Employees Respond: What summer event in Summit County would you tell a visitor not to miss?

With so much going on in the high country this summer, here are some events that our Breckenridge Grand Vacations employees recommend you don't miss!

Definitely the Frisco BBQ Challenge. Delicious food, good drinks, and free music is hard to beat!!
Katie Russell, Breckenridge Grand Vacations Grand Lodge on Peak 7 Guest Services

I recommend that visitors check out the 4th of July parade on Main Street in Breckenridge. This is an event that is truly fun for all ages. I also think that this event showcases how Breckenridge is a small town with a big heart! For even more fun, visitors can register with the Breckenridge Resort Chamber to participate by walking in the parade or riding on their own float. Whether you’re part of the parade or enjoying it as a spectator from the sidewalk, this parade is sure to be a memorable Breckenridge vacation experience!
Kimberly Tramontana, Breckenridge Grand Vacations Grand Lodge on Peak 7 General Manager

The summer event I would advise visitors not to miss would be the annual October Fest from September 15 - 16.  Whether it’s sunny, snowing or raining it’s always a great time. Main Street is shut down for several blocks and filled with delicious beer and food stands. A “must not miss” event!
Laura Hosfeld, Breckenridge Grand Vacations Owner Relations Reservations Counselor

I would highly recommend either Bacon Fest or spending the entire weekend at the Frisco BBQ.  If you are a fan of pork in general, both events mimic putting little kids in candy stores and telling them to “have at it.”
Laura Anderson, Breckenridge Grand Vacations Grand Timber Lodge Front Desk Manager

Summer is glorious in Summit County. It is said that while the locals came here for the winters, they stayed for the summers.  There are so many wonderful activities to enjoy, and my favorite summer festival this year will be the Fourth of July! This is a not-to-miss highlight for me, being that it is a world record-setting "highest show on earth". Two professional pilots will be performing over Peaks 9 and 10 in an unprecedented display of aerobatics. This type of show has never been attempted before because of the thin air, however I feel confident that local pilot Gary Rower and his formation partner Buck Roetman will put on a show for the ages!
Brad Beverlin, Breckenridge Grand Vacations Director of Loan Servicing

The BBQ Challenge in Frisco! The food is so good. They always have some great bands playing. The crowd is so diverse; young & old just kicking back having fun. Good time for sure!!
Dale Holland, Breckenridge Grand Vacations Director of Maintenance

I would have to say that the Blue Ribbon Bacon Tour is on the top on my list of events to attend this year. You can’t go wrong with attending a festival that has the glorious aroma of thousands of pounds of bacon permeating through the summer air! http://www.keystonefestivals.com/index.php/bacon-tour/
Kelly Ozinga, Breckenridge Grand Vacations Marketing Coordinator

The Keystone Bluegrass & Beer festival is one of my favorite events of the summer. It’s great to taste all the different craft beers while donning a straw cowboy hat & dancing up a storm to some great music. Oakhurst usually plays the main stage during the afternoon at least one of the days and is one of my favorite Colorado bands. They typically make a later-night appearance as well as the Snake River Saloon for those who haven’t had enough by the end of the day. There really isn’t a better venue for outdoor events than Keystone in Summit County. River Run village provides a great atmosphere where you can partake in the event and wander down to the river to spot trout. Cross over the bridge and wetlands to the base of the ski mountain where you feel like you’ve left civilization in a  matter of steps and watch downhill mountain bikers making their way back to the lift. The gondola is a great option too if you have little ones. It’s a fun adventure away from the festival for a while and the views are amazing. It’s not uncommon to spot deer or other wildlife on the grassy ski slopes below the gondola.

The other event I love in Summit County is the Dillon BBQ in August. Dillon’s windy streets make this festival unique in that you can wander from street to street and experience a totally different vibe at every corner. The bacon-wrapped, stuff jalapenos are a must try as well as the giant shrimp-grilling station. The staff is always jamming out to Jimmy Buffet and interacting with the crowd. And again for those with kids, the Dillon park is a quick walk for a break from the festivities.
Ginny Vietti, Breckenridge Grand Vacations Director of Marketing

One of my favorites is the Frisco BBQ Challenge. Competitors come from all over the United States to boast their BBQ as the best. The event is held June 15-16 in Frisco, CO where they block off all of main street for people to walk around scenic downtown while eating great BBQ, drinking great beer, and enjoying live music. There is even the Bacon Burner 5K run on Sunday June 16th to build up your appetite or to burn off those calories from Saturday. This is a must for meat lovers and it falls on Father’s Day! What better way to spend a day with Dad. For more info please go to http://www.townoffrisco.com/events/bbq-challenge.
Justin Wyman, Breckenridge Grand Vacations Owner Relations Reservations Counselor

It’s in late summer but October Fest is a cannot miss event for any beer enthusiasts!
Eli Yoder, Breckenridge Grand Vacations Owner Relations Interval International Liaison

The Frisco BBQ challenge. Nothing more need be said!
Josh Stuhr, Breck Inn Hotel Manager


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