Bike demonstrations, jazz music, art exhibits and more at Beaver Creek | Tricia’s weekend picks 9/4/20

Outdoor Eagle Festival

If you’re wondering what to do this Labor Day weekend, head to Eagle for some fun on the trails and around town. The Eagle Outside Festival is back with gear demonstrations, races, group bike rides, skills clinics and contests. As event organizer Mike McCormack puts it, it’s a “full weekend of she-nanigan-izing.”

If you’re looking for the latest in bike technology, gear demo from 9am to 5pm Saturday and 9am to 4pm Sunday. In addition to the bike-focused events, there’s also an Eagle’s Got Talent contest and a Colorado Karaoke contest. Kids will also have fun with Stryder races. For a full schedule, visit

The weekend will kick off with First Fridays at Eagle Ranch, an event that runs from 5-9 p.m. on the first Friday of the month. Look for fun activities, food and drink specials, live music, unique vendors, yoga and more. Check out some of the fun themes First Friday is throwing as “Magnum PI Night” at the new restaurant The Assembly: magnums of wine, island cocktails, Hawaiian shirts and maybe a Tom Selleck mustache. Or try your hand at ax throwing at Boneyard and yoga at Brush Creek Park.

Practically Vail Jazz

For 26 years, the annual Vail Jazz Party has taken place all weekend long with performances at the Vail Marriott, Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater, Lionshead and beyond. Since they are unable to accommodate large crowds this year, the Vail Jazz Foundation has decided to present Virtually Vail Jazz: A Labor Day Weekend Celebration. The Foundation will be sharing jazz virtually, via its Facebook page, all weekend.

“We had the chance to present Jazz in the Park. But it doesn’t feel like the end of summer without the Vail Jazz Party. Virtually Vail Jazz is our way of bringing music to people. We all need it right now,” said Vail Jazz Foundation Marketing Manager Meghan Scallen.

Friday’s virtual celebration will feature a live stream of the latest Jazz in the Park show (which is already sold out for in-person seating), a screening of the Foundation’s new documentary film, and the Vail Jazz Atelier’s 25th anniversary finale. Saturday and Sunday will have Jazz Interludes as well as additional surprise performances from some of the Vail Jazz artists. On Labor Day, the party doesn’t stop. Turn up the volume as the organization celebrates its 2020 Vail Jazz Party lineup with videos of select past performances.

Schedule (Schedule subject to change) Consult for the full schedule and updates.

5:00 p.m. – Live broadcast of Jazz in the Park with Media Noche Hornado
7 p.m. – Documentary
7:30 p.m. – Final of the workshop

5:00 p.m. – Jazz Interludes – Fall Series Premiere with Diego Figueiredo
6:00 p.m. – Surprise show!
7 p.m. – Diego Figueiredo – Concert from Brazil


10 a.m. Jazz Interludes – Fall Series Premiere Gospel with Byron Stripling and Bobby Floyd
11 a.m. – Howard University Gospel Choir – Kennedy Center Replay – Millennium Stage September 25, 2016


9am-5pm – Replay of performances from the 2020 Vail Jazz Party lineup

Avon Arts Festival

Harry A. Nottingham Park in Avon will be packed with activity this weekend, but in addition to paddle boats, sand volleyball and picnics, the visual arts will be showcased at the Avon Art Festival.

Join other art lovers at this Labor Day weekend celebration of visual fine arts and crafts in a beautiful setting. This show is a juried show, so you see some of the finest art from over 80 artists across the country. These artists represent a wide variety of mediums ranging from oil paint, watercolor, mixed media, jewelry, woodworking and more.

This free arts and crafts festival runs through downtown on the Main Street Mall in Avon Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, please visit

Speaking of art, the Vail Valley Art Guild is hosting a First Friday event at its Minturn gallery on Fridays from 5-7pm. Soodi Kick, a fine art painter, and Scott Pope, a photographer, will exhibit works. Kick’s images have a very dreamlike appearance with magical animals and human figures floating across the landscape. Soodi uses bright colors and textures to give an ethereal effect. Pope got hooked on photography while in college at the University of Oklahoma and he extends his creativity beyond film and creates work that has more of a “painterly” feel to it.

Stop by the kitchen area, which was generously donated to the Vail Valley Art Guild by the Minturn Community Fund. It is located at 291 Main Street, next to Rocky Mountain Taco. For more information visit

Beaver Creek Events

While we won’t have the omp-ah music this weekend during the annual Oktoberfest celebration, we’ll still have a festive vibe at Beaver Creek with live music and restaurant offerings, kids’ activities and more. And if you’re in the mood for omp-ah music, Helmut Fricker will release his accordion, alphorn and lederhosen for his usual time slot on Sunday. Here’s how the weekend will go:


3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. – FAC Live Music with Twang Box

5 p.m. to 8 p.m. – Silent disco dance


5 p.m. to 8 p.m. – Silent disco dance


11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. – Fossil Posse Dinosaur Adventures

1 to 3 p.m. – Helmut Fricker

The Centennial Elevator is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for daily operations until Labor Day. Then it switches to a Saturday and Sunday schedule until September 27. For more information, visit

SunsetLIVE! at Avon

Continue the holiday weekend with some live music on Lake Nottingham in Avon. SunsetLIVE! was a fun weekly showcase of local musical acts on Sundays from 6-8 p.m. The free concerts take place at the back of the Avon Performance Pavilion. The Saucy Bees will play the tunes on the lake.

Listen to live music from the lake or from the shore, or from a paddle board. Grab a fishing rod, have a picnic, or just enjoy the sunset. Bring your own garden chairs as places are limited. For more information, visit

Ada J. Kenney