Editor’s picks: Summit County’s best bets for Labor Day weekend | SummitDaily.com

Editor’s picks: Summit County’s best bets for Labor Day weekend

Breckenridge Backstage Theatre's "The Jungle Book" stars Brody Lineaweaver as Mowgli, Nina Waters as Bagheera, Scott Rathbun as Baloo, and Cory Wendling as Shere Khan. The musical rusn Sept. 4-5 at 7 p.m., with a final performance on Sept. 7 at 4 p.m. at the Riverwalk Center in Breckenridge.
Heather Jarvis / hjarvis@summitdaily.com |

If you’re a local or pick up this paper often, you might be looking at this front page and wondering why it looks a little different than normal. On Friday covers, we will now be highlighting events of interest in the county over the weekend. So whether you are a local looking for something to do with the family, or a visitor wondering what Summit has to offer, check out this column every Friday, or pick up a copy of Explore Summit Weekender, our weekly guide to things to do in the mountains.

Summit is packing a lot of events onto the calendar before heading into the shoulder season. This Labor Day weekend will offer a hefty lineup of free music at Copper Mountain Resort, some German fare and tunes on the other side of the lake at Keystone’s Oktoberfest event, and some great community theater in Breckenridge.


Copper Mountain is hosting two full days of free music, starting at noon both Saturday and Sunday. Headlining Saturday’s show is Felix Cavaliere’s Rascals at 4:10 p.m. I had the privilege to interview Cavaliere. Cavaliere first began creating music in the ’60s, when, as he says, artists used their songs to bring people together in a way that social media now does. Even if you are like me and had a decade (or two) to go before entering this earth when The Rascals first began touring, you will still recognize some of their hits, such as “ Good Lovin’,” “Groovin’,” and “People Got to Be Free.”

Jimmie Vaughan and the Tilt-A-Whirl Band close out the night on Sunday, Sept. 6 with a performance at 5:25 p.m. Other musical artists include Buckwheat Zydeco, Orleans, The Long Players, Savannah Jack and the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band (we’ve interviewed Bob Carpenter from the Nitty Gritty and will feature that profile in the Summit Life section of Saturday’s paper). Works of local and regional artists will also be featured across Copper’s Center Village, as well as free activities for the kids such as pony rides and crafts near West Lake Overlook, Center Village.


Keystone Resort is hosting its third annual Oktoberfest on Saturday, Sept. 5. Prost to the end of summer with craft brews from New Belgium and check out what the chefs at Keystone have cooked up for the event. Get ready to do the chicken dance with Those Austrian Guys. There will also be traditional German dance performances from the Edelweiss Schuhplattlers. Because family friendly is always forefront in everything Keystone puts out, you can guarantee there will be plenty of entertainment for the kids.


This is also the last weekend to check out Breckenridge Backstage Theatre’s production of “The Jungle Book.” An adaption of the Rudyard Kipling story, the musical was written in-house, and spotlights local talent, with almost all 60 cast members from the community. The musical runs Sept. 4 and 5 at 7 p.m., with a final performance on Sept. 7 at 4 p.m. There are some seriously talented young actors in this production, and it’s geared to appeal to both children and adults, so it’d be a good choice for the whole family.

Heather Jarvis is the arts and entertainment editor for the Summit Daily News. Pick up a copy of Explore Summit Weekender for full coverage of weekend events.

Support Local Journalism

Support Local Journalism

As a Summit Daily News reader, you make our work possible.

Now more than ever, your financial support is critical to help us keep our communities informed about the evolving coronavirus pandemic and the impact it is having on our residents and businesses. Every contribution, no matter the size, will make a difference.

Your donation will be used exclusively to support quality, local journalism.


Start a dialogue, stay on topic and be civil.
If you don't follow the rules, your comment may be deleted.

User Legend: iconModerator iconTrusted User