4th of July parade

Events for This Weekend and the 4th of July Week in Breckenridge and Summit County

Kids waving American Flag in a 4th of July ParadeWith so many wildfires happening all over Colorado and such dry conditions our thoughts have been with all of the people displaced and suffering due to the fires. We have been very lucky here in Breckenridge and Summit County so far and have no active fires right now. We did get a little rain this week but remain under a level 2 fire ban across Summit County. A level 2 fire ban means that there can be no open flames, fireworks or even smoking outside. We’ll let you know when this ban is lifted.

Let’s all do a rain dance and keep Colorado Springs and the other fire affected regions in Colorado and the west in our thoughts and prayers!

Even with the fire ban Breckenridge and Summit County are moving forward with planned events this weekend and through the 4th of July week. Of course all public fireworks displays in Summit County have been canceled but there are plenty of other fun events this weekend and next week. Here is a partial rundown.

  • The National Repertory Orchestra is performing Aaron Copland’s 3rd Symphony Saturday at the Riverwalk Center.
  • The Backstage Theater is performing Completely Hollywood Abridged this Saturday at 7:30 p.m.
  • The fireworks may be canceled but Breckenridge will still be the place to be Wednesday for Breck’s 4th of July Celebration.
  • Celebrate biking in Breckenridge at Breckenridge Bike Week July 5th to 8th.
  • The Vail Arts Festival starts today and runs through July 3rd. Tons of great art and food all weekend!
  • The 3 Ring Weekend at Copper Mountain Saturday and Sunday offers a carnival atmosphere for the whole family.
  • Celebrate Frisco’s’ Heritage at Founder’s Day from 10 am to 4 pm Saturday.
  • Come see over $15 million in artwork at Frisco’s Green Art Festival on July 3rd and 4th.
  • Come get your yoga on at Copper Mountain’s Wanderlust Festival, July 6th.

My Dream Wedding

Couple after weddingMarried on Sapphire Point. Such a beautiful place and our children loved feeding the chipmunks. I love how quiet and friendly the town is. Such a great atmosphere.

Name: Meghan
City: Wichita
State: Kansas

Gl7 Outdoor aquatics at night

Family Fun for 14 of us

Grand Lodge on Peak 7 at night by poolLoved the evenings sitting by the fire by the outdoor hot tubs and wonderful pools. The Breckenridge Spa robes were fun thought we would take a shot of all of us in them. Note the 8 adults in robes and 6 kids wishing they had one. After hiking, rafting, zip lining, and swimming we loved the relaxing evenings.

Name: Dianna
City: Kansas City
State: MO

Friends Biking

Events Rundown for This Weekend in Breckenridge and Summit County

Tuesday, June 12, 2012 by Mark GrattanSummer Events in Breckenridge, Colorado Summer is back in Breckenridge and Summit County. This weekend is the unofficial kickoff to all things summer! There are tons of great happenings in Summit County this weekend. From all the events that make up Kingdom Days (including the outhouse races!) to the Frisco BBQ Challenge to the opening of the Peak 8 Fun Park and Breck Connect Gondola this is a weekend not to miss in Breckenridge. This weekend’s weather is looking to be perfect in the 70’s and sunny. If you don’t have plans yet put Breckenridge in them! Here is a rundown of the one of the biggest weekends in Breckenridge and Summit County.

Kingdom Days – Join us in reinventing Breckenridge’s colorful past during the fourth annual Kingdom Days. Celebrate 152 years of Breckenridge’s diverse history with mining, exploration and adventure. Founded in 1859, Breckenridge was inadvertently excluded from some copies of the U.S. maps, becoming known as “Colorado’s Kingdom” until 1936 when it finally became incorporated. For an entire weekend, this real town turns upside down to pay tribute to gold fields and mining, exploration and adventure, brothels and saloons, booms and busts. And don’t miss out on all fun during the ever-popular Outhouse Race! Click here for more information.

Peak 8 Fun Park – At the base of Peak 8, the Breckenridge Fun Park serves up major action with the Mountain Biking Gold Runner Coaster, alpine slide, miniature golf, four wheel drive tours and more. Click here for more information.

