Ullr Fest bonfire in Breckenridge, Colorado

A Month by Month Guide to Breckenridge Events

Off-season? What off-season! No matter what time you visit, the town of Breckenridge will be bustling with energy and events! From daunting athletic endurance events to delicious culinary feasts and everything in between, Breckenridge has a wide variety of events that cater to all different sorts of visitors & locals. Start planning your trip and use this guide to figure out which events you want to attend.

Snow Sculpture Competition

January Events in Breckenridge

  • 1/3/24—1/5/24: Big Beers Festival
  • 1/22/24: Five Peaks Music Festival
  • 1/22/24—1/26/24: International Snow Sculpture Carving Competition

Cheers to the New Year! Kick off 2024 with tunes on the snow at the first installment of the Five Peak Music Series, at the Base of Peak 8 hosted by Breckenridge Ski Resort on January 22. If you’ve ever built a snowman, watch what the pros can do at the International Snow Sculpture Carving Competition! Professional sculptors from different countries form teams and descend upon Breckenridge to turn 5-ton blocks of snow into intricate works of frozen art. The sculpting can be viewed from January 22 to 26, and the viewing period is from January 26 to 31 at the Tiger Dredge Parking Lot.

Nordic Center

February Events in Breckenridge

  • 2/23/24—2/25/24: Breckenbeiner at Gold Run Nordic Center

This first-time event is calling to all endurance athletes! A new triathlon is coming to Breckenridge hosted by the same crew who put on the Breck Epic (more about that event below)!


on lookers take in the Six Senses and a Big Mountain competition in Breckenridge, Colorado. Big Mountain Competition

March Events in Breckenridge

  • 3/3/24: Five Peaks Music Festival
  • 3/23/24: Five Peaks Music Festival
  • TBD: Breckenridge Ski Resort IFSA Qualifier, Big Mountain Competition

During March, you can soak up the sun and groove to the sounds of Spring at two more installments of the Five Peaks Music Festival.

Pond Skim Imperial Challenge

April Events in Breckenridge

  • 4/6/24 (Weather dependent): Helly Hansen Big Mountain Challenge, IFSA Qualifier
  • 4/1/24—4/7/24: Breckenridge Helly Hansen Spring Fever
  • TBD: Imperial Challenge
  • TBD: Peak 8 Pond Skim

Spring rolls on this month, and Breckenridge Ski Resort’s high elevation keeps the snow great late into the season. If you’re ready to watch some of Breck’s top skiers and snowboarders go big on some big mountain terrain, check out the Big Mountain competition hosted by Breckenridge Ski Resort. The Big Mountain Comp brings the vibes for viewers with a great viewing coral at the bottom of Breck’s famed “Six Senses” terrain and with tunes blasting to get the audience and competitors pumped up. Looking for a challenge yourself? You can join in on the Imperial Challenge, which starts in town by bike; competitors pedal to the base of the mountain, skin all the way up to 12,996ft (the top of Imperial Chair), and then ski or ride down! It is a brutal endurance event, but the fun costumes and energy of the competitors make it a light-hearted affair. If a suffer-fest up the mountain isn’t your thing, how about making a splash? To celebrate Peak 8 closing for the season, Breckenridge Ski Resort hosts a pond skim under the Colorado Superchair. Skiers and boarders go from snow to air to water in an attempt to make it out dry, all to the cheers of hundreds of spring break revelers.

Skiers celebrate Breckenridge ski resort closing day Closing Day

May Events in Breckenridge

  • TBD: Breckenridge Ski Resort Closing Day

The long ski season winds down and finally comes to a close. This event is TBD depending on weather and snow conditions, but whatever the date, you will find die-hard skiers getting their last turns and celebrating the season past.

Runners at the RAM WalkRAM Walk

June Events in Breckenridge

  • 6/6/24: BGV Heart Health Walk
  • 6/9/24: Breck Sunday Market
  • 6/9/24: Summit Foundation 36th Annual Golf Tournament
  • 6/20/24: AirStage Après Thursday Nights
  • 6/27/24: AirStage Après Thursday Nights
  • 6/28/24—6/30/24: Breckenridge Agave Fest

Summer’s arrival brings a lively atmosphere to town with the Breck Sunday Market every week from June 9 to September 8 at Main Street Station. You can shop local crafts or fresh produce while strolling near the Maggie Pond. Music will set the mood for summer sunsets when the BreckCreate (our local arts district) Airstage opens its door. The classic tow behind chrome trailer has been retrofitted with a stage that can be parked nearly anywhere in town to supply a vibe. If you are looking to give back and stay active, the Rob Millisor Heart Health walk (AKA RAM Walk) hosted by Breckenridge Grand Vacations, is an amazing event for the whole family, with proceeds saving lives. And if tequila and mezcal are more your flavor, a new festival is coming to town, the Breckenridge Agave Fest!

