Events Calendar

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SEPTEMBER 

September 19 – 23, 2017
ATV Historical Color Tour, Buena Vista
Participants from around the country come to this off-road rally and mountain festival to visit the area’s historic mining sites and ghost towns on self-guided OHV tours. Ride to near the top of a 14,000 foot mountain, cross the Continental Divide, and take in the fall colors as the Aspen trees change to “gold”. http://www.buenavistacolorado.org/events/annual-historic-atv-color-tour/  

October 20 – 22, 2017
Annual Ski Swap
The Ski & Snowboard Club Vail’s Annual Ski & Snowboard SWAP is the best place to find all you need for the upcoming winter. Products include everything from alpine, snowboard, telemark and nordic equipment. All ranges of winter clothing and accessories such as helmets, gloves and goggles will also be available for purchase. Vendors will have their best selection of new and used products at this years swap. Used gear from the general public will be available at great prices. http://www.vail.com/events/event-details.aspx?year=2017&month=10&eventview=calendarview&eventName=2017%20-%20Annual%20Ski%20Swap 

September 21-24, 2017
Breckenridge Film Festival, Breckenridge
The Breck Film Fest returns for its 37th year presenting four days of films, forums, and parties during Breck’s breathtaking fall season. Hailed as one of the most engaging festivals for both filmmakers and attendees, Breck Film Fest strives to #inspire, #educate, and #entertain through the art of storytelling and personal discovery. Feel something; learn something; share something at Breck Film Fest! http://breckfilmfest.org/  

September 21 – 24, 2017
3rd Annual Telluride Festival of Cars & Colors, Telluride
The 3rd Annual Telluride Festival of Cars & Colors, September 21-24, 2017 is a world-class celebration for automobile aficionados and lifestyle enthusiasts set in the beautiful town of Telluride, Colorado. Nestled in the canyons of the San Juan Mountains, it’s placed against the backdrop of Telluride’s spectacular palette of September’s autumnal colors. Focusing on high-end restorations, vintage and exotic vehicles, the festival will occupy three distinct venues over the course of the four days: the downtown Telluride Historic District, Mountain Village and the Telluride Regional Airport. http://www.visittelluride.com/event/telluride-festival-of-cars-colors-09-21-2017  

September 21 – 24, 2017
Taste of Vail, Vail
Featuring seminars, outdoor tastings and wine pop-ups at pariticpanting restaurants. Music and other artistic programs including art will be featured as well. https://www.tasteofvail.com/ 

September 22 – 24, 2017
Parade of Homes, Durango
Welcome to the Parade of Homes presented by the Home Builders Association of Southwest Colorado! Since our first parade in 2003, we have been proud to exhibit the outstanding craftsmanship of so many of our members. Please visit our website http://hbasc.com/?page=Menu/Events/Parade+of+Homes+2017  

September 22 – 24, 2017
Fruita Fall Festival, Fruita
This historic event began as a harvest festival in 1910. Today, it’s still a main event in Fruita featuring live music, craft and food vendors, and fun fall activities. Don’t miss this award winning festival! Voted “Best of the West” for festivals by the Grand Junction Sentinel multiple times and for 3 years running. This is a 3-day event featuring fun for the whole family with a carnival, 140+ vendor booths, 2- stages with live music, races, parades, contests, and more! http://www.gofruita.com/party/fruita-fall-festival  

September 22 – 25, 2016
Mountain Harvest Festival, Paonia
The annual Mountain Harvest Festival has been celebrating the lifestyle of the North Fork Valley of Western Colorado since 2001. Enjoy 3 sparkling autumn days of music, art, performance, good food and local products. For details and schedule go to: http://mountainharvestfestival.com/  

September 23 – 24, 2017
Volario’s Weekend Brunch, Devil’s Thumb Ranch
Known for its classic Italian-style street café authentic cuisine, Volario’s is celebrating one of the weekend’s most popular dining experiences – brunch! Offered every Saturday and Sunday through September, enjoy a freshly prepared a la carte menu including $5 Bloody Marys and Bellinis (one per brunch purchased), and family fun yard games by the creek.  Brunch Punch Club cards also available to reward frequent diners.
Time: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Reservations: Advance reservations highly recommended, which can be made by calling (970) 722-1199 or online at www.opentable.com. More info: www.volarioswinterpark.com  

