The whole of Summit County is known for its impeccable list of year round activities. There’s never a reason to be bored. The Town of Breckenridge is no exception. If you’re new to town, vacationing, tossing around the idea of relocating, or anything in between, we’d like to give you a short list of things to do in Breckenridge.
1. Breckenridge International Festival of Arts
The Breckenridge International Festival of Arts, or BIFA is a 10 day program that spans across the entire town, and featured some truly spectacular events. Inspired by the natural beauty of the Colorado landscape, this multi-arts festival brings together every art form imaginable to create an experience you’ll never forget.
What You’ll See
You’ll see new commissions by watershed sculptors Daniel McCormick and Mary O’Brien, a multitude of installation artists, and even eco-activist art. With open-air cinematic events and trailside concerts, to vertical dancing by the renowned dance company BANDALOOP. You’re sure to be awestruck by what you see. This is a fantastic festival for the whole family. The BIFA full schedule will be announced in May, and you won’t want to miss a second of it.
2. The Big Beer Festival
The Big Beer, Belgians, and Barleywines Festival is a 3-day celebration of craft beer that focuses on education, as much as fun. Craft beer has hit a heightened level of popularity over the past few years, but it’s definitely more than just a fad. Whether you’re new to the craft beer world, or consider yourself a beer aficionado, this festival is nothing short of amazing.
Things You Won’t Want to Miss
- Dinner with “celebrity” beer pairings
- Traditional brewmasters’ dinner
- Calibration dinner
- Cicerone program seminars
- Food pairing seminars
- Cigar pairing seminars
- Experimental brewing
- Even Yoga!
From exceptional dinners, to educational seminars, to the famous Commercial Tasting Program; this weekend long festival is nonstop fun. It’s even become a destination festival for people around the country!
3. Breckenridge Film Festival
Lights, camera, film festival fun. This 4-day annual festival has been around for quite some time. It’ll be in its 39th year in fact! Featuring a line up of 70+ inspiring films, the chance to mingle with filmmakers and artists, parties, and premieres. This is the perfect festival to bring in the fall.
Since 1981, the Breckenridge Film Festival has been a celebration of the art of filmmaking. Each year, this festival works hard to genuinely showcase independent artists, and provide educational programs. Ranked as one of USA Today’s Top 20 Film Festivals, the Breck Film Fest strives to present a wide variety of content that hasn’t previously been seen by the community.
4. WAVE: Light + Water + Sound
This 4-day festival features interactive art, temporary installations, and musical performances in and around the Blue River Plaza. You’ll feel like a part of the festival itself when you look out at the transformed river, walk along the spectacularly lit bridges, and creatively morphed outdoor exhibition spaces. It’s definitely a must see attraction.
5. Gathering at the Great Divide Art Festival
For those fine art lovers out there, this festival is the place to be. It’s currently ranked at #13 in the top 200 fine art shows in the United States by Sunshine Artist Magazine.
Over the Labor Day weekend, come see over 100 featured artists with a wide range of mediums including, pottery, oil painting, photography, glass, and so much more.
Take a Tour
1. Voices From the Grave
Take a walking tour of Breckenridge that starts out at the town’s original cemetery. You’ll hear the history of the town’s burial grounds and the local folklore buried in them. You’ll also visit the homes and businesses of the those mentioned at the grave sites. Meet your costumed guide right on Main Street, and get ready to feel the chills.
2. Wild West Tour
This 90-minute walking tour is part historic, part strange, and part ghostly. During the tour, you’ll get an overview of the fascinating history behind the town of Breckenridge. This tour is perfect for all age groups! By its end, you’ll feel closer to the awesome history of Summit County.
See a Show
1. Breckenridge Backstage Theatre
Visit the oldest year-round theatre company on Colorado’s western slope. The Breckenridge Backstage Theatre has been around for a while, and with good reason! Their seasons are filled with classic shows we know and love, but as a company they’re not afraid to put on independent productions that make them stand apart from other theatrical companies.
Check out a show, or take a shot at being part of the productions. Keep up with their auditions page and maybe you’ll be on the stage yourself.
By Coldwell Banker