Mid-July sneaked up on me pretty fast. Vail's busy summer season is upon us and it's full of fun things to do for visitors and locals alike.
With evening thunderstorms in the forecast every day this week and into the next, now's also a good time to seek out some indoor activities like dining, an escape room, yoga and more. Temperatures this week seem a little cooler than the past few weeks, with low to mid-80s the norm.
I'm personally loving the evening rain. It's been too hot to jog comfortably of late. This past Monday I ran with my dog when temperatures dipped into the 60s, just as showers began. It was a little wet, but well worth it.
With that in mind, here are my top picks for Vail Valley This Week.
Photo: Courtesy, mountain-biking at Beaver Creek
Variety of Events
Live music happens every day of the week around Vail this time of year. Big highlights are performances by The Philadelphia Orchestra all week through Bravo! Vail Music Festival.
Check out Vail Farmers' Market and Art Show's Farm-to-Table Dinner on Friday, July 14. Tickets are $95 per person and can be bought here. Food served at the meal is sourced from Colorado farmers.
The Beaver Creek XTERRA triathlon is planned for Saturday, July 15. It consists of a 1-kilometer swim at Nottingham Lake in Avon, a 25-kilometer mountain-bike ride around Beaver Creek and then an 8-kilometer trail run on Beaver Creek Mountain.
Vail Farmers' Market and Art Show happens on Sundays through the first weekend in October. Head over to Vail Village to check out artisanal vendors, buy some fresh produce from West Slope farmers and enjoy live music by Vail Jazz at the Market.
Bravo! Vail Music Festival will host its 30th annual Gala on Sunday, July 16, at The Ritz-Carlton Bachelor Gulch. Tickets cost $300 to $1,500 per ticket. Guests will sip Champagne, dine on a gourmet dinner and celebrate music.
Photo: By Caitlin Row, Vail Farmers' Market & Art Show
With rain in the forecast, locals and visitors should plan some fun inside as well as out.
Agave, a Mexican restaurant and live music venue in Avon, is offering a free margarita with any purchase from Agave's entree menu with mention of Everything Vail Valley. Check out Agave for lunch or dinner.
Those looking to try a new health trend may want to head over to iV Bars of the Valley in Edwards. It offers IV therapy across a spectrum of needs, like recovery from an athletic event or a night out, cleansing and better performance. First-time customers are being offered 25% off their first treatment with mention of Everything Vail Valley.
Trace Adkins, a country music star, will perform at Beaver Creek's Vilar Performing Arts Center on Monday, July 24. Tickets are $95-$248.
Vail Jazz is celebrating Ella Fitzgerald's 100th birthday on Wednesday, July 26, at Ludwig's Terrance at the Sonnenalp in Vail. Carmen Bradford and Byron Stripling will perform two seatings: 6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $40. Then on Thursday, July 27, the pair will perform again at Vail Square in Lionshead. Tickets are $25-$50. The performance starts at 6 p.m.
Vail Dance Festival kicks off on Saturday, July 29, at Gerald Ford Amphitheater in Vail.
Creedence Clearwater Revisited will perform classic hits at Vilar Performing Arts Center on Saturday, July 29, from 8-11 p.m. Tickets are $95-$125.
Photo: Trace Adkins Facebook