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Vail Annual Ski Swap

The Ski & Snowboard Club Vail’s Annual Ski & Snowboard SWAP is the best place to find all you need for the upcoming winter. Products include everything from alpine, snowboard, telemark and nordic equipment. All ranges of winter clothing and accessories such as helmets, gloves and goggles will also be available for purchase.. New and used  gear from vendors and the general public will be available at great prices.

Vail Holidays

Vail is home to the classic feel of the holiday spirit.  Snow drifts lay on the rooftops of Vail’s Village and Lionshead while the warm glow of lampposts light the cobbled streets. Pine garlands, red bows and strings of lights festoon the ice skating rinks and Alpine chalets. The town hosts daily activities and events to help you and your family celebrate the season such as concerts, lightings, parties and more!

Burton U.S. Open Snowboarding Championship

The Burton US Open Snowboarding Championships returns to Vail Mountain bringing with them the best snowboarders in the world competing to win the most prestigious Halfpipe and Slopestyle titles in snowboarding. 

The action continues off the snow from Wednesday onwards with an epic sponsor village and nightly concerts.

Pink Vail Ski Day (Cancer Awareness Event)

Pink Vail is the world’s biggest ski day to conquer cancer. Everyone has been affected by cancer in some way. People run, walk and grow facial hair for cancer. In Vail, we ski!

Pink Vail is a fundraiser that brings nearly 3,000 people, dressed in pink, together on Vail Mountain for an all-day event with live music, deck parties, costume contest and more. Pink Vail proceeds benefit all patients at Shaw Cancer Center through improvements to patient care and by funding our Spirit of Survival program, providing all patients the opportunity to receive free exercise training, nutrition coaching, emotional support, massages, acupuncture, outdoor adventures and much more.

Vail Film Festival

The Annual Vail Film Festival includes film screenings, discussions, music, galas and parties, and a filmmaker reception. Organized and run by the Colorado Film Institute, the Vail Film Festival is a four day event that is attended by thousands of industry experts, movie makers, and fans of creative and unique cinema.

Taste of Vail

The annual five-day event showcases Vail's world-famous resort village set against dramatic mountain vistas. Participants at the Taste of Vail experience the Vail Valley's world-class restaurants, fine wine poured by winemakers and winery owners from top wineries around the globe, along with interactive seminars, auction and dance, the Colorado Lamb Cook Off, apres ski tasting and the popular mountaintop picnic sensory extravaganza at the top of Vail Mountain.

Vail Valor Marathon and Half-Marathon, Memorial Day

Make your Monday count by coming out for Vail's 5th annual spring road race in the mountains. The Vail Valor Races offers several distances: marathon, half-marathon, 5-mile run/walk, and 1-mile memorial run/walk through town. The Vail Valor Races is an affordable and fun way to get everyone together to celebrate fitness and pay tribute to our nation's fallen heroes.

Go Pro Summer Mountain Games

The Summer Mountain Games are the nation's largest celebration of mountain sport, lifestyle and music featuring top professional and amateur athletes from around the world. The environmentally friendly adventure sporting event hosts approximately 3,000 outdoor athletes, along with an estimated 40,000 spectators. Events include kayaking, rafting, stand up paddling, mountain biking, road cycling, World Cup Bouldering, amateur climbing, fly-fishing, trail running and a half marathon. Additional events at the Summer Mountain Games include: a film series, Outdoor Reels; a photography competition,

Hot Summer Nights, June - August

Annual free summer concert series with shows ranging from rock to country to bluegrass to funk and beyond. Throngs of music lovers gather at the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater each Tuesday night to enjoy sunshine, picnics, friends, and incredible free music.

Vail Farmers' Market & Art Show, Sundays, June -October

Enjoy Colorado's largest Farmers' Market just up the street from us. Colorado's finest is waiting here for you, including locally grown produce, international dishes, fresh baked goods and even Colorado wine, all ready for you to enjoy during your summer in Vail. Once you have satiated your hunger, enjoy even more local creativity at the Art Show. You can find everything from beautiful clothing and jewelry to handmade home items, the perfect thing to remind you of your wonderful Vail summer vacation.

