Breckenridge International Festival of Arts

July 12, 2017 / / by: Meckenzie Donnell

The Breckenridge International Festival of Arts, or BIFA, is a 10 day festival that celebrates culture, arts, and entertainment in the mountains. This eclectic festival is filled with unique events for the whole family including dances, theater, “art hikes”, a circus and more!

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Exhibitions + Installations

Monuments

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When: August 11 – 20, 2017: 8:30 pm – 11:00 pm
Where: TBA
Cost: Free

Craig Walsh comes to Breckenridge with his unique pieces of art. Known for creating works of art that portray the commonalities of nature and the human mold, these moving projections are a sight to see! Cruise around Breckenridge and see these installations light up the night!

Tree-o

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When: August 10, August 17 -20, 2017: 12:00 pm – 12:30 pm
Where: Illinois Creek Trail – Breckenridge CO
Cost: Free

Live music consisting of llist Russick Smith, violinist Karen Lauffer and mandolinist Kevin Larkin. Enjoy a hike through the Illinois Creek trail while listening to the classic music of these three musicians as the stay elevated in the tree from above.

Aurous Trove

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When: August 11-20, 2016: All Day
Where: Iowa Hill Trail, Breckenridge CO
Cost: Free

Utilizing the natural elements from the historic Iowa Hill Mine, Nikki Pike invites you to remember the history of the area and the natural resources of the area. Her Installation on this trail enjoys a beautiful sculpture of these natural resources.

Peoples’ Puzzled Place

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When: August 11-20, 2017: All Day
Where: Illinois Creek Trail, Breckenridge CO
Cost: Free

A collaboration of bricks made by the Breckenridge community are put together by artist Sarah Langsam. Explore these puzzle pieces put together and see these bricks come together!

There’s Always Something Here, by Michael McGillis

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When: August 11-20, 2017: All Day
Where: Moonstone Trail, Breckenridge CO
Cost: Free

Utilizing vibrant colors, this installation is one that will make you stop and explore. These exciting works of art from Michael McGillis invite you to stop and take a look at nature with a different perspective.

Los Trompos

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When: August 8-23, 2017: All Day
Where: Arts District – 117 Washington Ave, Breckenridge, CO
Cost: Free

These interactive installations are put on display as ‘spinning tops’ that children can explore and play on. Each shape of these installations are inspired by nature.

Contemplative Environments

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When: August 11-20, 2017: 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Where: Old Masonic Hall – 136 South Main Street, Breckenridge, CO
Cost: Free

Hanging from the ceiling pieces of arts create an exhibit of floating natural elements to remind us just how precious the environment is.

Ephemeral Pathways

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When: August 11-20, 2017: 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Where: Breckenridge Theater – 121 S Ridge St, Breckenridge, CO
Cost: Free

This collage and exhibition relflects on the Rocky Mountains in a unique and colorful expression. Check out this artwork throughout the Breckenridge International Festival of Arts.

Contemporary Circus

 

Driftwood, Casus Circus

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When:
August 18, 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
August 19, 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
August 20, 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Where: Riverwalk Center – 150 W Adams Ave, Breckenridge CO
Cost: $20 Adults, $10 Kids

An act consisting of acrobatics and aerial stunts, this is a show that will entertain! Hailing from Australia this group has traveled the world performing stunts that will leave you in awe!

Music & Film

Itchy-O

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When: August 11, 2017 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Where: Riverwalk Center Lot – 150 W Adams Ave, Breckenridge CO
Cost: Free

This marching band of 30 consists of a variety of different cultures including Taiko drumming, Chinese Lion Dancing, Mexican street processions and more! Live music starts at 6 and Itchy-O comes on at 8:30.

Charlie Chaplin’s The Gold Rush

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When: August 12, 2017 @ 7:30 – 9:30 pm
Where: Riverwalk Center – 150 W Adams Ave, Breckenridge CO
Cost: $7-45

Enjoy Charlie Chaplin’s classic silent comedy, The Gold Rush accompanied by the Breckenridge Music Festival Orchestra.

Rhiannon Giddens: The Freedom Highway Tour

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When: August 17, 2017 @ 7:30 – 9:30 pm
Where: Riverwalk Center – 150 W Adams Ave, Breckenridge CO
Cost: $35

Singer, Violinist and banjo play, Rhiannon Giddens is welcomed to Breckenridge for a night of soulful music.

