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From Trick-or-Treat Trots to costume contests, pumpkin patches and puppet shows, it’s a busy Halloween weekend: Tricia’s Weekend Picks 10/28/22

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This year, Halloween falls on a Monday but there are plenty of things going on for the kids and adults leading up to the spooky holiday. We’ve listed them out by day so you can plan to do as much or as little as you like around the Vail Valley this Halloween season.


Pumpkin Carving at Alpine Arts Center: Bring a pumpkin and leave with your hand-carved or painted jack-o-lantern. For $15, Alpine Arts Center provides the instructors, tools and templates, and they will also have some treats. Two time slots are available at either 4 or 6 p.m. and parents, there will be “witching hour” specials with beer, wine and champagne for $4. Sign up at AlpineArtsCenter.org.

A Kiddie Halloween Party will be held at North Coast Originals on Broadway in downtown Eagle on Friday from 4 to 7:30 p.m. Here, your kids can get crafty by making paper jack-o-lanterns and they can even eat their creations by dipping caramel apples and decorating cookies. For more information, visit Bit.ly/KiddieHalloween.

Glow Flow Yoga at the Athletic Club at The Westin Riverfront Resort and Spa welcomes you to do yoga practice with a Halloween twist. Participants are encouraged to wear a costume and glow bracelets and necklaces will be handed out before DJ Kirby spins the tunes during class. A $20 donation is recommended and will benefit the Vail Breast Cancer Awareness Group. Go to AthleticClubWestin.com for more details.

From hot dogs to yetis, the creativity in costumes is endless in the Vail Valley around Halloween.
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Halloween Parents Night Out gives parents a break while their kids head to the Vail Gymnastics Center on Friday from 6 to 9 p.m. for a costume contest, tricks for treats, open gym time, games, pizza, drinks and a Halloween movie. This is for kids ages 5 to 12 and the cost is $35 if preregistered or $40 for drop-ins. Register in advance at VailRec.com/Register.

Alter Ego Costume Ball is a fundraiser for the Eagle Valley Child Care Association to keep early childhood tuition affordable. Discover your alter ego and head to the Brush Creek Pavilion in Eagle from 6:30 p.m. to midnight. There will be dinner and dessert by Lauren’s Kitchen and live music by Grey Rails plus a silent auction. Tickets start at $35 and you can purchase them at GiveButter.com/c/AlterEgo.

7 Hermits is having a Hermits Halloween Bash on Friday night. Live music with Uncle Charlie’s Band (featuring members of The Runaway Grooms) will start at 8 p.m. Costumes are strongly encouraged and there will be a costume contest, Jell-o shots and more. Note: 7 Hermits in Eagle will be closing its doors after its Halloween party to make way for a new restaurant coming this winter, so say “goodbye” on Friday.

10th Mountain Whiskey & Spirit Company is hosting its Halloween Costume Party on Friday from 7 to 9:30 p.m. at the Vail Tasting Room on Bridge Street, Vail Village. Enjoy drink specials and awards for best costumes.


Burn some of the Halloween candy calories by taking part in a 2K Fun Run on Saturday from 9 to 11 a.m. at Nottingham Park. Wear your Halloween costume but make sure you can maneuver the path around Nottingham Lake. There will be a costume contest with prizes awarded after the race and registration includes entry to the run, one pumpkin and one carving kit (while they last). Ziploc bags will even be provided so can keep pumpkin seeds and make a tasty treat at home. Visit Avon.org for more info.

Walking Mountains Science Center hosts its Science Spooktacular: Super Spy Science Fun from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Avon. Kids will learn the science of solving mysteries through hands-on activity stations and interactive experiments. Go ahead and wear the costumes and get ready to learn and have fun. Visit WalkingMountains.org for more info.

Music Makers Hacienda Musica Fright at the Museum brings in Bravo! Vail musicians to Walking Mountains Science Center in Avon starting at 9 a.m. for a spooky concert followed by a forest walk and instrument petting zoo. More information can be found at BravoVail.org.

Mountain Youth’s Annual Pumpkinfest, presented by Village Market Edwards, will be taking place on Saturday at Riverwalk in Edwards. Start out at The Bookworm of Edwards with Spooky Storytime at 10 a.m., then head over to the Backyard in Riverwalk from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. for face painting, yard games, bounce house, hot cocoa and more. Grab a pumpkin at the Mountain Youth table for $5. Riverwalk will also host Trick-or-Treat Street for even more candy gathering opportunities at area businesses. More info at MountainYouth.org.

For those who dare…there is a Polar Plunge that will take place in Avon. Wear your Halloween costume and take a dip in Nottingham Lake. Registration starts at 11 a.m. and the Polar Plunge goes from 11:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. This challenge is a fundraiser for Special Olympics Colorado and there’s a $75 fundraising minimum for all adults and $50 fundraising minimum for students and Special Olympics Colorado athletes. Please visit SpecialOlympicsCo.org/Event/AvonPlunge/ for more information.

Fall Fun Fest at 4 Eagle Ranch offers Halloween fun for the whole family hosted by Mountain Life Calvary Chapel from 1 to 4 p.m. Wear your costumes and head to the ranch for games, bouncy houses and lots of candy. This is a family-friendly event, so no scary costumes.

Trunk-or-Treat at Eagle Vineyard Church will offer not only candy but tricycle races, games and fun for all ages. Check it out from 2 to 5 p.m. at Eagle Vineyard Church.

Trunk-Or-Treat with Episcopal Church from 4 to 5 p.m. Let your kids roam between creatively decorated vehicles in the parking lot of the Edwards Interfaith Chapel on Highway 6.

A Celebration of Spirit event will be held with medium Becky Hesseltine. This time of year is a great way to celebrate our spirit-loved ones who have departed from this physical life. Join Becky at Helen’s House in Minturn on Main Street on Saturday from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Tickets are $45 per person. Learn more at BeckyHesseltine.com/Events/2022/CelebrationOfSpirit.

Halloween at Grand Avenue Grill will feature the music of Jen Mack from 6 to 9 p.m. in Eagle. Come enjoy dinner, drinks, a good crowd Mack’s music will include originals and covers that span the decades and have been influenced by Billie Holiday, Bonnie Raitt and Anita Baker.

Ein Prosit is hosting a Halloween party with prizes for best costume, drink specials, live music and more in Avon starting at 6 p.m.

Minturn Community Fund will host its annual Halloween Party with Minturn’s own Turntable Review band. The event will be held in downtown Minturn at Magusto’s with drink and food specials. There will be a costume contest and the theme this year is “The Looney Bin,” in case that inspires any costume ideas. $20 donation at the door and the event starts at 9 p.m. Minturn.org/Home/Events/14951.

The Turntable Review will play at the annual Minturn Community Fund’s Halloween Party at Magusto’s in Minturn.
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Primal J and the Neanderthals play at Agave in Avon from 9 p.m. until 2 a.m. A $500 cash prize will be handed out for best costume, so, get off the couch for this one.


If you missed this event on Saturday, Walking Mountains Science Center hosts its second installment of Science Spooktacular: Super Spy Science Fun from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Avon. Kids will learn the science of solving mysteries through hands-on activity stations and interactive experiments. Go ahead and wear the costumes and get ready to learn and have fun. Visit WalkingMountains.org for more info.