Breckenridge Town Party – Every June for the last 17 years the Town of Breckenridge has thrown a party to celebrate a winter of hard work and to welcome the summer. Please join us for this rite of summer with music, socializing, fun for the kids and much more… We are hoping for a spectacularly sunny, beautiful Breckenridge summer evening. This event will take place at the Riverwalk Center and is Free! Click here for all the details!

Breck Connect Gondola Opens for the Season – The BreckConnect Gondola offers free (and scenic!) transportation from town to the base of Peak 8.

NRO Opening Night Concert – Come enjoy the music of the National Repertory Orchestra (NRO). The NRO is the preeminent intensive fellowship that equips young musicians for orchestral music careers while providing the highest level of musical experience for all to enjoy. Conducted by Carl Tupilow and in its 34th season the NRO delivers top level performances every time they take the stage. Click here to see more.

Frisco BBQ Challenge – The 19th Annual Colorado BBQ Challenge is back, June 14th – 17th, 2012. The BBQ challenge gathers more than 60 teams from Kansas to California and offers the best BBQ in the west. The BBQ Challenge has something for everyone from live entertainment, games for kids, cooking demos, pig races, and of course eating Barbecue ’till your heart’s content – so catch “Barbecue Fever” in Frisco – BBQ with altitude. Visit http://​www.breckenridgediscountlod​ging.com/event/​friscos-bbq-challenge for more information.

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Summer Mountain Biking

Grand Lodge on Peak 7

Family biking in BreckenridgeWe spent last weekend at the Grand Lodge on Peak 7. Grand Lodge was holding it’s annual HOA meeting and Owner’s Party. The Lodge was full due to the events, but did not feel crowded, nor did the amenities. Customer service was impeccable. The shuttle was always a phone call and a few minutes away. I took a walk on the Peaks Trailhead, which is yards from the Grand Lodge. I only walked about a half mile in, but what a beautiful trail. Nice wooden bridges over the water-runs. Made me wish I had brought my mountain bike, so next time. Topping it off was the Owner’s Party, thrown by the GL Developer/Owners. A mass quantity and variety of food, including a pile of shrimp that would have made Forrest Gump proud.

Enjoyed wandering around town, and checking out the upcoming summer events. Looking forward to the Music Series, Golf, Biking, Fly fishing and more. So much to do!

Name: Kenneth Waag
City: Denver
State: Colorado

People gold panning

Kingdom Days is Coming to Breckenridge

Man mining in BreckenridgeThe first really big weekend of Breckenridge’s summer season is coming the weekend of June 15th through 17th. Many fun activities and events are taking place all over Summit County this weekend including the Frisco BBQ challenge, the opening of the Breck Connect Gondola the opening of the Peak 8 Fun Park and Kingdom Days in Breckenridge.

Kingdom Days is a celebration of Breckenridge’s Heritage and the event is comprised of a series of small happenings occurring all over town. The best part is that all of the events for Kingdom Days are free! All of the museums in town are free and hosting events. The historic tours of town are free; there is gold panning in the Blue River Plaza. You can have an old time photo taken, there are burro rides for the kids and best of all are the Outhouse races on Ridge Street. The Outhouse Race has become an annual tradition very much in the spirit of Breckenridge’s Ullr Fest. Teams of 4 build outhouses and race them in heats down Ridge Street competing for the “Golden Throne.” The outhouse must be occupied and human powered. Thousands come to Ridge Street to see this whacky annual tradition that celebrates and pokes fun at Breckenridge’s history.

Activities and Events During Kingdom Days Weekend Include

Annual Breckenridge Sidewalk Sale

June 15th – 17th

Tour Breckenridge’s historic museums Saturday and Sunday for free all weekend long! Museums include:

Barney Ford House Museum: Located at 111 E. Washington Avenue, see the home of Barney L. Ford, an escaped slave who prospered and became a prominent entrepreneur and black civil rights pioneer in Colorado. Call 970.453.9767 for more information.

Edwin Carter Museum: See the home of Breckenridge’s famous log cabin naturalist, Professor Edwin Carter who collected more than 3,000 Rocky Mountain animal specimens. Located at 111 N. Ridge Street, call 970.453.9767 for more information.

