Festival Overview

Vail Arts Festival Overview

Vail is home to one of the most spectacular resorts in the world.  Located just 90 minutes west of Denver, this well-known, year-round international vacation destination is also a haven for passionate art enthusiasts. 

In order to capitalize on this passion and showcase the wealth of talent within the community and beyond, the Vail Arts Festival was created.  Consisting of a three-day outdoor celebration, the festival provides access to a broad array of genres. 

Situated at the base of Vail mountain in beautiful Lionshead Mall, the festival offers visitors a rare opportunity to interact with artists up close and witness the actual creative process firsthand.

In 2014, the Vail Arts Festival will be celebrating its 30th anniversary, maintaining its title as Vail’s longest-running outdoor art festival.  This year’s festival will feature over 80 artists from 22 states, exhibiting art in 13 different mediums.

Helping to kick off Vail’s busy summer season, an estimated 15,000 people are expected to attend throughout the three-day period, making the Vail Arts Festival a unique mountain experience for guests of all ages!

Art Festival Talking Points

WHEN:

  • Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, June 23, 24 and 25.
  • Friday & Saturday 10am - 5pm. Sunday 10am - 4pm.

WHERE:

  • Lionshead/Arrabelle at Vail Square. Open air with booths and entertainment throughout the entire area.

WHO:

  • More than 80 artists chosen out of more than 185 applicants will be present to discuss and sell their art.
  • Emerging Artists who have won a contest to have a chance to be "discovered" in this high-level art show.
  • Youth artist(s) contest winners also featured.
  • Artists come from at lease 22 different states showing their best work in a plethora of mediums.

THINGS TO DO:

  • Learn more about the artists direct from the source.
  • Enjoy strolling entertainment.
  • Kids Creative Kingdom open to younger attendees to create their won memories and masterpieces.
  • After-hours meet and greet events with the artists.
  • Boarding Pass competition for airfare and other prizes (participating merchants welcome you to visit and get a special stamp to enter and win.) No purchase necessary.

WHY:

  • A fantastic opportunity to combine the natural beauty of both hand-made art with nature's own masterpieces in exquisite Vail in summertime. Many other simultaneous events and activities to fit every person's vacation dreams.
  • Directions/Parking/Bus:
    • 90 miles west of Denver directly off Interstate 70.
    • Parking is FREE, and bus service around the entire resort area is FREE.

 

Vail Arts Festival Demographics:


The perfect event for families and collectors!

  • 50% split male/female
  • Over 80% come with children under the age of 18 (average age of 6)

Attracts visitors from within and out of the state making it a great event to market products services to a wide audience!

  • In the last three years, just about 50% of summer visitors have come from out of state with 25% coming from Denver

Draws a highly educated and affluent crowd:

  • 80% having either a bachelors or graduate degree and just about 70% with incomes between $75-$200K

Past attendees return, making it a good event to engage with current customers and showcase new products services.

  • 64% were 'Very’ or 'Extremely likely' to return

2017 Details

Dates & Times:

  • Friday, June 23rd (10AM – 5PM)
  • Saturday, June 24th (10AM – 5PM)
  • Sunday, June 25th (10AM – 4PM)

Locations:

Beautiful Vail, Colorado:

  • Lionshead Mall/Arrabelle at Vail Square

What To Expect:

A three-day outdoor celebration of visual arts:

  • Over 80 artists showcasing digital art, drawing, fiber, glass, graphics and print making, metal works, wood, mixed media, ceramics, paintings, photography, sculpture, jewelry, and fashion
  • Emerging Artists Program
  • Children’s “Creative Kingdom” art activity area
  • Lionshead merchant specials and promotions

Explore Our Artists...

Get to know the more than 80 artists scheduled to be at the event.

This year’s Vail Art festival will feature over 80 artists from 22 states, exhibiting art in 13 different mediums from paintings, to metalworks, to Jewelery & glass art. A great event for the whole family!

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