It's Spring Break around Vail. That means it's busy on and off the mountain.
Be sure to call ahead for dinner reservations as many hotspots in the village are already booked up.
For those interested in playing outside, warm temperatures and sun are predicted with highs near 60 this weekend. That's going to feel much warmer when in direct sunshine, so folks should consider dressing in sheddable layers.
Here are my top picks for fun this week:
Photo: By Caitlin Row, covered bridge in Vail Village
Saint Paddy's Day
Saint Patrick's Day returns this year on Friday, March 17. Things to do include Hell's Belles, an all-girls ACDC tribute band, at Vail Ale House; Jubilingo performing originals and covers at Vail Brewing Company (EagleVail location) with DJ AG performing at the Vail Village location; and a Saint Patrick's Day Party at Bonfire Brewing in Eagle, including green beer and live music by Peter, Paul and Merry. Another Eagle location, 7 Hermits Brewing, will host live music by The Renegade Sons and offer Happy Hour pricing all day.
If you are going to partake in green beer on Friday, please drink responsibly and don't drive. Instead ride the bus, use Uber, call a taxi or a friend.
More Vail Things To Do
Cirque Montage, which is a mix of art, music, comedy and acrobatics, is set to perform Thursday, March 18, at Vilar Performing Arts Center in Beaver Creek. Primal J. and the Neanderthals will also perform Thursday at Vail Brewing Company's EagleVail location. Mark Farina, a well-known DJ, will take the stage at Bol in Vail Village on Thursday as well.
Saturday offers lots to do as well. Vail Brewing Company in EagleVail will host a Comedy Night. Brothers Keeper will perform live music at Shakedown Bar in Vail Village.
Then on Sunday, Patti LaBelle will sing as part of the Winter VPAC Concert Series at Vilar.
Photo: Cirque Montage
The sixth annual Vail Recreation District Krueger Family Shamrock Shuffle is planned for this Saturday. This post St. Patrick's Day celebration includes a 5K, a 10K and a kids' 1K fun run. The event will take place at Vail Nordic Center trails. Categories include showshoes and Yaxtrax, along with a non-prize-eligible running shoe category. Spectators are encouraged to attend as are green-themed costumes.
Then on Sunday, the Vail Pass Splitboard Meetup will kick off at 9 a.m. Sponsored by Weston Snowboards, the day of splitboard touring is free, though a $6 National Forest Rec Area fee is required. All participants must come prepared with a beacon, shovel and probe. It's important to note that the meetup group is not organized by permitted guides and it's not a touring class.
Photo: Vail Recreation District