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Labor Day Weekend

laborheaderWrap up your amazing summer with a visit to Breckenridge, Colorado and discover all it has to offer. Enjoy cool summer temperatures and exciting events like the Summit Foundation’s Rubber Duck Race, Sidewalk Sales on Main Street, the Gathering at the Great Divide Arts Festival, a Wine Festival, the Breck Crest Trail Marathon and more. With so much going on, you need an extra day to experience it all.

Saturday

10:00am – 6:00pm – 37th Annual Great Divide Art Festival
11:00am – 5:00pm – Wine Tasting
1:00pm – Kids Duck Dash
2:00pm – Business Battle Duck Race
3:00pm – Great Rubber Duck Race

Sunday

7:30am – Breck Crest Marathon and Half Marathon
10:00am – 6:00pm – 37th Annual Great Divide Art Festival

Monday

10:00am – 4:00pm – 37th Annual Great Divide Art Festival

Great Rubber Duck Races – Aug. 31st: For the 25th year, The Summit Foundation will drop some 10,000 rubber ducks into the Blue River for a fundraiser race that includes kids, business and open categories. Prizes include a one-week vacation, pontoon boats on Lake Dillon, kids season ski pass and more. Funds raised support The Summit Foundation grant and programs. Those interested in volunteering for the Great Rubber Duck Race should call 970.453.5970.

Breckenridge Wine Festival - Aug. 31st: The Breckenridge Wine Festival (formerly the Water House Wine Festival) combines vino from around the world with live music and food, all served up at the starting area for the duck races. Twenty-dollar tickets include entry, commemorative wine glass, 10 tasting tickets and one duck in the races, which start at Main Street Station. Proceeds support The Summit Foundation.

37th Annual Gathering at the Great Divide Art Festival - Aug. 31st - Sept 2nd: A nationally-ranked art show, Gathering at the Great Divide features over 100 artists showcasing a variety of media including photography, wood, glass, ceramics and more. The three-day show takes place in the Wellington Lot, located at the intersection of Main Street and Wellington Road.

Breckenridge Merchants – Sidewalk Sale Days - Aug. 30th – Sept. 2nd: Breckenridge’s merchants open their doors for a four-day sidewalk sale. Stock up in preparation for snow or scout for deals on summer wares. Over 150 shopping options give guests and locals plenty of retail choices.

Breck Crest trail races - Sept. 1st: Marathon and half-marathon courses top out above treeline, and the five-mile course offers a shorter option. All routes feature stunning views from the peaks of the Tenmile Range. Aside from the start/finish sections, courses are on soft surface trails and service roads. Five dollars of each entry supports The Summit Foundation.

Schedule Details

USA Pro Cycling Challenge – Tuesday, August 20th and Wednesday, August 21st

USAPCC_Breck_CustomLockUp_FA - small - 2012Breckenridge is thrilled to host the USA Pro Cycling Stage 2 Finish AND Stage 3 Start!

THIRD TIME’S A CHARM: The nation’s most challenging cycling race will again make a stop in the ’uber-quaint’ Victorian town/world-class resort of Breckenridge for the third straight year. Breckenridge hosts the Stage 2 Finish on Tuesday, August 20 AND the Stage 3 Start on Wednesday, August 21.

Join us Tuesday, August 20 and Wednesday, August 21 in Breckenridge, Colorado for the Stage 2 finish and the Stage 3 Start of the USA Pro Cycling Challenge, one of the largest cycling events in United States history. The 2013 race will feature professional cycling’s best competing on a challenging course through some of America’s most beautiful scenery. The third annual USA Pro Cycling Challenge rolls through Colorado August 19-25, 2013 – see the Stage 2 finish and the Stage 3 Start in Breck on August 20 and 21, 2013.

Check back at BreckProCycling.com for more information on the 2013 race as it becomes available. In the meantime, connect with us on Facebook or Twitter.

Complete Coverage of this World-Class Event

Breck Epic – Aug. 11 – 16, 2013

be-logo-grnThe Race: August 11-16, 2013 (unless you want the 3-day jobbie – that’s Aug 11-13)

IT’S ON. AGAIN.

6 days and 240 miles? Check. Rad course updates and even MORE singletrack? Yup. Singlespeed Stage Race AND Elite World Champs? Aw yeah. 3-day ‘Epic-curious’ option? Affirmative. New Enduro category with 75 miles of all-mountain ripping? BRAAAP! (pleated chino guys: that means yes.) Beer, bacon, bourbon and burritos? Cheggidy-check-check. It’s on. August 11-16, 2013. More intel coming soon – drop us a note with your email addy for updates, or CLICK HERE for early bird discounted registration.

