Calling all oenophiles and music lovers. It’s time for the Keystone Wine and Jazz Festival! Filled with wine tastings, educational seminars and live music from such great artists as Pg6ix, Kirby Velarde quartet, Harold Rapp, Jackiem Joyner, Stanley Jordan, and Selena Albright. All these greats are headlined by crowd favorite Dotsero. The River Run Village Grand Tasting brings it all together. With our epic summer time days here for this fabulous festival, the mountains are calling. The festival kicks off with a reserve wine tasting this Friday, July 12th at 7:00pm and continues through the weekend.
The wine seminars are an engaging and fun way to increase your wine knowledge. Starting Saturday, July 13th at 12:00pm at Warren Station we have “Let’s talk DIRT-Y” with viticulturist Rudy Marchesi. He was Oregon’s person of the year and is the owner of Montinore Estate in Oregon’s Willamette Valley. He is a leader in certified organic farming and the biodynamic community. Don’t miss his story and wine tastings. Included is a 2017 Pinot Fris, NV Borealis, 2018 almost dry Riesling, 2017 Red Cap Pinot Noir, and a 2014 Grahams Block 7 Pinot Noir.
Next up at 2:00PM at Warren Station is Master Sommelier Roland Mico leading the “More than Pinot Noir” seminar. Alternatives to Pinot Noir being served will include a Nerello Mascalese and a Beaujolais.
Ending the day nicely we have “Let’s Talk Tequila – Shaken, Stirred, and Straight”. This takes place at Warren Station at 4:00PM. We all have our favorite Margarita places. Presented by Tyler Wang, you will learn history, production, and an insider’s guide to Tequila. You will also learn about pairing ingredients and try a Paloma Cocktail. Included are samplings of El Tesoro Tequilas. Concluding this fascinating seminar will be a cocktail creation demonstration. Take your newfound seminar knowledge and browse the wine tents in River Run Village while listening to some fantastic jazz and enjoying the wonderful summertime weather in the mountains.
Make sure you stick around for Sunday’s festivities. The day opens with the annual favorite seminar, ‘Prosecco and Pancakes’, running from 10:30am – 12:30pm at Warren Station. Enjoy scrumptious Ruffino Prosecco Cocktails with an interesting mix of pancakes, toppings and classic breakfast sides, a great way to start the day!
Finish off two days of education, memories, fun, wine, spirits and bubbles with “Name! That! Wine!” at 2:00pm at Warren Station. The presenter is Ben Braley. You will try blind tastings and learn more about approach and flavor characteristics for many different varietals. This will all take place in an exciting game show style format. Blind tastings are an excellent way to learn about our own palate and what you are smelling and tasting.
We hope you can join us for this amazing weekend of Wine and Jazz. Stay the weekend and book one of our ticket and lodging festival packages, where you can save up to 15% on your weekend. But hurry, package sales end Friday at 4 pm. If there is a certain seminar you are interested in attending, be sure to also purchase your seminar tickets in advance, as they typically sell out! Book a River Run Condo with a festival view and you can watch the music from the balcony and you won’t have to worry about driving anywhere after wine tasting. We hope to see you this weekend!
Summit County is lucky to have one of the best music scenes in the country. You can see live music here just about any night of the week. In the summer there is even more free music, as you can find multiple free weekly concert series in Dillon, Frisco, Keystone and Breckenridge. The Dillon Amphitheater, just a 10 minute drive from Keystone, was recently remodeled over the winter and this summer kicks off the grand reopening. Some of the improvements made included lessening the slope of the grassy lawn seating area, increasing the stage viewing sight-lines, creating more restrooms, improving the band backstage areas, and improving patron amenities. This is in hopes of continuing to bring bigger and better acts to the stage! Some big named acts, such as The String Cheese Incident, have already been added to the summer concert roster. Some of the free summer 2018 concerts include names like George Clinton, DevotchKa, Hazel Miller and The Original Wailers.
Enjoy free concerts on Friday and Saturday nights all summer long at this incredible outdoor music venue. Located on the shores of Lake Dillon, this grassy oasis has amazing views of the lake and the Continental Divide setting as a backdrop to some of the best tunes of the summer! Check out the free summer concert series lineup below.
Friday, June 29 | The Nacho Men | 7 – 9 pm Formed in 1980, The Nacho Men have a huge repertoire, complete with costume changes, humour and choreography. Look out for ‘special appearances’ from Michael Jackson, Bruno Mars, Prince, Bowie, Elvis and more!
Saturday, June 30 | Ron Ivory and One on One | 7 – 9 pm Enjoy the sounds of classic Motown, soul and rhythm and blues from this vocal quartet, backed up with a rhythm and horns section. 7 – 9 pm
Wednesday, July 4 | US Airforce Academy Band & Fireworks | 7 – 9 pm The band consists of 40 active-duty Air Force members and will be celebrating Independence Day followed by fireworks over the lake!
Friday, July 6 | The Samples | 7 – 9 pm This band hails from Boulder, CO and has been described as a cross between The Police and the Grateful Dead!
