This Week in Aspen- Virtually.


Experience Aspen online. Start planning your weekly Aspen itinerary from the comfort of your home with these virtual options below:


Tuesday, May 26th

Celebrate 26th annual Ride for the Pass with fun opportunity for everyone who loves to ride (or hike, drive, ski, climb, or otherwise enjoy) the Pass:

Send us a photo or written memory of a special experience you’ve had on the Pass, and you’ll be eligible to win a raffle prize, as well as a fantastic grand prize for best photo or memory.  They can be funny or nostalgic, bucolic, peopled or un-peopled, past or present: whatever captures a special time or place for you on the Pass. 

Submit your photo or memory no later than May 31 in one of three ways:
1) instagram: #rideforthepass2020  (If you have a private account, we will only be able to see your submissions if you follow @independencepassfoundation)
2) email: [email protected]
3) snail mail:
     Independence Pass Foundation
     Attn: Ride Director
     PO Box 1700
     Aspen, CO 81612

They will be publishing photos and memories on their website and in social media, so please include your name as you would like to see it, the date of your photo or memory, and your best contact info in case you are a prize winner.  


The Aspen Brain Institute has launched virtual programs that help to increase our level of brain health literacy. Learn from a famous and influential scientist - interviewed by TEDMED founder, Marc Hodosh - about why we don't have to age. In this session, Dr. David Sinclair proposes a radical new theory of aging. Learn why this award-winning scientist believes that aging may be optional. The program starts at 4pm and you can register online here


Each week Aspen Institute curates timely conversations from across Aspen Institute programming. They seek to elevate formidable leaders, inspiring thinkers, and remarkable stories. Subscribe to receive weekly emails from Aspen Ideas Now here


Head over to Tonic Method every weekday at 12pm for an Instagram live 45-minute class. You’ll need two small towels or paper plates, a yoga mat, and 2-3 lbs. hand weights (cans of food or water bottles can also be used).


Jazz Aspen Snowmass is live streaming a performance by the Emmet Cohen Trio on their Facebook page at 7:30pm. Watch online here


Theatre Aspen is offering Spring Online Programs. In addition to more dance classes and acting workshops, adults programs will also be offered including a series of conversations with Broadway Pros called BROADWAY TO ASPEN curated by Theatre Aspen producing director, Jed Bernstein. More information here


Take part in #GivingTuesday, a reoccurring day of unity, as a response to the unprecedented need caused by COVID-19. For more information click here.


Join Anderson Ranch from 4-5pm for a Virtual Art Salon. Registration information here.


Support local restaurants for #TakeoutTuesday from one of these restaurants currently open for these services.  


Subscribe to the Aspen Institute’s weekly podcast, “Aspen Ideas To Go” which gives listeners front-row access to events presented at the Aspen Institute including the Aspen Ideas Festival. New episodes come out every Tuesday.


Wednesday, May 27th

Aspen Center For Environmental Studies is offering "Early Bird Hours" at Hallam Lake on Wednesday and Friday of each week from 7-8:30am. There will be no formal programming, and is an opportunity for birders, nature lovers, and all to enjoy the wildlife in the morning on a self-guided experience. This is free of charge, however, we are limited to 10 people at our site during this time. More information can be found here


Entertain your kids at home with Pitkin County Library’s Virtual Story Time at 10:30 am and later Virtual After School Wednesday from 2:30-4:00pm MT. More information can be found here.


Join Aspen Art Museum for an online version of its Art Studio workshops every Wednesday at 2:30 p.m. which features hands-on art projects using common materials found at home.



Thursday, May 28th


Every Thursday, Aspen Words sends out an email and releases a blog post with book recommendations, videos, podcasts and other things to inspire/entertain. Sign up for their email list here.


5Point Adventure Film Festival has been posting recordings of their virtual ‘5Point Unlocked’ film presentations, found on their YouTube channel here


Grab some lunch from Meat & Cheese, serving up free soup for the community every Thursday from 11:30 a.m.


Take a virtual class with Aspen Recreation Center. Their virtual offerings can be found here and include yoga, hockey workouts, sewing classes, and dance to name a few.


