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Since the doors opened at The Red Onion, Aspen’s oldest saloon, one thing has been certain – Aspen loves to throw a party, and, boy, do we know how. To this day, Aspen is known for hosting the best celebrations in the world and its annual summer and winter fêtes are no exception. 
 
  • Every third weekend of June when the white Grand Tasting tents in Wagner Park are raised for four days of decadent tastings, seminars and parties at the FOOD & WINE Classic in Aspen.
  • One of the first festivals of its kind, over 30 years the Classic has grown from a small tasting event to “the granddaddy” of all food and wine festivals.
  • The intimate nature of the Classic – which hosts the best wine and food producers from around the world, but limits ticket to only 5,000 – means guests can get up close-and-personal with their favorite celebrity chefs, winemakers and influencers. 
  • Remember that attending the FOOD & WINE Classic is a marathon not a sprint. You’re at altitude! Drink lots of water, pace yourself throughout the day, and don’t be afraid to use the spittoons!
  • Wondering what to wear? Sundresses, shorts and button-down shirts are the choice of most attendees, paired with low-heel shoes that won’t sink into the grass and can get you from venue to venue in a flash.
  • Weather in the mountains is unpredictable and afternoon showers are common, so be prepared with a sweater or a wrap and rain gear, especially for evening events. 
             
  • Aspen’s Old Fashioned Fourth of July means a grand parade with decorated floats, Aspen’s fleet of fire trucks spraying water and throwing candy – even a steam calliope, playing music along the route. 
  • At 8 a.m. the annual Boogie’s Buddy Race, a five-mile road race that begins in Rio Grande Park, speeds down the Rio Grande Trail, uphill along Cemetery Lane, through the West End and finally to the finish line back at the park. 
  • At 11 a.m. the parade begins! Traveling east along Main Street and winding through town, the parade lasts for little more than an hour. 
  • Everyone is encouraged to participate in the parade by decorating their bikes, unicycles or scooters in Paepcke Park before the parade and riding along. 
  • Aspen Music Festival & School offers a Free Fourth of July Concert at the Benedict Music Tent at 4 p.m. 
  • The night ends with ACRA’s Dancing in the Streets (at the corner of Mill Street and the Cooper Avenue Mall) beginning at 6 p.m. The celebration ends with fireworks over Aspen mountain at 9:15 p.m. 
  • To attend the days’ festivities, be sure to take a RFTA bus in and out of town. If you’re coming from downvalley or Snowmass Village, park at the Intercept Lot and catch any bus into town. It’s free!

 

  • Since 1949, the Aspen Music Festival and School has welcomed students from around the world to live, learn and perform at the Castle Creek Campus and at the venues throughout Aspen, including Harris Concert Hall, the historic Wheeler Opera House and iconic Benedict Music Tent. 
  • During the internationally acclaimed festival’s eight weeks, guests can buy a season’s pass, or individual tickets to the performances of their choice.
  • If you prefer the beauty of a lawn seat, one can option to sit on the free David Karetsky Lawn outside of Benedict Music Tent. Bring your lawn chairs, pack a picnic, a bottle of wine and enjoy the music easily heard from the tent. 
  • Lawn seating is also a great option for families with young children and leashed pets, where there is ample room in the back for running and playing throughout the show.  
  • Don’t have time for a full orchestral production? The AMFS Master Class Series allows guests to purchase discounted tickets to watch Aspen Opera Center’s director lead performers in rehearsal.
 
  • JAS hosts two music festivals each year – one in late June, located in Aspen’s Benedict Tent and Harris Concert Hall, and the other over Labor Day Weekend at an outdoor venue in the Snowmass Village Town Park.
  • The June festival brings some of the world’s finest jazz legends to the stage, where tickets allow assigned seating, as well as a lawn party outside the Benedict Music Tent. 
  • Labor Day festival is more of a party – with people bringing beach chairs and blankets, kids and hula-hoops. Labor Day festival is held in Snowmass Village, and there is no public parking available, plan on taking one of the many FREE busses to this event. Beverages are available for purchase. 
  • Stroll the vendor village with JAS merch, smaller stage performances and food to nosh on from around the world.
  • Lineups for both festivals are announced far in advance and tickets can be purchased online. Keep an eye out for Blind Faith tickets, which offer discounted pricing prior to the artists being announced. 
 
  • It’s almost hard to remember a time when Aspen wasn’t home to its own farmers’ market each and every Saturday, it’s become that much of a community staple. 
  • From June 16-Oct. 6 , Colorado vendors from the Roaring Fork Valley, the North Fork Valley and Palisade/Grand Junction area drive to Aspen before dawn to set up stalls in the downtown core, taking over portions of Galena, Hunter and Hopkins avenues.
  • The market, showcase for talented local makers creating treasures from glasswear to leather wear to hats, clothing, jewelry, wood products, paintings and more, as well as traditional farmer’s market offerings of fruits, vegetables, flowers, local meats, baked goods, locally distilled spirits, and more runs from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • It’s a great place to grab a cup of coffee, a freshly baked croissant and chat with friends, new and old. 
  • Leashed dogs are welcome, but be aware that as the day progresses the pavement can become very hot for a dog’s feet. (Speaking of dogs, be sure to meet the new puppies from the Aspen Animal Shelter while you’re there!)
  • Please note that the market eliminates 3 blocks of parking in the downtown core, so plan your transportation accordingly. 
 
  • For close to two decades, Aspen’s Buttermilk mountain has been home to the annual ESPN Winter X Games.
  • The world’s finest female and male snowsports athletes bring their A-game every January to compete in events like SuperPipe, Slopestyle, Big Air and Speed & Style Snowmobiling.
  • All sporting events are free and open to the public, and the mountain runs as usual for ticketed skiers and snowboarders.
  • In addition to the on-mountain events, ESPN hosts live concerts at Buttermilk, adding a festival atmosphere to the four days of competition.
  • X Games attracts some of the biggest crowds of the year to Aspen. There is no public parking at the venue. Riding the bus from the Brush Creek and the Hwy.  82 Intercept lot, or from downtown Aspen, is the easiest way to get to and from Buttermilk. 

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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