Celebrate the end of summer with Labor Day activities over weekend in Summit County

Summit County has a plethora of events Labor Day weekend for people to check out.
Liz Copan/For the Summit Daily News

Summit County has more than its fair share of activities going on Labor Day weekend. From going to the market for an art show or entering dogs into an ice cream eating competition, there’s something for everyone.


Campus Crawl: An opportunity to explore the Breck Create arts campus, full of renovated historic structures that function as studio spaces for classes, workshops, affordable rentals by local artists and artist in residence programs. All studios will be open alongside family friendly craft activities, and live music by KelLee Abdella. All ages welcome. Light refreshments provided.  This event is free and will take place from 5-7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 1.

Labor Day Sidewalk Sales: Shops will be out on Breckenridge’s Main Street for sidewalk sales from Friday to Monday.

48th annual Breckenridge Gathering at the Great Divide: Breckenridge is bringing top artists from across the country to showcase original works spanning over 13 categories including jewelry, painting, photography, sculpture and more. This nationally ranked fine arts festival will be at Colorado Mountain College’s Breckenridge campus, with free admission and free parking. The event will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday.

Great Rubber Duck Race: Participants can buy a duck or a whole flock to send down Blue River to help support local programs and people through the Summit Foundation. This event will run from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. More than 10,000 ducks typically participate in the race. Summit County Foundation staff indicated there will be nearly $26,000 in prizes this year. The first race will be the kids Duck Race at 1 p.m. Presented by Firstbank, this race is for kids age 12 and under. Kids have the opportunity to win several prizes, including a ski pass. The business battle race is at 2 p.m. and is presented by Vail house. These $100 ducks are bought by local businesses. Prizes for this event include a chance to climb on the via ferrata at Arapaho Basin Ski Area’s, Adirondack chairs and dinners. The third and final race is the  Great Rubber Duck Race, presented by Breckenridge Grand Vacations. The race’s grand prize is $2,000. Other prizes include a fly-fishing trip for two and ski passes.


First Friday concert with Tab Benoit: From 5:30-9 p.m. Friday, Tab Benoit will play a free concert at Rainbow Park with opening act, The Rumble. The Rumble will take the stage from 5:30-6:30 p.m. and Tab Benoit will play from 7-9 p.m. In addition to the free concert, there will be kids activities, artwork for sale and more.


Snake River Music Festival: This free festival will showcase its last concerts for the summer, with a preconcert wine hour beginning one hour before concert time. There will be a show titled “The Romantic Piano” from 6-8 p.m. Friday and the festival’s closing concert will be from 7-8 p.m. on Sunday. Donations are welcome.

Fall Fest: Over 85 artists will showcase their paintings, jewelry, ceramics, sculptures, metals, woodwork, fibers and more. The art and craft show will run in the core downtown area of Dillon — right in front of Pug Ryan’s Brewery. Fall Fest will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. A $1,000 art festival shopping spree will be given away at 1 p.m. on Sunday. After performing in Dillon for 17 years, local musicians Skanson & Hansen will be giving their final performances this weekend at the art show. They will perform 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Marina Mutt Show: The show features several canine competitions including best trick, high jump, look-alike, doggie trivia and doggie ice cream eating contest. Registration and the silent auction open at noon and contests begin at 2 p.m. All proceeds from the event will go to League for Animals and People of the Summit.

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