Editor’s picks: Summit County’s best bets for the weekend | SummitDaily.com

Editor’s picks: Summit County’s best bets for the weekend

Arapahoe Basin Ski Area will host the 15th annual Festival of the Brewpubs on Sunday, May 29.
Dave Camara / Arapahoe Basin Ski Area |

Driving through Breckenridge this past Saturday, I was surprised to see people everywhere — walking the streets, hanging out on restaurant patios and driving through town. In the blink of an eye, Summit County is back in action and ready for a summer jam-packed with events.

I have found myself saying multiple times in the last month, “I don’t remember spring lasting this long. Where is the warm weather?” But, as the resorts and towns work to bring folks in earlier and earlier, the off-season continues to shrink, and, all of a sudden, people are hopping the streets before even Memorial Day. I think this is why every year I forget that spring lasts so long because the off-season is over before the snow even stops flying.

With summer ramping up, this holiday weekend offers us a few more options for live music along with a craft beer festival.


Arapahoe Basin Ski Area is hosting its 15th annual Festival of the Brewpubs on Sunday, May 29. This popular craft beer festival will host more than a dozen breweries, a variety of food options and live music with Jakarta. Local breweries including Pug Ryan’s, Breckenridge Brewery and Dillon Dam are participating, as well as Broken Compass, and newcomers to the fest Bakers Brewery, who will be serving small batch brews in the VIP tent. A variety of other Colorado breweries round out the event. This will be the last weekend for the Summit Stage running up to the ski area, so take advantage of the free transportation. Check out Saturday’s paper for more information.


Over in Keystone, the Snake River Saloon will kick off their live music schedule for the summer season on Friday, May 27 with Jessica Jones and the New Band. On Saturday, May 28, local band Zuma Road will take the stage.

A fun jamtronica band from New Orleans will hit Lake Dillon Tavern on Saturday. A longtime New Orleans drummer uses an electronic drum sample pad to blend electronic sounds in with the funky beats of the band, which includes a djembe player and percussionist from Africa, as well as a cello player. The band starts at 9 p.m.

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