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Winter Carnival @ Downtown Steamboat Springs
Feb 4 – Feb 8 all-day


Mention a parade and fireworks and people say that’s typical. Talk about adults on shovels being pulled down main street behind horses or skiers jumping through fiery hoops and people stop to listen. In Steamboat Springs we do things differently, and with the oldest, continuous Winter Carnival west of the Mississippi, this event is certainly no different.

Winter Carnival Street Events And Night Extravaganza


Winter Carnival was started by the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club (SSWSC) as a way to help residents cope with cabin fever during the height of the Colorado winter season.

The event continues to this day as a way to celebrate winter; as a reason for neighbors to gather; and as an opportunity for everyone to experience a piece of Ski Town USA® history and tradition.




Saturday and Sunday highlight the event with the Winter Carnival Street Events and the Night Show Extravaganza. The Street Events feature local Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club kids being pulled on skis behind horses right down main street in downtown Steamboat. A crowd favorite, the “Donkey Jump”, sends kids soaring off a jump for up to 40, or even 50 feet.

The Street Events will also feature the Winter Carnival Rodeo Clown. JW Winklepleck, Rodeo Clown/Barrelman, will energize the crowd at the street events both Saturday and Sunday.

Winter Carnival Shovel Race Snow Biking

On Saturday, the Night Extravaganza on Howelsen Hill is lit up with colors as Winter Sports Club athletes flip through the air off the jumps while others descend down the mountain leaving a red glow outlining perfect ski turns.

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The last down the mountain is always the twinkle light wrapped Lighted Man with roman candles shooting out of his backpack, which makes for a spectacular opening act for the fireworks show to close out the night.

See below for more details on the street events and full event schedule for Winter Carnival.





A Winter Carnival button is required for entry and spectating at all events. Some events require tickets as well. Please be sure to check the schedule for details.

Winter Carnival buttons are for purchase at the businesses below. Show your support of the Winter Carnival and the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club by making your purchase.

Winter Carnival Button 2015


Peruse our suggested itinerary for ideas on how to plan your Winter Carnival vacation with your family and friends. Let us guide you through the Winter Carnival event schedule, as well as experiencing all the winter activities Steamboat has to enjoy!



View our Winter Carnival video playlist below for a inside look at the amazing events that take place during the carnival, including an interview with Leif Howelsen, son of Carl Howelsen (founder of the Steamboat Springs Winter Carnival), that shows us the history and tradition behind this wonderful event.


Registration for the 2015 Street Events will open January 30 at 10:00 a.m. More Information on Registration for Street Events

Parade Application

The Diamond Hitch Parade will be held on Sunday, February 8 at approximately 11:30 a.m., immediately following the Street Events on Lincoln Ave. Participants will line up at 11:00 a.m. Anyone is welcome to enter the parade.



Find information in the below links for options on how you or your business can be a part of this unique and traditional Steamboat winter event.



With the aim of maximizing benefits for sponsorships and streamlining the process for event partners, the Chamber believes that combining sponsorship for both the Winter Carnival Night Extravaganza and Street Events will provide our members and the local business community with increased visibility, and a more streamlined process to become a sponsor of Winter Carnival. Our events team will partner with the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club and will continue to produce the classic downtown Street Events on Saturday and Sunday, while the SSWSC will take the reins of managing sponsorship for the entire 2015 Winter Carnival. For more sponsorship information please contact Lane Malone, Director of Development for the SSWSC at (970) 879-0695, ext. 115 or [email protected].



Feb 7 @ 8:30 pm


Twenty years after the release of their self-titled debut and eight years since their last live performance together, the original lineup of G. Love & Special Sauce return with their first album in nearly a decade. Built on the trio’s signature hip-hop blues sound, Sugar finds vocalist/guitarist/harmonica player G. Love (aka Garrett Dutton), upright bassist James “Jimi Jazz” Prescott, and drummer Jeffrey “The Houseman” Clemens breathing new life into their groove-heavy, Chicago-blues-infused brand of stripped-down rock & roll. “The goal for the album was to make it really raw and immediate, with live takes and live vocals and everybody playing so that it all comes together in that intangible way,” says G. Love. “That’s what our music is all about.”


