Steamboat Springs' roots are deeply embedded in ranching and Western heritage, but with a multitude of art galleries, a variety of musical entertainment and an extraordinarily large number of artists living in the area, Steamboat is rich with culture.
Performing Arts and Entertainment
Located in downtown Steamboat, the Chief Theater hosts everything from theater to dance, and from film festivals to battle of the bands.
The Friends of the Chief are guiding the rehabilitation project of this historic theater as it becomes the 21st century hub for local arts and culture in Steamboat.
The Emerald City Opera produces professional-caliber, classical opera in the heart of the Yampa Valley. Combining world-class artists from the esteemed opera houses of the world with local professionals, the Emerald City Opera promotes vocal and performance arts at the highest level.
Emerald City Opera performances take place during the Steamboat All Arts Festival in August.
Since 1988, this nationally recognized music festival has presented over 70 performances of chamber music, jazz, rock, country, bluegrass, world rhythms, and many other genres every summer.
Artists include Grammy winners and nominees, major competition winners and principal players from the most renowned orchestras.
Indulge in the delights of all your senses at the Steamboat All Arts Festival, where symphonic sounds fill the mountain air, culinary delights ignite the taste buds and visual creations burst with color and originality.
This unique and collaborative event is reaching new heights in the artistic realm highlighting the rich culture of Steamboat’s visual, music, dance, culinary and performance arts, and featuring nationally renowned artists in a new signature juried art competition, Art Steamboat.
Steamboat Dance Theater includes 80 local dancers, choreographers and dance teachers. They sponsor classes and appearances by guest artists and master teachers, as well as an annual dance concert to sold-out audiences.
Movies on the Mountain
As the sun sets on Mount Werner, the big screen at the Steamboat Stage lights up with this free community movie series. Enjoy classics and kids’ favorites from the comfort of a camping chair or blanket while the kids play nearby in the splash-friendly Burgess Creek.
West Lincoln Park comes to life with more than 140 arts, crafts and culinary vendors showcasing a variety of work during this July event.
With live entertainment from dancers and performers and an interactive kids area, Art in the Park is a can’t-miss colorful addition to Hot Air Balloon Rodeo weekend.
Perry-Mansfield is recognized as the oldest and most unique performing arts school and camp in the nation. The camp offers classes each summer from mid-June to mid-August to young dancers, actors and actresses.
Music sounds better up here. Whether you’re gathered with thousands enjoying an afternoon outdoor free concert or kicking up your boots in a dark saloon, there is music everywhere you turn in Steamboat Springs: Enjoy classical and contemporary in a setting perfect for listening, or tap your feet along to a country or rock band at a rowdy bar.
Mountain Music Series
From the scenic Steamboat Stage, the sounds of blues, bluegrass, rock and pop float through the mountain air with a series of free concerts throughout the summer featuring nationally renowned musical acts.
Bring a picnic and a camping chair, or grab a drink on a sunny patio and take in the tunes.
An annual summer music series that is free to the public and provides enjoyment for both local residents and visitors. The concerts take place at Howelsen Hill Amphitheatre and offer a wide variety of acts in a family friendly environment.
Literary Sojourn is an annual festival of authors and readers celebrating the power of the book. Every fall since 1993, an esteemed slate of authors and 500 book lovers from all over the country have gathered in Steamboat Springs for a single-day event that sells out each year. Together they revel in the written word, fueled by award-winning writers who share the stories and inspiration behind their exceptional books. Literary Sojourn is the oldest and most anticipated literary festival in the Rocky Mountains.
Steamboat Springs’ public library hosts a rich array of free cultural programs for adults and children, year round.
Library events include visits from nationally acclaimed authors, documentary and foreign film screenings, distinguished speakers, community yoga, book clubs, daily storytimes and more. View the Library Calendar
Art Galleries and the Visual Arts
Steamboat Springs’ diversity of art galleries celebrates local scenery and Western heritage through the work of Colorado and nationally renown artists. Find that perfect wildlife photograph or a classic cowboy painting to take home as a memento of your time in Steamboat, or simply enjoy extensive art installations and contemporary works. Whether your tastes lie in abstraction or stark realism, Steamboat Springs galleries showcase a wide variety of stunning and thought-provoking art.
The Steamboat Art Museum collects, preserves, and presents fine art to the public, with a primary focus on the culture and heritage of Northwestern Colorado. The building that is now the home for the Steamboat Art Museum was a gift from the estate of Helen Rehder, a long-time area rancher and artist, who stipulated that the building be used as a museum. The museum hosts various artists' collections and shows throughout the year.
First Friday Artwalk
Peruse downtown galleries and venues to get a first look at new art collections during First Friday Artwalk each month. A favorite local event, the Artwalk fuses culture, food and wine with a wide variety of arts and great conversation. From sculptures and jewelry to abstract and plein air paintings, celebrate the vibrant arts culture in Steamboat Springs on the first Friday of each month.
Art Classes and Workshops
Artists and art instructors from the community seek to empower others through teaching of a variety of classes and workshops in Steamboat Springs. From novice painting and wine date nights to acting classes, the opportunities abound year-round to get in touch with your inner creativity.
Enjoy the artistic learning experience that world-class teachers and stunning surroundings can inspire.
Explore classes in the performing, visual and culinary arts at the local college.
The Arts Council features the "Young at Art" creativity camps throughout the summer to get kids engaged with the visual and performing arts. Register for everything from dance class to creative writing and discovering photography.