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.