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.
For more information about the best things to do in Vail, CO, be sure to request a free copy of our Vacation Guide! Inside, you’ll find some authentic local insight.
In the Spring: Signature Events
Spring is one of our favorite times of the year. It’s a period of transformation where you can witness the sun melting the snow and the flowers and songbirds emerging from a restful winter. When you visit Vail in the spring, you will be able to attend the last of the winter sporting events of the season before the snow melts. You will also have the opportunity to attend Vail Mountain’s Closing Day in April.
Burton US Open
Burton US Open Snowboarding Championships is a week-long competition that brings the best professional snowboarders to Vail every year.
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!
Spring Back to Vail
Witness spring returning to Vail and celebrate the end of the winter season at Spring Back to Vail! This four-day festival features free live music performances, block parties, and more.
Powabunga Music Festival
Attend the Powabunga Music Festival at Ford Park for an epic weekend full of music, fun, dancing, and laughter.
Vail Mountain Closing Day
Vail Mountain’s Closing Day takes place in mid-April each year.
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 homemade crafts, and take part in the family fun! Check out their Farm to Table Dinner Series events, as well.
Vail Family Fun Fest | Select Saturdays in July & August
Vail Family Fun Fest is a free, family-friendly affair that you and the kids will love. Check out different stations where you can learn about birds of prey, do crafts, enter crazy contests, and more!
Bravo! Vail Music Festival | June – July
Do you consider yourself a patron of the arts? Then you will love the Bravo! Vail Music Festival. Enjoy live chamber and orchestral performances in a beautiful setting.
Vail Jazz Festival | July – September
The Vail Jazz Festival hosts over 50 performances throughout a 10-week timeframe! Get your fill of all things jazz, blues, swing, salsa, Latin, and more.
Hot Summer Nights Free Concert Series
Select Tuesdays in the summer, you can attend the Hot Summer Nights Free Concert Series for fabulous live tunes!
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 Lacrosse Shootout
Watch an exciting lacrosse game at the Vail Lacrosse Shootout, which takes place at the end of June.
Vail Arts Festival
Witness the creative process firsthand and support regional artists at the Vail Arts Festival! Each year, dozens of artists showcase their works and share 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 Summer Bluegrass Series
Set in the scenic Solaris Plaza, the Vail Summer Bluegrass Series offers you a chance to listen to fantastic live music with a beautiful outdoor backdrop.
Vail Dance Festival
The Vail Dance Festival is a lively 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.
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 a new 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.
Vail Outlier Offroad Festival
The Vail Outlier Offroad Festival is Colorado’s premier cycling event full of expositions, enduro racing, and gravel adventures.
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.
In the Fall: Signature Events
Fall in Vail is a sight to behold. The leaves on the aspen trees light up in a gorgeous golden yellow color that brightens the horizon. Additionally, you’ll find that all the mountain snow run-off that happens in the spring and summer makes for incredible whitewater rafting. During your visit, attend highly anticipated events such as Vail Beaver Creek Restaurant Week in October and Vail Mountain Opening Day in November!
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.
Vail Mountain Opening Day
Vail Mountain Opening Day is a day not to be missed. Kick-off the season by being the first on the slopes!
Revely Vail is a week-long event all about welcoming the winter season and celebrating the Thanksgiving holiday.
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. Spend time around like-minded people and enjoy the rush of cruising down the mountain on skis or a snowboard. There’s truly nothing like it! In addition to being an epic winter playground, Vail is also home to an exciting array of signature winter events! Celebrate Vail Holidays, attend the Burton US Open, or take part in a local film festival.
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.
Where to Stay
Now that you know all about the best annual events in Vail, it’s time to start thinking about where you would like to stay. Make the most of your Colorado getaway when you stay with us at Lodge at Lionshead. Choose between an impressive selection of beautiful condos and studios and enjoy gorgeous accommodations, top-tier amenities, and world-class service.