Friday, September 14

If you love rugby, this is your opportunity to watch exciting matches all weekend. 

51st Annual Aspen Ruggerfest
9 a.m., Rio Grande and Wagner Parks
For more than 50 years, Ruggerfest has drawn teams from around the country for this multiday tourney, as well as plenty of avid fans and a whole lot of rugby rowdiness. Cheer on the home team, the Gentlemen of Aspen. Free, aspen-ruggerfest.com 

Test Drive an Electric Vehicle 
1–4  p.m., Community Banks of Colorado parking lot, 210 N. Mill Street, Aspen
Sponsored by the City of Aspen, the event gives you the opportunity to talk to local electric vehicle owners and test drive a Nissan Leaf, Prius Prime, Chevy Bolt, Chevy Volt, and Honda Clarity. Free, cityofaspen.com

Beyond the Square Opening Reception
5–7 p.m., Red Brick Center for the Arts, Aspen
The exhibit features works by local artists who were thinking "outside the box" of their artistic mediums. The artists include Annie DeCamp, Melvin Gallant, Isabella Garaffa, Liz Heller and David Kenichi Kodoma, Kathy Honea, and Michael McConnell. Free, redbrickaspen.com

Brad Reed Nelson Exhibition Opening Reception
5 – 7 p.m., the Art Base, Basalt
The Carbondale-based woodworker and furniture maker investigates space, weight, and void in this new exhibit, titled Object, Function Know Function. The show mixes earthy, oxidizing tones with bright splashes of color. On display until October 5. Free, theartbase.org   

No Man’s Land Film Festival
5:30 and 8 p.m., Crystal Theatre, Carbondale
Founded by Aisha Weinhold of Carbondale in 2015, the festival aims to redefine feminine adventure and sport. Weinhold's definition of adventure has morphed over the years to include “any bold action outside your comfort zone,” which has opened the door to films about grappling with racism, gender, online trolling, and political activism. $35, nomanslandfilmfestival.org

Watch rad women put their spin on big-time adventures at the Women's Adventure Film Tour, showing for one night at the Wheeler Opera House. 

Women's Adventure Film Tour
6:30 p.m., Wheeler Opera House
This evening is all about celebrating adventurous women doing amazing things. Brianna Cope and Katie Walsh from Surfing to Cope will in attendance for a post-screening Q&A. $15, aspenshowtix.com  

Science of Cooking
6:45–8:45, Cooking School of Aspen

Learn about food preparation and the science behind cooking, with a focus on lacto-fermentation, while enjoying a three-course meal paired with wine. $115, aspensciencecenter.org

Friday Night Movies: Jumanji
7:30 p.m., Aspen Recreation Center (outside in the yard next to the pool)
Watch this family-friendly movie on an inflatable screen. Popcorn provided. Free, aspenrecreation.com 

Local Artist Showcase
9:30 p.m., Belly Up Aspen
Kick off your weekend listening to the music of local musicians Hurricane Carter, Hilary and Garland, the Derek Brown Band, and Wood Camaro. No cover/$5 surcharge for under 21, bellyupaspen.com

Saturday, September 15

Saturday promises to be another magical evening at Sustainable Settings' Annual Harvest Festival. 

Aspen Parkrun 
8 a.m., Aspen Recreation Center
Every Saturday, the Aspen Recreation department hosts weekly 5K timed runs. The course follows the High School Trail through the school district to the Marolt Open Space, continues over the Castle Creek foot bridge, and then returns. Parkrun is an international movement that encourages communities to sponsor free runs open to all. Free, parkrun.us/aspen  

51st Annual Aspen Ruggerfest
8 a.m., Rio Grande and Wagner Parks
For more than 50 years, Ruggerfest has drawn teams from around the country for this multiday tourney, as well as plenty of avid fans and a whole lot of rugby rowdiness. Cheer on the home team, the Gentlemen of Aspen. Free, aspen-ruggerfest.com  

WEDU Aspen 50
8 a.m., Koch Park, Aspen
Back for the third year, and this time with 50-mile and 50K options, this ride highlights some of the best mountain biking trails in the area. Online registration is closed, but you can still register the morning of the ride, rfmba.org

The Motoring Classic 
12:30–4 p.m., Snowmass
After its well-received debut last year, this weekend of vintage car racing, a huge car show, and car club rallies returns. Ogle premium sportscars and preview the cars that will race on Sunday and Monday at today's auto show at Snowmass Town Park. Free, for a complete listing of events, check the schedule at gosnowmass.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 

Snowmass Wine Festival Grand Tasting
1:30–5 p.m., Snowmass Town Park
It’s not the Food & Wine Classic, but this fest, hosted by the Snowmass Village Rotary Club, is a heck of a lot more accessible, way less expensive, and, some say, more fun. The Grand Tasting includes more than 40 wineries and distilleries pouring their products and local restaurants serving up bites. $85 in advance/$95 at the door, snowmasswinefestival.com

