Arts & Culture

Arts and culture are part of the heart and soul of Crested Butte. Opera, concerts, theater, galleries and classes provide the perfect complement to outdoor adventure year-round. Our local population is blessed with some amazingly talented actors, musicians and artists. And we bring in world-class talent throughout the year.

Crested Butte Center for the Arts

The premier visual and performing arts center in the Upper East River Valley.  The Center for the Arts is home to popular signature events and a wide variety of indoor and outdoor attractions. Enjoy a year-round schedule of live music, dance and theater performances as well as art exhibits, speakers and much more. For 25 years, the Center for the Arts has been committed to providing arts and cultural experiences that inspire and entertain all audiences, whether they call Crested Butte home everyday or just for the weekend.

The Center for the Arts hosts events throughout the year on our outdoor stage, expansive indoor auditorium, and at the Piper Gallery, a popular in-house gallery for local and regional exhibitions. In addition to our popular signature events, including Alpenglow, Tour de Forks and Winter Season, the Center also proudly serves as a premier events venue for local community organizations. Together, we bring attractions such as film screenings and music festivals to Crested Butte.
Alpenglow is the Center for the Arts free outdoor concert series on Monday evenings during the summer. With Crested Butte Mountain and Paradise Divide as the backdrop, come enjoy the sounds of a variety of music. Bring along your chairs, snacks and non-alcoholic beverages. Join friends and family as we enjoy the best that summer in Crested Butte has to offer.

The Crested Butte Arts Festival

The 40th Anniversary of the Crested Butte Arts Festival takes place on August 3, 4 & 5, 2012. A true celebration of the visual, performing and culinary arts, the festival features a juried art exhibition with 175 visual artists, musical entertainment, children's activities, a beer & wine pavilion, artist and culinary demonstrations and an art auction. Additional ticketed events that celebrate the "Art of Summer" include mountain biking events, wine pairing seminars, beer tastings and our gourmet gala on Friday, August 3rd. Come experience the Crested Butte Arts Festival's HIGH ALTITUDE ORIGINALITY!

Crested Butte Music Festival

An annual festival of music, opera and dance, the Crested Butte Music Festival can fill your summer evenings. Enjoy bluegrass in paradise, a string quartet at a private home soiree, or even beer and Beethoven in an enchanting old barn.

Crested Butte Mountain Theatre

The longest continuously running community theatre in Colorado, Crested Butte Mountain Theatre has been producing high-quality contemporary, classical and original productions since 1972. The Mountain Theatre stage has been the valley’s home for Shakespeare, classic musicals and modern day comedies.

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