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NO BS! BRASS BAND @ Steamboat Stage
Feb 14 @ 3:30 pm


Enjoy free music at the base area with No BS! Brass Band, who take the New Orleans brass band into uncharted territory, fearlessly combining elements of James Brown, John Coltrane, Michael Jackson, and Led Zeppelin into its fiercely original sound.

No BS! Brass takes the New Orleans brass band into uncharted territory, fearlessly combining elements of James Brown, John Coltrane, Michael Jackson, and Led Zeppelin into their fiercely original sound. Their danceable arrangements are outstandingly well thought-out and organized, drawing inspiration from funk, jazz, klezmer, calypso, and Led Zeppelin. Trained in the conservatory and hardened in the garage, No BS! Brass has performed at the Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, the Festival of New Trumpet Music, and on National Public Radio’s Tiny Desk Concert. Equally at home in the club or on the parade route, in the concert hall or on a festival stage, No BS! Brass creates new believers wherever it goes. Based in Richmond, Virginia, this band has quickly earned a reputation as a premier band to see for heart-pounding energy and uncontrollable dancing.

Visit the band’s website to learn more.







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Torchlight Parade @ Gondola Square
Feb 14 @ 6:00 pm

The Steamboat Ski & Snowboard School treats tourists and locals to a spectacular on-snow parade down the mountain lit only by torches for this Valentine’s Day event.

In conjunction with the torchlight parade, a fireworks display will illuminate the sky providing a perfect ending to the evening. The show is free and great for all ages.

The best viewing is from the pavers at the Steamboat Stage and the Umbrella Bar next to the Bear River Bar & Grill, all adjacent to the Steamboat Gondola.

Torchlight Parades

The best viewing is from the pavers at the Steamboat Stage and the Umbrella Bar next to the Bear River Bar & Grill, all adjacent to the Steamboat Gondola.

Yoga In The Pavilion – Steamboat Springs @ Strings Music Pavilion
Feb 15 @ 10:00 am
Yoga In The Pavilion - Steamboat Springs @ Strings Music Pavilion | Steamboat Springs | Colorado | United States

Join us for a dynamic yoga practice that explores the synergy of music and yoga. Guest teachers: Jenny Gabriel and Jill Barker along with live music. All levels welcome: $20.


Feb 24 @ 8:00 pm


Rock torchbearers Gov’t Mule are celebrating their 20th anniversary with an extensive tour and a series of dynamic live archival releases that highlight the group’s versatility and epic, fearless live performances. No two Gov’t Mule shows are alike, as the band draws on the more than 300 songs in their repertoire (and often a host of special guests) to create a unique experience each and every time. Their steadily expanding fan base knows that the Mule always has something special waiting for them. Expect the unexpected.

The deep chemistry and steely confidence shared by the quartet allow them to tackle any form of music and stamp it their own while remaining true to the spirit and intent of the original. This can of course be heard any time guitarist-singer Warren Haynes, drummer Matt Abts, bassist Jorgen Carlsson and multi-instrumentalist Danny Louis take the stage, but a series of new live archival releases really drives the point home.

The first of the archival releases, Stoned Side of the Mule: Volume 1, captures the Mule on Halloween 2009 ripping through seven impassioned Rolling Stone covers. This special Record Store Day Black Friday release (out November 28, 2014), available only at select independent record stores, will be available as a limited edition vinyl-only pressing, newly-edited and mastered, with the vinyl lacquers cut from the old Stax Records lathe in Memphis. The release also features special guests Jackie Greene and Steve Elson.

The second archival release, Dark Side of the Mule, will be released on December 9, 2014, and features 90 minutes of Pink Floyd covers recorded during the band’s Halloween 2008 show at the Orpheum Theatre in Boston, MA. There will be three configurations including a standard version (1-CD), a deluxe version (3-CD/1-DVD package featuring the entire 3-hour performance) and as a double vinyl version. All configurations feature audio newly-mixed and mastered.

