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Cultural Events: Dance, Classical Music, Jazz, Art

Vail’s cultural experiences run deep, with dance, music and the arts coming alive throughout the summer months.  These unique performances and festivals take place outdoors in unique settings and venues surrounded by nature.  Below lists Summer 2022 dates; check back for Summer 2023 dates!

Vail Jazz Festival – June 30 – September 5

Vail Jazz Festival returns this summer with a kickoff party on June 30 featuring Diego Figueiredo and Ken Peplowski. Also, returning are the free Solaris Sunday series on starting on July 3, and the Headliner series beginning on July 7th.  This year’s Headliner series returns to the Jazz Tent at Vail Square in Lionshead on Thursday evenings, and one special performance at the Donovan Pavilion. This summer’s lineup includes:

  • 7/14/22:Jon Cleary – Mardi Gras in July
  • 7/21/22:Frank Vignola’s Birdland Guitar Band
  • 7/28/22:Bria Skonberg Quartet
  • 8/4/22:Samara Joy and Pasquale Grasso Trio
  • 8/11/22:Dee Bridgewater Memphis Soulphony
  • 8/18/22:Warren Wolf’s Multi-Media History of the Vibes

The Vail Jazz Party returns Labor Day weekend, Sept. 1 – 5. The grand finale of both the Vail Jazz Festival and the beautiful Colorado summer season, the Vail Jazz Party features a jam-packed lineup with several headliners that join together to play in group performances, multi-artist jam sessions, and inspiring tributes to jazz legends. Vail Jazz Party features a House Band with John Clayton, Dick Oatts, Terell Stafford, Wycliffe Gordon, Bill Cunliffe, and Lewis Nash. With over 35 hours of jazz music, the Vail Jazz Party has cemented its reputation as the premier Labor Day weekend event!

Bravo! Vail:  June 23 – August 4

The 2022  Bravo! Vail Music Festival showcases four phenomenal orchestras over the course of the summer with performances in the spectacular Ford Amphitheater. Tickets are available in reserved covered seating, or in general admission lawn seating, perfect for a picnic and a show. Smaller performances take place at intimate and unique locations throughout Vail.

Art and Culture Events at The Amp

  • July 8 – July 16: The Philadelphia Orchestra
  • July 20 – July 27: New York Philharmonic
  • June 28, July 12, July 25 & August 1: Chamber Music Series
  • July 18 – 19: Immersive Experiences

Vail Dance Festival – July 29 –  August 9

The Vail Dance Festival is a two-week celebration of exceptional artistry taking place in the heart of Vail in the unique setting of the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater. Performances include world-premieres, modern dance, classical ballet, the always popular Jukin’ and hip-hop crowd pleasers and more! Each evening is full of surprises that will delight dance enthusiasts and those along for the ride! Review tips and tricks for the best lawn seating experience.


Art in Public Places of Vail has assembled a collection of art in public places including over 60 works of art with 35 created by Colorado artists.  Enjoy a free one-hour public art tour every Wednesday ( July through September ) at 11:00 a.m. at the Vail Village Welcome Center on the top level of the Vail Village parking structure. The tour winds its way through the Village with discussions of the history of the Vail Valley, the founding of Vail mountain, the master planning of the Village, and the importance of site-specific art.


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