Any parent will tell you it's been a long, looong year during Covid. Although many have managed to find creative, safe ways to stay active and engaged during the pandemic, there's still nothing like getting out for activities with other people like we used to do. This month, the valley's beloved summer events are slowly coming back to life, and there are even a few new ones in the mix. If Dad's itching to get out of the house, send him to one of these community happenings in June. Just be mindful of current Covid guidelines—you know the drill—and make sure Mom gets some time to herself, too!
The Golden Putter
Carbondale Arts hosts its first-ever golf tournament at River Valley Ranch from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on June 19. This isn't your average tournament, though—expect alternative scoring options, arts-themed holes, prizes, and surprises! All proceeds benefit the Rosybelle bus and arts education programming. Tickets include food and a drink at Homestead Bar & Grill after the tournament. Register at CarbondaleArts.com.
Grizzly Creek Fire Restoration
The Glenwood Canyon Restoration Alliance (a partnership of numerous local entities led by Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers) has planned an ambitious calendar of events this summer to restore burned areas and help educate the public about wildfire impact. A full-day volunteer restoration project is slated for June 5, and guided morning hikes will be held June 6, 9, and 20. More are scheduled for July, August, and September. Full details are at GCRestorationAlliance.org.
Every Wednesday night starting June 23, the Snowmass Rodeo kicks off at 7:30 p.m. in Snowmass Village. Events include all the classics: a Grand Entry, bareback riding, team roping, barrel racing, bull riding, and of course, saddle bronc riding. Grab a "cowboy dinner" prepared by Conundrum Catering (think ribs or pulled pork plus sides) and enjoy the show. Tickets ($25) are available at the gate or online at SnowmassRodeo.org.
JAS June Experience
As of press time, single tickets are still available for some Jazz Aspen Snowmass (JAS) June Experience performances on June 25, 26, and 27. Artists include the fantastic New Orleans Road Revue featuring Dumpstaphunk, George Porter Jr., and John Cleary. Catch them at one of two 6 p.m. three-course dinner shows at the Hotel Jerome ($250) for a sensational night out. Visit JazzAspenSnowmass.org for tickets and the complete June Experience lineup.
Tri for the Sun
On June 12, Carbondale Parks & Recreation and Sunlight Mountain Resort will hold this first-annual sprint triathlon featuring swimming, biking, and trail running through our beautiful valley. Beginning with laps at the John M. Fleet Pool in Carbondale, participants will then bike Main Street, Thompson Creek Road, Dry Park, and Four Mile Road before running the Babbish Gulch trail system at Sunlight. Proceeds benefit local nonprofits. Register ($75) at TriSignUp.com.
Youthentity Pig Roast
This special fundraiser for the kids' career development and financial literacy nonprofit Youthentity will be enjoyed from the comfort of home this year. Career Academy chefs will prepare a spectacular multi-course meal that can be ordered individually or for a small group. Dinners are available for pick-up on June 23 and 24. A virtual auction will also be held. Meals feature gourmet bread, hors d'oeuvres, soup & salad, mains, sides, and desserts. Purchase tickets at YouthEntity.org.