(Last Updated On: December 19, 2016)

UPDATED: December 2016

Snowflakes. Powder. Skiing. That’s what you think of when you’re planning a trip to Breckenridge. Those are all great reasons to visit Breck. But there’s more to Breck than just skiing, for even the most dedicated powder hounds. What if you could heat up your visit to Breck, with fire?

Gillaoptourous Corvus, or “Gilly”, drew onlookers with colorful and flaming light displays. Photo credit: Liam Doran, courtesy Breckenridge Creative Arts.

Thanks to Breckenridge Creative Arts (Breck Create) and GoBreck, now you can. Breck Create’s Fire Arts Festival returns this year Jan. 26-29, 2017 to compliment the Budweiser International Snow Sculpting Championships. The free Fire Arts Festival, located in the heart of downtown Breckenridge, delights locals and visitors alike, with everything from burning sculptures to pyrotechnical effects and other red-hot attractions. The visual display of colors, flames and nouveau circus entertainment, leaves crowds wanting more.

“The … Fire Arts Festivals have proven to be extremely popular with locals and guests, especially with the activities being held in conjunction with the International Snow Sculpture Championships,” says Robb Woulfe, President and CEO of Breckenridge Creative Arts. “For our 2017 edition, we are expanding the program to include even more burning sculptures, pyrotechnical performances and other spark-filled attractions.”

Lumina Entertainment performed fiery artistic, acrobatic, and dance interpretations.

Lumina Entertainment performed fiery artistic, acrobatic, and dance interpretations. Photo credit: Jenise Jensen, courtesy Breckenridge Creative Arts.

Highlights at this year’s Festival include pieces by fire sculptors, including flammable metal works, as well as raku- and wood-firing demonstrations at the outdoor kiln yard. Indoors, artists will be demonstrating glass blowing, silversmithing and other fiery arts. For a full lineup, visit the Breck Create website.

If locals and visitors enjoyed the flame-inspired animation of the Fire Arts Festival, Breckenridge Creative Arts has plenty more special events coming up throughout the year, including:

  • WAVE: Light + Water + Sound (June) with interactive artworks that play with light, water and sound
  • Street Arts Festival (July) that features regional and national artists for a weekend of outdoor murals, installations, workshops and pop-up art
  • The Breckenridge International Festival of Arts (August) which brings together a variety of performances, exhibitions, screenings, workshops, talks, and surprise collaborations, with an eclectic mix of music, dance, film, visual art, open-air spectacle, and family entertainment.
  • Dia de los Muertos (October) a celebration of Day of the Dead festivities that showcases music, hands-on workshops, art installations and community altars

Whatever your pleasure, be it snow, fire, winter, spring or summer, Breckenridge offers an array of exciting experiences. For last minute lodging options, be sure to check out the offerings here. And we’ll be seeing you, in sunlight, twilight or firelight, in our little corner of bliss soon. Blissfully Breckenridge, that is.