Top 5 things to do around the Vail Valley this weekend |

Top 5 things to do around the Vail Valley this weekend

Colorado Grand

Last week brought a bevy of classic and unique cars on display to the Wheels and Wings show, but this week gives you a chance to view these types of cars after they have traveled 1,000 miles along the scenic byways of Colorado at the Colorado Grand.

The Colorado Grand is an annual charity tour for 1960 and earlier sports and race cars of distinction. Every September at the peak of the fall color season approximately 85 vintage cars are driven in this relaxed, non-competitive event, covering 1,000 miles through the Rockies in five days.

The Colorado Grand teams up with Colorado State Patrol and visits towns along the 1,000 mile route like Lake City, Walden, Paonia, Salida, Ridgway, Hotchkiss, and Meeker. Spectators are invited to see the cars and meet their owners when they come through their town.

Since the event started 30 years ago, the Colorado Grand has given over $6 million dollars to small Colorado charities and Western Slope towns as well as college scholarships to graduating high-school seniors in those towns.

The tour starts and ends in Vail and on Friday, Sept. 14 you have an opportunity to see the cars come rolling into Lionshead fresh off the 1,000 mile trek at the Finish Line Celebration from 2:30-5:30 p.m. On Saturday, Sept. 15 the cars will be on display at the Concours de Non Elegance from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. in Lionshead Village. These events are free and open to the public.

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Typical makes include Mercedes-Benz, Ferrari, Porsche, Bugatti, Alfa Romeo, Bentley and Aston Martin. You may also spot such exotic names as Amilcar, Cisitalia, Squire and Talbot-Lago. When you realize that these cars are not only super cool and interesting makes and models, but are also drivable and just traveled 1,000 miles, it makes you appreciate them even more, especially when they leave them as-is for the Concorse de Non Elegance. For more information, please visit

Vail Oktoberfest

Don't put away the steins, dirndls and lederhosen yet, we've got more ompah action this weekend as Vail Oktoberfest returns Sept. 14-16 to Vail Village after bringing the fun to Lionshead Village last weekend. Oktoberfest-style beers, brats and dirndls and lederhosen will be plentiful during this festive occasion.

Come hungry because the fare includes brats, schnitzel sandwiches, spaetzle, pretzels and more. No Oktoberfest celebration would be complete without authentic Oktoberfest beer. Vail Oktoberfest is proud to serve Spaten, one of the six breweries allowed to serve during festivities in Munich.

Come for the beer and brats, but stay for the fun entertainment. Each day offers an array of music from the traditional ompah style bands like Helmut Fricker and the Rhinlanders Band to more contemporary sounds of the Altitones during the evening set on Friday, Sept. 14 and the Goonies on Saturday, Sept. 15 from 7:30-9:30 p.m.

The competitions are fun to participate in and maybe even more fun to watch:

  • Stein Lifting contest: 7 p.m. Sept. 14 and 15, 5:30 p.m. Sept. 16
  • Bratwurst eating contest: 3 p.m. Sept. 15 and 2:30 p.m. Sept. 16
  • Keg Bowling: 4 p.m. Sept. 14 and 15

Vail Oktoberfest and the Vail Veterans Program invite all veterans and active duty military to enjoy a beer. On Friday, Sept. 14 stop by the token booth and show your military identification card to receive your complimentary beer voucher.

For the full schedule of events, please visit

Hike, Wine & Dine

If you like gourmet food, wine, beer and hiking in a spectacular setting, then we've got an event that's just for you. The 10th annual Hike, Wine & Dine returns to Beaver Creek this Sunday, Sept. 16, just in time to witness the changing fall colors.

Get there early to enjoy a light breakfast consisting of breakfast burritos, coffee, orange juice and mimosas. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. at the base of Beaver Creek's Centennial Lift. Here, you'll sign your waiver, get your wristband and off you go.

