Avon announces events for summer, includes concerts
AVON — The town of Avon has announced its full 2017 summer event schedule.
Harry A. Nottingham Park and the Avon Pavilion will again be the center of both daily activity and special events. An upgrade to the volleyball courts, expansion of Nottingham Lake’s beach and nearby disc golf course are expected to be popular.
Stand-up paddleboard and paddleboat rentals will return beginning Memorial Day Weekend.
Major events kick off Saturday, May 20, with Ride Avon First, when Avon celebrates its trails and paths. Walking Mountains Science Center will start the day with educational hiking tours followed by festivities in the park. A portable kids’ mountain bike course will be open and bike competitions are scheduled throughout the day on the portable pumptrack.
On June 16 and 17, The Missoula Children’s Theatre will present three performances of The Tortoise Versus the Hare after a week of rehearsals by area youth. Participant registration for this free program is currently available through the Avon Recreation Center.
The Cover Rock Music Festival, June 23 and 24, brings to the Avon Pavilion tribute bands celebrating the sounds of the Rolling Stones, The Beatles, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin and Eric Clapton.
Coming June 26-28 are Stages 3, 4 and 5 of the Mavic Haute Route Rockies cycling event.
The 31st annual Salute to the U.S.A. will take place the evening of July 3. The Lauren Michaels Band will perform, as will the 44-piece Colorado Pops Orchestra performing for the first time at the Pavilion. Face painters, stilt walkers, balloon sculptors, magicians and a kids’ zone will be followed by one of Colorado’s largest fireworks displays.
Free concerts begin in July with pop-up performances at the Main Street Mall every Friday afternoon, with string quartets, Spanish guitars and a mixed trio on various evenings.
The Avon Live! concert series will offer four evenings of free live music, conversation, food and beverages in the park. Davina and the Vagabonds, with The Iguanas, begin the series Aug. 2. A benefit for Speak Up Reach Out is set for Aug. 16, with Ages and Ages opening the evening.
Reckless Kelly is the Aug. 23 headliner. The final show is Aug. 30.
Lyle Lovett and His Large Band perform at the Avon Pavilion July 23.
A two-night series of contemporary dance presented by the Vail International Dance Foundation will be at the Pavilion this summer. Dancing in the Park, welcomes the Colorado Ballet, known for its depth of repertory and versatility in artistry. On Aug. 9, Wonderbound, which has been named one of Dance Magazine’s “25 to Watch,” will perform. These free evenings of dance are supported by the town.
The inaugural year of Tenth Mountain Storytellers Festival is Aug. 18 and 19.
The Zoppe Italian Circus brings a 500-seat big top into the park for three ticketed shows Sept. 8, 9 and 10.
The 2017 Man of the Cliff is expected back in mid-October.
For more information, go to http://www.avon.org/specialevents.