Kick off your summer with these hot events.
1. FOOD & WINE/JAS Combo Night, June 20
Experience the best of music and food with this all-inclusive package. Begin your evening with a Reserve B ticket to the Diana Krall performance at the Benedict Music Tent at 8:30PM, followed by FOOD & WINE’s Last Bite Dessert Party (hosted by Top Chef’s Gail Simmons and featuring a decadent spread of desserts by famed pastry chefs, cocktails and late-night snacks) at Hotel Jerome at 10PM. Tickets $224; VIP tickets $499 (including a Silver VIP pass to the Diana Krall performance), available through stayaspensnowmass.com. Benedict Music Tent, 980 N. 3rd St.; Hotel Jerome, 330 E. Main St.
2. Basalt Regional Library Fundraiser, June 22
Join James Beard Foundation-award winner and Top Chef judge Hugh Acheson as he presents the talk, “The New Home Economics.” The topic of conversation will focus on localized food security, and how school culinary and garden curricula can provide a healthier, sustainable future for children and the planet. Complimentary wine, cheese and fruit will be served. Proceeds from the event will benefit the library’s educational offerings. $20. 5:30PM. 14 Midland Ave., 970.927.4311
3. The Full Monty, June 26
Theatre Aspen’s season launches with the production of The Full Monty. The opening party, sponsored by Aspen Magazine and taking place prior to the evening’s show, features heavy apps from Mawa’s Kitchen and tasty cocktails from Tito’s Vodka in the theater’s lobby. The event is free for donors, and there are only a limited number of tickets available to the public. $100. Cocktail party 6:30PM; performance 7:30PM. 470 Rio Grande Place, 970.925.9313
4. Anderson Ranch Lunchtime Auctionette, June 27
Score original artwork (likely at a great price) by ranch faculty, visiting artists, staff and students at this under-the-radar event. In addition to the auction, the event also includes a barbecue in the midst of the ranch’s gorgeous surrounds. Lunch from 11:45AM-12:15PM; auction begins promptly at 12:15PM (so don’t be late!). Lunch is $10; auctionette is free to attend. Anderson Ranch Arts Center, 5263 Owl Creek Road, 970.923.3181
5. Dancing for the Dogs and Cats, July 12
Dress in your best '70s disco attire, and get ready to get down during a night of dinner, drinks, disco dancing (to the tunes of Boogie Machine), and live and silent auctions under the stars—all to benefit Friends of the Aspen Animal Shelter. The evening also includes a chance to check out adoptable shelter pets. 6:30PM. Tickets $300 for general admission, $550 for VIP admission, $3,500 for standard table (10 people) and $7,500 for VIP table (12 people). VIP tickets include better seating, table service (if desired), a well-stocked gift bag and VIP parking. 2129 Snowmass Creek Road, 970.927.1771