Now in its seventh year, the Steamboat All Arts Festival has something for everyone. Painting. Cowboy jazz. Master classes. Galleries. Music in the Botanic Garden. Young at “Art” camps. Essentially, any art lover, art liker, or person who may one day appreciate art, has a place at this festival. We’re not just a cowboy ski town, you see.
Naturally, the weeklong festival starts with a juried art show. Thirty finalists from the Rocky Mountains will showcase their artwork from the mountain to downtown beginning on August 3rd. There will be public walking tours all week led by the judge, Nancy Friese, so you can guess who will win the $10,000 prize at week’s end. If you aren’t able to attend the daytime tours, the Yampa Fine Art Stroll on August 15th and 16th is your chance to see everything all at once.
Local downtown bastion, The Chief Theater, and the mountain music headquarters, Strings Music Festival, kick off the live music events. In a fun reversal of programming, The Chief offers An Evening with Mozart on August 10th and 11th. The under-200 seat theater means it will be an extremely intimate event. Strings hosts trumpeter Chris Botti at the pavilion, and although it will likely sell out, go to the box office day of show anyway. In nice weather, Strings opens seats on the lawn. Emerald City Opera, Steamboat’s resident opera company, presents a special children’s show at Perry Mansfield and Candide in the high school auditorium on Saturday. In between, take an opera break with the Jeff Austin Band downtown underneath Howelsen Hill’s legendary ski jumps.
Check out the Chief Theater
Attend a live performance with the Strings Music Festival
Enjoy the incredible Emerald City Opera
For the visual artists among us, the daily gallery tours are the perfect place to immerse yourselves in the buzzing local arts scene and review the juried work. On the weekends, there are painting workshops at The Art Depot, a historic building right on the Yampa River, and for those of us even more tactile, try the pottery and sculpture classes on the last day of the festival.
If you’re mom, dad, auntie or uncle to a burgeoning artist, perhaps you should check out the Young at Art camp. As creative as its name, the camp throws young people into a weeklong, focused exploration in visual and performing arts. Camp runs 8:30am-12:30pm.
The Steamboat All Arts Festival is a perfect time to get in touch with your inner artist, whether you’re a miner forty-niner or visiting the valley for the first time.