Oktoberfest in Beaver Creek, Vail Jazz Party, Live Los Lobos, Gourmet on Gore and more: Tricia’s Weekend Picks 9/3/21

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Beaver Creek Oktoberfest

Beaver Creek kicks off fall with three days of Oktoberfest fun including live music, stein-lifting competitions, a best outfit contest and more.
Beaver Creek / Courtesy photo

Oktoberfest is back in Beaver Creek this weekend and it kicks off what I call “dirndl and lederhosen season” because it gives those who have these clothes in their closet a chance to get dressed.

Beaver Creek has hosted the annual Labor Day weekend oom-pah event for over two decades and has perfected the recipe for fun. Beer, pretzels, music and yodeling here and there make it a must-see for the whole family. A Kids Zone filled with activities, arts and crafts will be set up near the ski lift ticket office. Competitions like stein lifting, brat meal and best dressed take place throughout the weekend, so match your skills with the contest. For more information, visit beavercreek.com/events.

Friday



  • 4:00 p.m. – Opening of the barrel tapping ceremony and the Biergarten
  • 4 pm-5.45pm – Live music by Rick Borger & The Average German Band
  • 5.45 p.m. – 6 p.m. – Best outfit competition
  • 6 p.m. – 6.15 p.m. – Stein lifting competition
  • 6.15pm – 8pm – Live music by Rick Borger & The Average German Band

SaturdayYes

  • 11am – Opening of the Biergarten
  • 11 am-12pm – Live music by Polka Mates
  • 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Children’s area open
  • 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. – Live music from the Helmut Fricker Band
  • 1:30 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. – Bratwurst Eating Competition
  • 1:45 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. – Live music by Rocky Mountain Dutch Hop Boys
  • 2:45 p.m. – 3 p.m. – Best outfit competition
  • 3:00 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. – Live music by The Helmut Fricker Band
  • 3:45 p.m. – 4 p.m. – Stein lifting competition
  • 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. – Live music by HeartByrne: A Talking Heads Tribute
  • 6:00 p.m. – Closing of the Biergarten

Sunday



  • 11h00 – Opening of the Biergarten
  • 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. – Live music by Rocky Mountain Dutch Hop Boys
  • 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Children’s area open
  • 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. – Live music by The Helmut Fricker Band
  • 1:30 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. – Bratwurst Eating Competition
  • 1:45 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. – Live music by Rocky Mountain Dutch Hop Boys
  • 2:45 p.m. – 3 p.m. – Best outfit competition
  • 3:00 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. – Live music by The Helmut Fricker Band
  • 3:45 p.m. – 4 p.m. – Stein lifting competition
  • 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. – Live music by EagleMania: Tribute to the greatest eagles in the world
  • 6:00 p.m. – Closing of the Biergarten

End of summer in Avon

End the summer at Summer’s End in Avon, which will not only host concerts, including a performance by Los Lobos, but also standup paddleboard races like the multi-person SUP Squatch race on Lake Nottingham.
City of Avon / Courtesy photo

Avon ends the summer on a high note! The inaugural late summer celebration at Harry A. Nottingham Park will feature recreational water sports and stand-up paddleboarding (SUP) competitions, a free outdoor movie, an arts festival and live music, including a concert with Los Lobos. And, drum roll please… the cardboard regatta returns to Nottingham Lake.

Lakeside Cinema has been showing movies on the big screen outdoors all summer, but will show the latest film, Selena, on Friday. The Avon Art Festival opens on Saturday morning and will last all weekend. Stroll through the art before heading out on the water in a pedal boat, play a game of beach volleyball or cool off with a dip in the lake.

On Sundays, SUP races start with all kinds of categories for adults and children. Don’t miss the SUP Squatch event, where eight paddlers ride a large paddle board at top speeds to earn bragging rights.

Nottingham Lake was the place to go on Sunday night. Each week a different group played to help relax with a great evening of live music at SunsetLIVE! This week there will be a music double header with two bands speaking on stage at the Avon Performance Pavilion.

Speaking of music, Summer’s End will feature a free performance by legendary group Los Lobos. The East-LA-bred group has been rocking audiences for nearly five decades and will perform a mix of their past hits and songs from their latest album. Expect to hear a variety of genres such as rock and roll, R&B, surf music, mariachi, punk rock, and country. For more information, visit avon.org.

Friday

Lakeside Cinema with “Selena” at dusk

saturday – monday

  • Avon Art Festival Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Sunday

  • 12 p.m. – 1:30 p.m .: Individual Paddle Battle SUP Race on Lake Nottingham
  • 13:45 – 15:00: Paddle Battle SUP-Squatch Team Race on Lake Nottingham
  • 3:00 p.m. – 3:45 p.m .: Cardboard Boat Regatta on Lake Nottingham
  • 3 p.m. – 5 p.m .: SunsetLIVE! on The Terrace at Nottingham Lake with Turntable Revue
  • 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m .: SunsetLIVE! on The Terrace at Nottingham Lake with Robby Peoples Band

On Monday

  • 3 p.m .: Doors open for family fun like bouncy bouncy castles, jugglers, balloon artists, food vendors, cocktails and more
  • 4 p.m. – 5.30 p.m .: Part one – Roka Hueka
  • 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m .: Headliner – Los Lobos

Gourmet on Gore

Gourmet on Gore offers delicious food and glasses of wine, beer and spirits to the streets of Vail this Labor Day weekend.
Gourmet sur Gore / Courtesy Photo

Gourmet on Gore returns to Vail with food, drink, entertainment and more. This Labor Day event has been a staple on Vail’s calendar for years and gives attendees the opportunity to try bites from local restaurants and drinks from wine, beer and liquor companies. For more information, visit gourmetongore.com.

