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Spring into Action

As the ski season enters its final month, it’s not only the temperatures that heat up. Aspen plays host to events indoors and out, from the 10-day Bud Light Spring Jam to benefit parties and one of the country’s best film fests. Here’s our hot list of five don’t-miss dates.

Outdoor concerts are just one of many ways to celebrate spring in Aspen.

1. Red Bull Double Pipe Snowboarding Competition, through March 23
No, you’re not seeing double. This first-of-its-kind comp brings many of the world’s best snowboarders to Buttermilk, where they’ll piece together unprecedented runs by going back and forth between two side-by-side, feature-filled halfpipes. Can’t keep track of all of the action? Catch the replay on NBC on April 12. Free, Buttermilk

2. CORE Party with Beats Antiques, Friday, March 21
Aspen SkiCo always brings in bands that can get a crowd going for Spring Jam’s CORE parties. Tomorrow, get ready to expand your musical horizons with Beats Antique, an experimental world fusion and electronic group whose performances include belly dancing and tribal beats. Free. Corner of Cooper and Galena

3. Lavay Smith and the Red Hot Skillet Lickers, Friday March 21, and Saturday, March 22
Some of the hottest—and best value—tickets in town are those to JAS Downstairs @ the Nell, the series of intimate concerts with internationally know musicians put on by Jazz Aspen Snowmass. Lavay Smith and her seven-piece band, which includes four horn players, will get the joint jumping. Tickets $35. The Little Nell, 675 E. Durant

4. Aspen AIDS Benefit, Saturday, March 29
See what’s trending in fashion, from high-end designers to streetwear lines, at this third- annual high-energy event that combines dance, music, and story into a celebration that’s part theater, part runway show. Then get down with the models for a night of dancing. Proceeds benefit seven AIDS advocacy groups in Colorado and Africa. Tickets $25-$85. Belly Up Aspen, 450 S. Galena

5. Aspen Shortsfest, April 8-13
Discover the distinct appeal of the short film at Aspen Film’s annual Oscar-qualifying international competition, which showcases works that are 40 minutes or less. The fest’s intimate atmosphere lets you easily rub shoulders with up-and-coming filmmakers from around the world—that could be a future Academy Award winner you just chatted with in line for the restroom. Tickets $15. Wheeler Opera House, 320 E. Hyman