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Vail, CO Arts & Culture Scene

Summer is Vail is designed to cater to every interest, genre and palate…teeming with mountain experiences that give guests even more reasons to visit, stay and do more. Complement your day of hiking, rafting or biking in Vail with the Vail Farmer’s Market & Art Show, or take time to view the diverse collection of sculptures and art pieces the Art in Public Places program has peppered throughout the town.  From Ford Park and Bighorn Park to Donovan Park and the Donovan Pavilion, guests will marvel at the ensemble of wood, steel and iron art pieces that adorn Vail.

Farmer’s Market & Art Show
The Farmers’ Market & Art Show provides another opportunity to shop a medley of artistic treasures and edible art showcasing fresh, local and organic fruits, vegetables, meats and treats.   You can find everything from beautiful clothing and jewelry to handmade home items.  The Farmers’ Market & Art Show is held on Sundays from June 15-October 5, 2014 from 10am-3pm.  

Colorado Ski & Snowboard Museum Hall of Fame and Historic Vail Village Walking Tour
Join in a guided Tour of the Colorado Ski & Snowboard Museum's 6 Galleries at 1pm on Fridays that present the history and heritage of skiing in Colorado.  Following the Museum tour is the Historic Vail Village Walking Tour. This free walking tour of Vail's public art collection meets at the Vail Village Visitor Information Center on the top level of the parking structure at 2PM on Fridays. The tour then winds its way through the Village with discussions of master planning and the importance of site specific commissioned art in creating the charm of the village.  Learn the history of Vail Village's past and present landmarks and stories about its first generation of residents.  $5 per person suggested donation. 

Vail Nature Center and the Walking Mountains Science Center
A farmhouse perched between an alpine meadow and the forested bank of Gore Creek houses the Vail Nature Center. This seven-acre facility in the heart of Vail is a tranquil gem whose knowledgeable staff hosts informative bird, wildflower and beaver pond tours and backcountry hikes. Camp Eco Fun is heaven for children. Classes covering special topics such as nature art, photography and fly fishing are available. They even offer stargazing after dark or an opportunity to meet Colorado's amazing raptors. The Nature Center is open seven days per week Memorial Day weekend through the end of September.  Donations are accepted.   The Walking Mountains Science Center is on a five-acre site which boasts access to Buck Creek, wetland areas, a spring-fed pond, aspen forests and National Forest and was donated by the Tang family in 2007 to provide Vail with a place for learning and discovery. The exhibit hall is open daily from 9am-5pm.  The Walking Mountains Science Center proudly partners with the Vail Recreation District to provide world-class programming at the Vail Nature Center.

Betty Ford Alpine Gardens
Explore and enjoy stunning mountain gardens situated high in the Rocky Mountains at the Betty Ford Alpine Gardens. In the shadow of Colorado's Gore Range, the assortment of perennial beds, rock gardens, waterfalls and high-elevation plants are dramatically displayed and a tourist favorite. 

Make your next vacation a Vail vacation with a stay at Vail Cascade and a visit to one of the many arts & cultural venues Vail, Colorado has to offer.


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Experience Vail's Music & Dance Scene This Summer

More than just an outdoor lover’s paradise, Vail packs an impressive lineup of music into its modest 4.5 square miles.

Overlooking Colorado’s majestic Gore Range, the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater is a spectacular outdoor event venue in Vail that brings nature and on-stage talent together for an incredible experience in Vail. The Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater is the venue of choice to enjoy musical notes and inspiring moves at altitude. 

Hot Summer Nights Concerts | June 17-August 26
Tuesday nights from June through August heat up the town with FREE Bud Light Hot Summer Nights Concert Series. This annual free summer Vail concert series is hosted at the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater Tuesday evenings throughout the summer months.  New this year - Hot Summer Happy Hour! Come to the amphitheater early and enjoy food and drink specials from 5:30-6:30pm! Music starts at 6:30pm. Shows range from rock to country to bluegrass to funk and beyond.  Check out the concert schedule.

Bravo! Vail | June 27-August 2, 2014
Bravo! Vail is the only festival in North America to host three of the world’s finest orchestras in a single season.  The Dallas Symphony Orchestra, The Philadelphia Orchestra, and the New York Philharmonic take up residence in Vail, featured in programs of the great classics, plus jazz and pops. In addition, world renowned chamber music artists perform a diverse and eclectic chamber music series.  Be sure to see the complete schedule of Bravo! Vail concerts.

