SEPTEMBER SPLENDOR IN THE ROCKIES EVENTS
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to the event listing.
Saturdays - Gunnison Farmers’ Market, Virginia Ave & Main St.
Gunnison Farmers’ Market is open on Saturdays from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and located on Main and Virginia, the heart of Gunnison's historic Main Street. There is a wide variety of vendors selling fresh fruits and vegetables, baked goods, beef, pork, eggs, cheese, honey, herbs, flowers, wine, granola, crafts and more. Live entertainment is featured each week along with kids’ activities and cooking demos. www.gunnisonfarmersmarket.com
Sundays - Crested Butte Farmer’s Market, Elk Avenue
The market is a favorite places to shop for fresh regional produce, preserves, baked goods, cheese, wine and other delicious treats on summer and fall weekends. Grab breakfast or lunch at the market or at one of the many locally owned restaurants located only steps away. Located on Elk Avenue between First and Second Streets from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. www.cbfarmersmarket.org
Fridays & Saturdays (Aug. 30, 31, Sept. 6, 7, 13, 14) - Gunnison Valley Observatory Open for Public Viewing, Gunnison
On Public Viewing Nights held on Fridays and Saturdays, the observatory’s 30-inch reflector telescope (the largest public telescope in Colorado) and several smaller scopes will be used to observe the night sky. On Aug. 30, there will be Saturn the Ringed Giant program, and Aug. 31 will feature Hot Topics In Astronomy. A minimum donation of $5 per adult and $3 per child is requested. Gates to the observatory open at dusk on these evenings. Visit www.gunnisonobservatory.org
Tuesdays and Thursdays –
Historic Walking Tours of Crested Butte
In July, August and September,
Crested Butte Mountain Heritage Museum offers historic walking tours of Crested
Butte on Tuesdays at 9 a.m. and Thursdays at 5 p.m. The cost is
$10 per person, children 12 & under are FREE with a paid adult. Call (970) 349-1880 for more information and reservations. www.crestedbuttemuseum.com
LABOR DAY WEEKEND AND SEPTEMBER EVENTS
Aug. 30 - Town Mountain Concert, Crested Butte Center for the Arts
Staying true to bluegrass in all the right ways, yet contributing to their form’s evolution by tossing in influences of surf-rock, gospel and honkey-tonk, Town Mountain finds themselves as one of the preeminent torchbearers of their craft. Centering around strong, soulful and uniquely harmonic vocals, they offer a well-traveled sound, a telepathic pickin’ style filled with mesmerizing interplay, and intoxicating rhythms that energize every tune. Having collaborated with the likes of Doc Watson and David Grisman, Town Mountain was part of the official showcase of the prestigious International Bluegrass Music Association in 2011. They are Phil Barker on mandolin and vocals; Robert Greer on lead vocals and guitar; Jesse Langlais on banjo and vocals; Bobby Britt on fiddle; and Jake Hopping on bass. Concert begins at 8 p.m. with tickets available for $15. Go to www.crestedbuttearts.org.
Aug. 31 - MarchFourth Marching Band Concert, Crested Butte Center for the Arts
The MarchFourth Marching Band is a mobile big band spectacular, propelled by electric bass, a diverse percussion ensemble and brassy horn section. Performances are visually enhanced by costumed dancing beauties, acrobatic stilt walkers, unicycles, fire arts, life size marionettes, and many more theatrics. MarchFourth writes and performs its own material, and also draws inspiration from an eclectic range of worldwide influences, such as Eastern European gypsy brass, samba, Latin, funk, afro-beat, big-band, jazz, and rock music, as well as television, film, circus, and vaudeville. It's an over-the-top explosion of performance, color and charisma. Concert begins at 8 p.m. with tickets available for $25 through Aug. 24 at 5 p.m. and $30 after that time. Go to www.crestedbuttearts.org.
Aug. 31 - Sept. 3 - Labor Day Sidewalk Sales, Crested Butte, Mt. Crested Butte, Gunnison
Shop to your heart’s content and find great bargains at the Labor Day Sidewalk sale in Crested Butte and Mt. Crested Butte on Aug. 30 - Sept. 2 and in Gunnison on Aug. 31 - Sept. 2.
