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Missing Halloween 2015 in the High Country Will Haunt You

Halloween in Breckenridge“Halloween in Summit County is going to be the best!” said no one, ever. Let’s be honest; Summit County isn’t exactly known for throwing the greatest celebration on All Hallows Eve. There are probably a few reasons behind this lack of enthusiasm over the spookiest day of the year, but it really comes down to a terrifying lack of awareness. We might not be Salem, MA, but we actually do know how to do Halloween right, here in Summit County. Surprisingly, the area offers countless festive events, one of the world’s most beautiful fall seasons and you can even ski or ride on Halloween. Fear not, this isn’t a trick; who needs a hay ride when you can ride down the mountain on your skis or board?! Check out our list of the ten sweetest ways to treat yourself in the high country during this ghastly holiday.

  1. Pumpkinfest: The Silverthorne Recreation Center is hosting the town’s annual Pumpkinfest and has moved the event to take place on Sunday, Oct. 11th from 11:00 am – 2:00 pm. This otherworldly event unearths a “pumpkin patch” for children to pick out their free pumpkin for the holiday. After claiming your pumpkin, creep over to the petting zoo, play some wicked games, decorate some magical goodies, and horrify yourself in the scary bounce house. For more information, visit silverthorne.org.
  2. Murder Mystery Dinner: On Saturday, Oct. 31st at 6:30 pm, The Ski Tip is hosting a Murder Mystery Dinner with a four-course meal. The Murder Mystery theme will terrify guests and includes the dinner guests in solving the mystery of “Whodunit.” For more information, call (970) 496-4950 or visit keystoneresort.com.
  3. Haunted Tours in Breck: Petrify yourself while masquerading around town on one of Breck’s infamous haunted tours! The historical society offers spine-chilling paranormal and haunted tours daily, and extra grim ones at 1:30 pm and 7:30 pm on Halloween! For other tour times or dates, check out http://www.breckghosttours.com/.
  4. Halloween Dodgeball Tournament: You read that correctly! Dawn your scariest costume and show off your dodgeball skills while shocking fellow goblins and ghouls with your wizardry. The 7th Annual Halloween Dodgeball Tournament is guaranteed to be a howl. A minimum of six players per team is required with at least two females. All teams must register by 8:00 pm on Thursday, October 29th. Click here for more details.
  5. Trick or Treat in Breckenridge: Don’t forget to give some extra treats to our Police Department, Public Works Department and various volunteers for transforming downtown Breck into a supernatural world of dreadful fun when High Street and Harris Street turn into a Trick or Treaters’ delight!  Officers also participate in Trick or Treating activities in the Wellington Neighborhood. Bring the family down for a safe and enjoyable night of hocus pocus festivities and tasty treats! Contact the Police Department at 970-453-2941 shortly before Halloween to learn more about street closure times and alternate routes, or check out this site.
  6. Met Opera Live in HD: Want to switch up your evening and get out of the morbid moonlight? On October 31st at 10:55 am, The National Repertory Orchestra presents the live broadcast of Wagner’s Tannhäuser from the Metropolitan Opera in New York. This is a one of a kind opportunity to enchant your ears with a hair-raising performance by the Met! For more details and ticketing information, click here.
  7. Arapahoe Basin Fall Concert Series (AND SKIING/ RIDING!): What is the most devilish way to get your Halloween on? Well, in Summit County, that would be SKIING, of course! On Saturday, October 31st, rock out under the spell of an 80’s themed concert in the Plaza. This autumn party is far from a nightmare, bewitching guests with live music, magical food and devilishly delicious drinks in the Base Area Plaza from 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm. Don’t forget to masquerade around in your favorite 80’s gear! Keep checking back here for more details!
  8. Frisco’s Haunted House: On Oct. 29th – 31st at 6:00 pm, trick yourself into braving it through the dreadful haunted house in Frisco. This eerie ghostly estate is constructed and run by local youth as a learning opportunity through Activities run by youth and Mountain Mentors. If you dare, visit Frisco’s Haunted House on October 29th, 30th, and 31st. It will be open from 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm and tickets are sold at the door. Tickets prices are $5-student, $7-adult and $20-family four pack. More information can be found here.
  9. Nightmare at the Museum: On Oct. 30th at 5:00 pm, taunt your friends and family into a visit at the museum and creep yourselves out over some ghastly tales and scary poems of Victorian Gothic literature from 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm. At the Historic Park & Museum, remind yourselves that the gruesome tales and poems are just make-believe. Rock your favorite costume, or show up in your best Gothic and Victorian attire– light refreshments and treats provided. More details here.
  10. Trick or Treat on Main St. in Frisco: On 31st at 6:00 pm, creep on over to Main Street in Frisco for a hauntingly sweet time. All trick-or-treaters are welcome to have their fill of goodies from the spooky shops in town and at the Frisco Historic Park. The Historic Park Log Chapel will be playing cartoons for tired little ghouls. Participating businesses will dawn an orange jack-o-lantern hanging outside from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm on Halloween night. All ghosts, witches and warlocks report to downtown Frisco to collect tricks or treats spanning Main Street from Madison Avenue to Seventh Avenue. Further information is available here.

