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Updated: Feb. 13, 2017

It’s no secret that Breckenridge knows how to party. The summer brings big events, each celebrating a Breckenridge best-of. Join us to celebrate history, bikes, beer and more. Read on for tips and local favorites at these top summer (June through August) events. The fun continues as the seasons change, so don’t miss fall festival season and top winter events.

"Micro" is one of many installations and exhibits that will be featured during WAVE. Photo courtesy Breckenridge Creative Arts

“Micro” is one of many installations and exhibits that will be featured during WAVE. Photo courtesy Breckenridge Creative Arts

WAVE: Light + Water + Sound returns June 1-4, 2017

Breckenridge Creative Arts brings back this four-day event featuring interactive art, temporary installations and musical performances around the Blue River Plaza. Exhibitions range from serious to whimsical, and all center on the themes of light, water and sound.

Family tip: In early June, the sun doesn’t set until practically 8:30 p.m. Plan ahead for a later night, because this one is totally kid-friendly.

More info: http://www.breckcreate.org/

Breck Bike Week highlights top trails and bike rides June 23-25, 2017

The town’s signature summer cycling event rolls onto the trails and Main Street with bike-themed activities, including mountain and road demos, a poker ride, and guided tours.

Best bet: Pack your headlamp and join us for the campfire ride. We’ll have an easier and a more difficult trail option, all culminating with a campfire and s’mores.

More info: http://www.gobreck.com/events/breck-bike-week

The Dredge pond crossing is always a highlight of town's community cycling festival, Breck Bike Week. Photo by Louie Traub

The Dredge pond crossing is always a highlight of town’s community cycling festival, Breck Bike Week. Photo by Louie Traub

July 4: Main Street parade and Firecracker 50 start Independence Day weekend with a bang in Breck

This Independence Day, Breckenridge Creative Arts’ Street Arts Festival (July 2-4) celebrates street, pavement and graffiti arts with outdoor murals, installations, workshops and pop-up art. On July 4, the party kicks off with a 10K trail run, followed by the Firecracker 50 mountain bike race and the Main Street parade. Family activities, live music, a performance by the National Repertory Orchestra and an extraordinary fireworks display close out the night.

Family tip: Bring a swimsuit! Kids’ water fights are tradition, and you’ll have dry clothes for later.

More info: http://www.gobreck.com/events/fourth-of-july

Breckenridge Summer Beer Fest: July 8, 2017

For more than 10 years, the Breckenridge Summer Beer Fest has brought an incredible music lineup, along with dozens of brewers, to celebrate in the Summit County sunshine. This year, the party goes down at Beaver Run and tickets typically sell out. Keep an eye on the website below for updated brewer and band info, or check out more of Breckenridge’s best beer fests.

Locals’ tip: A catered lunch, take-home mug, special edition brews and private bathrooms make the VIP tickets totally worth it, and they will sell out.

More info: http://summer.breckenridgebeerfestival.com/

"Monuments" is one of many exhibits that will take place during the 2017 Breckenridge International Festival of Arts. Photo courtesy Breckenridge Creative Arts

“Monuments” is one of many exhibits that will take place during the 2017 Breckenridge International Festival of Arts. Photo courtesy Breckenridge Creative Arts

Breckenridge International Festival of Arts: Aug. 11-20, 2017

Inspired by themes of environment and mountain culture, this 10-day festival brings together a variety of performances, installations, exhibitions, screenings, workshops, talks, and surprise collaborations, with an eclectic mix of music, theater, film, visual and street arts, and family entertainment.

Locals’ tip: Sign up to volunteer — you’ll usually get an inside look at the artists and exhibitions. For example, in past years, volunteers got to meet the artist and help paint with him for The Blue Trees exhibit.

More info: http://www.breckcreate.org/

Colorado Classic bike race: Aug. 11, 2017

Breckenridge knows how to throw a bike-themed party and we’re excited to welcome the return of professional cycling with the inaugural Colorado Classic. The race, which includes men’s and women’s competitions, rolls through Colorado Aug. 11-13.

Locals’ tip: Although the route hasn’t yet been defined, locals tend to gather on the steepest climbs with costumes and music to show their support for the riders–the classic Moonstone Road climb has previously been a site for such shenanigans.

More info: BreckProCycling.com 

Events continue throughout fall and beyond

Visit Fall is Festival Season for the September-October lineup, and Best Winter Events in Breckenridge for ski season (November through April) festivals.

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