Editor’s picks: Summit County’s best bets for the weekend
We are currently in the eye of the storm when it comes to summer festivals.
Once the snow (finally) stopped flying and we could (finally) start wearing flip flops and skirts, it was like an onslaught of beer, music, art, wine, food, holiday — you name it, we’ve celebrated it — festivals hit us like a blizzard. This weekend is actually kind of quiet, a great weekend to go camping, hike amongst the wildflowers or get caught up on house chores. There are plenty of areas around Summit County that are popping off right now with wildflowers, and it’s one of the best points of the season to go check them out. Pick up a copy of the Explore Summit Weekender or Saturday’s edition of the Summit Daily for tips on where to go.
If you are a festival fanatic, don’t worry. Next weekend will be another flood of activity with Breckenridge Food & Wine, Copper Mountain’s Colorado Burger Summit and Keystone’s new River Run Village Art Festival. Indigo Girls will be at the Riverwalk Center July 30, and bluegrass band Infamous Stringdusters hit the same spot on Aug. 4.
The National Repertory Orchestra (NRO) hosts multiple concerts most weeks during the summer. This Saturday, check out a joint concert between the NRO and Breckenridge Music Festival at the Riverwalk Center. Led by conductors Carl Topilow and David Danzmayr, the enormous combined orchestra will perform Maurice Ravel’s “Daphnis et Chloe suites No. 1 and No. 2” as well as works by Jean Sibelius and Alexander Scriabin.
One to note for the calendar, the 10-day Breckenridge International Festival of Arts begins Aug. 12. In its second year, presented by Breckenridge Creative Arts, the festival features circus artists, NPR storytellers, 18-foot dinosaurs and swarms of butterflies and includes Colorado premieres by John Luther Adams, Elizabeth Streb, Close-Act Theatre and more. This festival also brings back its Trail Mix series, which combines art, music, hiking and biking along the trails of Breckenridge through free outdoor concerts and environmental installations.
Following not too long after will be the Breckenridge Film Festival, and between all this is a scattering of theater, art workshops and live music. I’m tired just thinking about the rest of the summer. But that’s why we live here — work hard, play hard. Before we know it, the snow will be flying again.
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