As we transition between seasons, Vail continues to showcase popular events and activities while people enjoy the colors and brisk temperatures of fall.
Some trees and high mountain grasses have already begun to show signs of autumn. Both cooler mornings and evenings signal a change in the air as we prepare for the annual display of colors from aspens, ash, maples and other deciduous trees.
The Vail Valley not only offers amazing leaf peeping but is full of music, epicurean delights, entertainment and performances throughout September, and into October and November. Combine a weekend of outdoor recreation with some of these fabulous fall events in Vail:
September 1-5, Vail Jazz Party
Lionshead and Vail Villages
September 4-October 9 (Sundays), Farmer’s Market and Art Show, Vail Village
9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Meadow Drive
The Vail Farmers Market is entering 21 years in Vail on Meadow Drive. There are over 148 tents and all the vendors are handpicked with our guests in mind. We work to have the majority of our vendors provide Colorado artisan items and food. Enjoy strolling down East Meadow Drive in Vail while tasting treats from Colorado.
September 9-11, Oktoberfest, Lionshead Village
September 16-18, Oktoberfest, Vail Village
Complemented by the European flair and the gorgeous mountain backdrops, Vail Oktoberfest™ returns for two full weekends of Bavarian fun. Festival guests will enjoy classic Bavarian fare, including brats, schnitzel sandwiches, spaetzle, pretzels and more. One of the most popular gatherings of the year, you’ll love the oompah bands, bratwurst eating contests, the colorful costumes and of course, authentic Bavarian beer.
September 16-18, Vail Concours and Car Show, Lionshead Village
Here’s your chance to view some of the most unique, rare and collectible cars around. These beauties show pride of ownership and you’ll have the opportunity to learn more about the vehicles and their owners. You’ll see contemporary supercars and sports cars to vintage collector cars and motorcycles. Great family event and a wonderful way to enjoy Lionshead.
October 7-9, Annual Ski and Snowboard Swap, Dobson Ice Arena, Vail
321 E. Lionshead Circle
- October 7: 3 p.m. – 9 p.m.
- October 8: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
- October 9: 11a.m. – 3 p.m.
The 2022 Vail Ski & Snowboard Swap is the best place to find all you need for the upcoming winter. Products include everything from alpine skis and snowboards, to boots and bindings, and a large selection of winter clothing and accessories such as helmets, gloves and goggles. There will be a great selection of both new and used products at this year’s swap.
October 31, Trick or Treat Trot, Vail Village
Get ready for Halloween fun! The Vail Recreation District will host the 29th Annual Trick or Treat Trot. Wonderful family fun for kids (infants up to 10-year-olds plus parents) to trick-or-treat through the streets of Vail. Starting at check-in booths in both Vail Village and Lionshead, costumed trick-or-treaters will be pointed in the direction of participating merchants. This popular event takes place rain, snow or shine! Participants are encouraged to bring their own reusable bags.
November 11-23, Vail-Beaver Creek Restaurant Week, Vail and Beaver Creek
Experience the culinary delights of the Vail Valley with a wide variety of specials all starting around $20. The delicious and diverse dishes of Vail and Beaver Creek will be showcased and enhanced by the gorgeous mountain scenery. Here’s your opportunity to savor the exquisite cuisine of the community before the ski season begins in earnest.