Aspen’s Best Cultural Finds
Collected by Holly Upper, AFAR Local Expert
Music, dancing, jazz—plus: silver mining
225 Music School Rd, Aspen, CO 81611, USA
On a sunny Sunday afternoon pack a blanket and a picnic basket with an assortment of food and your favorite wine and beverages and follow the locals to the Benedict Music Tent to listen to classical music. Layout your blanket on the lawn and enjoy...
205 S Mill St, Aspen, CO 81611, USA
Starting at 11 pm every Saturday Jimmy’s dining area transforms into a dance floor. This is not your typical Saturday dance party with the DJ spinning club dance music. Instead Latin Music is blaring and whether you come with a dance partner...
110 E Hallam St #126, Aspen, CO 81611, USA
This local non-profit delivers memorable evenings at the theater. With their productions always presenting the best of the plays with phenomenal actors they strive for excellence and hit the mark. They normally have three different plays running...
110 E Hallam St # 104, Aspen, CO 81611, USA
In an unsuspecting venue, downstairs at the Little Nell, a local non-profit, Jazz Aspen Snowmass, presents wonderful evenings of jazz music that you can’t find anywhere else in the valley. They turn the boardroom of the Little Nell in to an...
110 E Hallam St #118, Aspen, CO 81611, USA
Down the hallway of an old elementary school is an unexpected art exhibit featuring local talent. Every couple months it changes themes and one month it highlights the youth of the Roaring Fork Valley from kindergarten to high school. There have...
620 W Bleeker St, Aspen, CO 81611, USA
The Aspen Historical Society has one main mission and that is to preserve the integrity of Aspen and its historical sites. They do it the traditional way through policies and building regulations but they also communicate it to the community and...
Snowmass Village, CO, USA
When I think of Aspen, I tend to think of winter, fancy people, and the movie Dumb & Dumber. And when I hear the words jazz festival, I immediately hear tunes from Herbie Hancock and Esperanza Spalding play through my head. So imagine my surprise...
Smuggler Mine, Colorado 81611, USA
Aspen’s history runs deep with silver mining. People came to Aspen in the 1800’s in the hopes of getting rich by finding the mother load of silver nuggets. Scattered across the mountain sides are mining shafts so be careful where you step. For a...
5263 Owl Creek Rd, Snowmass Village, CO 81615, USA
Anderson Art Ranch is an astounding non-profit organization that is the premier destination for the exploration of one’s creative self. They offer educational opportunities to children, adults, and amateur and professional artists. Set in a rustic...
Fanny Hill, Snowmass Village, CO 81611, USA
Snowmass is the place to be every Thursday night in the summer. The town hosts free concerts on Fanny Hill that range in musical genre from reggae to bluegrass. Even it if you don’t know who the up and coming talent is that is performing that...
Crater Lake, Colorado 81611, USA
It's easy to go off on a solo hike along one of the many trails around Aspen. But I tend to be a nature geek and like to know what I'm looking at. If you call ahead to the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies (ACES) can connect you with a...
1000 N 3rd St, Aspen, CO 81611, USA
The Aspen Institute, a world-renowned nonprofit organization based in Aspen, delivers intellectually stimulating seminars, workshops, lectures, and speakers series. Aspen Institute is most notable for the Aspen Ideas Festival, which happens during...
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