International Dance Festival |July 27-August 9, 2014
Celebrating its 26th season the Vail International Dance Festival, led by Artistic Director Damian Woetzel, is a celebration of dance held July 27 – August 9, 2014 in Vail, Colorado, features many forms of dance, and boasts an international reputation and dedicated following.  The year the Festival will host 9 performances at the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater, 2 performances at the Vilar Performing Arts Center, a series of master classes and free interactive events in the streets of Vail at Solaris Plaza and Arrabelle Square.  Learn more about the International Dance Festival in Vail.

Vail Jazz Festival | June 22-September 1, 2014
The 20th Anniversary Vail Jazz Festival is a 12-week program of jazz concerts consisting of five distinctive performance series.  This summer join Vail Jazz in a celebration of America's musical gift to the world – Jazz!  See the entire schedule for the Vail Jazz Festival.

Make a Vail getaway weekend with music or dance and a stay at Vail Cascade!

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Atwater Beer Buzz July 14

Greetings from the land of wildflowers!

I'm guessing that we have the crazy weather this year to thank for the glorious array of wildflowers that are blooming all over Vail Mountain. It's absolutely amazing, and I understand that there is another wave of flowers about to bloom right in the middle of all of it. You need to come see it!

And while you're here...come join us for our Brewmaster's Weekend on Friday and Saturday, July 18 & 19! Eric Wallace, co-Founder and President of Left Hand Brewing Co. in Longmont, Colorado will be our featured guest and host for our weekend events.

Wind up your week on Friday with an open tasting in Fireside Bar at our Meet the Brewmaster event. Free and open to any and all guests, locals, and other interested folks from 4-7pm, you can sample Left Hand products and visit with Eric Wallace about all things craft beer at your leisure.

Our weekend special is a Left Hand Milk Stout Nitro promotion, and the first 24 people to purchase a Milk Stout Nitro in Fireside Bar will receive a complimentary Left Hand stout glass, especially created for the style by Spiegelau Glass in conjunction with Left Hand and Rogue Ales. This glass has an amazing (read: unbelievable) effect on the aromatics of the craft beer, and absolutely enhances your quaffing pleasure.

Save your seat for the Small Plates & Craft Beer Pairing in Atwater on Gore Creek on Saturday evening at 6:00pm. The Atwater culinary team will co-host this event with Eric Wallace, and both will guide you through five courses of craft beer and food pairings. The pairings were created for each beer individually, and these events are always a culinary dream. The cost is $35++/person, and you can reserve your seats by calling 970-479-7014 or email Laura. If you need a last minute reservation, please call instead of emailing.

The menu for the Small Plates & Craft Beer Pairing is as follows:

Left Hand Stranger Pale Ale
Halibut Carpaccio
Intensity mix, banana lavender vinaigrette

Left Hand Sawtooth Ale
“Sunny Side Up” BLT Benedict
neuski bacon, toasted pan de mie, tomato, avocado
whole grain mustard hollandaise  

Left Hand Good Juju
Summer Roll & Watermelon Gazpacho
cabbage, carrot, cucumber, jicama, mint green curry  

Left Hand Black Jack Porter
Red Alaea Salt Crusted 7X Colorado Beef
cocoa dusted blue cheese sphere, arugula, mache, raspberry variation  

Left Hand Milk Stout Nitro
Mexican Spice Cake with Dulce de Leche Ice Cream  

We're looking forward to an amazing weekend of craft beer and creative cuisine, so please join us! Oh - and we scheduled our craft beer activities so you have plenty of opportunity to check out the wild wildflowers.

See you soon!

Laura Lodge
Customized Craft Beer Programs, LLC
970-977-0100 (cell)  

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Aria Yoga Studio July News

Practice Meditation

“The space between my thoughts is as narrow as a mouse whisker and as tiny as a pinhole. Or there is no space at all – mind hijacked by overlapping monkey banter whooping in my ear. In yoga, that same space opens as wide as the ocean and as silent as the deepest sea”. - Julie Rapport

Featured New Teacher: Bronson Killpack Tells His Inspirational Story

"Well hey there all you beautiful Yogis. Bronson William Killpack here! I am so very excited to be here at Aria's Yoga Studio at the Vail Cascade. I cannot describe fully what this opportunity to teach yoga means to me but do believe I can show you through the passion and love that I will bring to each and every class I lead.

