Aspen and Snowmass each have roots deeply-seeded in appreciation of the Arts. In 1945 a Chicago-based industrialist, Walter Paepke, worked to pave the way for Aspen and Snowmass to serve as a hub for arts and culture by founding Aspen Institute.
From hosting young musicians at the Aspen Music School, hosting renowned ballet troupes, commissioning artists to feature on Aspen Skiing Company’s lift tickets to the Wheeler Opera House, you’ll find a depth of art and expression to rival much bigger cities.
THE WHEELER OPERA HOUSE
We’re excited to host a concert especially for our military service men and women, veterans and their families at Aspen’s grandest and most historic performing arts venue. Built in 1889, the Opera House has maintained its beauty and grandeur, and each year hosts a stellar lineup of performing artists, stand-up comedy, film festivals and local events.
ASPEN ART MUSEUM
The Aspen Art Museum features international contemporary art installations in a building originally designed by Shigery Ban as a home. Revolving exhibitions, educational programs and free admission make it a must-see for art lovers.
JAZZ ASPEN SNOWMASS
What started as a weekend-long festival in 1991 has evolved into a year-round performances focused on showcasing jazz legends and education.
ANDERSON RANCH ARTS CENTER
This art center off Owl Creek Road recently celebrated its 50th year, and in addition to showcasing renowned contemporary artists also offers art workshops and events.
CTA: PITKIN COUNTY LIBRARY
The Pitkin County Library also offers classes and labs focused on skills from 3D printing, to digital art, to old fashioned tinkering.
ASPEN SANTA FE BALLET
The Aspen Sante Fe Ballet works to bring world-renowned dancers to Aspen, and ingrates programs that showcase eclectic (if not non-traditional) ballet styles into its repertoire of beloved classics.
ASPEN HISTORICAL SOCIETY
Thanks to the dedication of the Aspen Historical Society, take a walk through time and immerse yourself in this little mountain town’s history. The AHS offers both paid entry and free admission exhibitions across the valley, from historical tours of the Wheeler and Stallard Museums, to Ranching Museums, to tours of two local ghost towns (Ashcroft and Independence).