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Discover Unique, Only-in-Vail Moments this Summer

Paragon Guides offers unique hiking options with llamas throughout the summer including "Take a Llama to Lunch" hikes.

This summer, discover unique only-in-Vail moments with new events, flights and more. Vail’s quaint mountain village has welcomed year-round visitors for nearly 60 years with unlimited outdoor adventures, inventive dining experiences and unique ways in which guests can rest and recover from a day of play in the mountains. From goat happy hours to headliner concerts and performances, Vail offers endless ways to inspire travel to its Rocky Mountain playground.

Vail Dance Festival Names Duo Artists-In- Residence for 36th Season
The Vail Dance Festival returns for its 36th season July 26 – August 5 with 13 performances featuring dance luminaries from across the United States and around the world. The Festival’s packed performance calendar includes appearances by Dance Theatre of Harlem, Limón Dance Company, Cleo Parker Robinson Dance, Colorado Ballet, and DanceAspen, as well as artists from New York City Ballet, Alonzo King LINES Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, BalletX, Philadelphia Ballet and other extraordinary independent artists.

This season, the Vail Dance Festival welcomes New York City Ballet principal dancer Sara Mearns and acclaimed choreographer Jamar Roberts as this year’s duo Artists-In-Residence. Mearns will perform in a range of repertory, teach master classes and participate in various aspects of the Festival’s community engagement. Her appearances on the stage will include debuts in George Balanchine’s Elegie, and in an excerpt from Martha Graham’s Clytemnestra and she will dance in fellow Artist-in-Residence Jamar Roberts new work. Roberts will create a new work to debut on the NOW: Premieres program on August 5, 2024, teach master classes and participate in various aspects of the Festival’s community engagement.

Guests can enjoy scenic gondola rides this summer in Vail, Colorado.

GoPro Mountain Games Goes “Grom” for 2024
The GoPro Mountain Games, held each June is Vail, is the country’s most celebrated festival of adventure sports. This year, the event enters its 22nd year of arts, athletes, music and mountains with fresh energy and a lot of new and exciting opportunities for pro and amateur athletes, concert-goers and spectators. This year’s event features more tween and teen (aka “grom”) events and categories than ever before to provide the next wave of mountain athletes and outdoor lovers a place to celebrate their love of the mountain lifestyle.

Bravo! Vail Music Festival Offers Music Luminaries, Opera & More
The Bravo! Vail Music Festival returns June 20-August 1 presenting more than 80 performances. Highlights include Mexico’s Sinfónica de Minería—the Festival’s first Latin American orchestra; two staged productions of La bohème with The Philadelphia Orchestra, Jaap van Zweden’s last concerts as New York Philharmonic’s music director and more. 

Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater Hosts More Headliners Than Ever Before
This breathtaking, outdoor Gerald R. Ford Amphitheatre aka The Amp at the base of Vail Mountain is no longer Colorado’s best-kept secret. A continued partnership between the venue and AEG Presents has led to more headliner performances than ever before with more than 10 major artists already confirmed for this summer including Portugal the Man, Norah Jones and Barenaked Ladies. In 2024, the venue will also continue to host Hot Summer Nights, a series of free concerts that welcomed eight amazing bands last year. The storied venue is also home to the Bravo! Vail Music Festival and Vail Dance Festival events and more.

New “Dinosaurs Among Us” Exhibit at Betty Ford Alpine Gardens
This summer, the Betty Ford Alpine Gardens, the highest alpine garden in the world, will offer a new “Dinosaurs Among Us” exhibit that highlights the unbroken line between the charismatic dinosaurs that dominated the planet for about 170 million years and modern birds. The exhibit features large-scale color illustrations of familiar and newly discovered extinct dinosaur species as they would have looked in life. Visit throughout the summer for “Dinosaurs Among Us” related family scavenger hunt, educational activities and expert speakers.

Vail’s Art in Public Places introduces Danielle SeeWalker as this Summer’s Artist in Residence
SeeWalker, Húŋkpapȟa Lakȟóta and citizen of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in North Dakota, is a fine artist, muralist, writer, activist and mother based in Denver, Colo. While in Vail from June 10-22, she will create a mural in Vail Village, lead a hands-on art project open to the public, participate in a book signing and a moderated talk on June 19 with the Vail Symposium. She will also have a display of images from her internationally acclaimed Red Road Project in the Town’s Municipal Building throughout the summer. In late July, artist Squire Broel’s commissioned bronze totemic sculpture will be installed in Ford Park as the culmination of the inaugural Artist in Residency program in summer 2023.