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Ready, Set, Gather

sasquatch-music-festival-washingtonThe scene at Washington’s Sasquatch Music Festival. Make your own festival magic this summer. Photo by Dave CoxSummer fun lies in trying to pack in the music, food, adult beverages, and outdoor adventure. See the Summer 2012 issue (out early July) for a report from Washington’s Sasquatch Music Festival and our picks for music events in the high country this season. For the best of the rest, keep reading.

Vermont, Colorado, California, British Columbia
Squaw Valley hosted the first yoga and music extravaganza in 2009, and now it’s gone continental. Visit Stratton (June 21–24), Copper (July 5–8), Squaw Valley (July 26–29), or Whistler (August 23–26) to get centered and rock out surrounded by the mountains. wanderlustfestival.com

Burke, VT | June 22–24
This is the mountain bike festival the East Coast didn’t know it needed. The Kingdom Trails Association built some of the country’s best singletrack in this northeast corner of Vermont. For the first time ever, the group is partnering with Burke Mountain Resort and the MTB Adventure Series for a weekend of demos, camping, group rides, and live music. kingdomtrails.com

Fourth of July
Steamboat Springs, CO | July 4
What’s more American than rodeo, a pancake breakfast, and a parade? Steamboat’s Independence Day celebration brings Western flair to these national pastimes. Add a mountain bike ride, a trail run, or a tube float down the Yampa River, then indulge at the ice cream social. steamboat-chamber.com

Park City Kimball Arts Festival
Park City, UT | August 3–5
The main event on Park City’s summer calendar, this arts festival brings more than 200 artists to town for its 43rd edition. With dedicated activities for kids (think tie dye and ceramics) and artisan foods on hand to complement the visual feast, the festival setting in historic Old Town offers fun for the whole family. parkcitykimballartsfestival.org

Whistler, BC | August 10–19
Ten days of adrenaline-drenched action at the premier mountain biking destination in North America. Pick your poison: the fat tire crit winds through Whistler village; the speed and style event combines dual slalom and freeride tricks, plus enduro, best trick, and pump track competitions. crankworx.com

USA Pro Cycling Challenge
Colorado | August 20–26
Last year’s inaugural event set a new standard for American bike races. This year, 135 of the world’s best roadies descend on Colorado for another high-altitude tour. Cheer them on as they attack daunting climbs over nine mountain passes. Stages start and finish in mountain towns built for adventure and summer getaways, including Durango, Telluride, Aspen, and Crested Butte. usaprocyclingchallenge.com

Jay Peak Trail Running Festival
Jay Peak, VT | September 1–2
Make the most of the last gasp of summer with this New England Labor Day gathering. Enter the kids in the mini-marathon (2.62 miles), and choose from three 5K courses, graded from green circle to black diamond. Up the ante with the 10K or 50K to log the most miles before the snow falls. jaypeaktrailrun.com —Olivia Dwyer

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