The Vail Valley attracts travelers from around the globe to experience its beauty and attractions. To satiate the appetite of such a diverse audience, a huge variety of entertainment is available year round.
Entertainment in the form of festivals, competitions, concerts, and dance are frequent in our bustling mountain town. Many are even free to enjoy!
Gerald R Ford Amphitheater
Located in Vail, this venue brings in world-renowned performances from talent such as the New York Philharmonic and the Dallas Symphony Orchestra for its highly anticipated Bravo! Vail series. The Ford Amphitheater also hosts the Vail Dance Festival which attracts dancers from all genres for two weeks of shows. Hot Summer Nights is a locally loved free concert series held on Tuesday evenings throughout the summer. Additional summer concert guests are from all genres.
Recently, the Amphitheater hosted Rodrigo y Gabriela, Maren Morris, Lindsey Sterling, Death Cab for Cutie, Umphrey’s McGee, and Michel Franti.
The venue seats just 2,565 guests so all performances have a level of intimacy not found at larger venues. Performances take place from late spring to early fall as it is an outdoor venue with a covered stage and partially covered seating.
Vail Dance Festival
Hot Summer Nights
Vilar Performing Arts Center
For a truly intimate concert experience, purchase tickets to a show at the Vilar Performing Arts Center in Beaver Creek Village. There is truly no bad seat in this 530-seat theater.
Although it does host a variety of performers, orchestras, and dance groups, the Vilar Center’s focus lately has been on bringing in performers to appeal to millennials. Really, these are bands anyone can enjoy.
Recent concerts have featured Billy Currington, Old Dominion, Las Cafeteras, 311, and The Main Squeeze. Bands who play at the Vilar Center range from blues to country, Latin to classical, and everything in between.
Town of Vail
The Town of Vail hosts concerts and signature events throughout the year. Event locations vary and often take place throughout the village but most concerts are outdoors in the Solaris center. Check the town of Vail’s website for an up to date schedule.
Some notable events and festivals include:
GoPro Mountain Games
Vail Farmers Market and Art Show
Vail Wine Classic
Gourmet on Gore
Vail Film Festival
Taste of Vail
Beaver Creek hosts a number of Signature Events and holiday celebrations including:
Blues, Brews, and BBQ Festival
Wine & Spirits Festival
Check the village’s website for an up to date schedule of events.
Free Summer Concerts
For a complete list of free summer concerts, which take place in 4 towns throughout the Vail Valley every summer, click here.
For a complete list of farmers markets in the Vail Valley each summer and fall, click here.
A Little Something for Everyone
Whether your interest is in food and wine festivals, symphony orchestras and jazz ensembles, or outdoor concerts with flair, the Vail Valley’s entertainment schedule is sure to satisfy your craving for awesome performances.