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Step into Steamboat’s Art Scene

07/03/2023 07:00AM ● By Ski Town Media
(Yonder Mountain String Band performs in the Strings Music Pavilion. Courtesy of Strings Music Festival / Daniel Kelley) 

From the Steamboat Springs Visitors' Guide Summer 2023

Steamboat Springs recently made the list of top 10 small-sized communities in the nation for arts vibrancy. And vibrant it is – downtown Steamboat is a designated Creative District and is packed with galleries, museums and public art. As you explore downtown, be on the lookout for one of the murals painted on buildings by Colorado artists or visit the Noz Caboose at the Depot Art Center, where you can pop in to see what the current artist-in-residence is working on. 

And the art scene isn’t just paintings – music abounds in Steamboat and the free concert series is the perfect place to enjoy it. Check the schedule at and head to the base of Howelsen Hill with a blanket and chairs. Grab dinner from one of the on-site food trucks and kick off your shoes for an evening of outdoor entertainment. Or treat yourself to a concert at Strings Music Festival in the intimate mountain-side pavilion. View the schedule at and make sure to snag tickets ahead of time as summer concerts are popular. 

Opera Steamboat is performing two operas at the Julie Harris Theatre on the Perry-Mansfield campus. On the schedule this year are “Gianni Schicchi” and “Proving Up.” Get tickets online at

(Piknik Theatre performs “A Year with Frog and Toad” in 2022. Courtesy of Piknik Theatre.)

Local theater company Piknik Theatre performs family-friendly shows in July and August. Take a picnic (get it?) and sit outside at the Yampa River Botanic Park (or the library lawn) for a showing of either “Peter Pan” or the new musical “The Scouts.” Buy tickets online at

Hailed by the New York Times as a top North American Theatre Festival, the Colorado New Play Festival brings a diversity of voices, ideas and beliefs to the stage. For 25 years, CNPF has been celebrating the raw power of words and providing a platform for some of the most talented playwrights in the country to further develop new works.  Catch the festival this year on Friday and Saturday, June 16-17,  at Strings Music Pavilion. For more information and tickets, visit