An autumnal gathering for the whole family |

An autumnal gathering for the whole family

Sack races and other family-friendly activities are part of ACES' annual Harvest Fest.
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The Aspen Center for Environmental Studies’ 14th annual Harvest Party takes over Rock Bottom Ranch today.

If you have a ticket, you’re in luck: The family-friendly party runs from noon to 4 p.m. and will feature lunch, live music by the Caleb Dean Band and activities such as pumpkin carving, apple cider pressing, hay rides, farm tours, face painting, traditional ranch games, dancing, a silent auction and more.

If you don’t have a ticket, you’ll want to remember to buy in advance next year as the event sold out Friday.

Proceeds go to the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies education programs, in-school environmental science classes and the nonprofit’s hands-on science exploration and field trips for 45 regional schools.

The event is car-free. Guests can bike or walk down the Rio Grande Trail to the ranch. Free shuttles will run every 15 minutes from the Basalt Park and Ride and Crown Mountain Park. Bike parking will be available at Basalt High School. Handicapped parking is available on site.

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