It’s not ski season yet, the family vacationers are back in school after a summer spent enjoying the outdoor activities- what is a mountain town to do? Breckenridge has taken advantage of its gorgeous fall foliage and crisp but not-yet-frozen temperatures to play host to an impressive selection of festivals and cultural events.
The Annual Gathering at the Great Divide Art Festival, held Labor Day weekend, is ranked as one of the top 200 fine art shows in the United States. You can also participate in the town’s annual Rubber Duck race in the Blue River, and take advantage of the town’s traditional Sidewalk Sale Days for great bargains on summer gear.
The following weekend share a Prost! with friends at the Breckenridge Oktoberfest, one of the largest in the Rocky Mountains. Enjoy both German beer and selections from Breckenridge Brewery, surround yourself with lederhosen and polka dancing, play Hammerschlagen, and feast on cuisine from your choice of three dozen vendors.
You can check out the entire festival calendar here: Breckenridge Events Calendar
As far as enjoying the great outdoors- you can still hike mid-August to mid-September above the treeline, and up until about early October below the treeline. After that you will have to trade your hiking boots for snowshoes.
If you are looking to try something totally unique- visit the Snow Caps Sled Dogs year-round operation. Located just outside of Breckenridge, the Snow Cap is the largest husky kennel in North America, and these dogs ADORE their jobs and are cared for with the utmost love and respect by the folks who run the business.
You can also try your hand at fly fishing on a guided fishing trip with the Mountain Angler, Summit County’s oldest fly fishing service. Within an hour of their Main Street shop are the opportunities to fish the Blue River, Eagle River, Arkansas River, Colorado River, and South Platte River.
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