Breckenridge town buildings in park in greyscale
Boys Scouts with a large flag at Breckenridge 4th of July Parade

It’s no secret that Breckenridge knows how to party. The summer brings big events, each celebrating a Breckenridge best-of. Join us to celebrate history, bikes, beer and more. Read on for tips and local favorites at these top summer events in Breckenridge. The fun continues as the seasons change, so don’t miss fall festival season and top winter events.

Best Summer Events in Breckenridge

WAVE: Light + Water + Sound – TBD

2018 art installation over the Blue River in Breckenridge
2018 art installation over the Blue River.

Breckenridge Creative Arts is pleased to announce the return of WAVE: Light + Water + Sound, a four-day festival featuring interactive artworks, temporary installations and musical performances in and around the Blue River Plaza, transforming the river, bridges and waterfront area into outdoor canvasses and exhibition spaces.

Featured installations in the 2019 festival include Iceberg by ATOMIC3 and APPAREIL Architecture, Loop by Ekumen, CLOUD by Caitlind r.c. Brown and Wayne Garrett, and the U.S. premiere of Les Voyageurs and Les Oiseaux, a series of luminous wire sculptures by French artist Cédric Le Borgne.


Gold Panning Championships – June 19-21, 2020

Family panning gold from sluice at the Gold Panning National Championships
We still celebrate Breckenridge’s mining past during the Gold Panning National Championships

Strike it rich during the middle of June in Breckenridge by attending the Gold Panning Championships! Learn from gold panning professionals on the proper techniques to pan for gold at the annual event that takes place in Blue River Plaza. You might not find Tom’s Baby, but there are plenty of nuggets and flakes for everyone to stake their claim.


Independence Day Celebration – July 4, 2020

The Fourth of July parade, one of the top summer events in Breckenridge.
The Fourth of July Parade is a must-see event!

Each Independence Day, Breckenridge kicks off the party with a 10K trail run, followed by the Firecracker 50 mountain bike race and the Main Street parade. Family activities, live music and fireworks (weather permitting) are all on the list! Don’t miss Breckenridge Creative Arts’ Street Arts Festival, which celebrates street, pavement and graffiti arts with outdoor murals, installations, workshops and pop-up art.

  • Tip: Bring a swimsuit for the Kids! The Fire Department finishes off the parade with their own super sprayer, creating a mini water park for those willing to get wet! Don’t forget dry clothes for later.


Breckenridge Food and Wine Festival – TBD

The Breckenridge Food and Wine Festival at Main Street Station.
The Breckenridge Food and Wine Festival takes place in Main Street Station by the Maggie Pond.

The Breckenridge Food and Wine Festival brings you a unique wine-tasting experience with nearly 300 wines to select from! Main Street Station Plaza and The Village at Breckenridge (at the base of Peak Nine) transform into a beautiful, mountain-side vineyard starring an array of varietals created by top wineries. From the soft and smooth to the unabashedly bold, guests will get more than their fair share of delicious sips.

So the palate doesn’t get lonely, foodies will appreciate the yummy small dishes available a la carte to accompany each vintage. Live music will tempt the ear, fulfilling the realm of the senses.


Breckenridge International Festival of Arts – TBD

Tree-o and its three musicians — cellist Russick Smith, violinist Karen Lauffer and mandolinist Kevin Larkin – in a series of free concerts held in the forest for Breckenridge International Festival of Arts.
Tree-o, a series of free concerts held in the forest for Breckenridge International Festival of Arts.

Presented by Breckenridge Creative Arts, The Breckenridge International Festival of Arts, is a 10-day program of extraordinary events in spectacular places and spaces across Breckenridge. Inspired by themes of environment and mountain culture, the multi-arts festival brings together an eclectic mix of music, dance, film, visual arts and family entertainment.

  • Tip: Sign up to volunteer – you’ll usually get an inside look at the artists and exhibitions. In past years, volunteers got to meet the artist and help paint with him for The Blue Trees exhibit.


Breckenridge Hogfest – Bacon & Bourbon – TBD

A crowd at Breckenridge Hogfest - Bacon and Bourbon Festival.
The Breckenridge Hogfest – Bacon and Bourbon Festival takes place at the end of August at Main Street Station.

Bacon is the most loved food in the universe and the route to all things swine and divine. Add the quintessential American liquor, bourbon; mind blown. These indulgences come together for Breckenridge Hogfest – Bacon &Bourbon.  Meat connoisseurs will be able to taste their way through a spectrum of pork samples, premium whiskeys, single malt scotches and barrel-aged spirits while enjoying live music and mixology below Peak Nine.


Labor Day Weekend – September 5-7, 2020

Kids sitting on rocks during the Labor Day Duck Race taking place on the Blue River in Breckenridge.
The Duck Race is a staple event every year during Labor Day weekend in Breckenridge.

Enjoy beautiful autumn temperatures and exciting events like the Summit Foundation’s annual Rubber Duck Race, the annual Sidewalk Sale, the Gathering at the Great Divide Arts Festival and more! With so much going on, you’ll need an extra day to experience some of the best summer events in Breckenridge.

View all of our summer events here!

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