That might be the case for a while… well, until Gyptober Fall Fest in Gypsum on October 1st, but as far as Oktoberfest events in the valley go, it will be the last one until the year next. The oom-pah music has moved from Beaver Creek to Lionshead the past two weekends and now it’s heading to Vail Village for more fall fun Friday through Sunday.
Keg Bowling will be back, along with bratwurst-eating contests, mug-holding contests, Kid-toberfest activities like face-painting, caricatures, balloon artists and more. This week’s musical lineup again features Helmut Fricker and the Rhinelanders and the Average German Band, then the Ryan Dart Band and The Evolution will rock the crowds after the accordion has been put to rest. Entertainment will also be provided by the GTSV Alpen Auerhahn Dancers and other Schuhplatter dances will also be back this week.
Brats, pretzels, Bavarian desserts and other delicious bites can be found with Spaten beer. The official Vail Oktoberfest tankard is available in glass in the liter and half-liter sizes and in ceramic in the half-liter size.
Oktoberfest takes place from noon to 10:00 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and from noon to 6:00 p.m. on Sunday. The event is free, and you pay as you go for food, drinks, and some of the kids’ activities like face painting, balloon animals, and cartooning. This is a popular event so it’s best to keep dogs at home as it gets crowded in areas and the bowling, cheering and music can be loud in your dog’s ears. For more information, visit OktoberfestVail.com.
Heart and Soul Festival
Avon had a long gig season at Nottingham Park this summer. From AvonLIVE! on Wednesday nights to wrap up the weekend with Sunset LIVE!, the tunes have been a big part of the fabric of the Heart of the Valley. That spirit continues with another burst of concert fun this Saturday with the Heart and Soul Festival.
Avon brings in two award-winning artists, starting with Pato Banton and the Now Generation. Pato Banton’s musical career spans four decades. Banton’s mother was Jamaican but she moved to London where Banton was born. This Grammy-nominated reggae star has toured with the English Beat, Steel Pulse, UB40, the Marleys, Sting and more. He now resides in Southern California. He is known for his positive and uplifting concerts and he recently returned to the United States after traveling to Africa to film a documentary and perform. Pato Banton and the Now Generation will play from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Hempress Sativa, a Jamaican singer and songwriter known for her quick rhymes and for being a “lyrical machine”, also appears on stage at the Heart and Soul Festival. 9 p.m.
Doors will open at 4 p.m. and music will start at 5:30 p.m. and there will be food trucks with food and drinks available for purchase at Hahnewald Bar. It is said that Wood & Steele Ax Company will also be there, in case you want to try ax throwing. Use of public transport is encouraged as parking is limited. For more information, visit DiscoverAvon.org.
If you love classic cars, muscle cars, luxury sports cars, motorcycles and more, you’re in for a treat this weekend with the Vail Concours.
Saturday Cars & Coffee will be held at Mountain Plaza at the top of Bridge Street in Vail Village Cars & Coffee is holding meetings almost weekly throughout the spring, summer and fall and this one will be at larger scale with more cars than they usually have. The event is free and open to the public and begins at 9 a.m.
The main event is the car show at Lionshead on the lawn of the Eagle Bahn Gondola (No 19) on Sunday. This event is free and open to the public from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Cars will start arriving at 6:30 a.m. and if owners choose to have their car judged, judging begins at 9:00 a.m. and awards will take place around 1:30 p.m.
Throughout the weekend you can see anything from a WWII Willys Army Jeep to a brand new McLaren 720S. There will also be brands such as BMW, Audi, Jaguar, Aston Martin, Lamborghini, DeTomoso, Shelby, Maserati and Corvette. There’s even a 1938 Rolls Royce on display. Porsche is always well represented and although there are many exotic cars, we still have a big turnout from GM, Chrysler, Dodge, Ford, some Japanese automakers and less exotic but equally impressive cars. To learn more about the event, visit VailConcours.com.
Trail and mountain bike races
After spending a summer riding longer trails and doing lots of amazing mountain biking, why not test your mettle and see how you would fare in a race? This week there are a few opportunities to test your skills.
On Saturday, the Vail Recreation District will host the Meadowgold 10K and 5K in Minturn, which will wrap up the Dynafit Vail Trail Running Series. Races begin and end at Minturn Ranger Station at 9:00 a.m. and 9:15 a.m. respectively. The 10K will follow a single track up to 1,400 elevation gain and back down on a dual track. 5K runners will ascend a double track and gain approximately 500 feet in elevation. Both routes are scenic and runners will be treated to a donut by Northside Coffee and Kitchen upon arrival and receive a personalized t-shirt before heading to the after party at Vail Mountain Coffee & Tea Company near the start. To learn more, visit VailRec.com.
Mountain Rats returns for its 6th year with trail and mountain bike racing. Downtown Eagle Ranch will host the race start and finish on Saturday and Sunday. Runners can choose between a Marathon, a Heavy Half or a 55K race. On Sunday, mountain bikers can choose between a 25,000 or 50,000 km ride. There’s also the Amazing Race, which is a scavenger hunt, and fun races for ages 4 and under and ages 10 and under. Really, there is something for everyone!
The Amazing Race is for teams of two to eight people, so grab your friends and family and you can wander from clue to clue on foot, bike, stroller, skateboard, whatever. rolls as long as it is self-powered. The course is six miles and has 10 pit stops.
In addition to the competitions, the Endorphin Gym will host a Boot Camp class, The Cycle Effect, the event’s nonprofit of choice, will host a women’s bike clinic, and there will be fun races for the kids. Add in live music, beer, and the September edition of “Eagle Outside” with bike, gear, and apparel vendors on Capital Street, and you’ve got a fun-filled weekend. For more information and a full schedule of events, visit MountainRats.com.