Annual Summit County Events

Summit County annual events have some of the most engaging names you can imagine — Frisco BrewSki (clever!), the Colorado Burger Summit, Cider Circus, Skakin' at the Basin, Bacon & Bourbon (sign me up!), Attack of the Big Beers. The monikers make you both smile and make a decision on the spot that this is one of the Summit County annual events you're not about to miss! Luckily, there are so many of these opportunities for boundless fun that you can join in or simply attend one (or two or three) every month of the year. Want to celebrate food? Great, because there are festivals featuring lobsters and clams, BBQ, burgers, soups and more. There’s even an annual community picnic! Wine, beer and spirits calling your name? Summit County annual events celebrating the grape, grain or hops have you covered. Holidays are front and center of annual events in the area as are arts-related gatherings, concerts and events that celebrate the history of area towns. With snow sports being one of the major draws to Summit County, annual events that celebrate all things frozen white stuff are popular: snow sculpting, snow events such as the USASA Nationals and the not-to-be-missed festival celebrating the God of Snow, Ullr.

Annual Summit County Events: Sports!

Since the healthy, outdoor-centered life is what draws many people to Summit County, annual events that celebrate stamina, grace and perseverance are plentiful. Want to try a six-day bike race through Breckenridge’s backcountry or a 78-mile alpine road race? Step on up! Nordic events draw skiers of all ages and abilities, and there’s an event that lets pond skimmers show off their moves. Of course, running races abound, and if summer events are more to your liking, you can also compete in the world’s highest sailing regatta.

Big Beers, Belgians & Barleywines Festival

Summit County Annual Event
620 Village Road, Beaver Run Resort & Conference Center, Breckenridge
(910) 977-0100

What's the perfect supplement to a Breckenridge winter getaway? A world-class beer festival, of course! This annual festival, which USA Today readers have chosen as one of the top ten beer festivals for two years in a row, is held the second weekend of January. Renowned brew masters and brewery owners bring hundreds of big, Belgian-style and experimental beers for everyone to taste, and they're on... read more

What's the perfect supplement to a Breckenridge winter getaway? A world-class beer festival, of course!... read more

Breckenridge Film Festival

Summit County Annual Event
103 S. Harris Street #205, Breckenridge
(970) 453-6200

Celebrating the art of filmmaking since 1981, Breckenridge Film Festival is one the most established film festivals in the country. Held annually on the third weekend in September, the four-day festival presents an array of independent films as well as premieres, receptions, forums, educational programs, retrospectives and a children's program. Over the years the festival has hosted many celebrity guests and distinguished names in the... read more

Celebrating the art of filmmaking since 1981, Breckenridge Film Festival is one the most established... read more

Breckenridge Gathering at the Great Divide

Summit County Annual Event
Corner of Main Street and Wellington Street, Breckenridge
(970) 406-1866

The Breckenridge Gathering at the Great Divide Art Festival is ranked 13th among the top 200 fine art shows in the country. For more than 40 years the festival has welcomed more than 100 artists to share their ceramics, fiber, paintings, wood, glass, sculptures, fiber, mixed media and more. It's a Labor Day weekend tradition on Main Street in Breckenridge. Admission is free. 

Breckenridge International Festival of Arts

Summit County Annual Event
Blue River Plaza, Breckenridge
(970) 453-3187

Breckenridge International Festival of Arts is a 10-day multi-arts program that celebrates the environment and mountain culture. Enjoy dance, film, eclectic music, arts and family entertainment throughout the festival.  