Saturday, July 7 | Queen Nation | 7 – 9 pm As the name implies, a legendary not-to-miss Queen cover band that formed in 2004.
Friday, July 13 | The Long Run | 7 – 9 pm Colorado’s Tribute to the Eagles and enjoy the classics like ‘Take it Easy’, ‘Best of My Love’ and ‘Hotel California’.
Saturday, July 14 | National Repertory Orchestra | 6 – 8 pm The NRO has been around for more than 50 years, a non-profit that prepares young musicians for careers in the orchestra world by delivering musical performances in Summit County.
Friday, July 20 | John Truscelli & Beau Thomas with the Frisco Funk Collective | 7 – 9 pm This is the night to dance! Summit County’s Frisco Funk features a rotating cast of some of the areas best funk deliverers!
Saturday, July 21 | A New Randy Hansen Experience | 7 – 9 pm Come for the sights and sounds of the Jimi Hendrix experience from guitarist Washington Randy.
Friday, July 27 | DevotchKa | 7 – 9 pm Based in Denver, this 4-piece multi-instrumental and vocal ensemble delivers beautiful melodies with bold sounds.
Saturday, July 28 | George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic | 7 – 9 pm ‘P-Funk’ is the heart of American Funk Music and Afrofuturism, a rotating cast of musicians headed by the legendary George Clinton.
Friday, August 3 | Who’s Bad | 7 – 9 pm Don’t miss the ‘Ultimate Michael Jackson Experience’ who has been performing for 14 years!
Saturday, August 4 | Dumpstaphunk | 7 – 9 pm Hailing from New Orleans, this is one of the funkiest bands you’ll see take the stage!
Friday, August 10 | Con Brio | 7 – 9 pm Seven Bay Area musicians from diverse backgrounds come together to great a funk and psychedelic soul sound.
Saturday, August 11 | Mipso | 7 – 9 pm This Indie-Americana quartet took the stage last year at Keystone’s Mountain Town Music Festival and is back at the Dillon Amphitheatre this summer. Enjoy a host of string instruments and vocals with this Chapel Hill’s unique sound.
Friday, August 17 | The Original Wailers | 7 – 9 pm Enjoy all of the classics from the Wailers Music like ‘No Woman No Cry and ‘Three O’Clock Road Block.’
Saturday, August 18 | The Machine | 7 – 10 pm Bring back the sounds of Pink Floyd with this 25-year running show, creating their own legacy.
Friday, August 24 | Ripe | 7 – 9 pm This up and coming 7-piece funk band from Boston is sure to get you up on your feet with their moving melodies and improv work.
Saturday, August 25 | The Cherry Poppin’ Daddies | 7 – 9 pm With over 25 years of following their own beat, the Cherry Poppin’ Daddies deliver a fun and memorable swing show that you won’t want to miss.
Friday, August 31 | Hazel Miller Band | 7 – 9 pm With a stunning and powerful voice full of soul, Hazel Miller has been performing in Colorado for the past 24 years and has opened for some incredible artists like Bob James, The Temptations and James Brown.
Saturday, September 1 | The PettyBreakers | 7 – 9 pm After closing out Keystone Oktoberfest, head to Dillon for the last free concert of the summer season. Celebrate the life and music of the late and great Tom Petty and all of the nostalgic American tunes that he delivered to the world.
Make the Dillon Amphitheatre a stop on your next visit to Keystone this summer! There are some incredible concerts coming up this summer here in Summit County and the best part is that all of these listed above are completely free to attend! There is even a free county-wide shuttle that can take you to the concert from your vacation rental in Keystone if you want to enjoy a craft Colorado beer at the show and not have to drive. Book your summer stay at Keystone Resort with SummitCove Lodging today.
Although Keystone’s lifts stop turning on April 8, Arapahoe Basin stays open for a few more months, typically into early June, depending on the snow. A-Basin is just 7 miles up the hill from Keystone and there is even a free shuttle, the Swan Mountain Flyer, from the Summit Stage that will take you up there! Why not extend your ski season and head to Arapahoe Basin for some more turns and fun events?
Arapahoe Basin Spring Events
Wednesday, April 11 29th Annual Enduro & Apres Party A fundraiser and ski-a-thon that benefits ‘Building Hope’, a division of the FIRC that provides mental health and suicide prevention assistance in our mountain community.
Friday, April 13 6th Alley Bar & Grill Supper Club – Italian Night From 6:30 – 8:30, enjoy an italian dinner of baby arugula salad, chicken marsala and tiramisu for just $22 plus tax and gratuity at the 6th Alley Bar & Grill. Call 888-ARAPAHOE (272-7246) to make a reservation.
Saturday, April 21 Earth Day Celebration Sponsored by Denver Beer Company Darn Tough, Clif Bar, POW and the Denver Beer Company team up to sponsor a fun day of carpooling and sustainability. The first few hundred people to show up with 3 or more people in their car will win a prize package and raffle tickets. Sign up for the Scavenger Hunt for just $20 for a team of 2, $5 for each extra person, proceeds benefit POW (Protect Our Winters). At 2 pm, local athlete Cody Cirillo will give a talk about Climate Change. The apres party is from 12 – 3 with live music by the Gin Doctors and the final raffle at 3pm.
