From the Marina to the Main Stage: Things to Do in Summit County, Colorado

By Samantha Blair | Tuesday, June 6, 2017

By now you're probably used to the inundation of fitness and outdoor events here in Summit County, but this week we have a few new activities in mind. Any and every Summit County local can speak to the afternoon (and sometimes all-day) thunderstorms that pass through in the summer months. Afternoon showers are a great excuse to put your hiking shoes aside and take time to appreciate all that the cultural and artistic communities have to offer. Film, theater, visual art and music of all types are hitting the stage this week and you won't want to miss them. For those who just can't fathom the thought of sitting still for a couple hours, no worries. There are plenty of running, boating and cycling events for you too. 

Photo: Samantha Blair 

Summer Kickoff at Keystone

Keystone is a summer hot spot with endless events happening throughout each week. Friday, June 9, is the Summer Kickoff at one of the county’s favorite family-friendly resorts. At 10 a.m. the Bike Park and Scenic Lift Rides open for the season, and at 11 a.m. Summer Snow Tubing opens. From 12:30-3 p.m., visit the Kidtopia Head Quarters for free face painting and Craft-er-noon. From 1-7 p.m. enjoy the season’s first Friday Afternoon Club (F.A.C.) at the Summit House. Accessible via the River Run Gondola (free to foot passengers on Fridays from 1 p.m. to close), the Summit House will host live music, drinks, food specials, corn hole, ladder ball, bocce, horseshoes and more. Local Folk is the featured band this week. F.A.C will be held every Friday afternoon through September 1.

Photo:Keystone Resort Facebook

Farmers Market

We always support buying and eating locally here in Summit County. It will be even easier now with the Dillon Farmers Market starting up on Friday, June 9, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Dillon Town Park. Enjoy Colorado-grown, farm-fresh food as well as artisan goods, family entertainment and live music on Fridays through mid-September. This week’s live music will be performed by Todd Johnson.

Photo: Dillon Farmers Market Facebook


On the Stage 

In need of some culture? The Producers will be performed at Breckenridge Theater from Friday, June 9 to Aug. 6. The Producers is a musical by Mel Brooks that makes fun of Broadway traditions. As the winner of 12 Tony Awards, the Producers is known as an “equal opportunity offender” and is sure to be entertaining. Click here for dates, times and tickets.

National Repertory Orchestra Cajun Crawfish Boil 

It’s National Repertory Orchestra (NRO) season, meaning two things: music and crawfish. Yes, crawfish. On Friday, June 9, the NRO is hosting a Cajun Crawfish Boil at the Riverwalk Center from 6:30—9:30 p.m. The third annual event will benefit the NRO while filling your tummy with good food and your ears with wonderful tunes. A $40 ticket includes crawfish, sides and beignets by the Lost Cajun, beer by Broken Compass Brewery and Breckenridge Brewery and drinks by the Breckenridge Distillery. Olive Fusion will also be doing tastings. Music will be performed by Tony Trajan and BlueKrewe. $55 VIP tickets will allow guests early access.

On Saturday, June 10, Conductor Carl Topulow’s 40th anniversary season will kick off at 7:30 a.m. at the Riverwalk Center. Pianist, and Colorado native, Christopher Taylor will perform Gershwin. The NRO season will run from June 10 to July 28. Student and youth discounted tickets are available.

Photo: Everything Summit

Lake Dillon Brew Fest and Concert

The first of many beer festivals in Summit County is here. The Lake Dillon Brew Fest and Concert will take place Saturday, June 10, from 1-9 p.m. at Dillon Marina Park. The $35 ticket will allow you to sample beer from more than 25 Colorado breweries. The Colorado Brewers Guild Brew Tasting will take place from 1-5 p.m. Live tunes with Tiffany Christopher and the Randy Hansen Experience will kick off at 5 p.m. A portion of the event’s profits will benefit the Colorado Brewers Guild.

Photo: Everything Summit


Saturday, June 10, is BLAM (beer, local art and music) at Warren Station at Keystone’s River Run Village. Eighteen different local artists were selected to display and sell their artwork and discuss their artistic processes with guests. The art show will take place from 5:30-9 p.m. From 6-10:30 p.m., Glenda Luck, Zuma Road and DJ Rude Boi will be playing live music. Food will be available for purchase from Sauce on the Blue, inxpot and Summit County’s first Thai ice cream vendor, Stir-Pan Creamery. There will also be drink specials from New Belgian Brewery at the Warren Station Bar. Proceeds from BLAM will benefit Defenders of Wildlife. General admission tickets cost $5.

Dirty Girl Mud Run

The world’s largest women’s only mud run, Dirty Girl Mud Run will be held at Copper on Saturday, June 10. The 5K is made up of 14 obstacles and lots and lots of mud. All ages and abilities are welcome. A portion of registration fees goes to breast and ovarian cancer awareness.

Photo: Dirty Girl Mud Run Facebook

National Marina Day

Saturday, June 10, is National Marina Day. The Frisco Bay Marina is hosting a boat swap from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and providing  20-minute canoe, kayak and standup paddleboard demos from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Buy, sell, trade and barter for kayaks, rafts, sailboats and more. Frisco Rowing Center will serve free breakfast and offer Intro to Rowing sessions from 8 to 10 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

Photo: Frisco Bay Marina Facebook


Let’s Go Boating

Want to tour Lake Dillon without having to lift a finger? Saturday, June 10, and Sunday, June 11, catch a 45-minute cruise on a captained sail or pontoon boat from the Dillon Marina. Register in person the mornings of the events. Pontoon tours start at 10 a.m., and the sailboat tours start at 11 a.m. Adult tickets cost $20 and kids tickets cost $10. All of the proceeds benefit the League for Animals & People of the Summit.

Photo: Dillon Marina Facebook

Keystone's International Restaurant Week

Keystone is getting in the worldly spirit with an international-themed Restaurant Week from June 10-19. More than two dozen restaurants are offering culinary deals and specials on wine pairings and international dishes for lunch and dinner.

Photo: Zuma Roadhouse Facebook


Keystone Cleanup Day

Tuesday, June 13, is Keystone’s Annual Mountain and Highway Cleanup Day. Registration begins at 8 a.m. at the Keystone River Run parking lot. Make sure to bring ample water, sun protection, work gloves and closed-toe shoes. From 12:30-2 p.m. there will be a free lunch at the Keystone Mountain House. The Friends of the Dillon Ranger District are partnering with the Keystone Cleanup Day. Volunteers should sign-up and fill out the online waiver ahead of time.

Summit Film Society

On the second Tuesday of every month, Breck Film Fest is hosting Summit Film Society at Backstage Theatre. Each film captures the human condition through independent cinematic experiences. This week’s film, Sing Street, is acclaimed writer/director John Carney's newest film. Sing Street is the story of a 14-year-old boy in 1980s Dublin who starts a band to win the affections of a girl. The film will begin at 7:30 p.m. Tickets costs $10.

Photo: Summit Film Society

Cycle Silverthorne Month

Another week, another handful of events to keep those wheels spinning. On Wednesday, June 7, head to Bakers’ Brewery from 5-7 p.m. for a Bike Maintenance Workshop with KSMT Radio. The brewery is offering a $5 hot dog and beer special. Wilderness Sports will have a bike mechanic on site to diagnose any issues and put air in tires. The night will be filled with give-a-ways, and guests can check off a location on their Bike to a Business Bingo Card! No pre-registration is necessary for this event.

Brush off the Monday blues and meet on Tuesday, June 13, at Silverthorne Recreation Center with your bike, helmet and water for a lunchtime ride on the Blue River Trail.

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.