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4th of July Celebrations In Winter Park, Colorado

Looking for vacation ideas to spark up your 4th of July celebrations?   Why not take the family barbecue to the BIG backyard this year, with a long weekend in Winter Park, Colorado?

Located just 70 miles west of Denver, Winter Park is the perfect mountain escape from the city –  and one of the few mountain towns that still offers great lodging and activities at family friendly rates.

This year, the 4th of July lands on a Wednesday, making it the perfect opportunity to take a few extra days for mid-summer getaway?  So what’s going on in Winter Park this 4th of July?  Step aside Seth Meyers, it’s time for a closer look…



Friday, June 29th, 2018

Friday Music Series

What?     Live music by Ashton Lee. 

Where?   At the Gazebo By The Pond at Winter Park Resort

When?    4 PM – 6 PM

How Much?  FREE

Free entertainment at winter park resort


Music On The Square

What?     Live mix of rock, Americana and blues music by Sam Osborne & Gary Key.  

Where?   Cooper Creek Square in Downtown Winter Park

When?    6 PM – 8 PM

How Much?  FREE

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Coca-Cola Family Movie Night

What?     Outdoor Movie Showing of ‘The Lion King’.  Bring a picnic and blanket.

Where?   On the Great Lawn at Winter Park Resort.

When?    7 PM – 9 PM

How Much?  FREE

Free activities at winter park resort

Saturday, June 30th, 2018

Run For Independence

What?     Scenic 5 mile run/walk from Winter Park Resort to Rendezvous after race celebration in Fraser.

Where?   Begins at The Vintage Hotel at Winter Park Resort and follows the Fraser River Trail.

When?  7 AM TO 8:30 AM packet pick up, Race starts at 9 AM

How Much?  $35

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Live music at Cooper Creek Square

What?     Live music by Steve Skinner

Where?   Cooper Creek Square in Downtown Winter Park

When?    4 PM – 6 PM

How Much?  FREE

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Sunday, July 1st, 2018

Annual Kids Fishing Derby

What?     Head to the Fraser fishing ponds for the annual Kid’s Fishing Derby.   Lots of prizes for young anglers!

Where?   The Fraser fishing ponds (next to safeway).

When?    9 AM -Noon

How Much?  FREE

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Fitness In The Park

What?     Free outdoor fitness class of yoga, pilates, zumba or similar.  Check back for details.

Where?   Hideaway Park in Downtown Winter Park, Pilates at Rendezvous Event Center

When?    9 AM – 10 AM, Yoga. 10:15AM- 11:15am, Pilates

How Much?  FREE

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Monday, July 2nd, 2018

Hanging with The Huskies

What?    Meet Winter Park sled dogs in their new dog park and optional dog sledding craft afterwards

Where?   Snow Mountain Ranch – YMCA of the Rockies

When?    10 AM -11 AM

How Much?  Day pass at Snow Mountain Ranch 9includes a full day of various activities at the ranch: $20 for adults 13 years old and up, $10 for children 6-12 years old and free for children 5 and under

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Tuesday, July 3rd, 2018

Go Wild In Winter Park

Use this day to try something new, or go with a tried and tested family favorite.   Winter Park is a playground for all ages with amazing mountain biking and hiking trails, western horseback riding, white water rafting and a ton of family friendly activities on offer at Winter Park Resort (mini-golf, alpine slide, climbing wall and more!).

To see our complete list of summer activities, CLICK HERE.

Fraser Picnic in the Park

What? Hunker Down performs live for this weeks installment of Fraser Picnic in the Park

Where? Old Schoolhouse Park, 153 Fraser Ave Fraser, CO

When? 6pm – 8pm.

How Much? Free

Bike trails for beginners and children in Winter Park


Wednesday, July 4th, 2018

Winter Park 4th Of July Celebration

What?     Live music, magic shows and fireworks with spark up the sky at the annual Lance Gutersohn’s 4th of July celebration in Downtown Winter Park.

Where?   Hideaway Park in Downtown Winter Park

When?     6 PM – 10 PM

How much?  FREE

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June 25th, 2018

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The days are still long and the sunshine still plentiful as we enter into August in Winter Park.  There is plenty to do in the beautiful weather and abundant sunshine.

Traditional local events this Week:

National Night out in Granby: Tuesday, August 1st from 5:30-10:00 p.m. at Polhamus Park in Granby.  There will be multiple events including; a hot dog picnic, bounce house, volleyball, human hungry-hungry hippo, an outdoor movie, and more!  Check out our neighbors to the west for some free family fun!

