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What to do: Don’t miss Carbondale’s biggest party

Mountain Fair weekend is finally here, and I’m going to get the chance to experience Carbondale’s biggest party after feeling like I missed out last year.

During the last Mountain Fair, I had been in the valley for just over a month. I was living in Aspen and working as an intern with the Aspen Music Festival and School, and while everyone I met through work was warm and welcoming, I really didn’t have any friends in Colorado yet.

It takes me awhile to warm up to people (or maybe it’s the other way around).

I did meander through the fair on Friday afternoon, and if I remember correctly, I ate a pretty excellent hot dog. But it was my very first visit to Carbondale, and I just didn’t “get” the town. I didn’t understand its quirks, its charms or its culture.

Now that I’ve been here for a year, mingling in circles with artists of all kinds, I’ve spent a significant amount of time in Carbondale, and I get it now. I get why it’s such a special place, just like every stop along this valley is special in its own way.

With that understanding comes a huge amount of excitement at the prospect of celebrating Mountain Fair, Carbondale’s biggest weekend — this time with great new friends who understand and appreciate the town, too.

I recently spoke to Amy Kimberly, director of the CCAH, about Mountain Fair, and she said her favorite part of the festival is its spirit and the way the whole community rallies to make the event happen.

If she’d told me that a year ago, I might have rolled my eyes. But I get it now. And I love that about Carbondale, too.


Sunlight Ski & Bike’s annual Christmas in July event is back, and you do not want to miss these deals. Friday through Sunday, all skis and snowboards are buy one, get one free. Boots, bindings and outerwear are up to 70 percent off, and road bikes are up to 50 percent off. There’s no catch — but supplies are limited and will go fast, so it’s best to get there Friday.


Head over to Glenwood Springs High School to check out the annual car show put on by Charcoal Burger and the Valley Cruisers Car Club. The show will include classic cars, trucks, trailers, motorcycles and snowmobiles, and spectators can check it all out for free. If you want to bring a vehicle to show, contact Ron at 970-945-1008.


The last band of Mountain Fair takes the stage at 7:05 p.m. Sunday, but the music doesn’t have to end then. Head over to Steve’s Guitars at 8 p.m. to catch an intimate performance from Diego’s Umbrella, an American gypsy rock band that will work hard to keep you dancing.

Jessica Cabe will probably spend too much money on art and hot dogs this weekend — two of her favorite things. She can be reached at jcabe@postindependent.com.

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