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How are you going to celebrate the weekend, Vail Valley?

Caramie Schnellcschnell@vaildaily.comVail, CO Colorado
Vail Daily file photoSydney Manzanares, 7, of Eagle, holds back her sister Sara's hair, while facepainter Gina Corell, of Edwards, paints on a kitty mask and whiskers at last year's Free Family Fun Fair in Edwards.

VAIL VALLEY, Colorado -It’s time to dig out the wrinkled silk flower lei from the back of your closet, and that colorful Hawaiian shirt that’s really only cool in, well Maui, and of course at luau parties. FAC is back in full swing at the Wolcott Yacht Club and Friday night the owners are hosting a grand re-opening luau party on the restaurant’s spacious deck. The owners are even slow roasting a whole pig for the event. Twelve bucks will score you a plate of tasty food – slow roasted pig with mango chutney, coconut-marinated Alaskan halibut grilled in banana leaves, grilled Olathe corn with butter and truffle salt and baby potatoes with herbs. Live music will be provided by the Jonny Mogambo band from 5 to 7:30 p.m. and by Bonfire Dub from 7:30 to 11 p.m. The cover charge to get in is $3. Call 970-926-3444 for more information. Frogs Gone Fishin’, a Denver-based roots-rock/blues/funk band, will perform at Main St. Grill in Edwards Friday night at 10 p.m. The show is free. The band – Andrew Portwood on lead guitar, Mark Levy on drums, Trevor Jones on guitar and Steve Rogers on bass – just released their first CD titled “Tell Me True” and are now on tour to promote the album.Call 970-926-2729 for more information. Hordes of moms, dads and happy kids will gather at Freedom Park in Edward’s Miller Ranch on Saturday for the annual Free Family Fun Fair. The event, designed for children ages 2 to 12 and their families, will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free activities include a quad bungee trampoline, several bouncy castles, an obstacle course, a bike rodeo, a train and a rock climbing wall for aspiring Teva Mountain Game competitors. Budding artists will appreciate the face painting tent and the art and crafts tent. “Local families look forward to this event every year as it is a great way to spend the day, all activities are free,” said Holli Snyder, the event organizer. Call 970-949-0140 for more information. Rick & Kelly’s American Bistro is hosting a pizza and beer patio party from 3 to 5 p.m. on Saturday for their Local Card holders. Attendees can enjoy complimentary gourmet pizza and two kegs of beer on the deck. Diners who are members of the Locals Card program receive 15 percent off the check, along with other perks, throughout the year. “We wanted to say thank you to all of our friends and neighbors for their loyal business” said owner Rick Colomitz. “We hope we can continue to grow the program offering enticing perks throughout the year as special thanks.” Call 970-926-3423 for more information. The annual Vail Arts Festival is set for June 26-28 this year. The festival will have a new home this year -it will take place in Arrabelle Square in Lionshead. Event Producer Laurie Asmussen scheduled the event for the weekend prior to Vail America Days on purpose. “I wanted to give visitors a reason to come early for the 4th of July and stay longer” she said. “I hope the week-long celebration will provide a diverse range of activities and help local businesses capitalize on the crowds and excitement this time of year.”The juried show features watercolors, oil and acrylic paintings, woodworking, glass, sculptures, furniture, mosaics, ceramics, metal works, photography and jewelry. More than 180 artists from the U.S. competed for a chance to participate in the event and 70 were chosen to display their works throughout the weekend.Along with plenty of artist’s, the event will also feature an interactive kid’s art tent, street entertainers, live music and more. Visit for more information. The town of Avon is hosting its annual Father’s Day Fishing Derby at Nottingham Lake on June 21 from 10 a.m. to noon. Each year the Colorado Division of Wildlife stocks the lake with hungry fish to gear up for the family-friendly event. Prizes like new fishing poles, tackle boxes and gift certificates will be given out for the biggest fish, the longest cast or the most accurate cast. And if fishing isn’t your thing, don’t worry. Bravo’s Instrument Petting Zoo will also be on hand. Kids can compete in a gummy worm guessing contest. Lunch will be provided by the town of Avon. The event is geared for children age 15 and under and their families. Pets are not allowed. Call 970-748-xxxx.High Life Editor Caramie Schnell can be reached at 970-748-2984 or

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