The 4th of July Parade in Breckenridge, COIndependence Day

July Events in Breckenridge

  • 7/4/24: Independence Day Celebration
  • 7/4/24: Firecracker 50
  • 7/11/24: AirStage Après Thursday Nights
  • 7/13/24: Summer Beer Fest
  • 7/18/24: AirStage Après Thursday Nights
  • 7/25/24: AirStage Après Thursday Nights
  • 7/26/24—7/28/24: Breckenridge Food & Wine Festival

Celebrate Independence Day with a parade, the Firecracker 50, a 5K Trail Race, and BreckCreate’s activation in the Arts District. The Firecracker 50 isn’t just any old bike race; this is a 50-mile-long endurance Mountain Bike event where locals and visitors alike can earn their stripes and become stars. Breckenridge has abstained from fireworks shows for the past couple of years in respect to our environment and fire prevention purposes. July continues with the AirStage Après on Thursday nights, the Breckenridge Food & Wine Festival, and a tentative Summer Beer Fest at Beaver Run.

August Events in Breckenridge

  • 8/1/24: AirStage Après Thursday Nights
  • 8/8/24: AirStage Après Thursday Nights
  • 8/11/24—8/16/24: The Breck Epic
  • 8/15/24: AirStage Après Thursday Nights
  • 8/23/24—8/28/24: Breck Bike Week
  • 8/16/24—8/25/24: Breck International Festival of the Arts
  • 8/23/24: Wine Classic
  • 8/30/24: Breckenridge Hogfest Bacon & Bourbon
  • 8/31/24: Annual Rubber Duck Race

August brings two-wheeled adventures with the Breck Epic road bike race and Breck Bike Week, and culinary delights at the Breckenridge Food & Wine Festival. Don’t miss the Breckenridge Hog Fest – Bacon & Bourbon at Main Street Station and the 24th Summit Foundation Annual Rubber Duck Race. If you haven’t seen thousands of ducks floating down a river for a good cause, make sure to bookmark the rubber duck race. Rumor has it the world’s largest Rubber Duck will be in attendance.

Oktoberfest

September Events in Breckenridge

  • 9/13/24—9/15/24: Oktoberfest
  • 9/19/24—9/22/24: Breck Film Fest
  • 9/27/24—9/29/24: Breckenridge Strings, Beers, & Ciders

Prost! In September, the leaves will be changing and the beer will be flowing at Breckenridge’s Oktoberfest. Main Street transforms into a walkable Bavarian festival complete with polka music, a stein hoisting competition, strudels and schnitzels, and of course, beer! If German beer isn’t your thing, check out the Strings, Beers, and Ciders event for live music and a variety of beverages to try. Lastly, the Breckenridge Film Festival brings renowned filmmakers up to 9600’ to showcase short films that will get your heart pumping or tug at its strings.

a traditional headpiece on display for Dia de los muertos celebration in Breckenridge, CODía de Muertos

October Events in Breckenridge

  • 10/11/24—10/12/24: Día de Muertos
  • 10/31/24: Breck-o-ween
  • TBD: Breckenridge Craft Spirits Festival

Celebrate with spirits in more than one way during this month. Breck Create hosts a traditional Día de Muertos celebration every year with dancing, art, and other cultural aspects of this Day of the Dead. Breck-o-ween is an event hosted by Après Ski that partners with local bars and businesses to get spooky on Halloween night. Traditionally they have had costume contests, a “Mummy Walk” bar crawl, and more. If that is too ghoulish, kick back and sip a cocktail at the Breckenridge Spirits Festival, which showcases some amazing libations from near and far.

a group of skiers celebrate the start of snow season on Breckenridge Opening Day Opening Day

November Events in Breckenridge

  • TBD: Wake Up Breck
  • TBD: Underground Snowboards Local’s Day
  • TBD: Breckenridge Opening Day

It’s time to get back on snow! Breckenridge Ski Resort hosts Wake Up Breck the day before the mountain opens and partners with local coffee houses all through town to give out free mugs and coffee – you better be at a coffee spot before 7:30 am if you want a mug! The following day is the true kickoff to winter in Breck: Opening Day! Depending on snow, there might only be one or a few trails, but the vibes are through the roof with people reuniting with the mountain and friends.

ULLR Fest in Breckenridge, Colorado Ullr Fest

December Events in Breckenridge

  • 12/7/24: Lighting of Breckenridge, Running of the Santas and the Bernese Mountain Dog Parade
  • 12/12/24—12/14/24: Ullr Fest

In the final month of the year, it’s time to get festive! The Running of the Santas and Lighting of Breck christen the holiday season as thousands gather to take in the spectacle happening on Main Street. Ullr Fest is our local gathering to revel and call upon the Norse God of snow for a good winter. Complete with a parade, bonfire, and plenty of Ullr chants, this event is truly Breckenridge’s own and has been going on since the 1960s! Just be prepared, both of these events in December happen outside and can be downright frigid if the weather is right (so make sure to bundle up and sip on a hot chocolate).

