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.
WAVE: Light + Water + Sound: May 31 – June 3, 2018
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/
Gold Panning Championships: June 16-17, 2018
The Gold Prospectors of Colorado are heading back to Breckenridge this summer for the annual Gold Panning Championships. Learn to pan for gold and take part in the 2018 Championships.
Something For Nothing: All necessary tools will be provided to attendees. Event is free and open to people of all ages!
July 4: Main Street parade and Firecracker 50 Race
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 2018
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/
Breckenridge International Festival of Arts: Aug. 10-19, 2018
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/
Breck Epic: August 5-10, 2018
The Epic is composed of 6 BIG backcountry loops (3 loops for the 3-day Epic-curious events), each between 35 and 50 miles long. The event is unique in that it employs a cloverleaf format; each loop starts and finishes within a mile from downtown Breckenridge and utilizes the sprawling network of trails in both Summit and Park Counties.
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There’s always something to do in Breckenridge! Can’t make it during one of our Best Events? No problem! View all of the special events, activities, live music and tours going on during your stay. Visit Fall is Festival Season for the September-October lineup, and Best Winter Events in Breckenridge for ski season (November through April) festivals.