Steamboat Area Events
Music on the Green
Weekly, Thu. Jun. 22, 2017 – Thu. Aug. 17, 2017
12:15 PM – 1:00 PM
Yampa River Botanic Park, 1000 Pamela Lane
Presented by Strings Music Festival
Settle on a soft blanket among the flowers of the Yampa River Botanic Park as the weekly free Strings Music Festival event livens up your lunch with folk and classical tunes floating through the summer air.
This concert series is every Thursday. Concerts start at 12:15 p.m. and are 45 minutes in length. Pack a lunch, bring a blanket and your family, and enjoy the Colorado sunshine. We recommend bringing an umbrella for shade as these concerts can be very hot.
Strings Music Festival would like to thank the Yampa River Botanic Park for the use of their beautiful area. The Botanic Park is located at 1000 Pamela Lane.
June 22 – Steve Boynton – Blues on the Green
June 29 – Kamila Quartet – String Quartet
July 6 – Kelly Kerr – Folk, Rock, Neosoul
July 13 – Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts Camp – Musical Theater
July 20 – C Street Brass – Brass Quintet
July 27 – C Street Brass – Brass Quintet
Aug. 3 – No Concert This Week
Aug. 10 – Randy Kelley & Jon Gibbs – Acoustic Favorites
Aug. 17 – Spilt Pint – Irish Session Music
Pro Rodeo Series
Under the lights at the Brent Romick Arena, clouds of dirt and cries of victory tell the gripping story of the West with a time-honored and award-winning Steamboat tradition.
The award-winning Steamboat Pro Rodeo Series takes place every Friday and Saturday night from June 16 through August 12 in Downtown Steamboat Springs. Shows begin at 7:30 p.m. with the exception of the Fourth of July Weekend shows which begin at 6:30 p.m.
See ticket pricing for purchase at the gate and pre-sale below.
Children 7 – 15 $10*
Children 6 and under FREE
*Fourth of July event pricing is $25/adults and $15/children 7-15. Other information can be found at the link below.
While the roots of rodeo in this modest little Northwest Colorado ranch town and world class ski resort trace back over 100 years, the humble beginnings of the Steamboat Springs Pro Rodeo are known to go back more than a century.
No one knows for sure when Steamboat Springs hosted its first organized rodeo competition, but mentions of competitive rodeo events in the Steamboat Pilot, date back to at least 1898. Looking through historical files, it seems that no local event was complete without some type of rodeo competition.
Steamboat was full of skilled cowboys and cowgirls, and horses that were bred for work, not temperament, and tended to be large and a bit ornery. The local cowboys thought nothing of riding these hard-to-handle animals, and casual bets often resulted in impromptu rodeo-type competitions in fields or right on Lincoln Avenue.
Back at the turn of the 20th century there was no rodeo arena in Steamboat, but the area where the current rodeo arena stands near the Yampa River was the location for many rodeo events. During the summer of 1907 for Game & Fish Day, spectators formed a rodeo ring by positioning their horses in a circle, heads turned inward. In later days, cars were used to form the circle.
In the mid-1970s, the weekly organized event was known as the “Friday Night Jackpot.By 1982, the Jackpot Rodeo was in danger of disappearing due to funding. Local property manager Steve Dawes felt like the rodeo was too important to lose, so he stepped forward with his checkbook and his staff to add a little business expertise to the operation. Within a few years, the Jackpot Rodeo grew to include Saturday night, and the Steamboat Springs Rodeo Series name was coined.
In 1988, the first and last weekends of the 10-week series were sanctioned by the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) and were known as Ski Town Stampede I & II. With the success of its first two forays into pro rodeo, the committee decided it was time to go “all pro.” The rodeo has been fully sanctioned by the PRCA since 1989.
2002 – Present
Years and years of effort were recognized by the rodeo industry in 2002. By a vote of contestants, stock contractors, contract personnel and other rodeo committees, the Steamboat Springs Pro Rodeo Series was selected from approximately 500 PRCA rodeos as 2002 Small Outdoor Rodeo of the Year. Today, the series lights up Friday and Saturday nights throughout the summer, keeping alive the true Western tradition of Steamboat Springs.
