Plan your Summit County weekend: Copper Mountain Music Festival |

Plan your Summit County weekend: Copper Mountain Music Festival

Dr. John will play the last show at the Dillon Amphitheatre of the season before the rennovations begin. For the rest of the summer concerts will take place in the town park. Dr. John is a prolific artist who has won six Grammy Awards, has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and has produced over 20 albums. He will take the stage this Saturday evening at 7 p.m. and there is no charge for this event.
Courtesy Dr. John |

It’s been said that Summit County summers are even busier than the winters. With all the festivals, free music and outdoor recreation, it’s no surprise people flock here every weekend. This weekend there are numerous free concerts, fundraisers, a film and festival to choose from.

Copper Mountain Music Fest

Back for its third year, the Copper Mountain Music Fest will feature three days of bluegrass and Americana music from artists all around the country. This year’s lineup includes Del McCoury, Aaron Burdett, Rob Ickes, Trey Hensley, Suzy Bogguss, Travis Lawson and more. Get ready for plenty of toe-tapping and heel stomping outside surrounded by Copper’s beautiful mountainside. See highly acclaimed musicians for free spread across multiple stages, along with music workshops, jam sessions and outdoor activities — the fireworks display has been canceled. There will also be yoga classes, vendors, nature talks and kids activities. The fun starts at 10 a.m. Friday-Sunday. For more information, visit

one last show

The winner of six Grammy Awards and 2011 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, Dr. John will perform the last show of the season at the Dillon Amphitheatre before its renovation this Saturday at 7 p.m. The fireworks planned for after the show have been canceled due to increased fire danger and a fire ban. Dr. John is an American singer-songwriter, voice actor, pianist and guitarist, whose music combines blues, pop, jazz, zydeco and rock. Over the decades, Dr. John has recorded more than 20 albums and is known for his lively performances on stage. This is a free concert. Following this show, the weekend concerts will transition to performances in the Amphitheatre to performances in the town park. For more information, visit

May The Force be with you

Calling all Star Wars fans, the upcoming NRO Pops Concert is for you. This Saturday at 7:30 p.m., the NRO and conductor Carl Topilow will bring the music from the “Star Wars” films to life. Attendees can expect thrilling music from “The Force Awakens” and more over the course of the evening. The tickets to this family-friendly event range from $30 to $45. For more information, visit or

Second Sunday Film Series

The Summit County Interfaith Council presents the Second Sunday film series at Colorado Mountain College in the Finkel Auditorium. The film “Entre Nos,” inspired by a true story, will be shown this Sunday at 7 p.m. The film offers an in-depth perspective on the issue of new immigrants in the U.S. The story follows Mariana, a mother who totes her children to New York from Colombia. Her husband eventually flees the family, leaving the mother and kids to fend for themselves in a new country. There will be a panel discussion with the audience immediately after the film. For more information, contact Terese Keil:

Cocktails for a Cause

At Copper Mountain Resort this Saturday at 6 p.m. there will be a charity event for Adaptive Action Sports, a local nonprofit that creates skateboard, snowboard and other action sport programs for those that are wounded or living with permanent physical disabilities. Sip cocktails and help crown the winner of “Best Cocktail in Summit County.” For more information, visit, or call 970-968-2318.

The Weekend is the arts and entertainment column for the Summit Daily News, focused on fun weekend happenings in Summit County. Email with event information.

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