Not To Miss Events
Go ahead, sprint down Main Street with 100’s of Santa Clauses during the Lighting of Breckenridge and Race of the Santas. Grab some bragging rights at Ullr Fest as we break the World Shot Ski Record. Raise your stein and throw down a little polka at the largest Oktoberfest street party in the Rocky Mountains. Plan your trip around one of our not to be missed events and get ready to join us for a whole lot of fun. These are the festivals, competitions and events worth planning your trip around!
Summer Festivals & Events
WAVE: Light + Water + Sound - May 31-June 3, 2018
Breckenridge Creative Arts is pleased to announce the return of WAVE: Light + Water + Sound, an exhibition of cutting-edge works of contemporary public art featuring illuminated sculptures, projections and digital art on the riverfront. This free 4-day event offers temporary installations, musical performances, screenings, digital art and eye candy of all sizes for the whole family to experience.
Ride the Rockies - June 9-15, 2018
Gold Panning Championships - June 16-17, 2018
We have hit the Mother Lode! The Gold Prospectors of Colorado are coming back to Breckenridge this summer for the annual Gold Panning Championships at the Blue River Plaza. Taking us back to Breckenridge’s prosperous gold prospecting roots, these professional gold panners share the tricks of the trade for visitors of all ages to strike it rich!
You might not find Tom’s Baby here, but there are plenty of nuggets and flakes for everyone to stake their claim. Learn the proper technique to pan for gold, explore new tools and equipment, and take part in the 2018 Championships.
Friday, June 16th—10:00am-5:00pm
Saturday, June 16th—10:00am-5:00pm
Sunday, June 17th—10:00am-5:00pm
Something For Nothing: All necessary tools will be provided to attendees. The event is free and open to people of all ages!
Independence Day Celebration - July 2-4, 2018
Each Independence Day, Breckenridge kicks off the party with a 10K trail run, followed by the Firecracker 50 mountain bike race and the Main Street parade. Family activities, live music, a performance by the National Repertory Orchestra and an extraordinary fireworks display close out the night. Don’t miss Breckenridge Creative Arts’ Street Arts Festival, which celebrates street, pavement and graffiti arts with outdoor murals, installations, workshops and pop-up art, July 2-4.
Breckenridge Food and Wine - July 28, 2018
The Breckenridge Food and Wine Festival brings you a unique, wine-tasting experience. Main Street Station Plaza and The Village at Breckenridge, (at the base of Peak Nine), transform into a beautiful, mountain-side vineyard starring an array of varietals created by top wineries. From the soft and smooth to the unabashedly bold, guests will get more than their fair share of delicious sips. There will be nearly 300 wines to select from!
Breckenridge International Festival of Arts - August 10-19, 2018
Inspired by themes of environment and mountain culture, the Breckenridge International Festival of Arts brings together a variety of performances, installations, exhibitions, screenings, workshops, talks, and surprise collaborations, with an eclectic mix of music, theater, film, visual and street arts, and family entertainment.
Breck Epic - August 5-10, 2018 (Tentative Dates)
The Breck Epic is composed of 6 BIG backcountry loops (3 loops for the 3-day Epic-curious events), each between 35 and 50 miles long. The event is unique in that it employs a cloverleaf format; each loop starts and finishes within a mile from downtown Breckenridge and utilizes the sprawling network of trails in both Summit and Park Counties.
Spartan Race - August 18-19, 2018
During the Breckenridge Spartan Race, experience the immense beauty of Colorado while conquering climbs, crawls, carries and traverses — just don’t let the scenery distract you from sticking that spear throw. The town of Breckenridge sits at an impressive 9,600 feet above sea level, and it only goes up from there. For Spartans, that means an opportunity to test athletes of every caliber — from the newcomer to the seasoned Pro. From the moment Spartans arrive at the venue to when they reach the highest point on the course, they will be treated to captivating views of the Continental Divide and monstrous peaks at every corner.
