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Summer in Vail -A world-renowned vacation destination, Vail offers a whole new season of adventure during the summer. There's plenty of fun for the whole family, including concerts, outdoor activities, fine dining, shopping and much more! Vail is also the perfect warm-weather getaway for couples, retirees and anyone looking for unmatched scenery, golfing, biking and hiking.

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Attractions and Activities and Things to Do

Eagle Vail Golf Club
Avon, CO
Discover the beauty, value and convenience of Eagle Vail Golf Club, just minutes from Vail and Beaver Creek resorts. This majestic 18-hole, par 71 public course is the perfect combination of gentle river course and challenging mountain course, giving players of all abilities an exhilarating golf experience. Easily reached from I-70, Eagle Vail also offers a community swimming pool, restaurant, golf shop with rentals, driving range, and Willow Creek, the only public par 3 golf course in the Vail Valley.

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Vail Golf Club
700 South Frontage
970.479.2260 - 888.709.3939
The Vail Golf Club is nestled at the base of the Gore Mountain Range and presents golfers with a unique 18-hole, par 71 experience at 8,200 feet elevation. The golf club is open to the public and offers a full service golf shop, group and corporate outings, professional instruction, launch monitor, driving range, practice area, club storage, golf swing analysis, club rentals, demo days and an on-site restaurant, Happy Valley Grill

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Scenic Gondola Rides
Enjoy panoramic views of Vail Mountain from an entirely different perspective - in the summer! The Eagle Bahn gondola is open throughout the summer. You can even bring your bike up and ride down one of the many summer mountain biking trails.

Adventure Ridge
Ride the gondola to the top of the mountain and play laser tag or lawn sports such as horseshoes and disc golf. Bounce on a bungee trampoline or take a guided nature hike Also enjoy lunch on Talon's Deck.

Betty Ford Alpine Gardens
Enjoy the scenic splendor of the world's highest botanical garden, named after former First Lady Betty Ford. Boasting a spectacular collection of high-elevation and indigenous plants, the gardens are a must-see for Vail visitors.

Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater
Truly the hub of Vail's artistic and cultural scene. The beauty of the open-air venue brings crowds from all over to enjoy performances from all types of entertainers.

Vail Golf Course
This beautiful course is open to the public and offers great rates throughout the summer season. In addition, the 13 other golf courses in the Vail Valley offer avid players the opportunity to play on courses designed by Greg Norman, Tom Fazio, Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus.

Outdoor Activities
Vail is the epicenter for outdoor activities in the Rocky Mountains. Visitors of all ages and skill levels can experience backcountry beauty by hiking, biking, kayaking, fishing, horseback riding or whitewater rafting.

Shopping & Dining
Though nestled deep in the mountains, Vail's shopping and dining rivals that of even the most cosmopolitan locations. With something for every palate and price range, don't leave Vail without tasting something wonderful or trying on something you love.

Vail Tennis Center
The valley's premier clay court facility, features eight of the best clay courts in Colorado with an energetic, professional staff and full-service pro shop.

Colorado Ski Museum
The only museum in the state that addresses the preservation of Colorado's rich skiing past and educates adults and children about Colorado's skiing heritage through entertaining displays. We invite you to join us. The museum has free admission but donations are always welcome.


Summer temperatures average in the 70°s to 80°s during the day and can drop into the 40°s in the evenings.

The Vail Valley has very low humidity and is very dry. The sun shines approximately 320 days a year. The weather can change quickly in the mountains, always be prepared for wind, sun and rain.

2014 Event Schedule

On Going Events

Docent-Led Tour of Betty Ford Alpine Gardens, Public tours are offerered Monday, Thursday and Saturday from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day at 10:30am. Tickets available at the Schoolhouse Giftshop. $5

Adult Full Day Nature Hike, Vail Nature Center, Every Tuesday and Thursday throughout the summer naturalist guides from the Nature Center lead participants on all-day hikes throughout the Holy Cross and Eagles Nest Wilderness. Hikes are at a pace that allows participants to enjoy the flora and fauna along the trail. Participants should be in healthy condition and accustomed to the altitude. Cost is $50, or $45 for Vail Recreation District residents. Reservations are required.

