The Ultimate Labor Day List of Events in Colorado’s Mountain Towns

Free Concerts at the newly renovated Dillon Amphitheater are a highlight of Colorado's mountain town concert events.

We have the Ultimate Labor Day List for an incredible weekend here in Colorado’s mountain towns and ski resorts. There is a huge lineup of fun things to do, delicious food to be tasted, music to be danced to and a world of adventure and relaxation out your front door or tent flap. If you love Colorado’s mountain towns then head to your favorite spot or print this list, pin it up and throw a dart. It will land somewhere fabulous with great things going on.

The Ultimate Labor Day List

August 30 – September 3, 2018
Zoppé Family Circus, Fraser

Zoppé Family Circus “Under The Big Top” Since 1842. Come see one of the last, most intimate, old-fashioned, family run, one ring circuses left touring in the United States today. Show Times: Friday August 31, 2018 7PM Saturday September 1st , 2018 1 PM, 4 PM, and 7 PM Sunday September 2nd, 2018 1 PM, 4 PM and 7 PM Monday September 3rd, 2018 1 PM Tickets will be available for purchase at The Granby Visitors Center, Device Doctors in Winter Park (next to Smokin’ Moes in Cooper Creek Square) and Winter Park Information Center with a limited number of $5 OFF coupons at ALL 3 ticket hubs. Tickets and pricing can found at

August 30 – September 2, 2018
Purgatory Grand Prix Pro GRT | Pro XCT, Purgatory Resort
The Pro GRT series makes its inaugural stop at Purgatory Resort in Durango over Labor Day weekend! Purgatory Resort, known for its deep downhill roots, held the first UCI Mountain Bike World Championships in 1990. We couldn’t be more excited to be included in the Pro GRT race series and look forward to an amazing event!

August 30, 2018
First Thursday Art Walk, Telluride
The First Thursday Art Walk is a festive celebration of the arts in downtown Telluride for art lovers, community, and friends. Nineteen venues host receptions from 5pm-8pm to introduce their new exhibitions and artists. Look for the flags. And starting June 14th they will be held weekly until September 13th
A free Art Walk Map offers a self-guided tour that can be used at any time to find galleries that are open most days. Listen to Open Art Radio on KOTO from 12-1pm on first Thursdays to hear interviews with the artists. Maps are available at participating venues and at the Telluride Arts offices located in the Stronghouse Studios + Gallery at 283 South Fir Street.

August 31, 2018
Yoga Fridays, Arapahoe Basin
Join your friends on Fridays in Mountain Goat Plaza at Arapahoe Basin for a one-hour yoga session with a local instructor. Space is limited; we recommend registering in advance. Drop-ins are welcome as long as we have room. All yoga participants receive a 15% discount for lunch the same day at the 6th Alley Bar & Grill.

August 31, 2018
Free Friday Night Concert, Dillon
Featuring the Hazel Miller Band. Hazel Miller is not just a great singer, “she is a force of nature!” quotes the Rocky Mountain News. Her voice has been called “stunning, moving and powerful.” Hazel has been a sought after performer in Colorado for the past 24 years. Whether she is singing blues, jazz, pop, or Gospel, her voice charges the songs with a primal dose of genuine soul.

August 31 – September 2, 2018
Durango Labor Day Rally, Durango
Join us for tons of fun over Labor Day weekend! Concerts, flat track motorcycle races, scenic rides, activities at Durango Harley Davidson, and more! More details to be provided soon.

August 31, 2018
Captain of the Boat, Steamboat Springs
The Captain of the Boat gravity race series is a bi-weekly event that will provide competitive gravity opportunities to riders of a broad ability level. With the focus on fun and camaraderie, experienced racers can test their skills against the best in the boat and new racers can enjoy a relaxed introduction to the competitive side of mountain biking. .

August 31 – September 3, 2018
Seven Peaks Music Festival, Buena Vista
Come to Buena Vista for the inaugural Seven Peaks country music festival! Come see Dierks Bentley, Miranda Lambert, Brothers Osborne and more! Great music, camping, and adventure in the heart of the Colorado Rocky Mountains!
For full info check out the festival’s website:

August 31 – September 3, 2018
Open Awards Art Show, Buena Vista
Chaffee Arts has been sponsoring a juried art show in Buena Vista for 34 years. The show is free and open to the public. It allows local artists to showcase their work and adds to the artistic vitality of our community.

