Vail & Sonnenalp Events

Events at Sonnenalp & Vail Village

You may first visit Vail for the skiing and snowboarding, but there is a world of activities and world-class events beyond the slopes waiting for you to discover. Explore this mountain wonderland and have the time of your life!

Vail Summer Events




The Vail Farmers Market started with a few tents and now has grown to over 140 tents for 16 Sundays of the summer. Enjoy strolling down East Meadow Drive in Vail while tasting treats from Colorado. Parking for the Market is at the Vail Village Parking or Lionshead Parking. The Market begins June 20 and goes through first weekend in October.




The Moe’s Original Bar B Que Hot Summer Nights is an annual FREE concert series hosted every Tuesday evening throughout the summer at the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater. Gates open at 5:30, concert begins at 6:30. Bring a picnic for the lawn or enjoy our top of the line concessions at the iconic open air in beautiful Vail, CO.




Through extraordinary performances, dedicated leadership, and generous support from the community, Bravo! Vail has grown from a handful of attendees to one of the world’s premier music festivals.

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4th of July

Come and celebrate the 4th of July in Vail with the return of the Vail America Days Parade complete with fireworks and patriotic concert at the Gerald R Ford Amphitheater.




Visit various stations including our Creation Station - a tent filled with creative arts & crafts projects, The Science Tent - featuring presentations like Nature's Educator's, an educational group fostering respect and awareness of Birds of Prey and other animals found in Colorado, Play Town - featuring hula hoops, giant jenga and Connect Four and our Bounce House of Fun. / 970-328-5855.



July - August

The Vail Dance Festival is a captivating celebration of dance, showcasing renowned dancers and choreographers from around the world. With a diverse range of performances, from classical ballet to contemporary styles, the festival offers a mesmerizing display of artistry and creativity. Held in picturesque outdoor venues against the backdrop of majestic mountains, the festival creates an immersive experience that enchants audiences. It also provides educational opportunities and community events, making it a must-see event for dance enthusiasts and those seeking to be inspired by the beauty of movement.



Vail Craft Beer Classic - June
Kids Adventure Games - August
Gourmet on Gore - Labor Day weekend September
Oktoberfest - August at Sonnenalp
Oktoberfest - September Lionshead
Oktoberfest - September Vail
Vail & Beaver Creek Restaurant Week - October

Vail Events - Winter


NOVEMBER 2024 (tbd)

Vail’s snowmaking is the best in North America. During summer 2020, Vail Mountain began construction on the first phase of a multi-year snowmaking expansion project that now delivers the most legendary early season experience.

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The Sonnenalp Hotel is one of the best resorts in Colorado, and our Thanksgiving dinner is always extravagant.

The bountiful buffet features traditional Thanksgiving fare in addition to crab claws, a carving station, seafood, salads and more. If you decide to spend the night, you can also take advantage of the indoor/outdoor heated pool and whirlpools, a spa treatment, and all sorts of other outdoor activities.

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Vail Snow Days is an eagerly anticipated annual event that takes place in December, signaling the start of the winter season in Vail. This four-day celebration is a true winter wonderland experience for both locals and visitors alike. The event features a dynamic lineup of live music performances by renowned artists, transforming Vail into a lively concert destination. From intimate venues to large outdoor stages, the village becomes a hub of pulsating energy and excitement. Guests can dance and sing along to the captivating tunes while surrounded by the majestic snow-covered mountains. In addition to the incredible music, Vail Snow Days offers a variety of other activities to enjoy. From snow sports demonstrations and competitions to après-ski parties, there's something for everyone. The event provides an opportunity to explore Vail's stunning slopes, experience the thrill of winter sports, and immerse oneself in the vibrant atmosphere of the village. Vail Snow Days is a cherished tradition that brings together music, snow, and the spirit of the season, creating unforgettable memories for all who attend.



The winter holiday season at the Sonnenalp Hotel in Vail is a magical experience. From the moment you step into the hotel's warm and inviting atmosphere, you are enveloped in the joy and cheer of the holidays. The halls are adorned with festive decorations, twinkling lights, and beautifully adorned Christmas trees, creating a truly enchanting ambiance. Guests can indulge in a variety of seasonal activities, such as sipping hot cocoa by the cozy fireplace, participating in cookie decorating workshops, or taking part in festive arts and crafts. The hotel's world-class dining options offer special holiday menus, featuring delectable dishes and seasonal favorites. Additionally, the Sonnenalp Hotel's convenient location in Vail Village allows guests to explore the winter wonderland outside, from skiing on the slopes to ice skating in the nearby rink. Whether you're seeking a romantic getaway, a family holiday, or simply a joyous escape, the winter holiday event at the Sonnenalp Hotel in Vail provides an unforgettable experience that will leave you with cherished memories for years to come.

