Music in the Mountains

Vail has always been a hotspot for music, and summer 2021 is no exception with performances scheduled from globally recognized orchestras, dynamic jazz programs, and national, regional, and local bluegrass, rock, and sounds to get your body movin’!

*Please note that all dates and performances are subject to change.

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Bravo! Vail – June 24 – August 5, 2021
You don’t have to visit a big city for world-class orchestra performances. In fact, four of the world’s greatest orchestras make their summer home at Bravo! Vail: Academy of St. Martin Fields, Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, and the New York Philharmonic. It’s the only festival in North America to host four of the world’s finest orchestras in a single season, and has drawn music lovers from around the world for 35 years. The Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater performances are ticketed with the option for comfortable seating under the awning, or you can bring a picnic and relax on the lawn. For a more intimate experience, small-ensemble performances take place at a variety of venues throughout Vail. Check back for details and announcements.  

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Summer Bluegrass Series –  Dates to be Announced
Bluegrass and the mountains are a perfect combination. Toe-tapping performances take place Wednesdays in Solaris Plaza from 6–9pm. Past artists include Trout Steak Revival, Hakensaw Boys and the Lonesome Days, to name a few. Check back for band announcements.

Vail Jazz Festival – Dates to be Announced
The Vail Jazz Festival is a 10-week summer program that brings together some of the best talent in the jazz world. The Festival consists of over 50 performances from July–September. Bring your dancin’ shoes as the unique outdoor venues (Vail Square in Lionshead, Farmers’ Market, Ford Park, Remedy) and streets of Vail are filled with the rhythm of swing, salsa, blues, Latin, bebop, the American Songbook, and more!

Hot Summer Nights – Dates to be Announced
Hot Summer Nights has been a longstanding tradition in Vail for 20+ years and a favorite Tuesday night tradition for locals and visitors. This free concert series brings popular bands from yesterday and today to the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater. Bring a picnic (food is available for purchase, too), grab a beverage (wine, beer, and cocktails available for purchase), spread out a blanket, and enjoy a magical musical evening in the mountains. 

Village Wide Pop-Up Concerts & Live Music
With the onset of COVID, many of Vail’s favorite local musicians improvised and shared their music on the streets of Vail with pop-up performances throughout Vail Village and Lionshead. Be surprised and delighted as you happen upon these high-energy outdoor performances again this summer!

Vail Dance Festival – July 30 – August 9
This is not your typical dance festival! Established in 1989, the annual Vail Dance Festival pairs performances with educational elements, establishing the Vail Valley as one of the top summer dance destinations in the world. This summer, the festival returns to in-person with Calvin Royal III as the Artist-In-Residence and BalletX as the Company-In-Residence, alongside many of the extraordinary dancers, musicians, and artists who call the Vail Dance Festival their summer home. Lively performances, free events for the community, and education activities happen throughout the festival. Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater performances are ticketed with the option for seats under the awning or finding your own spot on the lawn with a BYO picnic. Watch for pop-up dance performances throughout the festival in the streets of Vail and Lionshead.  

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Summer Concerts
In this return of our summer-long music series, Vail hosts headliners from well-known rock, pop, country, and country at our incredible outdoor venues. Ticketed shows happen throughout the summer – check back for announcements.