Summit County Happenings

If this month’s travel article didn’t give you enough reasons to head up to Summit County, you might consider some of the special events and festivals taking place there over the next couple of weeks.

Here’s a smattering:

July 20-21: The 30th annual Courage Classic bicycle ride takes place this weekend, with proceeds benefitting Children’s Hospital Colorado. You can choose from half a dozen different routes of varying lengths, including the famous Triple Bypass over Fremont, Tennessee and Vail passes. It’s not too late to register, or to support the riders as a volunteer.

July 22: Nerd out on Rocky Mountain landforms during the Geological Tour of Summit County.  Meet between 8:30 and 8:45 a.m. at the Dillon Ranger District headquarters (680 Blue River Parkway) and spend all morning driving around checking out aretes, moraines, cirques and suchlike. It’s completely free and sponsored by the Friends of Dillon Ranger District.

July 26-28: The Breckenridge Food and Wine festival is the kind of Saturnalia that Colorado summers were made for. Here’s the lineup: Wine and fancy dinner on Friday night, wine and brunch on Sunday morning, and a monumental wine tasting on Saturday night with more than 300 varieties to choose from. Tickets are available here.

July 27-28: If your connoisseurship leans more toward cheddar than chablis, try the 5th Annual Mac n Cheese Fest at Copper Mountain, where chefs from around the country attempt to improve upon the artistry of Kraft. Last year’s recipes included mac n cheese wontons; a Creole mac with andouille, shrimp, okra and cojita; and a schmancy sloppy thing with gruyere, smoked gouda, caramelized onions and sauteed shrooms.

July 27-28: Finally there’s the Keystone River Run Village Art Festival, featuring 80 artists from around the USA. Check out jewelry, paintings, photography, ceramics and more. Admission is free; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. both days.