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Aspen Is Gearing Up For A Hot Summer Events Season — Here’s A Preview

Tamara Susa
Free Thursday night concerts are back at Fanny Hill in Snowmass this summer. Throughout the Roaring Fork Valley, in-person concerts, performances and festivals are filling up the local event calendar after a year of cancellations due to the pandemic.

Last summer, most Roaring Fork Valley events were either cancelled or went online because of the pandemic. This year, however, in-person concerts, performances and festivals are filling up the local event calendar through the summer. But things won’t be quite the way they were before.

With free concerts kicking off tonight (Thurs. June 10) at Fanny Hill in Snowmass and the Wheeler Opera House reopening after a 15-month closure for Fringe Fest tomorrow(Fri., June 11), Morning Edition host Eleanor Bennett spoke with Aspen Public Radio’s arts and culture reporter Kirsten Dobroth to navigate the months ahead in the Aspen region.


Kirsten was born and raised in Massachusetts, and has called Colorado home since 2008. She moved to Vail the day after graduating from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2011. Before relocating to Basalt in 2020, she also spent a year living in one of Aspen’s sister cities, Queenstown, New Zealand.
Eleanor is an award-winning journalist and "Morning Edition" anchor. Eleanor has reported on a wide range of topics in her community, including the impacts of federal immigration policies on local DACA recipients, the Valley’s COVID-19 eviction and housing crisis, and hungry goats fighting climate change across the West through targeted grazing. Connecting with people from all walks of life and creating empathic spaces for them to tell their stories fuels her work.