It’s a shamrock shuffling, boot scootin’ St. Patrick’s Day weekend in the Vail Valley

Spring Break is here so look for plenty of live music indoors and out and special events for the crowds to enjoy

Concerts at Vilar Performing Arts Center

There will be three nights of music at the Vilar Performing Arts Center in Beaver Creek this weekend and all three will offer a different genre, which is a signature move on the Vilar’s part. Each season, the 535-seat theater is able to pack in such a variety of performances, so you can easily go three nights in a row and have a different experience at each.

On Friday, Classic Albums Live will take the stage and perform the music of Dire Straits’ “Brothers in Arms” album song for song and note for note. Classic Albums Live started over 20 years ago and literally plays the best albums in their entirety and instead of trying to create a “showy” experience with costumes and impersonations, Classic Albums Live focuses on the music and the musicians who make you feel like you are at an actual concert and seeing your favorite artists perform.

The first part of Friday’s show will be the songs from “Brothers in Arms” but after intermission, the band will play the top hits from Dire Straits, so find your best Mark Knopfler voice and sing along to “Money for Nothing” or “Sultans of Swing.” Reserved seating starts at $48.

On Saturday, get ready for some jam band music with moe. This group has been around for decades and has played in Colorado many times and has quite the following. Expect rock band sounds with long improvisational solos that will take you on a musical journey. General admission starts at $55.

On Sunday, get ready for two groups, Dawes and Lucius, who are coming together as one on the Tag Team Tour. Dawes is comprised of brothers Taylor and Griffin Goldsmith and various musicians that play with them or go on tour with them. Lucius is a female duo featuring Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig and those female voices have been in high demand. They’ve collaborated with John Legend, Harry Styles, Ozzy Osbourne and others.

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Fans of both bands will have fun listening to them playing their tunes as one band. General admission seats start at $50. Go to to learn more or get tickets and you can stop by the box office, which is below the ice rink in Beaver Creek Village or call the box office: 970-845-8497.

St. Patrick’s Day weekend events

The annual Krueger Family Shamrock Shuffle takes place this Saturday at 10 a.m.
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St. Patrick’s Day is on Sunday and many area bars and businesses are doing some fun things all weekend long. Expect to find green beer and plenty of people wearing o’ the green. Look for a round up of what’s going on for St. Patrick’s Day in Sunday’s Vail Daily.

Shamrock Shuffle

Don your green and head out for the final winter race on Vail Recreation District’s schedule, the Krueger Family Shamrock Shuffle at 10 a.m. on Saturday. There will be a 10K, 5K and a Kid’s K for snowshoers and for runners. Stick around for the after party for the awards and prizes. Sign up at

Cupcakes and Clay

The kids can share their artistic talents with the Alpine Arts Center on Sunday from 3 to 4:30 p.m. at Cupcakes and Clay. This week’s project will be sculpting and painting gnomes, not leprechauns. Air dry clay will be used so you can sculpt and paint the gnome during class. $55 includes all materials and instruction. Register at

Irish bands at Ein Prosit

Although Ein Prosit is known for its Bavarian flair and German style beers and brats, this biergarten will show some love for the Irish by hosting some fun Irish bands out of Denver. Ein Prosit will have two bands to get you into the spirit of St. Patrick’s Day. On Friday, enjoy the sounds of Bleed’n Green from 5 to 8 p.m. On Saturday, join other lads and lasses and listen to Wild Mountain Kesh from 5 to 8 p.m. No cover and there will be drink specials like $5 Jameson shots and $18 Corned Beef and Cabbage.

Apres ski parties

Freeskiing Magazine will host a beach-themed apres ski party on Friday at the base of Gondola One (No. 1).
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Freeskiing Magazine will be in town and is inviting you to celebrate spring with its Beach’n Après Party from 2 to 5 p.m. on Friday. Head to the Express Lift Café at the base of Gondola One (No. 1) at Mountain Plaza in Vail Village. Enjoy a little “liquid aloha” with brews from Kona Big Wave beer and ski and gear giveaways. There will also be a contest for best dressed, so wear your beach hats, sunglasses, Hawaiian shirts and leis and get ready to party with DJ Andy Immerman.

For those of you who have been around a while, you will remember the name Shannon Tanner. Tanner has entertained audiences for years at Powder 8 Kitchen and Tap (and when it was McCoy’s) and he is back in town skiing but he’s going to stop skiing early enough to play Saturday and Sunday afternoons with the Shannon Tanner and Friends après ski show. It will be a great old time with lots of sing-a-longs and musicians dropping in. Last year, Edwin McCain even sat in for a few songs.

On Saturday, Tanner will be paying tribute to “Wingman” Steve Wickum, who played with Tanner in the Vail Valley for many years and passed away last fall. On Sunday, expect to find some St. Patrick’s Day antics going on. If the weather is nice enough, the show will take place outside, otherwise it will be inside Powder 8 Kitchen and Tap, which has room indoors or out.  

Also at Beaver Creek this weekend there will be live music on Mamie’s on the deck on Friday and Saturday starting at 11:45 a.m. and live music in the village from 3 to 5 p.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.  

Rocky Mountain Oyster Fry for 4-H

The Rocky Mountain Oyster Fry takes place at the Eagle River Center on Saturday and raises money for Eagle County 4-H programs.
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Since the early 1990s, the Rocky Mountain Oyster Fry has been a major fundraiser. In the early years, the funds raised went to the Eagle County Fair and Rodeo and now it supports Eagle County’s 4-H programs. 4-H stands for Head, Heart, Hands and Health and it offers a variety of programs for youth age 5 to 18 years old that teach practical and lifelong skills. Programs range from training your pet and raising agricultural animals to beekeeping and sewing and even building rockets.

Head to the Eagle River Center in Eagle this Saturday starting at 5 p.m. and take part in an event that shapes the lives of our county’s youth. There will be a Kids Zone with face painting, a bounce house, petting zoo, air rifle range, roping and a mechanical bull. Do some country western dancing to the Joey Rowland Over and Under Band and bid on silent and live auction items.

Tickets are $25 for those age 13 and up, and $10 for those 65 years and older and for those age 5 to 12 years old, children 4 and under are free. Your ticket includes dinner and unlimited desserts and there will be a cash bar. The money raised supports academic scholarships, club funding requests and awards for all Eagle County Fair and Rodeo grand champions and reserve champions at this year’s event in July. For more information, go to

Western Dance Night at 4 Eagle Ranch

Dance the night away at 4 Eagle Ranch’s country western dance night on Friday.
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It’s boot scootin’ time! After the slopes close, hopefully your legs will have a little bit of strength in them to take part in Western Dance Night at 4 Eagle Ranch on Friday between 6 and 10 p.m. 4 Eagle Ranch is just west of Edwards and a few miles off of I-70 at the Wolcott exit. It’s a beautiful venue and there’s plenty of space to get on the dance floor and learn some new moves or perfect some old ones. Come early for the dance instruction between 6 and 7 p.m. where line dancing and couples dancing will be taught. From 7 to 10 p.m. crowd favorite, the Walker Williams Band will take the stage and play all the right tunes so you can practice those dance moves.

Make a night of it and stay for the food and libations that will be available for purchase. Tickets are $20 for those 18 and older and $10 for kids and high schoolers. No reservations required. For more information, go to

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