MOVIE AT AJAX TAVERN

The Little Nell is making Monday nights much more fun this summer season with the return of its “Dinner + A Movie” series on the patio of Ajax Tavern. Guests can order off the restaurant menu or reserve a special Veuve Clicquot package (from $200), including a bottle of Yellow Label and two lobster rolls. The film lineup includes classics like Ghostbusters, Dirty Dancing, The Parent Trap, E.T., and more, with a showtime starting at 8:30 pm, (June 14-September 27; August 2nd excluded). Reservations are recommended. 970-920-6331, thelittlenell.com

BELLY UP ASPEN

After a 15-month closure, Aspen’s iconic and family-owned live music venue is ready to rock. The Eli Young Band (June 28) kicks off the concert calendar with deadmau5 (July 1, 2), Big Gigantic (July 3), Blues Traveler (July 5), Pat Green (July 18), LeAnn Rimes (July 24), the Beach Boys (August 3) and Melissa Etheridge (August 8) announced so far. Keep an eye out for more announcements in the coming weeks. bellyupaspen.com

ASPEN SATURDAY MARKET

The U-shaped Aspen Saturday Market, a local weekend tradition that began in 1988, takes over the heart of the downtown core (Galena St., Hopkins Ave., Hyman Ave., and Hunter St.) every Saturday from 8:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. (June 12-October 9) with a sea of vendor tents offering locally grown produce, freshly baked breads and artisan-made wares. aspenchamber.org

ANDERSON RANCH SUMMER SERIES: FEATURED ARTISTS AND CONVERSATIONS

The Anderson Ranch campus in Snowmass will welcome some of the most influential artists of our time while exploring the work of world-renowned creators and curators. Speakers from the 2021 schedule (dates vary from July 8-August 5) include Alexis Rockman, Simone Leigh, Saidiya Hartman, Tyler Mitchell, Derrick Adams and Scott Rothkopf in conversation with critics and collectors in both lecture and Q&A formats. Past artist participants have included Nick Cave (2019), Ai Weiwei (2018), Frank Stella (2015) and Marina Abramović (2013). andersonranch.org

AAM + AMFS MUSIC WITH A VIEW

Presented in collaboration with the Aspen Music Festival and School (AMFS), this free chamber concert series features one-hour performances by the most advanced AMFS students and visiting musicians held at the Aspen Art Museum’s rooftop SO Café, which has one of downtown’s most stunning views of Aspen Mountain. The series is held on Tuesday evenings from 6:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. (July 13-August 17). aspenartmuseum.org

SNOWMASS FREE CONCERT SERIES

After a hiatus last summer, the Snowmass Free Concert Series will take over Fanny Hill again every Thursday evening. Enjoy bands that have wowed Snowmass audiences in the past, including Hazel Miller, Musketeer Gripweed and the Bono Brothers Band, as well as new acts like Laurie Lewis & the Right Hands and Miss Mojo. Guests are encouraged to bring a picnic, order to-go or support local Snowmass businesses before or after the concert (no food vendors will be in the concert venue this summer). Concerts begin at 6:30 p.m. (June 10-August 26). gosnowmass.com

ASPEN SNOWMASS SIGHTSEEING

As the Silver Queen Gondola undergoes some improvements, Aspen Skiing Company is opening Buttermilk to summer weekend sightseeing for the very first time (May 29-31, June 4-6, 11-13, 18-20). Those only-at-Buttermilk things that we have come to love in winter — mellow trails, Cliffhouse cuisine and the ultimate vantage point of Pyramid peak — comes with wildflowers instead of snow. Expect disc golf, lawn games and access to hiking trails. And at both Snowmass and Aspen Mountain (reopening July 2nd), take advantage of the new Sightseeing Package ($39), which includes access for up to three days of gondola and chairlift rides, plus 10% off Lost Forest Base ticket for one time use, $10 lunch credit to be used at the Sundeck restaurant, Ajax Tavern or Elk Camp restaurant, a free glass of wine or beer with the purchase of one pizza at the Limelight Snowmass, 20% off bike rentals from Four Mountain Sports for one time use (excluding downhill bikes and e-bikes), and 20% off bike clinics for one time use. aspensnowmass.com

After the surreal summer of 2020 — one that was likely the saddest season in recent history — Aspen is making a major comeback this year. For our community’s many cultural institutions, canceling the entire calendar was a harsh reality caused by the novel coronavirus. Take, for instance, the Aspen Music Festival and School (AMFS) silenced for the first summer ever in its 70-plus years history.

Summer In Aspen

JAS

Jazz Aspen Snowmass(JAS) is making a roaring comeback with its multi-venue JAS June Experience (June 24-27), lounge series JAS Café (June 18-August 15) and outdoor JAS Labor Day Experience (September 3-5). Lineups for all three events have been largely confirmed, which will feature a range of the world’s most renowned jazz, fusion and funk artists, including The Motet, The Family Stone, The Yellowjackets, Etienne Charles & Creole Soul, and more. But the JAS Labor Day Experience is all about pop with the headliners who were set to perform last year: Stevie Nicks, Eric Church, Kings of Leon and Maren Morris. jazzaspensnowmass.org

We are all thrilled that this summer is back on, and we look forward to seeing you out and about in Aspen Snowmass. Of course, if you need real estate assistance, please reach out to one of our luxury real estate specialists: 970.544.5800, info@christiesaspenre.com or christiesaspenre.com.

We are all thrilled that this summer is back on, and we look forward to seeing you out and about in Aspen Snowmass. Of course, if you need real estate assistance, please reach out to one of our luxury real estate specialists: 970.544.5800, info@christiesaspenre.com or christiesaspenre.com.