First Chair Festival is back to welcome in the winter-season, and it's bigger and better than ever! It's a one day event, located right in the heart of Downtown Denver.

Fall is a seriously exciting time of the year for snow enthusiasts. People get obsessively anxious for the season to start, with constant reminders that snow is coming. Scattered ski film premieres and big bargain sales have been a part of the passage into winter that we’ve always experienced. This fall it will be the time to bring the community together and have one big kick off to the ski season with First Chair Festival, featuring ski film premieres, live music performances from Air Traffic Controller and the Moth & The Flame , a giant gear sale, and more! This nationally recognized festival is a definitive point to mark the transition into our favorite time of year. This day long event gives everyone a chance to feel that the season is about to begin.

You definitely don't want to miss out on the industry's most anticipated ski event of the season.

Rules of Entry

All attendees must provide a valid event ticket to gain entrance to the event.
Event entrance is on Champa St. between 13th St. and Speer Blvd.
Re-entry is permitted only for those aged 21 and over.
Attendees who appear intoxicated at entry may be turned away. First Chair Festival reserves the right to deny anyone entry due to misconduct or over intoxication.


Artist Content

The event will feature videos, live performances and announcements. Some lyrics, gestures, announcements or other content may be offensive to certain individuals. We ask that anyone who would be offended by such content not attend. If anyone believes such content is unsuitable for minors, please keep them at home.

Disabled Patron Access/ADA Accommodation Notice:

First Chair Festival will be wheelchair accessible. For an ADA accommodation, please contact [email protected]

Emergency Evacuation

In the unlikely event of an emergency evacuation, please follow all directions and demands made by security and police officials onsite.


To anyone traveling in from outside our Mile High City, please be aware of the affects of high altitude. Stay hydrated, wear sunscreen, and please mind your alcohol consumption. There are various water stations around the festival so please be sure to drink water. Altitude sickness and/or sunburn could really ruin your day at the festival.

Prohibited Items

- No outside food or drink permitted. Food trucks and bars are available within event perimeter. - No glass containers permitted. - No weapons of any kind permitted. - No digital, film or video cameras (other than cell phones) permitted unless proper media credentials have been obtained from the organizers.

Illegal Substances

Consumption or possession of any illegal substances while in attendance will result in immediate removal from the festival. We know Colorado is a "green friendly" state, but please keep in mind that this is a public event and public consumption of marijuana is still illegal.

Crowd Surfing/Moshing

While there are no laws in Colorado against crowd surfing or moshing, we would like everyone to be as careful as possible during the event. If an attendee seems to be a threat to themselves or others, removal from the event may occur.


Festival Date

Saturday, October 7, 2017
1pm - 10pm

Festival Location

Denver Performing Arts Complex & Sculpture Park
1231 Champa Street, Denver, CO 80204

Age Restrictions

This event was created for everyone in the ski community and our goal is to ensure everyone has a great experience, while remaining safe at the same time.

Age 15 & under: Adult supervision required
Age 16-18: Adult supervision advised

All attendees 21 and over must present a valid form of ID in order to participate in the consumption of alcohol. Anyone with an expired or invalid ID will not be allowed to drink.



Get ready Denver! First Chair Festival has landed at a spectacular four-block, 12-acre site in the heart of Downtown. The Denver Performing Arts Complex (DPAC) and Sculpture Park is a unique venue connected by an 80-ft-tall glass roof and most known for "The Dancers", two 50-foot high sculptures located at Speer and Champa, directly across from University of Colorado, Denver. This year's venue will be better than ever with outdoor theater-style film premiere viewing, a huge outdoor sound stage, a custom built 3-story street-style Pro Rail Jam setup, vendor village, food trucks, huge gear sale, autograph signings, and more.

The Denver Performing Arts Complex & Sculpture Park is centrally located just east of Denver’s well-known LoDo District and across the street from the Colorado Convention Center and its 40-ft-tall Blue Bear. The venue is also just a 15-min walk from Union Station, the Light Rail and 16th Street Mall, making easily accessible for anywhere.


