Summit County Is Wrapping Up Summer in Style

By Samantha Blair

Celebrate the waning of summer with some Colorado-themed festivals and events. There's no better way to finish out the season than with delicious local food, music, activities and a solar eclipse. Get ready to soak up everything your favorite mountain towns have to offer in the summer season.

Photo: Breckenridge Ski Resort Facebook

Night at the Museum

This Friday, August 18, at 5 p.m., head to the Log Chapel to hear Colorado archeologist, Curtis Martin, presents Ephemeral Bounty: Wickiups, Trade Goods, and the Final Years of the Autonomous Ute. After, join Martin at the School House Museum for a reception and book signing.

Photo: Everything Summit

Local Brew Fest

On Saturday, August 19, A-Basin is hosting the Local Brew Fest. A $25 tasting mug allows you to try samples of some of Colorado’s favorite craft beer, including Crooked Stave, Great Divide, Upslope, O’Dell and Outer Range. Oakhurst will headline the live music from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Photo: Local Brew Fest Facebook

Mountain Town Music Festival

Mountain Town Music Festival is Colorado's last hurrah. On Saturday, August 19, River Run Village at Keystone will have local food, crafts, hammocks, clothing and art vendors, along with tons of other Colorado-made goods including locals’ best peach recipes. Enjoy live music from Ages & Ages, Mipso, Strange American and headliner Shovels and Rope. There will also be kids’ activities and a fireworks show Saturday night. Check out the full schedule online.

Photo: Keystone Festivals Facebook

Frisco Free Family Fun Fair

Take the whole family to the Frisco Adventure Park for a free afternoon of fun on Saturday, August 19, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Activities will include a massive climbing wall, a bouncy castle, face painting, balloon animals, the Cave of Confusion and more. Kids ages 1 to 5 can participate in the Strider for Life bike race, benefiting Flight for Life Memorial Park. Food and beverages can be purchased from on-site vendors. Registration and schedule details are online.

Peak2Peak

Peak2Peak is carrying on the Grateful Dead tradition with a three-hour, improvisational jam session at the Barkley Ballroom. Hang out with fellow Dead Heads on Saturday, August 19, starting at 9 p.m.

Photo: Peak2Peak Facebook

Colorado Burger Summit

This weekend Copper Mountain is hosting the Colorado Burger Summit on August 19 and 20. Restaurants from around the state come to compete for the title of Best Burger. Guests sample burgers and cast their votes. The winner of the Best Burger will continue on to the nationally televised World Food Championships. There will be live music and drinks for purchase. Visit the website to purchase tickets and see the full weekend schedule.

Photo: Colorado Burger Summit Facebook

Genuine Jazz and Wine

The 32nd annual Genuine Jazz and Wine is here August 18 to 20. Rick Braun, Joey Sommerville, Marcus Anderson, Keiko Matsui and Paul Taylor will play live music. Guests can enjoy food and wine tastings while listening to smooth jazz to have the ultimate relaxing weekend. Tickets are limited, so register online now.

Photo: 32nd Annual Genuine Jazz and Wine Facebook

Solar Eclipse Viewing Party

On Monday, August 21, A-Basin is running the Black Mountain Express so you can watch the eclipse from the mountain top. The lift will be running 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Hike or ride to watch from mid-mountain. The 6th Alley Bar & Grill and the new taco truck will be open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. for lunch.

Photo: Solar Eclipse Viewing Party Facebook

Coming Up: Breckenridge Hogfest

Get ready for Breckenridge Bacon and Bourbon on Saturday, August 26. Enjoy mixology, brown spirits and bacon while jamming out to live music. Tickets are available for the Bacon and Bourbon Pairing Dinner at Sauce on the Maggie at The Village on Friday, August 25, and for the Hogfest tasting on Saturday. Get the star experience with VIP tickets. 

Photo: Breckenridge Hogfest Facebook

These are just a few of the fun events happening around Summit County this week. Visit our Daytime and Nightlife sections to find many more things to do.

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.