A heat spike in Colorado means we've been seeing relatively warm temperatures around Vail Valley, just in time for the Summer Solstice on Wednesday, June 21. That said, it's still much cooler than places like Denver and Grand Junction, where it's generally 10 to 15 degrees warmer.
Temperatures will remain in the high 70s and low 80s throughout the weekend and into next week. Now's the time for folks living at lower elevations to seek relief from the heat by traveling to the mountains. If you're driving to Vail with your dog, please remember that temperatures are much too high to leave your pooch in the car unattended for any length of time. The sun is like an oven right now.
Pleasant temperatures are just one reason to visit the valley. This time of year also means there is a lot to do spanning recreation, live music, festivals, outdoor dining and more.
With that in mind, here are my top picks for Vail Valley This Week.
Photo: By Caitlin Row, EagleVail Community Garden
So Much Live Music
Bravo! Vail Music Festival kicks off Thursday, June 22, and runs through the weekend with various concerts put on by London's Academy of St. Martin in the Fields. This renowned chamber orchestra performs some of the world's most cherished classical music with modern interpretations. Bell, Bruch and Mendelssohn is planned for Thursday, June 22; Bell and Isserlis: For the Love of Brahms is planned for Saturday, June 24; and then Bell and Isserlis: Bach, Mozart and Tchaikovsky is planned for Sunday, June 25.
Avon will host Cover Rock Festival on Friday and Saturday, June 23-24. This musical event will focus on highlighting the sounds of the 1960s and 70s, featuring the likes of the Rolling Stones, The Beatles, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Eric Clapton and other big classic-rock names.
Vail Jazz @ Riverwalk in Edwards returns Friday, June 23; it was formerly known as Riverwalk First Fridays. This event will occur every Friday now through Aug. 18. It will feature jazz, dining options, adult beverages and family-friendly activities.
Farmers' Markets Galore
Vail Valley residents and visitors are pretty lucky; they have their choice of three super-fun farmers' markets.
Edwards Corner Farmers Market runs Saturdays through the month of September; Minturn Market is every Saturday through September in the downtown area; and the Vail Farmers' Market and Art Show is planned every Sunday afternoon through Oct. 1.
I attended last Sunday's first Vail Village market of the season and it didn't disappoint. I came home with produce (peaches, cherries, red onion and tomato) from Palisade, Colorado, which is a well-known craft-farming oasis. My dinners taste better this week with farm-to-table fruits and veggies. The village market was pretty busy, with lots of attendees and their well-behaved dogs (on leash) enjoying a variety of food and craft vendors, including lunch offerings. I'll likely hit a market every week this summer season, and suggest everyone go to at least one of each.
Photo: By Caitlin Row, Vail Farmers' Market and Art Show
More Fun Events Coming Up
Enjoyable things to do around Vail abound right now, even if an evening of live music isn't your thing.
La Tour Restaurant and Bar in Vail Village is hosting Tour de Vin Français at 7 p.m. on Thursday, June 29. This Sommelier Wine Pairing is $42 per person. Sommelier Kainoa Guerin will begin offering sparkling wine at 7 p.m. Reservations are recommended by calling (970) 476-4403.
Rocky Mountain Silver and Beads in Edwards is hosting a variety of jewelry classes through the end of the month. Click here for the listing.
The free Yoga in the Park class is planned for Avon at Nottingham Lake Saturdays at 9 a.m. through Aug. 26.
The Cruiser Bike Raffle at etown kitchen + bar in Edwards is every Friday through Aug. 18.
Happy first week of true summer to all! Find much more to do on Vail Valley This Week.