Fall is simply beautiful in Breckenridge, and there are so many festivals coming up it justifies a trip to Lodge by The Blue, don’t you think?
Fall in Breckenridge is (rightfully) recognized for tunnels of golden aspens and one of the largest Oktoberfest celebrations in the Rocky Mountains. Beyond the beer and brilliant golds, a grassroots arts scene thrives and local flavors emerge. Check out Breckenridge’s top fall festivals below. -GoBreck.com
Labor Day in Breckenridge: Sept. 2-5
Bid farewell to summer with the challenge of a mountain trail run or the fun of a fundraiser Rubber Duck Race. Sidewalk Sale Days lets gear junkies get great prices on summer favorites and the Great Divide Arts Festival features more than 100 artists. Family tip: Take part and purchase a duck – it gets kids excited to watch the race, and the event supports local charities.
Prost! to Breckenridge Oktoberfest: Sept. 9-11
Breck’s Oktoberfest brings a weekend of parties, German cuisine and plenty of Paulaner beer. It’s one of the largest Oktoberfests in the Rocky Mountain region and offers collectible steins imported from Germany. Family tip: Local families tend to hit the event Friday or Sunday afternoon, when crowds are fewer. On Saturday, more people at Oktoberfest means more runs on the alpine slide at the Breckenridge Fun Park.
Fall Fest: Oct. 15
Family Fun Fest at the Riverwalk Center is a day of pumpkin carving, music, face painting, and sweet treats such as caramel apples. It’s a great activity for families this fall, and it’s the perfect way to gear up for Halloween in a cozy indoor setting.
Breckenridge Craft Spirits Festival: Oct. 21-23
Craft distillers each year gather in Breckenridge for the Craft Spirits Festival, which features a grand tasting, restaurant specials, a downtown pub crawl and historic saloon tours.
Born of Colorado’s – and the nation’s – rapidly-growing artisan spirits industry, the Breckenridge fest is the first of its kind in Colorado and last year added new bar glass art sessions and cooking demos. Family tip: Leave the kids with relatives and make this trip all about Mom and Dad.
Dia de los Muertos Celebration
Started in 2014 with the expansion of the Breckenridge Arts District, this celebration of Day of the Dead festivities showcases music, hands-on workshops, art installations and altars. Mariachis will roam the costumed crowds, Aztec dancers will perform, and skeleton faces will be painted throughout the streets of downtown Breckenridge. More details to be announced at BreckCreate.org.
Of course, be sure to stay tuned to Lodge by The Blue for details on some great upcoming events.
Have you experienced a fall festival in Breck? Which would you recommend?