My formal introduction to yoga started in December of 2011, just five months after a very serious head injury from a skateboard accident nearly took my life. I was air lifted to Denver Health on a helicopter. I can’t begin to tell you how well they took care of me. I went through five major brain surgeries over 2-½ years. The first two were within 24 hours of the accident.  I spent the first few weeks after the accident in an induced coma. This was needed to allow by body time to stabilize and begin healing. 

I remember coming out of the coma. There was this light, not the light of the hospital room but a deeper light of understanding, of direction, of comfort, of knowing. It would take time but I knew it would all be ok! Sometimes, it’s the bumps in life that help one refocus on what is important. One of the outcomes of the accident was that I connected with yoga. It’s really more than that…it was a coming together of many experiences of my life.  Living in northern Utah I learned to snowboard at an early age, learned to love the mountains and being outdoors.  It was also having a mom with the connection to the vibration that really drives the world; the universe. It was moving to Delaware as a teenager that reinforced I belonged in the mountains. All these things came together in a way that led me to know that yoga was for me.

That light I saw coming out of the coma is still with me today. I can’t imagine being in any other place, doing any other thing than connecting with you through yoga. You are vibrant beings. I love practicing with you at my side, practicing next to me...just down dogging it. I love you all."


Bronson Killpack  

FAYC (Friday Afternoon Yoga Club)

FAYC (Friday Afternoon Yoga Club) The Friday Afternoon Yoga Club is back at 5:30pm every Friday. Enjoy a specially-themed one hour yoga class taught by one of our experienced instructors at the Aria Yoga Studio. Join us directly after for “Apres” and receive a free cocktail and 20% off small plates at Atwater on Gore Creek. Non-members are also welcome so being a friend for just $20.

New this year… the student who attends the most FAYC yoga classes will win a one month free membership to the Aria Athletic Club. So get into the studio, on to your mat and do something good for yourself!

July FAYC Schedule

  • July 11th: Happy Healthy Twisting with Jan
  • July 18th: Fluid Backbends with Tracy
  • July 25th Embodying the Warrior with Elena

July Schedule Changes

  • Friday 8am class had been extended to 75 minutes
  • Sunday 8:45am class will be held in the studio and run from 9-10:15am

July Substitute List

  • Sunday, July 13th 9-10:15am: Trinity
  • Friday, July 18th 8am: Geordy
  • Wednesday, July 23rd noon: Nicola
  • Saturday, July 26th 9-10:15am: Lindsea
  • Sunday July 27th 9-10:15am: Trinity
  • Sunday, July 27th 5-6:30pm: Lindsea

Hope to see you soon!

Libby Maio
Aria Yoga Supervisor

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Put Your Fitness to the Challenge with the Warrior Dash Benefiting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

Want to get in shape and train for one of the most mind and body-challenging courses in the U.S.? Vail Cascade, a Vail mountain resort, invites you to be a true WARRIOR and join our team for a weekend of strength, stamina and FUN at the WARRIOR DASH.

About Warrior Dash
Seeing the need for a fun, challenging way to stay healthy and get fit, Red Frog Events (an event company based in Chicago, IL) unleashed Warrior Dash in 2009 and has been a forerunner of the event production industry ever since. The first Warrior Dash was held in Joliet, IL and has come a long way in the past four years!  Over a million Warriors have stormed The Battleground and raised $7.5 million and counting for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. More than 150 Warrior Dashes have taken place on the most rugged terrain across six countries and four continents. That’s a ton of mud, sweat and beer. Learn more.

Colorado Warrior Dash
The 2014 Warrior Dash is held in Copper Mountain, Colorado (a 20-minute drive from Vail) on Saturday, August 16.  It’s a 3.1 mile, 11 obstacle event; warriors not only tackle obstacles along the course, they also run to make a difference. Warrior Dash partners with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.  The St. Jude Warriors program encourages Warrior Dash racers to fundraise for St. Jude. To compete in Warrior Dash, participants must be at least 14 years of age. Participants under 18 years of age on race day must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at packet pick-up to sign a waiver and release.  We need YOU on our team!  

Turn Your Warrior Dash Into a Weekend Getaway
You're going to need a little rest and relaxation before and after the Warrior Dash.  Vail Cascade Resort offers great Vail lodging deals and a wide variety of summer activities.