The third release, Dub Side of the Mule, will be released in early 2015 and shines a light on the band’s New Year’s Eve 2006 Beacon Theatre show. Newly-mixed and mastered, it includes a 45-minute set of reggae songs with special guest, reggae legend Toots Hibbert (founder of Toots & The Maytals). This will also be available in three configurations including a standard version (1-CD), a deluxe version (3-CD set of the entire 3-hour performance and one DVD of the Toots set) and a double vinyl version. The release also features special guests Gregg Allman & Friends and John Popper.

On January 2015, fans will finally be able to get their hands and ears on a very special release – the long-awaited SCO-MULE album. In late September of 1999, John Scofield teamed with Gov’t Mule, then featuring original bass player the late Allen Woody, along with keyboardist Dr. Dan Matrazzo, in Georgia for two legendary shows of mind-bending live prowess.  Both shows were recorded and included the Mule’s first-ever all-instrumental sets. The band had begun preparing the music for eventual release while working on their third studio album Life Before Insanity. However, less than a year later, their beloved bassist Allen Woody passed away, setting the Mule on a different path. The idea of releasing SCO-MULE came up over the years, but the timing was never as right as it is now – helping to mark Gov’t Mule’s 20th Anniversary. While Scofield and the Mule did reunite briefly for a set at Warren Haynes’ 25th Annual Christmas Jam in December 2013, fans have been clamoring for the return of the project ever since those lauded 1999 shows, and for more than a decade the Mule have been eager to share the music from these shows through an LP. Now for the first time, fans can experience the SCO-MULE magic first-hand in album form, newly mixed and mastered. The 3-hour all-instrumental album is a jazz romp laced with rock riffs and will be available as a 2-CD set as well as a double vinyl.

Warren Haynes’ unparalleled ability to bring together different musicians into a cohesive whole or to pull off epic musical happenings is one of the many reasons why Haynes stands apart from the many great front men and guitarists who have graced the musical landscape. Combined with his guitar and vocal mastery, these skills have made him an in-demand presence and indispensible musical ally for many. This was shown most recently on Mule’s most collaborative album to date, Shout!, their most recent (and 15th) studio album. The one-of-a-kind project is a double CD featuring two versions of every song – one with Haynes singing and the other featuring a host of guest vocalists, including Dave Matthews, Ben Harper and Elvis Costello.

“Making Shout! a double CD with guests was a cool way to mark our 20th anniversary,” says Haynes. “Each song has it its own personality; it sounds like Gov’t Mule but doesn’t sound like anything we had ever done. The songs cover a lot of the influences that have made Gov’t Mule what we are from the beginning. I think it’s the most diverse record we’ve made. These new archival live releases just further that concept and allow us to highlight some of our influences as well as how far we’ve come since the first album.”

Indeed, it would have been hard for those listening to Gov’t Mule’s self-titled debut, filled with thunderous power trio rumblings of Haynes, bassist Allen Woody and drummer Matt Abts, to envision them remaining true to this original vision, while also expanding to include reggae and horn-driven, backup singer-sweetened, classic rock covers by Pink Floyd and the Rolling Stones, but that’s the tricky feat the band has pulled off, as illustrated by their upcoming live albums.

“I wouldn’t recommend any of these releases as a starting point,” says Haynes. “But I would strongly recommend all of them to anyone who already knows the band. They capture different sides of us and each also features us playing very different sets of our own music as well.”

Gov’t Mule was formed in 1994 when Haynes and bassist Allen Woody were playing in the Allman Brothers Band and talking about their shared passion for old school power trios.

“We were listening to a lot of Led Zeppelin, Cream and Free, caught up in the musical freedom they displayed,” says Haynes.

Haynes called up drummer Matt Abts, with whom he had played in the Dickey Betts Band. The band recorded three increasingly ambitious studio albums and performed countless shows before Woody died in August, 2000. After briefly pausing to ponder their next move, Haynes and Abts began recording The Deep End, two CDs featuring guest bassists, ranging from the Who’s John Entwistle to the Grateful Dead’s Phil Lesh.

“Everything we’ve done collectively has led up to where we are now,” says Haynes. “But those Deep End sessions, and the experience of playing with so many bassists and adapting to different sounds and approaches had a profound effect on Gov’t Mule and what we’ve done since.”

