You'll see this magnificent view of Thompson Creek from McClure Pass at the Stand at the Summit event on Friday. 

Image: John Fielder

Friday, October 5

Give a Flake Cocktail Party & Photo Gallery Featuring Jeremy Swanson
4–6 p.m., Limelight Lounge, Aspen
In celebration of The Meeting Film Fest and #GiveAFlake, be among the first to view Jeremy Swanson’s latest photography project, featuring incredible macro shots of local snowflakes. There will be complimentary pizza and beer, as well as a silent auction to purchase prints, with all proceeds going to Protect Our Winters Action Fund. Free, aspensnowmass.com

Stand at the Summit
5–7 p.m., McClure Pass
Wilderness Workshop, Western Slope Conservation Center, and High Country Conservation Advocates host this second annual campfire gathering to show unity in defending local public lands from the impacts of oil and gas development on both sides of McClure Pass. Free to attend (bring a chair and blanket), RSVP at org2.salsalabs.com  

Fall First Friday and Homecoming
5–9 p.m., downtown Carbondale
Eat, drink, socialize, and be merry at the kick-off to a celebratory weekend in Carbondale. There's even a kids' only movie night at KDNK (5:30–8 p.m). For $20 (proceeds benefit KDNK and the Andy Zanca Youth Empowerment Program), children ages 6–12 can enjoy pizza, popcorn, and a movie screening, while parents enjoy other First Friday activities. Free, carbondale.com

Spaghetti Dinner to benefit Aspen Hope Center
6–8 p.m., St. Mary Catholic Church, Aspen
All are invited to this community meal to raise money for the Aspen Hope Center. Donations accepted, ourhopecenter.org

The Meeting Film Fest: All In and Would You
7 p.m., Wheeler Opera House
This double-header evening of hard-charging ski films by Jeremy Pancras Visuals and Matchstick Productions is part of the 14th annual Film Fest in conjunction with The Meeting presented by Rylo. $20, wheeleroperahouse.com

Equus
7:30 p.m., Thunder River Theatre Company, Carbondale

Written by Peter Shaffer and directed by Corey Simpson, the 1975 Tony Award winner for Best Play is brought to life by Thunder River Theatre Company. In this darkly dramatic piece, psychiatrist Martin Dysart seeks to uncover the basis of a 17-year-old's violent and religious obsession with horses. $30 for adults 40+/$20 for adults ages 10–39/$15 for full-time students with I.D., app.arts–people.com 

Aspen Darkside Ghost Tour
8 p.m., Historic downtown Aspen
The scent of pumpkin spice wafts through the air, and the leaves are in their last phase of changing colors, so why not get in the spooky spirit on a 60-minute walking tour that shares true stories of ghosts, murder, and mayhem dating back to 1879? Reservations required. $35 adults/$25 for children, aspenwalkingtours.com  

Catch the Euro-back beat and EDM sounds of the Glitch Mob at Belly Up Aspen on Friday.  

The Glitch Mob
9:30 p.m., Belly Up Aspen
This Los Angeles-based trio of Justin Boreta, Ed Ma, and Joshua Mayer kicks off the weekend with high-energy electronica. $35 GA, bellyupaspen.com  

Sepiatonic
9:30 p.m., The Temporary, Basalt
Get ready for a dance party with  live horns, original electronic beats, electro-swing, house, and bass music, plus performance acts. $14 in advance/$19 day of show, tacaw.org

Saturday, October 6

Chuck Severy 5K Cross Country Challenge
8 a.m., Aspen High School
Come participate in the 2018 Chuck Severy 5k Cross Country Challenge and relive your high school running experience (or realize you should have run in high school)! This is a benefit fundraiser for the AHS Cross Country Running Teams. After the race you can run the Caring for Community 10K (next listing) for a double header, or you can stay and watch the high school cross country teams compete.  facebook.com

Caring for Community 10K Race
9 a.m., Wagner Park
The Limelight Hotel Aspen and the Aspen Skiing Company are putting on this 10K race (formerly known as the Town and Trail 10K). The new incarnation raises money for SkiCo's Caring for Community Fund, which helps to support local humanitarian nonprofits and organizations. $53 registration, aspensnowmass.com

 

This could be you if you rise and run on Saturday morning at the Caring for Community 10K.