September 23 – 24, 2017
Hispanic Heritage Festival, Grand Junction
Join us in celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America. We will have live music, dancing, crafts, story-telling and much more! https://shopmesamall.com/events-news/event/hispanic-heritage-festival  

September 23, 2017
Leadville & Lake Count Oktoberfest, Leadville

The chamber of commerce and Cooper | Chicago Ridge will cosponsor an Oktoberfest celebration on Saturday, Oct. 17 from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. in the parking lot of the Leadville Visitor Center, 809 Harrison Ave. This chamber fundraiser features brats and sauerkraut – and BEER! Mark your calendars. (Sorry, this is a dog-free event. However, you are welcome to purchase an extra brat and take it home . . .)
https://leadville.com/event/leadvillelake-county-chamber-commerce-oktoberfest/  

September 23 & 24, 2017
Fall Photo Weekend Specials – Train Rides, Leadville
The Fall Specials will be September 16th, 17th, 23rd, 24th, 30th, & October 1st 2017 departing the depot at 10:00 am & 2:00 pm. www.leadville-train.com/ 

September 23, 2017
Color Weekend, Powderhorn
Take a scenic chair ride to enjoy the changing of the colors at Powderhorn! This long-standing tradition at Powderhorn gives friends and family a chance to come enjoy the scenery before the snow begins to fall down! http://www.powderhorn.com/events  

September 23 – 24, 2017
CU in Snowmass, Snowmass
Watch talented collegiate racers compete in Short-track, Downhill and Cross-Country events on Snowmass Mountain. All events are free to spectators. http://www.gosnowmass.com/event/cu-snowmass/   

September 23, 2017
Quick and Chainless, Steamboat Springs
Registration will be held on Saturday, September 23 from 9:00am-11:00am, prior to the event race, at the Steamboat Bike Shop just off the promenade in Gondola Square. Bib numbers, start time and chain storage options will be provided. Waivers will be signed at this time, if the participant is under 18 years of age, a parent/guardian must be present to sign the release waiver.
$30 entry fee. Registration is limited to the first 200 riders. Registration fee includes a Vitamin Water and race souvenir item. For those riders who do not have a Steamboat Bike Park Pass registration will cost $50 and will include Bike Park Access. Register at the Steamboat Bike Shop. https://www.steamboat.com/things-to-do/events/quick-and-chainless  

September 23 -24, 2017
Autumn Gold Festival, Estes Park
Aspens turn to a golden hue. The sounds of elk bugles reverberate throughout the air. It’s a perfect season for one of Estes Park’s late-autumn traditions when a series of bands herald Autumn Gold – a Festival of Bands, Brats & Beer. Entrance is free to dance, listen to music and enjoy the festival. The Estes Valley Sunrise Rotary will be offering mustard-smothered bratwursts, cold brews, soft drinks and more as talented local musicians and award-winning Colorado band play. Browse the vendor booths who will be offering corn on the cob, funnel cakes, fresh squeezed lemonade, roasted almonds and desserts.
Bring the kids! Free family activities include face painting, corn bag toss, a bounce house and a classic car show.
The highlight of the Autumn Gold Festival is the popular raffle with the winner taking home the grand prize of $5,000. Additional prizes include a $2,500 runner-up prize and various other cash awards. Raffle tickets are $25 each. http://www.visitestespark.com/events-calendar/special-events/autumn-gold-festival/  

September 23, 2017
Darn Tough Mountain Marmot Race, Purgatory
For all you trail runners out there, this one is for you. Have you ever stood at the bottom of a mountain, staring up at the  top, thinking to yourself:  “I wonder if I could run all the way up there?”  Well, now you’re going to find out!
“Mountain Marmot” is an epic trail race that is destined to become a classic. The course is simple—start at the bottom of the mountain…run to the top and back. Sounds hard? Yeah, it’s going to take some work. But think how great you will feel when you make it to the top!
The distance is roughly 11.5 miles. Because of the elevation gain, think of it more as a half-marathon. The best part is, the second half of the race is entirely downhill! If you have run similar races like Imogene, Kendall Mountain, or Kennebec Mountain, you will find this race to be easier by comparison, but still plenty challenging.
Post-Race Party: Because this race is such an impressive accomplishment, we’ll have a post-race celebration worthy of your effort.  Once you cross the finish line, the exclusive Durango Mountain Club welcomes you to their swimming pool and hot tub where we’ll have great food, beer, live music, and festivities—all included in your entry fee! https://www.purgatoryresort.com/events/marmot/?rec=1506157200  

