Summer is revving into high gear around the Vail Valley. It's warm, wild flowers are out in abundance, and live music is all over the place.
Weather through the weekend should be clear and in the 80s, with periodic thunderstorms predicted (especially for next week). Check back here for an up-to-date 10-day forecast.
With so much sunshine, don't forget the sunscreen! The sun is a lot closer to our bodies here in the high country due to elevation. Wear a hat, re-apply and drink lots of water.
With that in mind, here are my top picks for Vail Valley This Week.
Photo: A recent Bravo! performance in Vail, by Caitlin Row Stoner
Vail Events Coming Up
Sonnenalp Hotel in Vail is hosting an early Oktoberfest on Thursday, July 5.
Chris Botti is performing at Vilar Performing Arts Center in Beaver Creek on Friday, July 6.
Orchestral performances, hosted by Bravo! Vail Music Festival, are plentiful right now. Most evenings there are live shows at Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater in Vail. The Philadelphia Orchestra debuts on Friday, July 6, and performs for about a week. Vail Jazz performances are happening at various locations all week, too.
Hot Summer Nights happens Tuesdays through the summer at Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater in Vail. This Tuesday, July 10, see Ozomatli perform.
Tyler Childers will perform live music as part of the Vail Summer Bluegrass Series in Lionshead on Wednesday, July 11.
Photo: Ozomatli, courtesy Hot Summer Nights
More Vail Things To Do
Looking for new drink options? West Vail Liquor Mart in West Vail and Boone's Wine and Spirits in Eagle are both hosting tasting events on Friday, July 6; 4 p.m. and 4:30 respectively. West Vail's event is focused on Cambria and La Crema Wine. Boone's is featuring Ballast Point beer.
Farmers markets abound around town as well. Minturn Market happens every Saturday in, you guessed it, Minturn from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. It offers fresh, Colorado produce along with artisan goods. Other up-valley farmers markets happen in Edwards (Saturdays), Vail Village (Sundays) and Avon (Wednesday evenings).
Need help from a concierge? Mountain Resort Concierge can help you book packages of summer activities.
Piney River Ranch offers fishing at Piney Lake.
Bearcat Stables in Edwards offers horseback rides and four-day adventures around Colorado.
Photo: Piney Lake, courtesy Piney River Ranch