12 Steamboat Springs fall events you won’t want to miss
September 7, 2017
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Crisp temperatures, pumpkin-spiced everything, décor of chrysanthemums, hay bales and cornstalks, aspen trees taking on a golden hue – all signs that fall will soon arrive in the Yampa Valley.
While many take the shoulder season to marvel at the fall colors, there are a number of ways to celebrate this under-appreciated season.
This week, we have rounded up 12 fall events to mark on the calendar.
4 to 8 p.m. | Sept. 15 | Downtown Steamboat Springs
2 to 6 p.m. | Sept. 16 | Gondola Square
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The weekend will kick off on Friday with the Beer Stroll — a pub-crawl through historic downtown with stops at restaurants for beer tastings. Saturday's event will feature over 40 brewers at the Beer Garden and a variety of local vendors at the Beef Cook-off near Gondola Square. Live music will feature Afrolicious, a band that emphasizes the organic elements, instrumentation and energy of a live ensemble combined with club heavy beats and textures. Purchase tickets in advance for any of the weekend events.
Third annual Steamboat is Magic
Sept. 14 to Sept. 16 | Chief Theater, 813 Lincoln Ave.
The Steamboat is Magic Festival is up close and personal — the sleight-of-hand and card tricks happening a mere arm’s length away. There will be more Family Fun Shows added to the lineup with Karl Koppertop and David Cox along with pop-up magic events throughout downtown. Headlining acts include world-class magicians Pop Haydn, Karl Koppertop, Dave Cox and Jon Armstrong. Tickets for individual shows are $15 for adults, $10 for kids; Magic Pass is $75 for adults, $50 for kids.
25th annual Literary Sojourn: Festival of Authors
1:30 to 6 p.m. | Sept. 16 | Strings Music Festival, 900 Strings Rd.
Presented by the Bud Werner Memorial Library, each fall, an esteemed slate of authors and 500 book lovers from across the country gather in Steamboat Springs to revel in the written word, fueled by award-winning writers who share the stories and inspiration behind their exceptional books. This year’s line-up of authors includes Robert Olen Butler, Nadia Hashimi, Eowyn Ivey, Paulette Jiles, Amor Towles and master of ceremonies Chris Cleave.
Voices of the Past: Quilts and Soddies
6:30 p.m. | Sept 21 | Steamboat Springs Community Center, 1605 Lincoln Ave.
Join the Delectable Mountain Quilt Guild, the Tread of Pioneers Museum and the Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum for a walk through history as they share their insights into the pioneer experience of women who homesteaded the American West. The RMQM presenter, in period costume, will reveal the 1880s to 1920s experience utilizing the journals of women who lived during this time.
The Chief Players present: "The Professional” and “Accused of Comedy"
7 p.m. | Sept. 21 to Sept. 23 | Chief Theater, 813 Lincoln Ave.
“The Professional” by Dusan Kovacevic, a drama set after the collapse of the Yugoslavian government, follows a story in which a book publisher has a mysterious visitor from his past who will end up changing his future. “Accused of Comedy” by Carl L. Williams is a short comedy farce set in a place where humor has been outlawed and both telling/laughing at jokes have severe penalties.
Quick and Chainless
9 a.m. | Sept. 23 | Steamboat Bike Shop, Base of Steamboat Ski Area
Descending Rustler's Ridge utilizing only gravity to propel themselves toward the finish line, racers will test their skills to maintain their speed on the trail. Removal and storage of chains will be available at the Steamboat Bike Shop on the morning of the event. Registration will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. prior to the race at the Steamboat Bike Shop. Bib numbers, start times and chain storage options will be provided. Waivers will be signed at this time. If the participant is under 18 years of age, a parent/guardian must be present to sign the release waiver. The entry fee is $30. Registration is limited to the first 200 riders. For those riders who do not have a Steamboat Bike Park pass, registration will cost $50 and will include bike park access.
End of Summer Sausage Fest
Noon | Sept. 23 | Storm Peak Brewing Company, 1885 Elk River Plaza
Come say goodbye to summer at the Storm Peak Sausage Fest featuring the new Märzen beer release and assorted sausages prepared by Dude & Dan’s and Phenomenal Falafel. $15 while supplies last, includes first fill.
Community BBQ & Barn Dance
5 p.m. | Sept. 30 | Wandering Creek Ranch, 33850 Routt County Road 14
The Rotary Club of Steamboat Springs’ Community Barbecue and Barn Dance will include live music, barbecue cooked up by Rex’s Events & Catering, kids activities and an assortment of raffle prizes. Proceeds benefit the Boys & Girls Club of Steamboat Springs, Shelterbox and other local Rotary charities. Tickets are available in advance: $75 family up to five; $35 single; and $10 each additional child under 16. Tickets can be purchased at Central Park Liquor and Elevated Olive.
Steamboat Restaurant Week
5 p.m. | Sept. 29 to Oct. 8 | Various locations, downtown Steamboat Springs
Restaurants all over town will be offering select menus at special prices for 10 days this fall in Steamboat Springs. This is the perfect opportunity to sample your favorites or try something new.
Steamboat Color Run
1 p.m. | Oct. 21 | Steamboat Christian Center, 821 Dougherty Road
Looking for an extra splash of color for motivation? Run or walk through various color stations at the Steamboat Color Run. There will be two options to choose from, a one or two-mile walk/run. Prizes will be awarded at the finish for best costumes. The event will take place on the fields adjacent to Steamboat Christian Center.
Yampavore Farm to Table Dinner
6 to 8 p.m. | Oct. 12 | Harwigs, 911 Lincoln Ave.
Design and crafted to feature the seasonality of Routt County, the menu will feature a variety of dishes paired with supplemental wine and beer. Proceeds benefit Community Ag Alliance programs.
5 to 7 p.m. | Oct. 31 | Downtown Steamboat
This popular Halloween event, hosted by Main Street Steamboat Springs and downtown businesses, brings out the whole community in costume to parade up and down Lincoln Avenue. Dress in your best Halloween costume while businesses open their doors for trick-or-treating fun. The stroll draws thousands downtown for a trick-or-treating free-for-all with stops at more than 75 businesses.