Vail Kids Adventure Club in Lionshead, Fridays June 14 to August 9, 2014 "Fun games, activities and presentations under the beautiful Vail, Colorado sky...

Vail Farmers' Market and Art Show, Sundays, June 15 to October 5, 2014, Get a taste of Vail, Colorado summer with the Vail Farmers' Market and Art Show. Colorado's finest locally grown produce, international dishes, fresh baked goods and even Colorado wine, all ready for you to enjoy during your summer in Vail. Once you have sated your hunger, enjoy even more local creativity at the Art Show. You can find everything from beautiful clothing and jewelry to handmade home items. Held on Sundays.

10th Mountain Division Veteran Fireside Chat, June 14 - Nov. 2, 2013, Colorado Ski & Snowboard Museum

Vail Calendar of Events

Burton U.S. Open, March 3 - 8, 2014, The second annual Burton US Open Snowboarding Championships presented by MINI is back at Vail Mountain, March 3-8, 2014. Don't miss the world's best riders competing for top honors in Halfpipe and Slopestyle, premium musical acts, activities for kids and more. Burton.com/USO for more information.

Haifa Symphony Orchestra, Mar 6 2014, Vilar Center, Beaver Creek

Les Ballets Trockadero De Monte Carlo, Mar 18 2014, Vilar Center, Beaver Creek

American Ski Classic, March 19-23. 20-14, The main ingredient in the Korbel Ford Cup celebrity team competition is indeed fun as the ski legends take on the roll of team captains and attempt to lead their respective teams through a maze of head-to-head Pool competition, ultimately advancing to the gold medal round. Through an intricate handicapping system, the playing field is level as celebrities from all walks of life team up with some of the greatest athletes in ski racing history for two days of ski racing fun.

Midtown Men, Mar 21 2014, Vilar Center, Beaver Creek

Rhapsody in Blue: Lasser, Debussy, Gershwin, with the Boulder Philharmonic, Mar 24 2014, Vilar Center, Beaver Creek

Vail Film Festival, March 27 - 30, 2014, The Vail Film Festival promotes independent film and fosters independent filmmakers. Besides screening some of the year's top films from around the globe, the festival will also feature industry panel discussions, a special awards ceremony, family festivities, ski and snowboarding events and VIP parties.

Taste of Vail, April 2 - 5, 2014, The nation's premier spring food and wine festival featuring food and wine tastings, interactive seminars and huge mountain-top picnic.

Pink Vail, April 5, 2014, Pink Vail is the world's biggest ski day to benefit patients and survivors. Last year, the event drew in over 1,300 participants and raised $250,000 for survivorship programs at Shaw Regional Cancer Center. Enjoy on-mountain competitions, a group descent down Vail Mountain, and live music.

Spring Back to Vail, April 7-20, 2014, Spring Back to Vail is the biggest end-of-season bash in the Rocky Mountains! We're ending the season in style with some serious fun under the sun, including free live concerts, the infamous World Pond Skimming Championships, après after-dark parties, base area giveaways, and so much more! Stay tuned for more information.
April 11-12, 2014: Free Outdoor Concerts
April 20, 2014: World Pond Skimming Championships & Free Outdoor Concert
Karl Denson's Tiny Universe, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, April 11, 2014, Solaris
STS9, The Polish Ambassador, April 12, 2014, Ford Park
Steel Pulse, Bonfire Dub, April 20, Solaris

Closing Day, April 20, 2014

Vail Whitewater Race Series, May 14-June 11, Vail Whitewater Race Series will take place on Gore Creek for kayaks,rafts and SUPs on Tuesdays. The course challenges will change every week and cash prizes will be available. Overall prizes will be awarded on the last day of the event. Spectators can take in the action from the banks of Gore Creek. For more information call 970-926-3867 or visit alpinequestsports.com

Feast! Vail, May 23-26, 2014 Created to inspire guests with a weekend packed full of delicious culinary experiences and Vail adventure. FEAST! Vail kicks-off the summer season with the adventurous, Memorial Day Weekend culinary celebration. Renowned Vail chefs will collaborate and compete with visiting guest chefs. Chefs will be joined by masters of the vine, cocktail artisans and craft beer pros -all game for adventure, from the kitchen table to the mountain trail. This event includes tasting events, craft beer and distiller tastings as well a variety of culinary inspired classes that will offer up-close interactions with some of the best in the culinary field.

