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Another Oktoberfest in Vail, Classic Cars, Hiking to the Wine, Trail Running Races and More: Tricia’s Weekend Picks 9/16/22 – Vail Daily | Gmx Pharm

Oktoberfest returns for the third weekend, this time the celebrations are taking place in Vail Village.
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Vail Oktoberfest

That might be it for a while…well, until Gyptober Fall Fest in Gyps on October 1st, but as far as Oktoberfest events in the valley go, this will be last until next year. The Oom-Pah music has migrated from Beaver Creek to Lionshead for the past two weekends and now travels to Vail Village Friday through Sunday for more fall fun.

Keg bowling will be back, along with bratwurst eating contests, mug-holding contests, kid toberfest activities like face painting, caricatures, balloon artists, and more. This week’s musical program will again feature Helmut Fricker and the Rhinelanders and the Average German Band, and then the Ryan Dart Band and The Evolution will rock the crowd after the accordion is brought to rest. The GTSV Alpen Auerhahn Dancers also provide entertainment and there will be more Schuhplatter dances again this week.

Sausages, pretzels, Bavarian pastries and other delicacies can be found next to Spaten beer. The official Vail Oktoberfest mug is available in 1 liter and 1/2 liter glass and 1/2 liter ceramic.

The Oktoberfest takes place on Friday and Saturday from 12 p.m. to 10 p.m. and on Sunday from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. The event is free and you pay when you go for food, drinks and some of the children’s activities such as face painting, balloon animals and caricatures. This is a popular event so it’s best to leave dogs at home as areas get crowded and the bowling, cheers and music can be loud in your dog’s ears. Visit for more information.

Heart and Soul Festival

Avon will conclude its summer concert series this weekend with the Heart and Soul Festival.
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Avon had a long concert season at Nottingham Park this summer. From Avon LIVE! from Wednesday nights through to the conclusion of the weekend with Sunset LIVE! the melodies were a big part of the fabric of the heart of the valley. That spirit continues this Saturday with another explosion of concert fun at the Heart and Soul Festival.

Avon brings two award-winning artists, starting with Pato Banton and The Now Generation. Pato Baton’s musical career spans four decades. Baton’s mother was from Jamaica but moved to London where Banton was born. This Grammy-nominated reggae star has toured with English Beat, Steel Pulse, UB40, the Marleys, Sting and many more stars. He now resides in Southern California. Known for his positive and uplifting concerts, he recently returned to the United States after traveling to Africa to film a documentary and perform. Pato Baton and the Now Generation will play from 5:30pm to 7:00pm

Also on stage at the Heart and Soul Festival is Hempress Sativa, a Jamaican singer-songwriter known for her fast rhymes and, according to her website, as a “lyrical machine,” who will wrap up the event from 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m

Gates open at 4pm and music starts at 5:30pm and there are food trucks with food and drinks available for purchase in the Hahnewald Bar. Rumor has it that the Wood & Steele Ax Company will also be there if you want to try ax throwing. The use of public transport is recommended as parking is limited. Visit for more information.

Vail Concours

Cars will be on display at Vail Village and Lionshead this weekend as part of the Vail Concours.
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If you love classic cars, muscle cars, luxury sports cars, motorcycles and more, you’ll be in for a treat this weekend at the Vail Concours.

On Saturday, Cars & Coffee takes place at the Mountain Plaza at the top of Bridge Street in Vail Village. Cars & Coffee hold meetings almost weekly throughout the spring, summer and fall and this meeting will be on a larger scale with more cars than what they normally have. The event is free and open to the public and starts at 9 a.m

The main event is the Lionshead Car Show on the lawn by the Eagle Bahn Gondola (#19) on Sunday. This event is free and open to the public from 8:30am to 2:30pm. The cars will arrive as early as 6:30 am and if the owners have decided to have their car judged, the judging will start at 9:00 am and the awards ceremony will take place around 1:30 pm

Throughout the weekend you can see everything from a WWII Willys Army Jeep to a brand new McLaren 720S. There will also be brands like BMW, Audi, Jaguar, Aston Martin, Lamborghini, DeTomoso, Shelby, Maserati and Corvette. There is even a 1938 Rolls Royce on display. Porsche is always well represented and while there are numerous exotics we always have a large turnout from GM, Chrysler, Dodge, Ford, some Japanese automakers and less exotic but equally impressive cars. To learn more about the event, visit

Trail running and MTB racing

This Saturday’s Meadowgold Trail Run at Minturn marks the end of the 5K and 10K Dynafit Vail Trail Running Series.
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After a summer of longer trail runs and lots of awesome mountain bike rides, why not test your mettle and see how you would do in a race? There are a few opportunities to test your skills this week.

On Saturday, the Vail Recreation District is hosting the Meadowgold 10K and 5K in Minturn, which will conclude the Dynafit Vail Trail Running Series. Races begin and end at 9:00am and 9:15am respectively at Minturn Ranger Station. The 10 km follow a single track up to 1,400 meters in altitude and return on a double track. The 5K runners will climb a double track and gain about 500 feet of elevation. Both routes are scenic and runners are treated to a Northside Coffee and Kitchen donut and a custom t-shirt at the finish before heading to the after-party at the Vail Mountain Coffee & Tea Company near the start. To learn more, visit

Mountain Rats returns for the sixth time with trail running and mountain bike racing. Downtown Eagle Ranch will host the start and finish of the races on Saturday and Sunday. Runners can choose between a marathon, a heavy half or a 55 km run. On Sunday, mountain bikers can choose between a 25-kilometer and a 50-kilometer ride. There is also the Amazing Race, a scavenger hunt, and fun races for under 4s and under 10s. Really, there is something for everyone!

The Amazing Race is for teams of two to eight people, so grab your friends and family and you can race from clue to clue on foot, bike, stroller, skateboard or anything on wheels as long as it’s self-propelled. The course is six miles long and has 10 pit stops.

In addition to the competitions, the endorphin gym will be hosting boot camp classes, The Cycle Effect, the nonprofit of choice, will be hosting a women’s bike clinic, and there will be some fun races for the kids. Add some live music, beer and the September issue of Eagle Outside featuring bike, gear and clothing vendors on Capital Street and you’ve got a weekend of fun. Visit for more information and a full calendar of events.

Updated: September 17, 2022 — 12:32 am

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