The Harris Concert Hall is located in the West

end of Aspen, in a quaint residential

neighborhood. Due to parking and traffic

problems, you should strongly consider

walking to the concert hall. It is a short ten

minute walk from the downtown area. Other

transportation options include biking or taking

the bus. When there are events at the concert,

it is very difficult to find parking.

The Aspen Music Festival and School were

founded in 1949 by Walter and Elizabeth

Paepcke from Chicago. Many music

professionals train here and all of the school

and festival performances take place in the

Harris Concert Hall, which seats over 2000


You should definitely try to visit Aspen during

the Music Festival. This takes place over a nine

week period in the summer, and there are

usually more than 200 planned events. People

from all over the world come to the Aspen

Music Festival, so be sure that you make your

plans and reservations early!

Another exciting event that takes place at the

Harris Concert Hall is the Aspen Film Festival.

This festival takes place three times each year.

The Aspen Shortsfest is held in the Spring. The

Aspen Filmfest is held during the Fall, and the

Aspen Academy Screenings are held during the

Winter. Again, people come from all over the

world for these events, so make your plans


The Harris Concert Hall is full of history, even

though the newest section of it wasn’t built

until recently. This is a major part of Aspen’s

history and culture, and you should try to attend

at least one event at the Harris Concert Hall

while you are in Aspen. Most events take place

in the evening; however there are also events

that take place during the day. You can check

with your lodge or hotel to find out what events

are planned at the Concert Hall each day. Also

inquire about the need to purchase advance

tickets for specific events.

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