Summertime in The Cultural Epicenter of Aspen

Who wants to spend summer in the city? Not only are the world’s major urban centers uncomfortably hot, the arts and culture scene goes dormant. Not in Aspen though, where a calendar full of festivals will keep you busy (and cool) all summer and your stay at Dancing Bear Aspen keeps you close to the action.

For the intellectuals among us, start off in June with the Aspen Summer Words Literary Festival (June 17-22) hosted by the Aspen Writers' Foundation, where writers of all sorts come together to learn from and inspire one another. Then hit up the Aspen Institute's Aspen Ideas Festival (June 27-July 3) where a group of leaders in the arts, science, culture, religion, philosophy, economics and politics delve into today's most significant ideas and issues.

Music fans will want to make it to one of Jazz Aspen Snowmass's festivals either in June (June 22-July 7) or over Labor Day (August 31-September 2). JAS's mission is to present and preserve jazz, but artists like the Black Eyed Peas and Bob Dylan have popped up in the past as well. Not highbrow enough for you? Then the Aspen Music Festival (June 28-August 19) is sure to satisfy. Take in performances from the Aspen Chamber Symphony, the Aspen Festival Orchestra, the Aspen Philharmonic Orchestra and more, or attend lectures and recitals.

In the visual arts, the Aspen Chamber Resort Association will be putting on the Annual Aspen Arts Festival (June 28-29), where Dancing Bear neighbor Wagner Park will fill with paintings, sculptures, photography, glass, wood, jewelry, collage and ceramics.

The summer finishes off with MountainSummit: MountainFilm in Aspen (August 23-26), a collaboration between MountainFilm in Telluride and the Wheeler Opera House. It's a ways off so the specific films haven't been announced yet but don't expect any fluff. You'll be seeing leading independent documentary films.

There's always so much to do so never fear, you can find ongoing performances all summer at Theatre Aspen, an outdoor theater in Rio Grande Park, and Aspen Santa Fe Ballet. Your culture fix is always within reach.

For more information on how you can become an Owner at Dancing Bear Aspen and enjoy all that this cultural mecca has to offer, contact our Ownership Representatives at, call 970.920.2510 or stop by our sales gallery at 411 South Monarch in downtown Aspen.