Breckenridge Music

Summit County Annual Event
(970) 453-9142

Breckenridge Music is a nonprofit organization that connects people with the power of music by presenting standout musical events in Colorado's High Country. Their diverse year-round programming includes a classical orchestral summer series, a non-classical performance series, a winter performance series and other experiences like in-home chamber music concerts and education programs in the schools. Styles of music range from classical, jazz and blues to... read more

Breckenridge Music is a nonprofit organization that connects people with the power of music by... read more

Casino Night

Summit County Annual Event
Silverthorne Pavilion, 400 Blue River Parkway, Silverthorne
(970) 262-3449

Friends of Dillon Ranger District (FDRD) throws its annual fundraising Casino Night bash in early February. Attendees enjoy games like poker, blackjack, craps and roulette, along with prizes, a silent auction, appetizers and a cash bar, all while raising funds for FDRD to continue its stewardship of the forest in the Dillon Ranger District. Funds go to trail maintenance, restoration projects, educational events and youth... read more

Friends of Dillon Ranger District (FDRD) throws its annual fundraising Casino Night bash in early... read more

Fall Fest Art Festival

Summit County Annual Event
104 Village Place, Dillon
(720) 941-6088

Lake Dillon Arts Festival presents its three-day Fall Fest Art Festival in downtown Dillon over Labor Day weekend. More than 50 fine artists and craftspeople from around Colorado and the nation are present during the festival, so you can meet them and ask about the inspiration for their works before purchasing. This show is juried, ensuring a well-rounded range of styles in a variety of... read more

Lake Dillon Arts Festival presents its three-day Fall Fest Art Festival in downtown Dillon over... read more

Ice Castles

Summit County Annual Event
Dillon Town Park, 120 Buffalo Street, Dillon
(970) 468-2403

There’s plenty of outdoor winter fun in Summit County, and if you are looking for a unique winter venue, you won’t want to miss the beautiful Ice Castles that come to town in Dillon every other December (here in 2017, back in 2019). The location in Dillon Town Park couldn’t be more stunning with Lake Dillon and the mountain ranges as a backdrop. The Ice... read more

There’s plenty of outdoor winter fun in Summit County, and if you are looking for... read more

Lake Dillon Arts Festival

Summit County Annual Event
Main Street, Dillon
(970) 418-0423

Lake Dillon Arts Festival is a three-day juried festival with 90 of Colorado’s best fine artists. It's one of the longest running art festivals in Summit County, and locals and tourists from all over come to see the first-class contemporary, traditional, abstract and Southwest paintings, mixed media and sculpture. Admission is free, and there is live music throughout the whole event. 

Mountain Art Festivals

Summit County Annual Event
(970) 406-1866

Mountain Art Festivals is a local organization that hosts outdoor fine art shows in Breckenridge and Silverthorne. Their summer shows have been ranked among the top shows in the country for more than 40 years. The festivals provide a venue for talented artists to sell their original works of art and for thousands of art enthusiasts to meet the artists, ask questions and commission or... read more

Mountain Art Festivals is a local organization that hosts outdoor fine art shows in Breckenridge... read more

Shopping Extravaganza at Outlets at Silverthorne

Summit County Annual Event
246-V Rainbow Drive, Silverthorne
(970) 468-5780

The Outlets at Silverthorne has been hosting the annual Shopping Extravaganza since 2004. It's a day full of shopping discounts, prizes, live entertainment and food. Event tickets are only $25 and include a catered lunch, dessert bar and wine tasting. All of the fun is for a good cause as money raised at this event benefits local nonprofit organizations. The event is held from 9... read more

The Outlets at Silverthorne has been hosting the annual Shopping Extravaganza since 2004. It's a... read more

Ski Ball

Summit County Annual Event
0633 Tennis Court Road, Keystone Event Center, Keystone
(970) 968-3080

The Ski Ball is the largest fundraiser of the year for Team Summit, a youth development organization that empowers young athletes through athletics, education and life skills. Team Summit offers programs in alpine skiing, freeskiing and snowboarding, and their fundraisers help keep tuition affordable as well as provide scholarships. The Ski Ball, in its 38th year and presented by ifurnish in 2018, features cocktails, live... read more

The Ski Ball is the largest fundraiser of the year for Team Summit, a youth... read more