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Aspen Summer Festivals You Don’t Want to Miss

Winters in Aspen tend to advertise themselves, especially among the ski crowd. However, with lovely warm temperatures, breathtakingly beautiful scenery, and clean, crisp mountain air, Aspen was practically designed for entertaining in the summer months.

One of the most popular and beloved branches of Aspen’s summer entertainment scene is its many diverse and engaging festivals. From music to film to performance theatre and beyond, there are so many spectacular and inspiring festivals that are hosted in Aspen every summer.

We’re letting you in on Aspen’s best-kept secrets, here are some of our favorite summer festivals in Aspen.

Belly Up Aspen

Belly Up Aspen is one of Aspen’s largest, most cherished music clubs and regularly hosts world-renowned artists from across the globe in its astounding 450-capacity indoor music venue. Since its opening in January of 2005, Belly Up Aspen has been one of the city’s go-to venues for live music, and in 2021, they’re planning on making this summer one to remember.

While following strict COVID-19 safety guidelines, Belly Up Aspen is ready to welcome back crowds at full capacity — and, most notably, without face masks or social distancing requirements.

Check out the list of upcoming artists performing this summer at Belly Up Aspen here!

Aspen Film: Summer of Cinema

Since its foundation in 1979, Aspen Film’s slogan “Independent By Nature” has been true on many levels. The local Aspen-based film organization has sought to champion independent films and filmmakers by hosting their quality work at large public premieres and screenings often in settings surrounded by nature.

This summer, the annual tradition that is Aspen Film: Summer of Cinema will be doing no different. Get tickets to see some of your favorite all-time classics during Movie Night at Anderson Ranch’s retro-inspired drive-in theatre. Or, grab the young ones and head over to the plush lawn at Snowmass Base Village to watch some family-favorite films at dawn on Saturday evenings during Movies Under The Stars this summer 2021.

Snowmass Village is good for a lot more than just screenings and skiing. Read about what it’s like to live in Snowmass Village here!

Aspen Music Festival

When it comes to classical music in Aspen, the conversation almost starts and stops with the Aspen Music Festival and School (AMFS). Founded in 1949, the AMFS has grown to become nationally recognized as one of the top classical music festivals in the country. Now some 70 years on, this summer’s Aspen Music Festival promises to be just as exciting as any.

This years’ eight-week summer classical music festival features concerts and music events performed by artists from across the United States and beyond, ranging from full-on orchestras to solo and chamber music performances, and even fully-staged opera productions.

If you’re a lover of classical music, you won’t want to miss out on this dazzling Aspen tradition. Learn more about the upcoming events and concerts here, then book your tickets here to reserve your spot at the performances.

Jazz Aspen Snowmass Labor Day Festival

If you’re a music fan that’s more into the upbeat rhythms of jazz and its related musical genres, then the Jazz Aspen Snowmass (JAS) is an organization you should know about. This non-profit 501(c)(3) organization founded way back in 1991 is ready to host yet another fantastic open-air Labor Day Festival this September 3rd to 5th at Snowmass Town Park.

Set against the magnificent backdrop of the Elk Mountain Range, daily crowds of over 10,000 attendees are encouraged to dance and let loose while listening to live performances from their favorite jazz-influenced artists. This year, entry to the Jazz Aspen Snowmass Labor Day Festival means you could see live performances from artists including The Kings Of Leon, Gary Clark Jr., Sheryl Crow, Stevie Nicks, and more.

Learn more about how to score tickets to JAS’ Labor Day Festival Experience here!

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Theatre Aspen

Live musical performances are thrilling in their own way, but the power of live theatre performance has the power to move audiences on a different level — and none do it better in Aspen than Theatre Aspen.

Featuring award-winning productions by Broadway’s best theatrical groups, Theatre Aspen hosts some of the most engaging and inspiring summer shows anywhere across the state. This year, Theatre Aspen’s Summer To Celebrate festival is hosting four productions spanning from June 30 through to August 15, including beloved titles such as Chicago, Rock Of Ages, Solo Flights, and The Theatre Aspen’s very own The Summer Cabaret Series.

If you need a little more drama in your life this summer, don’t hesitate to book your tickets here today.

Learn more about why we love living in Aspen, Colorado all year long by reading about what makes Aspen unique on our Living In Aspen page here.

Aspen Words

One of Aspen’s very first literary centers, Aspen Words was founded almost 50 years ago with the mission to encourage writers, inspire readers, and connect people through the power of stories.

While Aspen Words has grown, developed, evolved, and prospered since then, a few things have remained constant. One of them being their Summer Words festival — a writing conference and literary festival that consistently draws crowds, contributors, and guest writers every summer.

Considered one of the best writing conferences and literary festivals in the country, Summer Words is happy to welcome attendees and guests back again this year to listen, read, and participate in the written word-based festival. If the power of the written word moves you, then make sure you reserve your spot at the festival by buying your tickets here.


Want to learn more about what summertime in Aspen has to offer? Get a true local’s advice by reading our other summer-focused blog posts here!


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