September Splendor in the Rockies

Aspens in full color near the Dyke Trail in Crested Butte

September Splendor in the Rockies

01 September 2014 to 30 September 2014
Gunnison, Valleywide, CO, 81230

Colorado’s largest aspen grove turning brilliant shades of color, Indian summer temperatures and a wide range of events and outdoor recreation combine to make “September Splendor in the Rockies” a month not to miss in Gunnison-Crested Butte, Colo. September is an ideal time for couples who love the slower pace of the mountains in the fall, families looking for memory-making outing on the weekend and outdoor recreation lovers who enjoy scenic autumn trails.

A few highlights include the Mt. Crested Butte Chili and Beer Festival, Vinotok fall harvest festival, Crested Butte Film Festival, running and biking events, art walks, farmers’ markets, and stargazing at the Gunnison Valley Observatory.

Taking place annually the last weekend in September, the Crested Butte Film Festival presents more than 90 films during the peak of the fall foliage season. Expect beauty inside and out with four days of the best of international cinema, coupled with filmmaker talks, visiting actors, parties and easy transport on foot and bike between three downtown venues.  Films to be screened include narratives, documentaries, outdoor adventure and short films, plus a free children’s program. Several ticketing options make it easy and affordable to enjoy all four days, and passes are on sale now at Individual tickets will be sold at the door. A complete schedule of events and list of films will be available online Sept. 1.  For additional details, call (303) 204-9080. 

Get into the spirit of autumn with the annual Mt. Crested Butte Chili & Beer Festival held on Sept. 20 at the base of Crested Butte Mountain Resort ski area.  Heat up by sampling great chili prepared by area cook-off contestants, cool off with beers poured by more than 25 microbreweries and savor live music all afternoon.  Tickets are $25 for early-bird purchases and $30 at the door.  Doors open at 11:30 a.m., beer starts being poured at noon and goes until 4 p.m.  For more information, visit  

Every Autumn Equinox, the town of Crested Butte comes together to stage the Vinotok Harvest Festival with spectacular results, and the festival keeps growing bigger. Starting with the Farmer's Market and Celebration of the Harvest Mother on September 14, 2014, Vinotok continues with fun festivities throughout the week. Liar's night brings out the town's biggest storytellers for a chance to see who can tell the best tall tale. Or attend the museum for a taste of Crested Butte history.

The big event is undoubtedly the Vinotok Play and burning of the Grump on September 20. Have dinner at one of our outstanding restaurants in downtown Crested Butte and be entertained by the mummers and invited to the evening performance. Things typically start up on the outdoor stage at Third and Elk around 8 PM, when the eternal battle between nature and progress is put on display for all to witness. Then process down Elk Avenue with the locals to the bonfire and help us burn "The Grump"- collection of the previous year's woes and complaints to prepare for another winter full of fun in the snow!


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