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Come for song and dance

Laura Ball
Special to Summertime Guide

Summer’s here and the Vail Valley offers plenty of ways to spend the day outdoors and be entertained. Here are some of the festivals and concerts on the valley’s cultural calendar.Piece of cakeHave your cake and eat it too when Bon Appetit teams up with Beaver Creek for the Beaver Creek Culinary Classic on Saturday and Sunday, June 11-12. The third annual Wedding Cake Competition returns to the mountains to find out who can make the sweetest cake. Five of the nation’s most talented wedding cake designers will ignite their culinary creativity for a chance to win top honors and a large prize purse. This years theme is celebrity weddings. Patrons can also enjoy delicious food and wine from the best restaurants in Beaver Creek, as well as Bon Appetit culinary demonstrations.John Cafferty and the Beaver Brown Band will play on the plaza from 4:30-6 p.m. daily.n For more information, visit music, each weekHot Summer Nights is always the hottest thing happening on a Tuesdays. The free concert series gets under way June 14 and ends July 26. Nothing beats free music at the Ford Amphitheater in Vail, so grab a beer and a partner and start dancing. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and the shows start at 6:30 p.m. The lineup includes country star Dierks Bentley, Irish rockers The Young Dubliners, Louisiana rockers The Subdudes, blues players Henry Butler, R&B artist Eric Lindell, pop rockers Samantha and the funky ReBirth Brass Band. For more information, go to freshFreshly picked veggies and fruits, homemade pies, pastries and breads, fresh-cut flowers and artisan products galore. Find them at farmers’ markets across the Vail Valley this summer. The Vail Farmers’ Market runs every Sunday from June 19 to Sept. 18 on Meadow Drive in the village. The Edwards Farmers’ Market is held every Saturday from June 4 to Oct. 1 at the Edwards Corner. The famed Minturn Market the oldest and largest farmers’ market in the area is located in historic downtown Minturn. It kicks off Saturday, June 18, and ends Saturday Sept. 10. Each market starts between 9 and 10 a.m. and goes to the early afternoon.Giddy upThe Beaver Creek Rodeo kicks off Thursday, June 23. Experience classic rodeo events such as bull- riding, mutton busting, as well as a petting zoo and pony rides every Thursday through Aug. 25. For more information, visit Eagle County Fair and Rodeo is set for July 22 through Aug. 8. Come kick around some dust at the Eagle County Fairgrounds in Eagle and see 4-H project exhibits, a full PRCA rodeo with bull riding, calf roping and other events. For more information and a complete schedule, visit Old and preciousThe Beaver Creek Antique Festival provides a weekend filled with interesting and unusual treasures held Friday, June 24, through Sunday, June 26. For more information, visit a big kidThere is nothing but fun to be had at Big Wheel Brews ‘n’ Chili from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, June 25. Big kids are given a box of parts to assemble something resembling a Big Wheel before they recklessly race through Vail. Chefs will compete for the title of best chili, while Colorado breweries compete for best beer. Come stroll, cheer, taste and help decide.That’s just classicThe Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra will help the Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival kick off its 18th season with Maestro Christopher Seaman leading and Russian pianist Olga Kern performing Rachmaninoff’s Second Piano Concerto. The dramatic Gore Range makes a stunning backdrop for the array of concerts at the idyllic Ford Amphitheater in Vail. The Dallas Symphony Orchestra returns Friday, July 8, with Brahms and Beethoven led by music director Andrew Litton. The big news this year is that the New York Philharmonic has signed on to fill the air of the Rockies with its glorious sounds for three more years, until 2008, at the festival. The New York Philharmonic returns Friday, July 22, with Dvorak led by music director Lorin Maazel. For more information, go to the beautifulFourth of July is a big holiday in Vail. Don’t miss the fun in Vail Village when the Vail America Days Parade travels from the top