HardRock Summit, a new trade show event for the gem, jewelry, mineral and fossil industries debuted in downtown Denver from Sept. 16–21 , 2021, and welcomed more than 1,900 professional buyers, 3,000 visitors and 200 exhibiting companies. 

The “Evolution” part of the show focused on minerals and fossils, along with the annual Denver Gem & Mineral Show, were held at Colorado Convention Center from Sept. 16–19. “Sparkle & Joy,” a destination for fine gemstones and jewelry with a dedicated pavilion by the American Gem Trade Association, took place at Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel from Sept. 18–21. 

“We are so proud of the event and this new experience that connected the fine minerals and fossils worlds to the fine jewelry and gem communities for both discovery and business opportunities,” says Christoph Keilmann, co-founder of HardRock Summit. “In addition to the business opportunities, HardRock Summit curated some of the most remarkable and breathtaking special exhibits and educational talks for attendees to learn from and enjoy, and we are grateful to the museums, private collectors and thought leaders that helped bring these once-in-a-lifetime exhibits and educational presentations to life.”

HardRock Summit returns to Denver Sept. 8 – 11, 2022, with Evolution and Sparkle & Joy being held at the same time, under one roof, at Colorado Convention Center. An estimated 60,000 square feet of exhibit space will encompass more than 200 exhibitors and numerous educational sessions are being planned.  

The 2021/2022 ski season has not only brought some big storms early on, the opening of new and refreshed mountain town lodging properties also has welcomed winter. Copper Mountain is among the few, if not the only ski resort in Colorado, to welcome a new hotel and Element 29 is its first and only hotel. 


First conference under leadership of new association managers Kinsley Meetings

The Meetings Industry Council of Colorado Educational Conference & Tradeshow returns to a fully in-person gathering at Colorado Convention Center in Denver on March 1–2, 2022. The annual MIC conference attracts more than 1,000 participants, including approximately 350 meeting and event planners along with suppliers and others who attend from around the country.

Schedule at a Glance


Larger communities host citywides, while mountain resorts are more about “villagewides.” Taking this concept to heart, Beaver Creek has introduced a new collaborative website to help meeting planners envision multi-venue and multi-hotel meetings and events for groups of 150 to 1,500 guests at the Colorado ski resort and to submit RFPs.