UPDATED: July 8, 2016
Fall in Breckenridge is (rightfully) recognized for tunnels of golden aspens and one of the largest Oktoberfest celebrations in the Rocky Mountains. Beyond the beer and brilliant golds, a grassroots arts scene thrives and local flavors emerge. Check out Breckenridge’s top fall festivals below. Or, see highlights from Breckenridge’s best winter festivals and summer events.
Labor Day in Breckenridge: Sweet respite from summer’s heat (Sept. 2-5, 2016)
Bid farewell to summer with the challenge of a mountain trail run or the fun of a fundraiser rubber duck race. Sidewalk Sale Days lets gear junkies get great prices on summer favorites and the Great Divide Arts Festival features more than 100 artists. Family tip: Take part and purchase a duck – it gets kids excited to watch the race, and the event supports local charities.
Prost! to Breckenridge Oktoberfest Sept. 9-11, 2016
Breck’s Oktoberfest brings a weekend of parties, German cuisine and plenty of Paulaner beer. It’s one of the largest Oktoberfests in the Rocky Mountain region and offers collectible steins imported from Germany. The weekend is a mix of traditional (with Munich’s Paulaner, one of the six breweries who provide beer for the German festival) and local flavor (with Breckenridge Brewery providing local brews). Family tip: Local families tend to hit the event Friday or Sunday afternoon, when crowds are fewer. On Saturday, more people at Oktoberfest means more runs on the alpine slide at the Breckenridge Fun Park.
More info: BreckenridgeOktoberfest.com
Breckenridge Wine Classic: Sept. 15-18, 2016
Master sommeliers, chefs and winemakers invite the public to play, wine and dine during the height of Breckenridge’s fall colors. The event will combine a grand tasting in the historic Arts District, seminars and demos with town’s outdoor adventures to create a weekend of fine food and foliage. Tickets on sale now.
More info: BreckenridgeWineClassic.com
36th Annual Breckenridge Film Fest: Sept. 15-18, 2016
Going strong for more than 30 years, the Breckenridge Festival of Film highlights the art and craft of filmmaking. In addition to dramas and comedies, the fest celebrates the spirit of exploration with its popular Adventure Reel, and highlights the best in Colorado filmmaking.
More info: BreckFilmFest.org
Music and more with town’s cultural non-profit BreckCreate
Cultural non-profit Breckenridge Creative Arts is evolving the community’s art scene with its year-long calendar of events. Keep an eye on the calendar for news — October already includes a concert by The Devil Makes Three and a craft beer / food pairing event.
More info: BreckCreate.org
Fall Fest: Oct. 15, 2016
Breckenridge Grand Vacations brings Family Fun Fest to the Riverwalk Center for a day of pumpkin carving, music, face painting, and sweet treats such as caramel apples. It’s a great activity for families this fall, and it’s the perfect way to gear up for Halloween in a cozy indoor setting. Check back for more info later in the year.
Breckenridge Craft Spirits Festival: Still on the Hill Oct. 21-23, 2016
Craft distillers each year gather in Breckenridge for the Craft Spirits Festival, which features a grand tasting, restaurant specials, a downtown pub crawl and historic saloon tours.
Born of Colorado’s – and the nation’s – rapidly-growing artisan spirits industry, the Breckenridge fest is the first of its kind in Colorado and last year added new bar glass art sessions and cooking demos. Family tip: Leave the kids with relatives and make this trip all about Mom and Dad.
More info: BreckenridgeCraftSpiritsFestival.com
Dia de los Muertos Celebration
Started in 2014 with the expansion of the Breckenridge Arts District, this celebration of Day of the Dead festivities showcases music, hands-on workshops, art installations and altars. Mariachis will roam the costumed crowds, Aztec dancers will perform, and skeleton faces will be painted throughout the streets of downtown Breckenridge. More details to be announced at BreckCreate.org.