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Aspen 2014 Summer Season Launches With Outdoor Adventure, Culture And Mountain Beauty

May 31, 2014 Destination North America No Comments Email Email

With Memorial Day passed, the reopening of the famous Maroon Bells and Independence Pass over the Continental Divide, aspen trees in full bloom and sunny weather with 70s and low 80s the norm,  Aspen’s summer season has officially started.  

Numerous hiking, cycling and mountain biking options are available, as is rafting, kayaking, SUP and other activities, and a host of arts and cultural events and festivals. Visit the Aspen Chamber Resort Association’s website for a complete calendar of events, video footage, images, and the latest Aspen news.

Following are a few highlights of Aspen’s summer 2014 calendar:

Aspen’s Secret Season  May 15-June 16
Buy Two/Get Third Night Free or Buy Three/Get Fourth Night Free and get a $50 credit towards a recreational activity, including rafting, ballooning, kayaking, stand-up paddling or bike rental.  To book the Secret Season package, call 877.812.6540 or visit

Aspen Art Museum Grand Opening  Aug. 8
The Aspen Art Museum’s new 30,000-square-foot Shigeru Ban-designed building is scheduled for completion this summer with a grand opening slated for August 8. The AAM is a non-collecting museum for contemporary art.

Aspen Writers’ Foundation Summer Words  June 13-18
The Aspen Writers’ Foundation offers author readings, workshops, writer retreats, and more. Its programs are corner-stoned by the 38th annual Aspen Summer Words, a celebration of words and ideas featuring writing workshops and discussions with award-winning faculty, including Billy CollinsMeg Wolitzer, and Julia Glass.

Theatre Aspen Summer Season  June 24-Aug. 16
Featuring award-winning musicals, comedies and plays, Theatre Aspen will open its 31st season with the musical comedy “The Full Monty,” the musical “Little Women,” and “The Cottage,” a new comedy by Sandy Rustin.

Aspen Music Festival and School  June 26-Aug. 17
AMFS presents its 65th season with more than 350 musical events including symphony, chamber, opera, choral and family concerts. This season’s theme will be The New Romantics.

Jazz Aspen Snowmass June Experience (June 19-28) and Labor Day Experience (Aug. 29-31)
The JAS June Experience includes music at the Benedict Music Tent, JAS Café at The Little Nell and music festival grounds. An exciting line-up of music includes Diana KrallSteve Winwood, and Tony Bennett, while JAS Labor Day includes performances by Ziggy Marley, FUN., and OneRepublic.

FOOD & WINE Classic in Aspen  June 20-22
The nation’s premier culinary event returns to Aspen with world-renowned celebrity chefs and wine experts. The three-day weekend includes tasting events, cooking classes, cooking demos, wine and interactive seminars, and the daily grand tastings.

Aspen Institute Aspen Ideas Festival 2014  June 24-July 3
Now in its 10th year, the Aspen Ideas Festival will focus on “Imagining 2024.” The festival will continue to gather some of the most interesting thinkers and leaders from around the world to present their ideas and inspire audiences.

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