What to Do This Summer: Fresh Adventures in Aspen Snowmass

Curious about what’s new in Aspen in Summer 2024?

Get ready for an adventure-packed season! From thrilling outdoor activities to vibrant new dining spots, Aspen is buzzing with fresh experiences. This summer promises captivating cultural events, unique educational programs, and a host of new restaurants and cafes.

Whether you’re visiting for the first time or a returning local, there’s something new for everyone to enjoy.

Ready to try out Aspen’s latest gems?

Here are some brand-new activities and events happening in Aspen and Snowmass, Colorado, in the summer of 2024:

Let’s dive right in!


Delve into Arts, Culture, & Science

Mastadon Display


Bauhaus Typography at 100 ExhibitionJune 11, 2024 – April 26, 2025

This exhibition, a collaboration with the San Francisco-based Letterform Archive, is located at the Resnick Center for Herbert Bayer Studies. It features works celebrating the 100th anniversary of Bauhaus typography, including pieces by Herbert Bayer and other Bauhaus icons​.

Ice Age Discovery Talk and Tour: – June 21,2024 – September 27, 2024

Every Friday at 3:30 PM, you can learn about Snowmass’ prehistoric past. Gather at the Limelight Snowmass lobby to dive into the world of mammoths, mastodons, and other extraordinary creatures that roamed these lands many thousands of years ago. Marvel at replicas of their bones, teeth, and tusks, then embark on an Ice Age Passport Walk to admire art created around this incredible fossil find. Wrap up the adventure with an Ice Age prize! Perfect for all ages.

Attend New Outdoor Programs and Offerings

Glenwood Hotsprings Pool

New summer programs at the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies (ACES) in 2024

Kanders Family Science Teaching LabInteractive exhibit at the Hallam Lake campus that features:

  • educational murals
  • a light box to examine local plants and animals
  • and special discussions by on-site naturalists.

The lab’s goal is to encourage visitors of all ages to explore the natural world, and it will include a “climbing tree” feature in the fall​​.

Birding Outings: New birding programs include private birding outings led by Rebecca Weiss, ACES’ bird guide, and a series of Birding By Habitat sessions exploring different Roaring Fork Valley habitats. Specific dates and locations vary throughout the summer​​.

New Down Valley Attactions 

Mineral Pools at the Glenwood Hot Springs Resort: Soak in five new mineral-rich pools sourced from an on-site spring. Relax in the outdoor lounging area with shade and a cozy fireplace. Already home to the world’s largest hot springs pool, this resort just got even better after nearly 10 years of planning this exciting expansion.

Savor the Flavors: New Restaurants in Aspen, Snowmass (and Beyond) in 2024 

The Mollie - New Restaurant and Hotel in Aspen 2024

Wild Fig: A popular Aspen restaurant that will reopen in a new location on Mill Street in the summer of 2024.

Sant Ambroeus: Old-world coffee bar and cafe debuting a restaurant in the former Main Street Bakery space in downtown Aspen.

Taco Pina: A restaurant passionate about bringing vibrant flavors and traditional Mexican cuisine like tacos, burritos, and more to Aspen.

Westy’s Tap & Tavern: Pop-up microbrewery by Westbound & Down serving beer and pizza at Aspen Brewing Company

Yogi’s: Located across from the Rio Grande Skate Park, Yogi’s offers a casual dining experience focusing on local ingredients​.

Rock Island Oyster Bar and Grill: Offering seafood and grill options in the former Big Hoss Grill space​ in Snowmass Village​.

West End Social in Aspen: Opened in the Aspen Meadows space, formerly Plato’s, provides a fresh dining experience in a familiar location.

MOLLIE Aspen Restaurant & Bar: This restaurant opened in the new hotel MOLLIE on Main St., featuring a diverse menu in a chic setting.

Jimoto: A new addition across from the Aspen Art Museum, offering a modern dining experience.

