5 things to do around Vail this weekend
June 21, 2018
Cover Rock – Born in the U.S.A.
Summer is for outdoor festivals and the recent addition of the large stage at Nottingham Park has added a spectacular backdrop to any type of musical event. Cover Rock is once again taking advantage of the same setting, but let's the theme of their summer concert change each year.
The 3rd annual Cover Rock Festival will feature tribute bands that pay homage to good ol' America. The "Made in the USA" theme will bring in tribute bands who bring the sounds of Simon and Garfunkel, the Eagles and Bruce Springsteen to the ears of thousands who want a taste of that type of music without actually having to go see these major acts on tour.
The wheels for Cover Rock starting turning back in 2015 when the town of Avon was seeking proposals and provided some seed money to help spark a few summer events. Since then, Cover Rock has answered the call with a music festival that transported people back in time with a Woodstock-themed show in 2016 and sent listeners across the pond to relive some of the legendary acts from England with the British Invasion in 2017.
This two-day festival has received recognition from Westword as being a "Top 10 Mountain Music Experience" and 8150 Magazine called it the "Best Festival You Don't Know about".
Expect to find more kids zones and shaded areas to allow the family to stay out there all day and into the evening. Food and drinks will be served, various arts and crafts venders will be selling their wares and the venue is within walking distance of many lodging properties in Avon.
Aerosmith, The Allman Brothers and The Doors will all be personified by the tribute bands that literally eat, sleep drink and dress like their band's every move to make you feel like you are at one of their original shows. Even Tom Petty fans can feel like he's still with us with The Refuguees taking the stage on Saturday afternoon.
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For the full line up of bands, visit http://www.coverrockfestival.com.
Eagle Flight Days
Everybody loves a parade and you'll find that and a whole lot more at Eagle Flight Days, which runs Friday, June 22 and Saturday, June 24.
When you hear the word flight, you may think it's in regards to an air show, but it stems way back to 1922 and has nothing to do with planes. According to the event's website, http://www.eagleoutside.com, in that year the county seat was stolen from Red Cliff and moved to Eagle. Since then, the town has celebrated the "relocation" with their annual Flight Days event.
This charming hometown event will of course have a parade full of community floats, a pancake breakfast put on but the local Lions Club and a horse shoe tournament. In addition to the classic activities, there will be a talent show, a basketball shootout and a push cart race.
Teams of three to five people will build a push cart and race it through a street course on Broadway after the parade. Watch your friends, neighbors and coworkers as each team tries to win $300 dollars. Races will take place head to head with the winner from each heat moving on to the next round
If racing isn't your thing, maybe baking is. A chocolate bake off will be held on Saturday, so if you have a secret family recipe for brownies or other delights, enter your favorite chocolate baked good for our chance to win a trophy.
Two very popular events are the cute pet and cute baby contest. Registration is at the event on Friday, June 22 and Saturday, June 23.
Live concerts will round out the Flight Days schedule with the following bands taking the stage:
• 6 p.m. – Rewind
• 8 p.m. – Strange Americans
• 3:30 p.m. – Primal J and the Neanderthals
• 6 p.m. – First Chair
• 8:30 p.m. Y Puro Norte
For a full line up of Eagle Flight Days events, please visit http://www.eagleoutside.com/flightdays.
Classical music finds a home in Vail each summer as Bravo! Vail hosts four of the world's greatest orchestras. For years the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, the New York Philharmonic and the Philadelphia orchestra have made Vail their summer home for a few weeks and the Academy of St Martin in the Fields as been added to that list in the last few years.
London's acclaimed conductorless chamber orchestra opened up the season on Thursday night and two more shows take place on Saturday, June 23 and Sunday, June 24. The Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater provides the perfect backdrop for the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, which is one of the world's premier chamber orchestras, renowned for its fresh, brilliant interpretations of the world's most-loved classical music.
Led by music director, virtuoso violinist Joshua Bell, the group has retained the collegiate spirit and flexibility of the original small, conductor-less ensemble, which has become an Academy hallmark. You can read more about Bell and his 300-year-old violin and its colorful history by reading Pam Boyd's story in the Vail Daily on Thursday, June 21.
