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This Week in Aspen: September 14 -21, 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, September 14

Gallery at the Red Brick Opening: Beyond the Square. (5 p.m., Red Brick Center for the Arts). Enjoy wine and appetizers at the Red Brick Center for the Arts gallery opening while experiencing the art created by local artists and view the open studios of our current Resident Artists. The Beyond the Square exhibition features the following artists: Annie Decamp, Melvin Gallant, Isabella Garaffa, Liz Heller and David Kenichi Kodama, Kathy Honea and Michael McConnell.


Saturday, September 15

On the Rise: The Hunts (Wheeler Opera House, 8 p.m.). Wheeler Opera House’s “On the Rise” series continues with a performance from the Hunts Saturday evening. The Hunts are an indie-alternative-folk band comprised of seven brothers and sisters. Tickets are $28 and can be purchased online here.


Sunday, September 16

Aspen Ruggerfest (Wagner Park & Rio Grande Park). Sunday is the finals for Aspen Ruggerfest, the world’s only age-all, full-contact rugby tournament. For more information on the schedule and this year’s competing teams click here.


Monday, September 17

Aspen’s Past to Present Tour (11 a.m., downtown Aspen). This classic historical walking tour of Aspen tells its history from humble mining camp to world famous resort.  A casual 12 block stroll through historic downtown Aspen acclimatizes you to Aspen’s energy and possibility.  A great experience for both the first-time visitor and the regular. Purchase tickets online in advance.


Tuesday, September 18

Aspen Words Writer in Residence: Carole Desanti (5:30 p.m., Hooch). Enjoy a public talk and reading from Aspen Words Writer in Residence Carole Desanti. Carole DeSanti is vice president and executive editor at Viking Penguin, Penguin Random House. This event is free and open to the public.


Wednesday, September 19

California Honeydrops (8:30 p.m., Belly Up). The California Honeydrops have a reputation as being among the most exciting and dynamic live bands on the planet. Tickets for this show are $15 and can be purchased at the Belly Up box office or online in advance here.

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Thursday, September 20

Murdock Mind, Body, Spirit Series:  Improving WorkLife – The Keys to Making Work Better (5:30 p.m., Paepcke Auditorim at the Aspen Institute). Featuring organizational psychologist Adam Grant, Wharton’s top-rated professor for seven straight years and the bestselling author of OriginalsGive and Take, and Option B with Sheryl Sandberg, in conversation with Mike Kaplan, president/CEO of the Aspen Skiing Company. Grant hosts the popular TED podcast WorkLife, going into unconventional workplaces ranging from the Boston Celtics and Bridgewater to The Daily Show writers’ room and the International Space Station—places where people have learned to love criticism, embrace humility, trust colleagues they don’t like, and set boundaries to make sure work doesn’t take over their lives. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased in advance online here.


Friday, September 21

Slow Magic (8:30 p.m., Belly Up). A subsequent trip to Japan—wherein Slow Magic performed in the country for the first time—further solidified what would go into the album's sonic and visual motifs.​Check out this unique show at Belly Up for $18.


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