Autumn Colors are on Full Display around Vail Valley This Week

By Caitlin Row

Golden yellow looks good on Vail Valley's numerous aspen groves. Now is the time to enjoy scenic overlooks by foot, bike or car.

I recently enjoyed the stretch of colorful views between Minturn and Leadville on Highway 24. Another fun place to enjoy autumn is the East Lake Creek hiking trail in Edwards.

Temperatures this week continue to cool down with highs spanning low 70s on Thursday, 60s Friday and Saturday, and high 50s on Sunday and Monday. Rain showers are predicted Friday through Sunday. This mix of weather means fall is taking over in the mountains. Snow even fell at higher elevations!

With that in mind, here are my top picks for Vail Valley This Week.

Photo: By Caitlin Row, views from East Lake Creek

Valley Events This Week

Septemberfest is planned down valley in Eagle on Friday and Saturday, September 22 and 23. This two-day street party offers free live music, craft beer by 7 Hermits, food, games, running races and more. Headliners include Anders Osborne and Fruition.

The Fall Wine & Food Classic Grand Tasting, a new event put on by Taste of Vail, is planned for Gerald Ford Amphitheater on Saturday, September 23. The event will run from 4 to 7:30 p.m. and it will feature 20 Vail Valley restaurants as well as 25 wineries.

Slow Fashion Vail will feature pop-up shops on Gore Creek Drive in Vail. These will be eco and ethical designers. A street fashion show will be part of the fun. This event is planned for Friday and Saturday, September 22 and 23, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Photo: Taste of Vail Facebook

More Things To Do

Are you an art lover? Then head to the fourth annual Vail Valley Art Show on Friday, September 22. This free, community art opening is planned for Colorado Mountain College in Edwards from 6 to 8 p.m. More than 225 works of art will be displayed. Live music by The Jeremiah Johnson Jazz Quartet is planned.

Vail Vitality Center, which is connected to Vail Mountain Lodge in Vail Village, will host a free Global Mala event on Saturday, September 23. Participants will be led through 108 sun salutations from 9 to 11 a.m.

Then head to Vail Farmers' Market and Art Show in Vail Village on Sunday, September 24. The market runs from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and offers lots of food vendors, artisans and clothing. This farmers' market runs every Sunday through the first weekend in October.

Photo: Vail Mountain Lodge

Looking Ahead

The fifth annual Vail Beaver Creek Restaurant Week is coming up as well. Dates of the 10-day event are Friday, September 29, through Sunday, October 8. This culinary attraction features a variety of prix fixe meal selections at $20.17.

Live music by Birdtalker is planned for Vilar Performing Arts Center on Tuesday, October 3. This is the first event of the Underground Sound Series. Learn about the series and this performance by clicking here.

Colorado Ski & Snowboard Museum Hall of Fame's 2017 Induction Gala is planned for Saturday, October 14, at Vail Marriott Mountain Resort in Lionshead. Individual tickets start at $225.

Photo: Birdtalker Facebook

About the Author Caitlin Row
Caitlin Row is a Vail local. She loves to ski, play in the snow (preferably with her dog) and taste all the Vail Valley has to offer.