Louis, a longtime collaborator, became a full-time member of Gov’t Mule in 2001, and the group has been a four-piece ever since. Bassist Carlsson has been with the group since 2008, solidifying the lineup.

“I think a lot of the music we’re doing now is very similar to the music we were making in the earliest years with the obvious exception that we are no longer a trio,” says Haynes. “In some ways we’ve come full circle and in other ways it only makes sense if you step back and connect the dots. And that seems right to me. You want to keep growing and you never want to be static, or done changing.”

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Broadway’s Next Hit Musical – Steamboat Springs @ Strings Music Pavilion
Feb 26 @ 7:00 pm
Broadway’s Next Hit Musical - Steamboat Springs @ Strings Music Pavilion | Steamboat Springs | Colorado | United States

Every song is fresh. Every scene is new. Every night is different. Masters of improvisation begin the evening by performing made-up song titles supplied by the audience. The audience then decides which song will be the basis for an entire musical that will constitute the second half of the show. Join us in a spontaneous evening of music, humor and laughter for all audiences. Recently featured at The Triad, Tribeca Film Festival, and at the New York Musical Theater Fest.

Hilarious! ~The New York Times
Brilliant! ~TheaterWeek


ELVIS COSTELLO @ Boulder Theater
Mar 1 @ 8:00 pm


Elvis Costello has followed his musical curiosity in a career spanning more than 35 years. He is perhaps best known for his performances with The Attractions, The Imposters and for concert appearances with pianist Steve Nieve. However, he has also entered into acclaimed collaborations with Burt Bacharach, The Brodsky Quartet, Paul McCartney, Swedish mezzo-soprano Anne Sofie von Otter, guitarist Bill Frisell, composer Roy Nathanson, The Charles Mingus Orchestra, record producer and songwriter T Bone Burnett, Allen Toussaint and the Roots.



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Mar 7 @ 3:30 pm

d8ecae61483f430e9eea4ccff16fa504Enjoy free music at the base area with The Groovetrotters, a band that entertains from rock all the way to jazz, reggae and blues.

Having started in the early 2000’s as a Groovetrotters family fun weekend project it quickly became apparent that “the kids” had a bit more than just average talent and drive when it came to playing music. Weekend jam sessions outdoors under a palapa just yards away from the Pacific Ocean attracted quite a stir in the community and before long regular gigs became a normal part of life. Essentially of the music has one solid ingredient: FUNK! From Rock all the way to Jazz, Reggae and Blues there is a funky vibe that grabs your attention from the time the first note rings out all the way to the end of each song. It’s incredible to witness a Groovetrotters live-performance, especially to experience the “magic” this awesome band brings to the stage.

Visit the band’s website to learn more.








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2015 Steamboat Pentathlon @ Howelson Hill
Mar 8 @ 10:00 am
2015 Steamboat Pentathlon @ Howelson Hill | Steamboat Springs | Colorado | United States

One-Of-A-Kind Winter Event Featuring FIVE Events in ONE Race!

  • Alpine Skiing
  • Snowshoeing
  • XC Skiing
  • Mountain Biking
  • Running

Race Division

Individual –  Male / Female / Chariot

Team – Male / Female / Coed / Duo

New in 2015 – Adult Individual Chariot Division!

STANDARD and SHORT COURSE available in each division except YOUTH & ADULT CHARIOT which compete in SHORT COURSE.

New Year’s Resolution Registration Prices (January 1st – January 31st)

Youth Individual (17 & Under)    $50

Adult Individual                                $100

Adult Individual Chariot                 $110

Dynamic Duo                                     $150

Youth Team (3-5 People)              $150

Adult Team (3-5 People)               $200


Registration Prices (February 1st – March 2nd)

Youth Individual (17 & Under)    $60

Adult Individual                                $125

Adult Individual Chariot                 $135

Dynamic Duo                                     $175

Youth Team (3-5 People)              $175

Adult Team (3-5 People)               $225


All participants receive an event t-shirt and free lunch with their registration!


The top three (3) finishers in each category will be recognized at the post-race awards ceremony.


For more information and to register, visit or call 970-871-7031.