Lisa Blake 2017-05-20 04:53:52
TAKING ART TO THE STREETS, FORESTS AND SKY SUMMER FESTS THE FOLKS AT BRECKCREATE, the Town’s cultural nonprofit, are bringing back two fabulously funky fests this summer. The Street Arts Festival (July 2–4) flips the arts district campus into a bazaar of graffiti, chalk and hip-hop. Expect breakdance artists, workshops, live DJs and the annual July 4 kids chalk art contest. The Breckenridge International Festival of Arts, or BIFA (August 11–20) presents artists in spectacular places. Last year’s crowd-pleasers included 18-foot stilt-walking dinos and the Trail Mix series, placing musicians along hiking and biking trails. Breckenridge Creative Arts, 150 W. Adams Ave., 970-453-3187, breckcreate.org —LISA BLAKE EVENTS FIVE BIG ONES The can’t-miss items on our summer to-do list. 24th Annual Colorado BBQ Challenge June 15–17 Frisco’s meaty street party showcases 70-plus BBQers, seven bands, pig races, kids’ activities, food sampling, the Bacon Burner 6k and demos. Tip: Sign up early for the Breckenridge Distillery Rub It, Smoke It, Sip It BBQ Tour. Tickets are limited and always sell out. townoffrisco.com Breck Bike Week June 23–25 Hit the trails and downtown Breck for bikethemed activities, including mountain and road demos, a poker ride and guided tours. Tip: Don’t miss the campfire ride, ending around a fire pit with s’mores. gobreck.com Main Street Parade and Firecracker 50 July 4 Breck's Independence Day celebrations kick off with a 10k trail run, the Firecracker 50 mountain bike race and the Main Street parade, followed by live music, the National Repertory Orchestra and fireworks. Tip: Put down a blanket early to stake your prime candy-snatching position along the parade route. gobreck.com Main Street to the Rockies Art Festival August 12–13 Top artists from across the nation line Frisco’s Main Street with booths of glass, sculpture, mixed media, paintings, photography, jewelry, ceramics and more. Tip: Make a day of it and have lunch on a fav Frisco patio like Bread + Salt or Greco’s Pastaria. artfestival.com Mountain Town Music Festival August 18–19 Celebrate the harvest season with free live music from national acts, local food vendors and Colorado crafters selling everything from hammocks to pet accessories. Tip: Sample Colorado farm-fresh goodies. Palisade peaches, Rocky Ford melons and Olathe sweet corn are guests of honor. keystonefestivals.com —L.B. HIGH-COUNTRY GARDENING PRO TIPS Adry, short growing season, nibbling wildlife and unpredictable frosty nights can bend the will of even the greenest high-altitude thumb. Mountain Roots owner and landscaper Alyse Piburn shares her Summit County natural gardening know-how. Use containers or raised beds Containers are great for small spaces with various options for placement. Raised beds provide a longer growing season, good drainage, less soil compaction, fewer weeds and minimal bending. Take advantage of sun exposure and water sources. Use good topsoil and amend with locally made compost from the landfill. Grow plants that thrive in our conditions Choose perennials, trees and shrubs that favor garden zone 3-4. When growing vegetables, choose cold-loving plants (greens, herbs and root vegetables taking fewer days to mature). Shop local Tap into the knowledge and resources of local plant nurseries. They can guide you to varieties that thrive in our area. Remember to start small, relax and have fun. Dig around Piburn’s blog at Mountain- Roots.com for more sustainable and natural gardening tips. JAM ON Head to imnotatwork.com for a complete Breckenridge live music calendar, plus happy hour and late-night specials. The site is constantly updated, ensuring the question “what are we doing tonight?” is always answered. WHEELS ON DEMAND ZIPCAR Not only does Summit have a terrific free countywide bus system, we now have grab-n-go vehicles thanks to Zipcar. The global car sharing network has strategically placed seven Zipcars around Breckenridge, including a Ford Explorer named “Eddy,” a Ford Escape named “Titanium Trail,” a Ford Focus named “Huckleberry,” a Subaru Crosstrek named “Carlton” and a Subaru Impreza named “Ullr.” Cars are available by the hour or day with gas and insurance included. zipcar.com/breck —L.B. GEAR UP REI’S DILLON OUTPOST For years, mountain residents have driven to the Denver-metro area or west to Grand Junction to visit an REI store. Not anymore. The outdoor recreation co-op opened a new store this May in Dillon. The 25,000-square-foot store may be a bit smaller than typical REIs, but it’s chock full of the latest outdoor gear, expert advice and inspiration for your next adventure. Even better, the new store is smack dab in the center of Colorado’s mountains, with plentiful trails, peaks and rivers just steps away. Your only quandary will be which adventure comes first. 306 Dillon Ridge Rd., Dillon, rei.com —Lu Snyder FAMILY FUN A TRAIL SERIES FOR TYKES Looking for a way to harness your little one’s energy this summer? Frisco’s annual Mountain Goat Trail Running Series is designed to get kids—from tykes to tweens—on the trail to fitness and adventure. Inspired by a Front Range series of the same name, Frisco’s community running series isn’t about podium finishes or tall trophies. It’s about fun. Family fun. (Parents race for free with a registered child.) Each kid receives a medal at the finish line, plus a slice of pizza at the post-race party. But the real prize is less tangible: that first rush of adrenaline, the satisfaction of a goal attained, a memorable parent/ child connection and—ideally—a lifetime of fitness. Tuesday evenings, June 27, July 11 & 25 and Aug. 8. Courses range from one-mile to 5k. townoffrisco.com —L.S. STAGE RIGHT SILVERTHORNE’S LATEST ACT Silverthorne has long battled with its identity: big box business town or mountain destination? With its newly built $9 million performing arts center, the town hopes to write a new script. Scheduled to open June 23, with the musical Sister Act, the building will be the new home for the Lake Dillon Theatre Company (LDTC). The new digs, which includes three performance venues, administrative offices and community classroom space, is a big step up for the theatre company, which has performed in a small historic building in Dillon for almost 20 years. Adjacent to the Silverthorne Pavilion and the Upper Blue River, and within walking distance of shops and restaurants, this may be the pulse Silverthorne’s town core has been waiting for. 460 Blue River Pkwy., Silverthorne, 970-513-9376, lakedillontheatre.org —L.S.
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