5 Things to Do This Weekend: October 4–6, 2019

Pick your pumpkins, immerse yourself in jazz, check out the new ski flicks, and more.

By Aspen Sojourner Staff October 2, 2019

Fall foliage is at its peak right now, so get out there and enjoy it! After this week, our newsletter will go to a biweekly schedule through the end of November; the next one will be sent October 16. So if you're thinking ahead to next weekend, October 11–13, plan for the Shining Mountains Film Festival at the Wheeler Opera House, the annual musical tribute to John Denver, Celtic Fest and Oktoberfest in Carbondale, and the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies' yearly Harvest Party at Rock Bottom Ranch.


Visit the pumpkin patch at Snowmass Base Village on Saturday morning, then listen to Pumpkin Jazz that evening in Basalt.

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Friday and Saturday, October 4–5

The Meeting Filmfest
various times, Wheeler Opera House and Belly Up Aspen

This annual snowsports industry meet-up, which focuses on marketing, social media, and tech, holds public screenings of a pair of new ski films plus the NEPSA awards to honor creativity among local filmmakers and athletes. Friday night features Romance, the latest offering from Level 1 (6 p.m.), followed by Matchstick Productions’ Return to Send'er (8:30 p.m.). On Saturday night, it’s the annual NEPSA (that’s Aspen backwards) show, which includes a photography contest along with judging of this year’s short-film submissions. Afterward, head over to the Belly Up (9 p.m.) for two films presented by Snowboarder magazine: Hold My Beer and Jamie Anderson's Unconditional, with a concert by the Pharcyde closing out the night. Tickets $15 for each Wheeler show, $25 for Belly Up,


The NEPSA awards take place at the Wheeler on Saturday evening during The Meeting.

Saturday, October 5

Pumpkin Patch with a Purpose
10 a.m.–2 p.m., Snowmass Base Village

Along with the opportunity to select your Halloween pumpkins, this fundraiser for Snowmass’s Little Red Schoolhouse childcare and preschool includes lawn games and special fall treats. Co-hosted by the Collective Snowmass. Entry $10 per person, plus $10 per pumpkin purchased,

Potato Day Festival
10:30 a.m.–3 p.m., Main St. and Sopris Park, Carbondale

Carbondale’s oldest community event (since 1909) celebrates the town’s ties to its one-time signature crop with a parade (at 10:30 a.m.), farmers market, kids’ activities like sack racing, live music, and a BBQ.

Pumpkin Jazz
3:30–9 p.m., various locations, Basalt

Jazz of all kinds takes over the mid-valley, with 10 different bands and ensembles playing in 10 different locations in downtown Basalt and Willits, ranging from art galleries to restaurants to the town library. Catch the first show at the library (3:30 p.m.), which will be performed specifically for families by the Annie Booth Trio. Then take your pick of the other nine shows, all of which start at 5 p.m., or, better yet, check out a few over the course of the evening. Presented by the Town of Basalt and Arts Center at Willits (TACAW). Free,

Sunday, October 6

Maddi’s Fridge Featuring Childsplay
5:30 p.m., Wheeler Opera House

The touring nonprofit theater company Childsplay performs an endearing and funny exploration of friendship and empathy, based on the children’s book by Lois Brandt. Free,




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