Breckenridge Beer Festival – Saturday, July 13, 2013

Beer FestivalThis beer sampling event features 25 craft breweries including: Strange Brewing, Bristol Brewing, Boulder Beer, AC Golden Brewing, Stone Brewing, Upslope Brewing, Great Divide Brewing, Kona Brewing, Durango Brewing, Left Hand Brewing, Tallgrass Brewing, Ska Brewing, Deschutes Brewery, Del Norte Brewing, Breckenridge Brewery, Grand Teton Brewing, Boulevard Brewing, San Luis Valley Brewing, Boston Beer, Grand Lake Brewing, Aspen Brewing, Alaskan Brewing, Odell Brewing, Crazy Mountain Brewery and Oskar Blues Brewery food, retail vendors, and live music throughout the day.

This event draws a wide range of people from beer aficionados to families. Hosted by Main Street Station, which combines downtown Breckenridge with a beautiful lakeside view in celebration of Brews and Views!

Where: Ridge Street, Breckenridge, CO

Date: July 13, 2013

Time: VIP/Unlimited Tasting from 1-6pm

TICKET TYPE                                                  SALES END       PRICE       FEE

Unlimited Tasting Mug                                July 12, 2013     $25.00       $2.37
Unlimited Tasting Cup Includes: plastic commemorative bottomless tasting cup and access to incredible live music, fabulous food and tons of amazing craft brews from 1:00 – 6:00 pm!

Breckenridge Distillery VIP Tasting Mug       July 12, 2013      $65.00      $4.57
VIP Tasting Mug includes: commemorative glass mug, tasting from 1-6pm, private VIP tasting, and catered lunch. **NEW: Separate VIP entrance!

*Please remember this is a NO PET event. We’ll be there rain or shine!

To order your Unlimited Tasting Beer Tickets, click here!

 

Breck Bike Week

bikesmall4th Annual Bicycle Festival in Breckenridge, Colorado
Thursday, August 15 – August 18, 2013

Breck Bike Week: Join Our Community of Cyclists from novice pedalers to pro riders there is something for all levels of bikers!

One of “Breck’s” best kept secrets is its expansive backcountry trail network – an interconnected system that can be accessed from anywhere in town within two minutes and leading to hundreds of miles of riding across Summit County. Recently named a silver-level Bicycle Friendly Community by the League of American Bicyclists, Breckenridge introduces visitors to pedal paradise during the annual Breck Bike Week.

Kicked off by the USA Cycling Mountain Bike Marathon National Championships, the Firecracker 50 on July 4, visitors will be able to race or partake in all the non-competitive aspects of Breck Bike Week including high-end bike demos, led group rides, bike-in movie nights, trail building, lectures, clinics, bike fits and tunes, kids’ races, daily Tour de France viewing parties and more. The bonus is that all Breck Bike Week activities are FREE and open to everyone. In addition, this week will showcase the town’s history as well as shopping, dining, lodging, other unique activities and temperate summer weather.

Breckenridge is a unique mountain resort in comparison to its neighbors in that it is an authentic historic mining town full of full-time outdoorsy residents who want nothing more than to introduce visitors to the bike paths, trails and roads that make up their backyard bike playground. Breck Bike Week will do just that. In addition, Breck is surrounded by a trail network the width and breadth of which is unsurpassed in North America, a resource the community is very committed to protect and preserve…while still enjoying it to its fullest. While here, cyclists are invited to give back to the trails through trail building workshops. Breck Bike Week is a feast for cyclists of all types and truly communicates the town’s passion for biking.

Check out this great video on what is in store for the 2012 Breck Bike Week – all FREE!

For the complete list of entire packed schedule, click here!

Firecracker 50 Mountain Bike Race – 4th of July

Firecracker 50 - smallWhat started out as a gleam in our eye has grown into a staple on the Colorado mountain bike racing calendar. Why the 4th? Because absolutely nothing athletic was happening in our town. Sure Scott Yule, Mike Zobbe, Ellen Hollinshead, Monique Merrill, and a host of other local mountain goat legends were bagging a 14er, skiing 4th of July Bowl on Peak 10, or riding their favorite epic. But nothing organized was happening.

Where I come from there is at least a dinky little July 4th 5k Run just about everywhere; and then people get with family and friends, BBQ, and relax for the rest of the day. On July 4, 2000, while watching the parade after a morning bike ride, Mike McCormack and I looked at each other, cut our palms with a rusty chain tool, high fived each other and made a blood pact. The Firecracker 50 was born!

