Local Events in Aspen: Plan Your Escape Today!
Winter, spring summer and fall, the countless activities and breathtaking natural landscapes in Aspen keep happy guests coming back time and time again. In addition to world-class skiing on Aspen’s four iconic mountains, a kaleidoscope of activities awaits to satisfy any interest and any age. Aspen’s calendar is filled with diverse, delightful local events and activities that will enhance your Aspen vacation in every way imaginable.
Discover why visitors from around the globe come year after year to the beloved Aspen Valley to enjoy winter activities such as world-class skiing, snowboarding, and ice skating, and summer activities such as fly fishing, hiking, and horseback riding (just to name a few!) Try a hand at hang-gliding. Take in one of the wonderful music, food, wine or comedy festivals. Join in the fun festive events at Wintersköl and Schneetag. Explore the outdoors with dog sledding, camping, biking, or simply a quiet walk along the Roaring Fork River. With so many memorable ways to spend your time, Aspen events will satisfy everyone in the family!
The Aspen Chamber Resort Association is always working to create and attract special events that draw local, regional and destination visitors to Aspen. The ACRA is proud to produce five local events throughout the year that delight locals and visitors alike. Aspen/Snowmass also brings several nationally recognized evens to the mountain every year.
12 Days of Aspen
To celebrate the holiday season, the Aspen Chamber Resort Association hosts the 12 Days of Aspen. From December 20-31, downtown comes alive with a variety of free holiday activities, cookies, hot chocolate and much more. Plenty of kid and family-friendly activities such as Teddy Bear Tea, Cookies & Cocoa with Santa, Holiday Buffets, Ice Skating Shows and other festive occasions fill the Aspen calendar during this time. Click here for a full schedule of events.
Wintersköl, Aspen's annual "toast to winter," dates back to a quiet January in 1951 when local Aspenites decided to celebrate Aspen's unique Nordic lifestyle with an eclectic weekend of festivities. The four day celebration features on-mountain activities, Soupsköl, a canine fashion show, winterfest, fireworks, and much more.
January 9-12, 2014
ESPN Winter X Games 18
For an unprecedented 13th year in a row, more than 200 ski, snowboard and snowmobile athletes from across the globe will land in Aspen/Snowmass to compete in ESPN’s Winter X Games 16 on Buttermilk. All events at Buttermilk are FREE and open to the public. In addition to the action at Buttermilk, Aspen/Snowmass will host a FREE Bud Light Hi-Fi concert at the base of Aspen Mountain. More Information
January 23-26, 2014
Aspen/Snowmass Freeskiing Open
In its 6th year at Buttermilk Mountain, the Aspen/Snowmass Open gives up-and-coming skiers and snowboarders a chance to get recognized. Featuring a $50,000 cash purse, this event attracts over 350 athletes competing on the X Games courses for slopestyle and superpipe.
February 20-23, 2014
NASTAR National Championships
Avid skiers from approximately 45 states, ranging in age from three to 90, will converge on the world-class resort to compete for national titles in various divisions of the Nature Valley NASTAR National Championships. The event is proud to be returning to Aspen/ Snowmass for 2013, and will celebrate the sport of alpine racing and serve as a reunion for the top recreational racers in the country. Aspen/Snowmass has planned an exciting week of activities that includes race clinics, races, free concerts, Warren Miller movie screenings, autograph signings by U.S. Ski Team alumni and NASTAR Pacesetters, competitor raffles/giveaways, awards receptions, a Family Challenge team competition and a Team Race.
March 25-30, 2014
Food & Wine Classic in Aspen
The Aspen Food & Wine Classic is one of the nation's most prestigious epicurean events. Culinary stars show their passion for food, wine and entertaining. More than 300 Vintners pour premium wines complimented by specialty foods from around the world. Join leading chefs including Mario Batali, Jacques Pépin, and noted wine authorities such as Joshua Wesson for three inspiring days of wine tastings, cooking demonstrations and special events.
June 20-22, 2014
Old Fashioned 4th of July Celebration
Aspen celebrates Independence Day with a whimsical twist. Each year, approximately 20,000 local residents and visitors come together to honor the nation's birthday in true American style. Festivities include a parade, U.S. Airforce flyby, concerts, a kid's bicycle rodeo, and spectacular fireworks over Aspen Mountain.
Aspen Arts Festival
Aspen Chamber Resort Association is proud to join Howard Alan Events in hosting the Aspen Arts Festival. Aspen's spectacular mountain setting provides a wonderful "open art gallery" to over 170 exhibitors offering jewelry, pottery, sculpture, glass, ceramics, paintings, prints...and more!
For more information about local events in Aspen, or to make reservations, contact Hotel Aspen today at 970-925-3441.