August 31 – September 2, 2018
Four Corners Labor Day & Motorcycle Rally, Durango
The Four Corners Motorcycle Rally will return to Durango this Labor Day weekend as a revitalized and family-friendly event. Join us for tons of fun over Labor Day weekend! Concerts, flat track motorcycle races, scenic rides, activities at Durango Harley Davidson, and more! More details to be provided soon.

August 31 – September 3, 2018
OHV Rally & Festival, Lake City
Join us in Lake City for the 4th Annual OHV Rally & Festival!
For more information and registration please visit

August 31 – September 2, 2018
Four Corners Folk Festival, Pagosa Springs
Annual Four Corners Folk Festival takes place on Reservoir Hill Labor Day weekend! Another weekend music festival, this one planned for the waning days of summer. With an emphasis on folk rhythms, this year’s event features Nahko and Medicine For The People, Amy Helm, We Banjo 3, the Jon Stickley Trio, Front Country and many more

August 31 – September 2, 2018
JAS Aspen Snowmass Labor Day Experience, Snowmass
Jazz Aspen Snowmass Labor Day Experience is a community staple in the Roaring Fork Valley, known for its legendary and entertaining lineup. This year, don’t miss your chance to dance and sing along to headlining musicians Jack Johnson, Zac Brown Band, Lionel Richie, Micheal Franti & Spearhead and even more artists.

August 31 – September 1, 2018
Labor Day Weekend Music Festival, Sunlight Mountain 
Orpheus Music & Arts Festival will feature Local Bands, Artist, and On-site camping at Sunlight is available for the event. “In the interest of sustainability, all utensils will be reusable and our waste team is committed to composting and recycling all possible materials, and educating guests about Earth-friendly practices”. Tickets are $40 for one day, $60 for two days. A one-night camping pass is available for $15. Buy tickets online at

August 31 – September 3, 2018
Telluride Film Festival, Telluride
Each Labor Day weekend, the tiny mountain village of Telluride, Colorado triples in size. Swells of passionate film enthusiasts flood the town for four days of total cinematic immersion, embarking on a viewing odyssey, blissfully spending entire days in flickering dark rooms. With only an appreciation of celluloid to guide them, these devotees flock to the show, year after year. Why? Blind faith. They don’t reveal the program until everyone lands in town. Yet the Telluride family trusts that a unique experience will unfold.
The Telluride Film Festival is not just a picture show. It is Tributes to luminaries who’ve propelled the medium forward; it is candid discussions with a film’s creator or the historian who champions it; it is discovering that the person in line behind you made the film you just enjoyed; it is engaging in lively debate with every manner of film lover in the summer sun of a Colorado afternoon, always minutes away from a new exhibition. Telluride Film Festival audiences were the first in the world to laugh with JUNO, to observe THE LIVES OF OTHERS, to visit BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN, to learn the secret of THE CRYING GAME, to experience BLUE VELVET, and to witness THE CIVIL WAR. They resurrected the silent epic NAPOLEON, and highlighted the genius of animator Chuck Jones.
The Telluride Film Festival take great pains to remain not a competition, but a celebration of the best in film—past, present and future—from all around the world. This is one weekend immersed in an unabashed carnival of film: viewing, breathing, eating, and talking cinema. This is The SHOW.


September 1 – 3, 2018
43rd Breckenridge Gathering at the Great Divide
The 43rd Annual Gathering at the Great Divide Art Festival is moving up the ranks to #13 in the top 200 of fine art shows in the United States by Sunshine Artist Magazine. The tradition continues over Labor Day Weekend and will feature over 100 artists with a wide range of mediums including photography, wood, glass, jewelry and pottery just to name a few. Located on Main Street at Wellington, this show is a highlight of Labor Day festivities in Breckenridge.

