Town of Avon

For Immediate Release | May 23, 2018

Town of Avon Announces an Abundance of 2018 Summer Events at Harry A. Nottingham Park and the Avon Performance Pavilion

Concerts, Festivals, Sporting Events, and the July 3rdSalute to the USA extravaganza will be in the center of Avon this summer

Avon, CO –With summer excitement building, the Town of Avon announces its full 2018 event schedule. Harry A. Nottingham Park and the spectacular Avon Performance Pavilion will again be the prominent gathering centers for both everyday enjoyment and major outdoor events. A new 1.8 acre playground, incorporating modern and natural play features, is expected to be an everyday attraction to the park, along with  picnic shelters, volleyball courts and Nottingham Lake’s uniquely wonderful beach and swim areas. The lake, beginning Memorial Day Weekend, will be open to all SUP enthusiasts. SUP and pedal boat rentals are available at the beach.
Pop Up Concerts return Memorial Day Weekend for the official kickoff to summer in Avon. These monthly string quartet concerts will pop up on the Avon Performance Pavilion Event Terrace overlooking Nottingham Lake and in other locations from May through September. The first free concert will be on Monday, May 28th at 5:30 p.m., when residents and guests are welcome to enjoy the beautiful music and view from the Event Terrace, or paddle over and listen from the lake. The free performances take place in a relaxed, casual atmosphere with lite fare and refreshments on sale. Future Pop Up Concerts will take place on June 26th, July 4th, and August 25th with a September date to be announced.
Cover Rock Music Festival celebrates its third year at the Avon Performance Pavilion and Nottingham Park on June 22nd and 23rd with a one-of-a-kind “Tribute Band” festival celebrating sounds that were “Made in the USA.” Cover Rock will bring the full concert experiences from The Doors, Aerosmith, Tom Petty, Bruce Springsteen, The Allman Brothers, Stevie Ray Vaughan, The Eagles and more! “Cover Rock: Made in the USA” promises audiences great music and a relaxed experience in a spectacular setting. Tickets for this festival are on sale now.
For a second consecutive year, Avon will be a host city for stages 3, 4 and 5 of the Mavic Haute Route Rockies from June 25 – 27. Riders will arrive to a hearty Avon welcome on June 25th, with the 11-mile individual time trial on Tuesday, June 26th.  The riders will climb from Nottingham Park to Wildridge, up a challenging 2,000 feet of elevation gain. Nottingham Park will serve as headquarters for the event, with a finish celebration planned for Tuesday afternoon, including a Pop Up Concert from 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. on the Event Terrace. This event is sponsored by the Westin Riverfront as part of the Ride Avon First series.
June events will wrap up with the Vail Valley Brew Fest at Avon on June 30th. This inaugural Avon event will feature samples of some of the best brews in the high country and across Colorado, with great live music at the amazing Avon Performance Pavilion on Nottingham Lake. General Admission and VIP tickets are on sale now.
An Avon tradition, the 32nd annual Alpine Bank Salute to the USA will take place on July 3rd beginning at 5:00 p.m., with family-friendly festivities going on throughout Nottingham Park. Face painters, balloon sculptors, magicians and Kids Zone fun will be complemented by beverages and a large selection of food options lining the main field grounds. Live music will add to the event ambiance, with Dearling Band and Arapahoe Philharmonic Symphony performances scheduled at 5:45 and 7:45 p.m., respectively, followed by the most amazing fireworks display Colorado has to offer!
The Avon LIVE! community concert series will offer four exceptional evenings of free live music at the Avon Performance Pavilion in July and August, rain or shine! The Wednesday evening music series features award-winning national talent and provides the community an opportunity to come together and experience music, fresh and unique foods from food trucks and enjoy a summer evening outside. Performances are scheduled for three Wednesdays in July, with the final Avon LIVE! concert and free Community Picnic scheduled for August 1, celebrating Avon’s 40th birthday in Harry A. Nottingham Park. Concert goers can drop in early at the Lake Street Market or visit the Playhouse Project in Nottingham Park.
2018 Avon LIVE! Concerts:
July 11: Flow Tribe opening for The Subdudes
July 18: Freddy & Francine opening for The Spin Doctors
July 25: The Steel Woods opening for Adam Ezra Group
August 1: SUSTO opening for Who’s Bad: A Michael Jackson Cover Band
A two-night series, of exceptional contemporary dance, presented by the Vail Dance Festival, will be at the Pavilion this summer on July 30th and August 8th, with performances by Alonzo King LINES Ballet and Ballet Hispánico. Dancing in the Park! features family-friendly, high-energy and elegant performances under the experienced direction of VDF Artistic Director Damian Woetzel. These free evenings of incomparable dance are supported by the Town in recognition of the importance of offering an array of art and cultural productions at the Avon Performance Pavilion to deepen experiences in the arts in Avon’s beautiful natural environment. 
Fire up the grill in August, when Pitmaster BBQ comes to Nottingham Park and the Avon Performance Pavilion, on August 17th and 18th, bringing up to six of America’s best award-winning masters of Pit cooking of smoked flavored meats and live music by local and national artists. The festival brings together unique regional tastes of barbecue from southern vinegar-based sauce to dry rubs and combined it with Coloradoan’s favorite foods, craft beers and spirits, and other favorites. Tickets for this event are on sale now.
August will wrap up with a Cardboard Boat Regatta and Pop Up   Concert in Nottingham Park on August 25th. Kids and adults are welcome to participate in the second annual regatta, where cardboard boats will be put to the test racing across Nottingham Lake, competing in four different categories. Participants can dry off an enjoy food and refreshments during the free concert.
The Zoppe’ Italian Family Circus returns with a 500-seat big top into the park for ticketed shows on September 7 – 9. The one-ring circus honors the best history of the Old-World Italian tradition, starring Nino the Clown, with acrobatic feats, equestrian showmanship, canine capers, and plenty of audience participation.  

The 2018 Man of the Cliff is back October 13 and 14 for a lumberjack/jill competition that benefits First Descents! Start growing your beards and working those muscles in time for this exceptional gathering.


Plan to come early to all free events and enjoy Nottingham Park. Food and beverages may also be purchased at the event.  

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