Explore’s Top 5 events for Sept. 18 to 20

Audrey Dwyer

— As the leaves begin to turn with the beginnings of fall, take part in one of Steamboat’s many events this weekend. Be it celebrating the taste of Colorado at the OktoberWest event, taking a hike on a new trail or attending a new event for a cause, be sure to get out and enjoy all Steamboat has to offer.

The Evolution of Snow Bikes

Take a trip through time with the Trax film featuring the history and evolution of the modern motorized snowbike. The Trax film will look at some of the first platform designs and feature many of the concepts and production models from history, along with showcasing current advances and the professional athletes who are pushing the boundaries of the sport.

The Evolution of Snow Bikes | 7:30 p.m. | Friday, Sept. 18 | Chief Theater, 813 Lincoln Ave.

Outdoor Movie Night

Steamboat Springs Teen Council is hosting an outdoor movie night featuring “Top Gun.” Open to all high school students after the Sailors home football game. Bring blankets and chairs.

Outdoor Movie Night | 9:20 p.m. | Friday, Sept. 18 | Steamboat Springs High School Maple Street field | Free

Archaeological Hike

At least 8,000 years ago, Native Americans mined valuable quartzite from Windy Ridge on Rabbit Ears Pass. Learn about the history, geology and archaeology of Windy Ridge from U.S. Forest Service Archaeologist Price Heiner.This program is offered by Yampatika in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service and Tread of Pioneers Museum.

Archaeological Hike | 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. | Saturday, Sept. 19 | Windy Ridge Trail on Rabbit Ears | This is a free event. Registration is required. Call call 970-871-9151.

Yampa Market

The September Market at the historic Antler’s Cafe will feature Steamboat Pirate Theatre performing a “Wild West Shootout” and will highlight the opening of an art coop in the adjacent building, Wasinger’s Garage. There will also be artisan and food vendors, along with local produce and flowers, entertainment, horseshoes, a wood-cutting tournament, a petting zoo and pioneer games. This is a celebration of Yampa Valley heritage with groups such as Historic Routt County, Routt County Cattleman’s Association, Yampatika and CSU’s Agricultural Extension highlighting Yampa Valley agricultural history at their market booths.

Yampa Market | 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. | Saturday, Sept. 19 | Antler’s in Yampa, 40 Moffat Ave.

Gimme Shelter Fundraiser

Throughout the summer, 10 life-size, artist-rendered dogs have have been fostered by businesses around Steamboat Springs, and Sunday, they will all gather at Aurum, where they will be the focal point of a live auction with famed auctioneer Cookie Lockhart. The live auction will also feature many other exciting items, such as vacation trips and collectables, as well as more than 50 silent auction items that range from special items for furry friends to fantastic art. To support the costs of the facility and staff taking over the management of the local animal shelter, this will be the biggest fundraiser for the shelter in order to cover all new expenses for the RCHS.

Gimme Shelter Fundraiser | 5 p.m. | Sunday, Sept. 20 | Aurum Food and Wine, 811 Yampa St. | Tickets are $20 and can be purchased on-line at or at Paws n Claws, Outdoor K-9, All That, The Homesteader, Chez Nous, Mt. Peaks Veterinary Hospital, Mt. Werner Veterinary Hospital, Pet Kare Clinic, Verizon (next to Freshies only).

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