Sure, you can fill up a summer in Aspen with outdoor pursuits, nights on the town, and the occasional live show, but part of what gives this season its pizzazz are multiday events that bring the best in music, theater, presentations, literature, food, and drink to our corner of paradise. Peruse the selections that follow, as well as our insider tips and don’t-miss highlights, to approach the Roaring Fork Valley’s well-rounded festival scene like a pro.

Image: A performance during the Snowmass Summer of Free Concerts. Photograph courtesy Snowmass Tourism


In This Feature:

Music Festivals 2019

The Aspen Music Festival and School, Snowmass Summer of Free Concerts, and Jazz Aspen Snowmass define the summer soundscape.

05/31/2019 By Todd Hartley

Theater and Film Festivals 2019

Aspen Fringe Fest, Theatre Aspen, Aspen Film, and the Wheeler present a packed roster of performances and screenings through the fall.

06/05/2019 By Todd Hartley

Active Outdoor Festivals 2019

Hot air balloons, yoga, and Carbondale's Mountain Fair's eclectic offerings are all good to reasons to take it outside.

06/06/2019 By Todd Hartley Photography by Courtesy Photo by Hal Williams

Festivals of the Mind 2019

A top-shelf literary gathering from Aspen Words, hot-button issues at Aspen Ideas, and renewable energy innovation at AREDAY drive summer's intellectual conversation.


Food and Wine Festivals 2019

The Food & Wine Classic in Aspen, Heritage Fire, and the Snowmass Wine Festival annually attract epicurians.

05/31/2019 By Todd Hartley