Aug. 31 - Sept. 1 – The People’s Fair (Arts, Crafts & More), Elk Avenue, Crested Butte
The Saturday and Sunday of Labor Day weekend marks the return of The People’s Fair in downtown Crested Butte. Hundreds of locals and visitors stroll Elk Avenue on Aug. 31 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sept. 1 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. to take in this homespun cultural experience and to soak in the last of the high-country summer. The People’s Fair features an eclectic mix of approximately 70 booths showcasing regional arts and crafts, collectibles and antiques, and preserved foods from local gardens as well as live music, a tasty fair food, and nonprofit organization booths. The People’s Fair is made possible by the volunteer efforts of the artist members of The Paragon Gallery, a cooperatively owned arts and crafts gallery in downtown Crested Butte. For information, email email@example.com or call (970) 349-6484.
Sept. 1 – Crested Butte Mountain Runners Trail/Fun Run
This is a great opportunity to run one of Crested Butte’s classic bike rides. Start on Cement Creek road and run up the Reno Divide road. At the top, either take Reno Ridge trail over to Deadman’s Gulch or run Flag Creek to Bear Creek and then Deadman’s Gulch trails. Both courses then finish down the Deadman Gulch switchbacks back to the start. The long course is about 20 miles and the Reno Divide course is about 13 miles all on single track trail or dirt roads. Meet at the Deadman’s Gulch trailhead almost 7 miles up Cement Creek with a start time of 8:30 a.m. The cost is $5. Call Martin Catmur at (970) 349-5326 for more information or visit www.cbmountainrunners.org.
Sept. 1 - West Elk Bicycle Classic, Gunnison to Crested Butte (the long way!)
The Dave Wiens West Elk Bicycle Classic (WEBC) was established in 2012 as a fundraiser for the Western State Colorado University Mountain Sports by Director Dave Wiens, a local mountain biking legend who is dedicated to making riding a bicycle in Gunnison and in Colorado safer and more enjoyable. Ride with Dave on this demanding 134-mile gran fondo or timed tour (with a 100-mile option also available), climbing 9,300 feet from Gunnison to Crested Butte, circumnavigating the West Elk Mountains. The race starts at 7 a.m. at Western State Colorado University in Gunnison. The first 100 miles of the course consists of very smooth and nearly car-free pavement with a few steep climbs through amazing scenery along the Black Canyon of the Gunnison. It drops to a low point through the orchards and farmland around Paonia, and then climbs to Kebler Pass, where the road turns to hard-packed dirt for 25 miles with some short stretches of pavement. The official time will be taken at the top of Kebler Pass followed by a neutral coast to the finish and party in Crested Butte. The cost to register is $120 until July 31, $130 until Aug 24, and $145 until the day of the race. For details and registration, go to www.westelkbicycleclassic.com.
Sept. 5 - Summer Speaker Series, Crested Butte Mountain Heritage Museum, Crested Butte
The museum’s Summer Speaker Series continues on Sept. 5 with a speaker to be announced soon. Suggested donation is $5. Call (970) 349-1880 for more information. www.crestedbuttemuseum.com
Sept. 5 - Gunnison Farmers Market, Gunnison Ring in the fall with a harvest of fresh veggies, homemade goodies and hand crafted items at the weekly Gunnison Farmers Market. The market takes place every Saturday at Virginia and Main Street in Gunnison. gunnisonfarmersmarket.com
Sept. 6 - First Friday Gallery Crawl & Music, Various Galleries & Locations, Gunnison
To kick off each month right, enjoy great art in Gunnison at the First Friday Gallery Crawl & Music starting at 5 p.m. Refreshments, on-site artists and great socializing are highlights. Call Gunnison Gallery at (970) 641-6111 for participating businesses and more information. Free.
Sept. 6 - Fridays @ 5 featuring Chris Coady, Gunnison Art Center
In tandem with First Friday Gallery Crawl & Music, the Gunnison Arts Center will conclude its Fridays @ 5 live music summers series with Chris Coady playing in the outdoor courtyard at 5 p.m. www.gunnisonartscenter.org
Sept. 6 – 7 – 23rd Annual Superfly Fishing Tournament, Gunnison-Crested Butte area
Gunnison Angling Society, founded in 1969 and a local chapter of Trout Unlimited, is hosting its 23rd annual Superfly fishing tournament on Sept. 6 – 7. The tournament will be a classic two-fly contest, meaning each two-person team has to choose the two flies they will be fishing with for the duration of the tournament to catch as many inches of trout as possible. A reception will be held in Almont on Friday night to discuss rules, meet guides and draw locations for the next morning and afternoon. One section of private water and one public section will be fished in two competitive sessions on Saturday, concluding with a banquet and awards ceremony that evening in Almont. All ages and skill levels are encouraged to participate. The registration fee for each team is $600 and includes several meals and a fishing shirt. For more information and firm details as the event draws near, visit www.gunnisontu.org.
