5 Things to Do This Weekend: May 17–19, 2019

This weekend is all about celebrating spring—on your bike, at ranches—along with some improv comedy and classic cars.

By Aspen Sojourner Staff May 15, 2019

See chicks on parade at the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies' Spring into Summer, Saturday at Rock Bottom Ranch.

Friday, May 17

Consensual Improv
8 p.m., Thunder River Theatre, Carbondale

TRTC’s popular resident improv group performs impromptu skits and games, with plenty of physical comedy and audience input.  Tickets $15,

Saturday, May 18

Ride for the Pass
10 a.m., Highway 82 Winter Closure Gate

Ride and race up Independence Pass before it reopens to cars for the season—plus get a glimpse of some of those massive avalanche paths we’ve been hearing about—to benefit the Independence Pass Foundation. Three options include the timed, 10-mile ride to the Independence ghost town, an untimed 2-plus-mile ride to the Weller Lake parking area, and an untimed e-bike category. An after party for the 25th annual event follows at the St. Regis (1–3:30 p.m.). Register in advance online (until Friday at 2 p.m.) or in person at the Limelight Hotel (Friday until 7 p.m.). Registration $25–$75,

Riders rev up at the start line for the Ride for the Pass.

Image: Karin Teague

Spring into Summer
10 a.m.–2 p.m., Rock Bottom Ranch, Basalt

Celebrate spring at Aspen Center for Environmental Studies’ midvalley ranch with farm tours, hayrides, egg collecting, potato plantings, and a seedling sale. Light brunch items, eggs, and meat will be for sale, too. Free,

Motors on Midland
5–8 p.m., Basalt

Downtown Basalt’s main drag closes for the evening for a display of dozens of vintage cars, along with food and drink vendors, a beer garden from the Arts Campus at Willits, chalk art and face painting, and live music by Sleepy Justice. Interested in showing your own classic ride? Register in advance at,

Four-wheeled beauties like these take over Basalt's Midland Ave on Saturday afternoon and evening.

Sunday, May 19

Aspen Valley Land Trust Springfest
11 a.m.–2 p.m., Strang Ranch, Missouri Heights

Here’s another chance to celebrate spring, this time to benefit AVLT. The festivities include live music by the Defiance Stringband, BBQ from Hickory House, sheepdog herding demos, horseback riding demos from the Roaring Fork Hounds Pony Club, sensory work demos from Smiling Goat Ranch, and a mechanical bull. BYO chair or blanket, and a dessert to share. Tickets $20 (adults), $5 (kids 3–10), kids 2 and under free,



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