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Annual Events

Aspen may be known as a popular destination for celebrities, but Aspen is also home to world-renowned events.  Some are even free.  Kicking the year off in style is Aspen's Wintersköl celebration toasting winter with artistic snow sculptures, a canine fashion show and fireworks!  Enjoy fine food and wine? Then make plans to attend the annual FOOD & WINE Classic in Aspen every June.  Featuring the world's most incredible chefs and wine experts, Aspen becomes the top destination to discover the latest in culinary trends.  In the heat of the summer, Aspen's Old Fashioned Fourth of July Celebration brings patriots old and young back to a time when neighbors and new friends gathered to commemorate the founding of our country.  Then art enthusiasts will enjoy a variety of mediums created by nearly 175 artists in Aspen's spectacular summer mountain setting during the Aspen Arts Festival in July.

For more information, please click on the Aspen Chamber's annual events listed below:


June 15-17, 2018   

food_wine_classic_logo.jpgFOOD & WINE Classic in Aspen
Future Dates: June 14 - 16, 2019; June 19-21, 2020 - Dates are subject to change.
One of the nations most prestigious epicurean events.  Culinary stars show their passion for food, wine and entertaining.  More than 300 Vintners pour premium wines complimented by specialty foods from around the world.  Join leading chefs and noted wine authorities for three inspiring days of wine tastings, cooking demonstrations and special events.

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Wednesday, July 4, 2018

4th_july_logo.jpgOld Fashioned 4th of July Celebration
Aspen celebrates Independence Day with small-town appeal.  Approximately 20,000 local residents and visitors come together to honor the nation's birthday in true American style.  Festivities include a parade, live music, picnics, a kids carnival, and spectacular fireworks over Aspen Mountain.


July  21 - 22, 2018  

Aspen Arts Festival
Aspen Chamber Resort Association is proud to join Howard Alan Events in hosting the 16th Annual Aspen Arts Festival.  The Aspen Arts Festival will provide you an exclusive opportunity to experience a broad range of phenomenal creations ranging from life-size sculptures, photography, glass, paintings, ceramics, one-of-a-kind jewelry, and mixed media.


December 20-31, 2018

12_days_aspen_logo.jpg12 Days of Aspen
To celebrate the holiday season, the Aspen Chamber Resort Association is hosting the 12 Days of Aspen.  From December 20-31, downtown comes alive with a variety of FREE holiday activities, special treats, and of course a visit from Santa!  Come join ACRA - and the entire Aspen community - to celebrate the joys of the season.


January  10-13, 2019

WinterskölTM
Aspen's annual "toast to winter," dates back to a quiet January in 1951 when local Aspenites decided to celebrate Aspen's unique Nordic lifestyle with an eclectic weekend of festivities.  The four day celebration features on-mountain activities, an AVSC Rail Jam, WinterFest, fireworks over Aspen Mountain, and much more!

4th of July Parade Waiver

IMPORTANT PARADE INFORMATION

PARADE STARTING/STAGING: The parade will begin at 11:00am. Parade positioning is “first come, first serve” and line up begins no earlier than 10:00am. There is no entry fee and the parade is open to the public. All 5 lanes of Main Street, from Aspen Street to 2nd Street, will be closed to all traffic & designated for parade staging only. Power is not provided in staging area and remember generators do need gas.

PARADE ROUTE: The parade will start East on Main Street. It will turn South onto Hunter Street, then West onto Cooper Avenue. The parade will continue West on Cooper Avenue to Galena Street. At Galena it heads North for 2 blocks before turning West onto Hopkins Avenue. The parade will continue South on Mill then West on Hyman Avenue. Parade participants will be directed to disperse at Hyman and Monarch Street.  PARADE JUDGING: Parade judging will take place in front of the Hotel Jerome. Participants will be limited to 1 minute or less for any performances in front of the judges. Security will be onsite monitoring all entries to help prevent gaps in the parade route. Recognition will be awarded to the best entries in the following categories: 

Most Patriotic | Most Humorous | Best Animal | Best Music | Most Outrageous | Best Children’s  

PARADE REMINDERS:  

  • Consumption of alcohol is prohibited during the parade.
  • Candy, favors, etc. should not be thrown from your float/vehicle during the parade. This is for the safety of the spectators and to prevent children from running out into the street. 
  • Water balloons will not be permitted. According to city ordinances, those caught throwing balloons will be removed from the parade and could face citations and/or arrests. 
  • All parade entries must be in “good taste” and will be allowed in the parade per the director’s discretion. 
  • Maximum height restriction for any float entry is 13’5”.

 

The undersigned organization has elected to participate in the Fourth of July parade sponsored by the City of Aspen and Aspen Chamber Resort

Association (“ACRA”). In consideration for City of Aspen and ACRA allowing the undersigned to participate in the festivities, the undersigned has read, understood, and willingly agreed to the terms of this INSURANCE LIABILITY AGREEMENT and WAIVER AND INDEMNITY AGREEMENT (collectively referred to herein as “RELEASE”).

INSURANCE LIABILITY AGREEMENT

                                    Participants are required to carry insurance adequate to cover any liability for damage, injury, economic loss, or other

liability that may be incurred by individuals and/or organizations during the Fourth of July parade. All participants agree to carry such insurance, and also agree not to submit any claim against the insurance of City of Aspen, ACRA and/or any other sponsors of the parade, their officers, directors, agents, shareholders, employees, or anyone else directly or indirectly connected with production of the parade.

WAIVER AND INDEMNITY AGREEMENT

                                         The undersigned understands the potential dangers that could be encountered in participating in the Fourth of July

parade. The dangers include, among other things, dangers relating to vehicular and pedestrian traffic; crowds of persons in close proximity to such traffic; animals that may react unpredictably in a parade environment; celebration and recreational activities; loud and unexpected noise; items that may be thrown to and from the crowd in connection with the parade; and other dangers traditionally associated with parades.

      Understanding those risks, the undersigned for itself and for all persons who the undersigned invites or allows to participate in the parade with the undersigned, does hereby agree to indemnify, hold harmless, and release City of Aspen, ACRA and/or any other sponsors of the parade, their

officers, directors, agents, shareholders, employees, and anyone else directly or indirectly connected with production of the parade from any and all

liability, claims, demands, actions, or rights of action (including attorneys’ fees and costs) that are related to or are in any way connected with the

undersigned’s participation in the parade. By signing this RELEASE, the undersigned intends to extinguish any and all liability and to indemnify against any loss on the part of City of Aspen, ACRA and/or any other sponsors of the parade, their officers, directors, agents, shareholders, employees, and anyone else directly or indirectly connected with production of the parade for any injury or damage of any nature (without regard to negligence or fault) to the undersigned and to all persons who the undersigned invites or allows to participate in the parade.

                                      The undersigned warrants and represents that it will not invite or allow any person to participate in the parade unless

such person is bound to the terms of this RELEASE. To that end, the undersigned agrees that it shall take any steps necessary to secure agreement of such persons to the terms of this RELEASE, and that it shall be deemed a responsible person within the meaning of C.R.S. § 13-22-107 and § 19-1103(94) for all children who the undersigned invites or allows to participate in the parade.

SUBMISSION OF APPLICATION

   I am the official representative of the undersigned organization. On behalf of the organization, I acknowledge our responsibilities as set forth above. I also accept on behalf of the organization all of the terms and conditions of this

INSURANCE LIABILITY AGREEMENT and WAIVER AND INDEMNITY AGREEMENT.

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