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Friday, July 7

 
 
Aspen Antiques, Jewelry & Fine Arts Fair
10 a.m.—6 p.m., Aspen Ice Garden

The 10-day fair (through July 9) celebrates its 15th year in Aspen with an always eclectic selection of collectibles ranging from estate jewelry to fine art to vintage prints, and more. Free, aspenartfairs.com

Lunchtime Auctionette
11:45 a.m., Anderson Ranch Arts Center

Score works of art created by faculty, visiting artists, students, and staff with a BBQ lunch before the bidding begins. $10, andersonranch.org

Sex With Strangers
3 p.m. & 8 p.m., Hurst Theatre

Directed by Christy Montour-Larson and written by Laura Eason, Theatre Aspen's production of this two-person drama is a smart, tantalizing take on modern love that flirts with the ever-blurring line between public and private in our digital age. From $29, theatreaspen.com 

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

The irrepressible period conductor Nicholas McGegan returns to Aspen for a program of classical masterworks, beginning with the galloping overture to Mozart’s The Magic Flute. Pianist Robert Levin and violinist Robert Chen will also perform. $80, aspenmusicfestival.com

Bush
10 p.m., Belly Up Aspen

The multi-platinum ’90s band is back together and kicks off its summer tour with a special evening of both old and new hits. From $90, bellyupaspen.com

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Saturday, July 8

 
  
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 

Mandala Sand Painting: Guided Meditation
9 a.m., Aspen Art Museum

Since July 5, Tibetan Buddhist monks from Drepung Loseling Monastery have been in residence to construct a temporary mandala sand painting as part of their annual visit to Aspen. Join them for a special meditation session before they complete their temporal masterpiece. Free, aspenartmuseum.org

Aspen Antiques, Jewelry & Fine Arts Fair
10 a.m.—6 p.m., Aspen Ice Garden

The 10-day fair (through July 9) celebrates its 15th year in Aspen with an always eclectic selection of collectibles ranging from estate jewelry to fine art to vintage prints, and more. Free, aspenartfairs.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 Mia! The show runs through August 19. From $29, theatreaspen.org  

Shop Aspen Art Walk
5–7 p.m., Downtown Aspen

During this new Aspen Sojourner-sponsored event, held in conjunction with the three annual art fairs in town during the summer (Aspen Antiques, Jewelry and Fine Arts Fair on July 8), participating art galleries offer cocktails and bites. Green and yellow balloons mark the party spots, with official Shop Aspen Art Walk maps to guide the way (available at the Aspen Ice Garden, Aspen Chamber Resort Association office, and the Guest Pavilion on the Cooper Ave. Mall). Free, aspenchamber.org 

Aspen Santa Fe Ballet
8 p.m., Aspen District Theatre

After making a splash in 2016 with his critically-acclaimed Aspen Santa Fe Ballet choreographic debut, Brazilian choreographer Fernando Melo returns with a second world premiere ballet that blends video projection with stirring movement. Sharing the program is Los Angeles-based choreographer Cherice Barton's Eudaemonia, a recent ASFB premiere that explores the search for happiness. From $36, aspensantafeballet.com

A Recital by Conrad Tao
8 p.m., Harris Concert Hall

Pianist and AMFS alumnus Conrad Tao brings his spectacular technique, kinetic energy, and emotional intensity back to Aspen for an evening of varied works. $55, aspenmusicfestival.com

Pat Green
9 p.m., Belly Up Aspen

Matt Rouch & the Noise Upstairs open for the Grammy-nominated Texan country star. From $30, bellyupaspen.com

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Sunday, July 9

Dog Day Afternoon
 
11 a.m.–3 p.m., Aspen Animal Shelter

This third annual community carnival is all about helping the less fortunate of our furry friends with food, drink, live music, a dunk tank, dog wash, and much more. You can even B.Y.O.D. (if he or she is friendly and kept on a leash) with a canine-friendly shuttle departing from Gondola Plaza. Free, dogsaspen.com 

Aspen Antiques, Jewelry & Fine Arts Fair
10 a.m.–6 p.m., Aspen Ice Garden

The 10-day fair celebrates its 15th year in Aspen with an always eclectic selection of collectibles ranging from estate jewelry to fine art to vintage prints, and more. Free, aspenartfairs.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

Mandala Lecture: Geshe Lobsang Tenzin & Closing Ceremony
1:30 p.m. & 3 p.m., Aspen Art Museum

Geshe Lobsang Tenzin, founder and spiritual director of the Drepung Loseling Monastery and senior lecturer at Emory University, will present a lecture on the symbolism of the mandala dedicated to Akshobhya, unshakeable resolve during times of conflict. Free, aspenartmuseum.org

Ponder the Albatross
9 p.m., Justice Snow's

Wind down the weekend in the parlour with this Denver-based band's hybrid style of experimental folk, rock, and bluegrass. Free, justicesnows.com

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