The last full week in October is upon us! Snow is starting to stick when it falls and evening temperatures are seriously chilly.
Plus Halloween is this coming Tuesday, October 31, followed by Day of the Dead celebrations on November 1 and 2. Holiday activities are plentiful around Vail Valley starting this weekend. This is a good week to be in town, enjoy the autumn setting, partake in off-season deals and get festive.
Weather this weekend will be mostly clear and cool with highs in the 40s and 50s. Sunshine will make it feel much warmer though during the day, so don't overdress. I made the mistake of wearing snow boots for a hike last weekend and regretted it almost immediately.
With that in mind, here are my top picks for Vail Valley This Week.
Photo: Pumpkin by Candy Elkind of Everything Colorado
Halloween Events Around Vail Valley
Jarabe Mexicano will perform mariachi-style music at Vilar Performing Arts Center in Beaver Creek on Thursday, October 26. This band is currently traveling on its Dia de los Muertos tour. Tickets are $28 per person.
Minturn Saloon's well-loved, annual Halloween Party is this Friday, October 27. The event's theme this year is "The Big Ugly," and it kicks off at 8 p.m. Cost is a $20 donation to Minturn Community Fund.
Then on Saturday, October 28, 10th Mountain Whiskey and Spirit Co. is hosting a 1920s Prohibition Party at its Gypsum location. Jazz, a costume contest, drinks and more will be part of the fun. A Turtle bus ride from Vail is available if requested. Tickets are $45 in advance and $50 at the door.
Maya Modern Mexican Kitchen & Tequileria is hosting a Day of the Dead Halloween Party in Avon, also on Saturday, October 28. It's located at The Westin Riverfront Resort and Spa at Beaver Creek, and the festivities begin at 9:30 p.m. Guests in costume will enjoy free tacos.
Vail Village Trick-or-Treat Trot is Tuesday, October 31, from 2 to 5 p.m. in both Vail Village and Lionshead.
More Vail Things To Do
West Vail Liquor Mart and Boone's Wine and Spirits in Eagle are both hosting tasting events on Friday, October 27, with a seasonal theme. West Vail is offering pumpkin-flavored beer and Boone's theme is Howl at the Moon with Blue Moon brews. Then West Vail Liquor Mart is hosting its 45th Anniversary Celebration on Saturday, October 28, from 2 to 6 p.m. It will feature a sparkling wine tasting, cake and lots of giveaways.
Alpine Arts Center in Edwards offers a lot of creative programming for all ages – Cocktails and Canvas events, Art Storytime, drawing classes, after-school programs, Mommy and Me, and much more. There's an upcoming pumpkin-carving activity from 4 to 8 p.m. on Friday, October 27.
If you're feeling a little hungover after an adult Halloween celebration (refer to the section above for event ideas), check out hydration options with iV Bars in the Valley. Located in Edwards, this wellness-focused business offers vitamins and nutrients in drip form.
The Westin Riverfront Resort and Spa in Avon is hosting Football Specials at the Lookout during any college and NFL game. This includes food and drink deals.
Photo: Alpine Arts Center Facebook
Planning Your Winter Vacation
Ski season at Vail and Beaver Creek is just around the corner. There's no time like the present for securing a hotel room or vacation rental for your next winter vacation to Vail Valley.
Looking for winter activities other than skiing during your upcoming stay? Click here for a full list of options, spanning snow tubing, ice skating, sleigh rides and much more.
Photo: By Barry Eckhaus, Everything Vail Valley; taken near Vail Pass last weekend