With Fourth of July celebrations in the rear-view mirror, Vail Valley is entering into a truly beautiful (and transient) time of year.
Summer is fleeting in Colorado mountain towns, and Vail is no exception. Warm weather, green leaves and wildflowers are gems to be welcomed for only two short months a year. Mind you, I'm not really one for hot weather, and it's been a bit hotter than usual with 85 degree temperatures the norm of late.
Mostly sunny weather predictions remain in the forecast this weekend with temperatures hovering in the low to mid-80s. With no rain in the forecast until early next week, it's important that everyone follow fire-safety guidelines like putting out campfires completely and not throwing lit cigarettes out of moving cars. The safety of our community depends on the responsibility of individuals.
Warm and dry weather also means it's prime time for outdoor activities like hiking, rafting and biking. Check out our summer activity listings for ideas.
With that in mind, here are my top picks for Vail Valley This Week.
Photo: By Caitlin Row, wildflowers near Gore Creek in Vail
Events on Tap
Boxcar Restaurant & Bar in Avon hosts Acoustics and Ales on Thursdays. Performances rotate weekly, and the event runs from 6-9 p.m. This week's musical performer is Lake Country Rain.
Marcia Ball, a pianist/vocalist/songwriter, will perform as part of Vail Jazz this Thursday, July 6, from 6-8 p.m. at Vail Square.
Then head to Summer Friday Afternoon Club at Maya, which is located at the Westin Riverfront Resort and Spa, in Avon. It will run from 6-9 p.m.
Vail Farmers' Market and Art Show, including Vail Jazz at the market, is Sunday, July 9, and continues every Sunday through the first weekend in October.
The Vail Jazz Gala, called From Bridge Street to Bourbon Street, is set for Monday, July 10, at 6 p.m. It's planned for The Sebastian in Vail, and tickets cost $250. Music, fundraising, a silent auction, fine dining and more are part of this event.
This Saturday, July 8, offers the Triple Bypass Bicycle Tour. The 120-mile ride spans more than 10,000 feet of elevation gain. It will attract 3,500 riders, who will start in Evergreen and finish in Avon, Colorado, at Nottingham Park. They'll then ride back to Evergreen from Avon on Sunday, July 9. Head to the park if you'd like to be a spectator.
Yoga enthusiasts may want to consider outdoor practice (for free). Avon Recreation Center offers free yoga on Saturdays at 9 a.m., also at Nottingham Park. The Outdoor Divas offer free yoga on Sundays from 9-10 a.m. at Lionshead Village, either at Arrabelle Square or on the grass near the Lionshead gondola.
Another Vail thing to do is a visit to Walking Mountains Science Center, which offers a variety of outdoor programming spanning summer and winter. It offers three locations and provides nature walks, evening hikes, fly fishing for kids and bird watching. Click here for a full listing of summer activities.
Photo: Team Evergreen Cycling Facebook (Triple Bypass)
The Vail Summer Bluegrass Series is currently running on Wednesdays. A performance by Donna the Buffalo is set for July 12, and The Lil Smokies will perform on July 19. Both events are free, run from 6-9 p.m. and are located at the Arrabelle at Vail Square.
Drew Holcomb and The Neighbors will perform Americana music on Tuesday, July 18, at Vail's Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater. It's part of Crazy Mountain Brewery's Hot Summer Nights and is free.
Diana Krall, a well-loved songstress, will perform at Vilar Performing Arts Center in Beaver Creek on Wednesday, July 19.
Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals will perform at Avon Pavilion on Friday, Sept. 15. This recently announced show will also host a special guest. Tickets, spanning $38 to $148, will be sold for general admission and reserved seating.
Photo: Ben Harper Facebook