5 Things to Do This Weekend: June 28–June 30, 2019

Start off with a forest bath, then listen to an Ideas Fest talk, demo bikes at Snowmass, and catch two concerts.

By Aspen Sojourner Staff June 26, 2019

Forest bathe with the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies on Friday morning.

Friday, June 28

9 a.m.–noon, Catto Center at Toklat
Aspen Center for Environmental Studies Forest Bathing Walk

The practice of forest bathing, which originated in Japan, has started to take hold in this country over the past several years. Discover a deeper appreciation for our own flora and fauna—and see what you may be missing on your usual fast-paced hikes—during this slow, contemplative walk in the Castle Creek Valley led by Melanie Choukas-Bradley, author of The Joy of Forest Bathing: Reconnect with Wild Places and Rejuvenate Your Life. Registration $75 ($45 for ACES members),

Aspen Ideas Festival: The Fate of Food: What We’ll Eat in a Bigger, Hotter World
5:30 p.m., Hotel Jerome

The race to reinvent the global food system is underway, and solutions you’ve probably never heard of are already in play. Imagine a world where industrial farming no longer exists, and where beef, poultry, and fish are consumed without interfering with the food chain. With Amanda Little, professor of investigative journalism and science writing at Vanderbilt University and author of a just-released book on food’s future; Uma Valeti, a cardiologist and founder of Memphis Meats, which manufactures cell-based meat; and Susan Goldberg, editorial director of National Geographic Partners. Tickets $30,

Saturday & Sunday, June 29–30

Snowmass Demo Days
9:15 a.m.–4 p.m., Snowmass Base Village

Try out cross-country and downhill bikes from Kona, Orbea, Niner, Cannondale, Scott, and more to find your perfect ride for summer. Though the demo is free, you’ll need a lift pass to ride the trails accessed by the gondola. Pro tip: Arrive first thing in the morning or chances are good you won’t find many bikes to demo. Free,

Gregory Porter will perform at the Benedict Music Tent.

Saturday, June 29

8 p.m., Benedict Music Tent
Gregory Porter Tribute to Nat “King” Cole

Two-time Grammy winner Porter pays homage to Cole’s lifelong influence on him in this Jazz Aspen Snowmass/Aspen Music Festival and School collab concert. Special guests Charenee Wade and Roberta Gambarini also take the stage. Tickets $60–$375,

Sunday, June 30

4 p.m., Benedict Music Tent
Aspen Festival Orchestra

It's the unofficial start to summer when the Aspen Music Festival and School's first Sunday concert kicks off at the tent. So get your picnic and blanket ready for the lawn, or purchase a ticket for the up-close view and superior acoustics that sitting in the tent affords. The program includes Joyce Yang playing Gershwin’s Piano Concerto in F Major and Rachmaninoff’s final symphony, No. 3 in A Minor. Tickets $85,




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