We had a debate here the other day about our favorite season in Colorado. The general consensus was: Fall, Winter, Spring and Summer, in that order. We like Fall best because it’s that anticipatory time before ski season when you get your skis shined up (or buy new ones), grab a stick of Juicy Fruit, and so forth, plus the air gets crisper and the leaves change.
We also like it because most of the tourists leave (no offense, tourists) and you can tour the high country in relative peace when it’s in its arguably most beautiful state. All that said, Breckenridge is one of the best Fall destinations, and here’s a list of stuff to look for, starting with this Labor Day weekend…
Labor Day Weekend: There’s lots going on this weekend, including Sidewalk Sales Days (today through Monday), the Great Divide Art Festival (Saturday through Monday), The Summit Foundation Great Rubber Duck Races (Saturday), 19th Annual Pig Roast (Saturday), Breckenridge Wine Festival (Saturday), Breck Crest trail races (Sunday), and the Breckenridge PRCA Pro Rodeo (Saturday and Sunday). Click here for times and details.
Fall for the Arts, Sept. 6-8: With the Breckenridge Arts District’s ongoing expansion – three new buildings and four historic rehabs are set to be complete by fall 2014 – Fall for the Arts offers workshops, gallery walks and free museum days.
Breckenridge Oktoberfest, Sept. 13-15: Last year, Breckenridge Oktoberfest expanded to include an extra day of street partying. This year the VIP party includes complimentary dirndls or lederhosen. Now in its 19th year, Breck’s Oktoberfest brings a weekend of parties, German cuisine and plenty of Paulaner beer.
20th Annual Hearthstone Wine Dinner, Sept. 17: The Hearthstone Restaurant pairs the wines of Pine Ridge Vineyards (Napa) and Archery Summit (Oregon), plus a dessert liqueur by Breckenridge Distillery with a four course meal to benefit Breckenridge’s Family and Intercultural Resource Center (FIRC). Tickets are $100 per person and include all food and drink. All ticket sales support FIRC.
Breckenridge Festival of Film, Sept. 19-22: The Breckenridge Festival of Film highlights the art and craft of filmmaking. In addition to dramas and comedies, this year’s festival offers several outdoor-inspired documentaries including “Antarctica: A Year on Ice” and “Bumming Colorado’s Ski Country.”
Breckenridge Craft Spirits Festival, Oct. 4-6, 2013: Craft distillers will gather in Breckenridge for the Craft Spirits Festival, which features a grand tasting, restaurant specials, a downtown pub crawl and historic saloon tours.
The North Face Speaker Series with Conrad Anker: The Impossible Climb, Oct. 12: Conrad’s climbing career runs the gamut from Everest to Arctic big walls, but the vertical Shark’s Fin on India’s Mount Meru pushed him the hardest. Demanding two grueling expeditions and a teeth-clenching dose of suffering, Meru was Conrad’s ultimate expedition. Hear him tackle the topic during The North Face Speaker Series event at Breckenridge’s Riverwalk Center. General admission is free and there’s a paid VIP meet-and-greet to benefit the Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center.