Some of Vail’s most popular events are taking place over Labor Day weekend and into the fall as we count down to the autumn colors arriving soon followed by Vail Mountain’s opening day on Nov. 15.
Here’s what’s happening in town over Labor Day Weekend:
Vail Jazz Party | Aug. 29 - Sept. 2 | vailjazz.org
Through six unique performance series and three signature educational programs, Vail Jazz perpetuates jazz with a focus on young musicians and young audiences.
Gourmet on Gore | Aug. 30- Sept. 1 | gourmetongore.com
This unique culinary festival offers an open-air tasting with world-class wine, beer and spirits paired with savory delights from Vail’s top culinary experts. Gourmet on Gore offers free admission and a variety of additional pairing events including Gourmet, Let’s Go!
Vail Rotary Duck Race | Sept.1 | vailduckrace.com
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.1 | vailfarmersmarket.com
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.
For a remainder of the fall events schedule, visit vail.com.
Share your images on social media #artinvail. artinvail.com
Free overnight vehicle storage will return to the Vail Village and Lionshead parking structures beginning Oct. 6 and extending to the start of ski season. Since Memorial Day weekend, a $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. vailgov.com/parking
Vail Town Manager Finalists
The top applicants for the Vail Town Manager position will be invited to meet members of the community during a meet and greet event scheduled for Sept. 16. The town initiated a national search following the resignation of former manager Greg Clifton in April. Assistant Town Manager Patty McKenny has been serving as interim manager. Details will be announced soon.
Forest Road Bridge Over Gore Creek Repair
The town has contracted with Icon Inc. to repair wing walls and install railing improvements on the Forest Road Bridge over Gore Creek. The project is scheduled to be completed by Sept. 27.
Kinnikinnick Road Over Gore Creek Replacement
The town has contracted with G.A. Western Construction Company to replace the bridge deck on the western Kinnikinnick Road Bridge over Gore Creek. The project completion is scheduled for Oct. 18.
Road Structure Over Gore Creek Replacement
The town has contracted with Kraemer North America to replace the existing Bridge Road Structure over Gore Creek. The new single span bridge will replace the existing triple culvert structure. Project completion is scheduled for Dec. 1.
Vail Valley Drive Safety Improvements
The town is working with the consultant team of Roaring Fork Engineering and Norris Design to identify options to improve safety along the stretch of roadway from Ford Park to Sunburst Drive. This three-quarter mile stretch of roadway has become increasingly dangerous due to the conflicts associated with the sharing of travel lanes by cars, buses, cyclists and pedestrians. The route is considered part of the Gore Valley Trail which extends from West Vail to East Vail. The road is also used as a transit route for the Golf Course bus and for access to the soccer field and public parking. Final recommendations are scheduled to be presented to the Town Council in the fall. EngageVail.com
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