One of the best things about Aspen, Colorado is that it truly has something for everyone - kids young and old, athletes, artists, musicians, academics, discoverers, explorers, retreaters, spa-goers, shoppers, diners and more. If you're looking for things to do in Aspen - look no further. Hotel Aspen is located steps away from town center, the hub of the action.
Belly Up Aspen - Year-round
When you come to Aspen Snowmass a must visit hot spot is the Belly Up Aspen. The Belly Up hosts musical talent from around the world including acts such as: Ben Harper, Social Distortion, Damien Marley, B.B. King, SEAL, Chris Isaak, Method Man, Redman, Jurassic 5 and many, many more.
2018 Winter Season Events
39th Annual Aspen Filmfest39th Annual Aspen Filmfest, October 2018
Aspen Film's flagship event is a noncompetitive festival showcasing narrative and documentary features, a dynamic mix of award-worthy fall previews, and acclaimed independent films from the international festival circuit. Filmfest audiences are often among the first in the country to see films like Room, The Imitation Game, Whiplash, Argo, The Artist, The King's Speech, and Nebraska.
The Meeting, October 2018
In its 13th year, The Meeting will once again deliver an unforgettable weekend of film, music, industry conference, networking and all around snow stoke.
Aspen Highlands Opening Day, December 16, 2017
Buttermilk Ski Area Opening Day, December 9, 2017
The 12 Days of Aspen, December 20-31
To celebrate the holiday season, the Aspen Chamber Resort Association is hosting the 12 Days of Aspen. From December 20-31, downtown comes alive with a variety of free holiday activities, cookies, hot chocolate and much more! Come join the entire Aspen community - in celebrating the winter season and the holidays with the 12 Days of Aspen!
Toyota U.S. Grand Prix, January 10-14, 2018
U.S. Snowboard Team and U.S. Freeski Team athletes will be competing to punch their tickets to the Olympic Winter Games in the 2017-18 iteration of the Toyota U.S. Grand Prix, marking Toyota’s second consecutive year as the events’ title sponsor. Colorado’s Copper Mountain and Aspen Snowmass, along with California’s Mammoth Mountain will host stops on this season’s tour.
Wintersköl, January 11-14, 2018
Aspen's annual "toast to winter," dates back to a quiet January in 1951 when local Aspenites decided to celebrate Aspen's unique Nordic lifestyle with an eclectic weekend of festivities. Today the four day celebration features on-mountain activities, live music, a canine fashion show, WinterFest, fireworks and much more.
Bud Light Hi Fi Concert Series
The Bud Light Hi-Fi Concert Series hosted by Aspen Snowmass features a series of free, outdoor concerts held during key events and peak weekends throughout the season. Past performers include Donovan Frankenreiter, Robert Randolph and the Family Band, Pennywise, Blues Traveler, North Mississippi Allstars, Umphree’s Mcgee, Vampire Weekend, Nakho and Medicine for the People, Big Gigantic, Ghostland Observatory, De La Soul and more.
- January 12: DJ Z-Trip
- February 17: Cold War Kids
- March 24: Rebirth Brass Band
- March 31: Antibalas
Gay Ski Week, January 14-21, 2018
Aspen Gay Ski Week is the premier GLBT winter travel event. If you enjoy skiing, snowboarding, dining, shopping, music, comedy and more... you will love Aspen Gay Ski Week!
ESPN Winter X Games, January 25-28, 2018
The annual Winter X Games is the premier winter action sports event in the world, featuring athletes from across the globe competing for medals and prize money in the sports of Ski, Snowboard and Snowmobile. Winter X Games Aspen will feature nighttime events and will be telecast live on ESPN.
Bud Light Plaza Sessions, February 10, 17 & 24, and March 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30, 2018
This popular eight-week series is a mainstay and weekly favorite for the best snowboarders and skiers in the state of Colorado. Each week they gather to perform the latest tricks for a chance at a weekly prize purse and series points in an urban inspired rail garden on Fanny Hill at Snowmass Ski Area.
The Owl Creek Chase, February 11, 2018
The Owl Creek Chase has been one of Colorado's largest and most premier cross-country ski races since 1985. The challenging course from Snowmass Village to Aspen presents the very best that Colorado skiing has to offer; tough climbs, scenic views, thrilling descents and excellent snow conditions.
Aspen Laugh Festival, February 20-24, 2018
After countless years as the featured site for the HBO/U.S. Comedy Arts Festival, and three years as the co-producer and home of the Aspen Rooftop Comedy Festival, the Wheeler stepped up in 2011 to present its own unique four-day comedy experience, where comics got to do what comics do best: Everything funny. Come ski all day and laugh all night as Aspen presents the most brilliant new voices in comedy in a variety of stand-up and improv events. The 2018 Aspen Laugh Festival will host "Saturday Night Live" castmember Colin Jost, stand-up vet Paula Poundstone and roastmaster Jeff Ross among others for five days of performances in February at the Wheeler Opera House.
Aspen Snowmass Freeskiing Open, February 22-24, 2018
The Aspen Snowmass Freeskiing Open at Buttermilk, is one of the last and longest running independent open competitions in the nation. It opens up the X Games Aspen Slopestyle and Superpipe and Big Air courses to amateur and professional level athletes. Last year, the open drew around 200 competitors from six nations to test their skills!
Audi Power of Four Ski Mountaineering Race, March 3, 2018
The Audi Power of Four Race Series is a premier endurance race series utilizing the unique and amazing terrain of each of the four Aspen Snowmass mountains. Each race is designed to test the limits and skills of both elite and recreational athletes. The Power of Four Sport Division has a 6:00 AM race start in Snowmass Base Village. The Power of Two Rec Division begins at 8:00 AM at the base of Aspen Highlands.
Bud Light Spring Jam, March 23-April 1
Aspen's premier spring festival in the Colorado Rocky Mountains, with new-school competitions, downtown concerts and parties. Events also include Bud Light Hi-Fi Concerts, The Banked Slalom snowboard race, and Terrain Park Boot Camps.
Elk Mountain Grand Traverse, March 23-24, 2018
Nearly 200 racers will being their journey tackling the 40-mile course that starts at 9,000 feet in Crested Butte, takes skiers through Mt. Crested Butte Ski Resort. The race is scheduled to start at midnight on Friday which allows entrantsto reach Star Pass (12,303 ft) before the warmth of the day increases the likelihood of avalanches. The remote route continues through the Elk Mountains and over one more mountain pass before finishing at the base of the Aspen Mountain.
Aspen ShortsFest, April 3-8, 2018
Recognized as one of the premier short film festivals in the world, this Oscar®-qualifying festival embraces diverse sensibilities and subjects that capture the zeitgeist of today’s world. Filmmakers from around the globe attend Shortsfest each spring to share their work, speak with audiences, and attend panel discussions about the art of filmmaking.
Schneetag, April 8, 2018
Schneetag (pronounced Sch-knee Tog) is the German word for "snow day." Put simply, it translates as "daredevils willing to propel themselves down a hill, over a jump and across a pond on a craft they built themselves." This hilarious event is one not to miss. The Annual Schneetag invites teams of four to create a craft that they will pilot down a slope at Aspen Highlands and attempt to float across a 20x40 foot pond. Every team has a theme and will perform a skit before they descend. This event is just as ridiculous and entertaining as it sounds.
Photo courtesy of ACRA and Jeremy Swanson