From Denver International Airport (DIA):
Head north on Pena Blvd. for about 11 miles.
Merge onto I-70 West. Continue for approximately 5 miles.
Merge onto I-25 South. Continue for approximately 2 miles.
Exit the freeway at Speer Blvd (Exit 212B).
Turn left (south) onto Speer Blvd.
After approximately 1 mile, turn left onto Arapahoe St. The DPAC parking garage is on your immediate right, between Speer and 14th Streets.

From the South:
Head North on I-25 toward Downtown Denver.
Exit the freeway at Speer Blvd. (Exit 212). Turn left (south) onto Speer Blvd.
After approximately 1 mile, turn left onto Arapahoe St.
The DPAC parking garage is on your immediate right, between Speer and 14th Streets.

From the East:
Head West on I-70 toward Downtown Denver.
Merge onto I-25 South.
Exit the freeway at Speer Blvd (Exit 212B). Turn left (south) onto Speer Blvd.
After approximately 1 mile, turn left onto Arapahoe St. The DPAC parking garage is on your immediate right, between Speer and 14th Streets.

To search using your GPS system or an online map, please use the following address:
1350 Arapahoe Street, Denver, CO 80204

Please note this is not a mailing address. Don’t forget that you can park and ride! To use the RTD Light Rail system, take trains D, F or H to the Theatre District Convention Center Light Rail stop. The Denver Performing Arts Complex is directly across Champa Street from the stop.


Denver Performing Arts Complex & Sculpture Park
1231 Champa Street, Denver, CO 80204


The eight-story, DPAC parking garage is located onsite and can accommodate 1,700 vehicles. There are two garage entrances: One located on Arapahoe Street and the second on 13th Street. Additional parking is available at the Colorado Convention Center Parking Garage located at the corner of Speer Blvd and Champa Street, just two blocks south of the DPAC garage.

If you decide to drive to the event, please drive sober or have a Designated Sober Driver to escort you home at the end of the night. DUI's aren't fun for anyone.


Doors Open

Film - HG Skis “Eat The Guts”

Film - The Big Picture “Lite Years”

Film - Good Company “Guest List”

Film – Level 1 “Habit”

Film – Picture Organic “In Gora”

Band – Air Traffic Controller

Band – The Moth and The Flame

Eagle Pass Giveaway
Buy your ticket before Saturday to be entered to win the heli skiing trip of a lifetime for you and a friend from Eagle Pass Heli.

Film - Matchstick Productions “Drop Everything”

Film – The Faction Collective “This is Home”

Event Ends


HABIT by Level 1 Productions

IN GORA by Picture Organic Clothing


Guest List by Good Company

THIS IS HOME by The Faction Collective

Lite Years The Big Picture Movie

Eat The Guts from HG Skis




Get your early bird tickets now before prices go up. See the ticket-pricing schedule below.   7/5/17 – 9/6/17
  • General Admission $10
  • VIP $40
9/7/17 – 10/6/17
  • General Admission $15
  • VIP $40
10/7/17 (Day of Event)
  • General Admission $20
  • VIP $60


This year's VIP Pass is better than ever! We only have a limited number available, so get yours before they're gone.  
  • All-access pass to the festival.
  • VIP goodie bag with gifts from our generous sponsors & partners
  • 2 free drinks at the festival (includes beer for those 21+)
  • 1 food truck meal voucher
  • 1 commemorative 2017 First Chair Festival T-shirt
  • Exclusive VIP entry into the festival
  • No waiting in line
  • Exclusive VIP level bar access
  • Exclusive VIP restrooms
  • Exclusive autograph signing with the pros
  • Free one-year digital subscription to Powder Magazine
  • With more benefits to be added!!
VIP PASS DETAILS & INSTRUCTIONS *All access does not include area of production, front of house, the festival stage, backstage, under scaffolding for rail jam or areas security prohibits. 2 free drinks of your choice include a bottle of water, soda, energy drink, or beer* (*served only to those 21 and over). Hard alcohol, mixed drinks, spirits, or shots are not included. Drink tickets will be available in your VIP bags, redeemable at festival bars. Free digital subscriptions to Powder Magazine must be redeemed by mailing in the postcard included in your VIP bag. Upon arrival please look for signage indicating VIP entry into the festival. VIP bars and restrooms are identified on the festival maps which can be viewed ahead of time by downloading the First Chair Festival Mobile App through Google Play or the Apple Store.   Availability is extremely limited!