Friday, April 27 Moonlight Dinner Series – Randonee – A Polynesian Luau This dinner is sold out. Hawaiian shirts and hawaiian dancers – head up the mountain on skis or snow shoes and head down in the moonlight. Enjoy polynesian luau fare including a roast pig, along with entertainment and live music at this unique on-mountain event.
Saturday, April 28 Shakin’ at the Basin Spring Concert Series with Black Dog – A Led Zeppelin Cover Band Free live music from Black Dog, who has an extensive catalog of Zeppelin songs, playing from 1 – 4 pm in the Mountain Goat Plaza. The Summit Stage bus will run from Keystone to A-Basin Saturdays and Sundays through Sunday, May 28th, 2018. The free bus will leave River Run, in Keystone, at :55 after the hour until 4:55 p.m.. The last bus will leave A-Basin at 5:10 p.m. to go back to Keystone. The Summit Stage runs from all towns in Summit County and is a great way to save gas, save money and it is completely FREE!
Friday, May 4 6th Alley Bar & Grill Supper Club – Beer Makers Dinner featuring Elevation Beer Co. This dinner is sold out. Head to A-Basin’s 6th Avenue Bar & Grill for a 5-course meal, with each course paired with a 5 – 7 ounce pour from Elevation Brewery. Cost is $68 plus tax and gratuity.
Saturday, May 5 Shakin’ at the Basin Spring Concert Series with King Cardinal Free live music from Americana – Folk – Country band, King Cardinal, playing from 1 – 4 pm in the Mountain Goat Plaza. The Summit Stage bus will run from Keystone to A-Basin Saturdays and Sundays through Sunday, May 28th, 2018. The free bus will leave River Run, in Keystone, at :55 after the hour until 4:55 p.m.. The last bus will leave A-Basin at 5:10 p.m. to go back to Keystone. The Summit Stage runs from all towns in Summit County and is a great way to save gas, save money and it is completely FREE!
Saturday, May 12 Shakin’ at the Basin Spring Concert Series with HomeSlice Free live music from HomeSlice, playing from 1 – 4 pm in the Mountain Goat Plaza. The Summit Stage bus will run from Keystone to A-Basin Saturdays and Sundays through Sunday, May 28th, 2018. The free bus will leave River Run, in Keystone, at :55 after the hour until 4:55 p.m.. The last bus will leave A-Basin at 5:10 p.m. to go back to Keystone. The Summit Stage runs from all towns in Summit County and is a great way to save gas, save money and it is completely FREE!
Saturday, May 12 3rd Annual Swimwear Day & Spring Rail Jam Dress in your favorite swimwear and get a raffle ticket for prizes and a chance to win a Never Summer snowboard! The Spring Rail Jam will also be taking place in the Treeline Terrain Park. Show up to compete and earn a chance to win prizes and bragging rights!
Saturday, May 19 Shakin’ at the Basin Spring Concert Series with The Beloved Invaders Free live music from The Beloved Invaders, an instrumental surf band, playing from 1 – 4 pm in the Mountain Goat Plaza. The Summit Stage bus will run from Keystone to A-Basin Saturdays and Sundays through Sunday, May 28th, 2018. The free bus will leave River Run, in Keystone, at :55 after the hour until 4:55 p.m.. The last bus will leave A-Basin at 5:10 p.m. to go back to Keystone. The Summit Stage runs from all towns in Summit County and is a great way to save gas, save money and it is completely FREE!
Saturday, May 26 Shakin’ at the Basin Spring Concert Series with Whitewater Ramble Free live music from the Rocky Mountain Dance Grass Americana favorite, Whitewater Ramble, playing from 1 – 4 pm in the Mountain Goat Plaza. The Summit Stage bus will run from Keystone to A-Basin Saturdays and Sundays through Sunday, May 28th, 2018. The free bus will leave River Run, in Keystone, at :55 after the hour until 4:55 p.m.. The last bus will leave A-Basin at 5:10 p.m. to go back to Keystone. The Summit Stage runs from all towns in Summit County and is a great way to save gas, save money and it is completely FREE!
Sunday, May 27 17th Annual Festival of the Brewpubs with Mojomama Beer tasting, gourmet cuisine and live music, all in between turns on the mountain! What could be better? Beer sampling from 14 breweries from 12 – 4 pm, with live music from R&B / Funk Colorado based band, Mojomama from 1 – 4 pm.
The Summit Stage bus will run from Keystone to A-Basin Saturdays and Sundays through Sunday, May 28th, 2018. The free bus will leave River Run, in Keystone, at :55 after the hour until 4:55 p.m.. The last bus will leave A-Basin at 5:10 p.m. to go back to Keystone. The Summit Stage runs from all towns in Summit County and is a great way to save gas, save money and it is completely FREE!
Spring Rail Jam #2 Also taking place will be the free Spring Rail Jam #2 at Treeline Terrain Park, happening from 9 am – 2 pm. Compete to win prizes!
