The Aspen Valley Polo Club is hosting three days of tournaments at the Aspen Valley Polo Club this weekend. 

Friday, July 27

Twin Lakes Tunnel & Diversion Tour
10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Aspen (exact meeting location sent with reservation)
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. $45 RFC members/$50 non-members (advance registration required), roaringfork.org

The Emma Challenge Cup
Friday-Sunday, Aspen Valley Polo Club, Carbondale
The Aspen Valley Polo Club is hosting a weekend of high energy matches today. If you've never experienced the exhilaration that comes when horses are barreling down the field together with riders swinging to hit an astonishingly small ball, then this is your chance! Free, aspenvalleypoloclub.com

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

This is your chance to buy original pieces of art by Anderson Ranch faculty, visiting artists, students, and staff, while also supporting the ranch’s educational programs. There is a BBQ lunch from 11:45 a.m.– 12:15 p.m. The Auctionette is from 12:15–1 p.m. Lunch $10/Auctionette free, andersonranch.org 

Art Aspen 2018
12 p.m. – 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. From $25, art-aspen.com

Listener’s Master Class
12:30 p.m., Crossroads Church
Listening to complex music can be enjoyable but also challenging if you don’t know much about it. Gain listening tips and insight to enhance your enjoyment Aspen Music Festival and School programs. Free, aspenmusicfestival.com   

Yoga on the Mountain
10 a.m. – 11 p.m., Snowmass Village
Presented by Power Yoga Retreats, this three-day fest features 50-some sessions—including meditation, hikes, and talks—for all levels of yogis led by national and local instructors, plus music, a vendor village, and gorgeous surroundings in which to practice your asanas. Passes from $129, yotmfestival.com

Carbondale Mountain Fair
12 p.m. until the music stops, Sopris Park, Carbondale
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 Tierro and Bridget, Down North, and the Dendrites), and pie baking, wood splitting, and limbo contests. Free, carbondalearts.com

Godspell
4:30 p.m., The Hurst Theatre
The 1971 musical based on biblical parables, now a classic for songs like "Day by Day" and "By My Side," still inspires. Get ready for an energetic morning of singing along. $30-$65, theatreaspen.org 

Art Aspen: Special Cocktail Reception to benefit RESPONSE
5 – 7 p.m., Aspen Ice Garden
Enjoy complimentary light bites along with signature Reyka vodka and Milagro tequila cocktails as you peruse the art offerings at this reception co-hosted by Art Aspen and Aspen Sojourner. Free (you must RSVP to attend), info.urban-expo.com

Aspen Chamber Symphony 
6 p.m., Benedict Music Tent
Be swept away for the evening by the magical performance of conductor Vasily Petrenko, soprano Golda Schultz, and pianist Inon Barnatan, as they perform music by Canteloube, Beethoven, and Mozart. (Local tip: The dress rehearsal at 9:30 a.m. is a more casual experience and only costs $20!), $82, aspenmusicfestival.com   

Our Town presented by Theatre Aspen
7:30 p.m., Hurst Theatre
This Pulitzer Prize-winning play presents life in Grover’s Corners, New Hampshire, a small town not dissimilar from others you may know. $30 – $110, theatreaspen.org

Sunset Sessions: Alex Guthrie
8 p.m., Lobby Bar at the Wheeler Opera House

The 2015 Georgia Americana Artist of the Year brings his blend of R&B, soul, folk, and rock to the Wheeler’s lobby bar; listen for tracks from his upcoming album as well as the song “Colorado,” off Guthrie’s debut, Lessons Learned. Free, wheeleroperahouse.com

Honky Tonk with Zephaniah Ohora
9 p.m., The Temporary, Basalt
New York City-based singer-songwriter Zephaniah OHora is part of NYC's country-western music community. Despite his city roots, he delivers authentic country music, so shine your boots and get ready to dance. $19 in advance/ $24 day of, tacaw.org 

