Ski Town USA. Friendly, mindful, diverse. Famous for Champagne Powder. Home of Olympians and cowboys and happy dogs. The Steamboat Springs community is cultural, playful, and abundant. Check out this list of community events and organizations.
The Emerald City Opera
A professional production company of classical opera. Annually stages two concert series and one complete opera during the month of August. Vocalists come from renowned national and international opera houses and perform with our own local professionals.
Perry Mansfield Performing Arts Camp
A summer arts camp in the mountains. This program of national recognition prepares young performers of dance and acting for the stage.
Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club
A youth organization devoted to the training of winter sport athletes. The Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club has been in place for nearly a century and is the breeding ground of our Olympic champions.
Strings in the Mountains Music Festival
Fills Steamboat’s summer days and nights with a delightful, mixed collection of music. These seasoned musicians include Grammy winners and nominees, winners of major competitions, and principals from highly revered orchestras. Performances include Chamber Music Concerts, the Different Tempo Series, Youth and Family Concerts, and the free Music on the Green Series, performed in the Botanic Gardens.
The Steamboat Arts Council
A not-for-profit venue and voice for the recognition and advancement of artistic works and cultural events in Steamboat. The Arts Council operates from offices located in the historic train depot on the Yampa River and manages The Eleanor Bliss Center for the Arts at the depot.
A gathering of nationally known, professional writers and the readers who love their work. The Literary Sojourn unites artist and audience for readings and receptions. A favorite among locals.
The Town Challenge
Another locals’ favorite, the Town Challenge winter and summer race series offers all-levels racing in Alpine Skiing, Cross-Country Skiing, and Mountain Biking. The Challenge participants include former Olympians and World Cup competitors, never-ever racers, junior participants, and everything in between. The all-inclusive spirit welcomes visitor participation in all races and activities.
The Main Street Farmers’ Market
With an eye on healthful, locally and regionally grown and prepared foods, the Steamboat Farmers’ Market runs on Saturdays, beginning in June and ending in September. 50 plus booths offer farm fresh meats, cheeses, baked goods, homemade canned goods and more. A number of arts and crafts vendors participate, as well. Live music tops off the fun.
Seminars at Steamboat
July and August are the months of dialogue. The Seminars at Steamboat bring experts on public policy to our mountain community, opening a discourse about national and world issues. The seminars are free and take place at the Strings in the Mountains Pavilion.
August brings over 800 wines, beers, and spirits to the mountain for your sampling. To freshen the pallet and suggest beverage pairings, this annual tasting event includes culinary tidbits from some of the finest restaurants of our region.
Steamboat Marathon, Half Marathon, and 10K
Considered one of the Top 10 Destination Marathons in the US and Canada. Our hometown run draws on-the-go athletes to meander Steamboat’s all-American landscape of colorful valley, rushing river, and mountain sky-line.
Free Concert Series
Summer tradition on the locals’ lists. June through August, Steamboat sponsors five, free-to-the-public, professional concerts at Howelsen Hill. Food and beer stands are on site for festival-style picnicking. Past acts include Big Head Todd & The Monsters, String Cheese Incident, Michael Franti and Spearhead, Susan Tedeschi, and many other notables. Pop-Rock, Reggae, Bluegrass, and Funk are what you experience at the Howelsen Hill concerts.
The River Festival
Thanks to rivers, plastic boats, and ingenuity, Steamboat Springs has fast become a kayaking community. Each spring regional kayakers gather over Memorial weekend to participate in river running and rodeo competitions. Whether you come to compete, to take a lesson, or to marvel from the safety of the shore, the river festival is an exciting event.
Hot Air Balloon Rodeo
A Steamboat summer hallmark. Each season Steamboat looks forward to the early morning when crisp, blue skies are filled with the vibrant colors of Hot Air Balloons. Coffee and pastries to go, a blanket, and a grassy knoll offer optimum viewing. The balloon rodeo is a quiet awakening that draws people from all over the West.
Art in the Park
Mid July brings The Art in the Park weekend, coinciding with the Balloon Rodeo. Displayed are paintings, photography, sculpture, drawings, weavings and more, all rendered by our local artists. Get to know the artist and her work at this must-do event.
Four days in June mark the return of the Mustangs. Every summer the Mustangs roar down the pass and line-up for a singular auto show featuring the Ford Mustang. The event showcases a full representation of the Mustang models and colors proudly launched through the years.
First Friday ArtWalk
The First Friday of each month, local artists unite with Steamboat Springs businesses to create a community-based venue for the display and promotion of artistic works. These evenings, residents and visitors hit the downtown streets for a cultural promenade of art, fresh air, and lively conversation.
Rocky Mountain brewers gather in Steamboat for the tasting of small brewery beers in our annual OctoberWest celebration.
4th of July Extravaganza
Steamboat’s 4th of July line-up includes our home-grown parade, a barbecue at the Romick Arena, the rodeo and a spectacular fireworks display at Howelsen Hill. Weekend activities include the Saturday Farmers’ Market, a Strings in the Mountains performance and more.
An Equine event Sponsored by Sydney Peak Ranch to support agriculture in the Yampa Valley. The Classic includes riding competitions, trail riding, horse care clinics, a barbecue, and live music.
Embedded in Steamboat history over 100 years old, professional contestants in Barrel Racing, Saddle Bronc Riding, Team Roping, and Bull Riding are what you see in the ProRodeo Series. The summer rodeo meets weekly at the Romick Rodeo Arena at Howelson Hill. There is a wonderful barbecue at the rodeo grounds before the rodeo start time.