Upcoming Events for Sept. 1 to Sept. 8

Summer is still lingering for a couple more weeks. And despite cooling temperatures, Labor Day Weekend in Vail promises to be spectacular.

The 17th Annual Jazz Party features world-renown acts in two intimate Lionshead locations (Vail Square and the Marriott Grand Ballroom) as well as late night jam sessions! See the schedule below. The festival begins Thursday with a free show by the Clayton Brothers Quintet at Vail Square.

Frogs Gone Fishing will play the final Friday Afternoon Club of the season on September 2.

Also slotted for the holiday is the ever-growing Gourmet on Gore. Sponsored by Stella Artois, Moet & Chandon, and Pellegrino, this town-wide collection of Vail’s best restaurants will showcase delicious pairings of food, wine, beer or spirits. Admission is free; food is not. The event starts at 11am on Saturday and Sunday. Last call is at 5:45pm, with the event officially closing at 6pm. Monday’s hours of operation are abbreviated, 10am to 2pm. There will be live music throughout the village as well as executive chefs, sommeliers and spirit masters discussing their products.

On Sunday, September 4, Vail hosts its annual Rotary Duck Race down Gore Creek. It’s $5 per duck—the winner gets a yet-to-be-disclosed grand prize.

On Thursday, September 8, Dr. Coen Wijdicks, Dr. David Karli and Dr. Rick Cunningham will lecture on recent breakthroughs in sports medicine, part of the Vail Symposium Program’s Health and Wellness Series. Doors open at 5:30pm. Admission is $37; for Vail Symposium donors, it’s $27. The title of this week’s program is “Keeping the Body Healthy for Life.”

Thursday, Sept. 1

Jazz at Vail Square

Cost: FREE

6pm                       Clayton Brothers Quintet and the VJF All-Starts


Friday, Sept. 2

Friday Evening Session

Vail Marriott Grand Ballroom

Cost: $65

7:30pm                 Dena DeRose Trio

8:40pm                 Salute to the Modern Jazz Quarter: Bill Cunliffe, John Clayton, Lewis Nash, Jay Hoggard

10:10pm               Bobby Floyd, Graham Dechter, Jeff Hamilton, Tim Warfield, Byron Stripling

12:15am               Late Night Jam Session (Wing’s Place, Second Floor of Vail Marriott): Bill Cunliffe, Bruce Barth, Martin Wind, Dave Tull, Matt Wilson, Jerry Weldon, Tim Warfield


Saturday, Sept. 3

Saturday Afternoon Session

Vail Jazz Tent at Vail Square, Arrabelle

Cost: $55

12pm                     Vail Jazz All-Stars

1:10pm                 Jerry Weldon, Shelly Berg, Peter Washington, Jeff Hamilton

2:20pm                 Clayton Brothers Quintet

3:30pm                 Dave Tull, Bill Cunliffe, Martin Wind, Tim Warfield

Saturday Evening Session

Vail Marriott Grand Ballroom

Cost: $65

8:30pm                 Terell Stafford Quintet

9:40pm                 Salute to Louis Armstrong: Byron Stripling, Shelly Berg, Tom Kennedy, Ernie Adams, Wycliffe Gordon, Jeff Clayton

11:10pm               Graham Dechter, Bill Cunliffe, John Clayton, Jeff Hamilton

12:15am               Late Night Jam Session (Wing’s Place, Second Floor of Vail Marriott): Dena DeRose, Tom Kennedy, Dana Hall, Ernie Adams, Jeff Clayton, Jerry Weldon, Wycliffe Gorden


Sunday, Sept. 4

Sunday Morning Session

Vail Jazz Tent at Vail Square, Arrabelle

Cost: $55

9:30am                 Gospel Prayer Meetin’: Niki Haris, Bobby Floyd, Ernie Adams, Graham Dechter, Jeff Clayton, Wycliffe Gordon, Byron Stripling

12pm                     Afternoon Session: Vail Jazz All-Stars

1:10pm                 Dena DeRose Trio

2:20pm                 Jay Hoggard, Shelly Berg, Tom Kennedy, Dana Hall

3:30pm                 Byron Stripling, Bruce Barth, Peter Washington and Ernie Adams with guests Tim Warfield and Jerry Weldon

Sunday Evening Session

Vail Marriott Grand Ballroom

Cost: $65

7:30pm                 Monty Alexander, John Clayton, Jeff Hamilton

8:40pm                 Wycliffe Gordon, Bobby Floyd, Tom Kennedy, Ernie Adams, Byron Stripling