Sept. 7 - Gunni High Tri (sprint triathlon), Gunnison
The first-ever Gunni Hi Tri sprint triathlon with take place on Sept. 7 and includes a 500-yard swim at the Gunnison Community Center’s Aquatic Center, 13-mile bike ride and 3.2-mile run. A kids’ race for ages 6 and over begins at 8 a.m., followed by an official race start of 9:30 a.m. Teams of three people who each take one stage of the race are allowed.
Distances for kids will depend on age category, including a 50- to 200-yard swim, one- to two-mile bike and a third-mile or half-mile run. Go to www.cityofgunnison-co.gov/parks_and_rec/index.html for registration and details. The cost is $45 until Aug. 7 and $55 until the day of the race and $15 for kids.
Sept. 7 - Lisa Marie Presley Concert, Crested Butte Center for the Arts
With all the hoopla that has surrounded her, it’s easy to forget that Lisa Marie Presley is a Southern girl whose earliest musical memories are of obsessively listening to 45’s in her bedroom at Graceland and of her dad catching her singing into a hairbrush in front of a mirror at the age of three. The Memphis-born Presley reclaims those roots on her newest album Storm and Grace, an Americana-inspired showcase for her songwriting talent and smoldering alto voice. The concert begins at 8 p.m. and ticket information will be available soon at www.crestedbuttearts.org.
Sept. 7 - 8, Fall Festival of Beers/Chili Cook-Off & Gravity Slave Weekend, Mt. Crested Butte
Give a toast to autumn at Mt. Crested Butte’s 14th Annual Fall Festival of Beers & Chili Cook-Off, held at the base area of Crested Butte Mountain Resort (CBMR) on Sept. 7. Taste a wide range of microbrews from approximately 20 craft brewers (primarily from Colorado) and sample scrumptious chili recipes, all while listening to great live music from noon to 4 p.m. A celebrity panel of judges for both the beer and chili will be on hand, and participants get to chime in with People’s Choice awards.
There is no cost to enter the chili cook-off, just cook up three gallons of in advance and compete in one of several categories. Chili sampling will run from noon until 2 p.m. or whenever it runs out. Call the Crested Butte-Mt. Crested Butte Chamber of Commerce at (800) 814-8893 or visit the festival’s new website www.cbbeerfest.com when it launches in the near future.
Make it a weekend by enjoying the Adventure Park, taking a zip line tour, riding the Red Lady chairlift and watching or participating in the Gravity Slave mountain bike race at CBMR on Sept. 8. This is one-run downhill race in Evolution Bike Park with pro and amateur age classes. Call (970) 349-2211 and visit www.skicb.com.
Sept. 7 – 8 - 37th Annual Pearl Pass Mountain Bike Tour, Crested Butte
This oldest mountain bike event in the world runs from Crested Butte to Aspen via Pearl Pass. In 1976, the first group of 15 or 20 cyclists from the Butte rode one-speed town bikes over the 12,705-foot Pearl Pass to Aspen in response to a group of Aspenites riding their motorcycles over Pearl Pass and parking them in downtown Crested Butte. The Crested Butte rowdies pulled up in downtown Aspen in front of the historic Hotel Jerome. By the early 1980s, the expert ride had grown and become a weeklong event known as Fat Tire Bike Week. Today, Fat Tire Bike Week is held in June and the Pearl Pass Mountain Bike Tour is in September to celebrate Crested Butte as one of the birthplaces of mountain biking. For information, call (970) 349-6817 or visit www.mtnbikehalloffame.com.
Sept. 8 – 9 - Wooden Nickel Fall Golf Classic, Club at Crested Butte
This annual golf outing favorite for teams of four benefits the junior hockey program in the Gunnison-Crested Butte Valley. Day one is a four-person scramble and day two is a modified best ball. For information and registration, call Eric at (970) 349-6350.
