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The Aspen Ice Garden is transformed into a sleek contemporary gallery through Sunday for Art Aspen.

Friday, August 4

 
 
Colorado Scottish Festival
Times vary through Sunday, Snowmass

A Friday night free concert (6:30 p.m.) by Irish band Ruaile Buaile kicks off a festive weekend in Snowmass celebrating all things Gaelic. Base village will be awash in tartan, as bagpipes, drummers, Highland dancers, caber throwers, and more perform, accompanied by a living history tent, whiskey tastings ($25), a Saturday night ceilidh, and a parade of dogs of the British Isles. Free, gosnowmass.com 

Art Aspen 
12–7 p.m., Aspen Ice Garden

With 30 notable dealers on hand from around the country and the Aspen Ice Garden transformed into a sleek contemporary gallery, this annual show is a must-see for serious collectors and modern art enthusiasts alike. $25 (single day admission), art-aspen.com 

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

In this program, thrill to the pianistic pyrotechnics in Liszt’s Rhapsodie espagnole, a work inspired by a trip to Spain and Portugal and later arranged by Busoni for soloist and orchestra. Also enjoy the rare treat of a Frank Martin work showcasing this season’s brilliant wind players, and, finally, give over to Brahms’s stirring Third Symphony, which abounds in beautiful writing for the clarinet, cello, and horn. $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 

Compagnie Marie Chouinard
8 p.m., Aspen District Theatre

Presented by the Aspen Santa Fe Ballet, this Montreal-based modern ensemble performs Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring and 24 Preludes by Chopin, both choreographed by company founder Chouinard in ways that bring new life to these classic works. From $36, aspensantafeballet.com

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Snowmass will be awash in tartan all weekend for the 54th annual Colorado Scottish Festival.  

Saturday, August 5

 
 
Colorado Scottish Festival
Times vary through Sunday, Snowmass

Don't miss this festive weekend in Snowmass celebrating all things Gaelic. Base village will be awash in tartan, as bagpipes, drummers, Highland dancers, caber throwers, and more perform, accompanied by a living history tent, whiskey tastings ($25), a Saturday night ceilidh, and a parade of dogs of the British Isles. Free, gosnowmass.com 

Vida Women's Mountain Bike Clinic
Times vary through Sunday, Snowmass 

Join other women mountain bikers just like you, who love the sport and want to improve their skills. Two days of instruction in the Snowmass bike park is complemented by yoga, bike maintenance, healthy foods, and the all-important happy hour. $385, vidamtb.com

Audi Power of Four 
Times vary through Sunday, Aspen & Snowmass

In addition to racing 33 miles across the four ski mountains, bikers must tackle almost 9,000 feet of elevation change in this ultimate test of endurance (there's also a Power of Two option); runners ,meanwhile, vie in 10, 25, or 50K races, or a vertical K up Aspen Mountain. Registration from $60, aspensnowmass.com 

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 

The World According to Snoopy
10 a.m., Hurst Theatre

Theatre Aspen’s production of the new musical features Charles Schulz’s iconic Peanuts characters, under the guidance of that consummate showman Snoopy, as they sing and dance their way through witty philosophies about love and life as only the Peanuts gang can. $25, theatreaspen.org  

Art Aspen 
12–7 p.m., Aspen Ice Garden

With 30 notable dealers on hand from around the country and the Aspen Ice Garden transformed into a sleek contemporary gallery, this annual show is a must-see for serious collectors and modern art enthusiasts alike. $25 (single day admission), art-aspen.com 

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 

Aspen Historical Society Ice Cream Social
2
–4 p.m., Wheeler/Stallard Museum

The annual summer celebration includes a performance by students from the Aspen Music Festival and School, the Aspen Historical Society's A Briefly Complete History of Aspen, and Paradise Bakery ice cream for all ($3), plus boozy milkshakes ($5) for adults. Free, aspenhistory.org

Shop Aspen Art Walk
2–7 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. Red 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  

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 

A Recital by Sharon Isbin
 
8 p.m., Harris Concert Hall

The Grammy Award-winning Guitarist plays Chris (son of Dave) Brubeck's Affinity: Concerto for Guitar and Orchestra, which was written for her, and the theme from The Departed. $75, aspenmusicfestival.com

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Sunday, August 6

 
 
 
Colorado Scottish Festival & Rocky Mountain Highland Games
 
Times vary, Snowmass

Don't miss this festive weekend in Snowmass celebrating all things Gaelic. Base village will be awash in tartan, as bagpipes, drummers, Highland dancers, caber throwers, and more perform, accompanied by a living history tent, whiskey tastings ($25), a Saturday night ceilidh, and a parade of dogs of the British Isles. Free, gosnowmass.com 

Vida Women's Mountain Bike Clinic
Times vary through Sunday, Snowmass 

Join other women mountain bikers just like you, who love the sport and want to improve their skills. Two days of instruction in the Snowmass bike park is complemented by yoga, bike maintenance, healthy foods, and the all-important happy hour. $385, vidamtb.com

Audi Power of Four 
Times vary through Sunday, Aspen & Snowmass

In addition to racing 33 miles across the four ski mountains, bikers must tackle almost 9,000 feet of elevation change in this ultimate test of endurance (there's also a Power of Two option); runners ,meanwhile, vie in 10, 25, or 50K races, or a vertical K up Aspen Mountain. Registration from $60, aspensnowmass.com 

OV August Hiker's Club
6–8 a.m., Hunter Creek Trailhead

Start your Sunday morning super early with the Outdoor Voices crew for a casual hike with #DoingThings swag included! Free, outdoorvoices.com 

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

Science Street Fair
10 a.m.
–4 p.m., Red Brick Center for the Arts

Now at the Red Brick, the fair gets an arts component, along with the exhibits and games that invite hands-on science experimentation for all ages. $10 suggested donation, aspensciencecenter.org

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

Art Aspen 
12–6 p.m., Aspen Ice Garden

With 30 notable dealers on hand from around the country and the Aspen Ice Garden transformed into a sleek contemporary gallery, this annual show is a must-see for serious collectors and modern art enthusiasts alike. $25 (single day admission), art-aspen.com 

Aspen Festival Orchestra
4 p.m., Benedict Music Tent

Aspen Conducting Academy alumnus and Lausanne Chamber Orchestra Director Joshua Weilerstein returns for an inspiring and varied program. Beethoven’s Egmont Overture expresses musical righteousness, stemming from the composer’s own political consciousness as he celebrates the heroic sacrifice of a sixteenth-century Dutch nobleman against oppression. $82, aspenmusicfestival.com

Bella Serra
6:30 p.m., Belly Up Aspen

The legendary Randy Newman headlines this 11th annual benefit fro Denver's National Jewish Health, one of the country's premiere respiratory hospitals. Aspenites Kristen and Marc Holtzman are the evening's honorees. $500, nationaljewish.org

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