Spring break fun, fashion, dance and opera this weekend in the Vail Valley

Project funway returns for its 13th year while Hawk's Nest Cabin in Beaver Creek makes its debut this season

Hawk's Nest Cabin is a fun place for 10-18-year-olds to hang out and have fun after getting off the slopes at Beaver Creek.
Beaver Creek Resort/Courtesy photo

Spring Break at the Beav’

Spring has sprung at Beaver Creek and the resort is hosting a whole bunch of activities for all ages. Once you get off the slopes — and remember, cookie time with the free chocolate chip cookies happens at 3 p.m. — head to the plaza level and the ice rink for live music in the afternoons from 3 to 5 p.m. On Fridays and Saturdays, look for Vail Valley icon Helmut Fricker with his accordion and alpenhorn for some sing-a-long fun. Ken Carpenter will be on the plaza next to the ice rink doing complimentary caricatures on Friday and Saturday at 4 p.m.

New this year is Hawk’s Nest Cabin, a place for 10 to 18-year-olds to hang out and have fun. Look for special theme nights like pizza night this Friday.

On Saturday, Beaver Creek hosts Fun Fest in the village with six carnival-style games and a prize tent. Guests have an opportunity to win tokens and redeem them at the prize tent. Along with carnival games there will be a children’s story time with Ms. Gracie at Patagonia Kids and the Fossil Posse will be there with plenty of prehistoric fun facts and various props showing you just what roamed Eagle þȾƷƵapp millions of years ago.

The Eager Beaver Scavenger Hunt is a fun thing you can do throughout Beaver Creek on a daily basis, but on Sundays it is guided between 2-4 p.m. Search for clues around Beaver Creek Village and have fun with family or new friends.

Listen for live music on the decks of some of Beaver Creek’s on-mountain restaurants this time of year, too. At 11:45 a.m. Mamie’s will host live music throughout the early afternoon on Friday and Saturday. On Sunday, at the Broken Arrow Café at the base of Arrowhead you’ll find The Laughing Bones Trio from 2-5 p.m. For more information on Beaver Creek events get the Beaver Creek Village app on your phone or go to .

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Project Funway

Project Funway is an annual fundraiser for the Education Foundation of Eagle þȾƷƵapp.
Project Funway/Courtesy photo

One of the most creative fundraisers in the Vail Valley is Project Funway, which returns to Dobson Arena in Lionshead again this Saturday. The arena is completely transformed into a fashion show venue and party place.

The 13th annual event is bringing back the models, the catwalk, the drum line, the hair and makeup, the celebrity judges and the fabric-less fashions all to benefit the Education Foundation of Eagle þȾƷƵapp (EFEC).

Celebrity judge Mondo Guerra will be back again, he was runner up on “Project Runway” and won “Project Runway All Stars” during Season 1. Other celebrity judges include Elaine Kelton, Jamie Pitt Miller, Elizabeth Armstrong, Reed Eberly and Rebeca Hanrahan.

The creativity runs high as students and adults come up with incredible designs made out of anything but fabric. It’s amazing the amount of work that goes into the outfits and it’s great that it involves area youth, parents and anyone else who is up to the task of creating something unique. There are three categories: Adult (19 and older) Teen (13-18) and Youth (12 and younger).  

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The auction items are already available to view on the website. Looking for a getaway? There are trips to St. Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands, a trip to Maui, Hawaii or stay in wine country in Palisade. Golf outings, jewelry from Karats and Golden Bear, clothing and things that everyone needs like car washes, eye exams and many more items are up for grabs. If you can’t make it to the event, this silent auction is a great way to still support the cause, so check out the silent auction link at the event’s website.

The mission of the Education Foundation of Eagle þȾƷƵapp (EFEC) is to support public education and the intellectual and emotional needs of students, especially focusing on in-school programs for enrichment, mental health support and efforts to attract and retain top teacher talent.

The event starts at 5:30 p.m. and goes until about 9:30 p.m. It’s a ton of fun and a treat for the whole family to see all the creativity. So many locals participate that you’re sure to know a model, a designer, a judge, drum line member or all of the above. For ticket and event information go to .