Saturday, June 2 Shakin’ at the Basin Spring Concert Series with artist TBA Free live music from The Burroughs, self described as ‘sweaty soul music’, playing from 1 – 4 pm in the Mountain Goat Plaza.
Sunday, June 3 Shakin’ at the Basin Spring Concert Series with Tunisia Free live music from high energy entertainment group, Tunisia, playing from 1 – 4 pm in the Mountain Goat Plaza.
Want to change up your Mardi Gras plans? Come out to Keystone to ski and enter in a Gumbo Cook Off at Warren Station or just enjoy unlimited Gumbo tastings and an afternoon of fun. Listen to a free band, Charles Daniels and the Kings while you take part in the Gumbo Cookoff. Enjoy all things Mardi Gras at Keystone Resort this year on February 13! Don’t worry you can bring your kids too, this is a family friendly event!
For adults, tickets are just $12 in advance, $15 at the gate and will get you unlimited tastes and once you have given them all a try, be sure to cast your vote for People’s Choice! Want to bring the kids along? New this year, kid’s tickets are $5 in advance and $8 at the gate. Kids will get their own kids choice ticket for their favorite gumbo and a free kids beignet!
Want to participate in the cook off and show off you Gumbo making skills or secret family recipe? You could win some great prizes and there are no entry fees! Participation is open to anyone who thinks their Gumbo can win! All participants will be provided with a tent, two tables, linens, tasting cups, spoons and napkins. 1st and 2nd Place will be awarded in the following categories: Seafood/Exotic and Chicken & Sausage. 1st and 2nd place in each of these categories will be awarded by the Judges Panel and then a People’s Choice Award will be determined by the guests. They will also be giving out a Team Spirit award this year, so be sure to deck your booth out and put on your best costume for the chance to win!
One of Keystone’s longest running and most-loved festivals is back in Keystone on August 5 and 6. The Bluegrass and Beer Festival is celebrating its 21st year, bringing great music and delicious beer to Keystone’s River Run Village. This fun festival features beer tastings from over 40 breweries, many from Colorado including Baker’s Brewery, Bruz Beers, New Belgium, Oskar Blues, Left Hand Brewing, Crazy Mountain, Lone Tree and more. Purchase a one-day or weekend glass-pass to enjoy all the beer samples you can handle! SummitCove Lodging has some great deals when you purchase your tickets and lodging together, plus you’ll receive a free beer in your condo when you check-in!
That’s right – FREE BEER! All guests staying with SummitCove who purchase a Bluegrass & Beer lodging and ticket package will receive a complimentary in-room beer bomber from our partner Bruz Beer, hailing from Denver Colorado, waiting for you nice and cold when you check-in to kickoff the Bluegrass and Beer weekend!
Although Keystone Resort officially closed a month ago, Arapahoe Basin remains open as long as they can. Their current projected closing date is June 5, 2016, but they could extend the closing date if the snow keeps up. The resort has received 11 inches of fresh snow in the last 3 days and 5 feet of snow since the closing of Keystone Resort in early April. Spring skiing in Colorado can range from fresh powder turns on a chilly day to slushy runs in the sunshine. It’s not unusual to see skiers and riders wearing swimsuits, shorts, t-shirts, and other fun attire on a warm Spring day, stopping at ‘The Beach’ every few runs to enjoy some barbecue or a cold beverage. Get there early to secure a free spot, or you also have the option to reserve one in advance for a small fee. Some people hang out at The Beach all day and never actually even hit the slopes! A-Basin’s Spring calendar definately doesn’t disappoint, offering live music every Saturday with their Shakin’ at the Basin Spring Concert Series and other fun events like the Festival of Brewpubs and their newest event, the Swimwear Parade on Skis. This fun event is completely free! Registration takes place in the Base Area from 9 am – 12 pm on Saturday, May 21. At 1 pm, watch Colorado’s Largest Swimwear Parade as skiers and riders strut their stuff down Sundance in nothing but their swimsuits!
Spend your Memorial Day Weekend in the mountains this year! Saturday will feature live music from 80’s Rock New Sensation and on Sunday, attend the 15th Annual Festival of the Brewpubs while you check out the Spring Rail Jam. The beer festival will feature music from Jakarta and beer from 13 different breweries. Purchase a mug for just $30 to get unlimited beer tasting from 12 pm – 4 pm. Stay the weekend in Keystone with SummitCove Vacation Lodging and take advantage of the free Summit Stage bus that will take you up to the Basin. Sunday will be the last day of the season that the Summit Stage bus will be running from Keystone to A-Basin. The free bus will leave River Run in Keystone at :55 after the hour until 4:55pm. The last bus will leave A-Basin at 5:10pm to go back down the hill to Keystone. After the festivities, take advantage of a nice soak in the hot tub at your River Run vacation condo! Nothing beats Spring skiing at Arapahoe Basin!
Ever thought of spending your Halloween in the mountains? Not only are there some great rates for lodging, we also have some spooktacular events here in Summit County!
