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Fall Festivities Abound in Snowmass, CO

Events Include Snowmass Balloon Festival, Cidermass, Septemberfest, Snowmass Wine Festival, and More

Snowmass Village, Colo., (August 20, 2019) – Fall in Snowmass features festivals dedicated to music, wine, cider, and art, alongside longstanding traditions and new events.


“Fall in Snowmass is one of the most wonderful times of the year,” says Rose Abello, Tourism Director, Snowmass Tourism. “Our lineup of events this September really highlight fall’s natural beauty with cider, wine, great music, hot air balloons, and so much more. Plus, the aspen trees change colors all month long, providing a golden backdrop to just about any activity!


Snowmass September Event Lineup: 


JAS Aspen Snowmass Labor Day Experience – August 30-September 1: JAS Aspen Snowmass Labor Day Experience, a world-class music festival, set amidst the stunning backdrop of Snowmass Village, returns to Snowmass Town Park with headliners including Sting, John Mayer, Weezer, Luke Combs, Portugal. The Man, H.E.R., ZZ Ward, and Turkuaz.


Snowmass Balloon Festival – September 6-8: The 44th Annual Snowmass Balloon Festival, a long-standing Rocky Mountain tradition, fills the sky with eclectic balloons, as 30 pilots launch their hot air balloons into the air, daily at 7:00am in Snowmass Town Park. The weekend features three days of festive balloons, pilot games, food vendors, kid’s activities, and more. On Friday, September 6, the Balloon Night Glow from 7:00pm-9:00pm provides an up-close-and-personal experience to these mega balloons. Guests can chat with the balloon pilots, enjoy food & drinks from vendors, and watch as the balloons light up the sky in Snowmass Town Park, a new venue for 2019.


Cidermass – September 7: Cidermass returns to the Snowmass Mall from 1:00pm-4:00pm, featuring hard cider tastings from 30 vendors from all over the country. Tickets, including a three-hour tasting and a commemorative glass, are $35 in advance or $45 day of. Must be 21+ to attend. 2019 vendors include Schilling Cider, Wilder Cider, Tall Fellow Grapefruitcello, Backyard Soda, Stowe Cider, and many more.


Septemberfest – September 7: The third annual Septemberfest returns to Snowmass Base Village to celebrate all things fall with shopping, tastings, beverages, and games from 4:00pm-7:00pm. Food and drink options feature offerings from Base Camp Bar & Grill, Slice of Italy, Sake, and State 38. In addition, the festival includes live music from the Derek Brown Band, lawn games at The Collective, local vendors & artisans, and children’s activities including face painters, a bouncy house, and a petting zoo. Septemberfest is free and open to all ages, with donations benefiting local nonprofit, Challenge Aspen.


Snowmass Wine Festival – September 14: A long standing summer tradition, the Snowmass Wine Festival features a weekend of wine tasting and pairing dinners, hosted by Rotary Club of Snowmass Village. Friday evening features a wine-pairing dinner at 6:30pm at the Viceroy Snowmass, while the Saturday highlight is a three-hour grand tasting event starting at 1:30pm in Snowmass Town Park with wines from all over the world.


The Aspen Snowmass Motoring Classic Cars & Coffee – September 15: Vehicles of all shapes and sizes gather in Snowmass for a supped-up car show, complete with coffee on Sunday morning from 9:00am-12:00pm in Snowmass Base Village, where guests can get up close and personal with cars and drivers. Car clubs in attendance include Porsche, Ferrari, BMW, Audi, Corvette, and Viper. New for 2019, the Ducati Club of Denver showcases over 30 types of motorcycles.


NEW – The Sun Sets in September Art Show – September 21: The Sun Sets in September Art Show, presented by Creatures of Habit, takes place on The Rink in Snowmass Base Village from 6:00pm-10:00pm. Sixteen artists from a variety of mediums showcase their art against the backdrop of Snowmass in the fall. Graffiti, sculptures, modern art, and more adorn The Rink, while food and drink from local Snowmass establishments Village Tavern and Venga Venga are available for purchase. Admittance to the Art Show is free and a percentage of the proceeds from each sale benefit local nonprofit, Challenge Aspen.


NEW – National Interscholastic Cycling Association: The Snowmassive Chase – September 21-22: Founded in 2009, the National Interscholastic Cycling Association (NICA) develops interscholastic mountain biking programs for student-athletes across the country. This summer, the Colorado High School Cycling League hosts cross-country mountain bike races for approximately 600 student athletes from Colorado and New Mexico in Snowmass for the third race of the series, the Snowmassive Chase. Teams are divided into three conferences with eight race categories per day for grades 9-12. Racers ride 2-4 laps depending on their grade and category. 2019 marks the first time Snowmass has hosted NICA.


Golden Leaf Half Marathon Trail Run – September 28: Watch as runners from around the country take to the trails for a 13.1-mile half marathon. Starting in Snowmass Village at 8:30am, runners traverse from Snowmass Village to Aspen, surrounded by the fall colors. The Golden Leaf Half Marathon has been chosen by Trail Runner Magazine as one of “America’s 14 most scenic races”.


CU in Snowmass – September 28-29: The University of Colorado takes over Snowmass Ski Area for a weekend of elite collegiate mountain biking amidst the stunning backdrop of changing aspen leaves. Events and competitions include short track, downhill, cross-country, and enduro. All events are free, spectators are welcome.


On-going in September

Lost Forest Friday-Sunday only September 6-8, 13-15, 20-22, 27-29, and October 4-6: Lost Forest, located at the top of the Elk Camp Gondola features the Breathtaker Alpine Coaster, a Canopy Run Zipline Tour, a Treeline Trial Challenge Course, and a Rugged Ascent Climbing Wall. New this year, a net/play structure has been added to the challenge course for smaller children who do not meet the height/weight requirements of the full course. Lost Forest is open daily from 9:00am-4:00pm through September 2, as well as Friday-Sunday only September 6-8, 13-15, 20-22, 27-29, and October 4-6.


For more information on Snowmass’ September event lineup, please visit


About Snowmass Village, Colorado – A renowned winter playground and vibrant summer community just 9 miles from Aspen, Snowmass consistently ranks as one of the best ski areas in the world. For 2019, Ski Magazine named Aspen Snowmass the #1 “resort of the year” in the West. Snowmass offers guests incredible views of mountain vistas, in addition to 2.8 million adjacent acres of wilderness, open for activities and exploration. Snowmass offers a wide variety of outdoor activities, 30+ restaurants, 95 percent slopeside lodging, shopping, unique special events and music – all year round. For more information and a complete calendar of events and activities, please visit:


Snowmass Tourism Media Contact: Sara Stookey Sanchez, Public Relations Manager, Snowmass Tourism, 970-922-2285 or



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