With great events, warm weather and tons of activities, summer is still kicking throughout August in Breckenridge. This year, take advantage of the endless Colorado sunshine and try ziplining, rafting and hiking, and don’t miss out on great events like Breckenridge International Festival of Arts and a fun-filled Labor Day weekend. Breckenridge in August is one of our favorite times of the year- here’s why!
July and August typically top the charts as the warmest months of the year in Breckenridge at around 70 degrees Fahrenheit on average. While these are our warmest months, it still never usually gets above 80 degrees, so many flock here to escape the summer heat hitting the rest of the county. That also means it’s the perfect time to log some solid hours outdoor on the trails or on some of Breckenridge’s best patios and decks. Combine that with our dry climate, and you won’t have to worrying about overheating during your favorite summer activities. But be careful, our dryness and strong sun means hydrating and sun protection is a must.
Similar to July, you can expect quick afternoon thunderstorms, so be sure to start hiking and biking early in the day, keep an eye on the weather, and always pack extra layers. Here’s our summer day pack gear checklist:
- Sun protection: sunscreen, sunglasses, hat
- Re-usable water bottle and plenty of snacks
- Rain Jacket and extra layers- it can get chilly when a thunderstorm hits or the sun goes behind the clouds or mountains
Breckenridge International Festival of Arts (BIFA)
The Breckenridge International Festival of Arts (BIFA) returns to the high country for a fifth year with its celebration of adventure, play and creativity from. From aerial artistry and in-river performance installations to gypsy folk-punk and the return of a stone-hearted troll, BIFA offers an exhilarating program of extraordinary events in spectacular places and spaces across Breckenridge, Colorado.
Inspired by themes of environment and mountain culture, the 10-day festival brings together a variety of performances, exhibitions, screenings, workshops, talks and surprise collaborations, with an eclectic mix of music, dance, film, visual arts and family entertainment. Dozens of scheduled events, indoors and outdoors, ticketed and free, are showcased at venues and sites throughout town.
Breck Epic – August 16-21, 2020
The Breck Epic is a 6-day mountain bike race held in and around the backcountry surrounding Breckenridge. Each stage begins and ends in town, allowing racers to stay in one place for the entire event. The race is 220-240 miles long and features roughly 40,000 feet of vertical gain (and loss)! Courses get tweaked from year to year as new trails get built, decommissioned or authorized.
The Epic is composed of 6 BIG backcountry loops (3 loops for the 3-day Epic-curious events), each between 35 and 50 miles long. The event is unique in that it employs a cloverleaf format; each loop starts and finishes within a mile from downtown Breckenridge and utilizes the sprawling network of trails in both Summit and Park Counties. The six stages that compose the Epic are a well-rounded rider’s dream. Long middle-ring climbs and endless big-ring mashing descents. The race has been described as a rad vibe with a mid-90s mayhem feel.
Breckenridge Hogfest: Bacon and Bourbon
Bacon is the most loved food in the universe and the route to all things swine and divine. Add in 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. We want to speak to palates of all distinctions and our golden rule will be to feature the best of the best to the brownest of the brown.
Labor Day Weekend – September 5-7, 2020
Enjoy beautiful autumn temperatures and exciting events like the Summit Foundation’s Rubber Duck Race supporting the Summit Foundation, the annual Sidewalk Sale featuring over 74 shops around Breckenridge, and the Great Divide Arts Festival featuring over 100 artists with a wide range of mediums including photography, wood, glass, jewelry and pottery. Bring the whole family and watch as hundreds of ducks race down the Blue River at the Riverwalk Center, participate in free activities, stroll and shop along Main Street and the Art Festival and snack on yummy food throughout town.
Breck Music – Throughout the summer
What started in 1981 as a 10-day festival dubbed “Bach, Beethoven & Breckenridge” has since evolved into a full-on locally coveted institute serving the community year-round performances, from New Orleans funk band Trombone Shorty to Colorado folk artist Bonnie Paine of Elephant Revival. Search the Breck Music event calendar to sort by classical, popular, festival and social performances and gatherings. Watch for national jazz, rock, folk, bluegrass and country acts playing at the Riverwalk Center throughout the summer.
Activities to do in Breckenridge in August
Hiking and Biking
Warm, sunny days mean it’s a perfect time to get outside and explore Breckenridge’s hundreds of miles of trails. A hike or bike on one of Breckenridge’s national forest trails has the powerful ability to change one’s perspective of nature and environment. The views are breathtaking, and the memories are everlasting. Try a trail that leads to stunning wildflower fields or gorgeous waterfalls. If you are seeking convenience, check out the many hikes in Breckenridge that don’t require a car. Mountain and road bike rentals are available all over town, as well as hiking and biking equipment stores in case you forgot to pack a few necessities.
If you’re looking to take it easy, take the Blue River paved rec path from town as far as you’d like, or try Boreas Pass road and stroll or ride along the easy dirt road while taking in views of the Tenmile mountain range.
- Local’s Tip: August is one of the busiest months to hit the trails in Breckenridge. We suggest carpooling or taking the free bus to trailheads and saving the most popular trails for a mid-week visit.
