Last week I wrote about cooler weather arriving around Vail Valley. This week, however, is reminiscent of July temperatures — just in time for the ever-popular Labor Day weekend. It's going to be hot and sunny all weekend with highs predicted to be 82 Saturday through Monday.
Labor Day weekend is an important marker around Vail. It's pretty much the unofficial end to summer (or official, depending on who you talk to). Temperatures stay pleasant well into September, but crowds tend to dissipate a bit, making it a serene time of year for visitors to enjoy all that the valley has to offer. Plus food, drink and hotel deals tend to pop up in September, too.
With that in mind, here are my top picks for Vail Valley This Week.
Photo: By Caitlin Row, aspen tree grove in East Vail
Labor Day Weekend Festivities Abound
The Motet kicks off Labor Day weekend right at Vilar Performing Arts Center in Beaver Creek. They will perform live music Thursday, August 31. Tickets are $30.
Prosit, a new German-beer-focused tasting room, is hosting a Grand Opening Party on Friday, September 1. Live music will be performed by Those Austrian Guys, and Munich Oktoberfest biers will be served on tap.
Agave in Avon will host live music by Gasoline Lollipops, also on Friday. Tickets are $10 at the door or $5 in advance. Check out the dining options at Agave before the show.
Beaver Creek Resort will host its own version of Oktoberfest on Saturday, September 2. Visitors will enjoy live music by Trachtenkapelle, a band straight from Austria. The Helmut Fricker Band and headliner Hard Day's Night, a Beatles tribute band, will perform as well. A beer garden and food vendors are part of the fun.
The 11th annual and ever-popular Gourmet on Gore is offered Friday through Monday, September 1 to 4. Hosted primarily in Vail Village, this festival features culinary treats, wine and beer tastings, interactions with food and beverage experts, live jazz music, culinary demonstrations, kids' activities and more. A special brunch is hosted on Bridge Street as well. For a full listing of activities, click here.
For more daytime and nightlife events this week, head to Vail Valley This Week.
Photo: Gourmet on Gore Facebook
More Things To Do Around Vail Valley
Nova Guides, an outfitter located near Vail, is offering summer activities like Vail Jeep tours, paintball, guided ATV tours, archery and more.
After a rough night out (think too much to drink at Oktoberfest), consider testing out iV Bars in the Valley in Edwards. It offers iv therapy specific to recovery and dehydration. Its staff will travel to customers if getting to Edwards is an issue.
Then head to Vail Valley Escape Room in Avon with a group and solve the Save the Mountain! escape-room challenge. Learn more about this offering here.
Need to relax? Head to Vail Mountain Lodge in Vail Village and book an appointment at its fantastic spa. Enjoy a relaxing body treatment or facial, then lounge at its outdoor hot tub. Or get a workout at Vail Vitality Center, also located at Vail Mountain Lodge.
Feel like shopping? Check out end-of-season sales at Bridge Street Ski Haus in Vail Village. Eye Pieces of Vail is doing an Oakley Trunk Show at its Beaver Creek location during Oktoberfest on Saturday. And Pano, a clothing boutique in Vail Village, is doing its own Labor Day weekend sale with offerings 20% to 70% off.
Photo: Courtesy of Pano
Looking Ahead to Fall Fun
Lionshead Village's Oktoberfest is Friday through Sunday, September 8 to 10.
Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals will perform Friday, September 15, in Avon at Nottingham Park Pavilion. Click here for tickets! Doors open at 5 p.m., and the show will start at 6 p.m. Hotel and transportation packages are available here. This is the same weekend as Vail Village's Oktoberfest, which is Friday through Sunday, September 15 to 17.
Beaver Creek's Hike to the Mic "music-destination" festival is Saturday, September 16, and Sunday, September 17.
Vail Farmers Market and Art Show continues in Vail Village on Sundays through the first weekend in October.
Photo: Courtesy Ben Harper and Town of Avon