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FREE Summer Activites in Vail and Beaver Creek


FREE Parking & FREE Bus Transportation: Parking in Vail Village and LionsHead parking structures are FREE all summer.  The Town of Vail bus system is FREE - leave your car at home and tour Vail via its FREE bus system, the largest free transit system in the nation.

FREE Wednesday Art Walks: A free hour long walking tour of Vail's public art collection meets Wednesdays at 11:00 am at the Vail Village Visitor Information Center on the top level of the parking structure. The tour then winds its way through the Village with discussions of master planning and the importance of site specific commissioned art in creating the charm of the village. Visit www.artinvail.com or call 970-479-2344 for more details. Go to Calendar

The Minturn Farmers Market: Featuring 115 varying vendors per week, two live music stages, children's face painting, bouncy castle and an ambience that can't be beat. Freshly picked fruits, vegetables, homemade pies, pasteries and breads,fresh cut flowers and an amazing array of artisian products can be found here. Go to Calendar

The Vail Farmers Market: Located on Meadow Drive in the Heart of Vail Village, the Vail Farmers’ Market and Art Show is a favorite festival for all ages. The market has Colorado artisans and Colorado fresh produce, flowers, prepared foods, music and kids activities each Sunday throughout the summer! Go to Calendar

FREE Guided Nature Walks:  Daily, 11am & 2pm
Located in an all-seasons yurt adjacent to the Eagle Bahn Gondola atop Vail Mountain.
Join Walking Mountains Science Center on a morning or afternoon nature walk and discover how plants and animals adapt to the high elevation environment as you identify signs of life on Vail Mountain. For more information, please call (970) 754-4675. Go to Calendar

FREE Creekside Nature Tours: 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sundays
Depart from the Vail Farmers' Market Join the Nature Center for a casual stroll along Vail's streamside paths. Tours depart from the Vail Nature Center booth at the Vail Farmers' Market Sundays throughout the summer. No reservations required. Go to Calendar

Explore the Vail Nature Center: Nestled along the banks of Gore Creek, this 7 acres forest, meadow and stream are a delight and peaceful place known by many locals and visitors as their favorite place in Vail. Explore or take in one of the educational programs offered. For more information, please call (970) 479-2291.FREE

Betty Ford Alpine Gardens: Enjoy the highest botanical gardens in the world with a unique collection of alpine, sub-alpine and other mountain plants and flowers. Open from dawn to dusk daily through September with tours, children's programs and many other daily activities. For more information, please call (970) 476-0103.

Visit the Colorado Ski Museum: Located in the upper level of the Vail Village parking structure, learn about the history of Vail, skiing and the 10th Mountain Division with interactive exhibits and more! Join us every Tuesday for a FREE guided tour of the museum to learn all sorts of ski and snowboard trivia...at 1pm

Tues./Fri./Sat.Historic Vail Village Walking Tour: These weekly walking tours allow Vail locals and tourists alike the opportunity to experience four to five of Vail’s historic sites. Inside the last location you’ll have time for a drink as your guide recounts the history of the establishment and its surroundings… Meet at the Colorado Ski Museum at 2pm.Go to Calendar

Family Fun Ride: Looking for something to do with the entire family? Vail Sports invites you to participate in our free Family Fun Rides daily from Memorial Weekend through Labor Day Weekend. Experience Vail like never before with our one-hour guided ride through Lionshead Village, Vail Village, and Golden Peak. You may bring your own bike or rent a bike with us (bike rentals start at $16) . For more information, please contact Vail Sports at 970-476-3600 or visit vailsports.com. Go to Calendar

Family Saturday Afternoon Club: Lionshead 3:00pm to 6:00pm The Family Saturday Afternoon Club includes a variety of activities including a Kids' Fun Zone & Crafts Center, full of interactive projects that families would work on together, hosted by the world famous Blue Creek Children's Theatre Company. This area also features an incredible array of of special activities including face-painting, a Hula Hoop Zone, a 60ft inflatable obstacle course, the awesome Blue Moose Pizza Dough Tossing Contest, a family "Water Balloon Toss of Death" Contest - which was an incredible hit, merchant displays, special appearances by the Vail Fire Department Family Safety Zone; and the Kids' Discovery Zone. This fun and educational area is where "Fun Learning" is the goal. Each week the "Kids' Discovery Zone" featured a special theme with visits by experts like the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, The Denver Butterfly Pavilion and a special "Green Planet Kids Expo" presented in partnership with the Town of Vail Environmental Sustainability Department. For more information contact Brian Hall, Blue Creek Productions, Inc. brian@bluecreek.com or (970) 926-5855

Enjoy the Parks or Stroll around Town: Ford Park, Pirateship Park, Donovan Park, Bighorn Park – each is different – check them all out to bring a smile to the kiddo's faces! There's no better place to just relax and enjoy your surroundings than Vail – with benches and beautiful sitting areas all around to breathe in the fresh air and enjoy the summer time flowers and surrounding landscapes. You may even happen upon one of our street entertainers as you relax and enjoy. And be sure to take in the many fountains and water features throughout Vail Village.

