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Crested Butte Chili and Beer Festival
Crested Butte Chili and Beer Festival

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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Crested Butte Chili and Beer Festival

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.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Jazz Aspen Snowmass in Aspen

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(970) 920-5000
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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.

2. Oktoberfest in Beaver Creek

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September 5th and 6th, Beaver Creek hosts its annual Oktoberfest with music, traditional brews, and wunderbar wurst.

3. Chili and Beer in Crested Butte

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Crested Butte Way
Mount Crested Butte, CO 81225
(970) 349-2211
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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.

4. Hogfest in Breckenridge

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Main Street
Breckenridge, CO 80498
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.

5. Parade and Barbecue in Ouray

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Venture south toward the San Juans and stop at Ouray's Fair Grounds for a Labor Day Parade and BBQ.

6. Wine Fest in Salida

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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.

7. Chili Challenge in Steamboat Springs

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(970) 879-0880
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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.

8. Gourmet on the Gore in Vail

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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.

9. Oktoberfest at Keystone Resort

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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.

1. Jazz Aspen Snowmass in Aspen

Colorado 81611
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.

2. Oktoberfest in Beaver Creek

Colorado 81620
September 5th and 6th, Beaver Creek hosts its annual Oktoberfest with music, traditional brews, and wunderbar wurst.

3. Chili and Beer in Crested Butte

Crested Butte Way, Mount Crested Butte, CO 81225
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.
Crested Butte Way
Mount Crested Butte, CO 81225

4. Hogfest in Breckenridge

Main Street, Breckenridge, CO 80498
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.
Main Street
Breckenridge, CO 80498

5. Parade and Barbecue in Ouray

Colorado 81432
Venture south toward the San Juans and stop at Ouray's Fair Grounds for a Labor Day Parade and BBQ.

6. Wine Fest in Salida

Salida, CO 81201
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.

7. Chili Challenge in Steamboat Springs

Colorado 80487
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.

8. Gourmet on the Gore in Vail

Vail, CO
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.

9. Oktoberfest at Keystone Resort

Keystone, CO 80435
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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