Other Farmers' Markets in the Area

Minturn Market: Saturdays, June – September
Edwards: Saturdays, June - September

Vail Arts Festival

The Vail Arts Festival, renowned for its quality and variety of premier works of art. This open-air street festival creates ambiance and entertainment for Vail guests in late June. The Vail Arts Festival is a juried event with mixed media artists in multiple disciplines. There are over 80 artists showcasing digital art, drawing, fiber, glass, graphics and print making, metal works, wood, mixed media, ceramics, paintings, photography, sculpture, jewelry, and fashion.

Beaver Creek Rodeo Series, Thursdays, June-August

Dust off your cowboy boots and tack on some spurs as the 16th annual Beaver Creek Rodeo returns. Located in Avon behind Chapel Square with free shuttle service from the covered bridge in Beaver Creek Village. The full lineup of classic rodeo events include bronc riding, calf scramble, team roping, mutton bustin’, barrel racing, bull riding and burro racing. Bring the whole family for pony rides, face painting, mechanical bull, western fare and a wide range of barbecue offered by Vail Valley restaurants beginning when gates open at 5 p.m.

Summer in the Gardens Celebrations: June-August

The Betty Ford Apline Gardens is a Vail Valley treasure. Explore and enjoy the stunning mountain garden situated high in the Rocky Mountains and plan to attend one of their unique events including Yoga in the Gardens and Chef's in the Gardens.

Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival, June - August

Hailed as one of the Top 10 "Can't Miss" Classical Musical Festivals in the US by NPR (npr.com), Bravo! Vail is the only Festival in North America to host four world-renowned symphony orchestras in a single season. For six weeks every summer, internationally acclaimed soloists join the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, the Philadelphia Orchestra, and the New York Philharmonic featured in programs of the great classics, plus jazz and pops. While audiences come for a variety of reasons, they stay with Bravo! Vail for the ultimate trifecta: enjoying extraordinary music in the company of great friends and the natural beauty of the Vail Valley.

Vail Jazz Festival, June - September

During this 12 week period, experience the best of today’s jazz musicians at 40 different jazz shows including Jazz at the Vail Farmers’ Market (Sundays noon – 3pm), Jazz at Sweet Basil (Sundays 8:30 – 11pm), Jazz at Vail Square (Thursdays), Apres Jazz – wrapping up with the Labor Day Weekend Vail Jazz Party.

Vail America Days, July 4

A true summer celebration featuring exceptional entertainment including Vail’s celebrated 4th of July parade and fireworks. The parade alternates each year starting either from Golden Peak at 10:00 a.m. on July 4 and will wind its way through the villages, ending in Lionshead or vice versa. Vail’s parade is one of the most popular events during the Independence Day holiday. 

Vail International Dance Festival: July - August

The Festival is a two-week celebration of exceptional artistry taking place in the heart of the Colorado Rocky Mountains. Festival performances will take place at the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater in Vail and Vilar Performing Arts Center in Beaver Creek.

Gourmet on Gore, Labor Day Weekend

An open-air gourmet food and wine festival, Gourmet on Gore takes place along Vail's Gore Creek Drive and Bridge Street showcasing the Vail Valley's premier restaurants as well as wine, beer and spirits from around the world. There is no cost for admission and guests can sample tasting-size portions of gourmet food as well as wine tastings and other beverages at very reasonable prices. Live jazz music, wine demonstrations combined with great food and drink come together to create a wonderful atmosphere in Vail Village.

Oktoberfest: Weekends, September 

Beaver Creek, Vail and Lionshead each host a weekend of Bavarian fun.

  • Beaver Creek: Labor Day Weekend
  • Lionshead: Second weekend in September
  • Vail Village: Third weekend in September

Vail Restaurant Week, Spring and Fall

Star chefs, resort packages, outdoor adventures, romantic getaways, family fun, wine, spirits & beer tastings, & more! Participating restaurants throughout the Vail Valley.

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