September 1 – 2, 2018
Oktoberfest, Beaver Creek
Beaver Creek’s 19th annual Oktoberfest returns with foot stompin’ oom-pah-pah music, unbeatable beer and wunderbar wurst! Enjoy complimentary live entertainment in Beaver Creek Plaza all weekend and it’s the perfect time to be outdoors and hike, bike, play a round of golf and celebrate Oktoberfest in Beaver Creek. Musical highlights and headliners will be announced soon! Once again, guests of all ages will have the chance to compete in the Bavarian Costume Contest on Saturday. On Sunday, kids will be able to showcase their musical talents at the Kids’ European Alpenhorn contest. A Kids’ Fun Zone will be open from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday providing activities, arts and crafts designed for kids 12 and under. Don’t miss the Oktoberfest Shuffle before enjoying the brats and beer garden on Sunday morning. Oktoberfest offers free admission to the plaza and food and beverage are available for purchase. Commemorative steins will be available for $48 (cash or credit card) at the plaza bars – cost includes your first beer free! Stein supply is limited and will run out!

September 1 – 4, 2018
Labor Day Weekend, Breckenridge
Enjoy beautiful autumn temperatures and exciting events like the Summit Foundation’s Rubber Duck Race, the annual Sidewalk Sale, the Gathering at the Great Divide Arts Festival and more. With so much going on, you’ll need an extra day to experience it all.–events

September 1, 2018
Trout Unlimited and Optimist Fishing Derby, Buena Vista
Trout Unlimited and Optimist Fishing Derby including Pancake Breakfast and Hot Dog Lunch
Optimist Pancakes in The Park
7:30-9:30am – All you can eat
Kid’s Fishing Derby – No Entry Fee
For ALL under 15 years of age
Registration at 9am
Fishing Derby 10am-11am
All activities will be until 2pm

September 1 – 2, 2018
Copper Country,
Copper Mountain
Our Labor Day Tradition where Copper celebrates the best of the American spirit.  Incredible free live music, kids’ crafts and an arts festival, makes this THE Labor Day event for the entire family.
The 2018 line-up includes The Long Players, Marc Broussard, Ricky Skaggs, Umberto Fonte, Rodney Crowell, Richie Furay, Chris Hillman, Herb Pederson, Ronnie Spector & the Ronettes, The Mavericks, and a Country Showdown.
General admission is free, but there are VIP Tickets on sale that get you premier covered seating aside the Main Stage and a commemorative poster.
For additional festival information, visit

September 1, 2018
CB Unplugged, Crested Butte
Featuring Brent Cowles.
Head to Butte 66 for a live music event you don’t want to miss! CB Unplugged is a free music series, sponsored by the Town of Mount Crested Butte, which features nationally touring artists in an intimate setting. Thanks to a generous sponsorship from the Town of Mt. Crested butte, all CB Unplugged concerts are free and begin at 4 pm in Butte 66. New this summer.

September 1 – 2, 2018
Grand Traverse Mountain Run & Bike, Crested Butte
The Fifth Annual event offers the option to either run from the town of Crested Butte to Aspen on Saturday and/or mountain bike from Aspen to Crested Butte on Sunday.
The Triple Crown competition consists of the fastest times in the summer run, bike and winter ski race. For more information visit

September 1, 2018
Free Saturday Night Concert, Dillon
Featuring the Petty Breakers. As many of you know, we’ve been paying tribute to the music of Tom Petty and the Hearbreakers all over this great country for the last 8 years. First and foremost, we want to send out our heartfelt condolences to Tom Petty’s family, bandmates, friends and fans. Myself and my bandmates were devastated when we learned the news and are still numb as we mourn this loss. We are humbled by the number of messages we received expressing condolences and encouragement to continue to pay him tribute, and to keep his music alive. And we certainly intend to do just that for as long as we are blessed with the ability to do so. We would like to invite all fans to come and celebrate the life and music of Tom Petty.

September 1, 2018
Oktoberfest, Keystone
Kick up your heels and raise a stein with Colorado-brewed Oktoberfest beers from New Belgium, oompah bands and German fare that will make your mouth water!
Kids will love the chicken dancing as well as free face painting, a bounce house and dance performances from the Edelweiss Schuhplattlers. Parents will love the Colorado craft beers from New Belgium Brewery that draw from German roots.  Track down some lederhosen and train up for the Das Bier Burner 5K that kicks off the day at 12pm.  The trophy for crossing the finish line is a pint of delicious craft bier.  As an added bonus the River Run Village stores and shops are getting in the spirit and having an Oktoberfest Tent Sale that day so treat yourself to an end of summer goodie from one of the many unique shops.
We’ll prost to that.