September 23. 2017
Golden Leaf Half Marathon, Snowmass
Voted by Colorado Runner as the Best Half Marathon & chosen by Trail Runner Magazine as one of “America’s 14 most scenic races”. The Golden Leaf is one of the most beautiful foot races in the Rockies. This 13.1 mile half marathon traverses from Snowmass Village to the heart of Aspen on mountain trails and roads at the height of Colorado’s breathtaking fall colors. http://www.gosnowmass.com/event/golden-leaf-half-marathon/  

September 23, 2017
Hops and Handlebars, Winter Park
Our Trestle season is coming to an end so that means we must have a party to celebrate all the jumps, skids, and crashes that made up a rad season. Get a custom Hops and Handlebars cup, New Belgium® beer, and enjoy the live music. Don’t miss our 2nd Annual Mini Bike Race, the bikes may be mini but the competition is huge! Grab your friends and compete to win for all the bragging rights and some great prizes. http://www.playwinterpark.com/hops-and-handlebars  

September 30 – October 1, 2017
Volario’s Weekend Brunch, Devil’s Thumb Ranch
Known for its classic Italian-style street café authentic cuisine, Volario’s is celebrating one of the weekend’s most popular dining experiences – brunch! Offered every Saturday and Sunday through September, enjoy a freshly prepared a la carte menu including $5 Bloody Marys and Bellinis (one per brunch purchased), and family fun yard games by the creek.  Brunch Punch Club cards also available to reward frequent diners.
Time: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Reservations: Advance reservations highly recommended, which can be made by calling (970) 722-1199 or online at www.opentable.com. More info: volarioswinterpark.com  

September 30 – October 1,  2017
Elk Fest, Estes Park
The haunting call of the bull elk fills the Estes Valley during the early days of fall.  The call begins with deep, resonant tones that rise rapidly to a high-pitched squeal before dropping to a series of grunts. What is this strange sound and what does it mean? To celebrate the annual elk rut and learn about the “wapiti,” the Native American name for elk, Estes Park hosts the 18th Annual Elk Fest in Bond Park and the surrounding area.
Elk Fest features bugling competitions, a Cabela’s archery range, Colorado Parks & Wildlife’s Elk Camp, seminars, elk-themed kids’ activities, live country, rock and bluegrass music, elk-inspired arts and crafts, Native American storytelling & music, a display of raptors, and self-guided elk tour maps. There will also be a variety of vendors offering memorable souvenirs of your time at Elk Fest. Food vendors will be on site as well offering plenty of choices! Stop into the “Wallowing Hole” craft beer garden on both Saturday and Sunday serving up delcious drinks. Kick off the weekend festivities by participating in the Rut Run 5k on Saturday; registration starts at 8:30am and the race begins at 9am. Live entertainment will light up the park Saturday with popular Colorado bands on stage! There is no admission fee to attend Elk Fest. http://www.visitestespark.com/events/elk-fest/4855/  

September 30, 2017
Mountain Chile Cha Cha, Pagosa Springs
Scenic trail run on private trails! Followed by an all-day Chile Festival! 730am Kid’s Race start & 830am Main Race start. The Mountain Chile Cha Cha celebrates Fall and trail running, combining our incredible in-town trails with the famous Pagosa Springs music and green chile festival. Celebrate the series, the season, trail running and getting kids outside on Pagosa’s killer downtown trail course. Beautiful, challenging and remote, all right downtown. http://joingecko.ideavise.com/events/mountain-chile-cha-cha-festival/  

September 30, 2017
Fall Fest, Powderhorn Mountain Resort
Enjoy a scenic lift ride and enjoy the colorful scenery or rent a mountain bike and cruise down our biking trails before they are covered in snow! You can also join us at the Powderhorn Pub for live music and delicious food and beverage! http://www.powderhorn.com/events  

September 30, 2017
Pumpkin Festival at the Train, Silver Plume
This ever popular event is back with a new location for your enjoyment on September 30th, October 1st, October 7th, and October 8th. These excursions are a great favorite of children, their parents, and grandparents.
The festival is set up at the Silver Plume Station, where there will be a bouncy castle, spooky haunted house, pumpkins for kids to decorate and take home, games, face painting, and some wonderful characters to entertain the little ones. For more information please visit https://www.georgetownlooprr.com//  

