| June 22, 2016 | Lifestyle
The Aspen summer calendar is packed with major events and festivals happening every week, from Aspen Words to the Wanderlust Festival. Here’s our list of those events not to be missed.
Presented by the Aspen Institute in partnership with The Atlantic magazine, the Aspen Ideas Festival is the nation's premier, public gathering place for leaders from around the globe and across many disciplines to present and discuss the ideas and issues that both shape our lives and challenge our times. Vice President Joe Biden will close out the event in a moderated discussion of Aspen Institute President Walter Isaacson. June 23-July 2.
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
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
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. Hurst Theatre, 470 Rio Grande Place, 844-706-7387
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 benefit on August 1 benefit will feature performances inspired by the magic of dance. June 30 through August 21. 970-925-3254
Part yoga retreat, part outdoor adventure summit, part music festival, Wanderlust combines many of the passions that ignite the mountain lifestyle. June 23-July 2.
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. July 8-August 27. Aspen District Theatre, 335 High School Road, 970-925-7175
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. August 4–7. 800-563-7632
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.
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-September 5.
Up to 12,000 people descend upon Snowmass Town Park for three days of concerts. This year’s headliners include Stevie Wonder, The Killers, Duran Duran, Thievery Corporation, and Train. September 2–4. 970-920-4996
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 21-13. 970-925-6882