Music Makers Hacienda Musica Fright at the Museum brings in Bravo! Vail musicians to Walking Mountains Science Center in Avon starting at 9 a.m. for a spooky concert followed by a forest walk and instrument petting zoo. More information can be found at BravoVail.org.

It’s not quite a Halloween event, but Touch A Truck was postponed last Sunday and rescheduled for this Sunday. This event gives kids a chance to get up close and hop in and touch these vehicles that are so mesmerizing, all courtesy of the Vail Public Library and Children’s Garden of Learning. This will be held at the Ford Park parking lot and will run from 10:30 a.m. until noon.

Minturn Trick-or-Treating happens on Sunday starting at 5:30 p.m. Stop by Town Hall for trick-or-treating and photo opportunities. Candy is available until 7:30 p.m. or until it runs out. Then, roam the streets of Minturn for more trick-or-treating. For more information, visit Minturn.org/Home/Events/13911.

The staff at Minturn Town Hall will be ready for the trick-or-treaters on Sunday.
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Also in Minturn on Sunday, check out Rockin’ Halloween with Radio Free Minturn. DJ Dash and DJ Dana will host this at the studio at 105 Williams Street on Sunday during the trick-or-treating with candy for the kids and T-shirts to sell to moms and dads. To get into the spirit of things, Radio Free Minturn will be playing “War of the Worlds” from about 5 to 8 p.m.

The Ultimate Halloween Costume Party will be held at Route 6 Cafe in EagleVail on Sunday starting at 7 p.m. with the music of Rewind. This is a fundraiser for the Vail Valley Theatre Company (whose “A Rocky Halloween” musical shows have sold out this week). $20 is the ticket price and includes one drink. Wear your best Halloween or ’80s costume as this event will be full of people in the Halloween spirit. Visit VailTheatre.org for more info.

Rewind will play at the Ultimate Halloween Costume Party at Route 6 Cafe on Sunday.
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Trick-or-Treat Story Time will be held at the Vail Public Library from 1 to 2 p.m. (right before the Trick-or-Treat Trot from 2 to 5 p.m.) This free offering is perfect for babies and toddlers and will feature non-scary Halloween stories and poems and a special appearance by Alp Arts Puppetry. Go to VailLibrary.com for more info.

The 30th annual Vail Trick-or-Treat Trot is the place to be on Monday afternoon. This free event is for infants up to 10-year-olds and their families and allows them to roam the streets of Vail and Lionshead from 2 to 5 p.m. Participating merchants will have an orange jack-o-lantern leaf bag outside their front door. The Trick-or-Treat Trot takes place rain, snow or shine so please dress for the elements and bring your own reusable bag or containers for collecting candy. For more information, go to VailRec.org.

In the Vail Valley, Halloween isn’t just for the kids, adults like to dress up, too.
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The Skipper & Scout boutique in Vail Village is ramping things up on Halloween with not only trick-or-treating at the store, but also music with DJ Piro, face painting and a costume contest with an exciting prize. The event goes from 2 to 5 p.m. Instagram.com/skipperScoutVail/.

We don’t want to leave out the older kids, so the Gypsum Public Library is hosting a Teen Night Costume Contest where those 12 and older are invited to show off their costumes, join in some fun and participate in the outcome by voting for their favorite costume of the night. The event goes from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. and more information can be found at EVLD.org.

One more Oktoberfest in Vail, classic cars, hiking to wine, trail running races and more: Tricia’s Weekend Picks 9/16/22

Vail Oktoberfest

This could be it for a while…well, until Gyptober Fall Fest in Gypsum on Oct. 1, but as far as up valley Oktoberfest events go, this will be the last one until next year. The oom-pah music has gone from Beaver Creek to Lionshead the past two weekends and now it travels to Vail Village for more fall fun Friday thru Sunday.

Keg Bowling will be back, along with the bratwurst eating contests, stein holding contests, Kid-toberfest activities like face painting, caricatures, balloon artists and more. This week’s musical lineup includes Helmut Fricker and the Rhinelanders and the Average German Band again and then the Ryan Dart Band and The Evolution will rock the crowds after the accordion have been put down to rest. Entertainment will also be provided by the GTSV Alpen Auerhahn Dancers and more Schuhplatter dancing will be back this week as well.

Brats, pretzels, Bavarian desserts and other delicious bites can be found along with Spaten beer. The official Vail Oktoberfest stein is available in glass in the one liter and half liter sizes and in ceramic in the half liter size.

Oktoberfest runs from noon until 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and from noon until 6 p.m. on Sunday. The event is free and you pay as you go for food, drinks and some of the kids activities like face painting, balloon animals and caricatures. This is a popular event, so best to keep dogs at home as it gets congested in areas and the keg bowling, cheering and music can be loud in your doggy’s ears. For more information, go to OktoberfestVail.com.

Heart and Soul Festival

Avon will wrap up its summer concert series with the Heart and Soul Festival this weekend.
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Avon has had a long season of concerts at Nottingham Park this summer. From AvonLIVE! on Wednesday nights to wrapping up the weekend with Sunset LIVE!, the tunes have been a big part of the fabric of the heart of the valley. That spirit continues with one more blast of concert fun this Saturday with the Heart and Soul Festival.

Avon is bringing in two award-winning performers, starting with Pato Banton and the Now Generation. Pato Banton’s musical career has spanned four decades. Banton’s mother was from Jamaica but she moved to London where Banton was born. This Grammy-nominated reggae star has toured with the English Beat, Steel Pulse, UB40, the Marleys, Sting and many more stars. He now resides in Southern California. He is known for his positive and uplifting concerts and he recently returned to the U.S. after traveling to Africa to film a documentary and perform. Pato Banton and the Now Generation will play from 5:30 until 7 p.m.

Also appearing on stage at the Heart and Soul Festival is Hempress Sativa, a Jamaican singer and songwriter who is known for her fast rhymes and for being a “lyrical machine,” according to her website, will wrap up the event from 7:30 to 9 p.m.

Gates will open at 4 p.m. and the music will kick off at 5:30 p.m. and there will be food trucks with eats and drinks available at the Hahnewald Bar for purchase. Word has it that Wood & Steele Axe Company will be on-site, too, in case you want to try axe throwing. Use of public transportation is encouraged as parking is limited. For more information, go to DiscoverAvon.org.

Vail Concours

Cars will be on display at Vail Village and Lionshead this weekend as part of the Vail Concours.
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If you love classic cars, muscle cars, luxury sports cars, motorcycles and more, you’re in for a treat this weekend with the Vail Concours.

On Saturday, Cars & Coffee will be held at Mountain Plaza at the top of Bridge Street in Vail Village Cars & Coffee hosts get-togethers almost weekly throughout the spring, summer and fall and this one will be on a grander scale with more cars than what they usually have. The event is free and open to the public and starts at 9 a.m.

The main event is the car show in Lionshead on the lawn at the Eagle Bahn Gondola (No. 19) on Sunday. This event is free and open to the public from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Cars will start coming in as early as 6:30 a.m. and if owners chose to have their car judged, the judging begins at 9 a.m. and the awards will be held around 1:30 p.m.  