Murder Mystery at the Ski Tip! Right here in Keystone, have fun solving a ‘Whodunit’ mystery at the Ski Tip Lodge as they host a Murder Mystery Dinner! The event starts at 6:30 on Saturday, October 31. Call 970-496-4350 to make your reservation!
Arapahoe Basin Fall Concert Series A-Basin is now open! Head there on Halloween Day in costume and get down to The Goonies Cover Band who will be playing a free concert from 1 – 4pm at the base. 80’s outfits are highly encouraged, but any costume will do! At 3pm the costumes will be judged, with a chance to win some awesome A-Basin prizes.
Breckenridge Ghost Tours Check out a spooky and historical ghost tour in Breckenridge through Breckenridge Tours tonight at 7pm! Check out their website for booking information and details.
HOWL-A-WEEN Ball Looking for a chance to show off your epic costume this year? The third annual HOWLaween Ball and silent auction is taking place at the Silverthorne Pavilion this evening on October 30th from 7- 11 pm. This event will benefit the League for Animals & People of the Summit, Animal Rescue of the Rockies and Far View Horse Rescue. Be ready to win some prizes for best costume and take home some photos from the photo booth! Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door and support all of the involved charities. This event is sure to be a HOWL-ing time!
Baker’s Brewery Halloween Party On Saturday, October 31st, head over to The Baker’s Brewery for a beerlicious Halloween Party starting at 8pm! They will be featuring their Fall Barrel-Aged Beer collection, which of course includes a pumpkin beer and a few others. Dress up and enter the costume contest for a chance to win bar tabs and other fun schwag! There will also be a live band, Todd Johnson and the Breaking Blues, to get you into the Halloween spirit. The best part, there is no cover charge! This is one Halloween Party you won’t want to miss!
Frisco’s Haunted House Tonight and tomorrow happening from 6pm to 10pm, sign up for a good scare as you walk through the scariest haunted house around! This attraction is built and operated by local youth through Mountain Mentors, so your scare will go towards a good cause. Tickets are sold at the door and are $5 for students, $7 for adults and $20 for a family four pack.
Stay safe and have a happy Halloween in Summit County!
Just a brief drive through Summit County will give you a pretty good idea of the excitement and anticipation these few days prior to the USA Pro Cycling Challenge. Banners announce the coming events and electronic highway signs warn of impending closures and delays and the front page of the Summit Daily newspaper is dedicated to the event. Not only are these events great ways to celebrate the hard work of others, but they’re also surrounded by festivals full of great beer, live music and fun events! These festivals are just a short drive from Keystone!
Arapahoe Basin On Tuesday, August 18, the Pro Cycling Challenge will bring the cyclists over Rabbit Ears Pass, through Kremmling, over Ute Pass, along Lake Dillon and up to Arapahoe Basin. This greuling second day is sure to bring some excitement to our neck of the woods in Keystone! If you are hoping to combine a day of relaxation and excitement, A-basin may be the place for you on Tuesday! From 9 am to 6 pm, the chairlift is free to mid-mountain with some spectacular vistas and an easy hike (or chairlift) back down to the base area for games and drinks.
Barbeque, pizza and steamed dumplings are just a few of the items that will be offered at the food tents in the Festival Village. The 6th Alley Bar and Grill is also open from 8 am to 10 pm with limited lunch items. At noon, the Stage 2 Finish Festival will begin with a “Kid of the Mountain” bike race for kids 12 and under. Music and live race coverage is provided and vendors will be set up around the base. Starting at 5:30 is a free concert featuring the Freddy Jones Band and Bonnie & the Clydes. There is also a free concert happening tonight at A-Basin, Brother’s Keeper featuring John Popper of Blues Traveler, along with special guests The Samples, from 5:30 – 9 pm.
Parking is extremely limited, so we highly recommend staying in Keystone and then taking the free shuttle from Keystone’s River Run Village parking, where parking is also free. The shuttle will run from 9 am to 2:30 pm, but will stop running temporarily while Highway 6 will be closed due to the race. The shuttle will then resume from 6 pm to 10 pm. Highway 6 to Arapahoe Basin will be closed from approximately 2:30 pm to 6 pm to all traffic, so don’t plan on arriving at Arapahoe Basin during these times.
Breckenridge Breckenridge is both the Stage 4 finish on Thursday and the Time Trial host city on Friday. Activities and events throughout Breckenridge will be sure to entertain for the day! On Thursday, August 20th, Breckenridge will have the Festival Village open from 12 pm to 7 pm in the Tiger Dredge Lot. This Festival will have everything from bike stunt shows, demos, music, food and race coverage! The Entertainment Stage in the Festival Village will have live music from 12 – 2pm and from 5:30 – 7pm featuring the bluegrass band Trout Steak Revival. Around 3:45, racers will begin to finish Stage 4 in Breckenridge on Main Street! More live music and parades on Main street continue until 7 pm.
