Vail Craft Beer Classic Enhances a Beautiful Weekend in the Valley

By Caitlin Row

With GoPro Mountain Games in the rearview mirror, Vail summer offerings are in full effect.

Beaver Creek's newly renovated Vilar Performing Arts Center is promoting its fresh summer lineup (see video here) and Very ail Valley's spectacularly patriotic Fourth of July weekend is coming sooner than you think. Now's the time to make plans with friends and family.

Sunshine and temperatures in the 70s are on the books for the imminent future. This means Vail locals, visitors and second-home owners should embrace warm-weather fun by seeking a variety of outside activities. Check out Everything Vail Valley's full list summit activities here.

With that in mind, here are my top picks for Vail Valley This Week.

Photo: By Caitlin Row, Freedom Park in Edwards

Drink Beer

The Vail Craft Beer Classic kicks off this Thursday, June 15, and runs through Sunday, June 18.

Colorado breweries attending the Classic include 14er Brewing Company of Denver, 4 Noses Brewing Company of Broomfield, Bonfire Brewing of Eagle, Breckenridge Brewery of Breckenridge, Broken Compass Brewing Company of Breckenridge, Crazy Mountain Brewing Co. of Edwards, Left Hand Brewing Co. of Longmont, Oskar Blues Brewery of Lyons, Telluride Brewing Co. of Telluride, The Bakers' Brewery of Silverthorne, Tommyknocker Brewery of Idaho Springs, Vail Brewing Co. of Vail and many more.

The Classic Kickoff Celebration is scheduled for Friday, June 16, on the top of the mountain at Eagle's Nest. It runs from 6-9 p.m., and ticket cost is $75. Toast of Vail is Saturday, June 17, from 3-6 p.m. at Solaris Plaza and Vail Village. Toast of Vail is the largest tasting of the weekend, and ticket cost is $60. Check out a full schedule of events here.

Get Outside

Vail Mountain is now offering its Epic Discovery summer activities. Check out on-mountain adventure courses, ziplines, a mountain coaster and more activities for pricing ranging from $54 to $199. Participants head onto the mountain by way of a scenic gondola ride to Eagle's Nest. Here's an added bonus: kids ride free! Pass options include individual activity tickets, the Ultimate Adventure Pass and the Little Explorer Pass.

Water enthusiasts should also consider exploring Nottingham Lake in Avon by standup paddleboard. This is a fun, family activity that's perfect for groups or individuals. Stand Up Paddle Colorado partners with the Town of Avon to provide SUP and paddle boat rentals. An hour on a SUP costs $25 and an hour on a pedal boat costs $20. Reservations can be made online by hitting the Book Now button.

Photo: Stand Up Paddle Colorado Facebook

Farmers' Market

Vail Farmers' Market and Art Show will kick off for the summer this Sunday, June 18, on Meadow Drive in Vail Village. The market will occur weekly on Sundays through Oct. 1 and it will run from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Vendors will span everything from produce, artisan food, clothing, home goods, jewelry, fine art, wine and more.

My favorite part of Vail Farmers' Market is access to beautiful fruits and vegetables brought over for sale by Western Colorado farmers. Vendors listed online include Harvest Colorado from Palisade, Colorado; Clark Family Orchards, also from Palisade; Trout Creek Farm from Buena Vista, Colorado; and more. I certainly plan to stock up on a regular basis from here on out. I can't want for Palisade Peaches to come into season, along with Sweet Sweet Olathe Corn.

Check out a full list of events and activities at Vail Valley This Week.

Photo: Vail Farmers' Market and Art Show Facebook

About the Author Caitlin Row
Caitlin Row is a Vail local. She loves to ski, play in the snow (preferably with her dog) and taste all the Vail Valley has to offer.