Throughout the weekend you may see anything from a WW II Willys Army Jeep to a brand new McLaren 720S. There will also be marques such as BMW, Audi, Jaguar, Aston Martin, Lamborghini, DeTomoso, Shelby, Maserati and Corvette. There’s even a Rolls Royce from 1938 on display. Porsche is always well represented and while there are numerous exotics, we always have great participation from GM, Chrysler, Dodge, Ford, some Japanese automakers and less exotic but equally impressive cars. To learn more about the event visit VailConcours.com.

Hike, Wine & Dine

Hikers walk toward a food tent during the Hike, Wine & Dine event in Beaver Creek. The annual event offers delicious food and drink along the trail and at the base of the Centennial Lift and is a benefit for the Shaw Cancer Center and Jack’s Place, a cancer-caring house in Edwards and the Spirit of Survival programs.
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The 14th annual Hike, Wine and Dine returns to the trails of Beaver Creek. This active fundraiser encourages folks to get out on the trail and enjoy the fall scenery of Beaver Creek while also being treated to some nibbles and sips from some of Beaver Creek’s local eateries.

Registration starts at 9 a.m. on Sunday. Tickets are $150 for adults and $75 for those ages 13-18. Come early and enjoy coffee and breakfast goodies before embarking on a moderate hike the winds through aspen groves and leads you to more tastings along the way. The trail also takes you through a special area where yellow ribbons have been placed to honor those affected by cancer. It is truly moving to walk through the forest and see this sight.

Once back at the base of Beaver Creek, sit back and think about all those calories you’ve burned because you still have some eating and drinking left to do. New this year, there is an après hike party that goes from noon until 3 p.m., so if you can’t make it in the morning and want to join later and support the cause, the ticket price is $50 for food, drinks and the music of Turntable Review. The après party is already included in your $150/$75 ticket.

The money raised goes toward Jack’s Place, the cancer caring house that bears the name of Dr. Jack Eck, one of the first doctors in the Vail area. This 12-room facility has provided comfortable and convenient housing for over 3,849 Shaw patients. That’s over 15,670 where those who are going through treatment at the Shaw Cancer Center next door didn’t have to stress and worry about where to say in a resort town, which can be expensive. Jack’s Place also houses large living areas for gathering, a meditation room, yoga studio, massage center, library and garden outside along with majestic views.

The money is also going toward the Spirit of Survival programs that are offered at the Shaw Cancer Center. Fitness and nutrition classes, physical therapy, psychosocial support, alternative therapies, events and wellness services are offered to patients at no charge.

Beaver Creek will be the place to be this Sunday with these restaurants and beverage companies participating: Beaver Creek Chophouse, Blue Moose Pizza, Colorado Mountain Events, Dang Sweets, Grouse Mountain Grill, Jolie Cakes, The Osprey, Park Hyatt Beaver Creek, Rimini Gelato, Vail Mountain Coffee & Tea Co., Vail Brewing Co., and Vines at Vail Winery.

For more information, visit hikewinedine.com.

Trail Running and MTB Races

The Meadowgold trail run in Minturn this Saturday marks the end of the Dynafit Vail Trail Running Series with a 5k and 10k.
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After a summer’s worth of getting in some longer trail runs and doing many amazing mountain bike rides, why not test your mettle and see how you’d fare in a race? This week there are a couple of opportunities to test your skills.

On Saturday, the Vail Recreation District will host the Meadowgold 10K and 5K in Minturn, which will wind down the Dynafit Vail Trail Running series. The races start and end at the Minturn Ranger Station at 9 a.m. and 9:15 a.m. respectively. The 10K will follow s singletrack up 1,400 of elevation gain and head back down a double track. The 5K runners will ascend up a double track and gain about 500 feet in elevation. Both routes are scenic and runners will be treated to a donut by Northside Coffee and Kitchen at the finish and get a custom t-shirt before heading to the after party at Vail Mountain Coffee & Tea Company near the start. To find out more, visit VailRec.com.

Mountain Rats returns for its 6th year with trail runs and mountain bike races. Downtown Eagle Ranch will play host to the start and finish of the races on Saturday and Sunday. Runners can choose from a Marathon, a Heavy Half or a 55K race. On Sunday, mountain bikers can pick from a 25K or 50K ride. There’s also the Amazing Race, which is a scavenger hunt, and fun races for those 4 years and under and 10 years and under in age. Really, there’s something for everyone!

The Amazing Race is for teams of two to eight people, so grab your friends and family and you can scoot around from clue to clue on foot, bike, stroller, skateboard, anything on wheels as long as it is self-powered. The course is six miles and has 10 pit stops.

In addition to the competitions, Endorphin gym will be hosting Boot Camp class, The Cycle Effect, the event’s nonprofit of choice, will be hosting a women’s bike clinic and there will be some fun races for the kids. Add in some live music, beer and the September edition of ‘Eagle Outside’ with bike, equipment and clothing vendors all on Capital Street, and you’ve got yourself a weekend full of fun. For more information and a full schedule of events go to MountainRats.com.

Oktoberfest at Beaver Creek, Jazz in Vail, Minturn Market and the Vail Duck Race: Tricia’s Labor Day Weekend Picks 9/2/22

Beaver Creek Oktoberfest

Labor Day Weekend not only signifies the unofficial end of summer, but it also kicks off Oktoberfest season in the Vail Valley. Beaver Creek’s three-day event ushers in two more weekends of Oktoberfest, with Lionshead hosting on Sept. 9-11 and Vail Village hosting on Sept. 16-18. Each are different and equally as fun, so don that dirndl and put on the lederhosen and get ready to say “prost” this time of year.  

Beaver Creek will tap the keg and start the music at 4 p.m. in Beaver Creek Village on Friday. Beaver Creek is happy to welcome back its sister city’s band, Trachtenkapelle of Lech Zurs, Austria. For over two decades the two towns have hosted each other and music has been the connection despite any language barriers. In addition to coming out each year for Oktoberfest, Trachtenkapelle has made it out for World Cup alpine ski races as well.

Helmut Fricker gets the crowd going during Oktoberfest at Beaver Creek.
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Helmut Fricker and his band will be taking turns on the stage with Tratchenkapelle throughout the three-day festival. Capping off the weekend days will be Philadelphia Freedom: A Tribute to Elton John on Saturday and Brothers Revival: A Tribute for the Allman Brothers on Sunday. The music and the event goes from 4:30 to 8 p.m. on Friday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

There will be plenty of beer on tap and this year’s commemorative stein will be available for purchase. Food booths will be placed along the plaza level of Beaver Creek with traditional Bavarian eats like brats and sauerkraut, schnitzel, pretzels, German-style potato pancakes and more.

If you are looking for a free lunch, enter to compete in the bratwurst eating competition at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. If you’ve been working on your 12-ounce curls, maybe the stein holding competition is more your speed, held at 6 p.m. on Friday and 3:45 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Or, if you think you are looking pretty authentic, try out for the best-dressed competition at 5:45 p.m. on Friday and 2:45 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

The Kids Zone will be hopping with all sorts of activities, which will be up near Centennial Express (No. 6) at the base of Beaver Creek Mountain. Complimentary games and bouncy castles, face painting and inflatable axe throwing will entertain the little ones while the adults can try their hand at Hammerschlagen and axe throwing on the lawn as well at the Haus of Games.

