Although we're bidding adieu to the busiest month of the summer this weekend, there's no sign of a slow down out on the scene. The main event is in Carbondale for the 45th annual Mountain Fair, which celebrates a spirit and culture so unique to living at altitude (and is the perfect place to find your inner hippie). Here, we arm you with an agenda to help you navigate the sea of arts and activity schedules—unparalleled among any other mountain town.
Friday, July 29
Twin Lakes Tunnel & Diversion Tour
10 a.m.—4 p.m., Roaring Fork Conservancy
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 River’s headwaters to the Front Range, as well as a tour of the other reservoirs, dams, and ditches.
Free (advance registration required)
Carbondale Mountain Fair
Times vary through Sunday, Sopris Park
Held annually since 1972, Bonedale’s biggest event of the year (through July 31) draws some 20,000 people together for arts and crafts vendors, live music, drum circles, fire dancing, food trucks, and competitions that include the 14-plus-mile Mount Sopris Runoff, pie baking, and wood splitting. And if you own a tie-dye tee, this is the time to break it out...
“Four Photographers” Opening
5—7 p.m., Ann Korologos Gallery
On your way to Mountain Fair stop by this Basalt gallery for an opening reception for the exhibit featuring the traditional and contemporary photography of Michael Fain, Tom Korologos, Kathryn Rabinow, and Gayle C. Waterman (through August 11).
Saturday, July 30
ACES Mushroom Fair
1 p.m.—4 p.m., Hallam Lake
Learn what shrooms you can eat, which ones to avoid, and more under the guidance of Vera Evenson, curator at the Denver Botanic Gardens. Want more? A two-day course precedes this afternoon for intensive foraging tips.
Aspen Opera Center: “A Wedding”
7 p.m., Wheeler Opera House
This operatic adaptation by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer William Bolcom provides a musical take on Robert Altman’s memorable 1978 screen farce about marriage and class differences.
Aspen Thrift Shop Art Sale
10 a.m.—2 p.m., Red Brick Center for the Arts
There’s no better place to treasure hunt than at this annual art sale, featuring a curious collection of art, movie posters, and antiques along with silent auction items—100% of the sales benefiting non-profits in the Roaring Fork Valley. Sneak a peek at the items up for grabs before you buy on Instagram (@aspenthriftart) or during the preview on Friday, July 29 from 4—6 p.m.
Enduro World Series: Big Mountain Enduro
8 a.m. start (Saturday) & 8:15 a.m. start (Sunday), Snowmass Bike Park
This eight-event race series for downhill mountain bikers makes its only U.S. stop in our backyard (through July 31). Watch as some of the world’s best riders charge down bumps and jumps to gain some guts of your own.
Sunday, July 31
Sunday Service with the Tibetan Monks
9:30—10:30 a.m., Aspen Chapel
Every Sunday, the Aspen Chapel welcomes all people, local and visitors alike, for open and progressive theology, spiritual, and enrichment study and a post-service community reception. This week, explore the spirituality of Tibet with a special interfaith service led by Lexie Potamkin along with members of the Depung Loseling Monastary with a Q&A following.
Artist Talk: Julian Schnabel
6 p.m., Aspen Art Museum
Ahead of the Aspen Art Museum's survey of Julian Schnabel's iconic plate paintings (November 4, 2016—February 19, 2017), hear from the award-winning filmmaker and painter about the inspirations for his renowned grand scale, Neo-Expressionist style of work and full-length features, which have earned him Best Director prizes at the Cannes Film Festival, Independent Spirit Awards, and Golden Globes. His work has been the subject of numerous solo exhibitions at the Stedelijk Museum, Tate Modern, Centre Georges Pompidou, and the Whitney Museum of American Art.