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Samples of the ‘Mushrooms of Colorado’ on display at Aspen Center for Environmental Studies’ (ACES) Annual Mushroom Fair.

Image: Courtesy ACES

Friday, July 28

 
 
 
Carbondale Mountainfair
Times vary, ongoing through Sunday

Since 1972, this annual event has celebrated Carbondale's strong sense of community and free-spirited identity, drawing some 20,000 people to Sopris Park. In addition to almost 150 artisans and other vendors, don't miss the Friday afternoon community drum circle, continuous live music (headliners include Josh Hoyer and Soul Colossol and March Fourth Marching Band), and pie baking, wood splitting, and limbo contests. Also part of the weekend are Saturday's 14.2-mile Mount Sopris Runoff and Sunday's Porcupine Bike Loop Race (costumes required). Free admission, carbondalearts.org 

Twin Lakes Tunnel & Diversion Tour
10 a.m.–4:30 p.m., Roaring Fork Conservancy

Join the Roaring Fork Conservancy for a rare glimpse into the 4-mile long tunnel through the Continental Divide that diverts 40 percent of the Roaring Fork Rivers headwaters to the Front Range, as well as a visit to Lost Man Reservoir and its water collection system. Registration required, $45, roaringfork.org

ACES Mushroom Fair 
1–4 p.m., Hallam Lake

Learn about the magic of shrooms (no, not that kind!) under the guidance of visiting mycologists from teh Denver Botanic Gardens. Free, aspennature.org 

 
Aspen Chamber Symphony
6 p.m., Benedict Music Tent

With Markus Stenz as conductor, pianist Paul Lewis and baritone Andrè Schuen will perform classics from Beethoven, Mahler, and Schumann. $80, aspenmusicfestival.com

Hairspray
7:30 p.m., Hurst Theatre

Get your beehives ready for the Tony Award–winning musical based on the 1988 John Waters film. The Theatre Aspen production will be helmed by director and choreographer Mark Martino, whose Hurst Theatre credits also include Les Misérables, Cabaret, and Mamma MiaHairspray runs through August 19. From $29, theatreaspen.org 

Jes Grew
10:00 p.m., Belly Up Aspen

This Aspen-based Americana band has shared the bill with the likes of Widespread Panic, Warren Haynes, Taj Mahal, Trey Anastasio, Sam Bush, John Oates, and Rusted Root. No cover, bellyupaspen.com

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Carbondale Mountain Fair celebrates its 46th year in Sopris Park.  

Image: Mark Burrows

Saturday, July 29

 
 
Carbondale Mountainfair
Times vary, ongoing through Sunday

Since 1972, this annual event has celebrated Carbondale's strong sense of community and free-spirited identity, drawing some 20,000 people to Sopris Park. In addition to almost 150 artisans and other vendors, don't miss the Friday afternoon community drum circle, continuous live music (headliners include Josh Hoyer and Soul Colossol and March Fourth Marching Band), and pie baking, wood splitting, and limbo contests. Also part of the weekend are Saturday's 14.2-mile Mount Sopris Runoff and Sunday's Porcupine Bike Loop Race (costumes required). Free admission, carbondalearts.org 

Aspen Saturday Market
8 a.m.–3 p.m.

The best way to spend a summer Saturday morning in Aspen? At the U-shaped farmer’s market in the heart of town, perusing plenty of locally grown produce, handmade crafts, jewelry, and souvenirs. Free, aspenchamber.org 

Enduro World Series
7:30 a.m.
–5:30 p.m., Snowmass 

For the second year in a row, the only US stop of this eight event international downhill mountain biking competition is at Snowmass. Watch some of the world's best riders tackle bumps and jumps at breakneck speed in the on-mountain bike park. Free to spectate with purchase of gondola ticket ($24), enduroworldseries.com

Aspen Thrift Shop Art Sale
10 a.m.–2 p.m., Red Brick Center for the Arts

There’s no better place to treasure hunt than at this annual art sale, featuring a curious collection of art, movie posters, and antiques along with silent auction items—100% of the sales benefiting non-profits in the Roaring Fork Valley. Sneak a peek at the items up for grabs before you buy on Instagram (@aspenthriftart) or during the preview on Friday, July 28 from 4—6 p.m. Free, aspenthriftshop.org

Music on the Mountain
1 p.m., Aspen Mountain

Beyond the Benedict Music Tent, the Aspen Music Festival and School students perform a repertoire of their own choosing every Saturday through August at 11,000 feet. Pack a blanket and hit the Butcher’s Block before you go for supplies to picnic in the gorgeous meadow—a short walk out Richmond Ridge at the top of Aspen Mountain. Free with the purchase of a gondola ticket ($22), aspensnowmass.com 

Hairspray
3 p.m. & 8 p.m., Hurst Theatre

Get your beehives ready for the Tony Award–winning musical based on the 1988 John Waters film. The Theatre Aspen production will be helmed by director and choreographer Mark Martino, whose Hurst Theatre credits also include Les Misérables, Cabaret, and Mamma MiaHairspray runs through August 19. From $29, theatreaspen.org 

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The Round 6 international tour stop of Yeti Cycles Enduro World Series presented by Shimano hits Snowmass on Saturday and Sunday. 

Sunday, July 30

 
 
Carbondale Mountainfair
Times vary

Since 1972, this annual event has celebrated Carbondale's strong sense of community and free-spirited identity, drawing some 20,000 people to Sopris Park. In addition to almost 150 artisans and other vendors, don't miss the Friday afternoon community drum circle, continuous live music (headliners include Josh Hoyer and Soul Colossol and March Fourth Marching Band), and pie baking, wood splitting, and limbo contests. Also part of the weekend are Saturday's 14.2-mile Mount Sopris Runoff and Sunday's Porcupine Bike Loop Race (costumes required). Free admission, carbondalearts.org 

Basalt Sunday Market
10 a.m.–2 p.m., Downtown Basalt

We love the community and family-friendly vibe at this weekly farmer’s market filled with local produce, unique art, handmade crafts, and freshly prepared foods. Plus, there’s live music. Living or staying upvalley? We recommend biking down the Rio Grande Trail in the morning to get there (the bike rack–outfitted RFTA bus can bring you back). Free, basaltsundaymarket.com

Enduro World Series
7:30 a.m.
–4:30 p.m., 6 p.m. (awards), Snowmass

For the second year in a row, the only US stop of this eight event international downhill mountain biking competition is at Snowmass. Watch some of the world's best riders tackle bumps and jumps at breakneck speed in the on-mountain bike park. Free to spectate with purchase of gondola ticket ($24), enduroworldseries.com 

Bluegrass Sundays
12–3 p.m., Aspen Mountain

Take a hike up Ajax; once you make the summit, nothing beats a cold beer and a free open-air concert on top of the world as a reward. The roster of local bluegrass bands rotates each week, and if you’re not up for the hike, catch the Silver Queen Gondola ($22), which starts spinning at 10 a.m. Free, aspensnowmass.com

Renée Fleming and Iron Barnatan
4 p.m., Benedict Music Tent

The beloved diva returns to Aspen to perform songs based on the poems of Emily Dickinson and written for Flemming by Michael Tilson Thomas. Also on the program are the world premiere of a piano concerto composed by Music Fest president and CEO Alan Fletcher, written for and played by Israeli pianist Barnatan, and the Aspen Festival Orchestra performing Stravinsky's haunting The Firebird suite. $90, aspenmusicfestival.com 

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