Vail Calendar of Events
Editor’s Note: Dates are tentative and subject to change. Always check with the official event websites or call our concierge desk for more information!
Vail is a treasure trove of outdoor adventure, natural beauty, and vibrant culture year-round. No matter what time of year you choose to visit, you’ll find an exciting array of Vail events to attend! Winter, spring, summer, fall. Every season ushers in its own unique set of attractions, events, and festivals that make our little slice of Colorado paradise so unique.
In the Spring: Signature Events
Spring is one of our favorite times of the year. Days start to get longer, the weather a little bit warmer, and snow a little softer. In other words, perfect conditions for spring skiing! Visit Vail in the spring for fun on-mountain events and to celebrate Vail Mountain’s Closing Day in April.
Taste of Vail
“Elevate your palate” at the Taste of Vail. This festival is rated one of the best spring tasting events in the nation! Don’t miss the Mountaintop Picnic.
Vail Mountain Closing Day
Vail Mountain’s Closing Day takes place in mid-April each year and celebrates the end of an awesome winter season!
Vail Whitewater Race Series
Take part in the thrilling Vail Whitewater Race Series. Participants can race via kayak, SUP, or two-person raft. Great spectating, too!
In the Summer: Signature Events
The summertime mountain views will leave you in awe. With wildflowers blooming, trees painting the skyline green, and creeks babbling in the background, the beauty is truly unparalleled. The summer is also a wonderful time of year to attend some of the best events in Vail! You can look forward to everything from farmers’ markets and music festivals to sporting events and foodie affairs!
Ongoing Events in the Summer
Vail Farmers’ Market & Art Show | June – October
The Vail Farmers’ Market & Art Show takes place every Sunday in the summertime. Buy fresh local produce, peruse art and artisan crafts, and take part in the family fun! Check out their Farm to Table Dinner Series events, as well.
Bravo! Vail Music Festival | June – August
Patron of the arts? Then you will love the Bravo! Vail Music Festival. Enjoy performances by world-class orchestras like the New York Philharmonic in a beautiful outdoor setting.
Vail Jazz Party | August – September
The Vail Jazz Party hosts over 50 performances throughout a 10-week timeframe! Get your fill of jazz, blues, swing, salsa, Latin, and more.
Hot Summer Nights Free Concert Series
Select Tuesdays in the summer, attend the Hot Summer Nights Free Concert Series for fabulous live tunes! It’s the place to see and be seen all summer long.
GoPro Mountain Games
GoPro Mountain Games is the country’s most celebrated festival of adventure sport, art and music, and Vail’s official kick off to summer.
Vail Craft Beer Classic
The Vail Craft Beer Classic pairs beer with adventure! Enjoy hundreds of curated craft beers while enjoying the great outdoors of Colorado.
King of the Mountain Open
The King of the Mountain Open is one of the longest-running sporting events in Vail! This volleyball tournament takes place over Father’s Day weekend.
Vail Arts Festival
Support regional artists at the Vail Arts Festival! Each year, dozens of artists showcase their works and share creative insight with guests.
Vail America Days & July 4th Parade
Celebrate the Fourth of July in Vail! Vail America Days and the July Fourth Parade feature patriotic exhibits, activities, and fireworks displays that the whole family will love.
Vail Dance Festival
The Vail Dance Festival is an iconic annual affair featuring world-class performances by national artists, free events for the community, and educational activities.
Kids Adventure Games
Sign your kids up for a weekend they won’t soon forget! Kids Adventure Games allows kids to be kids while taking part in activities like mountain biking, rock climbing, running and more.
In the Fall: Signature Events
Vail’s fall season is a hidden gem. The leaves on the aspen trees glow with a gorgeous golden yellow color that blankets the mountain peaks. Typically sunny and dry, visitors can enjoy stunning blue skies and cooler days hiking, horseback riding, biking and more. Plus, September offers a line up of events that rival the summer season.
Gourmet on Gore
Get a taste of Vail at Gourmet on Gore! Spend Labor Day weekend feasting on some of the best local cuisines and sipping on delicious wines and spirits.
Vail & Lionshead Oktoberfests
Enjoy two full weekends of the Vail and Lionshead Oktoberfest celebrations! If you’re in the mood for beer, music, and Bavarian fun, you won’t want to miss this.
Vail Automotive Classic
Every year, the Vail Automotive Classic draws people from all over the country. At this multi-day event, you’ll see everything from modern racecars to vintage motorcycles.
Another event for automotive enthusiasts, The Colorado Grand is a charity tour that features an impressive lineup of pre-1960 racing and sports car models.
Taste of Vail: Fall Wine & Food Classic
What better way to kick off the harvest season than with a delicious, festive celebration of all things culinary-related! The Taste of Vail’s Fall Wine & Food Classic is a must for foodies.
Annual Vail Film Festival
Celebrate independent filmmakers at the Annual Vail Film Festival! The festival hosts various events such as screenings, panels, workshops, and networking events.
Vail Beaver Creek Restaurant Week
Who doesn’t love visiting a new destination during restaurant week? Vail Beaver Creek Restaurant Week allows you to sample some of the tastiest local bites at discounted prices. Reservations are highly recommended.
Vail Mountain Opening Day
Vail Mountain Opening Day is a day locals and die-hard skiers and snowboarders don’t miss. Kick-off the season by being the first on the slopes!
Revely Vail is a month-long event all about welcoming the winter season and celebrating the Thanksgiving holiday. Enjoy the Magic of Lights spectacular through the beginning of January!
In the Winter: Signature Events
If you love getting out in the snow for an adventure, then Vail, CO, in the winter is the place for you. Vail Mountain is legendary for its ski and snowboard terrian. It’s truly like nothing on earth! While primarily an epic winter playground, Vail also offers a select number of events throughout the season. Celebrate Vail Snow Days, Vail Holidays, or attend the Burton US Open.
Birds of Prey World Cup at Beaver Creek
The Beaver Creek Xfinity Birds of Prey Audi FIS Ski World Cup is a legendary ski race that takes place on the formidable Birds of Prey racecourse of Beaver Creek Mountain.
Vail Snow Days
Vail Snow Days is a four-day festival that brings live music to Ford Park where the whole family can celebrate the winter season together.
There’s no better place to get in the holiday spirit than in Vail, CO. Vail Holidays features events ranging from an Ugly Sweater 5K and the Kris Kringle Market to Outdoor Ice Shows and more.
Vail Legacy Days
Celebrate Vail’s legacy at Vail Legacy Days! This exciting weekend is jam-packed with a lively parade, guest speakers, mountain tours, and more.