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 — on snowshoes.
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. Winter programming includes some amazing musical talent you don't want to miss.
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.
Every year as the holidays roll around, Aspen's film buffs have their eyes set on the up-coming "award season" as Aspen Film's Academy Screenings take place. Free to voting members if the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Science — and open to the public — this two-week film fest spotlights the year's contenders for the Oscar.
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.
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. Jas Café at The Little Nell is a popular stage for touring modern jazz artists, and the Jas Student Showcase brings the Roaring Fork Valley's most promising young musicians to the fore.
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.
Spring is always a season of transition, and in Colorado, it is defined by mixing one of our favorite winter pastimes (skiing, of course) with one from summer (live music). This new annual music festival at the base of Buttermilk is done in collaboration with the legendary local live music club Belly Up, and will feature three days of outdoor concerts, spring skiing and riding, and package deals.
Local Live Music at Ullr Nights & The Limelight Hotel
Every Friday through the winter season, Snowmass' Elk Camp plays host to a family-friendly event complete with night tubing, the new Breathtaker Alpine Coaster, excellent food, and lots and lots of live music on the mountain. The Limelight Hotel also hosts local music acts in The Lounge every Thursday through Monday night in the winter. Also take a look at art installations at Elk Camp Restaurant as part of Aspen Snowmass's "Art In Unexpected Places" program.
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.