5 Things to Do This Weekend: March 13–15, 2020

The virus may have hit town, but events are still taking place: the Après-Ski Cocktail Classic, a free concert, a sustainable fashion showcase, and more.

By Aspen Sojourner Staff March 11, 2020

The band Handmade Moments plays a free concert for KDNK at the Aspen Art Museum on Friday.

You may have caught wind of something called the coronavirus? While the events listed here were confirmed as of Wednesday afternoon, please double-check their status before attending. Plus, we've added a bonus event this week, just in case something does get cancelled.

Through Sunday, March 15

Various locations around Aspen

This annual slopeside celebration takes your average bar crawl up a notch or three, with an entire weekend dedicated to all things après and craft spirits. Better yet, most events are free (though registration via the website is requested): The Taste of Après Experience in the St. Regis courtyard (Friday and Saturday, 3–6 p.m), samplings and seminars around Aspen and on the mountain, Thursday’s opening party at Hooch (9 p.m.), the Après Temperance Society ski race on Aspen Mountain (Sunday, 11 a.m.–1 p.m.), and the Sunday closing party, also at Hooch (9 p.m.) Paid events include spirit-paired dinners (prices vary) and Sunday afternoon’s Great Après Ski Pub Crawl and Cocktail Competition ($50, 2–6 p.m.).

6 p.m. (Friday & Saturday), 2 p.m. (Sunday), Aspen District Theatre

The oddball romantic comedy, a Broadway classic, features gamblers, nightclub performers, and high stakes. Adding an extra bit of dazzle to this production: More than 55 students from Aspen Middle and High Schools make up the cast, crew, and orchestra. Tickets $15 adults, $10 students,

Aspen High presents Guys & Dolls this weekend. 


Friday, March 13

Pre–Fashion Show Makers’ Market (NOTE: THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED)
4–6:30 p.m., Coventure, Carbondale

This weekend’s annual Green Is the New Black Fashion Extravaganza is sold out, but you can still check out wares from some of the show’s designers, plus more, at this pop-up shop hosted by Isa Catto Studio and Coventure. Sip on wine while browsing a variety of sustainable, handcrafted local goods, including shoes, jewelry, apparel, chocolates, and more. Free,

6–9 p.m., Aspen Art Museum

Come see what local public radio is all about as the eclectic Carbondale station hosts two bands in the museum’s rooftop space: the quirky duo Handmade Moments, by way of Arkansas, which plays an original blend of folk, American roots, rock, and jazz. Pure Weed, from Paonia, opens. Enjoy drinks from Odell Brewing and Woody Creek Distillery, and open up that wallet to support KDNK. The concert will also be broadcast live on the radio if virus fears have you cooped up inside. Free,

Saturday, March 14

JAS Café: Carolyn Leonhart Quintet (NOTE: THE SHOWS HAVE BEEN CANCELLED)
7 & 9:15 p.m., Downstairs at The Little Nell

Jazz vocalist Leonhart has four critically acclaimed solo albums to her name, performed with artists like Boz Scaggs and Al Jarreau, and sang backup for Steely Dan for more than a decade. Note that her Friday show is already sold out. Tickets $45,

Carolyn Leonhart performs at JAS Café at The Little Nell this weekend.


Sunday, March 15

History on Stage: Aspen’s Ski Pioneers (NOTE: THE HISTORY EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED)
7 p.m., The Collective Snowmass, Base Village

Local performer and Aspen Historical Society VP of Education and Programming Nina Gabianelli portrays beloved Aspen Mountain restaurateur Gretl Uhl (who founded what is now Bonnie’s) in the final show of this monthly series, which features first-person accounts of those who helped create Aspen’s ski-town legacy. $10 suggested donation,






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