Friday, May 29th

Local filmmaker Pete McBride’s documentary “Into the Canyon,” about his 750-mile hike through the Grand Canyon with Pete Fedarko, will stream in an online presentation by the Vancouver International Film Festival May 29-31. Register online here


Join Aspen Pitkin County Library for an alone together watch party! We will provide a watch time for the films to celebrate Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month and lead virtual discussions after the film for those interested here. These films will be available to you with your library card on one or more of our streaming services. For more instructions on obtaining accounts on these streaming services, please refer here.


Aspen Film, in collaboration with the Eisner/Lauder New Views Documentaries & Dialogue Series, and with Neon, presents Space Ship Earth (2020).  Immediately following the film will be a pre-recorded panel with the film’s director, Matt Wolf and producer Stacey Reiss moderated by Elliot Gerson, Executive Vice President of the Aspen Institute. Purchase your ticket online here


Aspen Public Radio and Aspen Historical Society have partnered to collect and memorialize the valley's collective history during the COVID-19 pandemic. Similar to the narrative style of the award-winning program StoryCorps on NPR, "Quarantine Stories: Recording History" asks individuals and families to self-record a story, tidbit, or insight into their lives during the pandemic, and submit their recordings to be preserved in perpetuity in the Aspen Historical Society Archives. You can participate by interviewing your family or submitting your "Stay at Home" story. What are you feeling and seeing? What motivates you? What scares you? What is the day like outside your window? 

There are two easy ways to submit your recording:

  1. Record it as a voice memo on your phone and email it to [email protected]
  2. Call 970-812-3726 and leave your story as a voicemail


The Red Brick Center for the Arts has launched online art classes and a virtual tour of its current art exhibition, inviting you to join their community of artists, nonprofits, creatives, educators and entrepreneurs to collaborate and inspire. Located online here.


On Friday afternoons, the Aspen Art Museum hosts Slow.Look.Live, a weekly series where artists, curators, and thinkers will focus on how perception, creation, and community are shaped by our current geographical location. Join on Instagram Live at @AspenArtMuseum every Friday at 4pm MT.  This Friday will feature Oscar Murillo, Current Exhibiting Artist at the AAM, La Paila, Valle del Cauca, Colombia. Register here


Join ACES for their #ACESNatureChallenge.The challenges are geared toward students and families and can be completed in one’s backyard. More information here.


Saturday, May 30th


If you miss the Saturday morning Parkrun events, you can follow Aspen Recreation Department’s Shelley as she takes you along the Aspen Parkrun course here.


The Red Brick Center for the Arts is offering a virtual gallery tour of their exhibit, Artists at the Intersection of Technology and Tradition: A Visual and Educational Examination, exhibition, curated by Trace Nichols with artworks by: Teresa Booth Brown , K Rhynus Cesark, Andrew Roberts-Gray, and Trace Nichols. The Red Brick is also offering virtual adult and kids online arts classes; Check out their blog, Creative Connections, for updates on current offerings.


Join Theatre Aspen’s Director of Education Graham Northrup for his series on their YouTube channel called “From The Director’s Chair.”


Sunday, May 31st

Get your weekend shopping fix in by shopping local online here


Jazz Aspen Snowmass is keeping a regularly updated daily schedule of live and recorded virtual concerts located online here.


Bring Aspen to life with our coloring book pages, download them here.


Learn about the history of Aspen with Aspen Historical Society. They post daily images to social media from their archive of more than 12,000 historical images. Visit or follow them on Facebook and Instagram for a daily dose of Aspen history.


Catch up on your reading with Aspen’s independent bookseller, Explore Booksellersoffering free porch-pickup for orders placed over the phone. Audiobooks are available for purchase from Explore via Buyers get two audiobooks for the price of one and 100% of payments will go to Explore Booksellers, to support independent bookstores.


City of Aspen Events, Wheeler Opera House and Red Brick Center for the Arts are working to create new ways to remotely engage our community through wellness, recreation, arts and culture.  A range of activities will be shared across each organization’s website and social media platforms and tagged #AspenTogether. Join them to celebrate and connect with our local community at #AspenTogether.



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Did we miss something happening virtually this week? If your business is hosting a virtual event please email [email protected].


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