As the sun sets behind the Tenmile and Gore mountain ranges, Summit County, CO, nightlife rules. Half a dozen breweries are seeded throughout the county, and checking out all the special brews as part of a guided tour means no one plays the role of designated driver. Historic and ghost tours also ghoul up the night at Valley Brook Cemetery in Breckenridge as well as other haunts throughout the county. Dancing and rowdy live music (or quiet jazz) can be found at plenty of clubs and bars whose welcoming social environment is far more low key than the exclusive upscale nature of the after dark scene in mountain resorts like Aspen. The dress code is casual as locals and guests mingle at distillery tastings, arts demonstrations and the regular Friday and Saturday night concert series held at the Dillon Amphitheatre. Festivals and events after dark also bring energy to Summit County nightlife. Each January, a blazing bonfire celebrates Ullr, the snow god, while illuminated ice sculpture competitions developed by the hands of international carvers take on hues from colored light displays. In a county filled with outdoor enthusiasts, local adventurers and guests from organizations like National Geographic share their travel stories and images on a regular basis.
Summit County, CO, Nightlife Performances
Summit County’s charms go well beyond the great outdoors. As a gorgeous stand-alone destination and with its proximity to Denver, nationally known performers bring their talents to Summit County, CO, nightlife. In just the last year or so, the Riverwalk Center in Breckenridge has hosted musical groups like The Indigo Girls, Los Lobos and Wynonna Judd along with comedians such as Lewis Black, Kevin Smith and interactive lectures with Ira Glass, author David Sedaris and raconteur Garrison Keillor. Check this site often to see who’s coming to the county and how you can participate.