Local Arts & Entertainment
Steamboat Springs has been developing a thriving arts scene over the past decades. There are numerous artisans and musicians living and working in the Steamboat Springs Area. Art galleries dot the downtown area, live music can be found almost every night and live theater is also available more frequently.
Strings in the Mountains Music Festival
Strings in the Mountains Music Festival summer season will include more than 170 artists performing in a wide variety of classical and contemporary shows, and youth and family productions. Strings in the Mountains was launched in 1988 to bring world-class music to Steamboat Springs. During its inaugural season, 1,400 people attended its musical concerts, and the summer-long festival has grown by leaps and bounds ever since with over 30,000 people enjoying performances last summer.
Musicians and performers of all types have played under the Strings Tent. The programs are unique and offer families and youth a chance to experience the art of music in all its many forms. Aside from various theatrical performances, the Strings Tent is most known for showcasing the widest variety of musical entertainment including, chamber orchestral, bluegrass, country, jazz and world music.
Steamboat Springs Arts Depot – Eleanor Bliss Center for the Arts
The Art Depot has a progressive format to help promote young contemporary artists. Stationed in a re-designed train depot right on the Yampa River, the Art Depot is also home the Eleanor Bliss Center for the Arts which boasts a collection of unique creations. Everyone is welcome to attend any of the local art showings presented throughout the year.
Tread of Pioneers Museum
If you are interested in finding artifacts related to the local history of Routt County, the Tread of Pioneers Museum is the place to visit. They are dedicated to educating people about the history of the valley itself, with a Native American exhibit as well as the history of local settlement with a peak at its western heritage though memorabilia and images. There is also retrospective showcase about the history of skiing.
The Emerald City Opera
The Emerald City Opera produces classical opera, combining world-class artists from the esteemed opera houses of the world with local professionals. The Emerald City Opera offers two separate concert series throughout the year and mounts a full-scale, complete opera production each August.
Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts Camp
Founded by Charlotte Perry and Portia Mansfield in 1913, the camp embraces the creative spirit of performing arts that was so adored by the two progressive, women co-founders. Students apply from all over the nation to attend the camp and practice the arts in a secluded Rocky Mountain setting. As a young boy, Dustin Hoffman attended the acting camp. There are actually several famed and notable alumni and guest artists who have visited the camp to speak with the students and promote the performing arts and energize young artists.
An annual event, the Literary Sojourn is held to celebrate the joy of reading and to inspire the reading community. Book lovers get to meet and great some of their favorite authors. Writers and authors get to address their readers at various speaking events. Registration begins in July for this late fall event. For additional information contact the Bud Werner Memorial Library at 970-879-0240, or visit the website.
Steamboat’s Northwest Ballet has helped to shape culture in the Yampa Valley by providing local dancers of all ages with year-round professional instruction. Members also produce and perform in high-caliber dance productions that are comparable to those in much larger communities.
Steamboat Community Players
The Steamboat Community Players presents a variety of popular community theater productions annually at its theater, The 7th Street Playhouse. Formed in 1972 under the auspices of the Arts Council, the Steamboat Community Players is now an independent non-profit organization.
Steamboat Dance Theater
Formed in 1975, the Steamboat Dance Theater includes 80 local dancers, choreographers and dance teachers. The Steamboat Dance Theater sponsors classes and appearances by guest artists and master teachers, as well as an annual dance concert to sell-out audiences.
Steamboat Springs Chamber Orchestra
A scaled down version of a symphony orchestra, the Steamboat Springs Chamber Orchestra is made up of local and visiting musicians who live and breath traditional classical music. Dedicated to the music development in the community and you, the Chamber hosts several events throughout the year. For more performance information visit the website.