September 30 – October 1, 2017
14’er Fest, Buena Vista
14er Fest encompasses a range trail activities including Off-Roading, Mountain Biking, Hiking, Fly Fishing and Trail Running events. A host of clinics will also be available so you can learn new skills or gain training tips from the experts. In the evening, you’ll enjoy live music and libations from some of our favorite Colorado breweries and distilleries. This event is free, but fees will be required for the running races and in-town camping sites. Camping info and race registration is coming soon. https://14erfest.com

September 30 – October 1, 2017
Vail Outlier Offroad Festival, Vail
Presented by SRAM and Scott Bikes, The Outlier Offroad Festival at Vail features mountain biking’s best brands and hottest bikes for 3 days of lift-served consumer demo within the golden glow of Vail’s aspen-lined hero dirt. Welcoming the country’s fastest Enduro and XC riders, Outlier also serves as USA Cycling’s Rocky Mountain Regional Enduro and Cross Country Championships for amateurs and pros. A $25,000 cash purse, live music, kids’ activities and all of next year’s bikes NOW make Outlier a must-attend event for families that love to ride! To learn more visit the official site at www.outlier.bike. 

 

OCTOBER 

October 1 & 2, 2017
Fall Photo Weekend Specials – Train Rides, Leadville
The Fall Specials will be September 16th, 17th, 23rd, 24th, 30th, & October 1st 2017 departing the depot at 10:00 am & 2:00 pm. www.leadville-train.com/ 

October 1, 2017
Pumpkin Festival at the Train, Silver Plume
This ever popular event is back with a new location for your enjoyment on September 30th, October 1st, October 7th, and October 8th. These excursions are a great favorite of children, their parents, and grandparents.
The festival is set up at the Silver Plume Station, where there will be a bouncy castle, spooky haunted house, pumpkins for kids to decorate and take home, games, face painting, and some wonderful characters to entertain the little ones. For more information please visit https://www.georgetownlooprr.com///  

October 5 – 8, 2017
Durango Cowboy Poetry Gatherin, Durango
The Gathering is an exciting, fun-filled event with evening performances and Saturday daytime sessions. Poets and musicians from throughout the country grace our intimate stage at The Strater Theater, performing classic and contemporary poems and songs that will bring tears to your eyes and keep you in stitches. http://www.durangocowboypoetrygathering.org/main.php  

October 6 – 7. 2017
Downtown Art Festival, Grand Junction
The Downtown Art Festival will be October 6-7, 2017. Visit Downtown galleries and local businesses to see local talent displayed in various forms of artwork. For details on all that will be happening go to: http://www.downtowngj.org 

October 6, 2017
First Friday’s Artwalk, Gunnison
First Fridays Art Walk in Gunnison has a fabulous history in showcasing talented artists from an array of galleries, restaurants, and other fine venues. The event runs in local art galleries and restaurants from 5-8pm. 

October 7, 2017
Oktoberfest 2017, Durango
Join us this fall for Oktoberfest Durango 2017 on October 7 at La Plata County Fairgrounds! Featuring beer provided by Durango Bootleggers Society, food vendors, art booths, games, and live music! Oktoberfest is a family friendly event! For more info and updates visit our website. https://www.oktoberfestdurango.com/  

October 7. 2017
Quilt & Fiber Arts Festival, Palisade
See yarns, fiber and art, demos and vendors, fiber art gallery, animals, food and music. Fun for the whole family and free admission! https://palisadecoc.com/  

October 7, 2017
CMU Regional Championships, Powderhorn Mountain Resort
Powderhorn is proud to host the venue for the Colorado Mesa University Regional Championships. Watch as collegiate athletes compete against other athletes for the regional title at the Powderhorn Bike Park. http://www.powderhorn.com/events  

October 13 – 15, 2017
Telluride Horror Show, Telluride
Colorado’s first and longest-running horror film festival – named one of the Coolest Film Festivals by MovieMaker magazine – attracts the latest and best horror films from all over the world for a goose-bump-inducing gathering. https://telluridehorrorshow.wixsite.com/telluridehorror  