Camp Fire Sing Along: On Wednesday, August 2nd, Visit the Village Gazebo from 4-6 PM to listen to your favorite songs, take in the gorgeous scenery and enjoy a cozy campfire at Winter Park Resort! Free to all who want to enjoy!

High Note Thursdays:  This week’s free musical act is the Home Groove Band, an American Jam band with “tight vocal harmonies and some tasty jams.”  The show begins at 6 at Hideaway Park in Downtown WinterPark.


Free Friday Night Music Series: Head to Winter Park Resort to see Coral Creek this Friday, August 4th from 4-6 PM.  Live performances of “new grass” band Coral Creek have been described as “transporting audiences from the beaches of the Carribean, down to the bayou, and back up to the high in the Colorado Rockies.”


Free Face Painting, Baloon Artist, and Bounce House: Visit Cooper Creek this Saturday for free face painting and balloon artist, as well as kids play area and bouncy house.  Show off your family’s new cranial decore as you explore the shops and restaurants of Winter Park.


Winter Park Beer Fest:  Beer aficionados rejoice, it’s time again for the 8th annual Winter Park Beer Festival!   The event happens this Saturday, August 5th from 1:00-5:00 pm in Hideaway Park with live music on tap and 45+ brewers on hand. $30 pre-order or $40 day of the Beer Festival.  Pre-order tickets and save here.

Festival Sign

Fitness in the Park: Work the kinks out and feel great again this Sunday, August 6th at Hideaway Park from 9-10 am with an hour of yoga with Emily Kuderer, yoga expert of Synergy Collective

Outdoor Suggestions:

Fly Fishing:  The Colorado and Fraser Rivers have been fishing fantastic with fish attacking terrestrials and great hatches occurring daily.  Get out as the sun comes up to avoid the crowds and up your chances for success.  If none of this makes sense, visit Winter Park Fly Fisher for a local guided trip and mention you’re staying with us to get 10% off your trip.

White Water Rafting:  Local river guides, MAD adventures, are running trips down the upper Colorado for a family fun river adventure.  For a more exciting thrill ride, ask about rafting Clear Creek which is still running at fun flows, not normal for this time of year!  Click here for more info and mention you’re staying with us for 10% off your next trip!

Mountain Biking: The recent rains have kept the dust down and the trails in great shape for the most part.

Local Tip: Be aware that some parts of trails have been washed out from recent heavy rains creating deep ruts down the middle.  Just ride with caution and enjoy.

Local Suggestion:  Plan a loop or three in the Idlewild zone that provides great riding for all ages and ability levels. 

Downhill Mtn Bike

Hiking:  Breathtaking views and trails line the mountains all around and above Winter Park.  Local Tip:  Avoid being caught above treeline during a lightning storm.  If you plan on hiking in the high country check the local forecast before you go.  If you decide to go, go early.  Even on days when there is a low chance of storms we often see storms develop quickly in the afternoon this time of year.


Be sure to check out all of our activities deals with local business partners in the valley allowing you to play your hardest and then of course, rest easy.


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August 1st, 2017

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Music in winter park coSummer Music Fests in Winter Park, CO

It is getting to be that time of year again when Winter Park is ringing with great music under the peaks of the Colorado Rocky Mountains. And this year has some great bands heading up for one of the best summer music seasons on record.

First is the Blues from the Top Festival with Mike Zitto and Samantha Fish headlining.

Next is the biggest music event of the year with the Winter Park Jazz Festival featuring Kool and the Gang… yepp, Celebrate Tonight, Come On!

And coming back for its third year is the Solshine Music Festival.  This year it is two weekends and KBCO is back sponsoring music events in Winter Park.  KBCO was a longtime sponsor of the well known American Music Festival that was held at the base of Winter Park Resort.

Cheap Trick will be headlining the Winter Park Music Festival with a free show in Hideaway Park on August 3rd. Yesss…. Mommy’s all right, Daddy’s all right, they just seem a little weird, Surrender!

The Winter Park Beer Festival returns for the forth year with 25 micro brewers on hand sampling their classic hoppy beverages and live music on August 10th.  The artists have not been announced but we will keep you posted.

