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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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