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Snowmass Balloon Festival 2019

Start: 9/6/2019  |  End: 9/8/2019

The Snowmass Balloon Festival is a sight to see at least once in your life. Starting September 6, the sky above Snowmass will be filled with hot air balloons for nearly three days straight. Hot air balloon pilots engage in challenges and put on aerial shows for the onlookers down below. This is one of the last exciting events of the summer before the leaves start to fall, so take advantage of it! The Balloon Festival is also a perfect event to bring the whole family to! So head on out to Snowmass and enjoy the magnificent display of hot air balloons!

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Rocky Mountain Oyster Festival 2019

Start: 9/2/2019  |  End: 9/2/2019

The Rocky Mountain Oyster Festival is a recent addition to Aspen’s Labor Day events, but has quickly become a favorite. The event is hosted at Ajax Tavern at the base of Aspen Mountain. Patrons will enjoy a relaxed scene full of barbecue, drinks, desserts, and of course, oysters. The Labor Day event is a great way to enjoy some gourmet food and drink in good company. The event starts at 6 PM and is one of the best ways to end a busy Labor Day Weekend.

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Motherlode Volleyball 2019

Start: 8/28/2019  |  End: 9/2/2019

Motherlode Volleyball is a classic Aspen event that began as a backyard barbecue has now risen to top status, with professional volleyball players flocking from all over the country, and sponsors doing the same. You’ll be able to watch some of the best volleyball players in the country compete at Koch Lumber Park, Willoughby Park, and other parks throughout Aspen, all while enjoying some delicious food and drink from local vendors. Be sure to check the schedule often so that you’ll be able to watch the most exciting competitors. MotherLode Volleyball is a great family friendly event, and a true Aspen favorite.

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Jas Aspen Labor Day 2019

Start: 8/30/2019  |  End: 9/1/2019

The JAS Aspen concert series is the most anticipated musical event of the year in Aspen. The Jazz Aspen Snowmass group annually flies in some of the biggest names in music for a massive musical event every Labor Day weekend. The main concerts take place at Snowmass Town Park near the Snowmass Club, Snowmass Village Rec Center, and the Two Creeks Chairlift. For 2019, some of the artists include Weezer, Portugal the Man, and John Mayer. This is easily one of the most exciting and well-loved events of the year, so be sure to buy your tickets early because they don’t last long.

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Ducky Derby 2019

Start: 8/10/2019  |  End: 8/10/2019

The Ducky Derby is one of Aspen’s most unique and famous events. Throughout the year, the Aspen Rotary sells the chance to ‘adopt’ one or more small rubber ducks. The proceeds are donated to numerous charitable causes. On August 10th, the thousands of purchased rubber ducks are dumped into the Roaring Fork River from the No Problem Bridge, each with a small sticker that relates back to its owner.

The ducks race along the river until they reach the finish line under the Mill Street Bridge. The owner of the winning duck is given a check for ten thousand dollars. The Derby has turned into a full-day affair with a party hosted in Rio Grande Park complete with barbeque, beer, and plenty of fun and games for the kids. The real question though – are you feeling lucky?

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Aspen FOOD & WINE Classic 2019

Start: 6/14/2019  |  End: 6/19/2019

Each year, the world’s most accomplished winemakers, celebrity chefs, and culinary experts come together in one breathtaking setting, the FOOD & WINE Classic in Aspen, the nations premier culinary event.   Don’t miss the opportunity to experience the pinnacle of good taste, mingle with stars, and enjoy a pleasure-packed weekend at the base of spectacular Aspen Mountain.

Foodies will delight in the range of food and wine offerings both in the grand tasting pavilion as well as the carefully curated seminars. This is a highlight of the summer calendar year after year.

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Aspen Summer Words 2019

Start: 6/16/2019  |  End: 6/21/2019

Recognized as one of the nation’s top literary gatherings, Summer Words is a six-day celebration of words, stories, and ideas held annually in Aspen. Advanced workshops with renowned authors and teachers are an intimate place for writers to develop a manuscript, while introductory workshops invite participants to explore the craft of writing. Literary agents and editors meet one-on-one with workshop participants, while public panel discussions provide inspiration and insight for writers and readers alike. Evening events include readings, receptions, and the Aspen Words Annual Benefit Dinner, featuring a special guest author.

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Aspen Ideas Festival 2019

Start: 6/23/2019  |  End: 6/29/2019

From Aspen Lectures to debates to one-on-one interviews and more, days are filled from early morning to late evening. Attendees have exceptional opportunities to interact with public officials, artists, scientists, authors, business executives, scholars, economists, foreign policy specialists, entrepreneurs, and leaders of all kinds — on footpaths and sidewalks, over lunch on the lawn or coffee at the espresso bar, in auditoriums and in small seminar rooms. The intimacy of Festival gatherings renders the experience unique and unforgettable.

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Aspen Ideas: Health 2019

Start: 6/20/2019  |  End: 6/23/2019

Aspen Ideas: Health (previously Spotlight Health) is the opening segment of the annual Aspen Ideas Festival, June 20-23, 2019. The three-day health conference features an exceptional mix of inspiring and provocative experts who dive into topics of medicine and health. Attendees are surrounded by the wondrous peaks of Aspen, Colorado with plenty of opportunities for casual interaction, outdoor adventure, films, and other cultural offerings. Some 125 presenters, 80 sessions, and 1,200 attendees comprise the annual health conference, launched in 2014.

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Aspen Music Festival 2019

Start: 6/27/2019  |  End: 8/18/2019

Join the Aspen Music Festival, June 27 – August 18, 2019 for the 70th anniversary season.  Don’t miss the Complete Brandenburg Concertos, Sondheim’s A Little Night Music, Appalachian Spring with Robert McDuffie, 20th century masterpieces with Daniil Trifonov, and a huge closing Sunday with Mahler’s Second Symphony, “Resurrection.”

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