5 things to do around Vail this weekend
June 14, 2018
Wondering what's going on for Father's Day this weekend? Here are a few suggestions on things you can do with dad whether he likes hikes, tunes or brews.
Vail Craft Beer Classic – Vail
If your pop likes hops, then take dad to the Vail Craft Beer Classic this weekend for tastings, seminars, activities and much more.
Enjoy one of Colorado's highest altitude beer tastings in a unique setting with while sampling brews from tons of Colorado breweries and beyond.
Team Player Productions, the hosts of the event, started several wine festivals in mountain towns over the last 15 years, pairing tastings and educational seminars with outdoor adventures in a beautiful mountain setting. "The Town of Vail was looking for a new beer event to fill some weekend gaps in the summer. It seemed like a perfect fit," said Kristen Horpedahl, event director for Team Player Productions.
"We’ve been working with breweries like Odell Brewing Company since our roots are with the Taste of Fort Collins. It’s been great to get to give them a signature event that benefits both the Colorado Brewer’s Guild and the Vail Valley Mountain Bike Association," Horpedahl said.
Here, you may rub elbows or share sunscreen with the likes of Jeff Brown, president and partner of Boulder Beer Company who will be here for the Bikes and Barley event and the Presidents Pop Up Seminar at the Toast on Saturday. Or meet Carol Cochran, owner and founder of Horse & Dragon Brewing Company, at the Hike & Hops seminar, also on Saturday.
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You can even treat dad to a Father's Day Beerunch held at Flame restaurant at the Four Seasons Vail on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Flame will create delicious eats for dad that will be washed down with selections from Bonfire Brewing out of Eagle. What better way to celebrate dad than with beer and bacon. For a full line up of events, visit http://www.vailcraftbeerclassic.com.
Whistle Pig Vail Concert – Dispatch
If your dad likes live music, then treat him to tickets to Dispatch. Brand new this summer is Whistle Pig Vail, a summer-long music series that will bring a new era of headliner music to the iconic Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater in Vail.
The Vail Valley Foundation, which is known for the Hot Summer Nights and ShowDown Town concerts and performances at the Vilar Performing Arts Center, is teaming up with AEG Presents, one of the largest live music companies in the world. This collaboration will bring well-known rock, pop, country and bluegrass names to Vail for ticketed shows throughout the summer.
Although the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater has hosted big names like Sheryl Crow, Bob Dylan, Norah Jones, Big Head Todd and the Monsters, The Allman Brothers – they even hosted Willie Nelson when they opened in 1987- the acts were sporadic. The Valley Foundation hopes to bring more consistency with this new partnership with AEG Presents.
What's with the name? A whistle pig is another name for a marmot, and it turns out that there has been a marmot sighted around the grounds of our Ford Amphitheater dating back to the earliest days of construction and still today.
The Whistle Pig mountain music series kicks off this Saturday, June 16 with Dispatch and openers Nahko & Medicine for the People and Raye Zaragoza. Tickets are still available and you can view more at http://www.whistlepigvail.com.
Here's a look at the rest of the Whistle Pig line up at the Ford Amphitheater:
- June 19 – Robert Plant & the Sensational Space Shifters – 8 p.m. SOLD OUT
- August 17-18 – The Jerry Garcia Birthday Band – 7:30 p.m.
- September 13 – 311 – 8:00 p.m.
Minturn and Vail kick off summer market season
Does dad like to grill? Grab some fresh veggies, meats and other specialty foods at the local markets this weekend and make a great meal. The Minturn Market, the Valley's longest-running market, kicks off this Saturday in downtown Minturn and runs through Sept. 8 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
"Minturn is so excited to celebrate our 20th anniversary as the valley's original outdoor market," said Michelle Metteer with the Town of Minturn. "The Minturn Market has been proud to assist our county's startups and entrepreneurs in getting their products in front of locals and visitors, many of which have gone on to open their own storefronts," Metteer said.
In addition to fruits and vegetables and their ever popular live music, the Minturn Market will have a few new offerings:
- goat-petting area
- "build-a-bear" station for kids
- henna body art
The Vail Market and Art Show returns this weekend as well. On Sundays through Oct. 7 from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. the market will be hopping with 138 tents and plenty of entertainment that includes:
- two bands
- mechanical bull
- train rides
- bounce castle
- free balloons
It's also a great place to just grab lunch with dad while watching the large crowd that comes into town for this weekly event.
King of the Mountain Volleyball
You may not think Vail and volleyball go together but for 46 years the King of the Mountain Volleyball Tournament has been offering divisions of play for junior boys and girls, masters/seniors divisions, adult same-sex competition and co-ed divisions.
The tournament has become a Father's Day tradition since it has been held over Father’s Day weekend for the last 18 years. Each year they host special father/son and father/daughter divisions on Father’s Day.
In addition to the division play, there is also a free juniors beach volleyball clinic directed by one of the Rocky Mountain Regions most prolific Women’s Open players, Kris Bredefoft. Bredefoft has been helping both juniors and adults alike learn the game and to improve their skill sets.
One of the country's oldest volleyball events returns to Vail Friday June 15-Sunday, July 17. Watch the best players in the region compete or take part in the event. For more information, please visit http://www.KingoftheMountainVolleyball.com.
Beaver Creek – Centennial Lift Open
Gondola One in Vail Village and the Eagle Bahn Gondola in Lionshead Village are already open for the season and this weekend Beaver Creek will join them by offering daily lift operations on Centennial for the summer. Buy dad lunch with the Lift and Lunch ticket and lift access for children ages four and younger is complimentary.
Although there still are a few trails closed due to elk migration, they have quite a few routes you can take based on your ability level and how much time you have to go out on the trail.
There is potential to see a wide variety of wildlife on Beaver Creek Mountain including deer, moose, fox, and our furry marmot friends sunning themselves on a rock. Although they are exciting to spot, just observe and never approach wildlife. Instead of fumbling to get your phone to take a picture, soak in the moment and take a mental snapshot of nature instead.
Lift tickets are available at the Beaver Creek Summer Adventure Center, open 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. daily, located at the top of the second set of escalators in Beaver Creek Village. Lift access for children ages four and younger is complimentary but you must visit the Summer Adventure Center for tickets before loading the Centennial lift. For more information visit http://www.beavercreek.com.
Summer 2018 Operating Dates, Hours and Rates
- Centennial Express Lift, 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
- Open Daily: June 16 – September 3
- Open Weekends Only: September 8–30
- Adult One Day Ticket $39
- Child 5 through 12 lift ticket $18
- Adult Lift and Lunch $49
- Child Lift and Lunch $28
- Adult Lift and Bike Haul $45
- Child Lift and Bike Haul $24
- Adult Lift, Bike Haul and Lunch $55
- Child Lift, Bike Haul and Lunch $34