|Jazz Aspen Snowmass Festival (Photo by: Jeremy Swanson/Aspen and Snowmass photographer)|
Colorado ski resorts will be offering summer activities and lodging specials through the end of September. Below are some of the events and activities taking place during Labor Day weekend around Colorado Ski Country:
Jazz Aspen Snowmass (JAS) Aspen Snowmass Labor Day Festival – Travelers can enjoy the three days of concerts on multiple stages, eclectic food, beverage vendors, and more. This year’s acts include Jason Mraz, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, Keith Urban, Train, Little Big Town, Journey, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, and Colorado’s own Paper Bird. Additionally, the final Bluegrass Sunday on Aspen Mountain at the Sundeck will take place on September 1, with performances by Smuggler Mountain Boys.
Rocky Mountain Oyster Festival and Barbecue – The second annual all-you-can-eat/drink event will take place on September 2 at The Ajax Tavern at the Little Nell Hotel where guests are served oysters on the half shell, Rockefeller oysters and other creative oyster hors d’oeuvres, and the famed Rocky Mountain Oyster. Tickets are $75. Visit www.thelittlenell.com.
Copper Country – This Copper Mountain tradition is a free Labor Day festival tradition celebrating with live music, an arts festival, and Copper Kids Arts & Crafts. This year’s lineup includes Savannah Jack, The Long Players, Michael McDonald, Texaco Country Showdown and headliner Kenny Rogers.
Gravity Slave Downhill Mountain Bike Race – Crested Butte Mountain Resort will host the annual race on September 8, with a $2,000 cash prize for the winners of the Open Pro Class. Racing begins with course training from 8:30–10 a.m. and a 10:30 a.m. race start time. The $50 registration fee includes a race day ticket. Use the package code: gravityslave2013.
Chili and Beer Festival – Mt. Crested Butte’s annual festival coincides with the bike race on the weekend of September 7-8, 2013. Breweries throughout the southwest will be on hand to offer their brews. In addition to beer and chili tasting, attendees will be able to enjoy live music.
Steamboat Stage – A variety of events will take place including musician Zach Heckendorf takes the stage at Gondola Square. On Saturday, August 31, the Steamboat Stage will host Skyfall, the latest James Bond installment. The Wild West Air Fest will bring a vintage and warbird static aircraft display, classic cars, radio controlled airplane shows, the Wings Over the Rockies KidSpace and more on August 31 and September 1. Visitors may purchase flights in several aircraft, from helicopters to World War II Navy bombers and others.
The Zoppé Family Circus – The circus welcomes guests into the 500-seat tent at Winter Park for a one-ring circus, starring Nino the clown, and features acrobatic feats, equestrian showmanship, canine capers, clowning and audience participation. Tickets are $20 for VIP chair seating or $15 for general admission, and children under 2 are free. There will be one performance on Friday, three performances on Saturday and Sunday and one performance on Sunday providing guests ample opportunities to see the show during their Labor Day weekend at Winter Park.
Whiskey & Wings Festival – On September 7, The Village at Winter Park will host the festival. Local restaurants will be presenting the best chicken wings in a variety of styles and flavors, with visitors determining which ones are the best. Whiskey tasting will be available to guests while enjoying live music. Taste tickets are just $1 per wing while whiskey tasting is $10 for four tickets (good for two tastings) and a special commemorative Whiskey & Wings Festival glass.