On Friday, August 21st, Breckenridge will host the Time Trial. The Festival Village will be open from 10 am to 5 pm, with more bike stunt shows, music, food and general entertainment. The massive TV will show live coverage of the Time Trial. Opening ceremonies for both the Men’s Time Trial and the Women’s Inaugural Time Trial will be located on North Main Street and the Time Trial Awards Ceremonies for both will be located later that day on the Riverwalk Center Awards Stage.
Take advantage of all the activities and entertainment and enjoy the Breckenridge International Festival of Arts which will also be taking place throughout this week! And be sure to check out some great lodging here in Keystone to be near all the events! Wrap up your weekend at the Mountain Town Music Festival, happening Friday and Saturday in Keystone featuring a Colorado peach harvest theme, fireworks, art and craft vendors, and live music from acts like David Wax Museum, Delta Rae, Roger Clyne & the Peacemakers, Mosey West and more!
Today is the day we have all been waiting for so eagerly here in the high country. The 2015 FIS World Alpine Ski Championships are finally returning to the United States, and better yet, right in Vail, Colorado for the first time in 16 years!
This event was first held in Murren, Switzerland during February of 1931. In 1950 the Championships traveled outside of Europe for the first time to the beautiful mountain of Aspen, Colorado. Since 1950, The United States have hosted the event 4 times in New York, California, and here in Colorado. When the Championships were last held in 1999 at Vail mountain we generated the largest crowd in US ski racing history.
Between Monday, February 2nd and Sunday, February 14th there will be a ton of great events taking place around Vail, Beaver Creek, and Avon. There will be a variety of skiing events every day that you can watch free of charge. Some events include Men and Women’s Slalom Racing, Downhill Racing, the Korbell Charity Cup, The Nations Team Event, and more. One of the most interesting races will be the Korbell Legends Race. The best skiers in the world, from former Olympians to World Cup Champions, will compete head-to-head to show the world that they still have what it takes. This event will take place on Wednesday, February 11th from 1:30 pm to 4 pm at the Golden Peak Stadium on Vail mountain.
Aside from the historic skiing that will take place over the next two weeks, there will be tons of great activities for both the adults as well as the kids. World famous brewery Sierra Nevada will be hosting a Winter Beer Camp every afternoon for the adults. They will be showing off the official beer of the World Championships, the Start House Ale. The Start House Ale is described as the perfect beverage after good day on the slopes. A beverage that is high in flavor but refreshing at the same time. Along with the official FIS World Championship Ale, Sierra Nevada will be serving a variety of different beers, including the brand new Nooner Pilsner and forthcoming Beer Camp Hoppy Lager.
During the next two exciting weekends there will be an event taking place called “Pete and Earl’s KIds Fun Zone.” This event will take place at the gorgeous Lionshead Village in Vail, Colorado. Each day will host a different theme to engage the children in exciting activities. There will be fun workshops to help educate the whole family on different aspects of the tournament and skiing overall. These events will be sponsored by Blue Creek Productions and Holy Cross Energy to provide a fun and educational environment for both kids and the whole family.
Along with our adult happy hour and kids fun time, there will be a plethora of free concerts in Avon and Vail. Each day will start out with a free concert on the main street mall in Avon from 3 pm – 5 pm. Every afternoon the free concert series will continue in the Vail Village starting at 7 pm. All of these free concerts will be held outside so grab a hot chocolate and dress warm! Some of the acts include the Groovetrotters, Matisyahu, O.A.R., Michael Franti & Spearhead, Hell’s Belles, and Ceelo Green!
So you must be wondering.. How the heck do we get from Keystone to Vail?! If you have a vehicle it is a very easy and extremely gorgeous 45 minute drive along I-70. If you do not have a vehicle or just want to sit back with the family we have multiple options for you.
Summit Express: We work with Summit Express all the time and they are a wonderful source of transportation around Colorado. They have some really great options to get you to and from the events over the next two weeks. A good number to schedule a shuttle with them is (970) 668-6000.
Colorado Mountain Express: CME offers a variety of different private shuttles from a 10 person ford charter van to a 12 person Mercades Sprinter. Feel free to contact them for more information at (970) 754-7433.
Jake’s Mountain Shuttle: This service offers shuttle rides in a Ford van that holds up to 8 people. The cost is $100 per person and $20 dollars for each additional person from there. Jake’s shuttle service gets booked up very quick so call in advance at (970) 401-0988.
Summer isn’t over in Keystone yet! There are lots of great events still coming up in the last few months of the summer including some fun, FREE kids activities, free gondola rides, comedy shows, concerts, sales, painting classes and more! Don’t forget about all of the other fun things to do while you’re here, like Stand Up PaddleBoarding at Keystone Lake, Downhill Mountain Biking, Hiking, Dirt Biking, Golf, and horseback riding. Thinking of staying the night while you are visiting Keystone? You are sure to find a great deal with our summer lodging sales and be able to find that perfect property that suits you and your group best, whether you’re looking for a spectacular view, an outdoor pool for the kids, or even a gourmet kitchen! We have properties throughout Keystone, including Buffalo Lodge,Settler’s Creek, Lakeside Village and Ski Tip Townhomes. Check out one of our favorite summertime properties, Lakeshore 1561 for amazing views of the lake and mountains!
