Bring on the British Isles

Although Aspen is a cosmopolitan town, it's also refreshing to get a culture blast -- and we're not talking the arts and entertainment kind. Instead, we like to get a taste of that big world that exists beyond our roundabout, and the Colorado Scottish Festival and Highlands Games will do just that. 

This weekend, clans from around the state come to Snowmass to participate in three days of Celtic music, Scottish athletic competitions, highland dancers, bagpiping and drumming competitions, a  British car display, a parade of Irish clans and a free concert. 

The best part? The parade of pooches featuring dogs of the British Isles. That means breeds like King Charles spaniel, Irish setter, West Highland terrier, sheltie, collie, English springer spaniel and great dane will be strutting their stuff (and hopefully wearing cute chapeaus) all weekend long. 

The festival takes place in Snowmass' Town Park Saturday, Aug. 1, and Sunday, Aug. 2. It runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and tickets range in price from $7-20 or $30 for a two-day pass. Get up pups out.