September 1, 2018
Lake City Old West Shooters Shootout, Lake City

The Lake City Old West Shooters (LCOWS) are a group of volunteers committed to providing free entertainment to the public and to encourage tourism to support local businesses. Entertainment takes the form of fictional and factual western reenactments including; vignettes, music, readings, cowboy poetry, monologues and gun safety.

September 1 – 3, 2018
Ouray County Fair & Rodeo, Ouray
Come to the Ouray County Fair and stay for the livestock sale and firehouse dance on Saturday, the CPRA Roughstock Rodeo on Sunday, and the Roughstock Rodeo & Parade. Labor Day BBQ in Hartwell Park on Monday.

September 1, 2018
Salida Wine Fest, Salida
The 7th Annual Salida Winefest celebrates the vintages of wines from around the world, including samples from Colorado Winemakers in Salida, Colorado’s Riverside Park. Enjoy wine samples along the Arkansas River, from 1pm-5pm on Saturday, September, 1st with local food vendors, live music, and creations from local artists. No Dogs will be allowed in the park.

September 1, 2018
Wild West Air Fest, Steamboat Springs
Join us for the best air show entertainment in the mountains at the Wild West Air Fest 9:00am – 3:00pm on Saturday, September 1, 2018. Purchase tickets in advance and skip the line at the event!
The Wild West Air Fest features nationally renowned performers providing edge of your seat excitement as they perform thrilling aerobatics and formation flying. In addition, enjoy warbirds and static aircraft displays, great food, exhibits, vendors and activities for the kids.
Events take place at the Bob Adams / Steamboat Springs Airport. Free parking is available at the Stockbridge Transit Center (1505 Lincoln Ave.) and the Routt County Combined Court (1955 Shield D.), with city buses running to and from the event continuously.
Dogs will not be permitted on buses or at the event. There is no parking at the event site.
Whatever you choose, don’t miss this family-friendly weekend in Steamboat.
Adult – 13 years and up – $10
Youth – 6 – 12 years – $5
Children 5 and under – Free (ticket not required)
Learn more about the Wild West Air Fest please visit

September 1, 2018
Sunlight Mini-Mayor Campaign, Sunlight
Polls officially open. Launch your campaign at

September 1 – 3, 2018
Vail Jazz Festival, Vail
For 12 weeks of summer, the Annual Vail Jazz Festival will take over North America’s premier international resort community with performances by the world’s greatest jazz musicians.
From jazz legends to emerging artists, the Vail Jazz Festival presents a wide range of styles within the genre, including Swing, Salsa, Blues, Brazilian, the American Songbook and more. Vail Jazz is recognized as a major jazz presenter of the American West, sharing the talent and artistry of world-class jazz musicians with Vail visitors and residents alike in free and ticketed performances. For a complete performance schedule, call 970.479.6146.or visit

September 1 – 3, 2018
Labor Day Block Party & Sidewalk Sales, Winter Park
Sidewalk sales all weekend, live music with Grand Lake favorite, the Peggy Mann Band, as well as free face painting and balloon creations. New this year a scavenger hunt and family games. Make sure to check out the kids playground with climbing boulders and bouncy house.

September 2, 2018
Yoga Sundays, Arapahoe Basin
Join your friends on Fridays in Mountain Goat Plaza at Arapahoe Basin for a one-hour yoga session with a local instructor. Space is limited; we recommend registering in advance. Drop-ins are welcome as long as we have room. All yoga participants receive a 15% discount for lunch the same day at the 6th Alley Bar & Grill.

September 2, 2018
Breck Crest Marathon, Half & 10k. Breckenridge
It all started in 1995 when some hardcore mountain goats working for the Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center conjured up this awesome event. After the big snow year in 2005, the BOEC decided to move away from the event and we took up the torch after a one year hiatus.  The Breck Crest is quintessential Breckenridge. There’s something special about tackling the “thing” you look up at everyday…the beautiful Ten Mile Range is our backdrop and this course brings you smack into the heart of it.