Winter Park Music Festival Lodging is booking up make sure to get your reservation today. The downtown Winter Park vacation rentals are the first to book as they are all just a short jaunt to the Hideaway Park music venue.  So set your plans and we hope to see you under the majestic Rocky Mountains grooving to some great music.



June 4th, 2013

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Colorado Music Festivals Summer Music in Winter Park, CO

Summer is here in Winter Park and the usual suspect shows are back with some new tweaks and great artists for one of the best summer music seasons in Winter Park ever.

The Winter Park Summer Music festival season kicks of this year with the Blues from the Top Festival starting June 29th, 2012.  This is the tenth anniversary show and the lineup may be the one of the best blues shows in Colorado in a long while.

The Winter Park SolShine Music Festival will return for the second year with a lineup that should be favorite for young and older alike. Saturday July 14th The Solshine Music Festival will star Little Feat bringing some of the Little Feat classics like Willin‘ to Hideaway Park. Second on the bill is Trampled by Turtles, one of the hottest bands in Colorado right now.  They have had two sold out shows in the Denver are in the last six months. Here is the full lineup:

Little Feat
Trampled by Turtles
The Samples
Jami Lunde

Get your tickets and Winter Park lodging for the Solshine Music Fest now as this will be a sold out show with prime lodging going early.

Third on this summers list of music festivals is the biggie up here in Winter Park. The Winter Park Jazz Festival marks its 30th year here in the Rocky Mountains with a great lineup on July 21 and 22. Winter Park Jazz Festival Lodging for this show is close to being sold out already so make plans today is your are wanting to here some smooth grooves up in the high country.

On August 4th The Winter Park Music Festival presented by Denver radio station 103.5 The Fox will bring the return of Bret Michaels of Poison fame (picture above).  Bret was here last year and was such a hit he is returning for an encore.  The Outlaws, The Groove Hawgs, Dave Mason and SPECIAL GUEST will join Bret onstage at Hideaway Park right off of US Highway 40 in the town of Winter Park, CO.  Show kicks off at noon and will go to 6pm.

The last Music Festival of the year is the Winter Park Beer Festival with Mike Daughty of Soul Coughing fame headlining. This is a really fun time with free beer tasting, tasty food and some fun music to get the vibe going.  Last year was a great time with beer 25 craft breweries with the Bodeans keeping the crowd dancing.

Make sure to book your Winter Park Music Festival Lodging soon as these are the most attended weekends of the summer and the prime digs will go quickly if they are not already gone.

May 30th, 2012

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Little Feat Live at the Solshine Music Fest

The Solshine Music Festival this year at Hideaway Park will be featuring Little Feat as the headliner.

Little Feat is an American rock band formed by singer-songwriter, lead vocalist and guitarist Lowell George and keyboardist Bill Payne in 1969 in Los Angeles.

Although the band has undergone several changes in its lineup, the music remains an eclectic blend of rock and roll, blues, R&B, boogie, country, folk, gospel, soul, funk and jazz fusion influences.  Lowell died in 1979 but the group has been around since then performing some of their classics such as Willin’, Dixie Chicken and Fat Man in the Bathtub.  

Also,  appearing at the Solshine Music Festival will be The Samples as the opening act and unnamed second act that should make for a great show. The Solshine Fest will be on July 14th, 2012 from 12pm to 6pm.

Tickets to the Solshine Music Festival featuring Little Feat will be free for general admission.  VIP passed and other seating options will be available and will be able to be purchased through the Winter Park Chamber of Commerce.

If you are looking to get the best lodging for the Solshine Music Festival make sure to book early.  Winter Park Lodging Company has some great lodging options within both walking and listening distance to the stage at Hideaway Park in Winter Park, CO.  Little Feat will be a big draw though so make sure to book your book early to get your choice of lodging.

Lodging for Little Feat in Winter Park, CO


April 19th, 2012

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Just a quick note that the annual Fat Tire Classic mountain bike festival is back at Winter Park Resort.  The dates for the event are 7/17/2009 – 7/19/2009.  The Classic now benefits both The National Sports Center for the Disabled http://www.nscd.org/ and The American Red Cross http://www.redcross.org/.  Registeration, volunteer info and sponsorship info can all be found at their website http://www.fattireclassic.com/.  Just mention Winter Park Lodging by Owner’s Fat Tire blog to get 15% off your lodging.

This is an awesome event that benefits two great causes.  Get on up here to Winter Park!!

March 12th, 2009

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