Story Time at the Vail Library: every Tuesday and Wednesday  Kids love story time and arts & crafts. Toddler Story Time (ages 18-30 months) is from 10am -11am and Preschool Story Time (ages 2-5 yrs.) is from 11am-12pm. FREE Go to Calendar


Ride the Gondola up Vail Mountain for FREE!: Kids ride the Eagle Bahn Gondola for FREE all summer (max. 3 kids with one paying adult)The Gondola is FREE to everyone Thursday – Saturday after 4pm June 25 – August 30

FREE Activities at Adventure Ridge: Head to the top of the mountain for FREE volleyball, bocce ball, horseshoes and disc golf (if you bring your own discs)!  Enjoy the mountain-top fun at the top of the Eagle Bahn Gondola in Lionshead.  Adventure Ridge is open the weekend of June 13th and June 20th from 10am to 4pm and daily late June to late August from 10am to 4pm.   

Visit the FREE Discovery Center
Located at the top of the Eagle Bahn Gondola, the Discovery Center introduces you to the environment through fun, interactive displays and guided nature hikes.  Open daily from 10am to 4pm.  For more information call (970) 754-4675.
Enjoy FREE Friday Afternoon Club atop Vail Mountain
Friday’s enjoy FREE live music and lawn sports from July 3 – September 4

Hike around Vail and atop Vail Mountain!: Enjoy spectacular wildflowers and wildlife as you explore the nature and forests of Vail. Pack a picnic and your camera!

Run with the FREE Summer Running Club: Residents and visitors are encouraged to join the VRD for its free, weekly running club this summer that will lead participants around Vail's scenic recreation paths and mountain trails. The club will be led by local runner Greg Decent and will meet at 5:30pm on Thursdays, beginning in June at the base of the Vista Bahn in Vail Village, located in the Mountain Plaza area. For details, email jgunion@vailrec.com. Go to Calendar

Explore the FREE Vail Recreation Path: The Vail Recreation Path is an affordable way to have fun with your entire family. Located right in the middle of town, the trail winds from West Vail to East Vail and has 1,100 acres of open space available to the public. The path stretches for 15 miles and is surrounded by 350,000 acres of national forest.

FREE Sporting Events & Tournaments: Check out the many sports tournaments taking place at the Ford Park and Vail Athletic Fields. The majority of the events are free to watch and include some of the nation's best soccer and lacrosse teams and players. Go to Calendar

Vail's FREE Skatepark: Head to the LionsHead parking structure and check out Vail's free skatepark. Open dawn to dusk daily, the free skatepark features a half-pipe, pyramid, multiple ramps, transitions, rails and banks, plus a street course area for younger or less experienced riders.

FREE Fly Fishing Casting Clinics!: Gore Creek Fly Fisherman is pleased to offer complimentary daily casting clinics at 10:30am in Vail Village along the Gore Creek Promenade. The clinics are perfect for those who have never fly fished before and are considering trying the sport. They are also perfect for those just wanting to brush up on their technique. One of our expert staff will lead the demonstration, and he or she will be able to answer any general fly fishing questions. For more information, please call (970) 476-3296.

Summertime Yoga: 8:15am - 9:30am Every Saturday in July and August Brought to you by Vail Athletic Club at The Lawn/Ice Rink at Solaris, Vail Village. Bring your mat, water bottle, sunscreen, and a smile.  Go to Calendar

Play a FREE tennis match: Enjoy a FREE tennis match at the Golden Peak Tennis Courts. Tennis can be played at the courts on a first-come, first-served basis for FREE.


Kayak Demo’s at Vail’s Whitewater Park: Alpine Kayak School have staff members present from 5-7pm to offer FREE kayak demos to experienced kayakers wanting to try out Vail's Whitewater Park. 

FREE Hot Summer Nights Concert Series : On Tuesdays, (shows start at 6:30pm)This annual free summer concert series is hosted at the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater Tuesday evenings throughout the summer months. With shows ranging from rock to country to bluegrass to funk and beyond, the Bud Light Hot Summer Nights has become synonymous with summer for locals and visitors alike. Throngs of music lovers gather at the Amphitheater each week to enjoy sunshine, picnics, friends and incredible free music. Go to Calendar


Jazz @ The Vail Farmers' Market: Sundays, Noon to 3pm Jazz @ the Market presents ten free outdoor concerts featuring local and regionally-based jazz talent at the Vail Farmers' Market. The jazz concerts are a natural complement to the fabulous shopping and wonderful food for which the casual outdoor market is known. Covered seating is available, so stop by and enjoy refreshing jazz! Jazz at the Market will now be presented in a tent at Solaris on Meadow Drive in Vail Village. Concerts will start at noon with seating for up to 100 inside the tent. Stop by to check out refreshing jazz groups at our new concert venue, and enjoy! FREE Go to Calendar

FREE JAZZ Concerts: Thursdays, 6pm-8pm Jazz at Vail Square returns to LionsHead with the first of nine free shows outside the Arrabelle Hotel in Vail. Presented in a tented venue seating 300+, this dynamic concert series features national jazz artists with styles ranging from Swing to straight ahead, Latin Jazz to the American Songbook. Whether you enjoy the show from a seat in a nearby restaurant, or from the front row with a cocktail, Jazz @ Vail Square creates intimate jazz experiences that you won't soon forget. Seating is first come, first served, and the concerts go on under the tent rain or shine. Go to Calendar

Free Margarita