September 2, 2018
Center for the Arts Presents Marchfourth, Crested Butte
The Center for the Arts is excited to announce MarchFourth on Sunday, September 2, 2018 at 8 pm. Tickets are available for $35 until 8/26 and $40 after that day.
Come on a joy-inducing, booty-shaking, soul-stirring journey with the big band vaudeville extravaganza that is MarchFourth. High energy originals are a genre-breaking force, rocketing through the swamps of Louisiana, to the Gypsy camps of Eastern Europe, to the African jungle by way of Brazil, echoing the deepest grooves of American funk, rock and jazz. The sonic explosion is delivered with brassy horns, rock-n-roll guitar, groovy electric bass and an astoundingly diverse percussion section. Over 20 traveling musicians and artisans seductively weave the colorful kaleidoscope of dancing beauties, high-stepping stilt walkers and swirling hula hoopers, whipping audiences into a celebratory frenzy with an over-the-top, multi-faceted cinematic spectacle.

September 2 – 3, 2018
Estes Park Alpaca Market, Estes Park
The 19th Annual Estes Park Alpaca Market (EPAM) will take place on September 1-2 at the Estes Park Fairgrounds in Barn W. This is a free event for the public, and provides a chance for people to meet alpacas face to face and see all the wonderful products that can be made using their fiber. Vendors will have a generous variety of products for sale, including raw fiber, yarns, sweaters, socks, scarves, gloves, rugs and household items. You can get answers to all your questions about starting an alpaca farm to what you can do with all that wonderful fiber. Alpacas are an easy to raise livestock species, and Colorado is home to well over 200 alpacas ranches in all corners of the state. Originally from South America, alpacas have been in the U. S. as a livestock species since 1983 and now number over 300,000 in country and are raised in all 50 states. There are two alpaca breeds, the huacaya and the suri, the only difference being the type of fiber each breed produces. Alpacas are a very hardy species and take a minimal amount of care. They are sheared once a year, typically in April through June here in Colorado. Alpacas come in 22 colors, and their fiber is very durable and well insulating. Please join us for a fun weekend in Estes Park and enjoy meeting some alpacas!

September 2, 2018
2nd Annual Gold Rush Duck Race, Georgetown
Please join us for the 2nd Annual Gold Rush Duck Race on Clear Creek in Georgetown! Duck numbers will be randomly assigned. Winner need not be present. Proceeds benefit HGI, restoration, preservation, and operation of the Hamill House Museum. Price: $5 per duck, 5-quack for $20, FREE to attend.
Winners need not be present, but it would be fun to cheer on your little quacker! Prizes include cash, gift certificates and more!
*Ducks are numbered and remain the property of HGI (they will be given a rest for the winter months and then back in training in the spring for our next annual race!).
Buy a duck now!

September 2, 2018
Raftoberfest, Glenwood Spring
Raftoberfest is a one of a kind Colorado event combining two of the states best assets, rafting down the Colorado River and enjoying amazing beers for a fun festival along the river after. Join us as we raft through Glenwood Canyon and end with an intimate brew festival at White Water Rafting LLC.
Raftoberfest is raising money to support Epic Experience. Epic Experience is a non-profit that offers free week long camps to adult cancer survivors from across the country.  Camps are help near Sweetwater Lake and other activities bring us to Glenwood Springs, including white water fun with our friends at White Water Rafting and soaking in the springs at Iron Mountain.
For tickets or more information, please visit

September 2, 2018
Summer Concert Series featuring “Drunken Hearts”, Arapahoe Basin
Take a scenic chairlift ride on the Black Mountain Express from 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.  At the top of the lift enjoy amazing views and BBQ served out of Black Mountain Lodge. Come back down to Mountain Goat Plaza for a beer and listen to the great music.

September 2, 2018
Taste of Keystone, Keystone
Round out your Labor Day Weekend with the annual Taste of Keystone. Enjoy sampling dishes from the resort’s award-winning culinary talent while strolling around the shores of Keystone Lake. Kids activities and live music keep the day fun for the whole family!{38ee0186-9050-47ff-bc2a-d033eeab9fd0}

September 2, 2018
CBB Sunday Scramble Race #3
, Powderhorn Mountain Resort
Race #3 will consist of a Le Mans style mass start by category on Blue Ribbon. Each competitor will take two laps; the competitors in each category with the lowest combined lap times will win sponsor-provided prizes. Live music the night before by Wave II.

