Located just over an hour west of Denver is Summit County: a gateway to sports, camping, and all around mountainous fun.  Including the outlet shops of Silverthorne, quaint streets of Frisco, fairytale setting of Breckenridge, and beautiful mountains of Keystone.  It’s not just a winter playground as these high-altitude towns host a variety of can’t miss festivals and events throughout the summer.  Here’s a rundown of a few.


Lake Dillon Brew Fest and Concert – June 10th

The magnificent Lake Dillon offers picturesque scenery and is the perfect location to enjoy some locally crafted beers and live music.  Kicking off the summer is the Lake Dillon Brew Fest and Concert where they’ll be serving up beer from 25 Colorado breweries and rockin’ the boats with a concert along the waterside of Lake Dillon.  Marina boat rentals start May 26 so consider renting a boat for the morning to enjoy the entirety of the lake and wrapping up your floating journey with this beer and music event which runs from 1pm – 9pm.

To learn more, go to Do Rock the Boat

Frisco BBQ Challenge – June 15th – 17th

A 24-year tradition, the Frisco BBQ Challenge draws in 70+ BBQers, seven bands, and a diverse events plan including pig races and whiskey tastings.  Frisco is the perfect town for an event like this because Main Street is an idyllic mountain setting with cute local shops.  The Frisco BBQ Challenge takes over multiple blocks allowing guests free roam while guzzling Rocky Mountain ales and sucking sauce off those ribs.  Plan your trip accordingly by not eating for a day or two prior so you can pack as much pork in as possible.

To learn more, go to (Lisa) “I’m going to become a vegetarian” (Homer) “Does that mean you’re not going to eat any pork?” “Yes” “Bacon?” “Yes Dad” “Ham?” “Dad all those meats come from the same animal” “Right Lisa, some wonderful, magical animal!”

Keystone’s Bacon and Bourbon Festival – June 24th – 25th

Speaking of bacon… Keystone throws an annual event celebrating two of the greatest vices in the world: bacon, and bourbon.  Whet your pallet at this year’s event with a Bacon Bloody Mary, a staple at the festival each year, and move your way to the Bourbon Tour which features the aged liquor by Basil Hayden’s, Knob Creek, Maker’s Mark, and even Summit County’s own Breckenridge Bourbon.  If you need a break from the bacon (which seems unlikely) buy a ticket for the gondola that will lend gorgeous views of Keystone Resort with access to hiking trails along Dercum Mountain.

To learn more, go to Tasty


Keystone Wine and Jazz Festival – July 15th – 16th

Three weeks later in Keystone is the Wine and Jazz Festival which gathers hundreds of wines for you to taste and learn about.  The festival offers workshops for proper wine tasting techniques and even one that helps you pair wine with cheese.  The morning of the 16th features the festival’s annual tradition of Prosecco and Pancakes.  And, of course, there are plenty of jazz bands keeping your toe tapping all weekend in an ambient wine tasting setting.

To learn more, go to Wine Time

Keystone Bluegrass and Beer Festival – August 5th – 6th

It seems Keystone has put together a pretty good algorithm: combine a specific booze with something people generally like; bacon, jazz, and now bluegrass.  A summer in the mountains is never complete without some bluegrass so circle these dates in your calendar for a must-do event.  40+ Colorado breweries are represented at this festival with ample tastings while 14 bluegrass bands keep up the tempo.

To learn more, go to Mountain Music

Breckenridge International Festival of Arts – August 11th – 20th

The Breckenridge International Festival of Arts (BIFA) is an eclectic celebration of everything that resembles art.  The Ants interactive performance is a unique illustration of banding people (especially children) together for a common goal…even if they don’t know what that goal is.  Whereas the outdoor exhibit of Monuments feels like a Tolkienesque overtaking of public space.  This is unlike any arts festival you’ve been to in your life and you’re in for some memorable experiences with a visit to BIFA.

To learn more, go to Art All Over

With all these events happening in Summit County you may as well find a summer home up there so you don’t miss anything!  Eat bacon, watch bands, and expand your mind with art this summer in the Rocky Mountains.