Labor Day may mark the end of summer, but one of our favorite seasons is right around the corner. Aspen leaves changing, more parking and better hotel rates, autumn in Aspen rivals leaf peeping in New England. Let’s celebrate the end of summer and beginning of autumn with our favorite things happening this weekend.
The Jazz Aspen Snowmass Labor Day Music Festival
The biggest destination this weekend is The Jazz Aspen Snowmass Labor Day Music Festival, kicking off Friday. Find big names like Edward Sharp and the Magnetic Zeros, Keith Urban and Journey headlining with up-and-coming acts on the two side stages. If you need a break from jamming, this unparalleled festival also includes an extensive selection of food and drinks, craft vendors and a kid’s corner. Happening all this weekend in Snowmass, this annual event may just be the most rocking 72 hours of summer.
DETAILS Aug. 30-Sept. 1, azzaspensnowmass.org (tickets still available)
Rehab at 39 Degrees
After a long weekend, some quality pool time seems like the only option. On Labor Day, Sky Hotel’s 39 Degrees is hosting “Rehab”—Aspen-style. Sip on their signature frozen 007—Stoli 0, sprite and fresh squeezed orange juice—and soak in the sun with locals and visitors alike while a DJ spins the latest hits; all with the views of Aspen Mountain in plain sight.
DETAILS Sept. 2, theskyhotel.com
Rocky Mountain Oyster Festival & BBQ
Ajax Tavern is hosting an all-you-can-eat-and-drink cookout on Monday. Ajax has a great reputation for their marine oysters, but this weekend they are serving Rocky Mountain Oysters—every way from on the half shell to Rockefellar to mini po’boys. For the more carnivorous, whole roasted lamb and pig from the local Crystal River Farms and Tenderbelly Farms—respectively—will be offered, in addition to beer and wine that pair perfectly with the menu. The festival will take place rain or shine at the base of Aspen Mountain. Priced at $75, we think this all-you-can-eat-and-drink is the real deal.
DETAILS Sept. 2, ajaxtavern.ticketbud.com/oysterfest
Shadow Mountain Lounge at The St. Regis
While green chartreuse and cognac may seem like unusual combinations, it is actually delicious in the mixologist magic of The Jimmy Roosevelt being served at The St. Regis. Shadow Mountain Lounge features cocktails from four bartender pioneers in a special August series entitled “The Bartending Greats.” Honoring forefathers like Fernand Petiot, creator of the original Bloody Mary (or Red Snapper), and Charles H. Baker Jr., we can’t get enough of these original, unusual masterfully-crafted cocktails.
DETAILS 315 East Dean St., stregisaspen.com
Maison Ullens brings their vision of “two-fold sportswear with a luxury function” to Aspen. The French house, originally founded by Myriam Ullens, was created when Ullens could not find sportswear she believed properly used high-quality pieces suitable for travel. Located across from the firehouse downtown, the boutique opens right in time as the first nip of winter arrives—we love the luxurious combinations of knitwear with silk and perforated leather.
DETAILS 445 East Hopkins Ave., maisonullens.com