Winter Entertainment in Colorado On & Off the Slopes

From Colorado ski resort concerts and historical-watering-hole jam sessions to powerful theatrical performances, Colorado is rife with live-entertainment options to enhance your winter itinerary.

people cheering at Breckenridge spring fever concert
Breckenridge Ski Resort Spring Fever Concert

On the Slopes

There’s something oh-so-Colorado about catching a ski-resort concert, where live music unites goggle-tanned rippers and shredders after a day of powder play.

The MusicFest at Steamboat Resort (Jan. 7–12, 2023)
Six days, more than 130 hours of performances by Texas and Americana bands and Steamboat’s Champagne Powder® make this fest a longtime fav. Venues range from mountain-base stages and slick ballrooms to intimate acoustical settings. Packages include lift tickets, entry for all shows and lodging (book early to snag ski-in/ski-out options).

Bud Light Hi-Fi Concert Series (dates throughout the ski season)
Mitten-wearing fist pumpers gather in downtown Aspen, Aspen Mountain’s Gondola Plaza or Snowmass’ Base Village for this free concert series featuring songsters from a variety of genres. Past acts include Reel Big Fish, Umphrey’s McGee and Dirty Dozen Brass Band.

Spring Back to Vail (weekends, late March and mid-April)
Taking place over two weekends, this end-of-the-ski-season affair includes a schedule of free concerts at various locations throughout Vail and concludes with the epic World Pond Skimming Championships. What's pond skimming? It is a tradition that typically takes place on a ski area or resort's closing day and involves costumed participants who attempt to ski, board or sled down a hill and across an icy pond.

Arapahoe Basin Concerts & Events (dates throughout the season)
Known for having the longest ski season in Colorado (sometimes open into June), A-Basin also has a reputation for its lively events. Past highlights have included lūʻaus starring the Kalama Polynesian Dancers, May's Shakin' at the Basin Concert Series and their annual Pride Weekend.

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Off the Slopes

Just a few places to find applause-worthy live shows all over the state.

Historical Venues

If walls could talk … these legendary sites would have rockin’ stories to tell.

  • Boulder Theater
    This up-close-and-personal concert hall built in 1906 is known for presenting a mix of musical genres. Stop at George’s next door for a pre-show Mile High Manhattan.
  • Sheridan Opera House
    Completed in 1912, the “Crown Jewel of Telluride” is a fitting backdrop for legendary winter happenings like February’s Telluride Comedy Festival, a gathering of world-class comics like Jason Mantzoukas and Natasha Leggero that will surely make you laugh.
  • Paramount Theatre
    One of the many smashing concert venues in Denver, the Paramount Theatre’s neon marquee has welcomed show-goers since 1930, when it opened as a movie house. Now the theater hosts comedians, touring bands, authors and more. 

Intimate Musical Settings

Fantastic libations and intimate stages characterize these acoustics-infused watering holes.

  • Nocturne
    Appreciate tunes by jazz musicians in Denver’s RiNo (River North) District, and sip classy cocktails like The Last Word, a mix of Spring44 Gin, Green Chartreuse, Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur and lime. 
  • Sarah’s Lounge in the Christiania Lodge
    The vocal stylings of lederhosen-clad Helmut Fricker (he yodels and plays the accordion!) make Sarah’s Lounge a Vail Village hot spot on Friday evenings in the winter.
  • Lucky Joe’s Sidewalk Saloon
    This Fort Collins joint has all that you could ask for: a full calendar of live acts, delicious Irish and American fare and great daily specials (the $2 bloody marys on Sundays are an excellent prelude to participation in open-mic night).

Colorado Theaters

Catch popular masterpieces and inventive new works at Colorado performing arts institutions.

  • Denver Performing Arts Complex
    Home to the region’s largest group of theater professionals, there’s always something to see at the DPAC, from cabaret and comedy shows to Tony Award-winning productions.
  • Main Street LIVE
    A matinee or evening show by this critically acclaimed theater company is a treat after exploring the wealth of galleries in Trinidad’s Certified Colorado Creative District. Learn more about Colorado Creative Districts >>
  • Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center
    Theater is just the beginning at this cultural center, which also hosts concerts, film festivals and dance performances, and houses an impressive art museum.
  • Breckenridge Backstage Theatre
    Breckenridge’s intimate community theater boasts a year-round schedule of engaging and thought-provoking shows.

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