New Year's Eve 




The holiday season in Vail Village is a truly enchanting time, where the entire village transforms into a winter wonderland. Sparkling lights adorn the streets, and the crisp mountain air carries the joyous spirit of the season. The village becomes a hub of festive activities and events for visitors of all ages to enjoy. The annual tree lighting ceremony is a highlight, where locals and guests gather to witness the illumination of a magnificent Christmas tree, accompanied by carolers and holiday cheer. Throughout the season, Vail Village hosts a variety of events, such as Santa's Workshop, where children can meet Santa Claus, write letters to the North Pole, and enjoy holiday-themed crafts. The holiday markets offer a wonderful opportunity to find unique gifts and indulge in seasonal treats. As the year comes to an end, New Year's Eve celebrations in Vail Village are a lively affair. Live music, fireworks, and vibrant street parties create a festive atmosphere as locals and visitors welcome the new year with joy and excitement. The natural beauty of the surrounding mountains enhances the holiday charm, creating a picturesque backdrop for the festivities.

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Celebrate the Legacy of Vail with the 10th Mountain Parade, Black Hawk landing, the anniversary of Riva Ridge Ski down and more. ALL EVENTS ARE OPEN TO PUBLIC PARTICIPATION EXCEPT THE SKI TROOPERS CUP.


EASTER BRUNCH at the Sonnenalp

Easter Brunch at the Sonnenalp Hotel is a delightful and indulgent experience for guests to celebrate the holiday in style. The hotel's renowned culinary team crafts a sumptuous buffet, featuring an array of delectable dishes to please every palate. From traditional brunch favorites to exquisite gourmet creations, the menu offers a wide selection of savory and sweet options. Guests can savor succulent roasted meats, fresh seafood, seasonal vegetables, decadent pastries, and delightful desserts, all prepared with meticulous attention to detail. The elegant and welcoming atmosphere of the hotel's dining venues sets the perfect backdrop for a memorable Easter celebration. With impeccable service and a warm ambiance, guests can relax and enjoy their meal while creating cherished moments with loved ones. Children are not forgotten either, as special activities and treats are organized to ensure they have a fun and memorable Easter experience. Whether it's gathering with family or friends, Easter Brunch at the Sonnenalp Hotel is an exceptional culinary journey that celebrates the holiday in the most delicious way possible.



The Taste of Vail event in Vail is a culinary extravaganza that tantalizes the taste buds and celebrates the region's vibrant food and wine scene. As one of the premier food and wine festivals in the country, Taste of Vail brings together renowned chefs, esteemed winemakers, and passionate food enthusiasts for a remarkable gastronomic experience. The event showcases a delectable array of dishes prepared by talented chefs, highlighting the best of Vail's culinary offerings. From gourmet tastings to extravagant wine pairings, guests are treated to an indulgent feast of flavors. The event also features informative seminars, cooking demonstrations, and interactive workshops, providing opportunities to learn from industry experts and expand culinary knowledge. Set against the backdrop of Vail's stunning mountain vistas, the Taste of Vail event creates a truly memorable atmosphere where food, wine, and the beauty of the surroundings come together in perfect harmony. Whether you're a dedicated foodie or simply enjoy the pleasures of good food and wine, the Taste of Vail event offers an exceptional experience that satisfies both the palate and the senses.

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The Spring Back to Vail event in Vail is a vibrant celebration of the arrival of spring and the end of the winter season. As the snow begins to melt and the days grow longer, the village comes alive with an array of exciting activities and events. Spring Back to Vail offers a thrilling lineup of outdoor concerts, live entertainment, and energetic après-ski parties that create a festive atmosphere. Guests can enjoy performances by renowned musicians, participate in fun-filled competitions, and take part in various interactive experiences. The event also showcases the sporting spirit of Vail, with exciting competitions like the World Pond Skimming Championships, where participants dress in wacky costumes and attempt to skim across a pond on their skis or snowboards. As the mountain slopes are still in excellent condition, visitors can revel in the last days of skiing and snowboarding before the season comes to a close. The Spring Back to Vail event is a fantastic way to bid farewell to winter while embracing the vibrancy and rejuvenation of the spring season in the stunning setting of Vail.