Well, that was fast. It was another epic season in town, and when Labor Day Weekend arrives, it means one thing here: Jazz Aspen Snowmass. The 26th annual three-day festival takes over Snowmass Town Park with a new late night silent disco after party on Friday and Saturday. And there are a few other happenings to help you wind down the summer, so here's your agenda for the long weekend ahead.
Friday, September 2
Motherlode Volleyball Classic
Times vary through Sunday, Koch Lumber Park, Willoughby Park, Wagner Park
One of North America’s top pro-am beach volleyball tournaments, the MotherLode celebrates its 44th year of attracting top players who compete in seven divisions as well as many avid spectators.
Registration closed; free to spectate
Shakespeare in the Park
5:30 p.m., Galena Plaza
The Hudson Reed Ensemble, which attracts a talented group of local actors, stages the classic gender-bender As You Like It in an outdoor setting on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.
Jazz Aspen Snowmass Labor Day Experience
Times vary through Sunday, Snowmass Town Park
The impressive lineup for this year’s mega-concerts includes Train, the Killers, Thievery Corporation, Stevie Wonder, and Duran Duran. Between acts, catch up with the friends you haven’t seen all summer at the food stands or discover an up-and-coming band on the pair of side stages.
From $89.95 (Sunday is sold out)
JAS After Dark: Silent Disco
Immediately following Train (Friday) & The Killers (Saturday)—11:30 p.m., Snowmass Town Park
As the crowds disperse, keep the party going late night with a silent disco dance party.
$25 general admission
Saturday, September 3
Lucky Day Animal Rescue Annual Doggie Day and Splash
9 a.m.—1 p.m., Aspen Recreation Center
This pool day for dogs only is the canine social event of the year and includes a boatload of tennis balls to chase, "Ask the Vet" sessions, and a large silent auction—all in support of this foster-based rescue group.
$10 (for first dog); $5 each additional dog
Sunday, September 4
Dean Street Social
11 a.m.—2 p.m., St. Regis Aspen
With plenty of activities for the kids, parents can imbibe on bottomless bloody Marys, mimosas, and tequila tastings (yes, you read bottomless tequila right). New this summer through October 2, the five-star feast features everything from a raw bar and omelette, crêpe, and pasta stations to a curated children’s buffet and candy store. Out in the courtyard, the little ones can play corn hole, decorate cookies, and take cooking lessons at a chef’s station complete with mini-chef coats.
$65 with bottomless beverages; $55 without beverages; $25 for children (5-12); complimentary for children under 5; reservations recommended
Monday, September 5
Rocky Mountain Oyster Fest
6—9 p.m., Ajax Tavern
The grand finale of the Nell’s new “BBQ Series” features unlimited oysters from the Atlantic, Pacific and Gulf Coasts; BBQ pork and chicken; sides, and desserts. Adventurous eaters: you’ll also find the traditional Western treat known as Rocky Mountain Oysters served either battered and fried or seared directly in a pan. Come ready to dance to live music from the Poser Band.
$89 (includes unlimited food, drink, taxes, and gratuity)