Why do people love fall in Summit County?
It goes without saying that probably one of the reasons is because ski season is just around the corner. But they also love it because nobody has to sit around waiting for the good fun to start. With fall festivals the whole family can enjoy, residents and visitors alike celebrate the change of seasons in style.
Throughout September in Summit County, you’ll find a number of upbeat events taking place, and here are just two of the must-visit festivals happening this month:
Frisco Fall Fest this September in Summit County
Back by popular demand, Frisco’s Fall Fest takes place on September 9th from 11:00 to 17:00. It’s held on the picturesque Main Street and at Frisco Historical Park, where visitors are welcomed to “taste the flavors of Frisco.” Small plate portions of delicious signature dishes are served up by fourteen different restaurants.
This food can be purchased using Fall Fest bucks, which are sold as you enter the event. Each ticket costs $1 while the small dishes cost between $2 and $6 each. However, if you do have some Fall Fest bucks left over after the event, these are valid at all participating restaurants until Tuesday, September 12th. This provides you with the perfect excuse to try out some new restaurants while you’re visiting the area. Participating restaurants include Backcountry Brewery, The Lost Cajun, Vinny’s, and Moose Jaw.
Thankfully, you will have something tasty to swill all this food down with, as the celebratory event has its very own beer garden. Here, you’ll find Colorado’s own “Microbrew of Margaritas,” Coyote Gold, and Hofbräu beer from Germany.
During the day, you’ll also find a number of activities running, including live music, make-and-take art projects for all ages, face painting, and other activities for kids. Furthermore, throughout Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 to 17:00, Frisco is running its Meet the Artist art show, which showcases local and regional art. You’ll find photography, paintings, pottery, jewelry, and other fine arts available on both days. On Saturday, furniture made from blue-hewed beetle kill wood will be displayed and sold, too.
And the best bit? All of the money made from the benefits of Frisco Fall Fest will be given to the Friends of the Dillon Ranger District, a local nonprofit. That’s why man’s best friend is also invited to take part in this wonderful festival.
Witchcraft This September in Copper Mountain
Witchcraft is the newest festival to grace Copper Mountain’s eclectic mix of events, and provides festival goers with the perfect opportunity to embrace the changing seasons. Boasting stein hoisting, a brew garden, live music, pumpkin painting, hayrides, and a haunted house, there’s plenty to get involved in.
Held on September 9th and 10th, attendees are also encouraged to taste a variety of different chili concoctions that have been produced by the local restaurants. Adding warmth to the day and fire to your belly, you’ll be asked to vote for your favorite recipe. However, you’ll want to make sure you leave some room for the pumpkin pie-eating contest.
Kids and four-legged friends can take part in a fancy dress competition, before enjoying Big Sam’s Funky Nation who take to the stage at 13:00 on Saturday, 9th September. Held in Burning Stones Plaza, this band offers something for everyone with a diverse mix of jazz, hip-hop, rock and roll, and funk, which are bound together by the heavy grooves and brassy tones of New Orleans.
If you want to get involved in this festival, ticket prices start at $15 for the hayride, pumpkin painting, and Haunted House (rising to $19 if you buy them on the day). Or, to enjoy everything, including mini golf, hydro bikes, go-karts, zip line, bungee, and much, much more, there’s a Fall Fun Adventure Pass for $84 (or $89 on the day). Finally, for those who want to relax and unwind, there are tickets for the craft brew packages, which include a Stein, two beers, and access to the Haunted House. These are $35 presale or $40 on the day.
As you can see, the second weekend of September in Summit County has plenty to offer you, whether you’re looking for a relaxing holiday that’s full of plenty of good food and beer, or you want to do something new and exciting with the kids.
What better time than September to come and embrace everything we love about Summit County? At the Frisco Inn on Galena, you’ll be at the heart of all these fun and vibrant activities, enjoying a rejuvenating stay in our boutique hotel. Call 1-970-668-3224 to book your getaway today.