What is Happening in Vail Valley Fall 2023

Fall is a magical time in the Vail Valley, with the aspen trees turning golden and the crisp mountain air hinting at the winter season to come. There’s no better way to celebrate the change of seasons than by attending one of the many fabulous fall festivals happening throughout the Vail Valley. Here are our top picks for the best fall festivals in 2023:

Vail Automotive Classic

Dated: (September 6-8, Vail)

Start off the fall season with a celebration of classic cars, airplanes, and motorcycles. The Vail Automotive Classic features a weekend full of events, including a mountain road tour, car show, and aircraft exhibition. It’s a must-attend event for any automotive enthusiast.

Vail Oktoberfest

Dated: (September 6-8, Lionshead Village, and September 13-15, Vail Village)

Celebrate German culture, food, and, of course, beer at Vail’s Oktoberfest. The festival spans two weekends and two locations, featuring traditional music, dancing, bratwurst-eating contests, and plenty of beer. The first weekend takes place in Lionshead Village, followed by a second weekend in Vail Village.

Colorado Grand

Colorado grand event 2023
Dated: (September 13, Lionshead Village)

The Colorado Grand is an annual charity tour for vintage sports and race cars. The event concludes with a display of the participating cars in Lionshead Village, offering a unique opportunity to see some of the world’s most beautiful and rare cars up close.

Taste of Vail Wine & Food Classic

Dated: (September 20-21)

This event showcases food from Vail’s best restaurants as well as wine from the Southern Hemisphere. Enjoy hikes and activities throughout the weekend, paired with delicious food and wine tastings. It’s a delightful way to explore the culinary offerings of Vail while enjoying the beautiful fall scenery.

Vail / Beaver Creek Restaurant Week

Dated: (September 27 – October 6)

This is an excellent opportunity for food lovers to enjoy special prix fixe menus and specials for just $20.19 at great restaurants throughout Vail and Beaver Creek. It’s a fantastic way to sample the culinary delights of the area at an affordable price.

Man of the Cliff

Dated: (October 12-13, Nottingham Park, Avon)

This unique event features a series of rugged outdoor activities like log tossing, hammer throwing, and axe chopping. It’s a fun and lighthearted competition that raises funds for charity.

Gourmet on Gore

Dated: (August 30-September 1)

This event includes an open-air tasting with world-class wine, beer, and spirits, delicious food from Vail’s top restaurants, a kid’s culinary corner, yoga, and a special food truck dining experience. It’s a fun and tasty way to enjoy the last days of summer and kick off the fall season.

Vail Underground Sound

Vail Underground Sound 2023

Dated: (September 26)

This music event features Fort Collins-based The Patti Fiasco playing a soulful brand of rock ‘n’ roll with rockabilly, blues, and ballads. Enjoy a night of great music in a beautiful mountain setting.

Each of these events offers a unique and memorable way to celebrate the fall season in the Vail Valley. Whether you’re a foodie, a car enthusiast, or just looking for a fun way to enjoy the beautiful fall scenery, there’s something for everyone in Vail this fall.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to purchase tickets for the events?

Some events, like the Taste of Vail Wine & Food Classic, require tickets, while others, like the Vail / Beaver Creek Restaurant Week, do not. It’s always a good idea to check the event website for details on tickets, pricing, and registration.

Is there any parking available near the event venues?

Parking is available near most event venues, but it can be limited, especially during busy weekends. It is recommended to use public transportation, carpool, or use the available shuttle services whenever possible.

Are the events suitable for children?

Many of the events, like Gourmet on Gore and Man of the Cliff, offer activities suitable for children. However, some events, like the Vail Oktoberfest and Taste of Vail Wine & Food Classic, are more adult-oriented. It’s always best to check the event website for details on suitability for children.

Can I bring my pet to the events?

Some events may allow pets, while others do not. It’s always best to check the event website or contact the event organizers for details on their pet policy.

Are there any accommodations available near the event venues?

Yes, there are plenty of accommodations available in Vail and Beaver Creek, ranging from hotels and resorts to vacation rentals and lodges. It is recommended to book your accommodation in advance, as fall is a popular time to visit the Vail Valley.

Is there any special dress code for the events?

There is no special dress code for most events. However, if you are attending an outdoor event, it is recommended to dress in layers and bring a jacket, as the weather can be unpredictable in the mountains.

Are there any COVID-19 restrictions or protocols in place for the events?

The situation with COVID-19 is evolving, and protocols may vary from one event to another. It is recommended to check the event website or contact the event organizers for the most up-to-date information on COVID-19 protocols and restrictions.

Can I participate in the events as a vendor or performer?

Many of the events welcome vendors and performers. It is recommended to contact the event organizers directly or check the event website for details on how to participate as a vendor or performer.