Art, food, music, and more: in summer, Aspen takes it all outside.


Galleries and Museums


Conveniently located in the heart of historic downtown Basalt, the Art Base is a treasured gathering place for creativity. Summer at the Art Base is bright and colorful with a full calendar of Colorado-based artist openings, free community events, artist talks, and art classes for adults, youth and family. Save the date: ARTB2F: Art Walk Basalt 2nd Fridays Summer Gala pARTy and 10”x10” Art Auction: 9/17/16 99 Midland Spur Basalt Colorado 81621 970-927-4123

Art BAse
The Art Base fosters creative expression in the visual arts for all ages and abilities, providing a base of operations for artists in the roaring fork Valley through education, regular exhibitions, and events that support and stimulate the vitality of the entire roaring fork Valley. 99 Midland Ave., Basalt, 970-927-4123

Aspen Art MuseuM
The AAM is a non-collecting institution presenting the newest, most important evolutions in international contemporary art, as well as innovative and timely exhibitions, educational services, and public programming. The museum is free thanks to the (very) generous patronage of Amy and John phelan. 637 E. Hyman Ave., 970-925-8050

BAldwin GAllery
Since 1994, Baldwin has been presenting new work by established artists of international renown, with a focus on American art. 209 S. Galena St., 970-920-9797

christopher MArtin GAllery
Self-taught artist christopher martin is best known for his signature technique of painting in reverse, using acrylic paint on a sheet of clear acrylic. 525 E. Cooper Ave., 970-925-7649


Les Dames d’Aspen will present the John Denver Bash—the nonprofit’s 15th annual Fleur de Lys Fête—on Wednesday, July 27. The Hotel Jerome soirée will feature dinner, dancing, and music by the Bo Hale Band. Les Dames d’Aspen is one of the major supporters of the Aspen and the Roaring Fork Valley’s arts community, raising funds for Aspen Santa Fe Ballet, Jazz Aspen Snowmass, Aspen Words, Aspen Film, and Theatre Aspen, among many others. Tickets to the WesternthemedWestern-themed bash are $300 for trustees, $350 for non-trustees, and sponsor tables available. 330 E. Main St., 970-925-9028

GAlerie MAxiMilliAn
Since 1997, Galerie max has presented historic masterworks on paper alongside contemporary European work (with a predilection for Young British artists). 602 E. Cooper Ave.; 970-925-6100

red Brick Arts center
For 40 years, red Brick has been supporting local art by providing affordable art programs for children and adults as well as hosting exhibitions from local and regional artists. 110 E. Hallam St., Ste. 118; 970-429-2777

tAniA diBBs
Tania dibbs is a full-time studio artist working in oils, encaustics, and sculpture with a contemporary, conceptual focus. 227 Midland Ave., Ste. 17A, Basalt, 970-948-4075

212Gallery represents a diverse program of contemporary artists (primarily from California, New York, and Europe) working across multiple mediums. 525 E. Cooper Ave., 970-925-7117

Benefits & Festivals


American Renewable Energy Day returns to the Roaring Fork Valley June 20-24 for five days of deep immersion into topics designed to cause a historic and necessary transition to an environmentally and economically sound future. The theme of this year’s event is “From Paris to the Polls: Implementing Low Carbon Economies,” and speakers— including Key Note presenter, the President of Iceland, Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson, T. Boone Pickens, former Colorado Governor Bill Ritter, and Dr. Sylvia Earle—will span both the public and private sectors in science, finance, investment, and government. The festival will also include films, live music, and an environmental expo at Viceroy Snowmass.

Aspen FilM
Celebrating its 38th year, aspen film’s flagship event is a six-day noncompetitive festival showcasing 20 narrative and documentary features, a dynamic mix of award-worthy fall previews, and acclaimed independent films from the international festival circuit. September 21–25, 970-925-6882

Aspen Music FestivAl
AMF’s eight-week season offers more than 300 classical music events, including orchestral and chamber performances, opera productions, master classes, and more. this year’s august 1 benefit, “a feast of music: invitation to dance,” will feature performances inspired by the magic of dance. June 30 through August 21, 970-925-3254

Aspen sAntA Fe BAllet
Aspen’s premier dance troupe returns for performances all summer long, featuring its signature classical-meets-contemporary style, and welcomes performances from the L.A. Dance Project and Paul Taylor Dance Company. Aspen District Theatre, 335 High School Road, 970-925-7175

Aspen Words
The annual Summer Words fest is one of the country’s preeminent literary conferences, welcoming visitors and locals alike to celebrate writing and writers. Workshops and author talks take place in venues across town each June. The nonprofit will also host a summer fundraiser featuring Lucy Kalanithi and Ann Patchett at the Hotel Jerome on June 22. June 19–24, 970-925-3122

Food & Wine ClAssiC
The ne plus ultra of food and wine festivals in the country, this weekend fête features celebrity chefs, cooking seminars, grand tastings, and nighttime soirées in venues all over town. June 17–19

