Over the years, the Vail Valley has transformed from a small cluster of Colorado mountain towns to an international ski and snowboard destination, rich in arts and culture. Every year, the area shows itself to the world through its vast array of music, arts, and outdoor events and festivals. Here are some of the most exciting things happening in the valley this year:


Birds of Prey Men’s Downhill Race: November 30 – December 2

The World Cup season begins with several Super G and Downhill races on Beaver Creek’s famed Birds of Prey course. Watch some of the world’s best while enjoying live music and beer tastings.


Vail Snow Daze: December 8 – 10

North America’s largest early season bash commences Vail’s season with free concerts, a sponsor expo village, and plenty of Apres parties sponsored by Bud Light.


Beaver Creek’s Winter Culinary Weekend: January 18 – 21

An exquisite culinary experience with some of the brightest minds in cooking. Mingle with celebrity guest chefs while enjoying five-star meals and a variety of wine and cocktail tastings.

Burton US Open: March 5 – 10

“The World’s Greatest Snowboard Event”. Watch as the top names in snowboarding go head to head in Vail’s halfpipe and terrain park.


Vail Film Festival: April 5 – 8

Come mingle with actors, directors, and filmmakers and see some of the year’s best films. Named one of the “Top 10 Destination Film Festivals in the World” by MovieMaker magazine.

Spring Back to Vail: March 31, April 14 – 15

Finish the season and celebrate spring with two weekends of free concerts and plenty of Apres ski partying sponsored by Bud Light. Top it all off by watching the World Pond Skimming Championships on the 15th.


GoPro Mountain Games: June 6 – 9

Head to Vail for the world’s largest celebration of action sports, art, and music, including


Beaver Creek Rodeo Series: June 21 – August 9

Get a real taste of the wild west every Thursday at this classic Beaver Creek event. Enjoy bull riding, steer roping, and barrel races.


Vail Dance Festival: July 28 – August 11

Enjoy a variety of dance performances from all over the world as this famed Vail festival enters its 30th season.

Oktoberfest Vail: September 7 – 9, 14 – 16

Celebrate fall as Vail transforms into a true Bavarian mountain town for the classic German food and beer festival