So…welcome to the 2013 Firecracker 50, welcome to Breckenridge, welcome to our backyard!

For Registration and Details

4th of July Celebration

Celebrate Independence Day with lively entertainment, free activities and dynamic family fun. Breck’s Independence Day celebration kicks off with a 10K trail run and continues throughout the day with the Firecracker 50 bike race leading the vibrant Fourth of July Parade on historic Main Street, July Arts Festival on Ridge Street, live music, kids’ activities and so much more. End the night with the National Repertory Orchestra performing a patriotic concert at the Riverwalk Center.

2013 Schedule of Events

INDEPENDENCE DAY – July 4, Thursday

Independence Day 10K Trail Run – This scenic 10k trail running race offers up some of the best views in the Breckenridge area, while finishing just in time to catch the Main Street parade and other festivities. 7:00 a.m. Register at www.townofbreckenridge.com or call 970.453.1734.

The Firecracker 50 Mountain Bike Race – This mountain bike race launches the 4th of July Parade in front of thousands of spectators. Come cheer on riders as they embark on a 50 mile journey on the beautiful trails in and surrounding the Breckenridge area.

Fourth of July Garden Party – Annual Breckenridge Heritage Alliance Garden Party at the Barney Ford House Museum. Watch the Breckenridge Fourth of July parade in style from the best view on Main Street. 9:00 a.m. Cost $15/$40/$75 reservations required. Call 970.453.9767 for more information.

Arts District Grand Celebration – Open studios, artist demonstrations, make and take art projects for children, music, dancing and more. This is a grand celebration for the arts. 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. at the Corner of S. Ridge Street and E. Washington Ave. 970.453.3364

Reading of the Declaration of Independence by George Washington – (C.J. Mueller): Following the parade in the Blue River Plaza.

Main Street Parade – The official parade will start at 10am with the Red, White and Blue Color Guard.

Kids’ Water Fight – Kids’ can join the Red, White & Blue Fire Dept. in an old time water fight on Main Street. Free for kids to participate. A hit every year. 12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Viper ‘Show and Shine’ – Vipers will be parked on Main Street allowing spectators to view the cars. 12:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Free Concert: at the Riverwalk Center – The Riverwalk Center will be having a great band this year, but they can not announce until mid-June due to boring and pesky contractual reasons. But remember they are the folks who in the past years brought you free 4th of July concerts featuring Blind Boys of Alabama, Big Bad Voodo Daddy, Rusted Root and many other great acts so you will definitely not be disappointed this year. We anticipate happy, dancing crowds! 2p.m. at the Riverwalk Center free – no tickets needed please no dogs or other pets on the Riverwalk Center lawn. For More Information On The Free Concert: Call the Box Office @ 970.547.3100

National Repertory Orchestra: 4th of July Patriotic Concert– The NRO Patriotic concert will be at 8:30 p.m. on July 4th in the Riverwalk Center with doors opening at 8:00 p.m. Lawn seating will remain free and will not require a ticket- first come, first seated.  For almost 20 years, the Town of Breckenridge and National Repertory Orchestra (NRO) have collaborated to present a Patriotic Concert each July 4th at the Riverwalk Center in Breckenridge, CO. This year the Riverwalk Center Box Office will sell indoor reserved seat tickets at a cost of $5, $10 and $15. There will be a limit of 5 tickets per order.  Tickets will be made available for sale online and in person at the Riverwalk Center Box Office located at 150 West Adams Avenue on Wednesday, June 27, 2012 at noon. Phone orders will ONLY be accepted at 970-547-3100 after the Riverwalk Center Box Office has served guests waiting in line.

Fireworks – weather dependent

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For the complete listing of all the concerts, events and activities, Click Here!

Kingdom Days – June 15th & 16th, 2013

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Join us in reinventing Breckenridge’s colorful past during the fourth annual Kingdom Days. Celebrating over 150 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.

During Kingdom Days, the streets line-up with eager spectators cheering on competitors in Outhouse Races, a wildly popular event that is fast becoming a big tradition in Breck. Teams come together to push and pull their outhouses of various themes and materials across the finish line. Colorado blue skies, smooth pavement, a little creativity and spirited racing partners fuel this quirky event that will bring thrills for years to come. So wash away your inhibitions, grab your friends and try for a seat on the Gold Throne, the Silver Moon or the Bronze Bucket. What better way to celebrate Father’s Day!