So, now that all of the mystery around Halloween in Summit County has been uncovered, you had better clear your schedule and prepare yourselves for a wicked good time. Just don’t forget your skis or board, and a terrifyingly awesome costume! We can’t wait to see you.

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Live Music: Summit County Style

Sunset at Dillon Amphitheater

Courtesy of Summit Daily Newspaper

The Summit County music scene is all encompassing; no matter what beat you drum to, you’ll find that beat here. The numerous venues, bars, and restaurants around town have a very eclectic and diverse collection of live music. The different genres of music played all around town are endless; there’s bluegrass, country, electronic, jazz, classic rock, blues, reggae, funk, folk, and hip hop. No matter what kind of music you are into, you’ll find something that will make you dance, twirl, foot stomp, cut a rug, or sing your heart out to here in Breckenridge.

I’ll start with Breckenridge’s vast music scene:

The Riverwalk Center is clearly the biggest venue in Summit County, therefore allowing it to host some bigger name bands and bring in huge crowds. To name a few that have performed here, there are: John Hiatt & the Combo, Railroad Earth, The Devil Makes Three, Elephant Revival, The Wood Brothers, and Lyle Lovett. This diverse list of musicians includes an American rock guitarist and songwriter, a newgrass jam band, Americana, folk, blues, and country. This venue is a must see in Breckenridge; make sure to check out this calendar of events to look at upcoming concerts.

You can count on the Motherloaded Tavern to pretty much always have something going on, whether it’s live music every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, or open mic nights on Monday. The music is always free and on top of that, they have a great bar scene and delicious food! You’ll feel right at home. Some bands you might see roll through Motherloaded include: Stoney Live, El Passo Lasso, and Two Dudes. This is a mixed variety of mostly local bands who play anything from rock to reggae.

Let’s move on to the Gold Pan Saloon, rumored to have the longest running liquor license west of the Mississippi; which is pretty legendary in and of itself. Add to that free live music, and I’m hooked. They’ve had anything from The Jason Spooner Band, who opened for Michael Franti at Red Rocks, to YAMN, a jam band from Denver.

Now for Napper Tandy’s: this place has a massive dance floor upstairs for you to get your boogey on. There’s live music every Saturday night ranging from The Six Million Dollar Band (the ultimate 80’s experience), to Sublime and AC/DC tribute bands, and Von Stomper. Napper Tandy’s can get pretty rowdy if you want to have a night to remember.

There’s always the Blue River Bistro as well if you want to enjoy your evening listening to some live music while having dinner and cocktails. They play live instrumental and modern jazz and delta blues from 5 pm to 10 pm most nights.

If you simply just want to dance the night away, Liquid Lounge or Cecilia’s are THE places to be. They have DJ’s spinning electro, bass, hip hop, dance, and house almost every night of the week along with awesome drink specials!

…Phew! If that’s not enough live music for you, keep on readin’!

||  As the Grateful Dead said, “The music never stopped!”  ||

Let’s move onto Frisco:

The Barkley’s Ballroom is a place I personally frequent at least once a week. They are quickly gaining momentum with their music scene and booking some amazing artists! Every week I get my twirl on for free bluegrass Wednesdays. Then, there’s also music every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday (most of it is free) and open mic night every Monday. Some bands that have rolled through here include: Beats Antique, DeadPhish Orchestra, The New Mastersounds, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, Malah, and Gypsy Moon. Barkley’s is also starting to stream concerts for free on the big screen TV’s and projectors that they have, which I’m a huge fan of. They streamed the Grateful Dead 50 Year Anniversary shows that played this last summer in Santa Clara and Chicago (this made a broke Deadhead like myself very happy). They also recently streamed the Merriweather Phish shows and are planning to stream more!

Right next to Barkley’s Ballroom in Frisco is Ollie’s Pub and Grub! They have free DJ sets playing anywhere from hip hop to electronic every Friday and Saturday night. Local bands also play there sometimes. As you can imagine, this whole area is BUMPIN’ on the weekends with all of this live music!

Now onto the Dillon/Silverthorne/Keystone area:

First, there’s the Dillon Amphitheater which is a beautiful outdoor venue overlooking Lake Dillon. From June to September, there is a free Friday night concert series, and also from July to September, there is a “Sunset at the Summit” concert series. Did I mention the breath-taking sunsets you can check out while listening to live music? Some artists that have performed here include: The Beau Thomas Band, David Grisman, and Honkeytonk Voodoo. They have booked anything from bluegrass to rock, and anything in between.

