How to Attend
The Aspen Ideas Festival is held in unique venues spread across the art-filled, 40-acre Aspen Institute campus in Aspen, Colorado.
The Festival is divided into two sections. Passholders select either Festival 1 (June 23 - 26, 2024) or Festival 2 (June 26 - 29, 2024) and are invited to attend the community picnic and Afternoon of Conversation on June 26, 2024. Aspen Ideas: Health will be held June 20-23, 2024. Registration opens on November 16.
If you would like to attend both Festival 1 and 2, consider becoming an Aspen Ideas Patron.
The Aspen Ideas Festival programming follows themes that are consistent through Festival 1 and Festival 2. The Festival Agenda is not announced until June, so passholders choose which section to attend based on their own scheduling preference.
Celebrate 20 Years of Aspen Ideas
In 2024, we celebrate the 20th edition of the Aspen Ideas Festival. This landmark Festival will be guest curated by award-winning journalist, editor, and author Tina Brown.
Attendees can expect programming that addresses today’s pressing issues and reflects on the enduring power of ideas. Celebrations are being planned around campus throughout the 2024 Aspen Ideas Festival.
Where to Stay
We encourage attendees to book their travel arrangements as soon as possible as Aspen lodging reaches capacity during the Festival.
For complete travel planning assistance, we recommend contacting Pam Urig with Stay Aspen Snowmass (firstname.lastname@example.org or 888-649-5982) or Marcie Cutler at Ski.com (email@example.com or 970-900-8827).
Save up to 20% on Lodging for the 20th Aspen Ideas Festival
Aspen Square Hotel
Save 20% on studios or two-bedroom condominiums when you reserve at least 3 nights between June 17 – July 2, 2024.
Search availability here and use promo code INSTEBO2024.
Offer expires December 31, 2023.
Save 20% on guest rooms at Aspen’s newest luxury hotel from June 19 – 30, 2024.
Search availability here.
Offer expires Jan. 8, 2024.
The Gant Aspen
Save 15% on condominiums at The Gant when you reserve least 3 nights between June 19 – 30, 2024.
Search availability here and use promo code IDEAS24.
Save up to15% on guest rooms and suites when you reserve at least 3 nights between June 19 – 30, 2024.
To book, call (855) 329-2460 between 7am and 7pm MT or email firstname.lastname@example.org and mention the Aspen Ideas Festival.
See additional lodging options below.
Hotels and Condo-Hotels
Annabelle Inn | 232 W. Main St. | (877) 266-2466
Aspen Mountain Lodge | 311 W. Main St. | (888) 261-0092
Aspen Square | 617 E. Cooper Ave. | (970) 925-1000
The Gant | 610 S. West End St. | (800) 549-0530
Hearthstone House | 134 E. Hyman Ave. | (970) 925-7635
Hotel Jerome | 330 E. Main St. | (855) 331-7213
Independence Square Hotel managed by Frias Properties | 404 S. Galena St. | (970) 428-2441
Limelight Aspen | 355 S. Monarch St.| (855) 925-3025
Limelight Snowmass | 65 Wood Rd. | (855) 369-2460
MOLLIE Aspen | 111 S. Garmist St. | (317) 753-6979
St. Regis Aspen Resort | 315 E. Dean St. | (970) 920-3300
The Little Nell | 675 E. Durant Ave. | (855) 920-4600
W Aspen | 550 S. Spring St. | (970) 431-0800
Viceroy Snowmass | 130 Wood Rd. | (877) 235-7577
Viewline Resort Snowmass | 100 Elbert Ln. | (970) 923-8200
Please Note: Lodging at the Aspen Meadows Resort on the Aspen Institute’s campus is reserved for speakers during the Festival.
These local property management companies and brokers specialize in Aspen and Snowmass vacation rentals and can help you find a property that meets your group’s size and budget.
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Getting to Aspen
We recommend flying into Aspen/Pitkin County Airport (ASE), which is approximately 10-15 minutes from the Aspen Institute’s campus and hotels throughout Aspen. During the summer, direct flights to Aspen are available from Denver, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles and San Francisco. Complimentary airport transportation is offered by many hotels and should be coordinated directly with the property.
The drive from Denver to Aspen is approximately 4 hours depending on traffic and weather with two routes available either over Independence Pass (via Highway 82) or on I-70 via Glenwood Canyon and Glenwood Springs. Check cotrip.org for up-to-date information and any road closures.
From Grand Junction, Aspen is an easy two-hour drive. Take I-70 East to Glenwood Springs. From Glenwood Springs, take Highway 82 to Aspen.
From Eagle/Vail, Aspen is about 1.5 hours, first on I-70 West to Glenwood Springs, and then connecting with Highway 82 to Aspen.
Getting Around Town
Downtown Aspen is very walkable, and the WE-cycle bikeshare program makes quick trips across town easy and fun. Additionally, complimentary shuttles will operate during the Festival to bring attendees from hotels in downtown Aspen to campus (less than 1 mile). The shuttles will make continuous loops between campus and downtown hotels during key event hours. A shuttle schedule will be available at registration.
The City of Aspen also has a free, city-wide bus system. The cross-town shuttle runs every 30 minutes to and from downtown Aspen to the Aspen Institute campus and the Benedict Music Tent, between 7:54 am and 9:00 pm daily. For more details about public transportation, visit the Roaring Fork Transportation Authority’s website.
There is no parking on the Aspen Institute campus (including the Benedict Music Tent parking lot) during the event. Attendees are encouraged to park at the Rio Grande Parking Garage and take the Parking Garage Shuttle.
If you have special transportation needs, our event services team will be available to assist you.
Weather and Altitude
Daytime highs in the summer are typically in the high-70s to mid-80s Fahrenheit (21-26 C). Evenings are in the 40s F (5-10 C). The weather in Aspen changes quickly and summer rainstorms are common. Sunscreen is encouraged.
Aspen is situated at nearly 8,000 feet above sea level. Oxygen levels are lower at high altitudes. That coupled with the dry climate can contribute to symptoms of altitude sickness. Avoid altitude sickness by staying well-hydrated, avoiding alcohol, and keeping physical exertion to a minimum. Check out the Aspen Chamber’s Tips for Getting Adjusted to the Altitude to help you acclimate.
Activities in Aspen
Bike from Aspen to Woody Creek Tavern
Bike from Aspen to Woody Creek Tavern on the Rio Grande Trail. It is a flat gravel path. Woody Creek Tavern is a historic Aspen restaurant that Hunter S. Thompson frequented. The restaurant has outdoor seating. Take the bus and bikes back to Aspen to avoid the ride back!
For information about the surrounding mountains, visit the White River National Forest website.
From where to pick up your event pass and how to get around campus, to where to eat and what to wear, the Attendee Guide is your go-to resource for answers about attending the Aspen Ideas Festival.