This Saturday, join photographer John Mullen and Wilderness Workshop for an afternoon and evening dedicated to enhancing your outdoor photography skills. 

Image: John Mullen

Friday, June 22

North Star Birding: The South Side of the River
6:30–9:30 a.m., ACES Hallam Lake
Early risers get to see the birds. Special access to the south side of the Roaring Fork River takes this class into prime bird habitats at the peak of summer breeding season. Free, meet at North Lot parking lot, 1.65 miles from the corner of Hwy. 82 and Original Street, aspennature.org

AREDAY Impact Film Festival
10 a.m.–5 p.m., Snowmass Town Hall
Shown in conjunction with AREDAY, this solutions-oriented film festival features 16 screenings of films throughout the day. Free, areday.net

Mountain Top Yoga
10:30 a.m., Sundeck on Aspen Mountain
Take your practice to new heights... literally! Move, stretch, and come alive as you take in the views of the Rockies. All levels welcome. $5, aspenshakti.com

Historic Downtown Walking Tour of Aspen
10:30 a.m., Wheeler Opera House
Even if you think you know everything about town, you're sure to learn something new on this two-hour guided walking tour of the historic buildings, sites, and stories around every corner in downtown Aspen. $15/adult, $12/senior, children 18 and under free, aspenhistory.org

Red Butte Cemetery Tour
1:30 p.m., Red Butte Cemetery, Aspen
Learn about former citizens of Aspen who made their marks on history during this one-hour stroll through the town’s storied Red Butte Cemetery. $15/adult, $12/senior, children 18 and under free, aspenhistory.org

AREDAY Renewable Energy & Eco Expo
12–6 p.m., Snowmass Mall
Enjoy AREDAY (American Renewable Energy Day) activities at a community expo showcasing sustainable initiatives, energy advances, eco-friendly products, workshops, guest speakers, live music, test drives of electric cars, local food, brews and spirits. Free, areday.net

Fridays on the Mall 
5–8 p.m., Snowmass Mall
Enjoy live music by Aspen Music Festival & School students, specials at restaurants and retailers, happy hour food and drink deals, local artisans and authors, wine tastings, and free s’mores (starting at 6 p.m.). Free, gosnowmass.com

JAS June Experience: Leslie Odom Jr. & Lizz Wright
6 p.m., Benedict Music Tent
Night 1 of Jazz Aspen Snowmass' June Experience begins with Lizz Wright at 7:30 p.m., followed by Leslie Odom, Jr. Come at 6 p.m. for a free party on the lawn at the Benedict Music Tent with two stages of live music by PAA Kow and JAS Summer Camp Students, along with food vendors and cash bars. $40-$80, axs.com

Yankee Tavern
7:30 p.m., Thunder River Theatre Company 
Master storyteller and playwright Steven Dietz turns his insights onto the events of 9/11 and touches on Americans' obsession with conspiracy theories in this fierce, funny, and mind-bending dramatic thriller directed by Dani Kopf. Adult (Ages 40+) $30, 20/30 something $20, full-time student $15, thunderrivertheatrecompany.com

The Goonies: Totally Rad ’80s Dance Party
9 p.m., The Temporary, Basalt
This Boulder-based rock band is ready to get you dancing to their covers of hits from the 80's. Big hair, pegged pants, neon, and all things 80's are welcome! $14 in advance/$19 day of, tacaw.org

Golden and DJ Lo_G with Joyal 
9:30 a.m., Belly Up Aspen
It's local EDM, electronica, and dance night at the Belly Up. No cover, bellyupaspen.com

Saturday, June 23

Crown Summerfest Balloon Bash
6:30 a.m.–10:30 a.m. and 3–9:30 p.m. Crown Mountain Park
Get ready for a day of fun in the air and on the ground. Watch the balloons launch early morning, and enjoy a pancake breakfast and tethered balloon rides though 10 a.m. Later in the afternoon, there's a free kids' zone, the people's choice taco competition among eight local restaurants and chefs, live music from singer-songwriter Kevin Heinz and L.A.–based rock band Ivory Deville, and to cap it all off at 8:30, the balloon glow. Some activities are free, others require a fee, crownmtn.org

Aspen Parkrun
8 a.m., Aspen Recreation Center
Every Saturday, the Aspen Recreation department hosts weekly 5K timed runs. The course will follow the High School Trail through the school district to the Marolt Open Space, continue over the Castle Creek foot bridge, and then return. Parkrun is an international movement that encourages communities to sponsor free runs open to all. Free, parkrun.us/aspen 

Aspen Saturday Market
8:30-3, downtown Aspen
Stroll the booths, listen to live music, enjoy delicious food, adopt a puppy, and select from fresh produce, cheeses, artisanal meats, and artistic offerings. Remember to bring a bag to carry your purchases. Free to peruse, aspenchamber.org

History Hike Series: Koch Park
9 a.m., Meet at Koch Park
Learn about ancillary mining enterprises, water, transportation into Aspen, and more on a walk along the Colorado Midland railroad corridor at the western base of Aspen and Shadow mountains to the Holden/Marolt Mining & Ranching Museum. $10/person, free for AHS Lixiviator members and above, aspenhistory.org

Snowmass Demo Days
9 a.m., Snowmass Base Village
At the fourth annual "riding" of this event, everyone is welcome to come see and try the latest mountain biking gear, presented by top bike industry brands and exhibitors. Bring your own pedals and shoes. Anyone under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Free (a lift ticket is required for Snowmass Bike Park access), snowmassdemodays.com

At ACES, Summer Saturdays are all about family fun. 