Entry to the event is free and you can pay for food and drinks as you go. For more information and a full schedule, go to BeaverCreek.com.

Vail Jazz Party

The Vail Jazz Party offers over 35 hours of live music and presentations throughout Labor Day Weekend in Lionshead.
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A summer full of jazz culminates with the Vail Jazz Party this Labor Day Weekend. The music started on Thursday and winds down on Monday afternoon, equaling 35 hours of music throughout the festival. After 28 years, this event turns into more of a reunion than just a jazz fest. Some of these stars and patrons have been coming year after year.

The venues shuffle between the jazz tent at Vail Square and The Hythe in Lionshead (formerly the Vail Marriott). Special performances include Wycliffe Gordon’s Nu Funk Dance Party IV on Friday, Ken Peplowski’s In the Moment on Saturday and Niki Haris’ Gospel Prayer Meetin’ on Sunday morning. The Vail Jazz Orchestra will celebrate the life and contributions of Jeff Clayton. Clayton was not only a bright light in the jazz world, but he also was a founding faculty member at the Vail Jazz Workshop, which brings in the most promising students of jazz from high schools around the country.

In addition to the event to honor Jeff Clayton, who passed away in December of 2020, the Vail Jazz family will no doubt pay tribute to the founder of the Vail Jazz Festival, Howard Stone, who passed away in early August. The valley also lost musician Tony Gulizia, who would have been celebrating 25 years of the Vail Jazz Goes to School Program. Tony G, as he was known around town, passed away in July.

Check out the website for an all-access pass or get individual session tickets at VailJazz.org.

Summer’s End in Avon

Avon’s Summer’s End event brings live music, an outdoor movie, family fun and races across the lake to Nottingham Park.
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Nottingham Park has been the place to be this summer. With the lake activities like paddle boating and SUP’ing, volleyball, fishing and tons of playground equipment, people of all ages flock to this centrally located park in Avon and Eagle County. To celebrate cummer, the town of Avon is bringing back Summer’s End for Labor Day Weekend.

On Friday, check out the last Lakeside Cinema featuring the children’s animated film, “Up.” The movie screen will be on the lawn, so bring a blanket or a low-profile lawn chair and some snacks and sit back and enjoy the show, which starts around dusk.

On Saturday, relax and enjoy the amenities of the park and then get ready for Sunday and Monday. The Paddle Battle is back on Sunday, offering up cash prizes for the top performers. There will be an individual SUP race, a SUP-Squatch race where you can fit eight people on one huge standup paddle board and try to work together to navigate the board.

The Cardboard Regatta Race will be equally as fun to watch. This is just like it sounds – you are making a boat out of cardboard and trying to float across water. The rules require that your boat’s hull can only be made out of corrugated cardboard and sealed with duct tape, caulk, glue, latex paint or varnish. These boats will then be propelled by the use of cardboard paddles by those in the boat. First boat to cross the finish line wins, but in addition to being the fastest, there will be an award for most dramatic sinking and most creative boat. Costumes are encouraged for this, so get creative!

After the races, there will be a doubleheader of concerts for SunsetLIVE! At 3 p.m. Rocket Parade will take the stage on the Terrace of the Performance Pavilion in Nottingham Park. Listen to sounds of rock and soul from this group based out of Nederland, near Boulder. At 5:30 p.m. Jen Mack will take the stage and bring on the sunset with her acoustic, soulful originals and cover tunes done her own way.

On Labor Day, the park will be filled with family activities like inflatable bouncy castles, jugglers, balloon artists and more. There will also be food vendors and drinks available at the Hahnewald Bar.

The musical lineup will feature Arlo McKinley, who is touring with his latest release, “The Mess We’re In” and Jeremy Pinnell, playing a little country with a honky tonk flair. Big Richard will headline with its all-female band who play cello, mandolin, bass and guitar and fiddle. This supergroup has performed with countless stars but when they come together they become a festival supergroup.

For more information, how to register for the SUP races and showtimes, visit Avon.org.

Vail Duck Race

Gore Creek in Vail Village will turn into a sea of yellow during the annual Vail Duck Race on Sunday.
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Head to Gore Creek in Vail Village on Sunday for the Vail Duck Race. This fundraiser has been going on for 25 years and benefits the Rotary Clubs of the Vail Valley. You can still adopt a duck for a chance to win $5,000 and other prizes. The Rotary Club folks will have four tents with ducks for adoption on Sunday., Two tents will be at the Vail Farmer’s Market and Art Show, one tent at the International Bridge and one tent at the Covered Bridge near Russell’s. The Vail Duck Race will start at the Covered Bridge and end at the International Bridge.

Organizers expect to send between 8,000 and 10,000 ducks downstream. Local Boy Scout troops will help with unloading the ducks at the start and gathering them after the race in Gore Creek.

To enter the Vail Duck race, you simply adopt a duck or several ducks if you want to increase your chances of winning. The ducks have numbers on the bottom and those numbers correspond with who purchased them. If your duck is the first one across the finish line, you win $5,000. There are other prizes that have been donated from area businesses, so there is still a chance to win something even if your duck didn’t come in first.

For over 50 years the Rotary Clubs of Vail have been giving back and much of the money raised stays in Eagle County. During the pandemic, the Vail Rotary Club donated money to the local food pantry called the Community Market, the Vail Valley Salvation Army and SpeakUp ReachOut for suicide prevention. They also work to help Rotary International Youth Exchange send local high school juniors for a year overseas, help many other local nonprofits and help with other international needs.

The cost to purchase a duck is $10, or get three for $20, five for $30 and so on. Any number of ducks can be adopted. If you can’t make it to the Vail Market or the other booths to purchase your duck, you can do so online at VailDuckRace.com. They will be selling ducks until 2 p.m. and the Vail Duck Race starts at 3 p.m.

Minturn Market

This Saturday marks the final Minturn Market of the summer.
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The last Minturn Market of the summer is Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The valley’s first market is celebrating 25 years and some of the vendors have been there the whole time, like Carol Colletti, better known as Grammy from Grammy’s Jam. Minturn’s quaint small town feel and the beauty that surrounds it provide a perfect backdrop for not only the produce vendors, but for the artisans and shopkeepers selling their wares.

Fashions, pet items, housewares, hats and more hats, jewelry, even wine samples from Wild Mountain Cellars can be found at the Minturn Market. There will also be live music and kids activities like the Climbing Wall brought in each week by Eagle Climbing + Fitness.

Come for the shopping but stay for lunch. Quench your thirst with Inner Light Juice, serving up everything from super-food smoothies to detoxifying lemonades. Grab a chicken and mushroom empanada from Flavor Stop and add a side of Elote Mexican corn from the roasted corn truck. Cap it off with something sweet from the ColoraDough Bakery truck.

Make a day of it and enjoy a hike just outside of town like Lionshead Rock or a bike ride on the Everkrisp Trail before or after the market. Stick around and do some more dining and shopping throughout Minturn as well. For more information and information about the vendors, go to Minturn.org. Don’t forget this is the last Minturn Market of the season, so pencil it into your holiday weekend plans.

