A&E briefs: Events include New Castle’s Burning Mountain Festival, Parachute bicycle derby, Rifle farm-to-table event

Upcoming events include New Castle Mountain Fair, Parachute bicycle derby, Rifle farm-to-table event

A contestant prepares to chop through wood during a wood-splitting contest at Burning Mountain Festival in New Castle in 2021.
Ray K. Erku / Post Independent

Looking for something fun to do this weekend? Options abound right around the corner across Garfield County.


New Castle prepares for its 50th annual Burning Mountain Festival this weekend. People can catch quintessential alpine events like log splitting, beer gardens and live music on Friday and Saturday. 

Friday’s events run 4-10 p.m. Saturday events are 7:15 a.m. to 10 p.m. A full schedule of events can be at

Just head toward downtown New Castle for all the fun.


Saturday night is foodie night in Rifle. The Bookcliffs Arts Center is hosting its sixth annual Farm to Table Dinner and Fundraiser. Here, people can enjoy locally produced food turned into some amazing dishes.

Tickets are $55 and can be purchased at

The Bookcliffs Arts Center is located at 955 CR 293.


Second- through fifth-grade students are invited to participate in a bicycle derby at Bea Underwood Elementary School, 0741 Tamarisk Trail in Parachute.

Hotdogs, a riding course, bike maintenance and free bike  giveaways are all part of Saturday’s events.

The bike derby is 10 a.m. to noon.

Carbondale fashion pop-up show is Saturday

Carbondale Arts presents the Wham Blam Thank You Ma’am fashion pop-up show from 6-11 p.m. on Sept. 10 at Craft Coffee House, 689 Main St.

The show celebrates the creative endeavors, ambitions and accomplishments of longtime Carbondale Arts Executive Director Amy Kimberly, who is stepping down later this year.

The evening includes performances, pop art activations, dancing and a mini fashion show featuring 19 designers.

Ticket information at

Tab Benoit plays the Ute next Thursday

The Ute Theater in Rifle presents renowned Cajun blues musician Tab Benoit on Sept. 15. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.; show at 7:30.

Opening the show will be Whisky Bayou Revue, featuring Benoit on drums. 

“Tab Benoit is a Grammy-nominated singer, songwriters and guitarist who has built a remarkable 30-plus-year career on the foundation of his gritty and soulful Delta swamp blues,” according to a show description on the Ute Theater website.Ticket information at

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