Fall is upon us—well in a few days to be exact. While we wait for the lifts to open, we have compiled the best our town has to offer while the aspens turn and before the snow begins to fall.
35th Annual Aspen Filmfest
Designed for both the serious cinephile and casual movie go-er, the 35th Annual Aspen Filmfest has entertained and enlightened attendees since 1979. Films like The Fifth Estate, Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom and This Ain’t No Mouse Music! will be shown at the Isis Theatre and Paepcke Auditorium. According to Aspen Film, some 30,000 people participate yearly. With a selection of shorts and feature films, the festival always has something for everyone.
DETAILS Sept. 24 to 29, aspenfilm.org
The 46th Annual Ruggerfest
Rugby players will take over Aspen during The 46th Annual Ruggerfest. The Gentlemen of Aspen will host five divisions with matches occurring across town—from Rio Grande Park to Wagner Rugby Stadium. The games begin on Thursday, lasting throughout the weekend. Championship Sunday is the must-see—just don’t forget your popcorn and cider.
DETAILS Sept. 12 to 15, aspenrugby.com
Comfy in the Kitchen
The Little Nell has the perfect opportunity to begin bringing your kids into the kitchen. Comfy in the Kitchen, co-hosted by noted chef and cookbook author Helen DeFrance and The Little Nell, is designed to teach children basic cooking skills while helping them become comfortable in the kitchen. Each class features lessons on creating both savory and sweet items.
DETAILS $30 per class, email@example.com
Hosted by Aspen Ski Co, The Meeting is a mix of conferences, networking, film and fashion centered around snow sports. Now in its 9th year, the three day event offers the perfect opportunity to rub elbows with industry insiders, athletes and filmmakers. Noted attendees include Nick Sargent of Burton, Paul Crandell of GoPro and Steve Kotler, an expert on ultimate human performance.
DETAILS Sept. 26 to 28, aspensnowmass.com
Golden Leaf Half Marathon
A marathon is on many of our readers’ bucket lists. If that seems a little overwhelming, why not just get your foot in the door (or trail) at the Golden Leaf? The half marathon (13.1 miles) traverses from Snowmass Village to Aspen on mountain trails and roads—all at the height of our changing aspen leaves. Not to mention it was voted by Trail Runner Magazine as one of America’s 14 Most Scenic Races.
DETAILS Sept. 21, goldenleafrace.com