JAzz Aspen snoWmAss
June experience Celebrating its 26th anniversary, Jazz Aspen Snowmass invites superstars Diana Ross, Sheryl Crow, and Smokey Robinson to headline its June fest at the Benedict Music Tent. Every evening kicks off with a lawn party outside the tent, with food vendors, bars, and two live music stages. June 24 through July 2, 970-920-4996


The 7th annual ArtAspen returns to the aspen ice garden. Though the boutique art fair is under new management— Georgia-based Urban expositions—attendees can still expect the same quality that has delighted art lovers for the better part of a decade. Limited to just 30 dealers, the intimate and impeccably designed setting provides fairgoers an elegant and manageable viewing and buying experience, making this little-fair-that-could one of the most dynamic marketplaces for important contemporary and post-war art. ArtAspen, August 4–7 at the Aspen Ice Garden, 233 W. Hyman Ave., 800-563-7632

JAzz Aspen snoWmAss lABor dAy experienCe
Up to 12,000 people descend upon Snowmass Town Park for three days of concerts. This year’s headliners: Stevie Wonder, The Killers, Duran Duran, Thievery Corporation, and Train. September 2–4, 970-920-4996

motherlode VolleyBAll ClAssiC
Now in its 44th year, this is the nation’s largest doubles volleyball tournament, bringing more than 1,000 amateur and professional volleyball players to town. August 31 through September 5


First Western Trust has recently opened an office in Aspen. The company believes that wealth isn’t just about money. It’s about your relationships, your experiences, and your spirit. They look at the four dimensions of your wealth and put your life story at the center. President Charles Bantis, a long-time resident of Aspen, and his First Western Trust Aspen team provide outstanding personal service and have a trusted relationship with clients, offering expertise in private banking, lending, investment management and wealth planning. Get a free ConnectView® planning session today. 201 North Mill Street, Unit 202 Aspen, CO 81611 970-710-7200

This year’s Mountainsummit: Mountainfilm in Aspen celebrates the 100th birthday of the National Parks Service with film screenings, events, and programs at the Wheeler Opera House commemorating our country’s crown jewels: its spectacular national parks. August 24–28 at the Wheeler Opera House, 320 E. Hyman Ave., 970-920-5770

theAtre Aspen
Theatre Aspen’s 2016 summer season will feature: ABBA-filled hit “Mamma Mia”; outrageous comedy “Buyer and Seller”; and “Dear Edwina,” about an exuberant 13-year-old problem solver who dishes out advice with the help of her friends and a little song and dance. June 24 through August 16 at the Hurst Theatre, 470 Rio Grande Place, 844-706-7387

Wanderlust Festival
Part yoga retreat, part outdoor adventure summit, part music festival, Wanderlust combines many of the passions that ignite the mountain lifestyle. June 30 through July 3



The CP Restaurant Group—owners of Steakhouse No. 316, The Wild Fig, and CP Burger—have done it again with The Monarch. The sophisticated steak house combines classic cocktails, exquisite steaks, fresh seafood, and an extensive wine list with a seductively dark interior that evokes an old-world gentlemen’s club. The pewter bar hosts a collection of art and objects, including a vintage jet engine transformed into a large, gleaming mirror, while the custom chairs, stools, and banquettes are covered in luxurious leathers and velvets. The cherry on top? Tableside service with vintage bar carts. 411 S. Monarch St., 970-925-2838

39 degrees
Don’t miss this summer hot spot’s last season (and one of Aspen’s few public pools and hot tubs) before it shutters this fall. 709 E. Durant Ave.,970-925-6760

One of town’s top pizzerias and trattorias boasts an impressive Italian-centric bar, with plenty of amari and aperitivi to stir up an appetite. 415 E. Main St., 970-925-8222

ajax tavern
Look out for the occasional springtime rock-outs on the famous Ajax patio at the base of Aspen Mountain. 685 E. Durant Ave., 970-920-6334

BB’s Kitchen
Mountain-inspired cuisine made with the freshest ingredients is well worth the climb upstairs. 525 E. Cooper Ave., 970-429-8284

Bia hoi
Not to be missed in Snowmass: Bia Hoi’s Asian-inspired cuisine, craft cocktails, and upbeat atmosphere in an industrial urban setting. 110 Carriage Way, Ste. 3101, Snowmass, 970-429-8796

Renowned Aspen chef Barclay Dodge will open Bosq Aspen in June, offering new world cuisine with a strong Chinese spirit and a wine list with loads of accessible options. 312 S. Mill St.