Train with Us!
Get in warrior shape. Get stronger. We're offering a training program at Vail's largest training fitness facility, Aria Athletic Club located at Vail Cascade Resort. The Warrior Dash events not only challenge participants physically, but mentally as well so pre-conditioning is essential and Aria Athletic Club personal trainers have designed a training program that focuses on progressive agility concepts, strength endurance and power drills.  It's going to be a memorable weekend and we hope you consider joining us!  The Warrior Dash training program at Aria Athletic Club will offer Tuesday training sessions at 6pm during July and August.  Sign-up is requested.    

Learn more about Aria Athletic Club's Warrior Dash training or to sign up at Aria Athletic Club, call 970.476.7400 or visit

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The Betty Ford Alpine Gardens in Vail, CO

The Betty Ford Alpine Gardens located at the foot of Vail Mountain, feature an array of stunning alpine rock gardens, a kaleidoscope of flowers, ponds, waterfalls, and beautiful high elevation plants, all laid out in dramatic fashion…sure to please locals and visitors alike!   At 8,250 feet above sea level, the Betty Ford Alpine Gardens in Vail, Colorado are the highest and one of the  most visited botanical gardens in North America, providing free access to over 100,000 visitors annually.

"Developing a unique living collection of alpine plants in dramatic gardens to support education, research, and further the conservation of the world's alpine plants."

If you’re looking for a relaxing way to spend a summer morning or afternoon in Vail, stroll through the assortment of perennials or sit on one of the many benches scattered throughout the gardens and let your senses take you on a journey of spectacular colors, floral scents and astonishing views and sounds of nature at its best. Stone steps lead you from a wooden bridge with handrails made from branches, to ponds and waterfalls, cultivating a tranquil respite from your busy, hectic life.  The Gardens can also provide the perfect setting for weddings and private events or tours.

This is definitely something for everyone when visiting Vail for a Colorado family vacation.  The gardens are open year-round daily from dawn to dusk. There are a multitude of activities for kids of all ages to explore and learn; an outdoor classroom, no matter the season. Peak flower season is June – August.  And, while most visitors don’t have a problem with the elevation, we recommend you bring sunscreen, wear a hat and comfortable walking shoes and stay hydrated. Water is available in the gift shop during business hours.

Vail’s premier public gardens also offer a number of community programs, adult programs, youth programs and children's activities and events.

  • Guided Docent Tours
  • Children’s Education Workshops and Treasure Hunts
  • Yoga in the Park
  • Chef in the Garden

For more information, visit

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Brewmaster’s Weekend with Left Hand Brewing, July 18-19 in Vail, CO

If craft beer is your passion, don't miss the chance to indulge in conversation and of course, lots of suds and sustenance at altitude with Left Hand Brewing Company. Brewmasters and beer lovers convene at Vail Cascade Resort, a craft beer destination, for two days of mingling, leaning and sampling.  Give your taste buds a reason to thank you! Left Hand Brewing Company Brewmaster's Weekend

  • Friday, July 18: Meet the Brewmaster + Free Samples
  • Saturday, July 19: Small Plates & Craft Beer Pairings

Friday, July 18: Sample a collection of Left Hand craft beers and meet the head brewmaster and founder Eric Wallace. You’ll enjoy Left Hand craft beer specials all weekend long.

Meet the Brewmaster + Free Samples
Fireside Bar
FREE and open to the public

Saturday, July 19: Enjoy a craft beer-paired event hosted by the head brewer of Left Hand Brewing Co. and the Vail Cascade Culinary team.

  • Small Plates & Craft Beer Pairings
  • 6:00-7:30pm Atwater on Gore Creek
  • $35 per person Reservations Recommended

Menu for Small Plates & Craft Beer Experience (5 courses):

  • Left Hand Stranger Pale Ale, paired with Halibut Carpaccio, intensity mix, banana lavender vinaigrette
  • Left Hand Sawtooth Ale, paired with "Sunny-side up" BLT Benedict, neuski bacon, toasted pan de mei, tomato, avocado, whole grain mustard hollandaise
  • Left Hand Good Juju, paired with Summer Roll and Watermelon Gazpacho, cabbage, carrot, cucumber, jicama, mint green curry
  • Left Hand Black Jack Porter, paired with Red Alaea Salt Crusted 7x Colorado Beef, cocoa dusted blue cheese sphere, arugula, mache, raspberry variation
  • Left Hand Milk Stout Nitro, paired with Mexican Spice Cake with Dulce de Leche Ice Cream

Please call Atwater on Gore Creek at 970-479-7014 for more information on our craft beer events in Vail and for reservations.


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