Meet Your Chef: Lauren Ridout of Slapped Woodfired Pizza

Editor’s Note: The Vail Daily is showcasing area chefs in a new series called “Meet Your Chef” so you can learn a bit more about those creating art in the kitchen. If you’re a local chef and would like to be a part of this series, please email Tricia Swenson (tswenson@vaildaily.com) and Sean Naylor (snaylor@vaildaily.com).

Q: What is your name, where do you cook and what is your official title?

A: My name is Lauren Ridout, owner/chef at Slapped Woodfired Pizza at Agora in Minturn.

Q: How long have you lived in the valley and what brought you here?

A: I arrived June 1. My good friend Larry Stone, owner of the Scarab and Helen’s House in downtown Minturn, donated his side yard during the pandemic to the community so people would have a place to dine outside. With the help of some friends they created a funky, outdoor eating area filled with tables and chairs, toys for kids and quirky art. A year later, he added an outdoor kitchen inside the space. We were both very curious to see how a plant-based food operation would fare in the highlands and so after many conversations, we decided to bring out myself and my pizza concept from San Diego.

Lauren Ridout with stone oven pizza at the Agora in Minturn.
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Q: When did you first realize that you wanted to become a chef?

A: I’ve always loved cooking! Both of my parents welcomed my brother and I into the kitchen at such a young age. It’s just always felt very natural to me. Becoming a chef happened quite serendipitously. Shortly after I turned vegan, I started meal prepping for myself because I was so busy and didn’t have many opportunities to eat healthy, plant-based meals. My neighbors and friends jumped on board and soon it turned into a thriving business. I couldn’t have been more thrilled to work for myself and be in a creative space every day.

Q: Who has inspired you throughout your culinary journey?

A: When I was in my early 20s I was obsessed with the Food Network. I got a lot of inspiration from Bobby Flay and Giada de Laurentis at that time. After going vegetarian in 2011 and vegan in 2017, I really went backwards in time to find inspiration. Cooking became like a fun game. I deconstructed all my favorite recipes and put the ingredients back together like building blocks to recreate similar flavor profiles. I believe some of the best chefs in the world have a strong veggie game and I really look up to Chef Bryant Terry, Gaz Oakley and Miyoko Schinner to name a few.

In addition to the woodfired pizza, Ridout’s menu is fresh and healthy. They also serve breakfast on Saturdays and Sundays.
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Q: What’s your favorite spice?

A: Fennel seed – I could use it in almost everything!

Q: Favorite protein?

A: Tofu – This clean and complete plant-based protein is super versatile. I love that it takes on the flavor of any seasoning and can have so many different textures and uses.

Q: Favorite fruits and veggies?

A: Guanabana (soursop) is my favorite fruit. That’s the name of it in Costa Rica, but it has other names depending on the country you’re in. The flavor is super interesting…sweet, tangy, tropical, buttery. My favorite vegetables are tomatoes. I couldn’t live without them!

Q: Name your carb: pasta, potatoes, rice, polenta, etc.?

A: Quinoa! It’s so healthy, versatile and about the only carb I don’t feel guilty about after eating.

The Agora in Minturn welcomes guests to bring food in from other Minturn dining establishments but also has Slapped Woodfired Pizza on the premises.
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Q: What’s your favorite comfort food? 

A: My favorite comfort food is a big ol’ Cali-style burrito. Being plant-based, my perfect burrito is stuffed with refried beans, French fries, guacamole, extra pico de gallo, fajita veggies and lettuce…don’t forget hot sauce!

 Q: Is there anything else about you we should share?

A: While my current gig is plant-based pizza in Minturn through October, I’m always looking for new outlets for my passion. I love cooking in all capacities; wellness retreats, catering, outreach, in-home, consulting, etc. For more info about me visit PlantitudeSD.com.

Meet Your Musician: Dan Renner

Editor’s Note: The Vail Daily is showcasing area musicians in a series called “Meet Your Musician” so you can learn a bit more about the voices behind the tunes. If you’re a local musician and would like to be a part of this series, please email Tricia Swenson (tswenson@vaildaily.com) and Sean Naylor (snaylor@vaildaily.com).

Q: What is your stage/band name?

A: My name is Dan and when I play music I go by DFR.

Q: How would you describe your style of music?

A: I’m part of many bands: Primal J and the Neanderthals, which is a rock band that plays great original songs and covers by Sublime, Pepper, Neil Young, Tom Petty and Niko Moon. I’m also in Pinheads, a punk cover band, I’m in Kobra Thighs, an original in-your-face punk band. I also play in Scary Monsters, a David Bowie tribute band and then I am in Sick & Twisted, a rock/metal band.

Renner plays bass and guitar in several bands.
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Q: What instrument(s) do you and your band members play?

A: I play bass in Primal J and the Neanderthals, Pinheads, Kobra Thighs, Scary Monsters and I play guitar in Sick & Twisted.

Q: How long have you been performing in the valley?

A: I’ve been performing in the valley and throughout Colorado for 20 years.

Renner has been performing in the valley and throughout Colorado for 20 years.
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Q: Where in the valley have you performed?

A: We play about 30 different venues around Colorado on a regular rotation.

Q: Do you have any upcoming shows?

A: We have DFR’s Punk & Metal Matinee at the Stoneyard Distillery in Dotsero on Aug. 21, music starts at noon. We also have Primal Fest on Aug. 27 at Little Beach Park in Minturn, music starts at 2 p.m.  

Q: Anything else you’d like to add?

A: I also book any band that wants to gig and I help new bands get estimated and help known bands keep the ball rolling. I’ve been putting on Primal Fest, which is a party with numerous local bands and the occasional national act for five years now. I’ll play anywhere with anyone. People have called me the hardest working musician in the valley.

Renner and his bands play about 30 different venues around Colorado on a regular rotation.
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Meet Your Chef: Mark Tamberino of Kirby Cosmo’s BBQ Bar

Editor’s Note: The Vail Daily is showcasing area chefs in a new series called “Meet Your Chef” so you can learn a bit more about those creating art in the kitchen. If you’re a local chef and would like to be a part of this series, please email Tricia Swenson (tswenson@vaildaily.com) and Sean Naylor (snaylor@vaildaily.com).

Q: What is your name, where do you cook and what is your official title?

A: My name is Mark Tamberino, and I am the owner, line cook, bus boy, dishwasher and operator at Kirby Cosmo’s BBQ Bar in Minturn.

Q: How long have you lived in the valley and what brought you here?

A: The skiing and active lifestyle brought me here and that was almost 20 years ago.

Kirby Cosmo’s BBQ Bar is located on Main Street in Minturn.
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Q: When did you first realize that you wanted to become a chef?

A: I knew I wanted to be in the food and beverage industry at a young age. My father owned a prime meat packing company in Baltimore, Maryland, which sold to grocery stores, restaurants and also retail in the world famous Lexington Market. Working my younger years of my life with him on the weekends really taught me a lot about the cuts of meat and how to butcher most of them. At the age of 16, I found myself working at Sisson’s Brew Pub, Baltimore’s No. 1 brew pub. As I was not of age yet, the head brewmaster put me in charge of brewing their Edgar Allan Poe root beer. I stayed on board with Sisson’s until I left to attend Salisbury University on the eastern shore of Maryland. The rest of my story goes on from working from one great restaurant to the next and learning as much as I could at each, not knowing that I would have the opportunity to have my own restaurant later in life.

