Raise a glass at the Snowmass beer fest.

Friday– Saturday, June 7–8

Aspen Fringe Festival
Wheeler Opera House/Black Box Theatre at Aspen High School

For more on this annual theater fest, which runs through Tuesday, June 11, see our write-up in the summer issue’s festivals feature. Tickets $25–$40, passes $95–$150, aspenfringefestival.org

Snowmass Rendezvous Craft Beer Festival
Snowmass Mall/Fanny Hill

The weekend kicks off Friday evening with a series of beer-pairing dinners at restaurants around Snowmass Village—Aspen Brewing Company at the Artisan; Crooked Stave, Odell Brewing Company, Roaring Fork Beer Company, and Boulder Beer at Slow Groovin’ BBQ; and Odell Brewing Company at the Limelight Snowmass—and a new launch party at Base Camp Bar & Grill. Saturday afternoon brings the popular grand tasting on the Snowmass Mall (4–6 p.m.), where more than 30 brewers from around the state will sample their drafts, as well as a new VIP tasting (2:30–4 p.m.) with special reserve beers and food pairings. A free Fanny Hill concert by roots rocker Brent Cowles, with Heavy Diamond Ring opening, follows. Tickets$50 for VIP tasting; $25–$35 for general admission grand tasting. snowmassbeer.com

Saturday–Sunday, June 8–9

Summerfest Balloon Bash
Saturday 6:30 a.m.­–9:30 p.m., Sunday 7 a.m.–1 p.m., Crown Mountain Park, El Jebel

Two days of festivities to kick off summer in the midvalley include pancake breakfasts, a family-friendly 5K, a free kids’ baseball clinic, bounce houses and foam pits, golf in the park, food and margaritas for purchase, a performance by alt-country rockers Jackson Taylor & the Sinners, and, of course, the all-important hot air balloons, including tethered rides in them (for a fee) and an impressive Saturday night glow. Free, crownmtn.org

 

Kids can tackle the trails in their own races at Snowmass Village.

Saturday, June 8

Mountain Goat Kids Race Series
Snowmass Village

Coinciding with this weekend’s Ragnar relay race is this trio of trail runs specifically for youngsters up to age 13. Founded by five Front Range dads who bonded over running, the kids’ series, with events around the state, encourages camaraderie and challenge in the outdoors. Young runners up to age 4 can sign up for a 0.5 to 1-mile run; those ages 5 to 8 will be on a 1.5- to 2-mile course; and 9- to 13-year-olds will run a 5K course. Parents are welcome to run along, too. Registration $20, mtngoatkids.com

Sunday, June 9

Garden Tour to Benefit the Basalt Library
2–5 p.m., Lost Marbles Ranch, Old Snowmass

Get some inspiration for your own garden at the McBride family’s gorgeous spread while helping to raise funds to buy more books at the library. The afternoon includes refreshments and a presentation (3 p.m.) by the very entertaining Angela Overy, author of Sex in Your GardenTickets $50, basaltlibrary.org

 

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