Sustainable Settings Annual Harvest Festival Dinner
4 p.m., Sustainable Settings, Carbondale
Don't miss this al fresco fundraising dinner for the certified biodynamic ranch and education center, featuring some of the valley's best chefs dishing up a feast from the season's bounty of veggies, fruit, and meat, along with ranch tours and live music, all in an idyllic setting at the base of Mount Sopris. $150, sustainablesettings.com

No Man’s Land Film Festival
5:30 and 8 p.m., Crystal Theatre, Carbondale
Founded by Aisha Weinhold of Carbondale in 2015, the festival aims to redefine feminine adventure and sport. Weinhold's definition of adventure has morphed over the years to include “any bold action outside your comfort zone,” which has opened the door to films about grappling with racism, gender, online trolling, and political activism. $35, nomanslandfilmfestival.org

On the Rise: The Hunts
7:30 p.m., Wheeler Opera House
This indie-alternative-folk band includes seven brothers and sisters from Virginia who grew up in a musical home and fell in love with composing their own music. Josh (guitar, lead vocals), Jenni (violin, lead vocals), Jonathan (keys, vocals), Jordan (drums, vocals), Justin (bass, vocals), Jamison (mandolin, vocals) and Jessi (viola, banjo, vocals) pour their all into every song and write music that moves hearts. $28, aspenshowtix.com

Library Cinema: The Cakemaker
7:30 p.m., Pitkin County Library
Thomas, a young and talented German baker, is having an affair with Oren, an Israeli married man who dies in a car crash. Thomas travels to Jerusalem, seeking answers. Keeping his secret for himself, he starts working for Anat, his lover's widow, who owns a small café. $10 (includes popcorn), pitcolib.org

Salsa, Tacos, and Bachata
8:30 p.m., The Temporary, Basalt
Start off the evening with a salsa lesson, followed by more dancing, drink specials, and tacos. $4 in advance/$7 day of, tacaw.org  

Israel Vibration & Roots Radics
9:30 p.m., Belly Up Aspen
"Why Worry" when you can enjoy an evening of live reggae, including songs from the band's latest studio release, Play it Real Along. $15 GA advance purchase/$18 GA day of, bellyupaspen.com

Sunday, September 16

Last weekend the skies above Snowmass were filled with hot air balloons. This weekend the excitement continues as vintage cars are on display and take to the streets of Snowmass Village for a race. 

Aspen Snowmass Vintage Car Race
9 a.m.–4 p.m., Snowmass
After its well-received debut last year, this weekend of vintage car racing, a huge car show, and car club rallies returns. This year’s format has been expanded to include two days of competition presented by Rocky Mountain Vintage Racing, with more than 60 classic cars vying with each other through the streets of Snowmass Village on Sunday and Monday. Free, for a complete listing of events, check the schedule at gosnowmass.com 

Aspen Expeditions Field Planning and Skills Clinic
8:30 a.m.–4 p.m., Aspen (location information with registration)
Presented in conjunction with the Elk Range Mountain Safety Coalition, this course will provide hands-on safety information so you can play in the mountains. Pre-registration required. $50; call 970-925-7625 to register

51st Annual Aspen Ruggerfest
9:15 a.m., Rio Grande and Wagner Parks
For more than 50 years, Ruggerfest has drawn teams from around the country for this multiday tourney, as well as plenty of avid fans and a whole lot of rugby rowdiness. Cheer on the home team, the Gentlemen of Aspen. Free, aspen-ruggerfest.com  

No Man’s Land Film Festival
1 p.m., Crystal Theatre, Carbondale
Founded by Aisha Weinhold of Carbondale in 2015, the festival aims to redefine feminine adventure and sport. Weinhold's definition of adventure has morphed over the years to include “any bold action outside your comfort zone,” which has opened the door to films about grappling with racism, gender, online trolling, and political activism. $20, nomanslandfilmfestival.org

Arte en Español
3 p.m., Aspen Art Museum
Drawing on the wealth of Spanish speakers in the Roaring Fork Valley, the museum presents an afternoon of activities for all ages, entirely in Spanish. Featuring guided tours, family art-making activities, and more. Free, aspenartmuseum.org

Literature Out Loud: Shirley Jackson
3 p.m., Pitkin County Library
Come hear short stories from the prolific horror and mystery writer read aloud by Janice Estey and Christie Garfield. Jackson's well-known story "The Lottery" will be included in the reading. Free. pitcolib.org

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

Library Cinema: The Cakemaker
7:30 p.m., Pitkin County Library
Thomas, a young and talented German baker, is having an affair with Oren, an Israeli married man who dies in a car crash. Thomas travels to Jerusalem, seeking answers. Keeping his secret for himself, he starts working for Anat, his lover's widow, who owns a small café. $10 (includes popcorn), pitcolib.org 

Jon Cleary will take the stage at the Belly Up on Sunday night after Sunday Night Football. 

An Evening with Jon Cleary
10 p.m., Belly Up Aspen
After his Grammy-winning album GoGo Juice, Cleary recorded his next release, Dyna-Mite, at various studios around New Orleans, appropriate since the rhythm and flow of the Crescent City has long influenced the Brit's funk, jazz, soul, rock, and blues sounds. $15 GA, bellyupaspen.com

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