Q: Who has inspired you throughout your culinary journey?

A: My inspiration is not some high end chef who cooks in Beaver Creek or Vail Village, although they all are at the top of their game. Mad props go out to them! But, my inspiration is my father-in-law, Michael Deutschman. He taught me a lot about the experience of dining and that dining at the highest Michelin-rated restaurants can be a totally incredible experience, but Chinese carryout can be as good. I also get a lot of inspiration from our customers. Hearing feedback is inspiring.

Some of the menu items at Kirby Cosmo’s BBQ Bar include JB’s Original pulled pork BBQ, St. Louie short ribs and Millwood’s dirty fries.
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Q: What’s your favorite spice?

A: Old Bay! I am a Maryland boy at heart.

Q: Favorite protein?

A: I like pretty much any kind of shellfish.

Q: Favorite fruits and veggies?

A: For fruit I’d say mango and for a veggie, lately it’s been purple cauliflower.

From a young age, Tamberino knew he wanted to be in the food and beverage industry.
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Q: Name your carb: pasta, potatoes, rice, polenta, etc.?

A: Pizza!

Q: What’s your favorite comfort food?

A: My wife Emily’s chicken and couscous, noodle soup or her crab cakes. They are the bomb!

Meet Your Musician: Verona Quartet

Editor’s Note: The Vail Daily is showcasing area musicians in a series called “Meet Your Musician” so you can learn a bit more about the voices behind the tunes. If you’re a local musician and would like to be a part of this series, please email Tricia Swenson (tswenson@vaildaily.com) and Sean Naylor (snaylor@vaildaily.com).

Q: What is your name/your band’s name?

A: Verona Quartet

Q: What instrument(s) do you play?

A: Our members include Jonathan Ong and Dorothy Ro, violins; Abigail Rojansky, viola; and Jonathan Dormand, cello.

Q: How long have you been performing/Have you been together as a band?

A: Verona Quartet will celebrate its 10th anniversary in January 2023. This is an exciting milestone for any chamber ensemble.

Look for the Verona Quartet playing at the Vilar Performing Arts Center, Lundgren Amphitheater and the Eagle Public Library during their stay.
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Q: How long have you been coming to the Bravo! Vail Music Festival?

A: This will be our third summer performing at the wonderful Bravo! Vail Music Festival, and it is one of the most beautiful settings we are honored to play in.

Q: Where do you perform when you are not in Vail?

A: The quartet has performed on four continents so far, although we are primarily based in North America. We are excited about our upcoming trip to Asia this fall.

Q: What’s your dream venue?

A: Our favorite venues have beautiful golden acoustics and yet have an intimacy that allows chamber music to connect with everyone in the room. Throw in a stunning setting like that in Vail, and we have our dream venues at Bravo! Vail.

The Verona Quartet has appeared at venues such as Carnegie Hall, the Lincoln Center in New York City, Kennedy Center, and the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.
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Q: What other styles of music do you/does the band listen to or like to play?

A: The members of our quartet have an eclectic taste in music—I think jazz and folk music would be right up there as our favorites to listen to. Although we are trained as classical musicians, we have been lucky to collaborate with jazz and bluegrass musicians as well. Perhaps the most memorable occasion for us was performing with the band I’m With Her at the Kennedy Center.

Q: How does the Vail Valley music scene and venues compare to other places you’ve played?

A: The unique setting and outstanding musicians you can hear throughout Bravo! Vail Music Festival makes it a completely unique experience to perform there. We always find it an inspiring and enriching visit.

The Verona Quartet has been playing at the Bravo! Vail Music Festival for the past three summers.
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Q: What can the crowd expect from one of your performances?

A: Hopefully, they will hear something exciting, yet intimate—a concert where we draw you into our sound world and share a unique experience together while it is created in the moment.

Q: Where can readers keep up with you/your band when you are not in Vail?

A: Please connect with us via VeronaQuartet.com, Instagram.com/veronaquartet and Facebook.com/veronaquartet

Q: Anything else you’d like to share?

A: Please come and hear us perform at the following Bravo! Vail concerts:

  • July 25 at 7 p.m.:Verona Quartet & McDermott: Chamber Music Series (Vilar Performing Arts Center)
  • July 28 at 2 p.m.: Little Listeners @ The Library (Eagle Public Library)
  • July 28, 2022, at 5:30 p.m.: Free Family Concert in Gypsum (Lundgren Amphitheater,
  • July 29 at 5:30 p.m.: Free Family Concert in Eagle (Brush Creek Pavilion)
  • July 30 at 5:30 p.m.: Free Family Concert in Minturn (Little Beach Park)

For more information on these concerts, visit BravoVail.org.

Mix and mingle at the Agora in Minturn

Meet your friends and create new connections at the Agora in Minturn. The name comes from an old Greek term that is defined as a “community gathering place,” and Minturn businessman Larry Stone decided to make this outdoor space a hub for this quaint mountain town.

“In most old-world villages, there would be an agora which just meant a place where social activities, political conversations, sports dialogue, any topic that people would come together for, and we decided to create that here,” Stone said.

The Agora is located on what was a driveway to the adjacent property, which Stone and his wife Jane Rohr own, called Helen’s House, a beautifully restored home that is available for short term rentals right on Main Street in Minturn.

“Jane and I knew that having this space available for the community would be more beneficial to Minturn. The pandemic was a catalyst that gave us a reason to open it up as a community space because the restaurants needed a place for outdoor dining for their guests. So now we’ve set it up to continue that process,” Stone said.

“We’ve had senior citizens in here playing bingo, we’ve had live music and karaoke, the art guild meets here, we’ve had hat painting projects and all types of community projects here,” Stone said.

Agora is a Greek term that means, “a public place used for assemblies and markets.”
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The public has taken advantage of this new space that opened last year but Stone and some Minturn locals and even a chef from California decided to take it one step further this year. Like many good ideas, it started over a couple of cocktails at Agora the night of June 12. Matt Deem, of Wild Mountain Cellars had been talking to Lauren Ridout of Slapped Woodfired Pizza about some collaborations. Ridout’s pizza company is out of San Diego, but she is at the Agora for the summer doing pizzas out of the new woodfired pizza oven.

“We were talking about doing some collaborations with my wines and her plant-based menu. Then some others at the table started talking about where you could get a good glass of wine and we looked at the barn and the end of the old driveway and thought, ‘we could put a tasting room right there,’ and Larry overheard the conversation and we all started talking about how to make it work,” Deem said.

In addition to the Agora being a place where you can bring in your food and drink from other restaurants, it could also be a place to get Wild Mountain Cellars’ wine. The location also has easy access to the Eagle River where there are some seating areas along the banks.  

Matt Deem of Wild Mountain Cellars pours a sample of one of his red wines in the barn that is now the tasting room at the Agora.
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“One of the nice things about Minturn is that we have an open container law and with Gov. Polis allowing people to order drinks to-go for the next four years, you can get your drink and have it open and come down, then enjoy spirits from whatever establishment you want,” Stone said.

