Annual Community Events

NOTE: As these are annual events, the dates change due to scheduling demands. When possible, the confirmed date is included, otherwise the approximate timing is listed.

Roaring Fork Restaurant Week | February 1-9, 2020

A new winter tradition! For the second year in a row, the Basalt Chamber is excited to partner with The Aspen Times and area businesses to present Roaring Fork Restaurant Week 2020. Restaurant Week is an event where restaurants offer select specials and/or fixed price menus, so customers can try many different types of food and explore new places to eat. Restaurant week appeals to locals and tourists alike, and this is THE WEEK to find your new favorite lunch or dinner spot, while taking advantage of the special pricing. Article 

Roaring Fork Conservancy Fryingpan River Clean-Up | April 25, 2020

Every Spring, the Roaring Fork Conservancy welcomes the community to help clean up a one-mile section of either the two rivers that flow through Basalt: the Fryingpan River or the Roaring Fork River. The morning starts with a free hot breakfast before cleaning up one of the most beautiful stretches of river in the country. Additionally, there are prizes for Best of Trash, Most Useful, Most Unusual Trash. More information can be found on the Roaring Fork Conservancy website.  

Roaring Fork Charity Classic | May 7, 2019

A combined effort between the Town of Basalt and the Roaring Fork Club, the long-standing Roaring Fork Charity Classic golf tournament is an opportunity raise money for a Basalt-based non-profit (or group of non-profits), and the beneficiary changes each year. The tournament is also a chance for non-members to play on the beautiful private golf course at the Roaring Fork Club. The 2019 beneficiary was RESPONSE, a non-profit organization that provides assistance for victims and survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault within Pitkin and Western Eagle (Basalt/El Jebel) counties. 

To find out more about next year’s Roaring Fork Charity Classic and/or to apply to be a beneficiary, please contact the Town of Basalt at (970) 927-4701.

Motors on Midland | Postponed in 2020 (traditionally second Saturday in June)

Classic cars ranging from hot rods to cool cars and even VW vans take over Midland Avenue in Historic Downtown. The Saturday evening event features live music, a beer garden, and an award for best in show. Organizer: Amy Groom of The Hello Company. 

Basalt Sunday Market | June 21–September 27, 2020

The summer farmers market in Basalt can be found on Midland Spur, in front of Basalt Town Hall from mid-June through the beginning of October. A variety of fairs can be found at this eclectic collection of local vendors. Live music is provided weekly. The Basalt Sunday Market is organized and managed by the Town of Basalt’s Planning Department. Any questions about the Basalt Sunday Market should be directed to the Sunday Market Manager Zach Smith. More information, including the vendor application, can be found on the Basalt Sunday Market website.

Basalt Chamber Summer Concert Series| June 17– August 14, 2020
Replaced with Wednesday Night Live | June 24-August 26, 2020

A long-standing Basalt tradition, the Basalt Chamber of Commerce’s Summer Concert Series showcases a wide variety of musical genres with performances across town. The series offers a fantastic opportunity for families to get out, have a picnic and enjoy live music on a warm summer night. The venue alternates between the stage in Lions Park in Downtown and Triangle Park and Market Street in Willits Town Center. A crowd favorite is the annual Starwood reunion, which brings in over 800 concert goers. 

Summer 2020 concerts will be produced in partnership with The Arts Campus At Willits (TACAW), a non-profit focused on the performing arts. Concerts are traditionally on Wednesday evenings. Learn more on the Basalt Summer Concert Series page.

Wednesday Night Live | June 24-August 19, 2020

The Chamber’s Wednesday concerts are a tradition, and an evening that our community looks forward to every summer. In 2020, things will look a bit different, but hopefully just as much fun! The Chamber has partnered with the Town of Basalt and our summer concert series production partner The Arts Campus At Willits (TACAW) to bring you Wednesday Night Live – a series of smaller, spread out street performances (buskers), celebrating all that makes Basalt and the mid-valley special. The street performers will range from musicians to magicians, jugglers and comedians — all disbursed through Basalt’s two main business districts (Historic Downtown and Willits) from 5:30-8:30 p.m. each Wednesday evening. Learn more on the Wednesday Night Live page.

Roaring Fork Conservancy Annual River Float | June 13, 2019

Every year, the Roaring Fork Conservancy offers Roaring Fork Valley residents and visitors the opportunity to experience the Roaring Fork River first-hand. Spend a morning with Roaring Fork Conservancy staff and river ambassadors as they float the Roaring Fork River (from Carbondale to Glenwood Springs). After the float, join them at Coryell Ranch for a cook-out, music, and the opportunity to try stand-up paddle boards, kayaks, fly rods and the latest gear from local outfitter shops. More information can be found on the Roaring Fork Conservancy website.