Tuesdays, 8/7 & 8/14 2012 Kids Discovery Days A great place for kids to run around, do some exploring, interact with other kids and have a ton of fun at this FREE event in Keystone! Discovery Days include a bounce house and either 2 face painters or 2 balloon artists, kids crafts, and other activities, along with the main act. August 7 features Music For Kids- an interactive show with children’s singalong songs. On August 14th catch a show from the animals and keepers from the Denver Zoo! Stage performances will be from 11am – 11:45am.
Fridays, 8/10, 8/17, 8/24, 8/31 2012 Friday Afternoon Club There’s no better way to spend your Friday Afternoon! Free gondola rides take you to the top of Dercum Mountain for an afternoon of live music, hiking, yard games, and spectacular views!
Here is the entertainment line-up for the rest of August: August 10- Levi August 17- Chancer’s Hooley August 24- Luv Brothers August 31- Luv Brothers
Friday, 8/10/2012 Kidtopia Kids Theater Presents- The Prince On Friday mornings at the Quaking Aspen Amphitheater, Keystone’s River Run Village hosts the Prince, put on by The Lake Dillon Theatre Company. The Kingdom’s royal princes have all mysteriously gone missing. That is, all except Prince Herbert, often dubbed the most ineligible bachelor in the land. But when the awkward Herbert is given the humorously impossible task of serving as royal king-to-be to all the Kingdom’s princesses, he discovers his true self. Join us for this original family musical full of humor and heart as Prince Herbert and the entire kingdom discover that true nobility comes from deep within. Named “Best Colorado Theatre West of Denver” by the Colorado Theatre Guild and “One of Colorado’s Top Ten Theatres Outside Denver” by the Denver Post, the Lake Dillon Theatre brings you a high-quality, high-energy, high-altitude musical performance you won’t want to miss. Tickets are $5 general admission for parents, children, and all guests and there are two performances at 10:30 & 12pm.
Saturday, 8/11/2012 Kidtopia Kidsfest Bring your family and enjoy some FREE family fun! Come experience a petting zoo, train rides, caricatures, face painters, balloon artists, crafts, mascots Olivia and Oliver, spin art, a kid’s show, bounce houses, DJ and a street entertainer for a day you won’t want to miss! On Saturday, don’t miss Paul Borrillo, performing his trivia game show that is fun and informative, showing at 12 pm, 1;30pm, and 2:30 pm on the main stage in the River Run Events Plaza.
Saturday, 8/11/2012 Comedy Night with Steve ‘Mudflap’ McGrew and Opener Matt Baca Warren Station at Keystone hosts a comedy night that will leave you laughing out loud! Join us in August as Warren Station at Keystone presents award-winning comedian Steve Mudflap McGrew. Enjoy drink specials and more. Stand up may not be suitable for kids. Tickets can be purchased online or at the door- just $12 in advance! Doors and drinks start at 7pm, with Matt Baca starting the laughs at 8pm.
About the Acts: Steve Mudflap McGrew: comedian Steve McGrew’s takes on the lighter side of life. Born in Tulsa, OK, but raised near the Houston area, McGrew began his career at the beginning of the 80’s, working as an editorial cartoonist for the Houston Chronicle during the day and performing standup at night, early on, he shared stages with comedians like Bill Hicks and Sam Kinison at Houston’s Comedy Workshop Club. After about five years, McGrew decided to concentrate on comedy full – time and quickly became a popular attraction around the South. From there he went on to appear on virtually every cable show devoted to standup comedy, including An Evening at the Improv, Caroline’s Comedy Hour, Showtime’s Full Frontal Comedy, and Comedy on the Road, among others. He also showed up on MTV, VH1, and TNN, as a finalist on Star Search, and on the Bob and Tom morning radio show. Additionally, McGrew opened concerts for several rock and country artists, including Dolly Parton, Tanya Tucker, Wynonna Judd, Jerry Lee Lewis, the Doobie Brothers, and The Beach Boys. As he grew more ambitious, McGrew put together a series of one-man shows – including a stage piece based on his experiences as a divorced father – that allowed him to explore different comic territory. McGrew made a string of recordings available on the Laughing Hyena label, and then switched to Uproar for his most widely distributed album to date, 1999’s Too Much Man for Just One Woman and Other Lies. http://www.myspace.com/stevemcgrew. Matt Baca: Matt Baca has established himself as a premiere stand-up comedian in the Denver comedy scene, performing in comedy clubs, corporations, and universities all over the United States. Matt draws from his experiences in education, the business world and travel to provide high-energy and character-driven observations. His comedy ranges from the intellectual to the slapstick, guaranteeing that there will be a topic for everyone to enjoy. www.mattbaca.com. Matt draws from his experiences in education, the business world and travel to provide high-energy and character-driven observations.
