One of the best things about Aspen, Colorado is that it truly has something for everyone - kids young and old, athletes, artists, musicians, academics, discoverers, explorers, retreaters, spa-goers, shoppers, diners and more. If you're looking for things to do in Aspen - look no further. Hotel Aspen is located steps away from town center, the hub of the action.
2018 Winter Season Events:
Belly Up Aspen
When you come to Aspen Snowmass a must visit hot spot is the Belly Up Aspen. The Belly Up hosts musical talent from around the world including acts such as: Ben Harper, Social Distortion, Damien Marley, B.B. King, SEAL, Chris Isaak, Method Man, Redman, Jurassic 5 and many, many more.
The Wheeler Opera House
The Winter 2018/2019 lineup of events at the Wheeler Opera House includes concerts by Wynonna Judd, Leftover Salmon, Vaud and the Villains and more! With over 90 events, this season is sure to be one of the biggest ever at the Wheeler Opera House. Take a look at this winter's calendar HERE.
40th Annual Aspen Filmfest, September 25-30, 2018
Aspen Film's flagship event is a noncompetitive festival showcasing narrative and documentary features, a dynamic mix of award-worthy fall previews, and acclaimed independent films from the international festival circuit. Filmfest audiences are often among the first in the country to see films like Room, The Imitation Game, Whiplash, Argo, The Artist, The King's Speech, and Nebraska.
The Meeting, October 2-5, 2018
In its 13th year, The Meeting will once again deliver an unforgettable weekend of film, music, industry conference, networking and all around snow stoke.
Aspen Santa Fe Ballet's The Nutcracker, December 8 + 9, 2018
Embrace the holiday spirit and revel in the magic of Aspen Santa Fe Ballet’s The Nutcracker! This iconic production—both uplifting and filled with humor—has become a seasonal Aspen tradition. With its whimsical twist on the classic story and a cast of over 60 performers, don’t miss this perfect opportunity to create lifelong memories for you and your loved ones.
Bud Light Hi Fi Concert Series
The Bud Light Hi-Fi Concert Series hosted by Aspen Snowmass features a series of free, outdoor concerts held during key events and peak weekends throughout the season. Past performers include Donovan Frankenreiter, Robert Randolph and the Family Band, Pennywise, Blues Traveler, North Mississippi Allstars, Umphree’s Mcgee, Vampire Weekend, Nakho and Medicine for the People, Big Gigantic, Ghostland Observatory, De La Soul and more.
- December 15: Karl Denson's Tiny Universe
- March 5: TBA
- March 23: TBA
12 Days of Aspen, December 20-31, 2018
To celebrate the holiday season, the Aspen Chamber Resort Association is hosting the 12 Days of Aspen. From December 20-31, downtown Aspen comes alive with a variety of free holiday activities, cookies, hot chocolate and much more! Join the entire Aspen community in celebrating the winter season and the holidays with the 12 Days of Aspen! Learn More
Audi Ajax Cup, December 30, 2018
Benefiting the Aspen Valley Ski and Snowboard Club’s 2,300-plus athletes — as well as its scholarships and programs — the Audi Ajax Cup features head-to-head slalom races on the storied run of Little Nell at Aspen Mountain. Cheer on the racers as they navigate the challenging course, and then stick around for one of the hottest après ski parties of the year.
Gay Ski Week, January 13-20, 2019
Aspen Gay Ski Week is the premier GLBT winter travel event. If you enjoy skiing, snowboarding, dining, shopping, music, comedy and more... you will love Aspen Gay Ski Week!
ESPN Winter X Games, January 24-27, 2019
The annual Winter X Games is the premier winter action sports event in the world, featuring athletes from across the globe competing for medals and prize money in the sports of Ski, Snowboard and Snowmobile. Winter X Games Aspen will feature nighttime events and will be telecast live on ESPN.
The Owl Creek Chase, February 2019
The Owl Creek Chase has been one of Colorado's largest and most premier cross-country ski races since 1985. The challenging course from Snowmass Village to Aspen presents the very best that Colorado skiing has to offer; tough climbs, scenic views, thrilling descents and excellent snow conditions.
Aspen Snowmass Freeskiing Open, February 14-16, 2019
The Aspen Snowmass Freeskiing Open at Buttermilk, is one of the last and longest running independent open competitions in the nation. It opens up the X Games Aspen Slopestyle and Superpipe and Big Air courses to amateur and professional level athletes. Last year, the open drew around 200 competitors from six nations to test their skills!
Aspen Laugh Festival, February 2019
After countless years as the featured site for the HBO/U.S. Comedy Arts Festival, and three years as the co-producer and home of the Aspen Rooftop Comedy Festival, the Wheeler stepped up in 2011 to present its own unique four-day comedy experience, where comics got to do what comics do best: Everything funny. Come ski all day and laugh all night as Aspen presents the most brilliant new voices in comedy in a variety of stand-up and improv events. The 2018 Aspen Laugh Festival will host "Saturday Night Live" castmember Colin Jost, stand-up vet Paula Poundstone and roastmaster Jeff Ross among others for five days of performances in February at the Wheeler Opera House.
Audi Power of Four Ski Mountaineering Race, March 2, 2019
The Audi Power of Four Race Series is a premier endurance race series utilizing the unique and amazing terrain of each of the four Aspen Snowmass mountains. Each race is designed to test the limits and skills of both elite and recreational athletes. The Power of Four Sport Division has a 6:00 AM race start in Snowmass Base Village. The Power of Two Rec Division begins at 8:00 AM at the base of Aspen Highlands.
Bud Light Spring Jam, March 15 - 25, 2019
Aspen's premier spring festival in the Colorado Rocky Mountains, with new-school competitions, downtown concerts and parties. Events also include Bud Light Hi-Fi Concerts, The Banked Slalom snowboard race, and Terrain Park Boot Camps.
Elk Mountain Grand Traverse, March 30, 2019
Nearly 200 racers will being their journey tackling the 40-mile course that starts at 9,000 feet in Crested Butte, takes skiers through Mt. Crested Butte Ski Resort. The race is scheduled to start at midnight on Friday which allows entrantsto reach Star Pass (12,303 ft) before the warmth of the day increases the likelihood of avalanches. The remote route continues through the Elk Mountains and over one more mountain pass before finishing at the base of the Aspen Mountain.
Aspen ShortsFest, April 2019
Recognized as one of the premier short film festivals in the world, this Oscar®-qualifying festival embraces diverse sensibilities and subjects that capture the zeitgeist of today’s world. Filmmakers from around the globe attend Shortsfest each spring to share their work, speak with audiences, and attend panel discussions about the art of filmmaking.
Buttermilk Closing Day, April 7, 2019
Aspen Highlands Closing Day, April 14, 2019
Schneetag, April 2019
Schneetag (pronounced Sch-knee Tog) is the German word for "snow day." Put simply, it translates as "daredevils willing to propel themselves down a hill, over a jump and across a pond on a craft they built themselves." This hilarious event is one not to miss. The Annual Schneetag invites teams of four to create a craft that they will pilot down a slope at Aspen Highlands and attempt to float across a 20x40 foot pond. Every team has a theme and will perform a skit before they descend. This event is just as ridiculous and entertaining as it sounds.
Photo courtesy of ACRA and Jeremy Swanson