October 15, 2017
Estes Trail Ascent, Estes Park
The Estes Trail Ascent is Colorado’s best mountain race!  Join us for amazing dirt trail and top of the world mountain views.  This course offers a short challenging ascent and a fantastic run along Colorado’s best ridge line. The Estes Trail Ascent captures scenery you will want to return to, even when you are not racing!
The race starts at 8,500 feet and reaches a high point of  9,085 feet; and has 1,877 feet of rolling elevation gain along the way. Race start line takes place at the top of Pole Hill Road, at the Roosevelt National Forest boundary line.  Combining jeep trail and single track, the course offers Colorado’s best trail running experience. Runners descend a short and steep portion of Pole Hill Road to the finish line, at Ravencrest School. http://epmarathon.org/trail-races/estes-trail-ascent-run/  

October 21. 2017
Pumpkins & Pilsners Festival, Estes Park
This free fall festival has activities and entertainment for all ages. The perfect place to pick your pumpkins with live music and craft beer for the adults, as well as games, crafts and a bounce house for the little ones.
Enjoy additional activities like pony rides (free from 1-4pm), face painting, temporary tattoos, tractor rides, pumpkin bowling, sack races and giant Jenga. Challenge your friends in the strider mini-bike course or on the hay bale jump.
The pumpkin patch sells pumpkins for only $5 each and you can set them aside in the well-guarded ‘sold’ corral while you enjoy the fun. Bring or decorate a pumpkin and enter into the decorating contest (by 1pm) for a chance to win great prizes!
Each year a hand-picked selection of seasonal, local craft beers are on hand. This year, sip suds from a souvenir mug – featuring brews from the Estes Park Brewery and Rock Cut Brewing Co. http://www.visitestespark.com/events-calendar/special-events/pumpkins-and-pilsners-festival/  

October 21, 2017
Fall Festival at Mesa Mall, Grand Junction
Join us for the 3rd Annual Fall Festival and enjoy a variety of family fun, fall-themed activities, including a free pumpkin patch, an outdoor beer garden, live music, food trucks and a Starbucks make-your-own hot cocoa and apple cider station. 

October 27, 2017
Nightmare at the Museum, Frisco
Dare to visit the Museum afterhours to explore the Historic Park by lantern. Enjoy a macabre evening at the Museum after hours.  American Gothic and Victorian attire encouraged – light refreshments and treats provided.  Nevermore!!!  

October 27, 2017
Trick or Treat Street Harvest Fest, Palisade
This year the Town of Palisade will host the 7th Annual Trick or Treat Street & Touch a Truck on Friday, October 27th, in Downtown Palisade starting at 3:00. New this year is Harvest Fest, which will follow Trick or Treat Street at Riverbend Park from 5:00 PM-9:00 PM.  Harvest Fest will feature a bonfire, vendors, fall games, Pet Parade, Jack o’ Lantern Contest, live DJ and dance floor, and the Mario Kart Half Mile.  Admission is $5.00 per car to park, and a few activities will have an additional fee such as the Pet Parade, charging $3 per dog or $8 per dog team and the Mario Kart Half Mile charging $5.00 per person.  All pre-registrations will have the parking fee waived.  Contact palisade Rec at 464-5602 for more info or email Sarah at sbrooks@townofpalisade.org if you would like to get involved in some way. https://palisadecoc.com/trick-treat-street/  

October 28, 2017
Bill’s Ranch Walking Tour, Frisco
Museum staff will lead a historic tour of Frisco’s Bill’s Ranch community.  Participants will discover how this unique residential area originated, learn the connection to Frisco’s survival and explore original pioneer cabins from the early 20th century.  Call the Museum to sign up – space is limited. Choose from 2 tour time options: 10:00am-12:00pm OR  2:00pm-4:00pm. Warm and comfortable clothing and footwear encouraged – No Dogs Please! www.FriscoHistoricPark.com  

October 28, 2017
Sage Burner Trail Race, Gunnison
50 mile/50k/half marathon/10k trail race in the beautiful Hartman Rocks Recreation Area. https://gunnisoncrestedbutte.com/event/sage-burner-trail-race/  

October 31, 2017
Trick Or Treat Trot, Vail
Get ready for Halloween fun! The Trick or Treat Trot is a great opportunity for young kids (infants up to 10-year-olds, plus their families) to trick-or-treat through the streets of Vail from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Starting at welcome booths in both Vail Village and Lionshead, costumed trick-or-treaters will be greeted and given free balloons. They will then be pointed in the direction of participating merchants, who will display oversized jack-o-lantern bags at their entrances. This popular event takes place rain, snow or shine. http://www.vailrec.com/sports-activities/tournaments-events/trick-or-treat-trot  

 

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