Even if you don't know much about classical music or don't think it is your thing, the melodies from the orchestra provide such a spectacular soundtrack. The lighting during sunset, scenic views and hints of nature are all elevated while listening to music like this. For the full schedule, visit http://www.bravovail.org.
Academy of St Martin in the Fields
Saturday, June 23 – 6 p.m. Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater
Beethoven: Coriolan Overture
Saint-Saens: Violin Concerto No. 3
Beethoven: Symphony No. 4
Sunday, June 24 – 6 p.m. Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater
Bach, J.S.: Brandenburg Concerto No. 3
Bach, J.S.: Violin Concerto No. 2 in E major
Barber: Adagio for Strings
Tchaikovsky: Souvenir de Florence
Vail Arts Festival
Known as Vail's longest-running outdoor art festival, the Vail Arts Festival will be celebrating 34 years of bringing artists and art lovers to Lionshead Village this weekend.
From Friday, June 22 through Sunday, June 24 over 70 artists from 22 states will be exhibiting art in 13 different mediums. Ceramics, jewelry, metalworks, wood and photography will be just a few of the mediums used by artists from Colorado as well as states like Hawaii, Tennessee, Indiana and Washington.
The artists were selected from an application pool of over 180 applicants. Having the artist on hand in the booth gives you a chance to inquire about their art and what inspires them, what techniques they use and possibly hear a funny story of how the piece of art came to be. It's almost like have a backstage pass with this type of access to the artists.
In addition to the artists who were chosen to attend, emerging artists have earned their way here by winning various contests and have a chance to be "discovered" in Vail. Youth artists will also be represented and speaking of youth, there will be a Kids Creation Kingdom where kids can create their own works of art.
Parking is free during the day at the parking structures in Vail Village and Lionshead Village. The event takes place throughout Lionshead Village and Arrabelle at Vail Square. There will be plenty of strolling entertainment and places to grab a bite to eat, so plan on spending some time at the 34th Annual Vail Arts Festival. Visit http://www.vailartsfestival.com for more information.
Vail Arts Festival dates and times:
• Friday, June 22nd – 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
• Saturday, June 23rd – 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
• Sunday, June 24th – 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Summer Solstice Run
Thursday, June 21 marked the longest day of the year with the summer solstice and the official first day of summer. To celebrate, Beaver Creek is teaming up with the Vail Rec District and the Vail Valley Charitable Fund to bring the La Sportiva Race Series back to the mountain resort for the Summer Solstice Trail Run.
Most visitors to Beaver Creek are familiar with the ski and snowboarding trails. During the summer, Beaver Creek comes alive with various hiking trails that surround the village and give you a different perspective. The race begins and ends in Beaver Creek's Creekside Park, and is full of beautiful alpine views along the way.
Awards will be presented to the top three men and top three women in each age category for 10K runners. Prizes will also be given to the top three men and top three women in the Open, Amateur and Masters 5k categories, but it isn't all about competition. You can run, walk or do a combination of both. The 5k will give you a taste of trail running and feel free to walk that distance, too, since it is only 3.1 miles and children can enjoy the Kids Fun Run. Your stamina will be fueled with the views and the fully-stocked aid stations along the way.
The various courses are loops that begin and end at Creekside Park, just below the ice rink and plaza level in Beaver Creek Village. From there, runners will go through and around the resort community. Aspen Glade lives up to its name as runners ascend through aspen grooves. Runners will then traverse across Beaver Creek Mountain on Allie's Way and descend down the hillside and into Creekside Park.
After the race, participants will be rewarded for their efforts with a delicious lunch provided by The Dusty Boot and live entertainment at Creekside Park.
Registration fees for this race are $38 week-of registration and $45 day-of and the proceeds benefit the Vail Valley Charitable Fund, which provides assistance to individuals who live and work in the Vail Valley who are experiencing a financial hardship due to a medical crisis or long-term illness. So get some exercise, enjoy the summer solstice and do a good deed at the same time. For more information, visit http://www.vailrec.com.
La Sportiva Race Day Schedule, Saturday, June 23:
• 9:00 a.m. – 10k race start
• 9:15 a.m. – 5k race start
• 10:00 a.m. – Kids Fun Run start
• 10:00 a.m. – Food service begins
• 10:30 a.m. – Awards Ceremony
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