Spring in Vail, Colorado is a fantastic time, you can ski in the morning and hit golf balls in the afternoon, and you never know what the weather will hold. It is also the start of Festival season. Home to an array of music festivals, camping festivals, sports festivals, culinary festivals and more, there is no shortage of events in the Spring in Vail, Colorado. Come check out some of our favorites.
Springtime Events in the Vail Valley
April 3- April 7
Taste of Vail: Spring Wine & Food Classic Festival
The Taste of Vail features more than 30 of Vail’s finest local chefs and restaurateurs alongside the owners and winemakers from nearly 50 of the countries’ top wineries. This iconic culinary festival promotes the very best of the Vail mountain lifestyle and its ever evolving culinary scene.
This is an epicurean event that showcases Vail’s finest chefs and the country’s top vintners, it is an event not to be missed. The festival includes many events, including, seminars, brunch, pop-ups and of course its signature events
- Debut of Rosè 2019 First Taste of 2018 Rosè
Be the first to experience just released Rosès for the first time at this amazing Debut event.
Rosè wines offer immense diversity of styles and flavors, especially if you include sparkling Rosès. These delicious wines are startlingly refreshing and immensely seductive. Come and enjoy a sneak peek (and taste) of these delicious wines. The event will feature more than 100 Rosè varietals to sample
- The American Lamb Cook-Off & Après Ski Tasting
Come and partake in the American lamb cook off, favorite local spring event. Taste a delightful array of lamb dishes, courtesy of the Vail Valley’s finest chefs and the American Lamb Board. Alongside these delicious dishes, Taste of Vail’s participating wineries will be showcasing a wide array of varietals that include Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir, Shiraz, and Zinfandel.
- Mountain Top Tasting
Come experience the crème de la crème of outdoor tastings. Held at the top of Vail Mountain, at 10,350 feet above sea level, this event offers breathtaking views as well as delicious gourmet food, beer, wine, and spirits. Snow or shine this is an unforgettable event not to be missed. Please use your ski pass if you have one. If not, walking passes will be available.
- The Reserve Grand Tasting & Auction
Come and experience this decadent and unparalleled wine and culinary extravaganza. This is a Reserve Tasting and features all of the Taste of Vail’s wineries and restaurants. This is your chance to taste the best of the best! The evening also include the Taste of Vail Auction.
April 11-April 14
Spring Back to Vail Festival: Free Concerts & Pond Skimming
The end of the ski season heralds the coming of spring in the mountains and with it the promise of Spring Back to Vail. This super charged fun event promises free concerts at Ford Park, in-town and on-mountain late season specials, demos, expos, product sampling, après, after dark parties, DJs spinning tunes and a lively festival village atmosphere.
In the tradition of fun, the 4-day event features the World Pond Skimming Championship at Golden Peak. Participants ski or board themselves off a snow jump in the hopes of coming out on the other side (and usually through a huge puddle of icy cold water) with as much style and grace as they can muster to the cheers of the crowd. Winners receive a Vail Resorts Epic Pass for the upcoming season!
This is Vail’s BIG, end-of-season, closing party and it is not to be missed. The party permeates all through town with events, season end specials and live music in Lionshead, Golden Peak and Vail Village.
The opening evening free concert of Spring Back to Vail takes place at Ford Park, national headliners rally the excitement through the Vail Valley. If you want to take it up a notch, Private Reserve VIP tickets are available for purchase, these tickets include excellent concert viewing options as well as complimentary food and beverages during the performances.
“It’s an awesome high energy event with lively crowds and tons of fun for the participants and the spectators.
FREE CONCERTS AT FORD PARK
- GOV’T MULE
Opener: Austin’s Rose
Friday, | 6pm
- GOV’T MULE
- STEEL PULSE and XAVIER RUDD
Saturday, | 6pm
Most of the events at Spring Back to Vail are FREE but Private Reserve VIP tickets are available to both concerts to enhance your experience.
Vail Derby Party at Remedy Bar at Four Seasons Resort
Get ready to celebrate the Fastest two minutes in sports in style! The Vail Derby party is the perfect excuse to don your favorite wide-brimmed, “Southern Belle” inspired Derby hat, dress up and sip the classic drink; mint juleps in the refined upscale surroundings of Remedy Bar at the Four Seasons Resort.
If mint juleps aren’t your thing, you can sip on some delicious hard-to-find bourbons like Eagle Rare, Four Roses, W.L. Weller, Buffalo Trace and other rarities while watching the horses run at Churchill Downs. Proceeds of the event support the local Children’s Garden of Learning preschool in Vail.