Vail Valor Races; Valor Running & Fitness Expo, May 25-26, 2014, "The Vail Valor Races is a 2-day running celebration to kick off spring in the mountains and recognize the Memorial Day holiday. It begins on Sun, May 25th with a dog-friendly afternoon event, the Valor Canine X-Country Run/Hike and post-race ""Yappy Hour."" Pets and service dogs welcome.

Go Pro Mountain Games, June 5-8, 2014, The country's largest celebration of mountain sport and lifestyle drawing more than 3,000 athletes and 53,000 spectators to Vail each year. The GoPro Mountain Games showcases more than 25 sports in professional and amateur categories for more than $100K in prize money. Event venues range from Golden Peak to Vail Mountain, Solaris Plaza, Vail Pass, Homestake Creek and now Lionshead Village.

King of the Mountain Volleyball, June 13-15, 2014 "Held at the Vail Athletic Field and the Eagle-Vail Subdivision Fields (2014 exception).

GRFA: Hot Summer Nights, Tuesday Nights, June 17 to August 19, 2014, Heat up the town with live-music that keeps the huge crowds dancing! Don't miss out on action! Join us at the Bud Light Hot Summer Nights Concert Series.

Vail Arts Festival, June 27-29, 2014, 2014 marks the 30th anniversary of the Vail Arts Festival, featuring 100 artists selling original works of art in thirteen mediums in an outdoor Festival settting. The event is located in Lionshead Village and the Arrabelle at Vail Square. Festival-goers are able to view and purchase original works of art in painting, drawing, metalworks, glass, wood, fiber, mixed media, jewelry, sculpture, digital art, ceramics, graphics & printmaking and photography. The event is free to attend and offers free children's activities and entertainment.

Bravo! Vail, June 27 to August 2, Bravo! Vail is the only festival in North America to host three of the world's finest orchestras in a single season. Next summer, The Dallas Symphony Orchestra, The Philadelphia Orchestra, and the New York Philharmonic take up residence in Vail, featured in programs of the great classics, plus jazz and pops. In addition, world renowned chamber music artists perform a diverse and eclectic chamber music series.

Vail Jazz Festival, June 27 to Sept. 1, 2014 "The 20th Anninversary Vail Jazz Festival - a 12 week-long program of jazz concerts consisting of four distinctive performance series. The Vail Jazz Festival is a summer-long celebration of America's musical gift to the world - Jazz."

Vail Lacrosse Shootout, June 29 to July 6, 2014. The Vail Lacrosse Shootout, now in its 42nd year, is an invitational lacrosse tournament that includes approximately 96 teams from all over the country. In 2014 our Men's Elite Division will include several international teams that will be playing in the Shootout as a warm up to their participation in the World Championships being held in Denver in 2014. The Vail Shootout takes place over eight days in the beautiful mountain resort of Vail, Colorado and features some of the most competitive, exciting lacrosse action you'll see. In 2014 the Shootout starts on June 29 and concludes on July 6. Games are played at several field venues in the Vail area including the Vail Athletic Field, Vail Mountain School and Donovan Park in Vail; Homestake Peak school and Eagle-Vail stadium in Eagle-Vail; Nottingham Park in Avon and Freedom Park in Edwards. The 2014 Shootout will feature U-19 High School Boys and Girls Divisions with approximately 24 teams in each; Men's and Women's Elite Divisions (collegiate and post-collegiate players) with approximately 24 teams in each; and a Chumash event for boys and girls from approximately ages 8 through 14. Our venue at the Vail Athletic Field will feature a vending tent where souvenir Vail Lacrosse Shootout apparel can be purchased. Tournament programs with game schedules are available at all field locations.

