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Aspen Summer/Fall 2018 Brings Renowned Artists & Performers to the Mountains



ASPEN, Colo. (April 19, 2018) – Aspen, Colorado boasts a never-ending schedule of events and festivals throughout the summer and fall, with classical and jazz performances, new art exhibits, intellectual gatherings, literary presentations and more.  Modern Aspen was founded on the basis of arts and culture, and they are an integral part of the dynamic mountain community, which makes Aspen a haven for nurturing mind, body, and spirit. Following is a sample of Aspen’s elevated cultural offerings for summer 2018:

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  • Aspen Summer Words, June 17-22 –  Aspen Summer Words welcomes visitors and locals alike to celebrate writing and writers in Aspen for a week in June. Various workshops will be held with renowned authors and teachers including Peter Ho Davies, Tom Perrotta, J. Courtney Sullivan, Heather Harpham, Margot Lee Shetterly, Tina Change, and more. New this year, Aspen Words will offer a juried narrative nonfiction workshop as well as a beginning writing workshop.
  • Aspen Institute Aspen Ideas Festival June 21- June 30 – The 14th annual Aspen Ideas Festival is divided into three sessions over ten days. Spotlight Health returns to the festival as the opening segment June 21-24, followed by festival 1 June 24-June 27 and festival 2 June 27-June 30, with Program Tracks including “The Sexes”, “The Genius of Animals,” “Globalization Revisited,” and “Leadership in a Time of Change.”  Here is a sneak peak of the notable speakers confirmed for Spotlight Health, the premier health conference, including Larry Merlo, President and CEO of CVS health; Atul Gawande, surgeon, author, and public health researcher; Vanessa Mason, co-founder of P2Health Ventures, the first public health tech venture; and Seema Verma, Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Topic tracks for this premier health conference include the Cutting Edge of Medicine and Science, Disrupting Health Systems, Healthy Communities, and Our Planet, Our Earth.
  • Aspen Art Museum is a “kunsthalle,” a non-collecting institution home to contemporary exhibitions and aimed at the promotion of free art with complimentary admission. The exhibitions coming to the museum this summer include: Nina Katchadourian: Twitches and Cheaters (June 1- May 26, 2019), Larry Bell (June 1- Dec. 16), Yto Barrada: Klaatu Barrada Nikto (June 1- Nov. 25), Cheryl Donegan: GRLZ + VEILS (June 29- Dec. 16), Jay DeFeo: The Ripple Effect, (June 29- Oct. 28).
  • Anderson Ranch Arts Center is a nonprofit, year-round organization serving the personal and professional development of amateur and professional artists through workshops, artist residencies, exhibitions, tours, lectures, and community outreach programs for artists of all skill levels. This year’s Summer Series: Featured Artists & Conversations, scheduled for July 12-Aug. 9, features acclaimed artists Ai Weiwei, Njideka Akunyili Crosby, Tara Donovan, Robert Longo and Vik Muniz. The series will present these artists in conversation with top art world professionals from across the country including Nora Burnett Abrams, Alexandra Munroe, Naomi Beckwith, and Renaud Proch. The Summer Series will also feature Service to the Arts Award Honorees Bunny and Charles Burson in conversation with Edward Felsenthal, Editor in Chief of TIME Magazine. In addition, L.A.-based multi-media artist Alex Israel will be the featured speaker for the 2018 National Council Summer Celebration on July 27.


  • Jazz Aspen Snowmass June Festival June 22-June 30– The Jazz Aspen Snowmass June Festival includes four nights of headline concerts from world-class musicians at the Benedict Music Tent, an expanded JAS Café Downstairs at The Little Nell Series, and a free nightly lawn party on the music festival grounds. The lineup for the June Festival includes including Lyle Lovett & the Large, Band, Lizz Wright, Leslie Odom, and a tribute to Ray Charles.
  • Aspen Music Festival and School June 28- Aug. 19 – Aspen Music Festival and School, regarded as one of the top classical music festivals in the United States, will celebrate its 70th anniversary this summer, as well as a school with more than 600 classical music students from around the country and the world. The eight-week summer season includes more than 400 classical music events spanning eight weeks from late June to early August -  including concerts by orchestras, solo and chamber music performances, master classes, lectures, and children’s programming. Aspen Music Festival and School’s 2018 season will be a summer of celebration focused around Paris, City of Light. Concerts throughout the season will allow patrons to delve into works by Parisian composers and inspired by the French capital. This season also marks the 25th anniversary of Harris Concert Hall. Renowned musicians for the 2018 season include Renee Fleming, Bobbie McDuffie, Sarah Chang, Eugene Drucker, Philip Setzer, among many others.
  • Jazz Aspen Snowmass Labor Day Festival Aug. 31- Sept.2 – The Jazz Aspen Snowmass Labor Day Festival will take place in the Snowmass Town Park. Acts for this year’s festival include Zac Brown Band, Jack Johnson, Lionel Richie, Michael Franti, and more.
  • The lineups at Belly Up Aspen, an intimate 450-person music club, and the Wheeler Opera House, Aspen’s historic theater and stage, are ever-changing but always entertaining. Belly Up’s summer calendar includes performances from The Flaming Lips, Thievery Corporation, Ziggy Marley, Boz Scaggs, and many more to be announced soon. The Wheeler Opera House presents its own festivals, live music, stand-up comedy, and other performances.


