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Summer Of Love

Laura A. Ball

It’s hard not to fall in love with Vail in the summertime. As if the world-class mountain biking, hiking, golfing and river rafting weren’t enough, the valley offers premier music, festivals and performing arts all summer long. The great outdoors aren’t just for sports anymore.

Summer is still the Vail Valley’s best kept secret. Ssssshhh. Don’t tell winter.

Hot Summer Nights

Hot Summer Nights makes Tuesday everyone’s favorite day of the week. The free concert series, which runs weekly at 6:30 p.m. from June 13 through Aug. 29, heats up the night with the hottest names in rock, blues, bluegrass and funk music at the Ford Amphitheater in Vail. The outdoor venue with a view of the Gore Range provides the perfect summer spot to spend an evening outdoors socializing, dancing and listening to live music.

The lineup includes the likes of Fraga, Soulive, Jay Nash Band, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Groovaloos and Tony G. Allstars, Sonya Kitchell, Asleep at the Wheel and Honeytribe featuring Devon Allman. For more information and a complete schedule, visit

Beaver Creek Culinary Festival

Spend the weekend outdoors in some of the most beautiful scenery nature has to offer sampling fine culinary feats of fancy. The Beaver Creek Culinary Festival returns Saturday and Sunday, June 24-25, with food and wine booths in the Beaver Creek Plaza all day long. The festival offers an interactive weekend for foodies with seminars on the wines of New Zealand and Partida tequila, Bon Appetit Magazine culinary demonstrations, children’s activities, free music and, of course, delicious food. Chefs from New York to Las Vegas participate in the festival.

Admission to the festival is free. Guests can purchase food and beverages for a nominal price. Wine and spirit seminars are available from $35-50 per person. Culinary demonstrations are $20 per person. For more info visit

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