Live music and family fun fill Presidents Day Weekend in the Vail Valley (2024)

Beaver Creek Happenings

With many schools out and adults enjoying time off from work, Beaver Creek has a lot going on for Presidents Day Weekend. Here’s a list of fun things to do for the whole family.

Live music

Vail’s own Peter Fontanese will play Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the new Creekside Patio from noon to 2 p.m. each day. This new outdoor venue is on the west side of Beaver Creek Sports and along Beaver Creek, near the Covered Bridge. Seating areas and fire pits make it a great meeting spot. On Sunday, Leon Littlebird will play tunes on the Fountain Stage next to the ice rink from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday. There will also be live music up at Mamie’s Mountain Grill at the top of the Bachelor Gulch Express (No. 16) on Friday and Saturday starting at 11:45 a.m.

Family Fun

After hitting the slopes, head to the plaza level for more free family fun. Helmut Fricker will be playing the alpenhorn and accordion while singing tunes, telling jokes and yodeling on Friday and Saturday from 1 to 3 p.m.

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Want to see what you’d look like as a caricature? Ken Carpenter will bring your image to life with his amusing caricatures at his booth near the ice rink on Friday and Saturday from 4 to 6 p.m.

Also, on Saturday check out Fun Fest in Beaver Creek Village from 3:30 to 5 p.m. on Saturday where they will have axe throwing. Fun Fest is a free offering full of carnival games and chances for you to win some prizes.

The Fossil Posse will also be on hand Saturday from 4 to 5:30 p.m. to teach about the prehistoric creatures that roamed Eagle County millions of years ago. Billy Doran will be there with all sorts of props to bring you back in time and amaze guests with dinosaur facts and fun.

On Sunday, check out the ice skating show with Skating Club of Vail from 1 to 3 p.m. and be inspired to hop on the rink afterward. The rink is open daily from noon to 9 p.m. with skate rentals available for $10 for those 12 years old and younger and $15 for those 13 years old and older. If you have skates it’s just a $5 fee to skate the rink.

Hawk’s Nest Cabin

Hawk’s Nest Cabin is the newest attraction at Beaver Creek for younger visitors. With arcade and table games, a ski simulator and a dance floor that lights up, kids have a place to après ski. Hawk’s Nest Cabin is located conveniently up the main staircase from the ice rink above Hooked Restaurant.

Special events for different age groups:

  • Saturday – Bingo from 5 to 7 p.m. Play the classic game and win prizes
  • Sunday – Root beer tasting from 2 to 5 p.m. Taste three different root beers and enjoy a scoop of ice cream, $10 entry fee
  • Monday – Red, white and blue night from 2 to 8 p.m. Wear your stars, stripes and presidential colors for unlimited selfies with props provided

Frites Artois

For the adults, Beaver Creek is offering something fun on the mountain. Frites Artois pairs French fries with beer. Celebrity chef Roy Choi teamed up with Stella Artois and put his spin on America’s favorite side dish during the spring of 2022. Since then, Frites Artois has been traveling to events from coast to coast and now you can find this pop-up on Beaver Creek Mountain on Saturday and Sunday from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Let your nose be your guide as you follow the smells under the Upper Beaver Creek Mountain Express (No. 15), near the intersection of Primrose and Intertwine trails. Please note you must be 21 years of age to participate.

For a schedule of events, check out BeaverCreek.com.

STOMP at Vilar Performing Arts Center

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There will be a lot of sounds coming from the Vilar Performing Arts Center’s stage this weekend, but you won’t find any traditional instruments. STOMP is in town, the theatrical smash hit that has been touring the world since the 1990s, with two shows in Beaver Creek on Saturday and Sunday.

The cast of STOMP uses anything from garbage cans, brooms and in this weekend’s performance, suitcases will be used in one routine. Along with the noise, there are plot lines throughout the routines that the audience can follow. The cast will incorporate the audience in call-and-answer segments of the program, so expect to participate and it’s hard not to. The rhythm makes you want to move to the amazing beats.

Tickets are limited for Saturday night’s show at 7:30 p.m. but there is more availability on Sunday for the 2 p.m. show. The reserved seating ticket price starts at $68 and kids 12 years and under can get tickets for $45. It is a show for all ages and such a classic performance after all these years of touring, so take advantage of it being right here at Beaver Creek this weekend. For more information, go to VilarPAC.org.

John Summit Concert

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DJ, producer and remixer John Summit and his record label, Experts Only, is coming to Vail Saturday for a show at Ford Park parking lot on South Frontage Road. You may recognize the name from Lollapalooza, Coachella and Tomorrowland. Be ready to dance after a day on the slopes with this Chicago native who loves to ski. You may see him on the hill before the event.

“I can’t wait for Experts Only to take over Vail during the holiday weekend. Not only is the backdrop of Vail absolutely amazing – but the opportunity to connect with a fresh audience traveling in from all over while staying true to the vibes that Experts Only represents is something I am looking forward to,” Summit said. “This event will definitely be about pushing boundaries and creating a memorable experience for everyone there. It will be filled with great performances, unexpected surprises and an atmosphere that captures both my music and the ethos of Experts Only.”

Supporting Summit will be Max Styler and Ranger Trucco. Styler is an accomplished and seasoned producer of house music productions and Trucco is one of house music’s fasting-rising talents.

The event will feature state-of-the-art production, performances from multiple artists and exclusive merchandise, so get the après ski party going with this cool offering. Gates open at 3 p.m. and the music will start at 4 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at AXS.com. You can park for free after 3 p.m. and walk to the venue, dress for the weather as this event will be held completely outdoors.

Arrabelle Jazz Lounge

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Saturday night, check out the Arrabelle Jazz Lounge at Vail Square. A new offering this year, the luxury hotel is hosting jazz nights throughout the season in its Great Room above the Tavern at Vail Square.

Tickets are $60 and include two drinks, light appetizers, the live performance, and valet parking right at the hotel. There will be two shows, the first from 6 to 7:30 p.m. and the second show from 8 to 9:30 p.m. Tatiana Mayfield and Drew Zaremba Trio will play both shows. Bring five friends and you get a free ticket. For reservations, call 970-754-7770. If you miss this Saturday’s performance, there will be another one next month on March 30.

Live music and family fun fill Presidents Day Weekend in the Vail Valley (2024)

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