Interactive Theater

 

Ants

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When: August 10 @ 11:00 am, 12:00 pm, 2:00 pm, 3:00 pm
Aug 11, 11 am, 12 pm, 2 pm 3 pm
Aug 12, 11 am, 12 pm, 2 pm 3 pm
Aug 13, 11 am, 12 pm, 2 pm 3 pm
Where: Blue River Plaza – 203 S Main St, Breckenridge CO
Cost: Free

Interact with ‘Ants’ as they preform and cruise the town of Breckenridge. Grab the kids and watch as they interact with life-size ants and help them move breadcrumbs!

Spectacle

PErQ

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When: 
Aug 15 @ 11:00 am, 1:30 pm
Aug 17 @  11:00 am, 1:30 pm

Where: Blue River Plaza – 203 S Main St, Breckenridge CO
Cost: Free

PerQ is a drumming show that illustrates musicians dressed as 19th century soldiers.

Birdmen

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When:
August 16 @ 5:00 pm, 8:30 pm
August 18 @ 5:00 pm, 8:30 pm
August 19 @ 5:00 pm, 8:30 pm

Where: Blue River Plaza – 2013 S Main St, Breckenridge CO
Cost: Free

Bird-like creatures tower over crowds in Breckenridge as they take over the town with an exciting show. Make sure to watch out for these large creatures in town!

Wellness + Recreation

 

Acoustic Flow

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When: August 12-13, August 15, August 19, August 20 2017 @ 8:00 am – 9:00 am
Where: Riverwalk Center Lawn – 150 W Adams Ave, Breckenridge CO
Cost: Free

Start your day with some zen. Activities include yoga, meditation and healing arts along the Blue River in Breckenridge.

Tours + Walks

Trail Mix

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When: August 10 – 10:00 am, 2:00 pm, 4:00 pm
August 12 – 10:00 am, 2:00 pm
August 13 – 2:00 pm, 4:00 pm
August 14 – 10:00 am, 2:00 pm, 4:00 pm
August 15 – 10:00 am, 2:00 pm, 4:00 pm
August 16 – 10:00 am, 2:00 pm, 4:00 pm
August 17 – 10:00 am, 2:00 pm, 4:00 pm
August 18 – 10:00 am, 2:00 pm, 4:00 pm
August 19 – 10:00 am, 2:00 pm, 4:00 pm
August 20 – 10:00 am, 2:00 pm

Where: 10:00 am hikes Illinois Creek Trail | 2:00 pm hikes Iowa Hill | 4:00 pm hikes Trail Moonstone Trail
Cost: Free

Trail Mix combines music, art, hiking and biking throughout the trails of Breckenridge with free outdoor concerts, environmental installations and pop-up performances over the 10 days of the Breckenridge International Festival of Arts.

BIFA Exhibition Tour

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When: August 11, 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
August 12, 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
August 18, 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
August 19, 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
Where: Old Masonic Hall – 136 S Main Street, Breckenridge CO
Cost: Free

Take guided tour through Breckenridge’s art district and find a new craft, see artist at work, or simply walk around and enjoy the outdoors!

Workshops + Talks

Rocking Garden Gnomes for Kids

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When: August 11, 2017 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
Where: Quandary Antiques Cabin – 131 S Ridge St, Breckenridge CO
Cost: Free

Create gnomes from rocks with local artists!

Folky Figures for Kids with Kia Neill

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When: August 11, 2016 @ 3:30 pm – 5:30 pm
Where: Quandary Antiques Cabin- 131 S Ridge St, Breckenridge CO
Cost: Free

Get creative while you create your own creature! Using items including pine cones, string, feathers and more!

Making Art with Beeswax & Pine Snap

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When: August 12, 2017 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Where: Hot Shop – 123 S Ridge St, Breckenridge CO
Cost: $115

Create a master piece with beeswax and pine snap and top it off with paint,  then fuse and scrape!

Build a Bug home for Kids

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When: August 12, 2017 @ 9:00 am – 10:30 pm
Where: Quandary Antiques Cabin – 131 S Ridge St, Breckenridge CO
Cost: $Free

Learn about the different bugs in Breck while creating them a new home!

Zumba Among Los Trompos

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When: August 12, 2017 @ 9:00 am – 10:30 pm
Where: Quandary Antiques Cabin – 131 S Ridge St, Breckenridge CO
Cost: $Free

Learn about the different bugs in Breck while creating them a new home!