Leading up to the wildly popular outhouse races, Kingdom Days weekend brings an abundance of things to do throughout the weekend. Let loose at a town party on Friday night, take a historic hike to a variety of mining relics and a glimpse into our past, get cultural insight at our museums and galleries, take in some live music, try your hand at gold panning and wager on your favorite character during a Wild West gun fight on Main Street. Whatever you choose, you’ll feel like mountain royalty during this one-of-a-kind weekend festival.

Complete Schedule of Events

Opening Day for Breckenridge Summer Fun Park at Peak 8!

summer-landingcoaster - cropped - smallBreckenridge Summer Fun Park – Pony Rides, Alpine Slide, Gold Runner Coaster, and Much, Much More!

This summer, enjoy the Breckenridge Fun Park like never before! Come enjoy a day of family fun in the beautiful Rocky Mountains and see what Breckenridge has to offer in the summertime.

Summer Operation Hours:
June 14 – September 2 from 9:30 AM – 5:30 PM
September 6 – 15: Weekends ONLY

This summer, enjoy the Breckenridge Fun Park like never before! Come enjoy a day of family fun in the beautiful Rocky Mountains and see what Breckenridge has to offer in the summertime.

Peak 8 at Breckenridge Ski Resort will be the center of all the action in town this summer, as the Breckenridge Fun Park returns with even bigger and better attractions this season!

Experience the thrilling dips and turns of the Gold Runner Coaster, along with other activities for all ages, including the famous Alpine Slide, mountain biking, scenic chairlift rides, gem panning, bungee jumping, pony rides, kids bounce house, miniature golf, hiking, 4×4 tours, and more!

Also don’t miss great dining options at the Ski Hill Grill, located at the base of Peak 8!

Park for free in the Gondola lots in town! The BreckConnect Gondola will begin running regularly starting June 14 to take you to the park for free.

With all the attractions, rides and outdoor opportunities on the mountain, the Breckenridge Fun Park will be the place to be this summer!

Updated information on activities and ticket prices.

The 33rd Annual Breckenridge Festival of Film – September 19 – 22, 2013!

untitledWelcome to the 33rd annual Breckenridge Festival of Film! For over a quarter century BFF has celebrated the art of filmmaking. Each spring a unique and varied array of independent films, premieres, receptions, educational programs and retrospectives honoring featured guests takes place high in the Colorado Rockies.

In a spectacular setting 9,600 feet above sea level, Breckenridge is located approximately 80 miles west of Denver via interstate highway 70. The town was established in 1859 and retains much of the look and historic charm of its prior heyday as a late 1800′s mining town. Today, Breckenridge is an internationally known ski resort providing summer and fall visitors a myriad of recreational opportunities from biking, hiking, sailing and rafting, to fishing, golf, tennis and horseback riding. Breckenridge is home to two ice rinks, as well as a full recreation center with a climbing wall, skate park and a Jack Nicklaus designed public golf course. The town offers historical tours, art galleries, many shops and fine dining.

2012 quotes from filmmakers

“Supremely organized, wonderful venues, fun parties, insightful panels and the most friendly Festival staff we’ve had the pleasure of meeting. Our screening was packed, the Q&A was lively and we picked up an award to boot. Thank you BFF for an absolutely wonderful weekend!” 
—-BORN & RAISED

“The quality of the films you chose were of such high standard and so inspiring and impressive in every way, I still think about them and I know they will all be part of my development as a filmmaker. And the get-togethers you organized for the filmmakers and the staff to meet and mingle were not only a lot of fun but really supportive for the filmmakers to meet each other and get to know each others work. I feel like I made friends in Breckenridge I always want to stay in contact with.”
—Korinna from Shouting Secrets

“Thank you so much for a great festival and an unforgettable experience! We had a great time, and your volunteers are just wonderful people, period. We really enjoyed meeting you all and hope to return soon!”
—Jeanette Castillo from The Performance of Drowning

“Words cannot express what an honor it was to be a part of your enthusiastic festival held in such a breathtaking location. From the opening evening reception, where many friends were made within the hour, to the awards ceremony, where we were sad to be saying our goodbyes, to trying to view each and every film between forums and receptions, the experience could not have been any more satisfying. We thank you and are already contemplating our next film in hopes of seeing you all again”
—THE PINK ROOM

The mission of the Breckenridge Film Festival is to enrich lives through the ideas and emotions inspired by the art of filmmaking. The Festival is also a means to celebrate independent filmmakers, enrich the cultural community of Summit County, Colorado, and provide an educational, creative and inspirational learning environment where participants can focus on their craft and interact intimately with guest filmmakers and mentors through a four-day annual film festival and throughout the year.

For Tickets and a Complete Schedule of the Films