BODYTRAFFIC performs at the Vilar Performing Arts Center this Friday.
Vilar Performing Arts Center/Courtesy photo

BODYTRAFFIC, a Los Angeles-based dance troupe, returns to the Vilar Performing Arts Center on Friday with four incredible works to dazzle the audience. The first piece, “Blue Until June” features the choreography of Trey McIntyre set to the music of Etta James. Take a musical journey through her far-reaching career and watch the movements of the dancers tell the story of her music even more.

After the intermission, get ready for a brand-new work that the Vilar Performing Arts Center co-commissioned. “The Act of Becoming” features the choreography of Fernando Hernando Magadan set to the music of Ravel’s “Boléro.” Be the first audience to see this work that’s all about transformations. The last piece is “Danke Shoen (Excerpt from Rooster)” and was created for Barak Marshall Dance Theatre Company and premiered at The Israeli Opera, Tel Aviv, Israel, in 2009.

Reserved seating starts at $58 and there is a special student price for those 22 and younger for $25. This show is also part of the Pick 3/5/8 winter ticket package where the more shows you buy, the more you save. Go to to learn more.

Vail Queer Ski Weekend

Head to the slopes for Vail Queer Ski Weekend.
Mountain Pride website/Courtesy photo

Head to the slopes for Vail Queer Ski Weekend where Mountain Pride will host a weekend of inclusion, diversity and visibility for the LBGTQ+ community. The weekend begins on Friday night with a kickoff party at Two Arrows Café and Bar in Vail Village at 6 p.m. for Coffee & Connect followed by dancing and partying at 8 p.m.

On Saturday, there’s a whole host of activities on the mountain and off. From a kickoff at 9 a.m. in Lionshead at the base of the Eagle Bahn Gondola (No. 19) and skiing and snowboarding starting at 10 a.m. to a Smokin’ Views BBQ at 12:30 p.m. at Chair 4 Deck, make new friends and enjoy the day on the hill. Mountain Pride has partnered with Reconnect to provide a sober space for people to grill and chill while supplies last.

At 3 p.m. gather for a group photo and Pride Run on the Pride trail. Meet at the top of Pride trail at 3 p.m. for the group photo and then ride down the mountain to Pride Après at 4 p.m. at the Tavern on the Square in Lionshead. Enjoy free appetizers and a 20% discount on your tab, courtesy of Tavern on the Square.

Stick around for the late-night Glitter and Ice Party at Chasing Rabbits at 10 p.m. Denver’s favorite dance party YES PLEASE brings the vibes. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at .

On Sunday, join in the fun with the Slopes & Sequins Drag Brunch at Vintage restaurant in Vail Village. With three shows to choose from at 9 a.m., 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. you can go hit the hill before or after. Make your reservations now and for more information on the weekend’s festivities, go to .

Metropolitan Opera Live in HD: Romeo et Juliette

See the Metropolitan Opera in New York City bring the opera, “Romeo et Juliette” to the big screen at Chasing Rabbits in Vail on Saturday.
The Metropolitan Opera: Live in HD website

When you think of a ski town you don’t normally think of opera, but now you can see and hear some of the classics at Chasing Rabbits in Vail Village through a partnership with The Metropolitan Opera: Live in HD.

Come see soprano Nadine Sierra as Juliette and tenor Benjamin Bernheim as Romeo as they enact the tale of star-crossed lovers in this work from William Shakespeare. The duo are surrounded by a wonderful cast of characters such as baritone Will Liverman and tenor Frederick Ballentine as the archrivals Mercutio and Tybalt, mezzo-soprano Samantha Hankey as the mischievous pageboy Stéphano, and bass-baritone Alfred Walker as Frère Laurent. For those of you who are Bravo! Vail Music Festival fans, you’ll recognize the name of Met music director Yannick Nézet-Séguin on the podium as he conducts one of the repertoire’s most romantic scores. 

Come early since this is a daytime performance in New York City. Doors will open at Chasing Rabbits at 10:30 a.m. with the performance beginning at 10:55 a.m. General admission tickets are $35 plus fees and settle in for the day, the performance and intermission will last until about 3 p.m. For more information, visit .

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