Family Saturdays
10 a.m.–3 p.m., ACES Hallam Lake
Do-it-yourself interactive activities throughout the day include pond dipping, nature crafts, a scavenger hunt, birding, and storytelling ( at 1 p.m.), plus a birds of prey program and feeding demo (at 2 p.m.) $5 suggested donation / $10 per family / free for members, no registration necessary, aspennature.org

AREDAY Impact Film Festival
10 a.m.–5 p.m., Snowmass Town Hall
Shown in conjunction with AREDAY, this solutions-oriented film festival features 16 screenings of films throughout the day. Free, areday.net

Victorian West End Walking Tour
10:30 a.m., Wheeler/Stallard Museum
You'll learn little-known facts about the homes in Aspen's Victorian West End and the people who lived in them on a 90-minute walk through shaded streets.  $15/adult, $12/senior, children 18 and under free, aspenhistory.org

Ham Radio Field Day
12 p.m., Missouri Heights
Learn more about ham radio in a beautiful mountain-top setting and hone your emergency communications skills. FCC ham radio license testing will be available for aspiring hams. Free, k0rv.org 

AREDAY Renewable Energy & Eco Expo
12–6 p.m., Snowmass Mall
Enjoy AREDAY (American Renewable Energy Day) activities at a community expo showcasing sustainable initiatives, energy advances, eco-friendly products, workshops, guest speakers, live music, test drives of electric cars, local food, brews and spirits. Free, areday.net

Guided Tour
1 p.m., Aspen Art Museum
Drop in for a spotlight tour of the latest exhibitions led by museum staff. Free, aspenartmuseum.org

Photography Workshop with John Mullen
3:30–9:30 p.m., Wilderness Workshop and Huntsman Ridge
Jon Mullen, an award-winning, Boulder-based photographer will help you sharpen your outdoor photography skills. The afternoon and evening include a classroom session to talk about putting yourself in the right spot to capture the best shot, followed by a hike at McClure Pass to put new skills to use. Registration is required. Free, wildernessworkshop.org

Movie Night
7 p.m., Bristlecone, Basalt
Start off the summer with an evening of river-oriented films, along with more than $6,000 worth of raffle and silent auction items. The evening includes selections from the 2018 Orvis Down the Hatch reel as well as some local films. All ticket sales benefit the Roaring Fork Conservancy. $20 admission/cash bar/free snacks, bristleconemountainsports.com

Yankee Tavern
7:30 p.m., Thunder River Theatre Company 
Master storyteller and playwright Steven Dietz turns his insights onto the events of 9/11 and touches on Americans' obsession with conspiracy theories in this fierce, funny, and mind-bending dramatic thriller directed by Dani Kopf. Adult (Ages 40+) $30, 20/30 something $20, full-time student $15, thunderrivertheatrecompany.com

JAS June Experience: Lyle Lovett and His Large Band
8:30 p.m., Benedict Music Tent
A local favorite whether he's performing solo or with his band, Lovett is back in town to share his sweet sounds under the big tent. $60–$100, axs.com 

Shakedown Street
9:45 p.m., Belly Up Aspen
For those who spent summers following the Grateful Dead, or those who simply like the music, an evening with this Dead tribute band and its repertoire of 200+ covers is a can't-miss event. No cover until 10 p.m., $10 after, bellyupaspen.com

Sunday, June 24

Crown Summerfest Balloon Bash
6:30 a.m.–10:00 a.m., Crown Mountain Park
Get ready for a day of fun in the air and on the ground at this hot air balloon festival. Watch balloons launch, enjoy a pancake breakfast, and head skyward on a tethered balloon ride. Some activities are free, others require a fee, crownmtn.org

Snowmass Demo Days
9 a.m., Snowmass Base Village
At the fourth annual "riding" of this event, everyone is welcome to come see and try the latest mountain biking gear, presented by top bike industry brands and exhibitors. Free (a lift ticket is required for Snowmass Bike Park access), snowmassdemodays.com

JAS June Experience: Gospel Brunch
9:30 a.m. brunch, 11 a.m. concert, Benedict Music Tent
A beautiful setting, delicious food, and uplifting music from Josh Kagler and Harmonistic Praise Crusade all make for an amazing way to start your day. The ticket includes brunch in the Patron (VIP) tent and a pre-concert artist talk with Raul Midón, who will perform at tonight's JAS Cafe. Concert is free, brunch and talk is $40, axs.com

Yankee Tavern
2:00 p.m., Thunder River Theatre Company 
Master storyteller and playwright Steven Dietz turns his insights onto the events of 9/11 and touches on Americans' obsession with conspiracy theories in this fierce, funny, and mind-bending dramatic thriller directed by Dani Kopf. Adult (Ages 40+) $30, 20/30 something $20, full-time student $15, thunderrivertheatrecompany.com

Live Poetry Night
6:30 p.m., Mountain Chalet
Featured by Aspen Poets' Society, this open mic night will also feature guest poet Kit Hedman and live music by Joe Kelly. Free, aspenpoetssociety.com

JAS Cafe: Raul Midón
7 & 9:15 p.m., Cooking School of Aspen
The New York Times described singer/songwriter and guitarist Midón as "a one-man band ... who is spiritually connected." If you plan to enjoy dinner with your show, arrive by 6 p.m.. $55/$120 with dinner, jazzaspensnowmass.org

Mary Chapin Carpenter
7:30 p.m., Belly Up Aspen
On tour for her new album, Sometimes Just the Sky, on which she reworked songs from throughout her 30-year recording career, the beloved country/folk singer-songwriter makes her first swing through Aspen in several years. $55 Advance GA / $60 Day Of Show GA / $150 Reserved, bellyupaspen.com

 

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