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The Best of Breckenridge Real Estate - Summer Fun in Summit County

Posted by JanL on May 20, 2015

A beautiful night shot of Breckenridge, Colorado.

It goes without saying that winter is one of the biggest draws for Breckenridge and Summit County, and the world-class skiing and seasonal sports have a big impact on the Breckenridge real estate market. But the fun recreational activities don’t melt away with the snow. In fact, it’s the spring, summer and fall excitement that help drive the year-round real estate in Breckenridge, and give people a reason to live here full time.

Though we couldn’t include everything, we’ve comprised a list of some of the biggest seasonal events taking place in Summit County over the next several months. From German craft beer festivals to one of the country’s largest sporting events – there’s no better way to experience Colorado than a summer in Summit County. Organized by category, these are some of our favorite things about living in Breckenridge.


Run in a local marathon or spend the day at a local ski resort participating in fun outdoor activities with the whole family. Or sit back, relax, and watch professional athletes pedal at altitudes that put the Tour de France to shame. Not extreme enough? Stop by Keystone for the North American Eduro Tour for some rowdy bike park displays and events.

Summit County: August 17-23 – USA Pro Cycling Challenge. We took the liberty of listing this event first as it’s Colorado’s largest professional sporting event. Whether or not this road race is perhaps the most challenging in the world is up for debate, but the four mountain passes above 9,000 feet are still 100 feet higher than the highest and most grueling point in any Tour de France.

Keystone: July 11-12 – Big Mountain Enduro. Come witness pedal-mania on six stages hosted by the Keystone Bike Park. This non-stop festival is part of the 2015 North American Enduro Tour.

Fairplay : July 11-12 – Annual Ladies Run & Motorcycle Event. Since 1987, a bunch of ladies get together and organize that annual charity run to Fairplay, where they take over the town for a few days of fun events.

Copper: August 1 – Copper Triangle Bicycle Tour. This 78 mile cycling event benefits the Davis Phinney Foundation for Parkinson’s Disease Research.


Celebrate nation history at Independence Day events and parades and Labor Day Celebrations. Make sure to stick around though – Summit County is one of the few places that turn local history into a big spectacle. Journey into the old, Wild West on Frisco’s Founder’s Day and memorialize the era when Breckenridge rules on its own accord during Kingdom Days in June.

Breckenridge: June 19-21 – Kingdom Days. Originally excluded from U.S. maps, Breckenridge was known as “Colorado’s Kingdom” until it was incorporated in 1936. For the whole weekend, experience historic Breckenridge as we go back in time to the days of the Wild West. Pay tribute to the gold rush, brothels and saloons - a festival of fun for the whole family.

Summit County: July 4th Weekend – Celebrate Independence Day at any or all of the famous Fourth of July celebrations held in Summit County towns. From Frisco’s renowned festival to Breckenridge’s “Firecracker 50” bike race and street parade, there’s no better place to be for this holiday than The Summit. Take part in a myriad of contests in downtown Dillon or bring the whole family for 3-ring fun in Copper.

Frisco: July 5 – Frisco's Founders' Day. Immerse yourself in Frisco's rich history with music, historic events and educational series and even gold panning!

Fairplay: July 25-26 – The 67th Annual Burro Days. A Fairplay tradition since 1948. Learn about and celebrate the role of the burro in Colorado mining history. Enjoy burro, llama and dog races; contests and parades; food and craft vendors; and musical entertainment and dance!

Copper Mountain: August 29-31Labor Day Festivities. This free Labor day festival is a Copper Mountain tradition featuring music, arts and crafts, and family entertainment.

Food, Beer & Wine:

Summit County boasts some of the finest breweries, distilleries and dining establishments in Colorado – as much a reason to celebrate the area as any other. Enjoy western-style barbecue, locally-sourced farm-to-table. Wash it all down with a pint (or two) of local craft beer at one of this summer’s annual Oktoberfests. Don’t worry; we still class things up a bit with world-wine festivals for the non-beer-enthusiasts.

Frisco: June 18-20 – Colorado BBQ challenge in Frisco. 2015 marks the twenty-second year of this annual event. Over 70 vendors participate to compete for various awards and prizes. Enjoy great food and live music.

Keystone: June 27-28 – Blue Ribbon Bacon Tour. "First class bacon education." Learn everything there is to know about bacon (and taste it too). Basically, all things bacon, plus some music and entertainment. Need we say more?

Dillon: Frudays in July  – Summer Farmer’s Market in Downtown Dillon. You won’t find food this fresh and this local. Experience the true meaning of Colorado farm-to-table at one of the Farmer’s Market events.

Keystone: September 5 – Oktoberfest in Keystone. For just $35, get three drink tickets to redeem at a wide selection of local beer tents. Enjoy local beverages and festivities.

Breckenridge: July 25 – Breckenridge Wine Festival. Sample wines from around the world. Don’t worry about finding a babysitter; the event boasts family-friendly events such as rubber-duck races, arts and crafts, food and live music.

Breckenridge: September 11-13 – Annual Breckenridge Oktoberfest. Take a break from the locale and experience German culture, cuisine and beer. With roughly 40 craft vendors and dozens of performers, Breckenridge Oktoberfest is truly where mountain meets Munich.

Arts & Entertainment:

While Breckenridge is in the process of completely revamping their cultural scene, the entire county shares a love for art and music. Experience the sounds of Colorado and beyond with the free summer concert series, walk down mountain-Main Streets as they are turned into outdoor art museums, and revel in the personification of mountain life captured at Fall Fest.

Frisco: July 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30 – Free Concert Series. Take part in this local favorite. Enjoy Colorado and national musicians this summer and help benefit local non-profits.

Dillon: July 17-19 – Dillon Arts Festival. Why visit a museum when you can be outside? Marvel at the creativity of local and national artists at this free, 3-day event.

Breckenridge: July 24-26 – Main Street Arts Festival. Where art and mountain meet. Surround yourself with both scenic and hand-made beauty at this event, with entertainment fit for the whole family.

Keystone: August 1-2 – Keystone Bluegrass & Beer Festival. Don’t miss this epitome of Rocky Mountain living.

Frisco: September 12 – Fall Fest Arts Show. Events include lumberjack shows, woodcarving and live music. Kick off the season by celebrating the true meaning out mountain life!


Breckenridge Real Estate Agent Jan Leopold
Slifer, Smith & Frampton
Real Estate Agent
Breckenridge, Colorado