Saturday, 8/11/2012 House of Walker Scotch Dinner at Alpenglow Stube Hosted by Robert Sickler, Master of Whiskey for Johnnie Walker and the Classic Malts. This special event had to be canceled this winter due to bad weather, so the Alpenglow Stube team are bringing it back on August 11, 2012. This is a fantastic deal, considering the very rare Johnnie Walker King George V whiskey samplings and the superb menu. Dinner starts at 7pm and costs just $125 per person. The dinner includes multiple whiskey tastings with every course, 6 in all, with a wood-fired Filet of Beef for the main course, and starters like oysters and an arugula goat cheese salad. Some of the dishes even incorporate the whiskeys into the sauces!
Thursday, 8/16/2012 Keystone Enduro Race Series #3 WHAT IS ENDURO? Enduro is a relatively new format which appears to have taken some inspiration from both car rally and motorbike enduro racing. Mountain bike enduro is essentially the competitive side of the mountain biking format often referred to today as “All-Mountain”. Due to this eclectic combination of attributes, enduro racing is increasingly recognized as the truest test of the all-round mountain biker. The Mass Start will take place on at the top of the Peru Chair (pleaser reference a Keystone Trail Map for directions). From there, participants will be required to climb (via bike) up the P-3 Trail. Once they have achieved the climb, a judge will mark the climb completed as the participant moves on to descend the mountain on a course of their choosing. All participants must stay to a maintained Keystone Resort Trail as they descend. The Race finish line is indicated with signage and a chalk line at the base of River Run Face, adjacent to the Summit Express Lift and at the South end of the Pedestrian Bridge. Races start at 6pm and are categorized between Men & Women, with the top 3 from each group be awarded with cash prizes.
Friday, 8/17/2012 Keystone Ascent Race Series #3 The Mass Start will take place on River Run Road, directly North of the Keystone Sports Sprung Tent. From there, a Neutral Start will ride to East Keystone Road continuing on to Jack Straw Road to the Summit of Dercum mountain, continuing to the North East side of the Summit House and wrapping around the North West side of the Summit house. The Race finish line is indicated with signage and a chalk line. WHAT IS ASCENT? An Ascent Race is an uphill race against the clock (also referred to as “the race of truth”). Winning depends only on each rider’s strength and endurance, and not on help provided by team-mates and others riding ahead and creating a slipstream. Starting times are at equal intervals, usually one or two minutes apart. The rider with the fastest time is declared the winner. Race starts at 6pm.
Saturday, 8/18/2012 River Run Rocks! Free Concert River Run Rocks Concert Series featuring Shannon McNally & Hot Sauce. These fun events will get your feet moving while you soak up the gorgeous views of Keystone and enjoy perfect mountain weather. Set right in the River Run Village Plaza, the series features food and drink specials, plus prime seating on the decks of Wolf Rock, 9280’ TapHouse and Luigi’s.
About the band: McNally has toured and done shows with Willie Nelson, Stevie Nicks, John Mellencamp, Charlie Sexton, Son Volt, Ryan Adams, Robert Randolph and the Family Band, Derek Trucks, Rail Road Earth, Rufus Wainwright, Levon Helm and Lou Reed. She has appeared on NPR, The Late Show with David Letterman, Late Night with Conan O’Brien, Mountain Stage and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. Her voice has appeared on recordings by Jim Dickinson, Mac Rebennack, John Hiatt, Rufus Wainwright, Hal Wilner, Wardell Quezergue and Son Volt among others.
Saturday, 8/18/2012 Extasis Tango Quartet A riveting journey into the vast and powerful music of Argentine Tango, featuring a classic “orquesta tipica” in the intimate setting at Warren Station in River Run Village. This Argentine tango ensemble Extasis was founded in Colorado by bandoneonist Evan Orman and violinist Erin Furbee. In 1999, the ensemble received a grant from Tango Colorado, which allowed them to study tango music in Buenos Aires. Their shared interests in popular Argentine music, and especially that of the innovative compositions of Astor Piazzolla, hold considerable influence on their highly energetic, fiery poetic style. The event will have a cash bar and tickets can be purchased at the door; $15 adults, kids under 5 are free. Doors open at 7:30pm.
Saturday, 8/25/2012 Canvas and Cocktails Looking for a way to explore your artistic side but don’t know where to start? Want a fun night out that is new and exciting? Canvas and Cocktails is an upbeat creative class for both the artistic and not so artistic. Come learn the basics of acrylic painting while enjoying the company of friends. Not artistic? A little nervous? Don’t worry- an instructor will guide you through step by step recreating the featured nights painting. It’s easy, fun, and totally stress free. By the end of the night you will be amazed at the artwork you have created- there’s no experience required! Drinks are not included in ticket price but drink specials will be available! Items included with the ticket purchase for the night are the instruction, canvas, brushes and paint. Tickets are $41.99 in advance and $45 at the door, doors open at 6pm.
Friday, 8/31 – 9/2 2012 Merchant Tent Sale It’s time to go shopping! The River Run Tent Sale is here. Don’t miss out on great bargains and prices from Gorsuch, Kidz Cabin, Christy Sports, Keystone Sports, Rock’n R Ranch and Shirt Off my Back. It’s the perfect time to buy your gifts for the entire family…. get your Christmas shopping done early!