Quintessential Summer Festivals in Aspen

Apr 24, 2015

For decades, Aspen has played host to many renowned festivals, bringing together the world’s top influencers in food and wine, innovation, art, film, music as well as yoga and meditation. The city’s beautiful scenic landscapes have long drawn travelers in for relaxation, adventure, culinary exploration, and the opportunity to connect with likeminded individuals at one of the many cultural events that Aspen has to offer. While festival choices abound during the summer, these are the five that we recommend you don’t miss!

Aspen Food & Wine Classic

Join celebrity chefs, renowned winemakers, and epicurean insiders the culinary world’s most spectacular weekend. The FOOD & WINE Classic in Aspen is America’s premier culinary event. It consists of three incomparable days of cooking demonstrations, wine tastings and panel discussions by world-class chefs and wine experts.

Aspen Ideas Festival

The Aspen Ideas Festival is the nation’s premier, public gathering place for leaders from around the globe and across many disciplines to engage in deep and inquisitive discussion of the ideas and issues that both shape our lives and challenge our times. Some 350 presenters, 200 sessions, and 3,000 attendees comprise the annual Festival, launched in 2005, on the Aspen Institute’s campus in Aspen, Colorado.

Aspen Arts Festival

Aspen Chamber Resort Association is proud to join Howard Alan Events in hosting the 13th Annual Aspen Arts Festival. The Aspen Arts Festival will provide you an exclusive opportunity to experience a broad range of phenomenal creations ranging from life-size sculptures, photography, glass, paintings, ceramics, one-of-a-kind jewelry, and mixed media.

Aspen Music Festival

Founded in 1949, the Aspen Music Festival and School is regarded as one of the top classical music festivals in the United States, noted both for its concert programming and its musical training of mostly young-adult music students. The typical eight-week summer season includes more than 300 classical music events—including concerts by five orchestras, solo and chamber music performances, fully staged opera productions, master classes, lectures, and children’s programming—and brings in 70,000 audience members.

Wanderlust Festival

This festival brings together a remarkable group of yoga and meditation instructors, musical performers, speakers, artists and chefs for a transformational retreat at the Aspen Snowmass resort in Aspen, Colorado. This is an experience that will get into your mind, body and soul.

Looking for more ideas for you next Aspen vacation? View our comprehensive list of Aspen activities.