Something for everyone in Snowmass this weekend
SNOWMASS VILLAGE This weekend Snowmass Village pairs the country’s highest hot-air balloon festival with regular launch, with a wine and jazz festival.
“This is the ultimate fall weekend in the Rockies,” said Susan Hamley, marketing director for Snowmass Village. “Between the balloon and wine festivals … and all the hiking, biking and fall foliage in the area, Snowmass is the ideal base for a seasonal trip to the mountains.”
The 31st Snowmass Village Balloon Festival promises to wow kids of all ages. The weekend includes 30 hot-air balloons, competing between 7 and 9 a.m. daily, and the annual Balloon Nite Glow, barbecue and free concert with Soul Jive on Saturday night. The Kids Elevation Station features prizes, contests, snacks and the chance to win a family vacation to Tuscany, Italy, while the Family Fun Zone offers a bouncy house, face painters, clowns, and more. Snowmass commemorative posters will be sold for $10 all weekend to benefit the Red Cross.
At Saturday’s Wine and Jazz Festival, more than 50 vintners from around the world and 15 regional chefs offer tastings on the Snowmass Village Mall, along with a silent auction. Tickets are $50 per person, and can be purchased at the door or reserved by calling 379-6577. The grand tasting runs from 1-5 p.m. Music by Network plays from 2-5 p.m. Festivalgoers can round out the day with a picnic or barbecue on Fanny Hill, listening to tunes by Soul Jive followed by the Balloon Nite Glow. For more information, visit http://www.snowmassvillage.com or call (800) SNOWMASS.
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