Sept. 10 – “Trashed” (film), presented by Office of Resource Efficiency, Crested Butte Center for the Arts
“Trashed” will be screened as part of ORE's Environmental Film Series at 7:30 p.m. The film is a provocative investigation of one of the fastest growing industries in North America: the garbage business. “Trashed” examines the disposal of what society defines as waste. At times humorous but also deeply poignant, the film examines the American waste stream fast approaching a half billion tons annually. The cost is $8, which includes popcorn. www.resourceefficiency.org
Sept. 10 - Clay Earring Holder Workshop, Art Studio of the Center for the Arts, Crested Butte
In this 5:15 – 7:15 p.m. class with artist Donna Rozman, participants will create a unique clay wall hanging that is used to display and organize earrings. This simple, fun creation is easy to make, with students constructing the earring holder and using a variety of stamps to create texture and enhance the surface. All levels of experience are welcome. The cost is $40 and includes all supplies. www.crestedbuttearts.org
Sept. 13 - Shaun Mullins Concert, Crested Butte Center for the Arts
Atlanta-based singer/songwriter and bandleader Shawn Mullins has undergone a series of transformative experiences, leading to a second coming for the veteran artist. Evidence of Mullins' newfound level of musical and lyrical ambition courses comes through with Light You Up, his latest release. The concert begins at 8 p.m., with tickets available for $20 through Sept. 6 at 5 p.m. and $25 after that time. www.crestedbuttearts.org
Sept. 13 – 15 - Ripple: A Watercolor Art Retreat for Women, Art Studio of the Center for the Arts, Crested Butte
In partnership with the Crested Butte Wildflower Festival, Art Studio of the Center for the Arts has created Ripple, a three-day fall art retreat for women. During this three-day intensive retreat, participants will immerse themselves in a study of watercolor with local artist Gail Sovick. The weekend will include instruction in watercolor techniques, color theory and brush work while working in the classroom and painting en plein air surrounded and inspired by beautiful Crested Butte scenery. Participants also enjoy catered gourmet meals, snacks, and beverages and have options for yoga and massage as well. For costs and more details, go to www.crestedbuttearts.org
Sept. 14 & 15 - Gravity Slave Downhill Race, Mt. Crested Butte $50 entry fee includes race day ticket. Race is one run, fastest downhill time wins. Age categories include under 16, 16-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40+ mens and womens. $2000 in prize money - awards party will follow the race. For more information call Ryan at 970-964-8411. Racer tickets are also available for Friday and Saturday at a discounted rate.
Sept. 15 – 21 - 28th Annual Vinotok Fall Harvest Festival, Crested Butte
The autumn equinox, a time of balance between day and night, heralds in the celebration of Vinotok in Crested Butte, Colo. Meaning “fall wine festival” in Slovenian, Vinotok culminates on Sept. 21 after several days of celebrating and commemorates the bounty of the summer harvest and gathering of the community before the long winter ahead. It is a time of village feasting, of forgetting the woes of yesterday and honoring traditional Eastern European roots. In the midst of the 28th annual celebration is a colorful array of medieval characters, a street theatre performance, storytelling, Liar’s Night, a community potluck, and much more. For more information, contact Molly Murfee at (970) 349-0947 or Marcie Telander at (970) 349-6509.
Sept. 16 – 30 - Jesse Blumenthal "New Works" Multi-Media Exhibition, Crested Butte Center for the Arts
Jesse Blumenthal's work explores the tension between the natural world and modern society. For the last six years, he has used industrial materials to explore the subject of the natural environment. Sculptural works in steel, stone, iron, and bronze are exhibited alongside bright, energetic paintings in spray paint, acrylic, markers, and oil pastels. His artwork has a whimsical tone with dark subject matter. There is no cost to view the exhibition or attend a Sept. 16 reception from 5 – 7 p.m. www.crestedbuttearts.org
Sept. 19 - Summer Speaker Series, Crested Butte Mountain Heritage Museum, Crested Butte
The museum’s Summer Speaker Series concludes on Sept. 19 with the speaker to be announced soon. The suggested donation is $5. Call (970) 349-1880 for more information. www.crestedbuttemuseum.com
Sept. 19 - Sneak Peek at the Crested Butte Film Festival, Crested Butte Center for the Arts
A special film presentation at 7 p.m. in preparation for the Crested Butte Film Festival, Sept. 26 – 29. More information to come at www.crestedbuttearts.org and www.crestedbuttefilmfestival.com. Tickets cost $10 at the door.