9:50pm                 Clayton Brothers Quintet

10:50pm               Late Night Jam Session (Wing’s Place, Second Floor of Vail Marriott): Shelly Berg, Peter Washington, Jeff Hamilton, Lewis Nash, Jay Hoggard, James Morrison, Terell Stafford

Monday, Sept. 5

Monday Afternoon Session

Vail Jazz Tent at Vail Square

Cost: $55

12pm                     Bill Cunliffe, John Clayton, Jeff Hamilton, Martin Wind, Matt Wilson, James Morrison, Terell Stafford

1:05pm                 Dena DeRose Trio

2:10pm                 Terell Stafford Quintet

3:15pm                 Monty Alexander, John Clayton, Jeff Hamilton

4:20pm                 Bobby Floyd, Lewis Nash, Graham Dechter, Wycliffe Gordon, Jeff Clayton, Tim Warfield, Jerry Weldon,  James Morrison, Byron Stripling, Terell Stafford

More Event Information 

Tickets: Tickets are available for purchase at the door of each concert. Costs are $55 for morning and afternoon events; $65 for evening events. Patron Passes cost $350 and include preferred seating at all performances, a Friday cocktail party, and Saturday dinner with the artists. Presold ticket holders must check in at the Vail Jazz registration table at the show venue, which will be open one hour before each show. All ticket sales are final. To purchase 10 tickets or more, contact 888-824-5526.

Venue: All evening performances will be held in the Marriott Grand Ballroom. Daytime performances will be held in the tent at Vail Square in the Arrabelle. Late night jam sessions will be held on the second floor of the Marriott in Wing’s Place.

Transportation: Contact the Vail Jazz Foundation directly at (888) 824-5526 or use the link (vailjazz.org>Vail Jazz Festival>Labor Day Weeken) to get 10% off CME shuttle service. The Marriott is offering $8 valet parking.


Welcome to the Vail Spa blog!

Finally, after the biggest winter in record, it's summertime in Vail!

 Welcome to the Vail Spa blog, which provides you with booking specials and up-to-date concierge information!

This weekend, June 24 to 26, brings an extraordinary mixture of cultural and athletic events to the Vail Valley. 

Today the Colorado-Eagle River Ride opened registration for its 10th Anniversary. Interested parties can visit SOS Outreach and register under the “River Ride” tab.  You can call SOS Outreach directly (970) 926-9292. Cost is $90 with a jersey, $65 without. After today, the price goes up to $100. Same-day registration is $130. The River Ride raises almost $50,000 to SOS Outreach every year. The bicycle ride goes from Beaver Creek to Wolcott up CO Highway 131 to Colorado River Road down to Dotsero and back to Beaver Creek. There are options to do a century, 68-mile, or 42-mile ride.

Here in Lionshead the Vail Arts Festival will showcase everything from glass to jewelry to bronze sculpture to photography. Admission is free all three days: Friday and Saturday, 10am to 5pm; Sunday, 10am to 4pm.

Vail Mountain is now open every day, meaning Friday Afternoon Club kicks off at Adventure Ridge today! Andrew McConathy & Friends will give the first concert of the year at 4pm.

Those willing to travel a bit should hit up the new-and-improved State Bridge riverside amphitheather for the three-day Roots River Reggae Festival. Stephen Marley & the Toots & the Maytals are headlining. State Bridge is located on the Upper Colorado River along the Colorado River Headwaters Scenic Byway between Bond and Kremmling. It’s about 40 minutes from Vail.

The Vail Lacrosse Shootout will take place at Ford Park, Donovan Park, the Athletic Field just past Golden Peak, Avon Fields 1 and 2, Edwards Fields, and the Berry Creek Middle School Fields.

Beaver Creek hosts the Tough Mudder, a nine-mile-long obstacle course, this Saturday and Sunday. Estimated time of completion is 2 hours and 30 minutes, with more than 4,000 feet of elevation change all the way. The obstacles range from mud pits to mounds of snow to wooden walls. Tough Mudder’s has events across the globe, with the top 5 percent qualifying for the World’s Toughest Mudder, a 24-hour race held in Englishtown, NJ this December.

Weekend staples such as the Minturn Market (Saturday), Edwards Farmers Market (Saturday) and Vail Farmer’s Market (Sunday) return, though in better weather than last week!

The Minturn Market is open every Saturday.

CineBistro in Solaris is offering Cars 2, Transformers: Dark of the Moon, and Green Lantern in 3D.

Zach Heckendorf plays at the Club tonight and Saturday night at 9:30pm–admission is free! He may only be 18 years old, but he did play the Telluride Bluegrass Festival, Film on the Rocks at Red Rocks Amphitheater, and KBCO’s Studio C.  

Enjoy the weekend!