Editor’s Picks: Summit County’s best bets for the weekend | SummitDaily.com

Editor’s Picks: Summit County’s best bets for the weekend

Music and dancing will rotate on the stage at the Blue River Plaza throughout the weekend during Breckenridge Oktoberfest, which runs from Friday, Sept. 12, through Sunday, Sept. 14.
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I don’t know about you, but I’m desperately holding onto summer. Yes, I’ll admit, the leaves have a touch of yellow in them — but not much (this is called denial). I know that soon we will wake up to an explosion of colors that will be gone before you blink twice, but I’m still wearing flip flops today. The towns, however, have relented to admitting that it is, in fact, fall and are doing their best to celebrate before the first snows start flying.

Last week, Keystone held its family-friendly Oktoberfest — and, starting on Sept. 11, the town of Breckenridge hosts its 21st. If you’ve ever been to the Breck celebration, you know it’s a party. The beer flows like water through the streets, people don their best drindl and lederhosen and indulge in more pretzels and spatzel in one weekend than the entire rest of the year combined. Front Rangers and locals alike will be rubbing elbows, doing their best to celebrate a 200-year-old tradition from Germany. If you are bringing the whole family, think about attending either Friday or Sunday — it’s a little more tame. If you’re looking to party with a thousand of your closest friends, Saturday’s your day.


Frisco is hosting its Fall Fest on Saturday and Sunday, so plan for one day in Breck, one day in Frisco. Or, if you’re looking to skip the crowds, just stay in Frisco. The Flavors of Frisco event on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. will showcase all the talented chefs we have in town. Fall Fest bucks can be purchased for small plates, giving you the chance to try a variety of goods. And, if you’re like me and usually come home with a handful of unused tickets in your pocket, the nice thing is those tickets can be used at participating Frisco restaurants until Tuesday. According to Vanessa Agee with the town of Frisco, Coyote Gold margaritas are a must (but she does tell a cautionary tale of having too many). The Summit County Arts Council is also hosting a Meet the Artists show and sale on both Saturday and Sunday.


And, not to be forgotten this weekend, the town of Dillon is holding one more show at the Dillon Amphitheatre Saturday night from 7–9 p.m. Who’s Bad, a Michael Jackson tribute band? Yes, please. I’m stoked the town decided to tack on one more outdoor show this season.


A couple of other highlights for the weekend include the Lake Dillon Theatre Company’s “Cloak and Dagger.” Described as a zany, mile-a-minute whodunit, this show runs until Sept. 20, with a 7:30 p.m. seating on Friday and Saturday, 6:30 p.m. Sunday. The Alpenglow Chamber Music Festival returns for its 18th season, with a soiree at a private home in Silverthorne on Saturday and a concert in Breckenridge on Sunday. Visit http://www.alpenglowchambermusic.org for more information on tickets.

The Arts Alive Gallery in Breckenridge is a hosting a new exhibit beginning Saturday. The Horse Whisperer exhibition will run until Oct. 30, but a good time to stop by is during the reception Saturday from 4–8 p.m. at the gallery. A portion of the proceeds from sales during the reception will benefit the Far View Horse Rescue & Rehabilition Center.

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