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 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

Burro Days

Summit County Annual Event
5th Street, Fairplay
(719) 836-2622

Burro Days is an annual event held in Fairplay to celebrate the role of burros during Colorado's mining days. Since 1949 the full weekend in July has drawn crowds (sometimes more than 10,000 people) to participate in an array of activities. Festivities include burro races, gold panning, a parade, outhouse races, a barn dance, a pancake breakfast, the Cowboy Church service and more than 100... read more

Burro Days is an annual event held in Fairplay to celebrate the role of burros... 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

Keystone River Run Village Art Festival

Summit County Annual Event
120 Ida Belle Drive, Keystone
(561) 746-6615

Enjoy beautiful art in a majestic natural setting at the Keystone River Run Village Art Festival. More than 80 artists from around the country come to show and sell their original art and handmade gifts. The juried show ensures that artists display their best paintings, sculpture, photography, ceramics, glass, wood, jewelry and more. The two-day festival, held in late July, has something for any taste or... read more

Enjoy beautiful art in a majestic natural setting at the Keystone River Run Village Art Festival.... 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. 

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

Silverthorne Fine Art Festival

Summit County Annual Event
430 Rainbow Drive, Silverthorne Recreation Center, Silverthorne
(970) 406-1866

Known for the quality of its fine art shows, Mountain Art Festivals presents its two-day Silverthorne Art Festival in mid-July. The setting at the base of the Gore Range in Summit County is simply stunning, and the art is of the highest caliber. The show features 50 fine artisans from around the country and world in 13 media categories. Mountain Art Festivals has been producing... read more

Known for the quality of its fine art shows, Mountain Art Festivals presents its two-day... read more