Aside from the robust recreational endeavors, Crested Butte boasts of a rich cultural side. Those with an artistic flare will discover plenty of opportunities to invest in fine visual, literary and performing arts events and programming. The area is also home to a number of exciting annual festivals that regularly draw locals and visitors from all over. There is always something happening in Crested Butte, with prominent events such as the Alpenglow Concert Series, Arts Festival Weekend, Wildflower Festival, the annual Vinotok, the end of winter Flauschink festival and the Fall Festival of Beers and Chili Cook-Off, happening throughout the year. The Crested Butte Music Festival in July, has music for all tastes, performed by world-class musicians, including artists of the Metropolitan Opera. And how many other communities can boast of an annual Poo Fest—a spring event inviting community members to help clean up the wintertime doggie waste, while enjoying live entertainment and plenty of prizes.
For more than 20 years, the Crested Butte Center for the Arts has provided a year-round calendar of live musical, dance and theatrical performances on both its indoor and outdoor stages. Additionally, the center’s Piper Gallery hosts various local and regional exhibitions and signature events throughout the year, as do the many other galleries in the area. The nearby Gunnison Arts Center is also a fine place to take in the arts of this region. The facility is comprised of three gallery spaces, a 72-seat community theatre, a gallery shop, a dance studio, a clay center and ample space for meetings and classes.
Patrons take in a night at the theatre at the Crested Butte Mountain Theatre (CBMT), a venue which has presented more than 200 productions since it was established in 1972. In addition to producing a schedule of excellent plays and musicals each year, CBMT periodically hosts the Annual Southwest Colorado Community Theatre Festival and variety shows, while also providing outreach programming through its youth-focused Arts in Education Program.
Movie-goers will revel in the selections at the local Majestic Theatre, while history buffs take pleasure in the various historical sites and museums in the area. Among the heritage attractions not to be missed are the Crested Butte Mountain Heritage Museum, the Mountain Bike Hall of Fame and tours through the area’s oldest neighborhoods.
Coming soon to the cultural landscape of Crested Butte is the Trailhead Discovery Museum and Arts Center. The two-floor, 5,000-square-foot museum strives to provide an engaging learning environment for children and their families. In addition to the range of interactive exhibits, both permanent and visiting, children are invited to participate in summer camps, arts education, enrichment programming at the public schools, music instruction and various special events.