Aspen Weekend Agenda: October 14-16, 2016

Editor’s Picks to help you navigate the sea of schedules.

By Katie Shapiro October 14, 2016

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The peaceful John Denver Sanctuary is located just across the park from the Rio Grande Place Visitors Center and features lines from many of the singer's songs etched into the rocks. 

We're sorry to report that one of our favorite events of the year, ACES' Annual Harvest Party at Rock Bottom Ranch, is already sold out. But our latest #AspenWeekendAgenda has plenty of other festive fall happenings throughout the valley to partake in. The annual John Denver Celebration Week is already underway with nightly sing-a-longs at the Mountain Chalet and a tribute concert on Saturday night, culminating with a campfire at Maroon Bells on Sunday evening (we already happily have "Rocky Mountain High" stuck in our heads). Happy off season and have fun out there, everyone! 

Friday, October 14

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 Laurie Doctor's “Map of Regrets” and Sarah McKenzie's “Framework” (both through Nov. 5).
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Aspen’s Dark Side Ghost Tour
8–9 p.m., meets at Wheeler Opera House
Uncover Aspen’s tarnished past of "Ghosts, Murder & Mayhem" with true stories of the darker side of history, from 1879 to the present, on this casual guided stroll through the downtown. 

Saturday, October 15

Bow Wow Film Festival
24 p.m., Crystal Theatre
This traveling film festival makes a stop in Carbondale to educate and celebrate all things canine through the art of short film. Proceeds from ticket sales benefit Colorado Animal Rescue in Glenwood Springs.
$12 (advance), $15 (door)

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The Trout Steak Revival five: Casey Houlihan, Travis McNamara, Will Koster, Steve Foltz, and Bevin Foley

Trout Steak Revival
9:30 p.m., Belly Up Aspen
Catch Colorado's beloved bluegrass band when it takes the Belly Up stage for the second time, so you can say, “I saw them when.” 

Chris Collins and Boulder Canyon Present: A Tribute to John Denver
8 p.m., Wheeler Opera House 
As part of the annual John Denver Celebration Week, this award-winning tribute band will celebrate the beloved local's legacy and bring his unmistakable enthusiasm to the stage.
From $50

Sunday, October 16

Finally, a mostly event-free Sunday! Go road trippin' to Paonia or take in the very last of the fall colors on one of these five hikes

John Denver Celebration Week Campfire 
4:30 p.m., Maroon Bells
Gather around the campfire for food and song with John Denver's former bandmates, fans, and friends (it can't get more Colorado than this!).

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