Must-Visit Mountain Events This August

High-country summertime fun in August 2017

Here's our list of mountain events you just can't miss this month—and an added bonus: where to watch the solar eclipse!

Photos courtesy of the Crested Butte Music Festival

Crested Butte Music Festival
Crested Butte, Colorado
June 23-August 5, 2017
The Crested Butte Music Festival, entering its 21st season, presents “Identity Unmasked,” a musical showcase exploring identity and its revelation or masking. The seven-week season will take place in the Mt. Crested Butte Mirror Palace where these outstanding performances in classical music, bluegrass, opera, Gypsy Jazz and more will fill the space with amazing sounds!
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Classical Tahoe
Lake Tahoe, Nevada
July 28 – August 12, 2017
A festival featuring acclaimed guest soloists and performances made only more striking by the accompanying scenery of Lake Tahoe, bringing together nationally and internationally recognized musicians for three weeks of concert performances in Incline Village, Nevada.
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Photo by Alex Irvin

Aspen Music Festival and School
Aspen, Colorado
August 1 – 20, 2017
The Aspen Music Festival and School's 69th season, running from June 29 -August 20, offers more than 400 events and features its signature wide variety of musical works, periods and performers. This year’s festival offers a curated mix of concerts exploring the season theme of “Enchantment” through the lenses of myth, fairy tales, magic spells, forbidden love, transformation and the transcendent delights of nature.
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Photo courtesy of Strings Music Festival

Strings Music Festival
Steamboat Springs, Colorado
August 2- August 20 (and on into September), 2017
For over 30 years, Strings Music Festival has hosted over 85 performances of classical music, jazz, rock, country, bluegrass, world rhythms and many other genres every summer and throughout the winter season.
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Vail Jazz Festival
Vail, Colorado
August 3 – August 24, 2017
The umbrella of jazz spans several genres and nowhere is its vast reach more spectacularly exemplified than in the varied lineup of artists on tap for this summer’s Vail Jazz @ Vail Square series. This year will feature an exciting blend of jazz genres: simmering blues, swinging gypsy jazz, soulful vocalists, sizzling Latin jazz, and so much more!
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Photo by Trent Bona, courtesy Mountain Colors

Crested Butte Arts Festival
Crested Butte, Colorado
August 4-6, 2017
Now in its 45th year, the festival features incredible art, fantastic cuisine, exhilarating entertainment, artist demonstrations, children’s activities and an art auction. Proceeds perpetuate the Festival and also provide for year-round, sustainable arts outreach programs for the community of the Gunnison Valley.
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Photo courtesy of Steamboat Wine Festival

Steamboat Wine Festival
Steamboat Springs, Colorado
August 9-13, 2017
A premier destination event where master winemakers, culinary greats, and distinguished guests gather to play, wine, and dine. Experience more than 100 food artisans, wineries, breweries, distilleries, epicurean purveyors, and locally made products at this ultimate food and wine experience.
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Steamboat Parade of Homes
Steamboat Springs, Colorado
August 12, 2017
Your chance to visit illustrious properties throughout one of Colorado’s most beautiful mountain towns while supporting Steamboat Adaptive Recreational Sports, an organization that provides year-round, affordable recreational and educational programs for children, veterans, and adults with special needs.
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Monuments by Craig Walsh, courtesy Breckenridge International Festival of Art

Breckenridge International Festival of Art
Breckenridge, Colorado
August 11–20, 2017
BIFA returns to the high country with its celebration of adventure, play and creativity. From human-sized ants and a psychedelic marching band to pterodactyl-like street puppets and gigantic spinning tops, BIFA offers an exhilarating program of extraordinary events in spectacular places and spaces across Breckenridge, Colorado.
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Photo courtesy of Liquid Blue Events

Tahoe Concours d'Elegance
Lake Tahoe, California
August 11-12, 2017
Gear up for the 45th annual event staged at the historic Obexer’s Boat Company on Lake Tahoe’s beautiful West Shore.The two-day show is open to the public and is a nationally acclaimed display of iconic wooden boats.
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Photo courtesy of Winter Park & Fraser Chamber

Winter Park Uncorked
Winter Park, Colorado
August 19, 2017
Head to Hideaway Park on for another wonderful wine event from 12 pm-5 pm with wine tasting, food samples, live music, champagne cork-off and more!
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Photo courtesy of Sun Valley Resort

Observe the Solar Eclipse!
Hoping to watch the solar eclipse this August while traveling in the mountains? Here's The Heidi Guide's list of where to watch the eclipse in the west

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