While autumn doesn't technically start until September 22 - Labor Day (Monday, September 7) - tends to mark marks the unofficial send-off of the summer season. And though most kids have already done the back-to-school song and dance, this three-day weekend gives us one final chance to celebrate before we have to truly go back to reality. So, we've collected nine mountain town food and drink festivities worth sitting in traffic for. After all, it's the last hurrah before the snow-capped peaks beckon us back up.Read More
Labor Day Food and Beverage Bashes in the Hills
Mountain towns add edible events to their calendars to enjoy for the long weekend.
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Jazz Aspen Snowmass in Aspen
The Patron VIP Tent at the Labor Day Jazz Aspen Snowmass festival provides a culinary experience to compliment the culture and fun. Chef Martin Oswald, who owns Pyramid Bistro in Aspen is the caterer, putting together gourmet meals for more than 1,300 people per day.
Oktoberfest in Beaver Creek
September 5th and 6th, Beaver Creek hosts its annual Oktoberfest with music, traditional brews, and wunderbar wurst.
Chili and Beer in Crested Butte
Chili and beer are the perfect antidotes to the end of summer blues. Serving up the dymanic duo at 9,375 feet, the annual Mt. Crested Butte Chili & Beer Festival, held on Saturday, Sept. 5 at the base of Crested Butte Mountain Resort ski area, involves sampling of mouth-watering chili prepared by area cook-off contestants and tasty microbrews.
Hogfest in Breckenridge
Hogfest: Bacon & Bourbon showcases two fan favorites with food and boozy beverage tastings, live music and more at the inaugural festival on Saturday September 5.
Parade and Barbecue in Ouray
Venture south toward the San Juans and stop at Ouray's Fair Grounds for a Labor Day Parade and BBQ.
Wine Fest in Salida
Slink off to Salida to relish in the beauty of the place and the 4th Annual Salida Wine Fest, highlighting Colorado's varietals, fine art, culinary concoctions and musical entertainment for the whole family.
Chili Challenge in Steamboat Springs
Drive to Downtown Steamboat Springs and enter your favorite chili recipe or vote for the People's Choice Award in the 11th Annual Downtown Chili Challenge. The event takes place on Sunday of Labor Day Weekend, on the corner of 7th and Yampa streets. Join the fun, listen to live country music, and have a beer.
Gourmet on the Gore in Vail
Gourmet on Gore returns for its 10th year from September 4th through the 7th. The multi-day, food and wine tasting event takes place along Vail's Gore Creek Drive and Bridge Street, revealing the Vail Valley's impressive culinary offerings paired with wines, spirits and beers from around the world. Live music and natural beauty set the scene, creating an epicurean delight to celebrate the holiday.
Oktoberfest at Keystone Resort
Start the day with the Das Bier Burner 5K Run and get primed for the festivities later in the day. Come sample beers from different Colorado Breweries and celebrate the holiday weekend.
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