The next day, Deem set things in motion getting the paperwork ready to turn that barn into a tasting room. Deem has been a winemaker for 17 years and currently makes his wine under the roof of Continental Divide Winery in Fairplay. Deem’s license allows him to sell other Colorado wineries’ wines, too.

“I make reds and I make a rose, I have five different varietals and five or six blends, so I’ll have around 12 of my own wines then and will pour certain bottles certain nights. I also want to get a hold of my winemaking buddies and get their white wines in here, too” Deem said.

Pair that wine with a slice of pizza from the specialty woodfired pizza oven Stone bought for the property.

“A stone oven is so amazing because you have the heat from the stone, the air, like a convection oven, and then the heat coming directly from the flame so it doesn’t take very long to make anything. The aromas are amazing, too. We use peach wood and cherry wood from the Western Slope and it gets everyone’s senses going,” Ridout said.

Lauren Ridout of Slapped Woodfired Pizza poses with one of the creations made in the specialty oven on site.
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In addition to the woodfired pizza, Ridout’s menu is fresh and healthy. They also serve breakfast on Saturdays and Sundays.

“I strive for 100% non-GMO and organic every chance we get, and we have just been positively surprised at everyone’s reactions,” Ridout said.

 Everything on the menu is plant-based but Ridout doesn’t let that take center stage.

“Putting it in a category of vegan or plant-based beforehand can put a different connotation on the customer’s experience. I just want them to try the food, love the food and then talk to me about it. I’ll even say, ‘if you don’t like it, I’ll buy it’ and not one time have I had someone say that they don’t like it,” Ridout said.

A stone oven cooks the food from the heat of the stone, the air and the flame.
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Rounding out the team at Agora is Rob Kelly-Goss, a friend of Stone’s since they were 15 years old back in Little Rock, Arkansas. The pair came out to the Vail Valley in 1988 and stayed for the Alpine World Ski Championships in 1989 and Stone never left.

“Larry called me and asked if I wanted to help out at Agora and I didn’t blink an eye,” Kelly-Goss said.

Kelly-Goss is the artist in residence and in addition to the artwork he does for the marketing materials and the art projects at Agora he helps out where he can.

“I’m kinda the front of the house guy who rounds out the team,” he said.  

Kelly-Goss did all of the artwork on the sign when you enter the Agora that lets you know about all of the other restaurants in town, and there are QR codes allowing you to order your food and drinks and bring them into Agora if you want something different than the Slapped Woodfired Pizza or the Wild Mountain Cellars wine.

Rob Kelly-Goss’ shadow box is one of the art projects he’s working on at the Agora.
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“I felt like the Agora really brought an opportunity for us to come together and be good stewards of our environment and our community,” said Stone, who has been a part of the Minturn business community since 1989. He and Rohr own the Scarab in downtown Minturn.

“There’s nothing like this in all of Eagle County,” Stone said.

New music with the New York Philharmonic, Old Crow Medicine Show at Vilar, Art in Avon and acrobatics down valley: Tricia’s Weekend Picks 7/22/22

Jaap van Zweden leads the New York Philharmonic during the Opening Night’s performance on Wednesday at the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater in Vail.
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The New York Philharmonic

To round out Bravo! Vail Music Festival’s 35th season, the New York Philharmonic will take the stage at the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater this weekend through July 27. The New York Philharmonic returns to Vail for its 19th summer residency and is one of the oldest musical institutions in the world and is the oldest of the Big Five Orchestras in the U.S., dating back to 1842:

  • New York Philharmonic (1842)
  • Boston Symphony Orchestra (1881)
  • Chicago Symphony Orchestra (1891)
  • Philadelphia Orchestra (1900)
  • Cleveland Orchestra (1918)

Throughout its 180-year history, The New York Philharmonic has had several notables as conductors including Tchaikovsky, Richard Strauss, Stravinsky and Copeland. The symphony orchestra is currently under the musical guidance of Jaap van Zweden. Van Zweden is no stranger to the Bravo! Vail Music Festival, he was the musical director of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra from 2008-2018.

Friday night’s performance will feature the world premiere, “Profiles” by Carlos Simon. This work was co-commissioned by Bravo! Vail Music Festival and the New York Philharmonic as part of the New Works Symphonic Commissioning Project.


  • Jaap van Zweden – conductor
  • Bomsori Kim – violin
  • Carlos Simon – Profiles
  • Max Bruch – Violin Concerto No. 1
  • Bartók – Concerto for Orchestra

There will be a pre-concert talk with Ryan Banagale of Colorado Mountain College at 5 p.m. at The Amp and a short talkback with composer Simon and Bravo! Vail artistic director Anne-Marie McDermott following the concert.

On Saturday, listen to the recent work by Nina Shekar, an award-winning composer and flutist, pianist and saxophonist, called “Lumina.” Shekar touches on darkness and light in this work by contrasting sounds that elicit feelings of joy and sadness.


  • Jaap van Zweden – conductor
  • Conrad Tao – piano
  • Nina Shekar – Lumina
  • Mozart – Piano Concerto No. 17
  • Dvorak – Symphony No. 7

Also on Saturday, put your feet in the shoes of Gustaf Mahler, who was from Austria and would spend much of his composing time surrounded by nature and the beauty of the mountains, similar to our surroundings here in Vail.

Mahler would often compose in the morning and then hike, swim and soak in the sun in the afternoons in the Austrian Alps. Bravo! Vail Music Festival explores Mahler’s connection to nature on Saturday with its Naturally Mahler Adventure Walk. The walks will be based out of the Vail Nature Center and led by Gabryel Smith, the director of archives and exhibitions for the New York Philharmonic at 9:30, 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. There will be select musicians set up along the trail to bring Mahler’s music to life.

On Sunday, get ready for the big sounds of Mahler’s Sixth Symphony, also known as his tragic symphony. To help understand this statement and what makes this work less triumphant go to the pre-concert talk at 5 p.m. at The Amp lobby with Jack Sheinbaum of the University of Denver. Then settle in on the lawn or pavilion seating for this 80-minute masterpiece. This program will not have an intermission, so get your snacks and drinks ahead of time. 


  • Jaap van Zweden – conductor
  • Mahler – Symphony No. 6

For more information, go to BravoVail.org.

Old Crow Medicine Show

Old Crow Medicine Show members Morgan Jahnig, Mason Via, Ketch Secor, Jerry Pentecost, Cory Younts and Mike Harris will take the stage at the Vilar Performing Arts Center on Sunday night.
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The Vilar Performing Arts Center has had a big summer schedule so far with names like John Fogerty, Kenny G and Shakey Graves and the award-winning line up continues this weekend with the Old Crow Medicine Show playing the Vilar stage on Sunday at 7 p.m.

“Old Crow Medicine Show brings a spectacular summer concert to the Vail Valley. From Grand Ole Opry members to Grammy winners, Old Crow Medicine Show have an old-timey folk/string sound combined with a rock energy – this combination will make for an especially memorable live performance,” said Ruthie Hamrick, director of marketing for the VPAC.

Old Crow Medicine Show got its start over 20 years ago by busking in New York City and then making their way across Canada and then the lower 48 and gaining fans wherever they went.