of Bridge Street in Vail Village to Lionshead starting at 10 a.m. on the Fourth of July. Beaver Creek hosts “Salute to the Birth of a Nation,” a patriotic concert free to the public on Saturday, July 2.On your toesThe 17th annual Vail International Festival of Dance opens Saturday, July 30, with the Inaki Ballet Concierto from Buenos Aires and Argentina. The extraordinary ensemble brings its talent to the dramatic ballet Don Quixote Suite, Acts I and III. Different Dimensions, Sunday, July 31, and Tuesday, Aug. 2, brings two evenings of six dance companies performing classic and contemporary ballet. The Colorado Ballet comes to the Vilar Center for the Arts in Beaver Creek Aug. 3 for the world premiere of collections by choreographer Jessica Lang. Friday and Saturday, Aug. 5 and 6, International Evenings of Dance host two evenings of inspiring classical and contemporary duets and solos performed by the world’s most thrilling dance virtuosos. The Flying Dance Company wraps up the festival Sunday, Aug. 7, turning concepts of classical music and hip-hop upside down with a swift-moving mix of teamwork and harnessed athleticism. Frame thisNeed some inspiration? A whirlwind of art sweeps through the Vail Valley in August. The 18th annual Beaver Creek Arts Festival brings a world of color to Beaver Creek from noon-6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, August 6-7. The Vail Arts Festival comes to Lionshead from Friday, Aug. 19, through Sunday, Aug. 21, featuring more than 100 artists and their talents.Sounds in Beaver CreekCountry rockers Poco gets loco Saturday, July 2, for the Beaver Creek Concert Series, new this year. Catch acts such as Jedd Hughes, Joe Bonamassa and the Average White Band every Saturday from 4:30-6 p.m. on the Beaver Creek Plaza. For more information, visit http://www.beavercreek.snow.comIt’s a little bit countryCountry musician George Canyon brings his chart-topping hits to The Vilar Center for the Arts in Beaver Creek on Friday, June 24. Country music superstar Collin Raye will play Tuesday, July 5. Colin Hay of Men at Work comes from Australia to perform Sunday, July 17. Grammy winning country singer Kathy Mattea performs Sunday, Aug. 14. Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter Lisa Loeb performs Monday, Aug. 22. Queen of folkability Nanci Griffith plays Sunday, Aug. 26. Free Friday family movies begin July 1 at 7:30 p.m. with “The Incredibles,” followed by “Shrek 2” on July 8, “Chicken Run” on July 15 and “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban” on July 22. For more information, go to it upJazz lovers unite! The party is on Labor Day weekend, Sept. 2-5, when the Vail Jazz Festival returns to the Vail Cascade Resort and Spa. Whether it’s group performances, multi-artists jam sessions or the inspiring Gospel Prayer Meetin’, the Weekend has a unique party spirit that attracts jazz musicians and jazz aficionados from all over the world. For more information, go to!You don’t have to speak German to enjoy Oktoberfes festivities. Drink beer, eat sausage and say farewell to the waning summer. Beaver Creek Oktoberfest is from noon-6 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 3 and 4, featuring German delicacies created by Beaver Creek chefs and the sounds of Lech Band and Helmut Fricker and Eddie Money on the plaza. Vail Oktoberfest follows Friday and Saturday, Sept. 9 and10 and again 16 and17 featuring German fare from Vail’s best chefs.Another unique summer-only treat is State Bridge, an outdoor restaurant, bar and concert venue along the Colorado River near Bond. A favorite with fishermen, kayakers, rafters, bikers and other outdoor enthusiasts, State Bridge offers good food, cold beverages and a fantastic view and atmosphere along with fun live music acts all through the summer months. To get to State Bridge, take Interstate 70 west from Vail, exit at Wolcott (Exit 157), then take Colorado Highway 131 norrth to Steamboat Springs. State Bridge is 14 miles north of Wolcott. The venue also has a campground nearby and offers cabins for rent. For more information on State Bridge and it’s entertainment calendar, visit http://www.statebridge.comLaura Ball is an arts and entertainment writer for the Vail Daily.Vail Colorado

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