Oktoberfest Fun Continues in Vail, Along with Lovely Autumn Color

By Caitlin Row

Autumn colors are popping up more and more this week around Vail Valley. It's not peak leaf-peeping season yet, but it's certainly well on its way. Consider planning an autumn color viewing expedition in the next few weeks to get the full effect.

Temperatures continue to cool as well, though it's still pleasantly warm in the mountains. Some thunderstorms are on the books for the earlier part of this week, with clear weather and mostly sunny skies predicted for this weekend. Saturday and Sunday will offer highs of 65 and 68 degrees respectively, with Monday peaking at 71.

I visited Vail Village's farmers market this past Sunday, and farm-stand produce offered at the event made the visit worth while. I'm still enjoying Sweet Sweet Olathe corn, Palisade peaches and heirloom tomatoes.

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

Photo: By Caitlin Row, Vail Village Farmers' Market

Events This Week

This weekend offers a variety of events for visitors and locals alike. 

Vail Oktoberfest is all weekend, Friday through Sunday, September 15 to 17, in Vail Village (last weekend it was hosted at Lionshead). This is a big weekend for beer drinking, traditional German food, Bavarian music, yodeling, contents and much, much more. Attend one day or all three.

Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals will perform at Avon's Nottingham Park Pavilion on Friday, September 15. Grammy winner Ben Harper puts on a fantastic, live show and this one is a must-see! I suggest making plans to attend it after Oktoberfest on Friday. Head over in an Uber and dance the night away. Tickets are available for purchase. The show opens at 6 p.m.

Beaver Creek Resort will host its first-ever Hike to the Mic music festival from Friday through Sunday, September 15 to 17. The Altitones will perform on Friday at 7:30 p.m. in the village. Then mountaintop concerts are planned Saturday from 1 to 5 p.m. Musicians on the books include Elephant Revival and Elvis Costello. An after-party is planned in the village from 7 to 9:30 p.m. On Sunday visitors can enjoy yoga and barre classes as well as a live art demonstration. Click here for a full schedule. 

Photo: Ben Harper Facebook

More Vail Things To Do

Synergy Center for Wellness in Avon is hosting an open house on Friday, September 15. Offerings include two sessions of free Pilates group classes. 

Then head over to Rocky Mountain Silver and Beads in Edwards for a Saturday, September 16, jewelry class. Learn to make Kumihimo jewelry at 11 a.m. with Patti, the instructor. Cost is $45 per person. Another Hammered Earrings Jewelry Class is planned for Monday, September 18, at 3 p.m.

Vail Farmers Market and Art Show is this Sunday (and every Sunday through the first weekend in October). Enjoy the vendors, get lunch and take some produce home with you. Minturn and Edwards farmers markets are both on Saturday.

Vail Valley Escape Room in Avon is offering a newly opened, second escape room called "Marble Mountain Mystery." Cost is $35 per person. Groups will focus on finding a treasure lost on Marble Mountain. This is good for kids aged 9 and older. It's also fun for adults.

Photo: Vail Valley Escape Room

Looking Ahead

Events continue through the month of September. 

Taste of Vail will host another event called the Fall Wine & Food Classic, with a Grand Tasting set for Saturday, September 23, from 4 to 7:30 p.m. This is a picnic-style food festival with more than 25 wineries and 20 restaurants participating.

The fifth annual Vail Beaver Creek Restaurant Week is planned for Friday, September 29 to Sunday, October 8. Prix fixe meal specials at local restaurants will be available for $20.17.

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.