Friday

  • 5 p.m. to 9 p.m .: Al Fresco Food Trucks on East Meadow Drive
  • Live music will be provided by Spinphony
  • Proceeds from this event benefit the Vail Veterans Program

Saturday

  • 9 a.m. – 10 a.m .: Gourmet Let’s Go presented by Audi – Summertime Community Yoga at Solaris Plaza Lawn with Holly Horvath, courtesy of Gravity Haus. Bring your own mat, water and sunscreen. Refreshments will be offered after the course. Limited space.
  • 11 a.m. to 6 p.m .: Outdoor tasting on Gore Creek Drive and Willow Bridge Road. Free entry, pay-as-you-go for food and drink.
  • 12 p.m. to 5 p.m .: Kids Culinary Corner – free crafts at Vail Village

Sunday

  • 9am – 10am: Gourmet Let’s Go presented by Audi – Yoga on the Green at Mountain Plaza Lawn with Yvonne de Gorter from Yoga Off Broadway. Bring your own mat, water and sunscreen. Space is limited.
  • 11 a.m. to 6 p.m .: Outdoor tasting on Gore Creek Drive and Willow Bridge Road. Free entry, pay-as-you-go for food and drink.
  • 12 p.m. to 5 p.m .: Kids Culinary Corner – free crafts at Vail Village

Jazz evening in Vail

The 27th Annual Vail Jazz Party celebrates the musical genre by bringing together top performers over a five-day period in Vail.
Jack Affleck / Courtesy Photo

The 27th Vail Jazz Party celebrates the end of summer and concludes the Vail Jazz Festival concert series by bringing together the best names in jazz in Vail. Jazz music will be heard virtually morning, noon and night at the Jazz Tent in Vail Square in Lionshead and at the Vail Mountain Marriott, also in Lionshead. Highlights include Wycliffe Gordon’s Nu Funk Machine dance party, Niki Haris’ Gospel prayer meet and Late Night Jam sessions.

In addition to the pros who come to town, the Vail Jazz Foundation has an educational component. Vail Jazz Workshop brings together a dozen of the best young talents from North America and they receive scholarships for an intensive 10 day program. Students have a unique opportunity to learn and perform alongside some of the best names in jazz music.

Visit vailjazz.org to consult the schedule and buy tickets. Festival passes are available as well as tickets for individual shows.

Live music at The Amp and Vilar

Acoustic guitar greats Rodrigo Sanchez and Gabriela Quintero return to Vail to play Friday night at the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater.
Vail Valley Foundation / Courtesy Photo

This next choice begs the question: inside or outside? We have two wonderful musical numbers performed in two spectacular venues, one indoors and one outdoors. The Vilar Performing Arts Center will host double headliners Sierra Ferrell and Jackson Emmer while the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater will host guitar duo, Rodrigo y Gabriela. Both shows will take place at 7:30 p.m.

Jackson Emmer is based on the road in Carbondale, CO and Sierra Farrell comes from his van, literally. Well, not so much, she settled in Nashville, TN after wandering around New Orleans and Seattle.

Jackson Emmer is a Colorado-based singer, songwriter, and producer. He began his singing career in his early twenties, but the dry Colorado air and long stays in bars around Aspen took their toll on his vocal cords at the age of 28. Emmer needed to rest his voice and be patient. In due course, Emmer’s voice returned and a new sound emerged. His work has been featured in Rolling Stone, Billboard, American Songwriter, the Cannes Film Festival and over 200 radio stations around the world.

“Sierra Ferrell’s songs come with a wink and a smile, channeling the romance, humor and heartbreak of 1940s country and jazz songs,” said Owen Hutchinson, executive director of Vilar Performing Arts Center, in a press release.

Ferrell has sang most of her life, performing Shania Twain songs at the age of 7 in a bar in West Virginia. She signed with Rounder Records in 2019 and moved to Nashville. Listen to a variety of genres Ferrell mastered such as jazz, country, cowboy music, and a hint of the blues.

The concert starts at 7:30 pm Tickets are $ 25 and are available at vilarpac.org/jackson-emmer-and-sierra-ferrell.

Grammy Award-winning Rodrigo Sanchez and Gabriela Quintero will rock audiences at the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater also Friday night at 7:30 p.m. The acoustic duo, who simply wear their first names, grew up listening to their parents’ music, which included flamenco guitar, jazz, and rock music. The duo also had a fondness for heavy metal, citing Metallica, Slayer and Megadeath as influences.

After seeing little future for their type of music in Mexico City, the couple moved to Dublin, Ireland, and developed a following there. From their beginnings in the seaside resorts of Mexico to the headliners of major venues around the world, don’t miss this opportunity to see Rodrigo y Gabriela in an intimate setting like The Amp.

The opening for Rodrigo y Gabriela is David Keenan, who grew up in Ireland and escaped as a teenager. After performing on the streets of Liverpool, he was discovered in a video recording performing an original song in the backseat of a taxi. Now he’s ready to take on the United States with this tour.

For tickets visit grfavail.com/event/rodrigo-y-gabriela/

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