When you're in and out of Peach's in less than three minutes for a morning coffee, you know the fall off-season has arrived. But the weekends will be just as busy through the month with leaf-peepers and fall festivalgoers, so it's good times as usual ahead. Here, we arm you with an agenda to help you navigate the still jam-packed arts and activity schedules—unparalleled among any other mountain town.
Friday, September 9
Art Walk Basalt
5–7 p.m., Historic Downtown Basalt
Missed First Friday in Carbondale? Basalt does it differently for “ARTB2F,” a.k.a. Second Friday, with eight participants: Ann Korologos Gallery, The Art Base, The Art Base Annex Gallery, Basalt Regional Gallery, Colori, One of a Kind Jewelry, Tania Dibbs Studio and Gallery, and Toklat Gallery. And don’t miss opening receptions at The Art Base for Lisa Singer's “Storm” and 10 x 10's “Name Unseen” (both through Oct. 8) with “Inhabitations: Western Landscapes” at Ann Korologos Gallery (through Nov. 15).
Info: korologosgallery.com & theartbase.org
9:30 p.m., Belly Up Aspen
Aspen heads alert: One of the longest-running Grateful Dead tribute bands is back in town for a jam sesh of greatest hits.
No cover before 10 p.m.; $5 after
Saturday, September 10
10 a.m., Aspen Art Museum
This month's artist and theme for the drop-in workshop is Lynda Benglis and outdoor water sculpture. The session begins in the Education Workshop, giving families choices for self-guided or educator-led activities and art-making stations.
11:30 a.m.–11 p.m., Hops Culture
Prost! Enjoy Oktoberfest-style beers in one-liter steins and food specials all month long, with live music every weekend (3–6 p.m.) in the beer garden.
Price varies by beer
Aspen Valley Hospital's 125th Anniversary Community Celebration
An all-out carnival will take over AVH in celebration of 125 years of service to the community, with food and fun for the entire family.
$1.25 per person donation
Mac & Cheese Festival
2–5 p.m., E. Hopkins Ave. (between Monarch & Mill Sts.)
Sample this childhood staple in a variety of its grown-up forms, as local restaurants vie to win over judges and the popular vote. B.Y.O.S (bring your own spoon) this year to help make the event more environmentally friendly.
Sunday, September 11
Aspen Community Picnic
11 a.m.–2 p.m., Red Mountain Grill at the Aspen Golf Club
This free, locally sourced, BBQ-style lunch (until the food runs out) is an end-of-summer tradition for families to reconnect over rounds of miniature golf, bocce ball, frisbee, kickball, football, kite flying, and more. Don't forget to bring your furry family members, too—it's a dog-friendly celebration. No parking is available on-site so check website for transportation details.
9/11 Day of Remembrance
12 p.m., Aspen Fire Departmet
Join the Aspen Fire Honor Guard in remembering those lost on September 11, 2001, along with special guest speakers: Rabbi David Segal, Father John Hilton, and Andrea Booher.