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Fall is a favorite time of year for many locals. The temperatures are perfect for outdoor activity, warm but not hot and cool but not cold, and the summer crowds have dispersed. Time to bag a few more peaks, catch fish in the slower moving water of the Arkansas River, or plan a fall color tour.
Here are a few of the things happening this September.
The 4th Annual Salida Winefest celebrates the vintages of 11 Colorado wineries in Salida, Colorado’s Riverside Park. Enjoy wine samples from Colorado winemakers along the Arkansas River, with tasty treats from local food vendors, live music performances, and tantalizing creations from local artists.
Families are encouraged to bring blankets, spread out and enjoy the tastes, sounds and art in the heart of Historic Downtown Salida. Ticket includes a commemorative wine glass & unlimited wine samples.
Tickets are available at the Salida Chamber of Commerce, Vino Salida Wine Cellars and at the gate on day of event.
Date: September 5th
Location: Riverside Park, Salida
Step into the past at Turner Farm for an authentic Fall Apple Festival. This old-fashioned country festival features apple bobbing, pie contests, crafts, a cemetery tour, live entertainment, and a fun time for all.
Mt. Olivet Cemetery Tour at 3:30 pm. Performance by the Madams of Central Colorado, Heritage Museum, 7:00 pm
Date: Saturday, September 12th
Time: 10AM - 3PM
Location: Turner Farm, West Main St. Buena Vista
Salida Bike Fest is a four-day festival celebrating bicycles of all kinds! Local groups create and promote unique and fun bike events throughout the week, plus free group rides, bike films, a bike-from-work mixer, a chainless race, pump track competition, a bike parade, and free, live music in Riverside Park – plus much more!
Competitive events include the Banana Belt Mountain Bike Race and the historic Monarch Crest Crank.
Dates: September 17-20
Route: Salida and the mountains beyond
Cost: many events are free, some require registration
The ACR is Colorado’s premier half marathon. Shuttle busses drop you off just past Cottonwood Lake and run back to town on Forest Service and County Roads; half the course is on dirt roads and half on paved roads. Wind through colorful aspen groves and descend 2,000 feet back to the best finish line celebration you’ve seen.
The ACR also features a 10K, 5K and 1 mile Fun Run. Bring a friend and the whole family! Check out the ACR website for registration and packet pick-up info
Date September 19th
Location: Buena Vista
Cost: Free to watch, register online
Participants from around the country come to this off-road rally and mountain festival to visit the area’s old mining sites and ghost towns on self-guided OHV tours. Ride to near the top of a 14,000 foot mountain, cross the Continental Divide, and take in the fall colors as the Aspen trees change to “gold”. Buena Vista is in south central Colorado, the heart of 14’er country, the greatest concentration of 14,000+ foot peaks on the continent.
The mountain scenery and fall colors will take your breath away.
Date: September 22-26
Location: numerous trails around Buena Vista
Cost: register online to participate
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