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This Week in Aspen: August 31-September 7, 2018

There are so many events in Aspen during the summer season that it’s hard to know where to start. Here are some highlights to start planning your weekly itinerary in Aspen. For more information, visit our partners (see links below), or visit

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Friday, August 31

JAS Labor Day Experience (through Sept. 2, Snowmass Town Park). The Jazz Aspen Snowmass Labor Day Experience includes three days of world-class music. In addition to headline performances on the main stage, two side stages keep the music going throughout the day with a mix of up and coming artists. The JAS Village provides shopping, eclectic food and beverage vendors, a kids corner and more. Friday night’s lineup includes headliners Lionel Richie and Michael Franti & Spearhead. Single day general admission and JAS deck tickets are still available and can be purchased online here.

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Saturday, September 1

Grand Traverse Mountain Run & Bike (through Sept. 2, Ajax Park). The Grand Traverse is an extraordinary 40-mile backcountry race between the towns of Crested Butte and Aspen.  The course is based on the mail routes of the 1880's, connecting the two towns. Racers competing in teams of two, will climb more than 7,800 vertical feet. The run begins on Saturday at 6 a.m. with the cyclists following at 7 a.m. and both ending with ceremonies at Ajax Park.


Sunday, September 2

Bluegrass Sunday (12 p.m., Aspen Mountain). Take the Silver Queen Gondola or opt to hike to the top of Aspen Mountain for the last Bluegrass Sunday of the season featuring Smuggler Mountain Boys. This free open-air concert will be held from noon to 3 p.m. outside the Sundeck.


Monday, September 3

Motherlode Volleyball Classic (3 p.m., Koch Park). The 46th annual Motherlode Volleyball Classic concludes with the beach championships at 3 p.m. for the women’s division and 4 p.m. for the men. For more information on the event click here.


Tuesday, September 4

Wild Yoga with ACES (5:15 p.m., Hallam Lake). Presented in partnership with Lead With Love, join Aspen Center for Environmental Studies (ACES) Education Director Arin Trook and the ACES/Aspen Yoga Society WildYoga teachers for an outdoor yoga class along the edge of Hallam Lake.  Guests are encouraged to bring their own mats and contribute a suggested donation of $10. Class will begin at 5:20 p.m. at Hallam Lake or will move indoors in case of rain.


Wednesday, September 5

Earth Works and Land Art of Herbert Bayer Guided Tour (11 a.m., Resnick Gallery inside the Doerr-Hosier Center). Join landscape architect and Aspen City Council member Ann Mullins for a guided walking tour of the Earth Works and Land Art of Herbert Bayer on the Aspen Institute campus. This hour-long tour is free and open to the public.


Thursday, September 6

History Pub Crawl (3:30 p.m., Red Onion). Enjoy a guided tour of Aspen’s historic haunts with  Aspen Historical Society. The tour takes guests to Red Onion, Aspen Public House, Aspen Tap, and J Bar at Hotel Jerome, with a drink at each stop and local lore along the way. Reservations are required for this tour. Price for this tour is $20.


Friday, September 7

Snowmass Balloon Festival (through Sept.9, Snowmass Town Park). The annual Snowmass Balloon Festival kicks off on Friday with the annual Carter Memorial Colorado Rat Race at 6:30 a.m. The festivities continue through Sunday, September 9 with highlights including the Glow Show on Saturday evening and the Snowmass Ascension and Balloon Dance on Sunday morning. For complete details on this event click here.


For more information and additional events, visit our events calendar.