Jai Wolf with AOBeats
10 p.m., Belly Up Aspen
Wolf, who started playing the violin at age five, started making tracks when he was in his teens. He now produces "melodic, dreamlike EDM," and you can expect an entertaining night of remixes and dancing. $38 in advance/$42 day of, bellyupaspen.com 

Saturday, July 28

Carbondale Mountain Fair
6:30 a.m. until the music stops, Sopris Park, Carbondale
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 Tierro and Bridget, Down North, and the Dendrites), and pie baking, wood splitting, and limbo contests. Also part of the weekend are Saturday’s 14.2-mile Mount Sopris Runoff (beginning in Basalt) and 4-mile Fair Run. Free to attend (Mount Sopris Runoff requires a registration fee), carbondalearts.com

Audi Power of Four Mountain Bike Race
8 a.m., Snowmass Base Village
In addition to racing 33 miles across the four ski mountains—on a new course this year—bikers must tackle almost 9,000 feet of elevation change in this ultimate test of endurance. There’s also a slightly less daunting Power of Two option. Registration from $100, aspensnowmass.com

Yoga on the Mountain
8 a.m. – 8 p.m., Snowmass Village
Presented by Power Yoga Retreats, this three-day fest features 50-some sessions—including meditation, hikes, and talks—for all levels of yogis led by national and local instructors, plus music, a vendor village, and gorgeous surroundings in which to practice your asanas. Be sure to check out Drishti Beats' live music vinyasa flow class at 1:45 p.m. Passes from $129, yotmfestival.com 

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  

Opera Scenes Master Class
10 a.m., Wheeler Opera House
Enjoy Aspen Opera Center director Ed Berkeley's brilliant and witty coaching as he teaches promising young singers. $40, aspenmusicfestival.com

Art Aspen 2018
12 p.m. – 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. From $25, art-aspen.com

Music on the Mountain
1 p.m., top of Aspen Mountain
AMFS music students play light chamber music with the stunning Elk Mountain Range as a backdrop. Bring a picnic or purchase lunch at the Sundeck restaurant. Free for music (gondola ticket or hike required to get to music), aspenmusicfestival.com

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

St. Mary's Church Ice Cream Social & History Talk
3 p.m., St. Mary's Catholic Church, Aspen
This partnership program with the Aspen Historical Society will celebrate the rich history of St. Mary's with a brief presentation by Kasey Klabunde (Aspen Historical Society Education & Program Assistant who created a new history display at St. Mary's), a character presentation of Sarah Gillespie by Nina Gabianelli, and ice cream. Free, stmaryaspen.org

Pilobolus
4 p.m. (Dance for Kids)/8 p.m., Aspen District Theatre
Presented by the Aspen Santa Fe Ballet, the famed modern dance group founded in 1971 by three Dartmouth College students, performs four diverse pieces that showcase both artistry and athleticism. The family-friendly, hour-long performance is a condensed version of one of those pieces, Rushes—with all of the rhythm and acrobatics still in place. $25 for the 4 p.m. show/$36–$94 for the evening show, aspensantafeballet.com

Jas Cafe: Handful of Keys: Emmet Cohen meets Christian Sands
7 p.m. & 9:15 p.m., Cooking School of Aspen
Prepare to be wowed as jazz pianist and composer Emmet Cohen and Christian Sands, a five-time Grammy nominee, play face-to-face in an evening billed as "Four Hands, Two Pianos, One Hammond B3 Organ." $45/$110 for show and dinner, axs.com 

Red Baraat: The World's Greatest Party Band
9 p.m., The Temporary, Basalt
Called “The best party band in years” by NPR, the Brooklyn-based Red Baraat band plays their raucous mix of rock, jazz, rhythm, and North Indian Bhangra, with an agenda to "manifest joy and unity in all people." This is your opportunity to join the party! $27 in advance/$32 day of, tacaw.org
 
