5 Summer Events in Leadville and Twin LakesJune 3, 2022
Summer’s biggest events have returned to Leadville and Twin Lakes! Here are five ways to find summer fun and genuine mountain culture at the Top of the Rockies.
1) Experience Mining Heritage at Leadville Boom Days
Leadville Boom Days, Aug. 5-7, is a three-day celebration of this mining town’s 1880s silver rush heritage. The festival celebrates the Old West with burro races, contests of mining skill, a parade, car show, and a street fair. This festival was canceled for two years due to COVID, and 2022 is the first year it’s back. Free admission. 📷: Diana Lange
2) Celebrate the Tabor’s Comeback Season
The historic Tabor Opera House, built in 1879, is bringing events back after a two-year COVID hiatus. The Tabor is offering four great shows this summer. 📷: Diana Lange
Friday, July 8 and Saturday, July 9, 2022
Discover hidden and under-explored pockets of Tabor Opera House in this immersive performance from LuneAseas (Fort Collins) in collaboration with a Leadville cast of performers, docents, and volunteers. Buy tickets!
Sunday, July 31, 2022
- Noon – Street Festival (free to attend)
- 2 p.m. – Show on Tabor stage (tickets required)
Celebrate a fun family afternoon festival with music, food, and art. Dance to Los Mocochetes (Denver), Adolfo Romero and Parallel Artístic (Denver) and Leadville’s own Bicicasa Basement Boys. Buy show tickets!
Saturday, August 27, 2022
Dance the night away with roots rock from internationally renowned native American musician Cary Morin and Ghost Dog (Fort Collins) and an eclectic blend of jazz, R&B, blues and more from returning Tabor favorite Hazel Miller and the Collective (Denver). Buy tickets!
3) Celebrate July 4th with Mountain-Town Charm
Celebrate July 4th in North America’s highest incorporated city. Kick off the morning at the Firecracker 5k fun run at 8:30 a.m. Afterwards, enjoy a parade through Leadville’s historic downtown at 12 p.m. Weather conditions permitting, fireworks will light up the majestic mountain town’s sky.
During the day, explore historic downtown Leadville and Twin Lakes Village or paddle or boat at Twin Lakes and Turquoise Lake. Pick up a delicious lunch in town for a picnic. Hiking, biking or e-biking, fishing, motocross, golfing and ziplining are among the many outdoor activities available for a Fourth with old-fashioned fun. Finish your holiday weekend at FREIGHT, a renovated train depot, for some great music from Birds of Play from 7-9 p.m.
4) Get A Passport to Leadville History
Get a Leadville passport and win a prize! Stop by the Leadville/Lake County Visitor Center at 809 Harrison Avenue in Leadville to pick up a Leadville History Passport. Then visit at least four local museums showcasing the town’s rich mining history:
- Heritage Museum
- Healy House Museum and Dexter Cabin
- House with the Eye
- Matchless Mine
- National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum
- Tabor Home
- Tabor Opera House
- Temple Israel Synagogue and Museum
After you get your passport stamped, return it to the Visitor’s Center to receive a local prize.
5) Push Yourself to New Heights
Leadville’s “Race Across The Sky” 100-mile run and 100-mile mountain bike races are among the town’s legendary events. Limits are tested over 100 miles of extreme Colorado Rockies terrain from elevations of 9,200 to 12,600 feet. It is a truly memorable experience for racers and spectators alike.
While this year’s 100-mile races are full, you can join the spectator fun cheering on the athletes! Spots remain for the Silver Rush 15-mile Mountain Bike.
Please make reservations well in advance if you visit during Leadville Race Series weekends, as many people will be visiting.
No matter when you visit the Leadville and Twin Lakes area, help preserve its majestic natural beauty and follow these sustainable travel tips.
To help preserve this amazing yet fragile area, the Leadville and Twin Lakes community is asking visitors to please always: