Snowmass In Brief: September events

Staff report

Snowmass Wine Festival — Sept. 16

Experience an incredible afternoon of wine, food, sights, and sounds at the Snowmass Wine Festival, hosted by the Rotary Club of Snowmass Village. Returning for its 21st year, the festival features 30+ tables of wine from around the world enjoyed under the tents at Snowmass Town Park on Saturday, Sept. 16 from 1:30-5 p.m. The festival also showcases food from local restaurants, music, and a silent auction to benefit the Rotary Club of Snowmass Village. Don’t miss a special wine dinner featuring Washington wines on Friday, Sept. 15 at 6 p.m. at Viceroy Snowmass. 100% of every dollar benefits local, non-profit organizations across the Roaring Fork Valley and charitable organizations worldwide.

VNTRbirds presents VIDA MTB Series — Sept. 16-17

VNTRbirds encourage women through outdoor education and adventure. Women-run and based in the heart of the Rocky Mountains, VNTRbirds brings women to the outdoors through mountain biking, backcountry skiing, splitboarding, and community meet ups. These experiences bring women together and help create more confidence and self-reliance in the outdoors. The VIDA MTB Series, Sept. 16-17, provides women with the opportunity to enhance their riding skills, connect with VNTRbirds coaches, and fully immerse themselves into the nitty-gritty of proper biking technique and the confidence needed to tackle new challenges. Over the course of the weekend, participants are grouped with other ladies with similar experience and goals, so all can progress together in a comfortable and supportive environment. The weekend includes personalized small group mountain biking instruction, lunch, lift tickets, Yeti Cycles demos, schwag bags, and so much more.

Snowmass Balloon Festival — Sept. 22-24

The Snowmass Balloon Festival celebrates its 48th anniversary in 2023. The long-standing Rocky Mountain tradition features three days of 30+ festive balloons launching into the air from 7:30-9 a.m. amidst the sunrise and the stunning background of Snowmass in the fall. There will be no balloon glow in the evening this year. Parking will be limited in the paved parking of Town Park, and there is no parking in the dirt area/rodeo grounds. When Town Park fills, people will be directed to the Brush Creek Park and Ride. Festival goers should plan to take the bus to Town Park.

For those who want to watch the festival, Snowmass Tourism recommends going to the launch field at Snowmass Town Park for an up-close view as pilots prepare and launch their balloons. Dogs are not permitted on the launch