Breckenridge Hogfest Bacon & Bourbon - August 25, 2018
Bacon is the most loved food in the universe and the route to all things swine and divine. Add the quintessential American liquor, bourbon; mind blown. These indulgences come together for Breckenridge Hogfest – Bacon & Bourbon. Meat connoisseurs will be able to taste their way through a spectrum of pork samples, premium whiskeys, single malt scotches and barrel-aged spirits while enjoying live music and mixology below Peak Nine.
Fall Festivals & Events
Labor Day Weekend - September 2-4, 2018
24th Annual Oktoberfest - September 7-9, 2018
Breckenridge hosts the largest Oktoberfest street party in the Rocky Mountains. The September street party is where Munich meets the mountains, featuring over three dozen genuine German cuisine and brew vendors, German games and lots of polka dancing.
Breckenridge Wine Classic - September 13-16, 2018
Raise your glasses and join us as we uncork the can’t-miss wine festival of the season! Breckenridge Wine Classic is your chance to grow your knowledge and enjoy top quality food and wines from vineyards around the world. Master sommeliers, chefs and winemakers invite the public to play, wine and dine during the height of Breckenridge’s fall colors. The event combines a grand tasting in the historic Arts District, seminars and demos with town’s outdoor adventures to create a weekend of fine food and foliage.
Breckenridge Film Festival - September 20-23, 2018
Since its opening event in 1981, the Breckenridge Film Festival has celebrated the art of filmmaking. Each year a unique and varied array of independent films, premieres, receptions, educational programs and retrospectives honoring featured guests takes place high in the Colorado Rockies.
Breckenridge Strings, Ciders & Sours - September 29, 2018
Cider is becoming the most loved beverage in the universe and the route to all things magnificent. We aren’t missing a beat! Add quintessential American Bluegrass, delicious food pairings, a Sours Garden and gorgeous views; you have an irresistible recipe for magic. These indulgences come together for Breckenridge Strings, Ciders & Sours on Saturday, September 29, 2018.
Dia de los Muertos - October 19-21, 2018
Craft Spirits Festival - October 19-21, 2018
Join us for the 8th annual Breckenridge Craft Spirits Festival featuring small-batch distillers, artisan spirit seminars, a spirited cooking class, scavenger hunt, fine local cuisine and of course, plenty of sampling. Meet the distillers and taste the creations of 38 distillers Saturday night at the Still on the Hill Grand Tasting!
Winter Festivals & Events
Lighting of Breckenridge and Race of the Santas - December 8, 2018
The first weekend in December begins Breckenridge’s annual transformation into a sparkling holiday scene with the Lighting of Breckenridge and Race of the Santas. Participate in the Race of the Santas, where hundreds of jolly look-alikes race down Main Street and watch as Santa uses his magic to light up the town for the season.
Ullr Fest - January 9-12, 2019
There’s a reason Breckenridge gets 366+ inches of annual snowfall and it might just be Ullr Fest. Grab your Viking helmet and join us for this four-day festival celebrates Ullr and all things snow with a town long shot ski, Ullr Parade, bonfire, Ullr Ice Plunge and a whole lot of snowy fun.
International Snow Sculpture Championships - January 21-30, 2019
Join us for the 29th Annual International Snow Sculpture Championships presented by Breckenridge Brewery and Your Hometown Toyota Stores! Watch as snow sculpture artists from around the world create creative masterpieces out 12-foot-tall, 25-ton blocks of snow using only hand tools.
Spring Festivals & Events
Mardi Gras - March 5, 2019
Breck Pride - March 7-11, 2018
We are proud to announce the Third Annual Breck Pride 2019! Our authentic, rockin’ little mountain town (with a backyard that happens to be a world-class ski resort) is home to all the goods this March. From daily après parties, ski/board lessons, to shopping, dining, dancing, catching a world-class DJ, and much, much, more… this week is going to be ON! United we Pride, you with us? See you in March!
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