Rodeo Event Descriptions
See descriptions of the most popular rodeo events below and check out the frequently asked rodeo questions to make the most of your rodeo experience.
Cowboys use one hand to grasp a leather “rigging” to stay on the saddle-less bucking horse for a physically demanding eight seconds. They are judged on their spurring technique and the bucking action of the horse. To earn higher scores, riders must turn the toes of their boots outward and lean back. Judges are looking to ensure the cowboys’ feet stay above the horse’s shoulders until the horse’s front feet hit the ground.
Team roping demands close cooperation between two cowboys – known as the header and the heeler – as well as their horses. A steer is given a head start before the header chases it down and secures a loop around the horns, neck or head, and tying their rope onto the horn of their saddle. As the header begins to ride away, the heeler tries to rope the steer’s hind feet. The clock only stops when the two riders back out their horses and take all the slack out of their ropes.
A horse and rider chase down a calf before the cowboy ropes it, with the horse skidding to a stop. The cowboy then dismounts, runs to the calf and ties any three legs together with a “pigging string.” The cowboy gets back on his horse and rides toward the calf, which must remain tied for at least 6 seconds after the rope is slack.
Courage, timing and balance are essential for steer wrestlers, also known as bulldoggers. The steer wrestler chases his target down on horseback until he can make his jump from the horse to the steer, hooking his arm around the steer’s horn to throw it to the ground.
Saddle Bronc Riding
Unlike bareback riding, a cowboy grips a thick rein attached to the horse’s halter. As the horse bucks, the rider bends his knees to pull his heels back and then snaps his feet back to the horse’s shoulder as the animal’s front feet hit the ground, synchronizing spurring with the horse’s movements.
The goal of barrel racing is to run a cloverleaf patter around three barrels with the fastest time. The horses pivot on their haunches at high speeds and execute each turn with only inches to spare.
In what’s hoped to be an eight-second ride, the rider holds a flat braided rope in his glove hand. Each bull has a different style of bucking – some spin, others circle and some throw in jumps, kicks, or drift sideways mid-air. As the cowboy waves his free hand to counter the bull’s gyration and maintain his balance, he has to avoid touching the bull. The cowboy’s control and the bull’s bucking each account for half the score.
Steamboat Springs Running Series
The Steamboat Springs Running Series continues its dedication to the pursuit of running and bringing people together. This year’s series includes miles of challenging runs from 400 yards to 100 miles, all on the spectacular Colorado terrain you’ve come to expect. Our races are for everyone, so come out for a great day whether you are a racer or a walker. It’s an achievement to complete any of the courses, and many races will have prize drawings. As always, the top three male and female point earners will be awarded at the end of the season.
Sat, June 17th
Howelsen Hill Trail Run (8M and 4M trail)
Let the trail races begin!! Challenging trail run on the scenic single track trails of historic Howelsen Hill, Steamboat’s outdoor playground. This race is a beautiful loop on Emerald mountain starting cross country on the Bluff’s trail, heading uphill on the Lupine trail and finishing downhill via MGM and the Meadow trail to the base of the historic Howelsen Hill Ski Area. The trails of Emerald are beautiful this time of year with abundant aspen trees and wildflowers. The Howelsen Hill Trail Run includes an 8 Mile and a 4 Mile race, both with a frills and no-frills race registration option.
Sat, July 1st
Mountain Madness (13.1M and 10K)
Many think that the Steamboat Marathon and Half Marathon are the only times to race longer distances on road in Steamboat Springs. Not so! We have another one here for you! The Mountain Madness Half Marathon joins the Hayden Cog and 10K at 10,000 feet as one of the three oldest races in Steamboat Springs and the Running Series. This is a great race held over 4th of July weekend. The Mountain Madness will take runners along beautiful county roads with sweeping views of the Ski Area and the Yampa River.
