The summer season in the Roaring Fork Valley runs from mid-June to Labor Day, and winter season starts at Thanksgiving until the ski lifts close in mid-April.

Focusing on everything from chamber music to jazz, the Aspen Music Festival and School runs from late June to mid-August. Musicians like Joshua Bell and Sarah Chang make pilgrimages here to perform at more than 300 events held at the 2,050-seat Benedict Music Tent, the Victorian Wheeler Opera House, and the Harris Concert Hall. Tickets are readily available online. A quarter of the performances are free, and one of the great pleasures of the festival is showing up on the free-seating lawn outside the Benedict Music Tent with some friends, a blanket, and a bottle of something good.