Events Calendar

December 1, 2019
Aspen Art Museum Winter Exhibitions

The international contemporary art museum will see five distinctive artists throughout its winter season. Currently on view: Abraham Cruzvillegas’ Hi, how are you, Gonzo? (through Jan. 26), Seth Price’s No Technique (through March 1) and Oscar Murillo’s Social Attitude (through May 17). Yayoi Kusama’s Where the Lights in My Heart Go will open in December (Dec. 20 to May 10) and Lisa Yuskavage’s Wilderness in February (Feb. 16 through May 31). Through May 31, Tue.-Sun., 10am-6pm, free, Aspen Art Museum


December 16, 2019
Sharing Shakespeare Series

Aspen Institute's series explores William Shakespeare’s plays while volunteer moderators lead participants through lively discussions dissecting the intriguing themes and characters in Shakespeare that still resonate today. Participants read one play per month and share their insights and questions to reach a fuller understanding of the works. Dec. 16, Jan. 13, Feb. 10, March 16, April 20, May 11, June 15, 6:30-8:30pm, $225, (includes all sessions, reading materials, and refreshments; scholarships available), Koch Building, 1000 N. 3rd St, aspeninstitute.org


February 19, 2020
Aspen Laugh Festival

Chicago’s The Second City—the comedy career launchpad for Bill Murray, Tina Fey and Stephen Colbert, to name a few—will kick off the annual laugh festival on Feb. 19, followed by stand-up comedian and Saturday Night Live alumnus Norm Macdonald on Feb. 20. Other acts throughout the four days include Bollywood star Vir Das, Nancy Norton, Adam Ray, Taylor Tomlinson and Dusty Slay. The festival finale will boast the comedic talents of Trevor Noah, host of the Emmy and Peabody Award-winning The Daily Show. Feb.19-22, times and ticket prices vary, Wheeler Opera House, aspenshowtix.com


February 28, 2020
Aspen Mountain Film Festival Winter Edition

Highlighting Aspen’s cultural founding philosophy of body, mind and spirit, this winter film fest—an expansion of the annual summer Mountain Film Festival presented by the Wheeler Opera House and the Ute Mountaineer—raises a toast to diverse mountain cultures through documentary film, music, art and food. The productions explore the themes of adventure, travel, environment, sustainability and community through remarkable storytelling. Feb. 28-29, 7pm, $20, Wheeler Opera House, aspenshowtix.com


February 29, 2020
Audi Power of Four Ski Mountaineering Race

Every year, athletes in teams of two partake in the ultimate skiing and skinning endurance test as they race across all four Aspen Snowmass mountains. The challenging course is 24 miles long and covers more than 10,000 vertical feet of climbing. Determined participants start in Snowmass Village, traverse their way over to West Buttermilk, and continue on to Aspen Highlands, where they ski over to Aspen Mountain and down to Gondola Plaza. Athletes can opt for the Power of Two recreational race, covering the second half of the sport course. Again this year, the Power of Four race will play host to the 2020 United States Ski Mountaineering Association National Championships for the team disciplines. Power of Four, 6am, Snowmass Base Village, $290; Power of Two, 8am, Aspen Highlands Base Village, $205, aspensnowmass.com


March 3, 2020
Songs of Suffrage: The Music of the Movement

The Aspen Historical Society presents the grand finale of their Time Travel Tuesday program with the historic opera, "Songs of Suffrage: The Music of Movement," in celebration of women's suffrage and voting rights on Colorado's primary election day, March 3, 2020. 5:30pm, tickets $10, Wheeler Opera House


March 12, 2020
Après Ski Cocktail Classic

“Drink well, laugh often, ski much” is the theme of this annual four-day slopeside soiree celebrating the spirit of après. Enjoy craft cocktails, seminars by award-winning mixologists, the Après Tasting Experience, snow parties, pop-up bars, spirit-paired dinners and other special on-mountain events. Plus, the Great Après Ski Pub Crawl & Cocktail Competition is sure to excite. March 12-15, locations and prices vary, apresskicc.com


March 27, 2020
Aspen Santa Fe Ballet Presents: Diavolo

Viewed by over 95 million people, the Los Angeles-based professional dance company Diavolo was a top-10 finalist on America’s Got Talent. The company is lauded for its boundary breaking performances that push a new edge of style (and gravity), melding dance, acrobatics and gymnastics—all while examining the relationship between the human body and its surrounding architectural environment. 7:30pm, tickets from $36, Aspen District Theatre, aspensantafeballet.com


March 28, 2020
U.S. Alpine Tech Championships

The Tech Championships will return to Aspen after 60 years, with Aspen Highlands hosting some of the leading U.S. Ski Team athletes. In collaboration with U.S. Ski and Snowboard and Aspen Valley Ski and Snowboard Club, the elite race includes the disciplines of men’s and women’s slalom, giant slalom and parallel slalom (with some events taking place at Snowmass). March 28-31, times vary, spectating free, Aspen Highlands and Snowmass Ski Area


March 31, 2020
Aspen Film Shortsfest

Voted one of the “50 film festivals worth the entry fee in 2018” by Moviemaker Magazine, the annual Oscar-qualifying film festival is noted as one of the leading short film festivals in the nation. With five Oscar-qualifying categories—animation, comedy, documentary, drama and short—and over 50 featured films, attendees are guaranteed an eclectic movie marathon experience. March 31-April 5, times vary, tickets from $20, Wheeler Opera House, aspenfilm.org