Gold and BBQ: An Epic Father's Day in Summit County, Colorado

By Samantha Blair | Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Whether you're with family or friends this Father's Day, there are activities for every taste. Indulge in some of the state's best BBQ, learn some new skills like ceramic painting and gold panning and enjoy warm summer nights with fun for all ages. 

Photo: Colorado BBQ Challenge Facebook

Sustainable Action Series

This Wednesday, June 14, join environmental and forest steward Tom Koehler for a Sustainable Action Series lecture at the Red Buffalo Café. From 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., the free talk, Our Land-Our Environment, will address challenges and issues related to the health of our public lands.

Summit Trail Running Series

Wednesday, June 14, marks the beginning of the 16th annual Summit Trail Running Series. With six trail races in and around Breckenridge there is a full summer of mountain exploring ahead. Each race has both a short and long course and is open to runners ages 10 and older. This Wednesday is the Morning Thunder/ Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center Race with a 4k and 7k course to choose from. Registration is $100 for all six races, $5 per race for kids ages 10-17 and $25 for adults ages 18 and older.

Photo: Everything Summit

Breckenridge Town Party

Thursday, June 15, is the Breckenridge Town Party, a traditional summer kick-off, hosted by Breckenridge Creative Arts. Located in the Riverwalk Center and the surrounding lawn, the free party will have Bike Valet and Zero Waste tents. At 4:30 p.m., the Black Canneries will take the stage and headliner, The Drunken Hearts, will go on at 6:45 p.m. Food and beverages will be available for purchase.

Photo: Breckenridge Town Party Facebook

Summertime in Silverthorne's Rainbow Park

This Thursday, June 15,  take advantage of the beautiful weather and gather the family for a summer evening of family fun at Rainbow Park from 5:30-7:30 p.m. The old-fashioned summertime event will have hot dogs, ice cream, games, bounce houses and more.

Slip and slide for the Silverthorne Rec Center’s Youth Scholarship Fund on Friday, June 16. Pay $1 for unlimited rides on the Silverthorne Slide & Slip in Rainbow Park.

Photo: Slide N Slip at Rainbow Park Facebook

Colorado BBQ Challenge

Nothing screams summer like a barbecue. Lucky for us, Colorado’s best BBQ is coming to town for three whole days for the 24th annual Colorado BBQ Challenge. From June 15-17 catch awesome live bands, pig races, kids’ activities, cook offs and more. Guests can sample food and watch demos of more than 70 BBQers. The event starts off at 8 p.m. on Thursday with the BBQ Challenge Kick Off Concert, a tribute to Herbie Hancock featuring members of the Motet. Then on Friday, between sampling, be sure to check out the Breckenridge Distillery Whisky Tour and register to run in the Bacon Burner 6k. Hogback tickets are the official currency of the BBQ and can purchased in advance and picked up at will call.

Photo: Everything Summit

Gold Panning Championships

Appreciate and learn a new craft while admiring the professionals during the Gold Panning Championships from June 16-19 in the Blue River Plaza. Learn how to pan for gold and spectate from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday through Sunday.

Photo: Gold Panning Championships Facebook

Paint with a View

ReadyPaintFire has a new studio with a new view in Keystone. On Saturday, June 17, head to the Grand Opening of the new Keystone Lakeside Studio. Enjoy $5 mug painting, free family mural art and a daily happy hour from 6-9. Happy hour? That’s right. ReadyPaintFire in Keystone has a new bar and café serving teas, coffee, soft drinks, wine, beer mimosas and seasonal specials. Sit outside, paint, enjoy a drink and soak in the views of the lake and the surrounding mountains.

Photo: Ready, Paint, Fire facebook

Father’s Day Celebration

Celebrate Father’s Day with the whole family at Keystone. At 10 a.m. there will be Strider Balance Bike Races followed by the BMX Yellow Design Stunt Team at 11:30. From 12-2 p.m., there will be a DJ, face painting, balloon artists, a photo booth and free mini golf for dads.

Photo: Yellow Designs Stunt Team

Kidz Discovery Days

June 20 is the Kidz Discovery Days kick off at River Run Village. From 12-12:45 p.m., the Denver Zoo will be around to do a presentation and provide entertainment. From 12-2 p.m. there will be arts and crafts, face painting, a photo booth, DJ and games. Admission is free. Kidz Discovery Days will take place most Tuesdays for the rest of the summer. Check out the schedule for a full list of entertainers.

Endless Ski Season

With the closing of A-Basin many are mourning the end of an epic ski season. For those who just can't put the boots and boards away, Copper Mountain has the Big Island Terrain Park open Fridays through Sundays to the public. Spots are limited, so pre-purchase your tickets online or by calling (866) 260-6306. If available, guests can purchase tickets at the Woodward Cage in Center Village. 

Photo: Woodward Copper facebook

These are just a few of the fun events happening around Summit County this week. Please visit our Daytime and Nightlife sections to learn about more. 


About the Author Samantha Blair
Born and raised in Breckenridge, Samantha Blair has returned to live in Summit County as a writer and ski instructor. She has written for publications, companies and organizations from Santiago, Chile, to Rhode Island. When she is not traveling abroad or visiting family on the East Coast, Samantha is enjoying all of the skiing, hiking and adventures in Summit County and around Colorado.