Colorado's 2018-19 Top Winter Festivals and Events

Colorado is a festival haven year around, but in the winter time, festivals celebrate things like snow, ice, skiing, ski joring, winter gods, winter holidays, seasonal music and everything else awesome that winter bestows on the state of Colorado. Here is an idea of some top festivals taking place in Colorado this winter, but doesn't really even scratch the surface, so keep  an eye on the Colorado Festivals calendar and the 2017-18 Colorado Winter Guide to festivals, concerts and events.

Note: This page is under construction and will be updated as we come across the top winter festivals and events.

Top Winter Festivals14. Frozen Dead Guy Days, March 8-10, 2019

The story of how a town celebrates a dead guy isn't half as good as the party.

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Top Winter Festivals1. Snow Days, Vail, Dec. 13-16, 2018

Vail Snow Days is the first big festival of the ski season and Vail doesn't skimp on the musical talent. Past performers include: Michael Franti & Spearhead, Wilco, Rusted Root, O.A.R., and Barenaked Ladies and many more. So far Grey Boy Allstars have been announced to play Saturday, Dec. 10 at the Vail Village. Check back for more tba.

Top Winter Festivals2. Ullr Fest, Breckenridge, Jan. 9-13., 2019

All hail Ullr, god of winter! It's this time of year we either thank him for the bounty of snow, or pray to him to bring us snow. Either way, it's a party that takes place throughout the Town of Breckenridge and needs four days to cover all the activities. See schedule of Ullr Fest events

3. Borealis Fat Bike World Championships, Crested Butte, January 23-27, 2019

The greatest Fat Biking event in the world featuring epic Fat Bike venues, a Demo Day, Vendor Showcase, discounted ski lift tickets, FREE beer, branded burgers, tons of swag, prizes, giveaways and live music! Get more info

4. Rio Frio Ice Fest, Alamosa, January 25-27, 2019

This year's theme is "Tropical" so warm up in the San Luis Valley at the Rio Frio Ice festival in Alamosa! Festivities include Ice Sculptures, the Rio Frio 5k on Ice, and live music from renowned Hawaiian artist Ka’imi Hanano'eau highlight this year’s festival!

5. Ouray Ice Festival, Jan. 24-27, 2019

Ouray, Colorado becomes the absolute ice climbing mecca of the world for three days in January. Ice climbers, both novice and pro travel from all over the world to celebrate the growing sport of ice climbing. Over 100 interactive and educational climbing clinics to accommodate every skill level. Festival participants are sure to have an experience to remember. Get more info

6. 28th Annual International Snow Sculpture Championships, Jan. 21-30, Breckenridge

The International Snow Sculpting Competition is one of the premier winter events in the Colorado and this year, the sculpture will only be on display for one week.

7. X Games Aspen, Jan. 24/27, 2019

It is the world's best action sports, music and festival experience and it happens right here in Aspen, Colorado at Buttermilk Mountain. It's all aired live on ESPN and ABC. There's a lot more information to come on this so stay tuned. See updated info

 

9. Steamboat Winter Carnival, Feb. 6/10, 2019

Steamboat Springs celebrates the 105th Winter Carnival this year and, as always, it features a parade, fireworks, adults on shovels being pulled down main street behind horses or skiers jumping through fiery hoops. There's also pro and amateur ski jumping, a cross country obstacle course race, snow sculptures and bicycle race down Howelsen Hill. Ohh boy, this is some good fun.

 

13. Loveland Fire and Ice Festival, Feb. 1-2, 2019

Over 40,000 attended the 2017 Fire and ice Festival in Loveland, held the weekend of Valentines Day. The Festival features live entertainment arts like ice sculpting, culinary delights, vehicle showcase, fireworks and more.

 

8. Ski Joring & Crystal Carnival in Leadville: March 1-2, 2019

Ski Joring in Leadville has been taking place since 1949. A ski joring course is built on the snow filled Leadville strip, Harrison Avenue. Horses (along with their rider) pull skiers at lightning speeds through a course of gates, jumps and rings. Competitors race for cash prizes, and teams are made up by a random draw. There's more going on during this special Leadville weekend check it out here.

10. WinterWonderGrass, Feb. 22-24,2019

The WinterWonderGrass in Colorado has found a home in Steamboat Springs and has sold out the last 5 years. This three-day festival features fantastic bands, beer tasting and all the ambience the community of steamboat has to offer. Over 25 bands takes the stage during the three-day featival whether it snows or not. This year the festival features Greensky Bluegrass, Elephant Revival, Yonder Mountain String Band, Leftover Salmon, Fruition, Travelin’ McCourys, the Lil Smokies and a whole lot more. Make your plans before it’s too late.