Vail Summer Bluegrass Concert Series, July 2, 7, August 13, 27, 2014. The inaugural Vail Summer Bluegrass Series will take place in Lionshead Village summer 2014. The Series will host nationally known bluegrass bands, local-to-CO craft breweries and feature the Lionshead Merchants Association.
Drew Emmitt of Leftover Salmon, July 2
Peter Rowan, July 16
Sarah Jarosz, August 13

Vail America Days, July 4-5, 2014, Vail America Days is the annual 4th of July Festival in beautiful Vail, Colorado. It's a celebration featuring spectacular fireworks, town parade, live music, children's entertainment and an open-air street festival atmosphere. Come experience all Vail has to offer this Summer!

Kick It 3v3 Soccer "Vail Super Regional", July 26-28, 2014, Kick It is celebrating 23 years as the first and largest national 3v3 grassroots soccer tournament tour in the U.S., the original Disney World qualifier, providing over 5,000,000 kids and families with a fun, safe, healthy sports experience.

Vail International Dance Festival, July 27 August 9, Celebrating its 26th season the Vail International Dance Festival, lead by Artistic Director Damian Woetzel, is a celebration of dance held July 27 - August 9, 2014 in Vail, Colorado, features many forms of dance, and boasts an international reputation and dedicated following. The year the Festival will host 9 performances at the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater, 2 performances at the Vilar Performing Arts Center, a series of master classes and free interactive events in the streets of Vail at Solaris Plaza and Arrabelle Square. Artists that have visited the Festival include: New York City Ballet MOVES, BalletX, Martha Graham Dance Company, Paul Taylor Dane Company, Pacific Northwest Ballet and stars from the Royal Ballet, New York City Ballet, America Ballet Theater, Alvin Ailey Dance Company, the Moscow Stanislavsky Ballet, Hamburg Ballet and Harlem Dance Company. The 2014 Festival line-up will be announced in January 2014 and tickets will go on-sale March 25, 2014.

KEEN Kids Adventure Race, August 7-10, 2014, "The 2014 KEEN Vail Kids Adventure Race is scheduled for August 7-10 - and will be bigger and better than ever! Exciting new additions to the expanded event:
•Three full days of racing for Beginners (ages 6 to 9), Intermediate (ages 6 to 11) and Expert (ages 10 to 14)
•Free Family Adventure Expo with activities like climbing wall, Strider bike race for kids ages 2 to 4 and the chance to meet Vail Avalanche Rescue Dogs
•Family Adventure Competitions
•More optional skills clinics for race participants

Vail Rocks, August 15-17, 2014. "Vail Rocks 2012, 2013, is a musically charged hike up Vail Mountain to benefit the Love Hope Strength Foundation. This gorgeous mountain has quickly become the flagship hike for LHS in the United States. Participants hiked alongside musicians, cancer survivors and supporters with acoustic jams along the way. Past participating artists have included; Mike Peters, Big Country, G Love, Brett Dennen, Cy Curnin of the Fixx, Miles Zuniga of Fastball, School of Rock and more.

USA Pro Challenge Cycling, August 23, 2014, Final Stage of 2014 USA Pro Challenge will Take Riders Through Iconic Parts of Colorado from Boulder through Golden to Denver

Gourmet on Gore, August 29 - September 1, 2014, This unique culinary festival offers an open-air tasting with world-class wine, beer and spirits paired with culinary delights from Vail's top restaurants right in the heart of Vail. Gourmet on Gore offers free admission and a variety of additional pairing events and a Tasting Tour to kick things off on Friday, August 29 which benefits a local charitable organization. The weekend continues through to Labor Day with the unique, open-air tasting experience of Brunch on Bridge Street.