As always, practice Leave No Trace principles while in Breckenridge to help care for Colorado.
Whitewater rafting is one of the best things to do lste summer as winter snowmelt is still running into Breckenridge’s surrounding rivers. From adrenaline junkies looking for huge waves and pounding hearts to those looking for a relaxing float trip that showcases scenery, solitude, wildlife, and history; there’s a rafting experience that’s perfect for your group!
- Local’s Tip: Trips can be customized by age, ability level, and sense of adventure so ask your rafting company for suggestions when calling to reserve.
The Breckenridge Golf Course is situated in the breathtaking, glacier-sculpted Upper Blue River Valley. The only town in the world to maintain a Jack Nicklaus-designed 27-hole golf course, the clubhouse sits at an elevation of 9,324 feet. Visiting golfers get an immediate confidence boost as the golf ball flies farther and straighter than at lower elevations due to less air resistance. What was once a tent city of miners seeking fortunes of gold, the landscape now is a challenging golf course with players seeking pars and birdies. The challenges for today’s golfer are quite similar to yesterday’s miners – nothing comes easy.
Stand-Up Paddle Boarding and Kayaking
With rental locations throughout Breckenridge, stand-up paddleboard (SUP) and kayakers flock to areas like Maggie Pond in Breckenridge or nearby Lake Dillon to feed their need for floating freely among the mountains. The calm water at Maggie Pond makes it an ideal place for families and first-timers to try paddle boarding, and not to mention, the views are incredible. Maggie Pond is located at the base of Peak 9 near Main Street Station, and is a continuation of the Upper Blue River as it begins its flow through downtown Breckenridge. It is an easy walk from Main Street and a perfect way to spend an hour (or two, or three) of your day. Try a SUP yoga class with Meta Yoga Studios, Bhava Yogaor the Breckenridge Recreation Center to test your balance and spend the day cooling off on the water.
Lake Dillon is another popular SUP and kayaking location with several beach access points, including from the Frisco and Dillon Marinas. Both Marinas offer paddleboard and kayak rentals and include a demonstration of paddleboarding technique if needed. If you have your own paddleboard, kayak or canoe, you can launch at either marina or one of the many beach access points around the lake.
In Breckenridge, year-round trout fishing options abound. Here, you’re at the top of the mountain from which major waters flow, including the headwaters of the Colorado, South Platte, and Arkansas rivers and the tail-waters of the Blue and the South Platte rivers. This means that in addition to offering amazing skiing, Breckenridge is also a destination for world-
- Local’s Tip: Purchase a fishing license at one of the many fly-fishing shops around Breckenridge!
Discover a side of the mountain you’ve never seen, an experience revealed but once a year. It’s an uncharted season, where roaming through treetops, riding the horizon, and stretching the bounds of nature allow you to reach your peak. Welcome to Epic Discovery at Breckenridge Resort. It’s a mountain of possibilities that enable you to discover nature through fun in ways you’d never imagined. Explore the mountain with a variety of activities that highlight the stunningly beautiful and rich environment.
Horseback riding is a great way to explore Breckenridge’s backcountry from a new perspective! Trail rides are provided through Breckenridge Stables, last 1.5 hours and explore the beautiful scenery between Peaks 9 and 10 on the Ten Mile Range above Breckenridge Ski Resort. You will experience river crossings, beaver ponds and breathtaking panoramic views of the continental divide. With more than 100 horses, guides are able to match each rider to a horse based on ability and experience. This is also a great trip for younger children in the group. Breakfast and dinner rides are also available on weekends.
Walking History or Ghost Tour
Prepare to be haunted by Breckenridge’s mining ghosts of the past, or walk through Breckenridge’s nationally recognized Historic District. History lovers will enjoy visiting original cabins and stately homes to learn about the people who lived here over 100 years ago. The Breckenridge Heritage Alliance offers tours year-round- check their seasonal schedules to start planning!
No Car, No Problem!
Once you are here, it’s easy to get around Breckenridge without a car. There are plenty of transportation options for those who are going carless in Breckenridge. The Breckenridge FreeRide offers free bus transportation throughout the day with multiple shuttle systems running throughout Breckenridge. Most likely, the place you are staying is right next to a bus stop or offers its own FREE shuttle transportation to town. Once you are here, you’ll find it’s easy to get around town on foot or on bike and that everything is just a few blocks away. If you are planning to visit neighboring towns during your trip, the Summit Stage is a free county-wide bus system available throughout Summit County. Uber, Lyft and multiple taxi services are also available to help you travel around town or between towns.
While going carless is the easiest way to go, if you do need a car, we recommend parking outside of town in-town and taking the bus in. The Breckenridge FreeRide bus system will service the Satellite Lot and Ice Rink lot on regular scheduling. Paid lots within town will be available for guest parking (F-Lot, Tiger Dredge, East Sawmill, and Wellington lots), but will fill up quickly. For free overflow parking, guests can park at Colorado Community College on the north end of town with the FreeRide bus servicing this lot every 20 minutes throughout the day.