Women's Self-Defense and Empowerment Class for the Aspen Hope Center
10 a.m.–12 p.m., Rocky Mountain Martial Arts Studio
Ava Mackie, an 11th grader at Aspen High, teaches this class with Master Jen Gibbons for ages 12+. Be prepared to feel empowered. $25 minimum registration fee (all proceeds go to the Aspen Hope Center), ourhopecenter.org

Potato Day Festival
9:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m., Sopris Park, Carbondale
Carbondale's oldest community event (since 1909) celebrates the town's ties to its one-time signature crop with a parade down Main Street, farmers market, kids' activities, live music, and a lunch of BBQ and baked potatoes with toppings. Free, carbondale.com  

Mallfest–42 Years of Cobblestone & Community
11–2 p.m., Aspen Pedestrian Mall
In honor of the City of Aspen's Pedestrian Mall being named a Great American Place by the American Planning Association, the community is invited to celebrate with ’70s throwback activities, sidewalk sales, acknowledgement of the award, and a noon ribbon cutting with cake for the first 100 people. Bring a receipt dated 10/6/18 from any business in Aspen to the ACRA booth between 11am–2pm and  be entered to win one of more than $5,000 in prizes. These include $50 and $100 gift cards from local restaurants and retailers, day passes from the ARC, four rounds of golf at the Aspen Golf Course, art classes from the Red Brick, passes to the Rio Grande Parking Garage, and hats and t-shirts. Free downtown parking all weekend! Free, aspenrecreation.com

Guided Tour
1 p.m., Aspen Art Museum
Drop in for a spotlight tour of the latest exhibitions led by museum staff. Free, aspenartmuseum.org  

Fiesta de Tamales
4:30–8 p.m., Eagle Crest Nursery
Enjoy a homemade tamale and pupusa dinner, performances by Ballet Folklórico, DJ music, a bouncy house, and a cash bar at this family-friendly fundraiser for English in Action. $20 for adults and $7 for children in advance/$25 for adults and $10 for children day of, englishinaction.org

Cemetery Tour–Walk with the Dead
5:30 p.m., Ute Cemetery
During this guided walk through Aspen's first burial ground, you'll hear tales about the pioneers of Ute City, including the lonely buffalo soldier and a toast to the Scotsman. $35 adults/$25 children, aspenwalkingtours.com

The Meeting presented by Rylo: The NESPA Awards
7 p.m., Wheeler Opera House
The NEPSA (Aspen spelled backwards) Awards screens short films produced by local athletes and filmmakers; afterward a panel of judges will announce the winners. $15, wheeleroperahouse.com

Equus
7:30 p.m., Thunder River Theatre Company, Carbondale
Written by Peter Shaffer and directed by Corey Simpson, the 1975 Tony Award winner for Best Play is brought to life by Thunder River Theatre Company. In this darkly dramatic piece, psychiatrist Martin Dysart seeks to uncover the basis of a 17-year-old's violent and religious obsession with horses. $30 for adults 40+/$20 for adults ages 10–39/$15 for full-time students with I.D., app.arts–people.com  

Comedian Andrew Orvedahl
8 p.m., The Temporary, Basalt
Stand-up comedian, writer, actor, and  co-creator of the sitcom Those Who Can't, airing for a third season on TruTV, brings the laughs to Basalt. $19 in advance/$24 day of show, tacaw.org

The Meeting presented by Rylo: Easy Giant
9 p.m., Belly Up Aspen
Fire up your snow season stoke with an evening of snowboard films from Shredbots and Absinthe, and music by Easy Giant, a band born out of Tahoe's snowboarding culture. No cover until 10:30 p.m./$5 GA after 10:30 p.m., bellyupaspen

Sunday, October 7

Equus
2:00 p.m., Thunder River Theatre Company, Carbondale
Written by Peter Shaffer and directed by Corey Simpson, the 1975 Tony Award winner for Best Play is brought to life by Thunder River Theatre Company. In this darkly dramatic piece, psychiatrist Martin Dysart seeks to uncover the basis of a 17-year-old's violent and religious obsession with horses. $30 for adults 40+/$20 for adults ages 10–39/$15 for full-time students with I.D., app.arts–people.com  

Shining Mountains Film Festival has two programs on Sunday and continues on Monday with Program 3 at 3:30 p.m.

Shining Mountains Film Festival
Program 1 at 3:30 p.m./Program 2 at 6:30 p.m., Wheeler Opera House
Shining Mountains Film Festival is Aspen’s first Native American film festival. In honor of Aspen’s second year of declaring the second Monday in October “Indigenous Peoples Day”, festival programming explores the breadth of Native American life through shorts and feature films. $15 per program, wheeleroperahouse.com

Sunday Night Football 
6:30 p.m., Belly Up Aspen
Watch the Dallas Cowboys play the Houston Texans with sliders, wings, beer, and more served right to your table. Talk about easy. No cover, bellyupaspen.com 

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