Flamenco dancing, a summer solstice race and a benefit for pets in the Vail Valley this weekend

The valley comes alive with musical offerings, markets and more

Bravo! Vail Music Festival

The 37th annual Bravo! Vail Music Festival began on Thursday and continues through Aug. 1. During the six-week festival, Bravo! Vail welcomes four internationally-acclaimed resident orchestras with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, The Philadelphia Orchestra and the New York Philharmonic returning. Bravo! Vail is hosting its first Latin-American guest orchestra, Mexico’s acclaimed Sinfónica de Minería. Those musicians opened the festival on Thursday and have two more performances on Saturday and Sunday at the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater at 6 p.m.

Saturday’s performance will feature flamenco dancing and singing, so you are in for an extra treat. Sunday’s performance will feature a special string instrument, the Venezuelan cuatro, and trumpet for a lively performance to conclude Sinfónica de Minería’s residence in Vail.

If you want to get more out of the experience, come a little early and sit in on the Pre-Concert Talk at 5:10 p.m. on Saturday. It will be led by Heeseung Lee of the University of Northern Colorado. The talk will happen right at the venue, in the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater lobby. Or, stick around after Sunday’s performance with a Q-and-A with Sinfónica de Minería’s conductor, Carlos Miguel Prieto immediately after the concert.

Lawn seats are $34 for adults and $5 for kids 12 years old and younger and pavilion seats vary in price depending on where you want to sit. For more information about the schedule, tickets and performances, go to

Friday Fun

Dwende Flamenco provides the entertainment on Friday nights at Aritza in Beaver Creek.
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Speaking of music, there are a couple of fun ways to enjoy music and even a little flamenco dancing. Check out these offerings in Beaver Creek, Lionshead and Arrowhead that happen on Fridays.

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Flamenco Fridays

Have you been up to the new (opened this past winter) Aritza Spanish Tapas and Wine Bar yet? This is Beaver Creek’s Spanish hot spot and on Fridays it really showcases its international flair with authentic flamenco dancing. Dwende Flamenco brings its traditional tablao show featuring Jessica Pinto dancing along with Diego Espinosa on guitar and Santiago Doglione on cajón between 6:30 and 7:30 p.m. every Friday.

Catch the show while enjoying authentic Spanish cuisine, including delicious tapas like patatas bravas or jamon Iberico, pintxos and paella, all made in the Basque tradition. Pair the flavors with one of the restaurant’s many Spanish wines. Visit for more information.

Aloha Fridays

At the base of Lionshead take in the views and the sounds of live music on Fridays with a menu that has a Hawaiian flair. Aloha Fridays is new this year and will feature live music between noon and 3 p.m. with local favorites, Tim and Taylor. Eat up after a hike or bike ride on the mountain with $10 poke bowls and wash it all down with $12 alcoholic slushies. Check out the Instagram page for more information.

FAC at Arrowhead

The first Friday Afternoon Club at Arrowhead takes place this Friday. Come on down to the plaza by the Broken Arrow Café’s patio and enjoy live music every Friday between now and Aug. 23 with various bands taking the stage each week. FAC goes from 5 to 7:30 p.m. and there will be food and beverages available for purchase.

More Farmers Markets

Grammy’s Jam has been a vendor at the Minturn Market ever since it started 27 years ago.
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Last weekend, the Edwards Farmers Market began its weekly run on Saturdays and the Vail Farmers’ Market and Art Show returned on Sundays. This week, the Minturn Market and Eagle Farmers Market are added to the mix.

Minturn Market

Founded 27 years ago, the Minturn Market is hosted in the heart of downtown Minturn. Visitors of the Minturn Market come for the produce but stay for the food trucks, clothing vendors, artists’ displays, baked goods and other prepared foods you can bring to your next backyard barbecue, jewelry, pet products, musicians and more. Dave Anderson will play music from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. and Tim Campbell will play from noon until 2 p.m.

For the little ones, the Kids Zone is returning with a climbing wall, bounce house, face painting and a build-your-own stuffed animal station and more.

The Minturn Market happens rain or shine each week from June 22 to Sept. 7 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information, go to

Eagle Farmers Market and Art Show

The Eagle Farmers Market and Art Show is the sister event to the Vail Farmers Market at Art Show held on Sundays in Vail Village.  Look for around 35-40 vendors each week ranging from produce, artisanal products and homemade goods. The Eagle Farmers Market and Art Show is held at Eagle Town Park and runs through Sept. 28 from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. For more information, visit

Summer Solstice Trail Run

Vail Recreation District hosts its annual Dynafit Trail Running Series again this summer. This weekend’s race will be at Beaver Creek on Saturday.
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The Dynafit Trail Running Series continues and the next stop is Beaver Creek. Celebrate summer with the Summer Solstice 10K, 5K or Kids Fun Run. The course starts and finishes at the base of the Centennial Express (No. 6) and takes you up near the Haymeadow Express (No. 1) and over to the Aspen Glade, Beaver Lake and Lost Buck Spur trails, depending on what length of race you choose.

The 10K race starts at 9 a.m. followed by the 5K and the Kids Fun Run. Stick around for the after-party for awards & prizes. Racers can pick up a complimentary beer (alcoholic or non-alcoholic) with their racer bib at Beaver Creek Chophouse. All racers will be entered into a raffle for great prizes from the sponsors. Racers must be present to win.

This event is also a fundraiser for the Vail Valley Charitable Fund. To sign up, go to


Rocky Mountain Taco is hosting a fundraiser for Eagle County Animal Services on Sunday in honor of its mascot, Stella.
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On Sunday, the good folks at Rocky Mountain Taco in Minturn are hosting a Stellabration in honor of beloved mascot, Stella, the fine canine that was a part of the restaurant for years. Stella passed away recently and to give back, Stella’s owner and Rocky Mountain Taco’s restaurateur Dan Purtell is hosting a benefit for Eagle County Animal Services.

The event will be much like Stella’s fabulous Quinceanera held last fall. There will be drink specials and live music by Karmage and DJ Krusher Jones will be spinning the tunes. Friendly dogs are invited but must be leashed and stay on the patio. There will be a dog-friendly cake made by Dang Sweets. Eagle County Animal Services is also going to have some pets up for adoption at the event.

Please bring any lightly used or new dog or cat supplies like collars, leashes, beds, toys or even some rolls of paper towels or laundry detergent to help out the operations at Eagle County Animal Services. If you donate, you’ll be rewarded with a free raffle ticket for some awesome prizes.

The event starts at 3 p.m. and will go until 6 p.m. If you can’t attend in person, there is a GoFundMe link on Rocky Mountain Taco’s Instagram bio for anyone wanting to donate. Purtell says he plans on taking the Eagle County Animal Services staff on a shopping spree to help them with other things they need.

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