Farewell to Summer Festivities in Summit County

By Samantha Blair | Thursday, August 31, 2017

Fall may be on its way, but Summit County's not ready to give up summer yet. Catch different festivals, performances and competitions as we enjoy the last weeks of warm weather and welcome the changing of the season.

Photo: Samantha Blair

Noises Off

From September 7 to 24, Lake Dillon Theater Company is presenting Noises Off. The slapstick humor makes this Tony Award–winning production a must-see. Buy tickets online.

Photo: Everything Summit


Copper Mountain’s newest festival is happening September 8 to 10 and September 16 to 17. The inaugural two-weekend celebration, WitchCraft, will feature a craft brew garden, hayrides, pumpkin painting, stein hoisting, corn hole, live music and a haunted house. There will also be costume contests and a pumpkin-pie eating contest. On September 9 and 10, taste and vote for Copper’s best chili. On September 16 and 17 you can sample Cajun dishes from the Cajun Cook-Off. Check online for a full schedule and tickets. 

Photo: Copper Mountain Facebook


This weekend, September 8 through 10, is the 23rd annual Breckenridge Oktoberfest. As the largest street party in all of the Rocky Mountains, Oktoberfest will have more than three-dozen genuine German brew and food vendors, Bavarian music and German-themed games. Don’t miss Breckenridge Brewery’s Brunch, a 5K Trail Run, a Brewmaster Dinner and other events throughout the weekend. Check the schedule for events and tickets. 

Photo: Visit Colorado Facebook

Mountain Running Series

This weekend, September 9 and 10, run in the Under Armour Mountain Running Series at Copper Mountain. There are races of different lengths, including a 5K, 10K, 50K, half marathon, marathon, marathon relay and vertical challenge. Register online.

Photo: Under Armour Mountain Running Series Facebook

Bear Bolt 5K Road Race

September 9 at 9 a.m., run in the Bear Bolt, a 5K fun run/walk. The race will start in the Rainbow Park Tot Lot and will go along the Blue River Trail. Proceeds from the race will benefit Silverthorne Elementary School. Following the race will be a community potluck brunch. To register, email tyler.bunnelle@summitk12.org

Chasing the Dragon

The Second Sunday Film Series, sponsored by the Summit Interfaith Council, presents Chasing the Dragon. Come to the Colorado Mountain College in Breck on Sunday, September 10, at 7 p.m. to see the free film. The film follows personal accounts of people battling opioid addiction. Donations are welcome.

Photo: Summit Colorado Interfaith Council Facebook

Clam Bake

Sunday, September 10, come to Arapahoe Basin for a traditional farewell to summer clam bake and lobster boil at 6th Alley Bar and Grill. Guests can enjoy various seafood options, New England clam chowder and other delicious sides as they listen to live music. Register online for tickets.

Photo: Arapahoe Basin Ski Area Facebook

Fall Fest

On Saturday, September 9, and Sunday, September 10, enjoy local food, music, art and kids’ activities in downtown Frisco. Fall Fest bucks are available to purchase for dishes from 18 Frisco restaurants at the Flavors of Frisco tent. A beer garden will have German beers, including a Bavarian classic Hofbräu as well as Fort Collins’ Coyote Gold margaritas. Along with food there will be live music by Taarka and Kristin Diable. The regional Meet the Artist Art Show is also downtown on both days.

Photo: Everything Summit 

The North Face Speaker Series with Alex Honnold

Come to The North Face store in Breckenridge on Monday, September 11, to hear speakers Alex Honnold, Emily Harrington, Cedar Wright and Clare Gallagher and buy Honnald's book, Alone on the Wall, about his life as a professional adventure rock climber. On June 23, 2017, Honnald became the first person to free solo climb Yosemite's 3,000-foot El Capitan wall. Cost is $10 but bring extra cash to buy raffle tickets for The North Face gear. It all starts at 7 p.m. Proceeds support Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center.

Photo: Alex Honnold Facebook

Live Comedy

Jim Breuer, called one of the “100 greatest standups of all time,” is performing at Silverthorne Pavilion on Wednesday, September 13, at 10 p.m. Go online to purchase tickets and a VIP Meet and Greet experience. 

Photo: Jim Breuer @ Silverthorne Pavillion Facebook

These are just a few of the fun events happening around Summit County this week. Visit our Daytime and Nightlife sections to find many more things to do.


About the Author Samantha Blair
Born and raised in Breckenridge, Samantha Blair has returned to live in Summit County as a writer and ski instructor. She has written for publications, companies and organizations from Santiago, Chile, to Rhode Island. When she is not traveling abroad or visiting family on the East Coast, Samantha is enjoying all of the skiing, hiking and adventures in Summit County and around Colorado.