Dancer Lucy Stewart performs at the Saturday evening Salon in Carbondale.

In addition to one-person plays from Theatre Aspen's new Solo Flights festival and hundreds of high-school mountain bikers from around the state competing in races at Snowmass, this weekend offers free movies and music, a 10K community race, a salon with eight arts performers, and the annual fall classic, Ruggerfest.

Through Sunday, September 22

Aspen Ruggerfest

For 52 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, at Rio Grande and Wagner Parks. Free to spectate, aspen-ruggerfest.com

Friday, September 20

Drunken Poets
6–8 p.m., Market Street at Willits Town Center, Basalt

The Arts Center at Willits (TACAW) presents another outdoors block party with live music, this time from the Drunken Poets, led by Randolph Turner, former frontman of longtime local rockers Jes Grew. Free, tacaw.org

Free Friday Night Movie
7:30 p.m., Aspen Recreation Center

Part of the rec center’s September movie series, Indiana Jones: Raiders of the Lost Ark plays on the inflatable movie screen in the grassy yard adjacent to the pool. Bring a blanket, some warm layers, and plenty of popcorn. Free, aspenrecreation.com

Saturday, September 21

Caring for Community 10K and Fun Run
9 a.m., Limelight Hotel Aspen

This 10K run (originally known as the Town to Trail race) takes competitors on trails and bike paths around Aspen. Don’t feel like racing? Sign up for the family and dog 1-mile fun run. Afterward, the Limelight Hotels (Aspen and Snowmass) host a finish-line party (10:30 a.m.–1 p.m.) at the corner of Monarch and Cooper, with BBQ, beer, and lawn games. A portion of run entry fees benefits the Aspen Skiing Company’s Caring for Community fund, an employee-managed entity that supports community-serving local nonprofits. Registration for 10K, $40 per racer; for fun run, $40 per family, aspensnowmass.com

Comedian A.J. Finney performs at Saturday night's Salon.

The Carbondale Salon
7:30 p.m., The Launchpad, Carbondale

Eight artists, whose performances range from comedy to dance, convene at this entertaining and eclectic event curated by local performance artist Alya Howe. Filmaker Marcia Kimpton talks about her new film, Bardo Blues; local percussionist Zack Ritchie returns with new grooves; Denver comedian A.J. Finney shares hilarious stories; dancers Claudia and Eric Pena exhibit a sultry partnership; actress Cassidy Willey premiers a new work from her upcoming one-woman show; and Joffrey Ballet soloist Cynthia Giannini brings one of her young students, Lucy Stewart, showcasing her training and how she developed into a chosen soloist with Dwight Rhoden’s company, Complexions Contemporary Ballet. Tickets $25 (advance), $28 (at door), thesaloncarbondale.eventbrite.com

 

 

 

 

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