Weekend Plans: Deals and Happenings Around the Region This Month

The best of the fests: Oktoberfest, Elk Fest, and Colorado Mountain Winefest. Plus: Two-for-one lift tickets and free yoga classes.
September 9 2013, 1:10 PM

MARK YOUR CALENDAR
September 13–15 Breckenridge Oktoberfest
Warm up for the Great American Beer Festival at Breckenridge’s 19th annual Oktoberfest.

September 19–22 Colorado Mountain Winefest
Taste offerings from more than 40 wineries amid Palisade’s beautiful setting.

September 21 Belly Bliss Celebrates Five Years
Cherry Creek’s family-oriented yoga and fitness center offers free classes for parents and kids, food and wine, plus face painting and 25 percent off retail in honor of five years in business.

September 22–29 Yoga Journal Colorado Conference
The YMCA of Estes Park hosts the 18th annual Yoga Journal Colorado Conference, one of the state’s largest yoga events with more than 1,000 attendees. Among the star teachers this year: Seane Corn, Shiva Rea, and Rod Stryker. Ticket prices vary.

September 28–29 Elk Fest
Estes Park prepares for Elktober, when Rocky Mountain National Park’s wild elk make their way down from the high country for mating season (the rut), with a weekend festival that includes bugling contests, music, dancing, and elk-viewing tours.

OTHER HAPPENINGS
Night Skiing Comes to Steamboat Springs
The Steamboat Ski Area will illuminate 1,100 vertical feet of terrain for night skiing this season, making it one of just a handful of resorts to offer after-hours skiing. Five runs will be open from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. from Thursday through Saturday.

Teton Gravity Films Debuts Way of Life
The Wyoming-based film company releases its feature-length film, Way of Life, which takes audiences from Austria to Alaska, and follows the U.S. freeskiing team on their search for Olympic gold. A few of the stars: Sage Cattabriga-Alosa, Tim Durtschi, Sammy Carlson, Dash Longe, Dana Flahr, Angel Collinson, Ian McIntosh, Dylan Hood, Max Hammer, and Daniel Tisi. Way of Life debuts September 21 in Teton Village, Wyoming. Sign up to find out when the tour hits Denver at http://www.tetongravity.com/films/way-of-life/tour/.

DEALS
Colorado Ski Country Gems Card now available
The $20 card gets you buy-one-get-one-free lift ticket deals at eight mountain resorts: Arapahoe Basin, Eldora Mountain Resort, Loveland Ski Area, Monarch Mountain, Powderhorn Resort, Ski Cooper, Ski Granby Ranch, and Sunlight Mountain Resort. Note: You can only use the card once at each resort. Only 5,000 are sold each year. Get yours here.

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