The Vail Derby Party will be held from 3 – 6 p.m. at Remedy at Four Seasons Resort Vail. Get your tickets early, as this event does typically sell out. Enjoy horse games, drinks, and heavy appetizers while wearing your best Derby attire! There is also a silent auction and contest for Best Dressed and Best Hat.
Blues, Brews & BBQ Festival in Beaver Creek
For fun, food, drinks and great music come kick of Memorial Day weekends with the annual Blues, Brews & BBQ Festival in Beaver Creek. This signature event celebrates Colorado’s best brews and Kansas City’s best BBQ and some wonderful Blues music, all set in the stunning backdrop of the Rocky Mountains.
- Live Blues Music
Featuring three days of live blues performances, the festival is headlining performances by Larkin Poe and Los Lobos. But there will be additional performances by other artists and musicians all festival long.
- Colorado Craft Brews
Festival attendees enjoy drinks at the Beer Garden all weekend long, and on Saturday, from 1pm – 5pm. The Beaver Creek Craft Beer Festival will take place alongside the Blues, Brews & BBQ Festival on the Haymeadow Gondola Lawn.
- Winning BBQ
Top Kansas City and local Beaver Creek barbecue chefs compete to smoke, roast, and barbecue the most mouth-watering dishes. Barbecue vendors will be competing for bragging rights and $1,750 in cash prizes. Taste and vote on Saturday and Sunday to determine the People’s Choice winner for Best Barbecue. Watch as a panel of BBQ masters judge the Beaver Creek City Select competition, and see if you agree with their choice of winners.
- Kids’ Zone
Open from noon – 4 pm on Saturday and Sunday for fun, free activities and arts & crafts designed for kids 12 and under. Kids can also ride the bucking mechanical bull or jump in the bouncy house.
- VIP Tickets
Want to have the best experience ever at this festival? Upgrade to a VIP package which includes:
- VIP Admission to Craft Beer Festival which includes; a signature tasting glass, and access to the Craft Beer VIP Lounge
- Exclusive Meet the Brewery event, includes craft beer tasting and paired snacks
- Premium seating near the main stage at the Beaver Creek Blues Brews & BBQ festival, access to a private cash bar
- Access to the VIP Lounge at the White Carpet Club on Saturday or Sunday
Beaver Creek Craft Beer Festival
Happening right alongside the Blues, Brews and BBQ Festival in Beaver Creek is the Beaver Creek Craft Beer Festival. This event celebrates Colorado’s best craft brews. Taste new beers from your favorite breweries and discover up and coming beer makers from all across/ The festival takes place on the Haymeadow Gondola Lawn in Beaver Creek from 1pm-5 pm. This is the perfect excuse to sip some brews while soaking in the beautiful high mountain scenery.
General admission gives you access to the private sampling area with live music and beers from 30 of Colorado’s BEST breweries.
Purchase the VIP package for a private tasting with the breweries featuring specially paired snacks as well as priority access to the event itself and a VIP exclusive lounge area.
May 27 – June 2
Vail Beaver Creek Restaurant Week
Come and experience a week-long celebration of food and drink in the Vail valley. This is the perfect time to sample delicious offerings from amazing local restaurants. This event includes participating restaurants throughout Vail and Beaver Creek Villages and feature a wide variety of specials all with the theme of $20.19. (get it, the discount matches the year of the festival)
The events features a wide variety of prix fixe menus and specials all starting at $20.19 or offering a discount of 20.19% and all showcasing the incredible and diverse culinary offerings of local restaurants. In addition, each bite will be perfectly paired with spectacular spring views and stunning mountain views.
Here are some examples of specials offered during the week long
- 20.19% off Entire Check
- Any entrée for $20.19 and 50% off all bottles of wine
- Bottle of Prosecco & Small Bowl of Olives for $20.19
- Eaton Ranch Bol Burger + House select draft beer for $20.19
- Select Dinner Entrees for $20.19
- Any 3 Tapas from Fall Menu for 20.19
- New York Strip or Ribeye, includes Salad, Vegetables, Baked Potato, Draft Beer or Soft Drink for $20.19
The Vail Beaver Creek Restaurant Week lets you take your culinary experience to hew heights, literally!
May 31 – June 2
Eagle Outside Festival
This festival is for all Mountain Bike Riders and outdoor lovers, it showcases Eagle Colorado’s great weather and sprawling mountain bike/hiking/running trails. Whether you are a professional or an amateur cyclist, the Eagle Outdoor Festival has something for you. Bicycling Magazine picked Eagle as one of the Top 6 Secret Mountain Bike destinations in the US, and its easy to see why, the trails in Eagle, span three different climate zones (from high desert to high alpine) and are accessible from most anywhere in town.
