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This Week in Aspen: October 5 - 12, 2018


Here are some highlights to start planning your weekly itinerary in Aspen. For more information, visit our partners (see links below), or visit


Friday, October 5

The Meeting Conference & Filmfest (through October 6). The Meeting Conference concludes Friday afternoon with the Protect our Winters and Give a Flake Opening at the Limelight Hotel featuring work from local photographer Jeremy Swanson.  Festivities continue with films at the Wheeler Opera House, the summit party at the top of Aspen Mountain and additional films and music throughout the weekend. Click here the view the entire schedule.


The Glitch Mob (9:30 p.m., Belly Up). Los Angeles based trio The Glitch Mob return to Belly Up Friday evening. Tickets are $35 for general admission or $64 for reserved seating and can be purchased at the box office or online here.


Saturday, October 6

Aspen Saturday Market (9 a.m.- 3 p.m., downtown Aspen). This Saturday marks the last Aspen Saturday Market of the season. Enjoy Colorado grown produce, crafts, a food court, and more in downtown Aspen starting at 9 a.m. The market makes a U-shape from the corner of Galena & Hopkins Ave to Hunter St & then again back to the intersection of Hyman & Galena.

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Sunday, October 7

Shining Mountains Film Festival (through October 8, Wheeler Opera House). Shining Mountains Film Festival is Aspen’s first Native American film festival that celebrates the spirit of our nation’s indigenous cultures. The two-day festival begins with the first session on Sunday at 3:30 p.m. at the Wheeler Opera House. For a full schedule of the first annual film festival, ticket purchases and more information click here.


Monday, October 8

Shining Mountains Film Festival (6 p.m., Wheeler Opera House).  In honor of Aspen’s second year of declaring the second Monday in October “Indigenous Peoples Day”, this festival explores Native American culture, spirituality, vision, determination, and strength through shorts and feature films. Monday evening features a screening of Neither Wolf Nor Dog with a Q&A following with the film director Steven Lewis Simpson and family members of the main character played by late Chief Dave Bald Eagle. For a full schedule of the first annual film festival, ticket purchases and more information click here.

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Tuesday, October 9

The Church (9 p.m., Belly Up).  The Church will perform at Belly Up Tuesday evening as part of their starfish 30th anniversary tour. Tickets for the show are $35 in advance and can be purchased online here. Guests can also opt for a $99 meet and greet package which includes: one general admission ticket, early admission into the venue, exclusive meet and greet with The Church, personal photograph, exclusive merchandise and more.

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Wednesday, October 10

Another Look: Joanna McClure on Jay DeFeo (5 p.m., Aspen Art Museum). Join Joanna McClure for an evening of poetry reading and reflections on the work of Jay DeFeo. This Aspen Art Museum talk is presented in collaboration with the Aspen Poet’s Society. The event is free and open to the public.


John Denver Celebration (through October 15, various venues around Aspen). Join John Denver friends and fans from October 10 through October 15 at various locations around Aspen as they pay tribute to the music and legacy of one of the most influential and famous singer/songwriter of a generation: John Denver. The full schedule for this annual celebration can be found online here.


Thursday, October 11

Aspen Words Winter Words Lineup Announcement Party (5 p.m., Paepcke Auditorium, Aspen Institute Campus). Join Aspen Words Thursday evenings as they unveil the author lineup for the 22nd Winter Words Series, featuring best-selling and award-winning writers of contemporary literature. Guests will enjoy the start of Aspen Words’ winter season with series passes and books available for purchase from Explore Booksellers, along with complimentary refreshments. This event is free to attend.

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Friday, October 12

The DeadPhish Orchestra (10 p.m., Belly Up). Kick off Friday evening with a free show (no cover until 10 p.m.) at Belly Up with The DeadPhish Orchestra. Band members include Chris Sheldon (drums/vocals), Paul Murin (guitar/vocals), Brian Adams (bass/vocals) and Ted Tilton (keyboards/vocals).



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