Steamboat Springs' roots are deeply embedded in ranching and Western traditions, but with a multitude of art galleries, a variety of musical entertainment and an extraordinarily large number of artists living in the area, Steamboat is rich with culture. Explore all of our arts, culture & entertainment members.
Performing Arts and Entertainment
From film festivals to battle of the bands, from theater to dance, the Friends of the Chief want to help guide the rehabilitation project of this historic theater as it becomes the 21st Century hub for local arts and culture.
The Emerald City Opera
The Emerald City Opera produces professional-caliber, classical opera in the heart of the Yampa Valley. Combining world-class artists from the esteemed opera houses of the world with local professionals, the Emerald City Opera promotes the vocal and performance arts at the highest level.
The Great American Laughing Stock Company
Producers of the Piknic Theatre Festival in Spring Creek Park, along with a children's theatre workshop, during the month of July. Local actors as well as graduates and students of the New Zealand finest dramatic conservatories join forces to take theatre into the great outdoors, build international cultural exchange, and enhance the level of the performing arts in the Steamboat community.
Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts School & Camp
Perry-Mansfield is recognized as the oldest and most unique performing arts school and camp in the nation. The camp offers classes each summer from mid-June to mid-August to young dancers, actors and actresses.
Steamboat Dance Theatre
Steamboat Dance Theater includes 80 local dancers, choreographers and dance teachers. They sponsor classes and appearances by guest artists and master teachers, as well as an annual dance concert to sell-out audiences.
Steamboat Springs Chamber Youth Orchestra
Established in 1991, the mission of the Steamboat Springs Chamber Orchestra is to perform music for the residents and visitors of Northwest Colorado with an emphasis on community outreach, musician development, and music education for youth.
Steamboat Springs Free Summer Concert Series
The Steamboat Springs Free Summer Concert Series produces an annual summer music series that is free to the public and provides enjoyment for both local residents and visitors. The concerts take place at Howelsen Hill Amphitheatre or the Steamboat Ski Area, both outdoor venues, and offer a wide variety of acts in a family friendly environment.
Steamboat Symphony Orchestra
The SSO promotes orchestral music in the Yampa Valley through professional quality performances and educational experiences for community musicians of all ages. They produce 5 - 7 concerts, September - April each year.
Strings Music Festival
Strings Music Festival, a nationally recognized music festival, presents over 70 performances of chamber music, jazz, rock, country, bluegrass, world rhythms, and many other genres every summer since 1988. Artists include Grammy winners and nominees, major competition winners and principal players from the most renowned orchestras. The intimate 550-seat Pavilion overlooks breathtaking vistas of Mt. Werner, Emerald Mountain and the beautiful Yampa Valley making it an ideal venue to hear world-class music.
Literary Sojourn is an annual festival of authors and readers celebrating the power of the book. Every fall since 1993, an esteemed slate of authors and 500 book lovers from all over the country have gathered in Steamboat Springs for a single-day event that sells out each year. Together they revel in the written word, fueled by award-winning writers who share the stories and inspiration behind their exceptional books. Literary Sojourn is a nonprofit festival presented by the Bud Werner Memorial Library. It is the oldest and most anticipated literary festival in the Rocky Mountains.
Art Galleries and the Visual Arts
Artists' Gallery of Steamboat
The Artists' Gallery provides a venue for renowned artists and emerging talents. Open daily, year-round.
Steamboat Art Museum
The Steamboat Art Museum collects, preserves, and presents fine art to the public, with a primary focus on the culture and heritage of Northwestern Colorado. The building that is now the home for the Steamboat Art Museum was a gift from the estate of Helen Rehder, a long-time area rancher and artist, who stipulated that the building be used as a museum. The museum hosts various artists' collections and shows throughout the year.
Steamboat Springs Arts Council at the Depot - Eleanor Bliss Center for the Arts
The historic train depot along the Yampa River at the west end of town, is home to the Steamboat Springs Arts Council, an organization dedicated to art and cultural programming, and an advisor and advocate for over 30 affiliate local arts organizations. The Council also manages the Eleanor Bliss Center for the Arts at the Depot with two visual arts galleries and a community arts & culture resource center.
Steamboat Springs First Friday Artwalk
Art galleries, museums and alternative venues featuring art exhibitions remain open the first Friday of every month for this self-guided tour. Many offer changing exhibits, so there is something new to see each month. Free to the public, 5 - 8pm. Refreshments are served.
Tread of Pioneers Museum
The Tread of Pioneers Museum is dedicated to collecting, preserving and exhibiting the material relative to the history of Routt County and promoting an appreciation for the area's rich historic heritage.
Art Classes and Workshops
Colorado Mountain College / Alpine Campus
Explore classes in the performing, visual and culinary arts.
Focus Adventures Photo Excursions of Steamboat
Focus Adventures provides individual and small group photo tours of the Steamboat Springs area, year-round, emphasizing 'The Art of Seeing'. Week-long photo workshops are also available during the summer.
Steamboat Arts & Crafts Gym
The Steamboat Arts & Crafts Gym is a learning, recreational and retail center best described as a community 'creative gym'. It is a place to create, commune and contain a workout for your inner artist.