Their latest album came out in April of this year, and they are currently on tour with recent stops in Montana, Wyoming and Utah and will be traveling to Washington, D.C., Virginia, Arkansas and Canada after their stop in Beaver Creek.

Listen for new releases like “Paint This Town” and but don’t be surprised if they put in a Willie Nelson song, play a little “Wagon Wheel” or even “Fight for Your Right” by The Beastie Boys.

Tickets start at $75 and there are only 535 seats at the venue, so don’t hesitate if you want to hop on this opportunity to see this high-energy show. Take a look at their social media pages and you’ll realize that beyond their musical talents, they are just a fun group of guys you’ll want to spend your Sunday night with. For more information and for tickets, go to VilarPAC.org.

Avon Arts Celebration

The Avon Arts Celebration returns to Nottingham Park for the third summer.
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Art lovers are invited to converge at the Avon Arts Celebration this weekend for the third annual Avon Arts Celebration. Last year, this was the largest art show in the Vail Valley and this year the organizers expect to have over 100 artists show their works at Harry A. Nottingham Park in Avon.

The juried show invites artists from California, North Carolina, Arizona, Texas, Kansas, Wyoming, and beyond and the artists will all have original artwork that is one of a kind in all sorts of mediums like painting, photography, woodworking, print, mixed media, pottery, jewelry, ceramics, sculpture, clothing and more.

According to the organization’s Facebook page, there will be a $1,000 art festival shopping spree giveaway on Saturday and Sunday. To get an entry ticket, come to the show Friday between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. or Saturday from 10 a.m. to 11:59 a.m. and ask any artist for a free entry ticket. Then put your “Stub in the Tub” at the Colorado Art Weekend booth and be present for the drawing at high noon on both days. The winner will get to select art from any artist or combination of artists in the show up to $1000.

The event takes place 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Sunday. For more information and a list of artists go to AvonArtsCelebration.com.

Free Family Fun Fest

The Free Family Fun Fest is back in Lionshead this Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
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Come out to Lionshead Village for a few hours of free family fun at the Vail Free Family Fun Fest this Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. There aren’t a lot of free things to do in Vail, so this is a great way to spend part of your day and come and play, learn and create together as a family.

Take part in some of the zany competitions and contests along the Lionshead Mall. There’s also the Creation Station Zone where they will have plenty of quality arts and crafts and creative projects.

Although this is a fun event for kids, there’s quite a bit of learning going on along the way. Visit tents that will house fun games and activities based on STEM themes (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). Each week, the Free Family Fun Fest showcases quality educational presenters such as The Raptor Educational Foundation, Nature’s Educators, Space Time Kids, the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, the Denver Butterfly Pavilion, Spark Lab Science and Mad Science.

For more go to DiscoverVail.com.

The Greatest Show in CO

PLAY Performance Group launches its annual summer circus shows in Eagle and Minturn this weekend.
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Ladies and gentlemen, step right up for the Greatest Show in CO this Friday and Saturday. PLAY Performance Group is presenting two shows, one in Eagle on Friday night and one in Minturn on Saturday night.

PLAY Performance Group, a local aerial acrobatics group, is hosting a circus-style show for the community. No elephants or lions, just human-powered performances from your friends and neighbors who have all sorts of hidden talents that will be revealed both nights. In addition to the circus arts, there will be live music and plenty of fanfare.

PLAY Performance Group has already had a busy summer performing at the Vail America Days parade and at the Eagle Artwalks. They are now gearing up to do their annual shows in Eagle and Minturn.

PLAY Performance Group doesn’t only do shows, they also offer weekly classes at Mountain Recreation Field House in Edwards. PLAY evolved out of Peace Love Aerial Yoga in Minturn into a hub for aerial arts education and performance. If you think you have what it takes, join them for a class. Who knows, you may be part of the Greatest Show in Colorado next year.

On Friday head to the Eagle Town Park for a 7 p.m. start and on Saturday go to Little Beach Park in Minturn for a 6 p.m. start. The cost is $15 for general admission either night and kids ages 4 and under free. Tickets can be purchased in advance at: GSEagle.bpt.me or GSMinturn.bpt.me.

Enjoy Matsuhisa dishes in your home with INTUEAT

Luxury culinary brands INTUEAT and Matsuhisa join forces to offer world class in-home dining experiences throughout Colorado.
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What’s better than enjoying an outstanding dining experience at Mastuhisa? How about having those same delicious dishes, like the Yellowtail Sashimi with Jalapeño, Black Cod Miso and Whitefish Tiradito, served in your home?

A new partnership was forged between INTUEAT and Matsuhisa Colorado’s premier restaurant group with locations in Denver, Vail and Aspen. INTUEAT is a luxury culinary brand based in Denver that was started in 2019 to give discerning diners access to an elite portfolio of hand-selected private chefs throughout Colorado. Matsuhisa Colorado is an integral part of Chef Nobu Matsuhisa’s hospitality brand showcasing Chef Nobu’s new-style Japanese cuisine.

With this new partnership between INTUEAT and Matsuhisa Colorado, you can have Yellowtail Sashimi with Jalapeño, Black Cod Miso and Whitefish Tiradito served in your home.
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The relationship developed thanks to INTUEAT’s COO Adam Sherris and Matsuhisa Denver’s executive chef Toru Watanabe, who bridged the connection to the owners of the Matsuhisa Colorado franchise. 

“We worked so heavily on establishing this partnership with Matsuhisa because we know they are an innovative brand that fits INTUEAT’s mission to disrupt the hospitality industry,” said INTUEAT’s founder and CEO Leonardo de Aguiar. “Together, we can push the boundaries of private in-home culinary experiences, all while pioneering a new way for Matsuhisa to expand beyond its traditional four walls and reach clients in a way that no other high-end restaurant has done before.”

Dining experiences throughout Colorado start at $5,600 for 2-14 guests and $400 per person for additional guests.
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Imagine hosting a birthday party, a romantic dinner for two or an event at your home or any place with a kitchen for that matter, with Matsuhisa Colorado’s Private Culinary Experiences and Events Team at the helm. Matsuhisa Colorado’s Chefs are some of the most well-trained and refined culinary professionals globally, with over 100 years of collective culinary experience and 50 years working under Nobu Matsuhisa. The Team brings with them world-class chefs and service professionals sourced from one of its Aspen, Vail or Denver restaurants.

Matsuhisa Colorado’s Chefs are some of the most well-trained and refined culinary professionals in the world. Pictured left to right: Nico “Shoji” Schlanger, Toru Watanabe, Phil Tanaka, Peter Ives, and Masakazu Fukatsu.
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“One of the biggest reasons consumers are searching for more in-home experiences is because as we evolve as a society, we expect convenience and leisure to come to us. This is an innovative way of creating lasting memories with family and friends around the dining table,” Aguiar said. “INTUEAT also provides a new way of dining and a new way for chefs and brands to connect with their clientele.”

Dining experiences throughout Colorado start at $5,600 for 2-14 guests and $400 per person for additional guests. The price of the experience includes all food ingredients, service staff, equipment and transportation as well as post-event clean-up. For more information or to book a Matsuhisa experience through INTUEAT, visit Intueat.com/MatsuhisaColorado.