By Christine Benedetti

Snowmass is known for its hiking and biking during the summer, along with this year’s debut of the Lost Forest adventure center. But, summer nights in the 81615 are equally as fun, especially midweek.

Farm to Table Tuesdays

Heading to 10,000 feet for farm-fresh items may seem counterintuitive, but that’s where some of the best locally sourced food in the valley can be found on Tuesday nights. Starting July 10, Elk Camp Restaurant hosts its popular Farm to Table Tuesdays, with a menu that features meat and produce from Crystal River Meats, Delicious Orchards, Erin’s Acres Farms, The Other Side Ranch, Rock Bottom Ranch and Colorado Pastured Pork. To round out the menu, created by Chef Bradley Murphy, local distilleries and breweries also offer tastings.

The evenings can be fun for all ages. There’s active entertainment for all, from yard games to challenges in the Lost Forest. And for those who prefer to hit chill mode, enjoy live music and drinks from the bar.
Rides to Elk Camp are free on Tuesdays, beginning at 4 p.m. More adventurous diners can also opt to hike or bike up. Farm to Table nights run through Aug. 21, and hours are 4-9 p.m.

Insider Tip

Bonus Bike Nights continue lift-served biking until dusk every Tuesday from June 26 through Aug. 21. Riders can purchase a late-arrival ticket for $31 after 2 p.m. and ride until the sun sets before heading to Elk Camp for a food or drink reward.

Snowmass Rodeo Wednesdays

Happy birthday Snowmass Rodeo!

The venerable Western favorite turns 45 this year, making it the longest-running rodeo in the state. The rodeo, featuring competitions in saddle bronc, bull riding, team roping and barrel racing, runs from 7-9 p.m., but the evening extends far beyond that.

Come early for a barbecue dinner and cocktails, while children can test their skills in the calf scramble and mutton busting. Afterward, stick around for a campfire sing-a-long and marshmallow roast.
Hot Summer Nights in Snowmass
Hot Summer Nights in Snowmass

The rodeo runs every Wednesday through Aug. 22. Adults are $20, kids 11-15 are $15 and children under 11 are free.

Insider Tip

Western wear is encouraged. If you don’t have any, there are on-site vendors who can help up your cowboy or cowgirl attire.

Thursday Night Free Concerts

Hot Summer Nights in Snowmass
Hot Summer Nights in Snowmass

Music, views and good vibes combine for one of the community’s favorite summer pastimes on Thursday nights. That’s when thousands head to Fanny Hill for free concerts. The summer’s eclectic lineup features rock, funk, bluegrass and singer-songwriters from around the country who take the stage with the incredible Brush Creek Valley as a backdrop.
Concert-goers can bring blankets, chairs and picnic paraphernalia to create the proper outdoor festival scene. The venue allows guests to bring their own food but beer and wine must be purchased on site. And while adults enjoy their beverages, kids can romp in the fun zone, which features a bouncy house, face painting, hula hooping and more. Of course, just kicking back to enjoy the show while shaky the booty is encouraged too.

Concerts are every Thursday through Aug. 16 at 6:30 p.m.

Insider tip

Parking is limited so take Roaring Fork Transportation Authority when possible. Free shuttles run from the Snowmass Town Park and Intercept Lot so you can ditch the car, avoid the parking hassle and have a few cold ones guilt-free.

Fridays on the Mall

The Snowmass Village Mall comes alive on Friday nights as retailers and restaurants open their doors to encourage a festive start to the weekend. Peruse goods from stores like The North Face (offering a free coffee mug or water bottle with any purchase after 5 p.m.) or Patagonia, which offers a gift with anything bought over $150. After tiring from shopping, stop into Venga Venga, Slow Groovin’ BBQ or the Ranger Station for food and drink specials.

Listen to the sounds of Aspen Music Festival School students who will play on the mall and top it all off with a sweet s’more at the Westin from 6-8 p.m. While meandering the mall, expect surprises from retailers and wine tastings as well.

Insider tip

The Ranger Station will host bluegrass bands on the first Fridays of July and August for those who want to put a little boogie in their night.

Published June 2018

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