Movin’ on down into the Keystone area, we will start with The Goat Soup and Whiskey Tavern. They close down for the summer, but in the winter, expect live music every Friday and Saturday and DJ’s every Wednesday. There are all sorts of bands that have played here such as: Yo Mamma’s Big Fat Booty Band (yes, that’s their real name), Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd tribute bands, and Funky Johnson.

Right down the street, we have the infamous Snake River Saloon, which has a plethora of live music every weekend. Sometimes there’s a cover, but it’s only five bucks or so (which is totally worth it). They have rock bands, bluegrass, country, soul, blues, funk, electronic, and reggae. Pretty much covering all of the bases here. You may have heard of Funkiphino, Brian Hornbuckle Band, or High 5. If not, be sure to head on down to the Snake and check ‘em out!

Finally, we have our last venue: Warren Station. This place doesn’t book a lot of live music, but when they do, it’s a party. Keller Williams plays there every December, they hosted The Motet this last February, and Head for the Hills played a New Year’s show. If you get a chance to see live music at Warren Station, do it!

If you’re in town and craving live music, check out any of these local spots! I guarantee there will be live music that you like somewhere… what are you doing still reading this?? Put your dancin’ shoes on, and get on out there!

 

||  “They’ll be laughing, singing, music swinging, and dancing in the street!”  ||

||  –The Grateful Dead  ||

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Weekend Events 10.02.15

Fall in BreckenridgeIt has officially quieted down here in Breckenridge; less people, no crowds, no traffic, but still so much to do! Been craving the mountains, but not all the people? Take advantage of this time and head on up for some serenity and rejuvenation! The weather right now is absolutely perfect for a hike, and the views are spectacular with all the changing leaves. However, the leaves are falling fast, get up here and check out all the activities and events going on in town before you miss out!

Friday 2nd:

  • Preston & Gold Mine Hike | 10:00 am – 1:00 pm | 200 Clubhouse Dr., Breckenridge Colorado | $30-Adult, $20-Child
  • Aspen Tree Watercolor Classes | 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm | 110 Washington Ave., Breckenridge, Colorado | $10
  • Tombstone Tales at Twilight | 5:00 pm | Valley Brook Cemetery, Breckenridge, Colorado | $15-Adult, $10-Child
  • Saloon Tour | 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm | 203 S. Main St., Breckenridge, Colorado | $15

Saturday 3rd:

  • French Gulch Gold Mine and Dredge Boat Hike | 10:00 am – 12:00 pm | 203 S. Main St., Breckenridge, Colorado | $20-Adult, $15-Child
  • English Tea Tour |1:30 pm | 203 S. Main St., Breckenridge, Colorado | $18-Adult, $10-Child
  • Historic Tour | 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm | 203 S. Main St., Breckenridge, Colorado | $10-Adult, $5-Child

Sunday 4th:

  • Edwin Carter Discovery Center | All Day (11:00 am – 3:00 pm) | 111 N. Ridge St., Breckenridge, Colorado
  • Barney Ford Victorian Home | All Day (11:00 am – 3:00 pm) | 111 E. Washington Ave., Breckenridge, Colorado
  • Summit Ski Exhibit | All Day (11:00 am – 3:00 pm) | 308-B S. Main St., Breckenridge, Colorado

Come up with your family or friends and have a relaxing weekend in Breckenridge! Click below for awesome deals on lodging!

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Oktoberfest in Breckenridge: What’s Happening

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It’s time to put on your Lederhosen and Dirndl’s! Purchase your favorite stein and join the festivities on Main Street in Breckenridge for the annual Oktoberfest. As one of the most popular events in Breckenridge, this annual event brings over 8,000 gallons of beer to the 3 day festival.

Although the beer flows all weekend, there are plenty of other fun activities for the whole family. Oktoberfest hosts live music, inflatable play areas and large spaced grass areas to get away from the crowds on the street. A large television will also be set up with your favorite football games. Make sure to grab your collectable stein and drink tickets before the event for discounts and deals! The festivities begin on Friday at 2pm and go until Sunday 6pm.

Friday (2:00 pm – 6:00pm) Beer & Wine vendors close at 5:30 Fri & Sat

  • Live music
  • Drink tickets and steins sales
  • Food and beverage vendors
  • Paulaner Brewmater’s Dinner (Check for availability as this sells out FAST)

Saturday (10 am – 6pm)

  • Live music
  • Drink tickets and steins sales
  • Ceremonial Keg tapping (Blue River Plaza, 12 pm)
  • Food and beverage vendors

Sunday (10 am – 5 pm) Beer & Wine vendors will stop serving at 4:30

  • Live music
  • Drink tickets and steins sales
  • Food and beverage vendors

As one of the most popular festivals to grace Breckenridge, you won’t want to miss this! Don’t forget to bring your cash and keep an eye out for all the beautiful aspen trees changing around the area! Click below to see some of the best pricing on lodging, just a walk away from Main Street for this exciting event!

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