5 Things to Do This Weekend: August 30–September 2, 2019

Our Labor Day Weekend edition includes concerts, volleyball, backpacking, art, and oysters (yes, oysters).

By Aspen Sojourner Staff August 28, 2019

Sting will be watching you as he closes out JAS's Labor Day Experience Sunday evening.

Through Monday, September 2

MotherLode Volleyball Classic
One of North America’s classic, and longest-running, pro-am beach volleyball tourneys, the MotherLode draws top players to compete on grass and sand in a half-dozen venues around Aspen for the 47th year in a row. Show up to watch these superfit players battle it out (Sunday’s finals are at Koch Lumber Park), then party with them afterward at the Red Onion (Thursday eve), Venga Venga (Saturday eve), and Mi Chola and Silver City Mountain Saloon (Sunday eve).

The MotherLode tournament always draws some of the country's top players.

Friday to Sunday August 30–September 1

Jazz Aspen Snowmass Labor Day Experience
Snowmass Town Park
The unofficial end-of-summer concert extravaganza is headlined by Weezer, John Mayer, and Sting, with opening acts Portugal.The Man, Luke Combs, ZZ Ward, H.E.R., and Turkuaz. A silent disco ($20 with show ticket) follows Saturday night’s concert. New this year, happy hour in the JAS Village (4–5 p.m., Fri.; 1–2 p.m., Sat. and Sun.) features $3 Coronas plus food and merch specials. Tickets from $120 (Saturday’s show is sold out),

Friday to Monday, August 30–September 2

Redstone Art Show
Redstone Inn
This creative weekend in picturesque Redstone kicks off with a free meet-the-artists reception Friday (6–8 p.m.), then presents three days of exhibits by almost three dozen artists, workshops, demos, and book signings, all on the lawn of the Redstone Inn.

Saturday to Monday, August 31–September 2

Backpack Across the Thompson Divide with Wilderness Workshop
Join the local conservation group for this guided, moderate to difficult, 20-mile hike through the heart of the Thompson Divide west of Carbondale, where oil and gas extraction has threatened the area’s environmental integrity. You must be 18 or older to participate and will be responsible for supplying your own gear and food. And, alas, leave the pooch at home. Free but registration required,

Monday, September 2

8th Annual Rocky Mountain Oyster Festival
6–9 p.m., Ajax Tavern
No, not those kind of Rocky Mountain oysters—these are the ocean's real deal, served along with other raw bar items plus BBQ, sides, and desserts. There’s also live music, dancing, and a silent auction to benefit (along with a portion of ticket sales) Youthentity. Tickets $99 plus fees,


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