Since the beginning of Ski Bum Time™, which roughly corresponds with the advent of the annual Warren Miller ski movies in 1950, there have been summer high country festivals designed to keep the winter stoke flowing. It’s just not possible to have that much fun in winter and not channel it into something great for those snowless months. Our event calendar list the current ones.
And there is so much to fest about. Music, art, wine, food, biking, even suffering. Suffering? Yes, Breckenridge even hosts a Spartan Race on August 18 and 19th for those who are serious about testing the limits of human endurance. This multi-sport strength and endurance race gathers thousands of racers and their supporters, spectators and the gang of people it takes to create, execute and broadcast it out into the world. It gathers a special tribe.
As does the Breck Epic. From August 5th to 10th this six-day mountain bike stage race attracts the best mountain bikers in the world to what many believe is the best trail system in the world. The Breck Epic cloverleafs around town with exciting in-town morning starts and afternoon (for most, though there are some super humans who finish a stage still in the morning hours) finishes. Often celebrated with beer and bacon.
Does the thought of all this racing and the corresponding celebration sound exhausting? How about some art? For ten days in August, Breckenridge is host to the inventive Breckenridge International Festival of Art, or BIFA. From fine and performing art, street performers, musicians, interactive exhibits and more, BIFA continually surprises and delights all lucky enough to attend. You’ll find BIFA from August 10-19, in downtown Breckenridge and in remote and pop-up locations.
Breckenridge Food and Wine on July 27-29th at Main Street Station & the Village at Breckenridge will feature nearly 300 wines, a large variety of small plate pairings and live music for this al fresco wine tasting party. Other Breckenridge Food and Wine Festival events include a wine paring dinner, a Grand Tasting and a Bubbly Brunch.
And the uniting force for all these seemingly diverse high-spirited high country gatherings? A certain joie de vivre- a joy of life. And no one taught us joie de vivre better than ski filmmaker and original ski bum Warren Miller. Known to many as Uncle Warren, he taught us to love skiing and all that goes with it. In January we said a final goodbye to Uncle Warren, but his spirit lives on in powder days and summer festivals alike.
“ If you don’t do it this year, you’ll be one year older when you do.”- Warren Miller