 

As you can see, there is no lack of events happening in Breckenridge no matter what month you decide to visit. If you are looking for a place to stay while taking in one of these events check out these great deals at the Grand Colorado on Peak 8!

Breckenridge Oktoberfest Event Guide

The iconic Breckenridge Oktoberfest is making a return in 2023! Join us for a weekend of views, brews, food and dancing in Breckenridge. Main Street will be closed to traffic and transformed for the 27th annual event hosted by Breckenridge Brewery.

Summer Event Highlight: Rob Millisor Heart Health Walk

Join us June 10, 2023 for the 8th annual Rob Millisor Heart Health Walk! Enjoy time outdoors by participating in a 5k walk or run. Bring the whole family for food, drinks, live music, yoga, and other activities! All participants are also entered into a drawing to win a vacation with Interval International!

Breckenridge Summer Events

Summertime in the mountains sure is sweet, and to make it sweeter Breckenridge events are making a triumphant return! Get outdoors and enjoy a weekend indulging, dancing and celebrating in your favorite mountain town. If you need any excuses to plan your summer vacation to Breckenridge we can give you a few.

Summer Music in the Mountains

Updated 4/7/23

The high country will be jamming this summer! In recent years there has been lots of growth and expansion in both the talent performing in the mountains and the venues in and around Breckenridge. Let me take you on a tour of the spaces and places you can catch some tunes this summer and some of the high notes that will be hitting with big performances.

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The Breckenridge Music AirStage

The newest addition to the music venues in Breckenridge is a reborn classic. Breck Create has taken a classic Airstream trailer and modified it with a pop-out stage that is perfect for mid summer jam sessions in the Breckenridge Arts District, Carter Park, Blue River Plaza and anywhere it can be parked! You can find a calendar of events, locations and performances here.

RMU

Rocky Mountain Underground (RMU for short) is a local favorite ski shop/bar/beer garden/music venue. RMU is located smack in the middle of Main Street and their beer garden offers tons of sunshine and is a great place to kick back while taking in local bands.

 

Motherloaded Tavern

If the late-night scene is more your style, find yourself at Motherloaded on a Friday or Saturday night. Rocking music rages from the front of the bar for dancing and singing along. Motherloaded has a historic back bar that is situated away from the tunes and offers a dark speak-easy style atmosphere where they serve up their signature mason jar cocktails (try the Grey Earl!). Motherloaded has Happy Hour Music from 5-8 p.m. every Friday through Sunday and you’ll find rotating local talent like Joe Teichman or the amazing 90’s – early 2000’s cover band, El Paso Lasso. Check their website for more information.

The Riverwalk Center

The largest venue in Breck sits along the flow of the Blue River, has large retractable bay doors to let in the cool summer breeze and a huge lawn outdoors where the music travels outside in full view of the mountains. This is a great venue for families visiting town in search of a sonically pleasing activity. Summer home of National Repertory Orchestra, you can find them or other big names here every Saturday night in the Summer. For summer 2023, Mary Chapin Carpenter, The Wailers and Graham Nash bring their sounds to the stage! Click here for a full concert lineup.

Other notable Breckenridge music hot spots include:

  • The Gold Pan Saloon – take in some music in one of the oldest and most historic watering holes in west.
  • Whiskey Star Smokehouse – A newer addition to Breckenridge, enjoy BBQ dinner downstairs and a large selection of whiskey and music upstairs.

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Amazing venues outside of Breckenridge:

Dillon Amphitheater

After a recent renovation just a few years ago, the Dillon Amphitheater is drawing the biggest names to Summit County. This venue has a dance floor, bowl, and lawn seating and an unbeatable view of both Lake Dillon and the Ten Mile Range. They have music every Friday night and some nights during the week. For summer 2023 they’ve drawn in legendary artists such as Rainbow Kitten Surprise, Trampled By Turtles, Young The Giant, Umphreys McGee, Pretty Lights, and more! Click here for their full calendar.

10 Mile Music Hall

10 Mile Music Hall top floor view

Snapshot shared by friend of Best Of Breck, Hannah Schneider aka “Hschneids”

Frisco’s Main Street music mecca. This updated indoor venue is the perfect place to pop into when you are out of Breck for the night. After a stroll down Frisco’s historic downtown, you can take in a show from this two-story venue with a huge dance floor and large 2nd-floor balcony. For the most up-to-date upcoming shows check out their Facebook Page.

Ullr Fest Parade Breckenridge

Top Winter Events in Breckenridge

If it isn’t the mountains, the charming town, or the many winter activities that are drawing you to Breck, it must be one of these events. Are you on the fence about when to visit our town? Here are a few dates to steer you in the right direction.