Summit Ski Museum: Located at 308-B S. Main Street, next to Hand & Glove, the Summit Ski Museum highlights the first 100 years of skiing in Summit County. For more info call 970.453.9767.

Rotary Snowplow Park: Learn about the history of the railroad and the perilour route the locomotives took over Boreas Pass to bring the mail, important goods and people into Breckenridge and Summit County. Stop in right on the corner of Boreas Pass Road and South Main Street nest to the Stephen C. West Ice Arena

Lomax Placer Mine: Come see a real placer mining boat and learn about placer mining in Breckenridge. To get there from Main Street turn west on Ski Hill Road, .3 miles to Lomax Mine on left. Call 970.453.9767 for more information.

FREE Historical Hiking / Walking Tours

The Breckenridge Heritage Alliance will be hosting free walking tours of Breckenridge highlighting Breckenridge’s history. Come learn about how Breckenridge got it’s start, how it survived from its founding in 1859, unique character, interesting stories and so much more. Tours include:

  • Guided Historic Walking Tour of Breckenridge
  • Iowa Hill Tour
  • Washington Gold and Silver Mine Tour
  • Saloon & Breckenridge Distillery Tour
  • Haunted Tour of Breckenridge

Call the Breckenridge Heritage Alliance at 970-453-9767 for more information.

Kingdom Days Signature Events

National Repertory Orchestra Opening Night
Where: Riverwalk Center, 150 W. Adams Avenue W
When:  Friday, June 15th 7:30 p.m.
Info: Celebrate the opening night of the National Repertory Orchestra performance with Elgar’s Enigma Variations and more.

Welcome Proclamation
Where: Blue River Plaza
When: Saturday, June 16th 11:00 a.m.
Info: Relive the summer of 1936 when Colorado Governor, Big Ed Johnson and Breckenridge locals gathered on the Summit County Courthouse lawn, where a U.S. flag was raised, officially welcoming the Town of Breckenridge and Summit County into the nation.

Barney Ford BBQ
Where: On the lawn at the Barney Ford House Museum, 111 E. Washington Avenue
When: Saturday, June 16th 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.}
Info: Enjoy BBQ fare on the lawn of the Barney Ford House Museum. All proceeds go toward future museum exhibits and operations.

Old Time Photos
Where: Breckenridge Old Time Photo Studio 326 South Main Street
When: Saturday, June 16th & Sunday, June 17th, 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Info: Dress up in historic costumes and have a professional photographer create your very own “Old Time Photo” with your family and friends. A great memento from the fourth annual Kingdom Days, fees apply.

Old West Burro Rides
Where: Barney Ford parking lot (corner of S. Ridge Street and Washington Avenue)
When: Saturday, June 16th & Sunday, June 17th 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Info: Enjoy Red Tail the Mountain Man’s old west burro farm and petting zoo as well free children’s burro rides.

Gold Panning
Where: Blue River Plaza on Main Street
When: Saturday, June 16th & Sunday, June 17th 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Info: Get expert instruction and see demonstrations by the Gold Prospectors of Colorado.

Blacksmithing Demonstrations
Where: Barney Ford parking lot (corner of S. Ridge Street and Washington Avenue)
When: Saturday, June 16th & Sunday, June 17th 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Info: Come by and see Rory May, with Dragon Forge Ltd. transform red hot metal on site. Demonstrations will include late 1800s and contemporary processes.

5th Annual Breckenridge Outhouse Races
Where: Ridge Street (between Lincoln Avenue and Washington Avenue)
When: Sunday, June 17th 2:00 p.m.
Info: Celebrate the hardships faced by our forefathers, Breckenridge hosts an event that combines a glimpse of our past in the spirit of today. There will be memorable prizes for first, second and third places as well as the People’s Choice Outhouse Award.

Edwin Carter Birthday Celebration
Where: On the lawn at the Edwin Carter Museum, 111 N. Ridge Street
When: Sunday, June 17th 12:00 p.m.
Info:  Come celebrate the Birthday of Edwin Carter. Birthday cake will be served.

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