Basalt Half Marathon | Cancelled in 2020

Arguably the fastest & most scenic half marathon on the Western Slope, the Basalt Half Marathon boasts a fun, downhill course traveling along the acclaimed Frying Pan River. The course begins 13.1 miles from Basalt on the Frying Pan Road (paved) at the base of Ruedi Reservoir. Runners will be transported to the start line from Basalt Middle School. The race will finish on Midland Ave at Lion’s Park adjacent to the Town of Basalt office building. 

Roaring Fork Conservancy River Rendezvous | July 10, 2019

Now it its 20th year, the annual River Rendezvous started with the idea of creating a fundraising dinner party. The proceeds from the lively and scenic River Rendezvous allows Roaring Fork Conservancy to inspire people to explore their watershed, educate more children to adults about their rivers and streams, and protect the natural splendor for the next generation. Conservancy programs include watershed conservation, research, land conservation, water quality monitoring and education. More information can be found on the Roaring Fork Conservancy website.  

Aspen Valley Marathon • Half Marathon • 5K | Postponed to July 17, 2021 (Second Saturday in July)

A Boston qualifier, the Aspen Valley Marathon is a beautiful and scenic run along the Rio Grande trail (a rails to trails path, that is  80% paved trail and 20% hard-packed dirt). Throughout the marathon, the runners travel from Aspen to Basalt, with a decrease of 1,418 feet in elevation (it is a net downhill race). If 26.2 miles is too much, there is also the half marathon and 5K races to test your endurance.

National Night Out | Postponed to 2021 (First Tuesday in August)

National Night Out is an annual community-building campaign to promote strong police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods safer, more caring places to live and work. In Basalt, National Night Out is focused on enhancing the relationship between neighbors, law enforcement, firefighters and other first responders while bringing back a true sense of community. It provides a great opportunity to bring together neighbors and those who protect our community under positive circumstances. The Basalt Chamber of Commerce assists the Basalt Police Department, the Roaring Fork Fire and Rescue Authority, and other first responders in the valley with the community block party and cookout. The family-friendly event also showcases the different emergency vehicles, including police cars, fire trucks and more.

pARTy at The Art Base | Virtual in 2020 (Third Saturday in August)

The annual gala for The Art Base features a specialty cocktail reception, fine wine and dining, live music, an exclusive silent auction of over 100 10” x 10” artworks donated by esteemed Colorado artists, as well as award presentations. The theme of the silent auction is “name unseen”—artists are instructed not to sign their names on the front of their 10 x 10 work, so the creator’s identity remained secret until after the auction.

Taste of Basalt | November 7, 2020 (First Saturday in November)

The annual Taste of Basalt is a fund drive for the Basalt Education Foundation, and is traditionally held at the Roaring Fork Club. Food samples, wine tasting, dancing, a silent auction and more make for a great night. The proceeds from this event help to enhance education in the Basalt Public Schools. More information can be found on the Basalt Education Foundation website.

Emma Schoolhouse Christmas Bazaar | September 19, 2020 SPECIAL DATE!

NOTE: The 2020 Bazaar will be held earlier this year in order to provide a safe shopping experience due to COVID-19. The 44th Annual Emma Schoolhouse Bazaar will be a one-day only event on Saturday, September 19, from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. The Pandemic Edition will take place in the schoolyard at the historic Emma Schoolhouse. Because it’s outside, the event date has been moved up to Saturday, September 19, one day only. The bazaar’s long-time artists and crafters were enthusiastic about finding a way to keep this tradition alive, and there will be  15 booths in the schoolyard with a variety of handcrafted items. Social distancing practices will be in effect and masks will be required. Many of the bazaar vendors have been participating for 20+ years and those perennial favorites will be back. The bazaar is also delighted to welcome new talent and their products as a part of the event this year. 

For over 40 years, the Emma Schoolhouse Christmas Bazaar has been the unofficial kickoff to holiday showing in the midvalley. Located in the historic Emma Schoolhouse, the bazaar features all handmade food and gifts made by local artists. It’s magical how this beautiful little Schoolhouse transforms into a Rockwellian holiday boutique for the holidays. The bazaar is typically held in the first half of November (before Thanksgiving) and is open early evening on Friday (2019: 3–7 p.m.) and through the day on Saturday (2019: 8 a.m.–3 p.m.). NOTE: 2020 will be different.

Holiday Tree Lightings | December 4, 2020 (Light Up Willits) & December 11, 2020 (Merry on Midland)

The Town of Basalt hosts two different evenings to get into the holiday spirit with Light Up Willits and Merry on Midland. Both events include horse drawn carriages, caroling, s’more roasting, a tree lighting, and of course – Santa and Mrs. Claus. The evenings are family-friend and a wonderful opportunity to get out, enjoy the community and do a little holiday shopping. Additional details available on our 2019 Holiday celebrations page.

Menorah Lighting | December 11, 2020 (First day of Hanukkah)

The Town of Basalt, in collaboration with the Aspen Jewish Congregation, hosts a menorah lighting ceremony on the first day of Hanukkah. The Aspen Jewish Congregation can provide additional details about the event, which are available in the weeks leading up to the Festival of Light. Additional details available on our 2019 Holiday celebrations page.