cache cache
The modern American cuisine with classical French at its roots served at Cache Cache has been an Aspen staple for nearly 30 years. 205 S. Mill St., Ste. 106, 970-925-3835

campo de Fiori
Campo serves up some of Aspen’s best Italian fare in an elegant atmosphere. The bar becomes a bit of a scene after dark. 205 S. Mill St., 970-920-7717

cariBou cluB
One of only two private clubs in Aspen, the raw bar, wine list, and Colorado-inspired cuisine at Caribou never fail to disappoint. 411 E. Hopkins Ave., 970-925-2929

cheFs cluB
By Food & Wine Located inside the St. Regis, the craft cocktails and rotating collection of Best New Chefs make Chefs Club a can’t-miss for any foodie. 315 E. Dean St., 970-429-9581

crêperie du village
The Crêperie serves rustic yet refined French alpine cuisine in one of town’s most romantic settings. 400 E. Hopkins Ave., 970-925-1566

eight K
Discerning Creole-Colorado dining in a modern architectural marvel at the Viceroy Snowmass makes Eight K a standout. 130 Wood Road, Snowmass, 970-923-8008

element 47
Inside The Little Nell, discover five-star dining along with one of the country’s most celebrated wine programs. 647 E. Durant Ave., 970-920-4600

This rustic, northern Italian restaurant is a local favorite—and so are the aperitivi and vino from its bar. 430 E. Hyman Ave., 970- 925-2976

grey lady
The attention to detail—from the specialty cocktails and lobster roll to the mountain-maritime décor—creates an experience that is sure to bring you back for more. 305 S. Mill St., 970-925-1797

The top-shelf liquors, wine, craft beers, cheese boards, and Asian-inspired small plates have already made this new speakeasy-style lounge a hit. 301 E. Hopkins Ave., 970-710-7275

Belly up to the bar at one of town’s oldest watering holes and feast on the exquisite bar cuisine. Hotel Jerome, 330 E. Main St., 970-429-7674

This “American restaurant and bar” serves up great steaks, even better tequila, and one of the liveliest nighttime bar scenes in town. 205 S. Mill St., Ste. 2, 970-925-6020

Jimmy’s Bodega
Same Jimmy we love, with a different location and lighter concept: seafood, raw bar, wine. 307 S. Mill St., 970-710-2182

Justice snow’s
JSnow might be known for its intricate cocktails, but this hip, center-of-town eatery gives just as much love to its fresh, Colorado cuisine. 328 E. Hyman Ave., 970-429-8192

Kenichi of aspen
This long-time sushi hideout is also home to one of the country’s longest sake lists. 533 E. Hopkins Ave., Ste. 2, 970-920-2212

Expect exceptional and innovative Japanese cuisine upstairs in the lounge or downstairs in the more formal main dining room. 303 E. Main St., 970-544- 6628

Mezzaluna has an eclectic menu of internationally influenced fare, but with an Italian focus. 624 E. Cooper Ave., 970-925-5882

Mexican cuisine returns to Main Street in June with this La Cantina redux from former employees Darren Chapple and Adam Malmgren. 411. E. Main St.

peach’s corner café
Serving coffee, tea, pastries, and smoothies, as well as breakfast and lunch, this café has one of the best people-watching patios in town. 121 S. Galena St., 970-544-9866

Long-lived, upscale, and so, so bespoke—Piñons is an Aspen institution with a Latin bent. 105 S. Mill St., 970-920-2021

ricard Brasserie & liquor
Bar Find Parisian street-side ambiance within view of the gondola at this classic brasserie. 110 Carriage Way, Snowmass, 855-303-4465

rustique Bistro
The authentic French country cuisine of this bistro setting is celebrated from coast to coast. 216 S. Monarch St., 970-920-2555

so café
SO is located atop the Aspen Art Museum, and features an innovative, rotating weekly menu of local ingredients prepared by AAM culinary partners Julia and Allen Domingos. 637 E. Hyman Ave., 970-925- 8050

no. 316
An NYC-style steak house paired with healthy seafood dishes and superb salads means there’s something for everyone. 316 E. Hopkins Ave., 970-920-1893

Venga Venga
This Mexican cantina and tequila bar with a heated outdoor patio is located right off of Fanny Hill in Snowmass. 105 Daly Lane, Snowmass, 970-923-7777

white house taVern
White House serves elevated sandwiches, burgers, salads, and craft cocktails in an intimate, 19th-century miner’s cottage. 302 E. Hopkins Ave., 970-925-1007

the wild fig
The Wild Fig is a charming European brasserie boasting flavors from France, Spain, Italy, and Greece. 315 E Hyman Ave., 970-925-5160

Located inside the Ritz- Carlton at Aspen Highlands, this upscale eatery offers contemporary American cuisine made with local ingredients. 76 Prospector Road, 970-429-2327

woody creeK taVern
Come hungry to the eclectic bar and restaurant where Hunter S. Thompson hung his hat. 2858 Upper River Road, Woody Creek, 970-923-4585

Live Music

Belly up aspen
This local favorite venue hosts national, regional, local, and superstar acts. 450 S. Galena St., 970-544-9800

Jas café
The JAS Café features live jazz curated by Jazz Aspen Snowmass in an underground white tablecloth club at The Nell and on the rooftop deck of the Aspen Art Museum. June 23 through August 20, 970-920-4996

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