Fall Event Enthusiast

Fall Favorites

You don’t want to miss the fall colors and spectacular events that happen in the Vail Valley in the fall. From stein hosting to wine tasting – and everything in between – the fall is a wonderful time to visit.

FALL FESTIVALS

Oktoberfest
Oompah music, bratwursts, beers and lederhosen! Germany comes to Vail, Beaver Creek and Gypsum every autumn. The American twist on Germany’s Oktoberfest even comes with a professional yodeler or two. Vail Oktoberfest was named among the ten greatest Oktoberfest celebrations in the United States by USA Today!

Man of the Cliff
Find a flannel and head to Avon for this mountain man fundraiser. Throw and ax, toss a hammer, shoot an arrow, pitch a keg and drink a beer at the Man of the Cliff festival. Man of the Cliff is a two-day community festival centered around rugged Lumberjack-style games and a benefit concert. All funds raised supportCan Do Multiple Sclerosis. Man of the Cliff welcomes more than 200 competitors and 3,000 attendees for a weekend of outdoor activities, live music, delicious food and drink, and tons of family fun.

Vail Village Car Show
Get ready to see some spectacular vehicles in the magnificent setting of Vail Village at the Vail Village Car Show. Be sure to check out these amazing vehicles as you walk though  the Vail Farmers’ Market and Oktoberfest in Lionshead Village.

Septemberfest
Septemberfest is a two-day street party in Eagle with live music, craft beer, full bar service, food vendors, backyard games and Mountain Rats trail running races.

Locals Tip: Staying hydrated is extremely important when you are at high altitude – especially when you are drinking alcohol. Drink one glass of water for every alcoholic drink to ensure you stay hydrated.

FOR THE FOODIE

Fall Wine and Food Classic
The Fall Wine & Food Classic highlights the best of the autumn season in Vail. With the peak fall foliage and amazing weather you cab explore and sample amazing Southern Hemisphere wine at the Fall Wine & Food Classic Grand Tasting Event at the Gerald Ford Amphitheater in Vail. Local Restaurants will be preparing spectacular tastings. Guests will enjoy a picnic-style event on the grass with south of the equator music while taking in the gorgeous Vail scenery and fall colors. The Grand Tasting features more than 25 wineries and 20 restaurants from the Vail Valley.

Hike, Wine & Dine
Hike Wine and Dine is a very relaxed five-mile hike in the middle of the fall’s leaf season that encourages meandering, long conversations and frequent stops to enjoy the many culinary cocktail options. This is a fundraiser for Jack’s Place, A Cancer Caring House.

Vail Beaver Creek Restaurant Week
Vail Beaver Creek Restaurant Week is a festival with participating restaurants spanning across two neighboring World Class Mountain Resorts, Vail and Beaver Creek, this culinary celebration takes dining to new heights, literally! The ten day long event will feature a wide variety of prix fixe menus and specials all set at $20.20 and all showcasing the incredible and diverse culinary offerings available throughout the Vail and Beaver Creek Villages. To further enhance each guest’s dining experience, each bite will be perfectly paired with spectacular autumn views spread across the stunning mountain backdrops provided by Vail and Beaver Creek.

Farmers Markets
Although farmers markets aren’t unique to the Vail Valley, each market is one of a kind, with unique wares, beautiful art, delicious snacks, handmade crafts and more! We have four farmers markets that span across the valley during the summer months:

  • Vail Village: Sundays 10:00 am – 3:30 pm
  • Minturn: Saturdays 9:00 am- 2:00 pm
  • Edwards: Saturdays 9:00 am- 1:30 pm
  • Gypsum: Fridays 3:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Did you know? The Vail Valley is home to over 100 restaurants with international influencers and world renowned chefs. These food and wine festivals bring together restaurants from across the valley creating a unique dining experience. This is the best way to try a variety of the valley’s finest in one location.

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

Vilar Performing Arts Center
Check out the calendar of events at the Vilar Performing Arts Center with a variety of Broadway musicals, concerts, family entertainment, comedy, dance, classical music and more in a world-class venue in the heart of Beaver Creek Village.

Upcoming Events

Restaurants & Bars

In the Vail Valley, eating isn't merely sustenance - it's an important part of the lifestyle. From fine dining hotspots to casual comforts, it's not hard to find great food. Colorado is known for their locals breweries, distilleries and even wineries. Come sample a taste of Colorado and even international spirit favorites.

Activity Providers

Sure, Vail is world-renowned for its skiing and snowboarding, but the Vail Valley offers plenty beyond vast bowls of bluebird powder days and grippin' groomers. Whether you prefer your adventure water-drenched, iced, air-borne, cliff-side, cycled, motorized or snowy out mountain recreation covers it- and much, much more.

Vail Valley Events

Ski terrain and wonderful snow put the Vail Valley on the map, but it's more than just a ski resort. The calendar is packed with events that are a big part of the Vail Valley's culture. From outdoor concerts at the Ford Amphitheater to bull riding at the rodeo, it's easy to stay busy.

Visitor Information from the Locals

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