Labor Day Weekend Events
Here’s what’s happening in town over Labor Day Weekend:
- Vail Jazz Party, Aug. 30 - Sept. 3
The grand finale of both the Vail Jazz Festival and the beautiful Colorado summer season, the Vail Jazz Party features a jam-packed lineup with over 35 headliners that join together to play in group performances, multi-artist jam sessions and inspiring multimedia tributes to jazz legends. With over 35 hours of jazz music, the Vail Jazz Party has cemented its reputation as the premier Labor Day weekend event!
- Gourmet on Gore – Aug. 31- Sept. 3
This unique culinary festival offers an open-air tasting with world-class wine, beer and spirits paired with culinary delights from Vail’s top culinary experts. Gourmet on Gore offers free admission and a variety of additional pairing events including a Tasting Tour benefitting Vail Veterans Program to kick things off on Friday, Aug. 31.
- Vail Rotary Duck Race – Sept. 2
This annual fund-raiser takes place in Vail Village where up to 12,000 yellow rubber ducks are dumped into Gore Creek near the Covered Bridge and “race” down the river to the finish line underneath the Vail Rotary International Bridge. The Duck Race is the No. 1 fundraiser for the club and benefits local non-profits that participate in the adoption of ducks as well as local and international projects supported by the club.
- Vail Farmers’ Market & Art Show – Sept. 2
With over 135 tents along Meadow Drive in Vail Village, the market features Colorado’s finest including locally grown produce, international dishes, fresh baked goods and even Colorado wine. The Art Show feeds travelers’ creativity offering everything from beautiful clothing and jewelry to handmade home items.
More to Come in September
For a remainder of the fall events schedule, visit vail-calendar.com.
Stickwork Environmental Art Installation
Stop by Ford Park across from the Ford Amphitheater and view Vail’s art installation, Hodgepodge, built by renowned environmental artist Patrick Dougherty with the help of numerous local volunteers. The stickwork build occurred during a three-week period in June and the results will be enjoyed by thousands of visitors over the next two years. Made of locally sourced willows, the project was funded by Town of Vail’s Art in Public Places and is made possible thanks to the help of over 50 volunteers, Cookie & Jim Flaum and Sylvan Lake State Park. www.artinvail.com
Countdown is on for Opening Day
Opening day of the 2018-2019 winter season at Vail Mountain is less than 80 days away on Friday, Nov. 16. Make sure you’re ready to hit the slopes by securing your Epic Pass for the season. Enjoy unlimited, 19 mountain resorts plus additional access to 46 more, including 20 new mountains for the 2018-19 season. Discover 65 of the world’s premier resorts throughout the United States, Canada, Australia, Japan, France, Switzerland, Italy and Austria. Labor Day, Sept. 3, is the final day to lock in the guaranteed lowest price for the Epic Pass
Eagle County Regional Airport Increases Capacity this Winter Season
Eagle County Regional Airport will have service to all three New York Airports this winter (JFK, LGA, EWR) and a total of 14 non-stop destinations offered. This winter you can fly non-stop to Atlanta (ATL), Chicago (ORD), Denver (DEN), Dallas/Ft. Worth (DFW), Houston (IAH), Los Angeles (LAX), Miami (MIA), Phoenix (PHX), LaGuardia (LGA), Newark (EWR), New York (JFK), San Francisco (SFO), Salt Lake City (SLC), and Washington D.C (IAD). Customers can purchase tickets now. EGE has also started the $33 million terminal expansion project funded by airport revenues. During the project, the airport will be fully operational and prepared to accommodate the increased capacity offered this winter. The expansion should be complete in December 2019. For more information on EGE, including complete flight schedules, visit www.flyvail.com.
New Parking Structure Coming on Line
A new public parking structure will be coming on line during the upcoming winter season in Vail. The 160-space, four-level garage is being built in conjunction with renovations to Red Sandstone Elementary School. A portion of the parking spaces will be used by the school for day-to-day business while other spaces will be available for seasonal permit parking. Information regarding parking pass pricing and qualifications will be announced soon.
Free Overnight Parking Allowed in Vail Village and Lionshead Structures Oct. 1
Free overnight vehicle storage will be allowed to return to the Vail Village and Lionshead parking structures beginning Oct. 1 and extending to the start of ski season which is scheduled for Nov. 16. Since May 25, a new $25 fee structure has been in place this summer for vehicles parked overnight. The fees have been used to discourage vehicle storage to allow for a larger inventory of free parking spaces during the day. The Vail Town Council will be evaluating winter and summer parking operations in the coming weeks as it reviews its traffic management policies and related pricing.
Vail Testing Electric Buses
The town has been working with a variety of transit manufacturers to test-drive the newest innovations in battery electric buses in anticipation of replacing Vail’s hybrid buses currently used on the intown route in 2020. Electric buses produce zero tailpipe emissions, are quiet, have lower maintenance costs and significant fuel cost savings over the life of the bus. Models from three manufacturers have been tested on the route thus far with more on the way. Once a manufacturer is selected, there is an anticipated 14 to 18 month timeline for production and delivery. The town has been awarded grant funding to help cover the cost difference between electric and traditional busses and continues to seek additional grant opportunities.
Short-term Rental Discussions
Now that Vail’s short-term rental regulations have been on the books for nearly six months, the Vail Town Council will be reviewing possible updates to the legislation during an upcoming study session. The Sept. 4 review will include a discussion of issues raised by local property management companies as well as adjustments proposed by staff based on learnings from implementation of the new regulations, which became effective March 1, 2018. Key provisions include an annual licensing requirement, acknowledgment of town life-safety, noise and parking regulations, and a local property contact for emergency response. To date, the town has processed 570 licenses for short-term rental properties within the town. Violation notices have been sent to another 175 property owners. MORE
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Free & Discounted Services
Some of Vail’s best kept secrets are contained in a publication circulating this summer with information on free and discounted services offered by the town. You know all about the community picnics, of course, but did you know you there’s a free tree giveaway or where to deposit used car oil? Find out more at vailgov.com/free-discounted
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