Sway Thai in Aspen: This modern Thai restaurant offers a unique blend of traditional and contemporary Thai cuisine, focusing on locally sourced ingredients​​.

New Down Valley Restaurants:

  • The Hoffmann House Restaurant & Bar in Basalt – Located at the new hotel in Basalt, this restaurant offers a mix of upscale dining options.
  • Cocoa Club in Carbondale – A cozy spot offering a variety of drinks and light bites.
  • Himalayan Cuisine in Glenwood Springs – This restaurant brings authentic Himalayan flavors to the area and is a great option for those seeking something different.
  • Hominy Southern Kitchen in El Jebel – A seafood restaurant with an oyster bar, adding to the region’s culinary diversity​​.

Don’t Miss These Exciting New Events

Snowmass Base Village Airstream

Summer Après series in Snowmass Base Village: Get ready for summer fun! The new après series kicks off June 7th and runs every Wednesday through Sunday until September 29th. Enjoy live outdoor music, games, and community gatherings throughout the village. It’s the perfect way to embrace the warm weather and make memories.

Dog Days of Summer event in Snowmass: A new annual event in Snowmass Village. On July 21st, bring your pup to Base Village for a day of dog-friendly activities like community dog washes, pampering services, and bonding opportunities with other dog owners. It’s a fun day dedicated to celebrating man’s best friend. 

Comedy WKND summer debut at The Collective Snowmass: Prepare for a weekend of non-stop laughs at the inaugural summer edition of Snowmass Comedy WKND! From July 12-14, The Collective Snowmass presents a hilarious lineup of acclaimed comedians performing at various venues throughout Snowmass Village. This three-day event promises plenty of jokes and memorable performances that will entertain you and your friends all weekend long. Don’t miss out on the comedy gold!

New Activities at The Collective at Snowmass Village: The Collective Snowmass is transforming its former ice rink into an event lawn for summer. Enjoy lawn games, a chess club, live music, festivals, and more. It’s a vibrant venue with activities for diverse interests—from outdoor fun to cultural events. Spend your summer making memories in Snowmass!

Snowmass Tree-O: Hit the trails at the Snowmass Tree-O on June 14-15! Choose from 2k, 5k, and 10k trail races with evening or morning start times. Celebrate at the Snowmass Mall finish line with a race bib, finisher medal, and beer for all participants. Complete all three races for an exclusive 17k Challenge medal.

Rediscover These Time-honored Favorites

Aspen Art Museum

  • Visit the Aspen Art Museum
  • Take in a show at Theatre Aspen
  • Book a reservation at the Conundrum Hot Springs
  • Discover the thrill of whitewater rafting on the Roaring Fork River
  • Check out the Anderson Ranch Arts Center Summer Series featuring renowned artists, curators, critics
  • Attend the Summer Words writers’ conference from June 23-28 (panels, craft talks, social events)

Check out our blog post: “15 of the Best Things to do In Aspen in the Summer (updated for 2024)” for a more complete list

Celebrate Major Milestone Anniversaries

Aspen Ideas Festival Marble Garden 2024

  • 20th edition of the Aspen Ideas Festival from June 23-29, with guest curator Tina Brown
  • 50th anniversary of the Snowmass Rodeo
  • 75th Anniversary of the Aspen Music Festival and School (late June – late August) with over 300 classical music events
  • Theatre Aspen’s 41st season, including the co-production of Fiddler on the Roof in Concert with Aspen Music Festival on July 23

Get Excited for Aspen’s New Summer Adventures!

Now that you know what’s new in Aspen this summer, get ready for an adventure-packed season!

Imagine the joy of exploring new vibrant cultural events, savoring new culinary delights, and trying out new thrilling outdoor activities. Aspen is buzzing with fresh experiences just waiting for you.

Start planning your 5-star summer today and create memories that will last a lifetime. Contact our luxury concierge for more information or personalized recommendations: 970-205-9960 | Info@aspenluxuryvacationrentals.com.

Don’t wait—let the fun begin!