September 2, 2018<
Lucky Ducky Race, Salida
Come to Frantz Lake to see the first annual Lucky Ducky Race  presented by the Salida Sunrise Rotary!  The fun begins at 11:00 am with games for kids and the young at heart.  Race time is 12:00 pm!  See over 2,000 ducks race to the finish line.

September 2, 2018
Rocky Mountain Bull Bash, Steamboat Springs
Watch some of the top professional bull riders in the world! This thrilling Pro Bull Riding event takes place 5:00 pm Sunday, September 2nd at the Romick Arena rodeo grounds in downtown Steamboat Springs. This is a fun action packed event for the whole family! Stay cool and out of the sun with covered seating. Gates open at 3:00pm.
Pick up tickets at the entrance to Romick Arena at the rodeo grounds, located downtown at 5th street and Howelsen Parkway in the Howelsen Hill sports complex.
General Admission (6 years & up) – $25
Covered Seating (6 years & up) – $35
Children 5 & under – FREE (ticket not required)

September 2, 2018
2018 Vail Rotary Duck Race, Vail
On Sunday, September 2 the Vail Rotary Club will send approximately 12,000 ducks down Gore Creek. The duck race will start at the Covered Bridge and the ducks will race down Gore Creek to the Vail Rotary International Bridge. The first duck into the chute will win $5,000 for it’s adoptive owner and could win them $1,000,000!

September 2, 2018
Family Labor Day Bike Fest, Winter Park Resort
Come enjoy a FREE Labor Day weekend at Winter Park Resort. Sunday, September 2nd is a day you don’t want to miss. Fun family activities start at 10:00 AM with our Green Horn-It race in the village for children 5 years and up. Yellow Designs Stunt Team will be putting on a BMX Big Air & Flatland freestyle from 12-2 PM. After the show, head over to the Village pond to enjoy our always entertaining Intergalactic Pond Crossing. The fun doesn’t stop there, immediately after the pond crossing we will be holding our first ever Trestle Bike Jousting Championships. Entry fee is $15 and participants must be 18+ and sign a waiver.

September 3, 2018
Craft Beer Flight Night at Heck’s Tavern,
Devil’s Thumb Ranch
Let’s Get Hoppy!
Enjoy four 4oz pours of some of the amazing craft brews offered here at Heck’s Tavern. Choose your four beers from our awesome rotating selection of 12 beers on tap.
$12 per flight; Mondays from 5pm – 9pm.

September 3, 2018
Annual Marina Mutt Show, Dillon
A day for the dogs!

September 3, 2018
Mt. Evans Summit Closes for the Season, Idaho Springs

Today is the final day to drive to the Summit of Mount Evans for the Season – The Scenic Byway will reopen in its entirety Memorial Day Weekend, Weather Permitting. You may however drive up as far as Echo Lake year-round, which is about halfway to the Summit of Mount Evans.
Mount Evans Scenic Byway is the highest paved road in the northern hemisphere. This incredible drive begins in Idaho Springs, as you take I-70 West to Exit 240 and head South – Simply, follow the signs to Highway 103 and Mount Evans. Drive South 14 miles and turn onto Highway 5, which will take you approximately 14 more miles to the Summit of Mount Evans. (From Exit 240, it is about a 1 hour drive to the Summit)
Just before Highway 5 you will arrive at Echo Lake. Be sure to visit the Echo Lake Lodge Restaurant and Gift Shop for a bite to eat, or to pick up a few souvenirs. It is also the last stop for water and restrooms before reaching the Summit. While you are here, you will need to check-in at the Forest Service Station and pay the Mount Evans Summit fee of $10 per vehicle to proceed driving up the remaining 14 miles on the highest paved highway in North America!
On your drive up you will pass several mountain lakes, and wind through the gorgeous Alpine Meadows, an ancient Bristlecone Pine forest with miles of undisturbed tundra, amazing plant life, and plentiful wildlife. You may even see Mountain Goats, Marmots, and many more animals along the way – We only ask that you DO NOT FEED any wildlife on your adventure.
Once you reach the Summit of Mount Evans, you will be at 14,265 feet with incredible views of the entire Front Range and the Continental Divide. Many of the flora and fauna life zones at the Summit are the same as those found at the Arctic Circle.


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