Arts & Cultural Information

Anderson Ranch Arts CenterThe Anderson Ranch Arts Center is a learning community on five scenic acres in Snowmass Village, near Aspen, Colorado. Those beautiful facilities feature fully-equipped art studios and galleries. Anderson Ranch programs and activities including, art auctions and artist slide lectures, attract over 10,000 artists and patrons annually to this historic Rocky Mountain ranch dedicated to the fine arts.

Aspen Art MuseumThe Aspen Art Museum is a globally preeminent non-collecting institution that presents the newest evolutions in international contemporary art. Innovative and timely exhibitions, education and public programs, and community happenings actively engage audiences to experience art, culture, and society.

Aspen Center for PhysicsThe Aspen Center for Physics offers weekly lectures and speakers on a variety of subjects from physics, astrophysics and related topics. Programs for children are also presented.

Aspen FilmSince 1979, Aspen Film has been creating unique and memorable experiences for audiences of all ages. Through its four annual events, Filmfest, Shortsfest, the Academy Screenings and summer FILMS, an array of special presentations and extensive educational outreach, Aspen Film aims to share great films and filmmakers with its audiences.

Aspen Historical SocietyThe Aspen Historical Society offers tours to the main historical sites of Aspen as well as its museum, the Wheeler-Stallard House. Self-guided tours, historical programs and lectures on Aspen’s colorful past and walking tours through Aspen’s historic West End neighborhood and downtown areas are also offered throughout the summer.

Aspen Music Festival & SchoolDuring the Aspen Music Festival and School 8-week season (this year from July 1 – August 22),  this internationally acclaimed classical music festival,  presents more than 350 events including daily concerts, master classes and recitals at the Benedict Music Tent, Harris Concert Hall and a variety of locations throughout Aspen. The presentations range from orchestral programs, chamber music and fully-staged operas in the Wheeler Opera House, to student recitals, family concerts and more. More than 25% of the events are free and lawn seating outside the Benedict Music Tent is always free.

Aspen Santa Fe BalletHeading into a second decade of activity, the Aspen Santa Fe Ballet is not only a nationally recognized dance company, a leader in the dance world in terms of repertoire, acquiring and commissioning work from top choreographers; it is also one of the largest dance presenters in the country, welcoming the best in dance in both Aspen and Santa Fe. The ASFB’s summer season runs from July 16 – August 25, at the Aspen District Theater, and features performances by the ASFB as well as other renowned dance companies.

Aspen Writers’ FoundationPresenting its 34th annual Aspen Summer Words, the Aspen Writers’ Foundation continues its renowned exploration of the joys of the written word. Now partnered with the Aspen Institute, the AWF presents authors and professional consultations with literary agents and writing retreats, as well as writing workshops for adults and writing camps for children.

Jazz Aspen SnowmassFounded in 1991, Jazz Aspen Snowmass (JAS) promotes jazz, American and popular music through world-class festivals, performances and education programs. The original June three day festival has evolved into an internationally recognized summer long series of both free and paid performances, and, diverse education programs reaching gifted students, dedicated teachers and young audiences. JAS’s Labor Day Festival signals the end of Aspen’s busy summer season.

Spellbinders and Story HourThe Aspen/Pitkin County Library on Mill Street hosts free, age-appropriate storytelling sessions and readings throughout the summer. It’s a perfect quiet time for young children to take a break from a busy family vacation.

Theatre AspenTheatre Aspen, Aspen’s original repertory theater in the park, returns for another season of engaging live theater in its intimate tent next to Rio Grande Park. This year performances run from June 17 – August 21 and include “The True Story of the Three Little Pigs,” “Defying Gravity – Broadway’s Biggest Hits” and “The Marvelous Wonderettes.”

The Wheeler Opera HouseSince 1889 this landmark has been at the center of Aspen's cultural scene. The Wheeler Opera House is listed on the National Register of Historical Places and offers lectures, concerts, musicals, community theater, and foreign and independent film showings, keeping its stage occupied almost every day of the year.