Sept. 19 - Watercolor & Wine Art Soiree, Gunnison Arts Center
An evening of watercolor painting and wine tasting with local wine experts in the inviting ambiance of the Main Gallery is hard to beat. Runs from 6 – 9 p.m. and costs $35. www.gunnisonartscenter.org
Sept. 20 - Free Art Talk featuring Shaun Horne, Art Studio of the Center for the Arts, Crested Butte
Enjoy a casual lecture and slideshow presented by local artist Shaun Horne, who specializes in plein air painting and owns Oh Be Joyful Gallery in Crested Butte. Through this intimate view, learn about the artistic processes, ruminations and inspirations of a working artist. Begins at 6 p.m., Art Studio of the Center for the Arts. www.crestedbuttearts.org
Sept. 21 - Camp 4 Coffee Cart to Cart Trail Run, Crested Butte Mountain Runners
This can be run as a half marathon or a 19-mile course. The 19-mile course will run from Crested Butte to Crested Butte South via several trails. The half marathon will shuttle to Brush Creek road and then follow the 19-mile course to the finish. The start and registration will be at Camp 4 coffee at 4th and Elk in Crested Butte and the finish at Camp 4 coffee in CB South. Transport back to Crested Butte will be provided. Entry fee to this run is $20 for non members and $15 for members and includes a cool collectable coffee mug for all finishers. Call race director Martin Catmur at (970) 349-5326 for more information or visit www.cbmountainrunners.org.
Sept. 21 – 22 - Red Heat Ceramics Workshop with Donna Rozman, Gunnison Arts Center
Join instructor and professional potter Donna Rozman for a fun and engaging weekend of ceramic arts. Emerging and established potters will learn new techniques for creating and decorating unique pieces using red earthenware clay and the Majolica glazing technique. The cost is $185. A Friday evening Clay Center social dinner and meet-and-greet will kick off the two days of workshops. www.gunnisonartscenter.org
Sept. 22 - Crested Butte Mountain Heritage Museum Kickball Tournament Rally your team for a day of fun! crestedbuttemuseum.com
Sept. 26 – Crested Butte Mountain Runners Trail/Fun Run – Woods Walk Trail
See how you measure up against Crested Butte’s finest student athletes over a distance of four miles. Run with the high school’s cross-country team on a mellow end-of-season, four-mile run from Crested Butte to Peanut Mine and returning on the old railroad grade. All proceeds will go to the Titan Booster Club supporting local high school sports. Meet at Totem Pole Park at Third Street and Maroon Avenue in Crested Butte at 5:45 p.m. for registration. The run will be followed by pizza at The Brick Oven. The cost is $5. Call race director Connie Hayden (970) 349-0309 visit www.cbmountainrunners.org.
Sept. 26 – 29 - Crested Butte Film Festival, Crested Butte
Always the last weekend in September, Crested Butte Film Festival takes place during the peak of fall foliage season. Expect four days of viewing the best of international cinema, discussing films with filmmakers and easily walking or riding a cruiser bike from venue to venue. More than 90 films will be screened, ranging from narratives and documentaries to outdoor adventure and shorts. There will be bike parades, giveaways and pass options that make it easy and affordable to enjoy all four days, including events. A children’s film program and several filmmaker talks will be offered at no cost.
Passes are available online at cbfilmfest.org and individual tickets will be sold at the door. A complete schedule of events and list of films will be available online Sept. 1. For more information, visit www.cbfilmfest.org or call (303) 204-9080.
Sept. 27 - ArtWalk Evening, Studios & Galleries in Crested Butte
To wrap up the month in style, from June to September, Crested Butte’s ArtWalk
Evenings bring art enthusiasts on a tour of the galleries on the last Thursday evening
from 5 – 8 p.m. Light refreshments, music and on-site artists are featured at many of the
locations. ArtWalk Evenings also take place December – March. For a list of
participating galleries, go to www.awearts.org.
Sept. 27 – 28 - Western State Colorado University Homecoming, Gunnison
Western State Colorado University is celebrating 102 years of educating students and is going to pulls out all the stops for homecoming. On Sept. 27, there will be a homecoming celebration at the Aspinall-Wilson Center with live music, fireworks and more starting at 7 p.m., the traditional lighting of the "W" on the mountainside at 8:30 p.m., and a 9 p.m. bonfire at the Mountaineer Bowl Parking lot. Saturday’s homecoming events include tours of the campus and new field house, parade, several athletic competitions, a dance and reunions. Watch WSCU’s football, volleyball and soccer teams in action. For a full schedule and costs of various activities, visit www.westernalum.org/events.