Summit County Comes Back to Life with the Colder Weather

By Samantha Blair | Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Summit County welcomes the cold weather with festivals, live performances, sales and skiing to celebrate this exciting time of year. 

Photo: Arapahoe Basin Ski Area Facebook

Día de los Muertos

This weekend, from Friday, October 20 to Sunday, October 22, is the Día de los Muertos celebration at the Arts District Campus in Breckenridge. The three-day Day of the Dead traditional Mexican event brings family and friends together to commemorate loved ones who have passed away. The weekend will kick off with an opening party and reception at 6 p.m. on October 20 at the Old Masonic Hall with free traditional face painting, music, food and a cash bar as well as a reception for Stevon and Arlette Lucero’s exhibition. Make sure to see the art installations and community-built altars around campus. There will also be classes and family activities throughout the weekend led by bilingual instructors. Check the schedule to see what’s happening each day.

Photo: Día de los Muertos Facebook 

Anthem for the Ancestors

Silverthorne Performing Arts Center presents Anthem for the Ancestors on Friday, October 20, and Saturday, October 21, from 7:30 to 10 p.m. The concert will feature Leon Joseph Littlebird and Chas Wetherbee as well as the Carpe Diem String Quarter. Tickets are $22 and can be purchased online.

Photo: Anthem for the Ancestors Facebook

Colorado Needs Wolves Film Series

On Saturday night at 7 p.m., join the local Sierra Club chapter at the Colorado Needs Wolves Film Series on the Colorado Mountain College Breckenridge campus. The series of four short films, including the feature film, Living with Wolves, will start at 7 p.m. Delia Malone, wildlife chair for the Colorado chapter, will answer any questions guests have about wolves. The event is free (but donations are encouraged).

Photo: Everything Summit

Wine in the Pines

Friday, October 20, and Saturday, October 21, brings the 34th annual Wine in the Pines event at Keystone Ranch and Keystone Conference Center. Guests can enjoy a winemaker’s dinner, live entertainment and auctions as well as an international gourmet food and wine tasting. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Kelly Smith Employment Center at Ability Connection Colorado. For more information and tickets, visit the website.

Craft Spirits Festival

This weekend, October 20 to 22, is the 2017 Breckenridge Craft Spirits Festival at Beaver Run. The weekend is jam-packed with events including a scavenger hunt, tours, workshops, a cooking class, a Friday night party at Ollie’s, an open house at Breckenridge Distillery, an after-party at Napper Tandy’s and a selection of Bloody Sunday and Hangover Brunch Specials around town. The main event, Still on the Hill Grand Tasting, will take place at the Riverwalk Center on Saturday, October 21, starting at 4 p.m. Enjoy a craft spirit tasting, cocktails, artisanal snacks and live music. Tickets are $45 per person and are available online. See the full schedule of festival events for more details.

Photo: Breckenridge Craft Spirits Festival Facebook

REI Sale

The change of the seasons means it’s time to get ready for winter sports. Shop for quality gear at huge discounts at the Member Garage Sale at Dillon REI on Saturday, October 21. Bargain shoppers can get to the store as early as 8 a.m. and sip on a cup of Red Buffalo coffee while they peruse.

Photo: Everything Summit

A-Basin is Open!

Arapahoe Basin is the first ski area in Summit County to open this season. Early snowfall and cold temps means you can strap on your boards extra early this year and take some long-awaited turns. 

Photo: Arapahoe Basin Ski Area 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.