- Bike Demos
With more than 20 brands of bikes to demo on 100 miles of single track, you will have a ton of fun choosing your next bike. No shuttle needed, a trail head is only 0.5 miles from the demo area. Want to try A LOT of bikes out? Demo access for the whole weekend is $10 and 100% of the event proceeds goes to supporting trail projects. You can’t demo a single bike from a shop for $10 let alone dozens of bikes from dozens of brands. Free maps of the local trails lets you enjoy tons of trails without getting lost. So go on and have some fun!
- Beer Mile Runners Race
This is one unique race! 4 laps, 4 cold drafts of beers or 4 similarly bubbly non-alcoholic facsimiles for non-drinkers. Winners receive bragging rights! The beer category race is open to runners 21 years or older. Solo and 2-person team categories are also available. If you’re 18 or youger, sign up for the Milk (& Cookies!) Run.
- Strava Segment Races
Come and participate in this really fun, low-stress mountain bike race that include multiple “Hot Lap segments” where the races are won dependent on Strava time, but prizes are also awarded for a great attitude, enthusiasm and spirit! Lots of chances to win!
- Yoga Event
Enjoy special edition of Yoga+Beats at the Eagle Outside Festival! Perfect for experienced yogis or brand new yoga newbies. Just bring a mat, an open mind and a spirit of fun! Join knowledgeable instructors for a 75 min vinyasa practice accompanied by Deep House Beats. Designed to align your body, breath, and mind with plenty of time to wind down and relax in a deep savasana. After class enjoy a FREE Bloody Mary at the Dusty Boot Roadhouse Restaurant!
- Bonfire Block Party
The Town of Eagle blocks off Main Street to pedestrians only and attendees party down with tons of live music, lots of craft beer, food vendors and local artisans.
May 31- June 2
Eagle Bonfire Block Party
The streets of Eagle are closed and attendees can enjoy ll the fun and mayhem that ensues. The Bonfire Block Party is the two year-winner of the Best of Vail’s Best Summer Festival and showcases nationally-renowned bands, along with food vendors and Bonfire Brewing craft beer releases. 13 bands will play over the two-day event on three different stages; the Broadway Main Stage, second stage and the Bonfire Side Stage, adjacent to Bonfire Brewing in Eagle
A portion of all proceeds of the festival will benefit nonprofits.
Multiple types of tickets are available including a Two-Day General Admission Wristband, Two-Day Sili Package, a Two-Day VIP Experience and a Sayonara Sunday closing concert. VIP tickets include a dedicated viewing area, dedicated cash bar with beer, wine and spirits, catered meals each day and more. If interested in VIP passes get them early as they sell out quickly.
Past musical performers have included The Record Company, Galactic, Sam Bush, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Robert Randolph & The Family Band, Con Brio, Tea Leaf Green, Nicki Bluhm and more.
June 6- 9
GoPro Mountain Games Festival
Come and enjoy all the fun at the largest festival of adventure sports, art, and music, right here in the Vail Valley. The best all-around mountain experience anywhere in the world returns again, with the GoPro Mountain Games.
Thousands of pro and amateur adventure athletes converge on the mountains and rivers of the Vail valley to compete in 11 disciplines and more than 30 competitions including kayaking, running, fishing, slack line, DockDogs, trail running, mountain and road cycling, climbing, photography and more.
The event culminates in the BIG contest to determine who is the toughest mountain warrior of all in the Ultimate Mountain Challenge. UMC athletes compete all weekend long, racking up points based on how many events they finish, the difficulty level, and how well they place, with prize money going to the top four males and females of the weekend.
The competitions are just the beginning of this crazy, fun, and not-to-be-missed event. There is also the GoPro Mountains of Music FREE concert series throughout the weekend. Families will appreciate a host of kids activities and events, work the kinks out with a series of yoga sessions, enjoy the culinary delights of food vendors, art exhibitions, and the incredible Gear Town: featuring more than 130 of the outdoor industry’s top brands. There will also be tons of giveaways and activities to participate in.
See Also: 10 Festival Essentials
What is your favorite event or activity to do in Spring in Vail, Colorado? Have you attended any of these festivals or events? Did you love them, hate them or have another favorite? We would love to hear your thoughts and comments about your favorite things to do in the Spring in Vail, Colorado.