A Foodie-Style Mountain Labor Day

If the thought of summer’s departure, back-to-school shopping, and shorter days is feeling a little dreary, how about creating a Labor Day to look forward to? It’s the first weekend of September, and just happens to sync up perfectly with Colorado’s gloriously golden leaves (and some of the year’s best entertainment, too!).


Below, five reasons to visit Colorado during Labor Day.

Lionel Richie, in Aspen!?

Head to Aspen’s JAS Festival for 3 days of world-class music in the heart of the mountains.

Headliners from Lionel Richie to Jack Johnson, and even Michael Franti, will have you singing mountain praises in no time.

Hello, Autumn Colors!

Ahh, the pure glory of autumn in the mountains! Watch the mountain turn to gold (literally!) with the first sights of fall’s vibrance.

Where to explore: Be sure to take a hike (or bike) to Aspen’s Maroon Bells, Colorado’s most photographed lake.

Gourmet on Gore

This unique culinary festival offers an open-air tasting with world-class wine, beer, and crafty cocktails paired with top cuisine.

You’ll love: A foodie-style treat mixed with outdoor adventures represent the idyllic Vail lifestyle. (Think Rosè on the River or Culinary Cruisers).

Vail Jazz Festival

The grand finale of the Vail Jazz Festival, the Vail Jazz Party, features a jam-packed lineup with over 35 bands and musicians, 

combining talents for a riveting main stage performance.

You’ll love: The art and culture mixed with over 35 hours of live music — from Thursday through Monday.

Oktoberfest, Beaver Creek Village

One of Beaver Creek’s iconic and longest running traditions, Oktoberfest, begins September 1st.

Enjoy traditional live music, German cuisine, and family-friendly fun in the heart of Beaver Creek’s Bavarian-inspired Village. 

You’ll love: The foot-stomping music, unbeatable beer and wunderbar wursts!

Where to Stay in the Rockies

Luxury Mountain Chalets