11. Cripple Creek Ice Festival, Feb. 7-17, 2019

This is the 11th year for the Cripple Creek Ice Festival. Sculptures are designed with a theme in mind and this year’s Theme hasn’t been announced yet. In the past they’ve been Mythological Wonderland, Story Time, Under the Sea, a Military Salute Carved in Ice, a Rocky Mountain Wonderland, the Old West and a Safari theme. It’ s free to enter and there’s free shuttle service and parking throughout the town of Cripple Creek.

Colorado winter festivals12. Fireman's Fire Hose Relay, Feb. TBA

Firemen from around the state race down a 15 gate slalom course carrying a firehose. So come out to cheer on these awesome men and women as they raise money to benefit the Burn Camps Program at The Children's Hospital of Colorado.

 

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Location
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Cannibal! The Musical
Oct 05-27
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AMERICA'S MUSICAL JOURNEY
Feb 16 - Dec 31
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Cherry Creek Fresh Market
May 05 - Oct 27
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Old Colorado City Farmer's Market Saturday
Jun 02 - Oct 27
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Estes Park Farmers Market Thursday
Jun 07 - Sep 27
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Stapleton Farmers Market Sunday
Jun 17 - Oct 14
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Vail Farmers' Market and Art Show Sundays
Jun 17 - Oct 07
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Durango Farmers Market Saturdays
Jul 28 - Oct 27
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Veteran's Art Exhibit
Jul 31 - Dec 01
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Friday Night Bazaar Friday Nights
Aug 03 - Sep 28
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Durango Flea Market Sundays
Aug 05 - Sep 30
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Pump Boys and Dinettes
Aug 31 - Sep 29
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American Cars of the 1970s : A Decade of Radical Change
Sep 01 - Nov 30
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Elk Expeditions
Sep 06 - Oct 13
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Disney’s Mary Poppins
Sep 06 - Nov 11
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Green Day’s American Idiot
Sep 07 - Oct 07
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Rembrandt: Painter as Printmaker
Sep 16 - Jan 06
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Neil Goodman Sculpture Retrospective
Sep 17 - Nov 16
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DaVinci X - The Machines & You Exhibition
Sep 18 - Dec 31
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Mindbender Mansion
Sep 18 - Jan 06
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Historic Denver Capitol Hill Walking Tour
Sep 19 - Oct 31
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Street Art Ink: From the Body to the Wall
Sep 20 - Jan 06
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Tara Donovan: Fieldwork
Sep 21 - Jan 27
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The Constant Wife
Sep 21 - Oct 21
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UNCO Performing Arts Series: She Kills Monsters
Sep 21-30
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Telluride Festival of Cars & Colors
Sep 21-24
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Native American Living History Cultural Immersion Experience
Sep 21-24
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Invaders from Planet 9
Sep 22 - Oct 28
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The Patch In Elizabeth
Sep 22 - Oct 31
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Cottonwood Farm Punkin Patch and Corn Maze
Sep 23 - Oct 31
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Colorado Pumpkin Patch
Sep 23 - Oct 29
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In Real Life
Sep 24
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An Intimate Evening of Songs and Stories with Graham Nash
Sep 24
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Sandstone Concerts Presents: Stephen Stills & Judy Collins
Sep 24
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Conrad Sewell
Sep 25
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Foxing
Sep 25
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Gringo Star
Sep 25
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Michael Christmas and Sylvan LaCue With Khary - Vintage Lee - Treazon
Sep 25
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The Goddamn Gallows
Sep 25
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CLIF Klunker Crit
Sep 26
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Historic Tree Tour of Thompson Park
Sep 26
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Matchstick Productions presents All In Ski Film
Sep 26
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Chelsea Cutler
Sep 26
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Max Pain & the Groovies
Sep 26
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The Garcia Project
Sep 26
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Jakubi & Congo Sanchez
Sep 27
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Great Expectations: A play adapted from the novel by Charles Dickens
Sep 27 - Oct 08
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Saloon Days Day 1: Day Maddie & Tae
Sep 27
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Crested Butte Film Festival
Sep 27-30
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Runner's High Club
Sep 27
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Slothrust
Sep 27
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32nd Annual Hawaiian Steel Guitar Festival
Sep 27-29
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Joshua James
Sep 27
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The Garcia Project
Sep 27
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Telluride Festival of Cars and Colors
Sep 27-30
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Eminence Ensemble
Sep 28
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14er Fest
Sep 28-30
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Saloon Days Day 2: Jackson Michelson
Sep 28
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Carbon Leaf
Sep 28
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Colorado Tattoo Convention & Expo