Oktoberfest, September 5-7 and September 12-14, 2014, Munich comes to Vail for the world's greatest celebration of beer, music and autumn - Oktoberfest! The event will see two full weekends of blown-out Bavarian fun including the return of many crowd favorites like the Bratwurst Eating Contests, Stein Lifting Competition and Keg Bowling. Emulating the age-old celebration known all over the world, Vail Oktoberfest delights guests with Bavarian music and dancing, traditional fare, yodeling, alpenhorn blowing, beverages and much more.

Vail Automotive Classic, September 7, 2014, "The most comprehensive auto, aircraft and motorcycle show in Western Colorado is back for it's fifth year. The Vail Automotive Classic will once again host a weekend filled with automobile and aircraft events in the Vail Valley, September 6th & 7th, 2014.

Colorado Grand Finish Line and Concours, September 7-12, 2014 The Colorado Grand® is an annual charity tour for 1960 and earlier sports and race cars of distinction. The event was founded in 1989 by Englewood automotive enthusiast Bob Sutherland. Every September at the peak of the fall color season approximately 85 vintage cars are driven in this relaxed, non-competitive event, covering 1,000 miles through the Rockies in five days.

The America Cup Fly Fishing Tournament, September 9-14, 2014, The America Cup Fly Fishing Tournament is a catch and release, fly-fishing tournament with International, U.S., Youth and Adaptive anglers competing on the best trout waters in Colorado.

Lionshead Wine, Spirit and Chocolate Festival, September 26-27, 2014, A two-day event featuring Colorado wine and spirit growers who are on hand for tastings, serving, and selling their fruits of the vine. In addition to the great wine, creative Chocolate dessert samplings created by a balance of local pastry chefs and outside vendors will be for sale to patrons wishing to pair the wines with chocolate.

Vail-Beaver Creek Restaurant Week, September 26 - October 5, 2014, This fall will kick off the second annual 2014 Vail Beaver Creek Restaurant Week, September 26th - October 5th! With participating restaurants spanning across two neighboring World Class Mountain Resorts, Vail and Beaver Creek, this culinary celebration takes dining to new heights, literally!

Vail Living Well Summit, September 11-13, 2014, DiscoverWell™, the producer of leading health and well-being events presents the Vail Living Well Summit™, a two & a half day summit designed to help you live longer, better and influence positive change in your well-being and the world around you. With more than 20 experiential sessions each day, this summit will leave you inspired, engaged and will elevate you to a new level.

Vail Snow Daze, December, Vail Snow Daze, the largest early-season mountain bash in North America, returns for its eighth consecutive year in early December 2014. Enjoy fresh tracks on the mountain and sponsor expo village by day, and après parties and free live concerts by night! Be sure to check out vail.com/snowdaze for band announcements, event schedule updates, lodging deals and more.

Birds of Prey, December, The Birds of Prey downhill course is regarded as one of the most difficult downhill courses in the world and features a vertical drop of 757 meters. The Birds of Prey contains an average gradient of 27 percent, increasing to 45 percent in the middle of the course and again in the final third of the course.

Vail HoliDaze, December 16-22, 2014 Vail Holidaze is the perfect place for family celebration this holiday season. Vail comes alive with lights, sounds, events and cheer during December. From world-class ice skating shows with World Champion and Olympic skaters, Vail Tree Lighting as part of Logan Luminescence presented by Triumph Winterfest and the annual New Year's Eve Torchlight Parade and fireworks. Come enjoy the holidays in Vail and be sure not to miss the fun and celebration!

Vail New Year's Eve, December 31, "We've got that exclusive and hip vibe for you to ring in the New Year. At Vail NYE 2015 it's all about the music, dancing and partying. Celebrate the New Year with an epic performance by an industry favorite. Guests like Thievery Corporation, Mix Master Mike and DJ Logic been part of the action over the years.

Fast Facts

1. Vail Village is modeled after a traditional Bavarian Village. With this European design, the majority of Vail Village is designed specifically for pedestrians, not cars.

2. Vail is currently undergoing a Billion Dollar Renewal, a part of Vail's New Dawn. This project will add new lodging, dining, shopping and activities to the #1 resort in North America.


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