Sat, July 8th
Hahn’s Peak Hill Climb (7.3M trail)
A brand new event this year in North Routt County at the base of Hahn’s Peak. Running this course started with a few hardcore North Routt locals meeting at the beautiful Cabins at Historic Columbine every 4th of July. From here they would race to the summit and fire outlook of Hahn’s Peak, once an active Volcano with an elevation of 10,839 & 360 degree panoramic views like no other. Now however it’s time to share this amazing course with all of you!
This race is a benefit for the Steamboat Springs Track and Cross-Country teams who will be volunteering at the event on race day.
Keep an eye out on the trail for the legendary North Routt Yeti!
Sat, July 29th
Spring Creek Memorial (9.5M, 5K and Fun Run trail)
This race is held in memory of Patty Brenner Hagberg who was struck and killed by a truck along the lower part of the trail in 1991. This race should remind us all of the importance of sharing multi-purpose use trails.
What: This race is a running series favorite!
The race is held on the beautiful Spring Creek trail with wildflowers and Aspen trees next to bubbling Spring Creek. The 9 mile race is run on an up and down scenic loop on primitive trail, two track, single track and briefly on forest service road. The challenging 9 mile course gains ~2,500 ft. in the first 4 miles with most of that being from mile 2-4. This section of the race takes the runner up unimproved rocky and narrow single track and over several large downed trees before it descends on a smooth rolling downhill trail. The 5K race is an out and back on the beautiful Spring Creek trail on rolling two track and single track. Come on out for a great day of running, a prize drawing and an even better post-race meal made by Freshies.
Walkers welcome and encouraged on the 5K course but not on the 9 mile course due to lack of accessibility and finish time constraints.
Sun, August 13th
Steamboat Stinger (Full and Half trail marathons)
In 2017 we are proud to announce the seventh annual Steamboat Stinger. The Steamboat Stinger, now a Colorado classic, aims to provide a challenging backcountry race experience showcasing some of Steamboat Springs’ finest singletrack. The Steamboat Stinger is also a fundraiser for Partners in Routt County (Local Youth Mentoring Group) and Routt County Riders (Local IMBA Chapter).
In addition to the mountain bike race, we will also feature a full and half trail marathon. These two events can be separate; or if you wish to take the ultimate challenge, you can particiapte in both events – the 50 mile solo mountain bike race as well as the 26.2 trail marathing the next day. The combined male and female winner shall be crowned King Sting or Queen Bee of the Steamboat Stinger.
These events are true to Steamboat Springs’ tradition: epic fun with an added bit of western flair. Giddy up!
Sat, August 26th
Continental Divide Trail Run (50K and 16M trail)
In 2016 we added a very successful 50K race to the Continental Divide Trail Run!
Distances: 50K and 16M trail run. Both distances are challenging and not beginner trail races. The 50K will have an 8 hour cut-off and the 16M will have a 5.5 hour cut-off.
Sun, September 3rd
10K at 10,000 Feet (10K and 5K trail)
Voted Best 10K in the state of Colorado by Colorado Runner magazine in 2010!!
A Challenging trail run with some beautiful terrain and breathtaking scenery…. this race is a Steamboat classic! The 10K race begins at 10,000 ft at the summit of Rabbit Ears Pass first heading uphill on USFS dirt roads and 2 track, the race then heads downhill on single-track, and ends on a cross country single-track, Total elevation gain and loss are about ~1,200 feet each. This race although listed as a 10K is about 6.8 miles. The 10k has 1 aid station at about 3.4 miles and the 5k does not have an aid station so we HIGHLY recommend carrying your own water. NEW in 2017 – Both the 10k and the 5k will offer a no-frills race registration option where you can run in the event and receive post-race food and are entered into the drawing but you will not receive the race schwag.
