Colorado Ski Country USA member resorts are bringing in fall colors and cooler mountain temps with outdoor celebrations across the state. Labor Day Weekend kicks off with renowned film and jazz festivals, outdoor concerts, mountain biking, fireworks, and crafts.
Labor Day Weekend, Jazz Aspen/Snowmass brings legendary entertainment to the Roaring Fork Valley. This year’s headliners include John Mayer, Sting, Weezer, and Portugal The Man. AspenSnowmass.com In Telluride, Labor Day weekend is the prestigious Telluride Film Festival -a four day event showcasing film, creativity and community. On September 26-29th, vintage and exotic vehicles are showcased throughout town at the Cars and Colors Fest. TellurideSkiResort.com Copper Mountain continues its Labor Day tradition with all-day events including a crafts festival, live music, and fireworks. CopperColorado.com On September 7th, Winter Park Resort’s Mountain Oktoberfest offers guests the perfect setting for outdoor art installations, live painting competitions, and an art auction. A dozen breweries will participate in this all-day event. WinterParkResort.com Raise a glass to the fall season at Steamboat's Oktoberfest on September 13th and 14th. Rocky Mountain beer and local food specialties will be on hand with festivities unique to Steamboat. Steamboat.com September 21th, Purgatory Mountain hosts the Marmot Mountain Trail Race. Just shy of 12 miles, the race starts at the bottom of the mountain and ends at the very top with a post-race celebration of great food, beer and live music. PurgatoryResort.com August 31st is sure to be a great day on the Grand Mesa as Powderhorn Resort hosts its Gears and Beers Fest. Enjoy mountain biking, live music, a scavenger hunt and local beer and wine vendors. Catch the bikers as they pass through the 4th stop of the Revolution Enduro Biking Series. Powderhorn.com On Sept 1st at the rodeo grounds near Howelsen Ski Area, take in the Rocky Mountain Bull Bash as top professional bull riders compete for prize money. Granby Ranch will celebrate their 4th Annual Oktoberfest on September 29th with live polka music, cold beer and traditional food. Entry is free. GranbyRanch.com Don’t miss Arapahoe Basin’s first annual Oktoberfest on September 14th, featuring live Austrian folk music, Paulaner beer, giant pretzels, bratwurst, schnitzel and free chairlift rides. Arapahoebasin.com
By Rich Silver