UPDATE: Check out the Best Summer Events in Breckenridge for the 2016 summer lineup.
Summer 2015 — Breckenridge can party like no other – here’s the lineup of the newest and hottest summer events and happenings in Breck this summer and fall.
New: Friday night movie and music series in the Breckenridge Arts District
Breckenridge Creative Arts will host a free, weekly outdoor summer concert and movie series that takes place in the Breckenridge Arts District every Friday night from 6:00 p.m. to midnight from June 19 through August 7, 2015. Featuring the best in regional music talent and screenings of popular, cult and classic films on the lawn, the full campus will be open late with art-making workshops, studio demos, and hands-on family activities.
Spotlight on beer: Bike tour Breck for the best Colorado brews
With the opening of the Canteen Tap House and Tavern in December 2014, Breckenridge’s taps just got a little more sophisticated (Trinity Brewing Seven Day Sour, anyone?). Add that to the 30 taps at one-year-old Après Handcrafted Libations, the overhauled beer list with food pairing menu at Base 9 and the Colorado-only taps at Warming Hut, and you’ve got Colorado beer bliss. This comes on top of town’s two breweries, Broken Compass and Breckenridge Brewery. See it all by townie bike in just a few miles.
Bonus: The Free Ride bus makes it easy to abandon saddle if you’ve had a few too many tasters.
Restaurant news: Canteen Tap House opens, The Crown shows off new menus, interior
After meeting in Breckenridge some 25 years ago, the trio behind The Canteen reconnected to offer a modern take on pub fare. Start by sharing the chipotle shrimp, stuffed with cheddar and jack cheeses, wrapped in bacon and pan fried. Follow it up with a house-smoked and fried half chicken (served with a warm escarole, white bean and bacon salad) or go smaller with a bowl of roasted red pepper bisque. Down the street at The Crown, owners took the final step of interior remodeling after refining the food menu and adding craft cocktails in fall 2014.
Paddle Breckenridge: Full moon rafting and SUP yoga
Rapids feel bigger under the full moon—find out for yourself this summer with full moon whitewater rafting trips from The Adventure Company, the only commercial outfitter offering the option. Trips (dates TBD) depart two nights per month from May through August, with glow sticks, fajita feast and wetsuit package included. For those who prefer paddling in daylight, mix it up with a standup paddle yoga session through Meta Yoga Studios. With three SUP yoga locations (one right in downtown Breckenridge), it’s easy to mix up the scenery.
Summer must-dos at the Breckenridge Fun Park: opening day June 12
Breckenridge’s newest Fun Park activity features a two-stage zip line including a dual span of 392 feet and a second quad span of 1,095 feet. Soar more than 50 feet above the ski slopes at speeds of up to 45 miles per hour. For the biggest thrills, combine the ride with a trip down the Gold Runner Coaster. And of course, be sure to check out mountain bike clinics, hiking tours, and a whole base area of big fun.
Outhouse Races, Kingdom Days in Breckenridge June 19-21, 2015
Kingdom Days returns June 19-21 to celebrate and honor the town’s mining roots with free activities like outhouse races. Yes, outhouse races, in addition to the gold panning championships and museum tours. Start the weekend with the Town Party and then head to Ridge Street for The Outhouse Races and more Kingdom Days events.
Bike overhaul: new face for Breck Demo Days June 27-28 + summer trail construction
Kick off summer with time in the saddle. Breckenridge is packing the community’s favorite cycling activities – mountain and road demos, a poker ride, and guided tours – into one weekend (June 27-28) of fun, now called Breck Demo Days (formerly Breck Bike Week). Explore all summer and be the first to ride the new pump track and flow line, plus other trails thanks to Breckenridge Open Space and Trails.
July 4: New Street Arts Fest at Breckenridge’s mountain-style Independence Day weekend
The party lasts longer than a day: Breckenridge Creative Arts’ new Street Arts Festival (July 3-5) celebrates street, pavement and graffiti arts with outdoor murals, installations, workshops and pop-up art. On Independence Day, 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 on the 4th of July are a tradition. You’ll have dry clothes for later.
New event: Breckenridge International Festival of Arts debuts Aug. 14-23
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. Presented by Breckenridge Creative Arts, the fest will showcase the recently-expanded Arts District.
Pedal Paradise: USA Pro Challenge returns to Breckenridge for two stages this August
The USA Pro Cycling Challenge returns to Colorado Aug. 17-23, with a Thursday, Aug. 20 finish in Breckenridge, followed by an individual time trial on Friday, Aug. 21. Expect Breckenridge to throw a big party with concerts and bike-themed activities. The race coincides with ARTCRANK, an international pop-up show of bicycle-inspired posters presented by Breckenridge Creative Arts.
Insider tip: Don’t miss the Funkadelic Pond Crossing, in which townie bikers attempt to ride a narrow, floating bridge across downtown’s Dredge Pond.
Labor Day in Breckenridge: Sweet respite from summer’s heat (Sept. 5-7, 2015)
Bid farewell to summer with the challenge of a mountain trail run or the fun of a fundraiser rubber duck race. Sidewalk Sale Days lets gear junkies get great prices on summer favorites and the Great Divide Arts Festival features more than 100 artists.
Insider tip: Take part and purchase a duck – it’s a chance to win and it supports local charities.
Prost! to Breckenridge Oktoberfest Sept. 11-13, 2015
Going strong for more than twenty years, Breck’s Oktoberfest brings a weekend of parties, German cuisine and plenty of Paulaner beer. It’s one of the largest Oktoberfests in the Rocky Mountain region and offers collectible steins imported from Germany. The weekend mixes traditional (Munich’s Paulaner, one of the six breweries who provide beer for the German festival) with local flavor (from Breck Brewery).
Insider tip: Book the Brewmaster’s Dinner early, it will sell out. Families should take a cue from the locals and head out on Sunday when the crowds are smaller.
Best fall colors in Breckenridge: Drives, hikes and rides
No matter the mode of transportation – car, ATV, horseback, foot or bicycle – fall leaf-seekers will uncover golden foliage around town and on the surrounding mountains. Not sure if the black-rated Aspen Alley is the best trail for you? Try out a tour with Breck Bike Guides.
Family tip: For families that pedal together, take a ride from the gate along Boreas Pass Road. It’s an old railroad grade, so the climb is mellow and you’ll see incredible views not far from where you start. The best part? It’s all downhill back to the car.
35th annual Breckenridge Festival of Film: Sept. 17-20, 2015
The Breckenridge Festival of Film highlights the art and craft of filmmaking. In addition to dramas, documentaries, indies and comedies, the fest recently introduced the Adventure Reel, featuring outdoor-inspired films. Discussions, filmmaker forums and student programming round out the lineup.
Family tip: Check out the Saturday morning Children’s Program.
Breckenridge Craft Spirits Festival: Still on the Hill Oct. 23-25, 2015
Craft distillers each year gather in Breckenridge for the Craft Spirits Festival, which features a grand tasting, restaurant specials, a downtown pub crawl and historic saloon tours. Born of Colorado’s – and the nation’s – rapidly-growing artisan spirits industry, the Breckenridge fest is the first of its kind in Colorado and last year added a new judging format to highlight tip distillers and products.
Insider tip: Craft Spirits Fest isn’t a family event, but it’s a great opportunity to get away with the girls, the guys, or as a couple.