KUSA - If your perception of the seasons is largely guided by corporate America, you've probably deduced that fall is back, what with the return of the pumpkin spice latte and the Halloween candy invading grocery store shelves.
You can also tell that fall is in the air via the events around Colorado, which highlight fall favorites like apples, a German drinking holiday and zombies (which, admittedly, have nothing to do with autumn).
Also happening this weekend? Blues and brews, balloons and wine and, as you might expect, a craft fair.
Be safe, bring a light jacket, maybe indulge in a pumpkin spice latte and have a great weekend!
Snowmass Balloon/Wine Festivals – Sept. 12-14 - http://bit.ly/1lUPYhK
The mountains of Snowmass are pretty enough, but add in some colorful hot air balloons and you have the type of cover photo that will make all of your out-of-state Facebook friends super jealous. It starts on Friday with the rat race, where pilots race to see who can make it the farthest down the valley in a three-hour window (do not compare this to the 2001 B-movie with the same name). Next comes a night glow, followed by the SnowMASS Ascension and Balloon Dance. Once you finish checking out the balloons, head to Town Park, where you can sample more than 300 great wines and listen to live music. Between these two events, one could easily say that Snowmass this weekend will have the "best of both worlds" (note: we don't mean to quote Miley Cyrus).
Telluride Blues and Brews Festival – Sept. 12 – 14 - http://bit.ly/1woCVsx
Blues legend B.B. King has probably seen a lot of things in his life, but he says "out of the 90 countries I've been to, I've never seen anything more beautiful than what you have here." He was talking about the town of Telluride, which will turn into a scenic mountain version of Memphis' Beale Street during one of the premier music festivals in the country. This year's artists include the Violent Femmes, George Clinton and Parliament Funkdelic, and Peter Frampton. If you can't guess from the name, there will also be beer. Plenty of it, in fact. Breweries like Ska Brewing Company, Avery, Bonfire and many more will be on hand in the 2014 House of Brews (see what they did there?). Get ready to kick off fall 8,750 feet above sea level!
Breckenridge Oktoberfest – Sept. 12-14 – Main Street http://bit.ly/1qkGA7w
Celebrate the middle of September with an event called Oktoberfest! If you can't actually make it to Germany, the super cool mountain town of Breckenridge is a very good place to enjoy fall foliage, German cuisine and beer, lots and lots of beer, in super cool steins. Also present will be polka music, children's activities, a 5k run (so you don't have to feel too guilty about the vast amount of sausage you will consume), Bavarian dancers and…well… more beer.
End of the World Pub Crawl – Sept. 13 –LoDo http://bit.ly/1wgtwDn
If you see a horde of the undead stumbling around LoDo this weekend, don't run into the apocalypse bunker in your backyard just yet: it's probably just part of the End of the World Pub Crawl. Participants are tasked with crawling through the supposed "Dead Zone" to participating bars while avoiding zombies, who are on a quest to take their lives (and by lives, organizers mean flags). Participants who make it to all of the bars with their lives intact are eligible for prizes. All participants get a t-shirt, sunglasses, koozie (something that definitely will come in handy come the real apocalypse) and two drinks. A portion of the proceeds benefits Hope for Young Adults with Cancer.
Apple Fest – Sept. 13 –Buena Vistahttp://bit.ly/1lWHyXv
You know how an apple a day apparently keeps the doctor away (editor's note: medical analysis about this is inclusive)? Well, by that logic, eating an apple in one of the most picturesque cities in Colorado, beneath the shadow of Mt. Princeton, must really, really keep the doctor away. Apple Fest, at historic Turner Farm, has everything from apple pie contests to demonstrations of historic trades and what's being referred to as "old-time entertainment." The historic farm acts as a living museum aimed at bringing you back to the early 1900s. More importantly, it features about 50 apple trees and a "mother-in-law" cabin – something that some would say is worth resurrecting in the 2010s.
Snowboard on the Block Festival – Sept. 13 – EXDO Event Center http://bit.ly/1o7Sdd4
If the whole season of fall just seems pointless to you, this might be the event for you. A month before the most proactive ski resorts open, feast in everything awesome about snowboard culture in an event that features everything from a rail-jam, premieres of more than 20 snowboarding films and performances by artists like the Misfits, Mobb Deep and Speedwolf. Some of the activities are inside, but many take place in the two-block area around 35th and Walnut Street. Tickets are $15 in advance or $25 at the door.
Larkspur Autumn Harvest and Craft Fest – Sept. 13 - http://bit.ly/1qH8t9Q
If you've only been to Larkspur because of the Renaissance Festival, you can officially change that this weekend at the Autumn Harvest and Craft Fest, which features 50 art/craft booths, 10 places to get food and drink and roughly 1,500 other attendees. Bring the youngsters, because there is also slated to be a bounce castle and slide, a firetruck and Air Life helicopter (which, according to the craft fest website, is for kids of all ages). Also worth noting is the annual pie baking contest.
Lebanese Festival – Sept. 14 – Saint Rafka Church http://bit.ly/ZhiUGC
Who doesn't love some good Shawarma and falafel? This and other traditional Lebanese food will take center stage during a six-hour-long celebration of Lebanon's culture. It kicks off at noon and features everything from a children's area and activities, prizes, traditional Lebanese games and music. The event is free and open to the public.
Boulder Green Streets Ciclovia – Sept. 14 – Downtown Boulder http://bit.ly/1uwKH0r
This weekend, the normally bustling streets of Boulder will be devoid of cars, but most definitely not people. Thousands of visitors are expected to attend the Ciclovia event hosted by Boulder Green Streets, which aims to highlight the importance of active, healthy living by shutting down streets to cars and getting people to walk, bike and play. The most famous Ciclovia event happens in Bogota, Colombia, where 70 miles of streets are shut down. Even though Boulder's version features just a few miles of carless road, it hopes to have the same high energy, incorporating everything from live music to makeshift tennis courts to a fashion show and to kids activities.
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