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Laura A. Ball
Bret Hartman/Vail Daily Members of the Cincinnati Ballet perform "Chasing Squirrel" at the Vilar Center in Beaver Creek. Wednesday was the second and final night of the World premiere of the ballet. The Vail Valley Dance Festival continues through Sunday at the Ford Ampitheater.
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Snow one day, sun the next, sometimes it seems like summer will never get here. But it’s no use complaining. The warmer days will get here in due time. Catch up on your rest now, because as locals know, there’s even more to do in Vail in the summer than in the winter.It’s pretty much impossible to resist the smell of barbecue, especially when it’s coming from the nation’s finest barbecue chefs from Beaver Creek and Kansas City. Mix it with the best micro brews in Colorado and you’ve got the second annual Blues, Brews and Barbecue Festival. The Beaver Creek festivities kick off the summer season Saturday and Sunday, May 28-29, from noon-6 p.m. There’s plenty to do for the whole family including kids’ activities, beer-brewing seminars and a brewers’ expo, barbecue cooking demonstrations, and a chance to vote for your favorite barbecue creations.Blues guitarists Sean Costello and Tommy Castro will rock out in the plaza along with blues singer Bettye LaVette.

For more information, go to http://www.beavercreek.com.Make way for the Teva Mountain Games from June 1-5. Professional and amateur outdoor adventure athletes will converge upon the mountains and rivers of Vail in extreme competitive challenges. Kayakers will challenge the Class IV waters of Dowd Chute racing against the clock. Competitors of all ages will race from the village to the top of Vail Pass in the Vail Pass Hill Climb Time Trial. Climbers scramble head-to-head in the dynamic and fast-paced Speed Bouldering. Watch rafters, runners, fishermen and even dogs compete for bragging rights and prizes during the five days of the games. The Sounds of the Games will bring hip-hop legends Coolio, Digital Underground, Tone-Loc and Young MC to Ford Amphitheater Saturday, June 4, to get everybody on their feet.

For more information, go to http://www.tevamountaingames.com.Have 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 year’s 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.

Hot Summer Nights, always the hottest thing happening on a Tuesdays, gets under way June 14, ending July 26. Nothing beats free music at the Ford Amphitheater, 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 http://www.vvf.org.Freshly picked veggies and fruits, homemade pies, pastries and breads, fresh-cut flowers and trinkets galore. Find them at farmers’ markets across the 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 in Edwards Corner. The famed Minturn Market in historic downtown Minturn kicks off Saturday, June 18, and ends Sept. 10.

The Beaver Creek Rodeo kicks off Thursday, June 23. Experience classic rodeo events such as Bull Riding, Mutton Busting, petting zoo and pony rides every Thursday through Aug. 25.The Beaver Creek Antique Festival provides a weekend filled with interesting and unusual treasures held Friday, June 24, through Sunday, June 26.There 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 to resemble 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. You decide.

The 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 Ford Amphitheater in Vail Village. 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 vailmusicfestival.org.Fourth 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. Beaver Creek hosts “Salute to the Birth of a Nation,” a patriotic concert free to the public on Saturday, July 2.

The 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. 5-6, 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. Need some inspiration? A whirlwind of art sweeps through the 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 in Lionshead from Friday, Aug. 19, through Sunday, Aug. 21, features more than 100 artists and their talents.Country 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.

Country 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 a world down-under to perform 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 vilarcenter.org.Jazz 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 http://www.vailjazz.org.You don’t have to be German to enjoy Oktoberfest. Drink beer, eat sausage and say farewell to summer. Beaver Creek Oktoberfest from noon-6 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 3-4, features 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. 9-10 and 16-17 featuring German fare from Vail’s best chefs.Staff Writer Laura A. Ball can be reached at 949-0555, ext. 619, or laball@vaildaily.com.Vail Colorado


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