Chris Isaak
9:30 p.m., Belly Up Aspen
While Isaak has a deep collection of fan favorites, the singer and songwriter (and judge on X Factor Australia) will be playing music from his new album, First Comes the Night.  $85 in advance GA/$95 day of GA, bellyupaspen.com

Sunday, July 29

Yoga on the Mountain
8 a.m. – 3:15, Snowmass Village
Presented by Power Yoga Retreats, this three-day fest features 50-some sessions—including meditation, hikes, and talks—for all levels of yogis led by national and local instructors, plus music, a vendor village, and gorgeous surroundings in which to practice your asanas. Passes from $129, yotmfestival.com 

Community and live music (plus costumes!) are just a couple of the things that make Carbondale's Mountain Fair so unique.

Carbondale Mountain Fair
8 a.m. (bike race start) – 7 p.m., Sopris Park, Carbondale
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 Tierro and Bridget, Down North, and the Dendrites), and pie baking, wood splitting, and limbo contests. Also part of the weekend is the Porcupine Bike Loop Race (costumes required). Free to attend ($20 registration fee for the bike race), carbondalearts.com

29 Audi Power of Four Trail Run
6 a.m., Aspen Mountain Upper Gondola Plaza
Pick your pleasure (and pain) from among a 50K ultra that covers all four mountains from Aspen to Snowmass, a 25K along the Government Trail, or a 10K on Snowmass Mountain. The 50K is part of the Skyrunner USA Series$70, aspensnowmass.com, 970-923-1227

Art Aspen 2018
12 p.m. – 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. From $25, art-aspen.com 

Volunteer Day on the Farm
10 a.m.-3 p.m., Farm Collaborative FarmPark at Cozy Point
Get your hands dirty, meet your neighbors, and learn about sustainable farming practices. Volunteering get you involved in nearly every aspect of our sustainable farming practices, while learning to grow from seed to sowThe minimum age to volunteer is 11 years old, and children 13 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Bring a refillable water bottle, wear closed toe shoes, bring work gloves, wear a hat and be prepared to get dirty. Free, aspen-tree.org

Walking Tour to the Tent
2 p.m., Hotel Jerome
Knowledgeable guides lead the way from the Hotel Jerome to the Benedict Music Tent, sharing interesting local stories along the way. Tours are timed to arrive at the tent 30 minutes prior to concerts. Free, aspenmusicfestival.com 

Bezhod Abduraimov will be playing at the Benedict Music Tent on Sunday evening. 

Aspen Festival Orchestra
4 p.m., Benedict Music Tent
With Robert Spano as Conductor and Behzod Abduraimov on piano, audiences will be treated to sweeping performances from classical music to twenty-first century works of Sebastian Fagerlund, Christopher Theofanidis, and Tchaikovsky. $85, aspenmusicfestival.com  

Artist Talk: Abraham Cruzvillegas
5 p.m., Aspen Art Museum
Abraham Cruzvillegas will be in town from Mexico City to discuss his collection of sculptures and installations that investigate what he calls autoconstrucción (self-construction), working with found materials and assemblage in reference to everyday practices also found in urban landscapes. Free, aspenartmuseum.org

Live Poetry Night
6:30 p.m., Mountain Chalet, Aspen
This evening dedicated to the magic of metred verse features guest poet Helen Wickes, as well as live music by "Smokin' Joe" Kelly and an open mic for poets who may not yet know it. Free, aspenpoetsociety.com

Library Cinema: The Big Lebowski
7:30 p.m., Pitkin County Library
From the Academy Award winning Coen brothers, "The Big Lebowski" is a hilariously quirky, cult classic comedy featuring Jeff Bridges as The Dude.  $10 (includes popcorn), pitcolib.org

Sunset Sessions: Nina Gabianelli
8 p.m., Lobby Bar of the Wheeler Opera House
The gregarious Gabianelli, a popular local actress and chanteuse who’s also known for her work with the Aspen Historical Society, brings her one-woman cabaret act, Here I Am, to the Wheeler’s lobby bar stage. Free, wheeleroperahouse.com

 

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