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At-A-Glance

Summer
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Summer

Top Things to Do in Vail in Summer

Summer in Vail is a magical time — you can hike through aspen-filled forests, bike down thrilling singletrack trails or meandering paved paths, recharge at tranquil spas or discover unique experiences only Vail can offer.

From luxury hotels and romantic lodge rooms to fully equipped, multi-room condos, Vail’s Bavarian-style villages offer variety of accommodations. And, whether you stay in the center of the village action or tuck into a neighborhood close to town, the world-class dining, locally owned shopping and energetic nightlife is always nearby.

Vail Events

The town’s summer events and happenings are yet another reason to visit Vail, with an incredible lineup of live music, internationally recognized arts and cultural events, delectable culinary offerings and more surprises from May through October. See the full calendar.

Headliner Concerts

The summer-long concert series at Vail’s Ford Amphitheater returns with headliner music from well-known rock, pop, country and bluegrass artists. See live music at the natural, outdoor Ford “Amp” that’s set under the glittering stars, surrounding by a startling mountain backdrop. Get up close and personal with covered reserved seating or spread out with general-admission lawn seating. Just make sure to grab a ticket to these not-to-miss shows, as they might sell out. Find all the concert details.

The audience settles in on blankets at sunset for a Bravo! Vail Music Festival performance at Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater. Mountains and pine trees ring the outdoor venue.

Adventure Events

Vail is a hub for outdoor adventures, and this is demonstrated in several high-adrenaline events — including the Whitewater Race series in spring, the iconic GoPro Mountain Games in June, the Kids Adventure Games in August, and trail-running and mountain-bike races running all summer long. Each offers the chance to participate, if you’re up to the challenge, or watch and cheer on the competitors. Learn more about Vail’s adventure-focused events.

Performing-Arts Scene

In Vail, cultural experiences run deep, with dance, music and the arts coming alive throughout the glorious summer months. World-class performances and festivals — everything from Vail Dance Festival to Bravo! Vail Music Festival — take place outdoors in one-of-a-kind settings and venues surrounded by Colorado nature. Experience Vail’s performing-arts scene.

Culinary Events

Beyond Vail’s many restaurants, this mountain town hosts culinary events that are rich both in flavor and talent. Come hungry and ready to delight your palate with the wonders of incredible dishes and libations served across Vail’s mountains and villages. Come for Vail Farmers’ Market & Art Show, then return for Vail Restaurant Week. See the full Vail event lineup.

A crowd of visitors and locals stroll through Vail Farmers' Market & Art Show with purple flowers in the foreground and grassy mountainside in the background.

Getting to Vail

Getting to Vail is always convenient with direct flights into Vail Eagle County Airport (EGE) and Denver International Airport (DEN) and connecting flights from all over the United States and the world. Find airline and transportation information.

Plan Your Trip

It’s time to dream about your summer vacation to Vail — starting with its best summer hotel offerings.

Find only-in-Vail experiences, from lunch with a llama to goat yoga

Experience Vail’s most thrilling adventures, from rivers to trails

Use these 10 planning tips to plan your summer vacation to Vail