Aspen Music Festival and School
Since its inception in 1949, the Aspen Music Festival and School has made our town a magnet for the world's best classically trained musicians and performers. Each summer season brings some 300 individual classical music events, as well as an influx of students from ages 10 to 35, who perform throughout the town on summer evenings.
Jazz Aspen Snowmass
What started as a three-day festival in 1991 has blossomed into a year-round cultural event centered on jazz performances as well as music education.
Pitkin County Library
More than just a library, this local's favorite is a great space to explore your creativity. All ages enjoy The Lab, a "makerspace" focused on such disciplines as robotics, 3D printing, digital art and good ol' tinkering.
Featuring the best of Broadway and beyond, Theatre Aspen is a Rocky Mountain summer tradition. Presenting professional summer repertory musicals and plays at the Hurst Theatre in Rio Grande Park.
Aspen Santa Fe Ballet
One of the most acclaimed and pioneering dance companies in the American West brings performances to Aspen throughout the year. Ballet, folklórico, flamenco and more are just some of the disciplines celebrated on stage and in the classroom at this esteemed institution.
Aspen Historical Society
Much of Aspen's remarkable history is preserved thanks to the Aspen Historical Society. Pay a visit to the Wheeler / Stallard Museum in downtown, explore the Ranching Museum, or head out of town and tour an intriguing duo of ghost towns — Ashcroft and Independence.
Belly Up Aspen
It's safe to say that Belly Up Aspen is an icon in the live-music industry. How else can you explain the ridiculous concert lineup this small venue downtown draws each year? From Snoop Dogg to the Flaming Lips, many artists jump at the chance to perform here. This year's schedule alone includes LCD Soundsystem, Talib Kweli, Deadmau5 and Galactic.
Red Brick Center for the Arts
This unique arts center in a repurposed red-brick schoolhouse in downtown Aspen presents arts education and experiential arts programs year-round. Enjoy paint-your-own pottery nights, painting classes, local art shows and more.
Formerly known as the Aspen Writers' Foundation, Aspen Words has become a platform for aspiring writers to hone their craft through special programs, events featuring prominent contemporary authors and poets, and writer-in-residence programs.