Oktoberfest in Vail, classic cars, wine hikes, running races and more: Weekend picks in Tricia on 9/16/22

Oktoberfest in Vail, classic cars, wine hikes, running races and more: Weekend picks in Tricia on 9/16/22

Oktoberfest returns for the third weekend, and this time the festivities will take place in Vail Village.
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This might be for a while… well, until the Gyptober Fall Fest in Gypsum on October 1, but in terms of Oktoberfest events in the valley, this will be the last until next year. The oom-pah moved from Beaver Creek to Lionshead this last weekend, and she’s now traveling to Vail Village for more fall fun Friday through Sunday.

Keg Bowling will be back, along with sausage eating competitions, Stein competitions, Kid-toberfest activities like face painting, caricatures, balloon artists and more. This week’s line-up includes Helmut Fricker, Rheinlanders and German middle band again, then Ryan Dart and The Evolution will rock the crowd after putting the accordion to rest. Entertainment will also be provided by GTSV Alpen Auerhahn Dancers and more Schuhplatter dances will return this week as well.

Sausages, pastries, Bavarian sweets and other tasty treats can be found alongside Spaten beer. The official Vail Oktoberfest Stein is available in glass in a pint and pint size and in ceramic in a pint size.



Oktoberfest runs from noon to 10 pm on Friday and Saturday and from noon to 6 pm on Sunday. The event is free and you can pay for food, drink and some kids activities like face painting, balloon animals and caricatures. This is a common occurrence so it is best to keep dogs indoors as they are crowded in areas and bowling, cheers and music can be loud in a dog’s ears. For more information, go to OktoberfestVail.com.

Heart and Soul Festival

Avon will wrap up its summer concert series with Heart and Soul Festival this weekend.
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Avon had a long season of concerts in Nottingham Park this summer. From AvonLIVE! On Wednesday nights to round out the weekend with Sunset LIVE! , melodies were a large part of the fabric of the Heart of the Valley. This spirit continues with another fun musical blast on Saturday with the Heart and Soul Festival.



Avon brings in two award-winning artists, starting with Patou Banton and The New Generation. Pato Banton’s music career spanned four decades. Banton’s mother was from Jamaica but moved to London where Banton was born. The Grammy-nominated reggae star has toured with English Beat, Steel Pulse, UB40, Marleys, Sting, and many other stars. He now resides in Southern California. Known for his positive and instrumental concerts, he recently returned to the United States after traveling to Africa to shoot and screen a documentary. Pato Banton and the new generation play from 5:30 to 7 pm

Also appearing on stage at the Heart and Soul Festival, Hembres Sativa, a Jamaican singer-songwriter known for her fast rhymes and for being a “lying instrument,” according to her website, will wrap up the event from 7:30 to 9 p.m.

Gates will open at 4pm, music will start at 5:30pm and there will be food trucks with meals and drinks available at Hahnnewald Bar for purchase. Word says Wood & Steele Ax Company will be on site as well, in case you want to try ax throwing. Public transport is recommended as parking is limited. For more information, go to DiscoverAvon.org.



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The cars will be on display at Vail Village and Lionshead this weekend as part of the Vail Concours.
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If you are a fan of classic cars, powerful cars, luxury sports cars, motorcycles and more, then you are in for the weekend with Vail Concours.

On Saturday, Cars and Coffee will be at Mountain Plaza at the top of Bridge Street in Vail Village, where car and coffee meetings will be held almost weekly throughout spring, summer and fall, and this will be on a larger scale with more cars than what they usually have. The event is free and open to the public and starts at 9am

The main event is the Lionshead Auto Show on the lawn at Eagle Bahn Gondola (No. 19) on Sunday. The event is free and open to the public from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Cars will start arriving early as of 6:30 a.m. If owners choose to judge their car, the judging will begin at 9 a.m. and the prizes will begin around 1: 30 pm

All weekend, you might see anything from a WW II Willys Army Jeep to an all-new McLaren 720S. There will also be brands such as BMW, Audi, Jaguar, Aston Martin, Lamborghini, DeTomoso, Shelby, Maserati and Corvette. There is even a Rolls-Royce from 1938 on display. Porsche is always well represented, and while there are many exotics out there, we always have a lot of involvement from General Motors, Chrysler, Dodge, Ford, some Japanese automakers, and less exotic but equally impressive cars. Learn more about visiting the event VailConcours.com.

Trail running and MTB racing

The Meadowgold running track in Minturn this Saturday marks the end of the Dynafit Vail Trail running series with 5k and 10k.
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After spending the summer riding some long trails and doing many amazing mountain biking tours, why not test your strength and see how you fare in the race? There are several opportunities this week to test your skills.

On Saturday, the Vail Recreation District will host the Meadowgold 10K and 5K in Minturn, which will conclude the Dynafit Vail Trail Running Series. The races start and end at the Minthorn Ranger station at 9 AM and 9:15 AM respectively. It will follow 10K s singletrack for the top 1400 of altitude gain and back into a double track. The 5 runners will climb in a double track and gain an altitude of about 500 feet. Both tracks are scenic and the donut runners will be treated to a Northside Coffee and Kitchen at the end and receive a custom t-shirt before heading to an after party at Vail Mountain Coffee & Tea Company near the start. To find out more, visit VailRec.com.

Mountain Rats is back for its sixth year with trail trails and mountain bike racing. Downtown Eagle Ranch will host the start and finish races on Saturday and Sunday. Runners can choose from a marathon, semi-heavyweight, or 55K race. On Sunday, mountain bikers can choose from a distance of 25 km or 50 thousand. There’s also Amazing Race, a scavenger hunt game, and fun races for 4 and under and 10 and under. Really, there is something for everyone!

The Amazing Race is for teams of two to eight people, so grab your friends and family and you can go from guide to guide on foot, bike, pram, skateboard, or anything on wheels as long as it’s self-powered. The track is six miles long and has 10 stops.

In addition to the competitions, the Endorphin Gym will host a Boot Camp class, The Cycle Effect, the non-profit organization selected for the event, will host a women’s cycling clinic and there will be some fun races for the kids. Add in some live music, beer, and a September issue of ‘Eagle Outside’ with sellers of bikes, equipment, and apparel all on Capital Street, and you’ve got a weekend full of fun. For more information and a full schedule of events, go to MountainRats.com.


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