This moderate 5-mile hike is family friendly and provides the perfect opportunity to observe the spectacular scenery throughout the many aspen groves on the trail. Leave the energy bar and trail mix at home, along the way there will be several places to stop, enjoy a small gourmet bite of something delicious before hiking a bit more and finding another tasty morsel at the next station further down the trail from the following restaurants:

  • 8100 Mountainside Bar & Grill
  • Beaver Creek Chophouse
  • Colorado Tasting Room
  • Dusty Boot
  • Grouse Mountain Grill
  • The Osprey at Beaver Creek
  • Rimini Gelato
  • Splendido at the Chateau
  • Vail Brewing Company

Hikers will travel through a special section of the trail where yellow ribbons adorn the trees in honor of those affected by cancer. Plan to spend a little time there and reflect. It's just magical to see the forest transformed into a subtle memorial. If you would like to honor a loved one with a ribbon, they are available for $50 online at

After the hike you'll return to the base of the Centennial lift for drinks and dessert.

This annual autumn excursion benefits the Shaw Cancer Center and Jack's Place, a 12-room cancer caring house for patients of Shaw Cancer Center and their caregivers.

Ticket information:

  • Adult registration – $100 includes food, wine, beer and a commemorative gift.
  • Teens ages 13-19 – $50
  • Children under 12 – free
  • Visit to purchase tickets or make a donation.

La Sportiva Meadowgold 5k and 10k

It's the end of the summer and you've been doing a lot of trail running, why not test your mettle by doing an organized trail run? Now is your chance to participate in the Meadowgold 5K or 10K, the last La Sportiva trail running race event of the season put on by the Vail Recreation District on Saturday, Sept. 15.

So far the races have been held in Eagle, Beaver Creek, Camp Hale and on Vail Mountain. This race takes place just outside of Minturn on Meadow Mountain. Runners will ascend technical singletrack on the beautiful West Grouse Trail. At the high point and nearly half way through the 10k race, runners will begin the descent to the finish on double track with open views of Vail Mountain and the Gore Range.

With over 40 years of combined experience, the staff of the Vail Recreation District continues to create one of the best trail running experiences every year. Expect well-marked routes, fully-stocked aid stations, experienced volunteers and a course that is challenging for the pros and enjoyed by the beginner trail runner.

The series wraps up with an awards ceremony following the finish of the MeadowGold races at Magusto’s in Minturn. A pizza bar will be available to all MeadowGold athletes beginning at noon along with a custom tech t-shirt.

  • 10K race: $33 pre-registration, $38 week-of registration, $45 day-of registration.
  • 5K race: $23 pre-registration, $28 week-of registration, $35 day-of registration.
  • Student Rates (K-12): $23 pre-registration, $28 week-of registration, $35 day of registration.
  • Day-of registration will open 90 minutes prior to the start of the races.
  • Races begin at the Minturn Ranger Station. Parking is available on site.
  • For more information please visit

The Rummage Sale of Eagle County

You may have thought you missed the annual rummage sale that has happened at Maloit Park for the past 50-plus years, but never fear, there is a rummage sale this weekend at a new location, the Eagle River Center at the Eagle County Fairgounds.

For 53 years, the Eagle Valley Community Fund Rummage Sale was a draw for people in Eagle County and beyond, but once their location at Maloit Park for those 5 decades wasn't an option anymore, organizers thought they were going to have to end the tradition.

Community members and the local chapter of the United Way stepped in and this weekend, Sept. 14-16, you will find a reincarnation of the original fundraiser.

The Rummage Sale of Eagle County will offer the same types of items found at the original rummage sale. Clothing, shoes, toys, sporting goods, small appliances, housewares and books will all be available.

Another thing that hasn't changed is how the rummage sale helps out area non profit groups. Various charities donate their time to help organize the rummage sale and funds are allotted by the number of hours each group has worked. The three-day rummage sale will operate during the following dates and times:

  • Friday, Sept. 14 – 5-9 p.m. – $10 entry fee
  • Saturday, Sept. 15 – 7 a.m.-5 p.m. – $1 entry fee
  • Sunday, Sept. 16 – 8 a.m.-5.p.m. – $1 entry fee

For more information about The Rummage Sale of Eagle County, please visit