Mon, September 4th
Oak Creek No Fun Run (3.5M & 7M road and trail)
Located in the sleepy town of Oak Creek, 30 minutes south of Steamboat Springs, the Oak Creek No Fun Run is held on the morning of Labor Day. Revived in 2013, this race is one of many activities during the three-day long Oak Creek Labor Day celebration. The route winds through town and includes many hills, hence the “No Fun Run” moniker. The 3.5M and 7M courses are a combination of paved roads, dirt roads, trails & wood/concrete steps. Both races start and finish at the Oak Creek Town Hall. Given the race start time (10 am) and parade start time (11 am), walkers are encouraged to enter the 3.5M event and runners who can’t run 7M in under an hour are also encouraged to run the 3.5M race or risk missing out on the parade. There are no aid stations on either course, so please bring your own water device to carry or wear during the event.
Fri-Sat, September 8th-9th
Run Rabbit Run (100 & 50 Mile Ultra)
The Run Rabbit Run courses are very much like life, in that there are many, many little and not so little ups and downs in between the obvious highs and lows. Be prepared.
The 50 mile race starts bright and early at 6 AM at the Steamboat Springs ski area (elevation, 6,900 feet) on Saturday, September 9, 2017 and proceeds up, up, up to Mount Werner (elevation, 10,568 feet) then goes up and down and up and down some more and then across the Continental Divide to Rabbit Ears Mountain (elevation, 10,500 feet) before heading back and way down to the ski area.
The 100 mile course starts on Friday, September 8, 2017 (Tortoises at 8 AM, Hares at noon) and will also start at the base of the ski area and encompass Buffalo Pass (elevation, 10,300) and Emerald Mountain, with a few nice little hops through town.
Sat, September 23rd
Emerald Mtn Trail Run (12K, 5K and Fun Run trail)
12K (race is actually about 7.75 miles long) Scenic trail run on beautiful Emerald Mountain. The course for the Emerald Mountain trail run will be a tour of Emerald Mountain starting at the base of Howelsen Hill. The course will meander northwest then through aspen lined single track up to the top of Emerald Mountain. The course will then follow single track downhill and cross country to the base of Howelsen Hill. We also have a 5K trail run that follows a similar but shorter course as the 12K, a 12K hike and a 1M kids fun run.
This race is organized by The Emerald Mountain School and benefits scholarship programs for the school.
Sat, October 28th
Foundry Halloween 5K (5K road and trail)
A brand new event this year to close out the 2017 Steamboat Springs Running Series season, bringing people of all ages together to celebrate Halloween in a safe, sober and fun way.
The Foundry Treatment Center provides an opportunity for lasting recovery through an integrative body, mind and spirit treatment program. Comfortably located in the majestic Rocky Mountains of Steamboat Springs, The Foundry provides a safe and natural setting that encourages instinctive growth for the individual as they forge a new life in their own vision.
Visit www.runningseries.com for more information and to register
The 2017 Free Summer Concert Series kicks of with Tribal Seeds at Howelsen Hill Amphitheater.
Free Summer Concert Series Schedule 2017
June 23: Tribal Seeds
July 1: Bruce Hornsby & The Noisemakers
July 14: The Record Company
July 28: The Wood Brothers
September 3: Labor Day Festival featuring The Soul Rebels and a headliner still to be announced.
Arrive Early for Happy Hour
Happy hour is from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. where there will be 2 for 1 drinks. Credit cards are also accepted.
Details About the Concerts
Food and drinks, including beer and bottled alcoholic drinks, are available for sale at the show. Beer sales support the concert series and future series. Keep it free!
We accept credit cards for Tokens. The tokens exchange for different price beverages. Most of our vendors also accept credit cards for food and soft drinks.
What Time do the Shows Start
Gates open around 5:30 p.m. typically followed by an opening band. The main act comes on at 7:00 p.m. and usually finishes around 9:00 or 9:15 p.m.
What to Bring
Grab a chair or blanket to spread out on the grass. All ages are welcome.
What Not to Bring
Please do not bring outside food or beverages. No dogs and no smoking.
Directions to Howelsen Hill Amphitheater
From Lincoln Avenue (US Hwy 40) in downtown Steamboat Springs, turn toward the Yampa River on 5th street, cross the bridge about two blocks down, turn right, and you’re pointing towards the Howelsen Hill parking area.