Five years ago, the Aspen Art Museum cut the ribbon on its new building in downtown Aspen; this weekend, it marks the anniversary with a 24-hour celebration.

Saturday, August 10

Saturday's History Hike from the Aspen Historical Society will head to a ghost town near Green Mountain.

History Hike to Green Mountain
9 a.m.–noon, Farwell Mill parking pull-off (mile 56.5 on Highway 82 up Independence Pass)
Discover Independence’s lesser-known sister ghost town—often referred to as Independence West—on this rugged interpretive trek with a guide from the Aspen Historical Society. Waterproof hiking shoes or boots are a must, and hiking poles are highly recommended. Tickets $10 for non-members, aspenhistory.org

28th Annual Ducky Derby
10:30 a.m.–4 p.m., Rio Grande Park
There’s nothing like seeing 30,000 rubber ducks released into the Roaring Fork River, then cheering them on while hoping yours crosses the finish line first to net $15,000 (you did buy your ducks, didn’t you? If not, visit the booth on the Cooper Avenue Mall across from Paradise Bakery or adopt online). Festivities around this annual fundraiser for the Rotary Club of Aspen include kids’ games, an invitational skateboard jam, food court and beer garden, and silent auction. The ducks launch upstream at No Problem Bridge at 2:19 p.m. sharp and finish racing below the Mill Street Bridge. Free to watch, duck adoptions start at $15 and must be done by Friday, aspenrotary.org

The Alonzo King LINES Ballet performs Saturday evening in Aspen.

Aspen Santa Fe Ballet Presents: Alonzo King LINES Ballet
8 p.m., Aspen District Theatre
Known for stunning physicality and astonishing beauty, the San Francisco–based company performs Handel (originally created for the Swedish Royal Ballet) and Common Ground, set to music by the Kronos Quartet. Tickets, $36–$94, aspensantafeballet.com

Saturday and Sunday, August 10­­–11

The Whole Celebration
5 p.m. Saturday–5 p.m., Aspen Art Museum
This summer the museum marks its 40th anniversary, the 15th anniversary of its annual fundraising gala ArtCrush (which took place last weekend), and the 5th year of the museum’s Shigeru Ban–designed building. This 24-hour celebration features a lecture by Ban, artist presentations, an art and astrology self-guided tour, a DJ’d dance party, a midnight screening of Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure, a sleepover in the galleries, sunrise yoga with Aaron King, a community brunch, a concert by the folk/bluegrass band Whitacre, and more. Free, aspenartmuseum.org

Sunday, August 11

The Percussion Collective performs at the Sunday Music Fest concert.

Aspen Music Festival and School Concert
4 p.m., Benedict Music Tent
The highlight of this week’s Sunday concert may well be the Percussion Collective, a group of young artists led by marimba guru Robert Van Sice, performing Christopher Theofanidis’s Drum Circles. Co-commissioned by AMFS and several symphonies, this concerto for percussion and orchestra includes a spatial component, as the Collective and the Aspen Festival Orchestra’s own percussion section surround the other musicians. Also on the program: Gershwin’s Cuban Overture, Mendelssohn’s Piano Concert No. 1 in G Minor (with Canadian prodigy Jan Lisiecki), and Bartók’s The Miraculous Mandarin Suite. A free ice cream social on the lawn (2:30–3:30 p.m.) outside the tent precedes the concert. Tickets $85, lawn seating free, aspenmusicfestival.com

 

 

 

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