When the last lift stops turning for the winter ski season, the mountain adventure does not end. As the final patches of snow melt, a new type of stoke is in the air – along with warm weather, sunny days, and the wildly green scenery of summer.
Summer events in the mountains are always a special experience, and this year will prove to be even more noteworthy as mountain towns fill up their calendars, and families and friends make up for lost time. Check out your favorite destinations to see what events are offered this season, and make sure to read up on some of our recommendations below.
FOOD, DRINKS, & MUSIC
If you like dancing to bluegrass, drinking beer, or dancing to bluegrass while drinking beer, Sugarbush’s Brew-Grass Festival is a must-do this summer. Featuring local craft beer and cider alongside live music by Mad Mountain Scramblers, this one-day festival held on June 19 will be an experience to remember. Gather your closest friends and family, and head to Vermont for a memorable weekend. Don’t ditch the mask just yet: this intimate and unique festival requires social distancing and mask usage when around others outside of your household.
Deer Valley’s summer concerts run from July to August, and the outstanding music acts performing at this dazzling destination are not to be missed. From Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats to Kool & the Gang with the Utah Symphony, each outdoor concert will be full of dancing, singing, and plenty of award-winning talent. To snag a ticket, visit the Deer Valley events page.
For a laid-back weekend away from Denver, head to Winter Park July 17-18 for their 38th Annual Winter Park Jazz Fest. Set in the Rendezvous Event Center in the middle of town, this two-day jazz fest is the epitome of a perfect summer concert in the mountains: great tunes with gorgeous views, and endless fresh mountain air from your outdoor lawn seat. For a jam-packed day (literally), start your morning off on the right foot with mountain biking at the Trestle Bike Park before heading into town for an afternoon filled with music and fun. Visit again the following weekend for the Winter Park Resort Beer Fest July 24, and satisfy your thirst with unlimited drink samples from 20+ Colorado craft breweries and distilleries while listening to the live tunes of local bands.
Slow down and enjoy the mountain life this summer at Mammoth Wine Weekend, August 20-22. If indulging in exclusive wines isn’t your speed, visit a few weeks earlier for the Mammoth Festival of Beers & Bluesapalooza. Starting August 5 and lasting four days, indulge in beer from the best craft brewers and listen to live music from legendary blues performers.
Back by popular demand, Snowshoe Mountain’s 4848 Festival over Labor Day weekend is the perfect wrap-up to summer. This one-of-a-kind festival features 3-days and 3-nights of 20+ musical acts, performers, craft beer, food, and much more. If you’re looking for a mountain getaway filled with nonstop action and endless itinerary possibilities, this is an event you must experience.
EXTREME ACTION & ADVENTURE
Not for the faint of heart, the Starvation Xtreme Triathlon at Solitude is an extreme show of strength, stamina, and mental toughness. On Saturday, September 11, athletes will gather to swim 2.4 miles, bike 100 miles, and run 26 miles, including a whopping 7,543 feet of vertical incline. The swim and bike ride take place before the athletes arrive at Solitude, and we can’t argue there’s no better place to begin – and most importantly, end – a triathlon than in the high terrain of the Wasatch Mountains.
For a different scene of action and adventure, Mammoth Motocross is a fast-moving spectacle that will keep the adrenaline going for hours on end for riders and spectators alike. With seven days of competition spread throughout the last week and a half of June, this is one sporting event that is guaranteed to excite those in the crowd almost as much as those on the dirt.
Wrap up an adventurous summer in the Green Mountains at Stratton’s 2021 OCR World Championships. Five different races take place over the course of three days this September, drawing more than 5,000 athletes to compete in events like the 3K, 15K, 100-meter sprint, or team relay. If obstacle courses aren’t your thing, golf, yoga, hiking, paddle-boarding, and kayaking are also available for all to enjoy.
Families reuniting for Independence Day have a lot to celebrate this year. At Snowshoe Mountain, the Independence Day celebrations are lasting all weekend long. Saturday, July 3, ‘round the kids and grandparents for evening mountaintop fireworks. On Sunday, July 4, the Summer FamJam will reconnect your family as members of all ages compete in contests together. Learn more about the fireworks and Independence Day weekend at Snowshoe here.
Celebrate National Forest Week in the Cascades July 16 through July 18 at Mountain Campout 2021. This three-day event at Crystal Mountain combines all of our favorite family-friendly summer activities: camping, hiking, horseback riding, scavenger hunting, and more. With a variety of campsites available for tents all the way to RVs, make sure to book your ticket and plan ahead so you and your family have maximum time to enjoy all that the mountains have to offer.
Crystal Mountain’s Mtn Pride 2021 is an event where everyone is invited to celebrate a destination where LGBTQIA+ persons can come to adventure together. This one-day event on June 26 includes a fashion show (theme is “MTN GLAM”), virtual scavenger hunt and prizes, music and games, gondola rides and hiking, and a wine garden for those old enough to enjoy. Face coverings are mandatory and walk-up sales are prohibited, so plan in advance to make sure you are well equipped for this mega celebration in the Pacific Northwest.
No event, no problem. Book a getaway at a destination near you and enjoy a weekend in the fresh, crisp air with your family, friends, and loved ones. Dine, hike, and enjoy all that summer in the mountains has to offer with your Ikon Pass.
Please be aware that COVID-19 policies may still be in place at most mountain destinations this summer. Be sure to visit the resort websites ahead of time to familiarize yourself with local procedures and restrictions.