  • Aspen Santa Fe Ballet, July 7-Aug. 11 –  Aspen Santa Fe Ballet has become nationally recognized for its repertoire of contemporary-meets-classical choreography. The 2018 summer season includes performances such as Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Pilobolus, and a special performance in collaboration with the Aspen Music Festival & School featuring pianist Joyce Yang. The company performs in Aspen, in Santa Fe, and on national and international tours.
  • Theatre Aspen, June 23-Aug. 18 –  Theatre Aspen has received national acclaim and performs a rotating schedule of productions for both adults and families. The summer stock theater performs under a tent in Rio Grande Park. Theatre Aspen is celebrating its 35th anniversary this summer with Ragtime, Godspell and Our Town


  • Aspen Filmfest Oct. 2018 – Aspen Film’s 40th annual FilmFest is a six-day-long festival with a focus on documentaries. Filmfest audiences are among the first in the country to see award-worthy and acclaimed independent films.


For media information and images, contact Promo Communications:

Maureen Poschman [email protected]

Melissa Wisenbaker [email protected]


For visitor information, visit www.aspenchamber.org, or call 1.888.290.1324 or 970.925.1940.



4th of July Parade Waiver


PARADE STARTING/STAGING: The parade will begin at 11:00am. Parade positioning is “first come, first serve” and line up begins no earlier than 10:00am. There is no entry fee and the parade is open to the public. All 5 lanes of Main Street, from Aspen Street to 2nd Street, will be closed to all traffic & designated for parade staging only. Power is not provided in staging area and remember generators do need gas.

PARADE ROUTE: The parade will start East on Main Street. It will turn South onto Hunter Street, then West onto Cooper Avenue. The parade will continue West on Cooper Avenue to Galena Street. At Galena it heads North for 2 blocks before turning West onto Hopkins Avenue. The parade will continue South on Mill then West on Hyman Avenue. Parade participants will be directed to disperse at Hyman and Monarch Street.  PARADE JUDGING: Parade judging will take place in front of the Hotel Jerome. Participants will be limited to 1 minute or less for any performances in front of the judges. Security will be onsite monitoring all entries to help prevent gaps in the parade route. Recognition will be awarded to the best entries in the following categories: 

Most Patriotic | Most Humorous | Best Animal | Best Music | Most Outrageous | Best Children’s  


  • Consumption of alcohol is prohibited during the parade.
  • Candy, favors, etc. should not be thrown from your float/vehicle during the parade. This is for the safety of the spectators and to prevent children from running out into the street. 
  • Water balloons will not be permitted. According to city ordinances, those caught throwing balloons will be removed from the parade and could face citations and/or arrests. 
  • All parade entries must be in “good taste” and will be allowed in the parade per the director’s discretion. 
  • Maximum height restriction for any float entry is 13’5”.


The undersigned organization has elected to participate in the Fourth of July parade sponsored by the City of Aspen and Aspen Chamber Resort Association (“ACRA”). In consideration for City of Aspen and ACRA allowing the undersigned to participate in the festivities, the undersigned has read, understood, and willingly agreed to the terms of this INSURANCE LIABILITY AGREEMENT and WAIVER AND INDEMNITY AGREEMENT (collectively referred to herein as “RELEASE”).


                                    Participants are required to carry insurance adequate to cover any liability for damage, injury, economic loss, or other liability that may be incurred by individuals and/or organizations during the Fourth of July parade. All participants agree to carry such insurance, and also agree not to submit any claim against the insurance of City of Aspen, ACRA and/or any other sponsors of the parade, their officers, directors, agents, shareholders, employees, or anyone else directly or indirectly connected with production of the parade.


                                         The undersigned understands the potential dangers that could be encountered in participating in the Fourth of July parade. The dangers include, among other things, dangers relating to vehicular and pedestrian traffic; crowds of persons in close proximity to such traffic; animals that may react unpredictably in a parade environment; celebration and recreational activities; loud and unexpected noise; items that may be thrown to and from the crowd in connection with the parade; and other dangers traditionally associated with parades.  Understanding those risks, the undersigned for itself and for all persons who the undersigned invites or allows to participate in the parade with the undersigned, does hereby agree to indemnify, hold harmless, and release City of Aspen, ACRA and/or any other sponsors of the parade, their officers, directors, agents, shareholders, employees, and anyone else directly or indirectly connected with production of the parade from any and all liability, claims, demands, actions, or rights of action (including attorneys’ fees and costs) that are related to or are in any way connected with the undersigned’s participation in the parade. By signing this RELEASE, the undersigned intends to extinguish any and all liability and to indemnify against any loss on the part of City of Aspen, ACRA and/or any other sponsors of the parade, their officers, directors, agents, shareholders, employees, and anyone else directly or indirectly connected with production of the parade for any injury or damage of any nature (without regard to negligence or fault) to the undersigned and to all persons who the undersigned invites or allows to participate in the parade.

                                      The undersigned warrants and represents that it will not invite or allow any person to participate in the parade unless such person is bound to the terms of this RELEASE. To that end, the undersigned agrees that it shall take any steps necessary to secure agreement of such persons to the terms of this RELEASE, and that it shall be deemed a responsible person within the meaning of C.R.S. § 13-22-107 and § 19-1103(94) for all children who the undersigned invites or allows to participate in the parade.


   I am the official representative of the undersigned organization. On behalf of the organization, I acknowledge our responsibilities as set forth above. I also accept on behalf of the organization all of the terms and conditions of this



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