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This Week in Aspen: August 3-10, 2018

Start planning your weekly itinerary in Aspen with the many options below:

Friday, August 3

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Historic Downtown Walking Tour with Aspen Historical Society (10:30 a.m., originates at Wheeler Opera House). Enjoy a guided walking tour of historic buildings and sites in downtown Aspen with the Aspen Historical Society. For information on this tour and all tours offered this summer with Aspen Historical Society click here.

Saturday, August 4


Aspen Historical Society Ice Cream Social (2 p.m., Wheeler/Stallard Museum). Aspen Historical Society will host the annual Ice Cream Social from 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. at the Wheeler/Stallard Museum grounds. Admission is free with ice cream bowls and spiked “Aspen Crud” milkshakes available for a small fee. The all-ages community gathering will feature music from the Roaring Fork High School Jazz band, followed by a presentation of “A Briefly Complete History of Aspen,” a theatrical crash-course in Aspen history performed by professionally-trained actors. Lawn games will be set up for guests to play throughout the party.


Theatre Aspen presents Our Town (7:30 p.m., Hurst Theatre). Theatre Aspen’s summer performance of ‘Our Town’ closes this Saturday with a final show on Saturday evening. This iconic Pulitzer Prize-winning play presents life in Grover’s Corners, New Hampshire. For tickets, click here.


Sunday, August 5


Bluegrass Sunday (12 p.m., top of Aspen Mountain). Enjoy free bluegrass on top of Aspen Mountain next to the sundeck from 12-3 p.m. with Monocle Band. A favorite among locals, Sundays feature top bluegrass musicians from around Colorado performing in this ideal Rocky Mountain setting. 


Monday, August 6

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Percussion Ensemble (6 p.m., Harris Concert Hall). Enjoy the annual evening of wild and wonderful repertoire for percussion ensemble, curated and conducted by artist-faculty member Jonathan Haas. Works include one for rhythmic flashlights in the dark; percussion, harp, and soprano; a percussion ensemble using fifty instruments and a flute. Tickets are only $25 and can be purchased online in advance.


Tuesday, August 7


ACES Jessica Catto Dialogue featuring Gina McCarthy (6 p.m., Hotel Jerome ballroom). A passionate advocate, Gina McCarthy is one of the world’s most respected voices on the critical interconnection between the environment and global public health. Her lecture, "The Future of the Planet: Climate Change & Environmental Protection," will feature her passion and vast wealth of knowledge gained from over 30 years as a public servant. RSVP for this event online here. Please not that RSVP does not reserve a seat.


Wednesday, August 8

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Aspen Philharmonic Orchestra (6 p.m., Benedict Music Tent). The Aspen Philharmonic Orchestra presents a colorful trip around the globe with a program including a Russian favorite by Rachmaninoff, bookended by works with French and Spanish influences. The performance ends with Ravel’s iconic Bolero, for more information on tickets click here.


Thursday, August 9

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Sunset Beaver Walk at ACES (7:30 p.m., Hallam Lake). Visitors of all ages are invited to join an ACES Naturalist to explore the nature preserve during sunset - the best time to catch a peek at the resident beaver family at Hallam Lake. Suggested donation $5 or $10 per family.

Friday, August 10


Aspen Santa Fe Ballet presents Joyce Yang (8 p.m., Aspen District Theatre). Presented in collaboration with the Aspen Music Festival & School, this two-night encore performance features live piano with Joyce Yang and dance. Also on the program are Jiří Kylián’s seminal Return to a Strange Land set to the music of Leoš Janáček, and Nicolo Fonte’s touching Where We Left Off with music by Philip Glass. Tickets can be purchased online here.

Berkel Beats and DJ Lo_G (9:30 p.m., Belly Up). Head to Belly Up for a free Friday night show with Berkel Beats and DJ Lo_G. Doors open at 9:30 p.m. with show starting at 10 p.m.


For more information, visit our events calendar, or visit the following for detailed information: Aspen Music Festival’s calendar, Aspen Institute’s calendarTheatre AspenAspen FilmAspen WordsJazz Aspen SnowmassAspen Art Museum, and Anderson Ranch, as well as the Aspen Historical Society and Aspen Center for Environmental Studies, all of which offer enticing activities for visitors and locals.