Monsoon season has arrived in Colorado's Vail Valley.
At the time of this writing, eight of the next nine days have thunderstorm predictions. Saturday is the only rain-free day on the books at this juncture until the following Thursday, then more rain graces the 10-day forecast. It's not going to be raining all day, however. Monsoon season is more sporadic.
I love summer rain because I know it is feeding Mother Nature and lessening fire risk throughout the area. It makes my hair curly and encourages creative indoor activities. I also don't mind hiking or running in the rain as long as hail and lightning aren't involved.
In any case, alpine rain does not preclude fun around town during the summertime.
With that in mind, here are my top picks for Vail Valley This Week.
Photo: By Caitlin Row, walking along Gore Creek near Lionshead
Vail Things To Do
Check out one of Walking Mountains Science Center's regularly scheduled programs, including a Creekside Nature Tour, an Evening Beaver Pond Tour, a Morning Bird Walk and more. A full list of Vail-area activities can be found here.
Portofino Jewelry and Beads in Avon offers an Intro to Beading class on Mondays from 1-4 p.m. All ages are welcome! This is a great indoor activity for rainy days with children. Price is $25 per person and instruction is included. Private classes can be scheduled throughout the week as well.
Synergy Center for Wellness, also in Avon, offers a variety of group fitness classes good for locals and visitors. Check out a group barre class, group Pilates class or even take a private Pilates class. Check out the schedule here.
Another rainy day activity is a drop-in paining/pottery class at Alpine Arts Center in Edwards. Summer camps are also available for children.
Photo: Synergy Center for Wellness
Vail Live Music & Events
The New York Philharmonic is performing all week with its last show planned for Friday, July 28. All performances begin at 6 p.m. and take place at Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater. Tickets can be purchased here.
Vail Jazz will celebrate Ella Fitzgerald's 100th birthday on Thursday, July 27, with a performance by trumpet player Byron Stripling and vocalist Carmen Bradford. The performance is planned for Vail Square in Lionshead at 6 p.m. Tickets are $25-$50. Buy tickets here.
Vail Dance Festival kicks off with an opening performance on Saturday, July 29. The show begins at 7:30 p.m. and will introduce a season of dance performances planned through the middle of August. The first show will present a variety of dance styles spanning tap, ballet, street dance and modern styles. Tickets cost $23 and up.
Creedence Clearwater Revisted will perform live music on Saturday, July 28, at Vilar Performing Arts Center in Beaver Creek. Tickets cost $95-$125 and the show starts at 8 p.m.
Photo: Courtesy, Vail Jazz
Agave, a Mexican restaurant and live-music venue in Avon, will host Whitewater Ramble on Saturday, August 5. These performers are known for "high-octane Rocky Mountain dance-grass." Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door. Buy tickets here.
American songwriter and musician Citizen Cope will perform at Vilar Performing Arts Center on Tuesday, August 8. Tickets are still available at the time of this writing for $55 each. Comedian David Spade will perform at Vilar Performing Arts Center on Friday, August 11. Tickets are $88.
A Solar Eclipse Watch Party, hosted by Walking Mountains Science Center, is planned for Monday, August 21 at 10 a.m. This party is open to all ages. Learn more here.
Photo: Courtesy, Walking Mountains Science Center