Sep 28-30
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Courtney Marie Andrews
Sep 28
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Elitch Gardens Fright Fest
Sep 28 - Oct 28
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Josh Rouse
Sep 28
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Stamp & Scrapbook Expo
Sep 28-29
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TheBigWonderful Downtown Littleton Celebrating Grand Reopening of Haunted Mansion
Sep 28-29
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Van William
Sep 28
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Get the Led Out
Sep 28
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Bobby McFerrin
Sep 28
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Greeley Oktobrewfest
Sep 28-29
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City Of The Dead Haunted House
Sep 28-30
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Leah Orlikowski
Sep 28
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The Forest of Doom
Sep 28-29
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A Chorus Line
Sep 28 - Oct 14
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Haunted Field Of Screams
Sep 28-29
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Hill's Harvest Pumpkin Patch and free hayrides
Sep 28 - Oct 31
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Kuinka
Sep 28
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Holly Gateway Classics Car Show
Sep 29
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Rumble In The Alley Car Show Hosted by the Alley Rumblerz
Sep 29
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Oktobrufest
Sep 29
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Denver7 Car Care Fair
Sep 29
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Maria Muldaur
Sep 29
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Emily Barnes
Sep 29
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Breckenridge Strings, Ciders & Sours 2018
Sep 29
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One on One-Motown Memories Tribute
Sep 29
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Potato Day Parade & Celebration
Sep 29
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Castle Rock Oktoberfest 2018
Sep 29
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Harvest Day
Sep 29
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First Annual Black Forest Oktoberfest
Sep 29
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Manitou Springs Heritage Brew Festival
Sep 29
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2 Mile High Club's Aspen Tours
Sep 29-30
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The Big Aspen Happenin' Fall Festival
Sep 29-30
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5150 Rize & Shine Car Show
Sep 29-30
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Above and Beyond
Sep 29 - Jan 13
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Chelsea Wolfe - Russian Circles
Sep 29
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Courtney Barnett - Waxahatchee
Sep 29
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Denver / Thornton- Water Lantern Festival
Sep 29
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Denver Oktoberfest - Second Weekend
Sep 29-30
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Jakubi
Sep 29
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Julian Lage
Sep 29
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Ned Garthe Explosion - Oxeye Daisy - Church Fire
Sep 29
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Rock Steady Block Party
Sep 29-30
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The Weeks
Sep 29
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Durango Brew Train
Sep 29
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Elk Fest
Sep 29-30
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Iron Chic w/ Spanish Love Songs, The Corner Girls
Sep 29
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Summit County Preschool's 2nd Annual Comedy Night
Sep 29
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Granby Ranch's 3rd Annual Oktoberfest
Sep 29
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ICON Eyecare Tour of the Moon
Sep 29
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Tour of the Moon Grand Cycling Classic
Sep 29
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Ride 4 Success
Sep 29
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Customer Appreciation and Car Show
Sep 29
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Holly Gateway Concert & Street Dance featuring Bart Crow with Guest Adam Capps Band
Sep 29
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Morrison Ciderfest 2018
Sep 29
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Ouray Mountain Trail Run
Sep 29
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Sneffels Fiber Festival
Sep 29-30
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Reapers Hollow
Sep 29
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Quick and Chainless
Sep 29
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Wish You Were Pink
Sep 29
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Vintage War Birds
Sep 29
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Times are a Changin'
Sep 29
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Hops and Handlebars
Sep 29
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Nick's Garden Center & Farm Market Straw Maze and Tractor Ride thru the Tunnel of Terror
Sep 30 - Oct 31
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Isabelle Farm Fall Harvest Festival- Pumpkin Patch and 3 acre corn Maze
Sep 30 - Oct 31
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YWCA Dash and Bash
Sep 30
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Sleeping Indian Hill Climb
Sep 30
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8th Annual Rock N Roll Car Show: Vivid Black - The Grind
Sep 30
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Aeroplane flies
Sep 30
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David Spade
Sep 30 - Oct 02
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Durango Wine & Rails
Sep 30
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Throwing Shade
Sep 30
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Rodney Carrington
Sep 30
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Flat Acres Farm Fall Festival
Sep 30
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