Fall in Breckenridge is (rightfully) recognized for tunnels of golden aspens and one of the largest Oktoberfest celebrations in the Rocky Mountains. But Oktoberfest isn’t the only festival or event that shines this fall. Check out the top fall festivals in Breckenridge below. Or, see highlights from Breckenridge’s best winter festivals and summer events.
Fall Festivals in Breckenridge:
Breckenridge International Festival of Arts (BIFA), Aug. 10-29, 2018
Join us in Breckenridge for a 10-day festival celebrating adventure, play and creativity. Inspired by themes of environment and mountain culture, BIFA is a multi-arts program of extraordinary events in spectacular places, bringing together an eclectic mix of music, dance, film, visual arts and family entertainment. Dozens of scheduled events, indoors and outdoors, ticketed and free, are showcased at venues and sites throughout town.
Breckenridge Epic, August 11-18, 2018
Breckenridge Epic is one big bad race! With 6 days, over 240 miles, and roughly 40,000 feet of vertical gain, the Breckenridge Epic highlights Breckenridge as a top biking destination. The event is unique in that it employs a cloverleaf format; each loop starts and finishes within a mile from downtown Breckenridge and utilizes the sprawling network of trails in both Summit and Park Counties. The race is a well-rounded rider’s dream, with long middle-ring climbs, and endless big-ring mashing descents!
Breckenridge Spartan Race Weekend, August 18-19, 2018 tentative
Experience the immense beauty of Colorado while conquering climbs, crawls, carries and traverses — just don’t let the scenery distract you from sticking that spear throw! The town of Breckenridge sits at an impressive 9,600 feet above sea level, and it only goes up from there. For Spartans, that means an opportunity to test athletes of every caliber — from the newcomer to the seasoned Pro. From the moment Spartans arrive at the venue to when they reach the highest point on the course, they’ll be treated to captivating views of the Continental Divide and monstrous peaks at every corner.
Bacon is the most loved food in the universe and the route to all things swine and divine. Add the quintessential American liquor, bourbon; mind blown! These indulgences come together for the Breckenridge HogFest – Bacon & Bourbon brought to you by Old Forester.
Labor Day in Breckenridge, Sept. 1-3, 2018
Summer may be winding down, but not the town of Breckenridge! Enjoy cool summer temperatures and exciting events like the Summit Foundation’s Rubber Duck Race, the annual Sidewalk Sale, the Great Divide Arts festival and more! Discover great prices on summer favorites during Breckenridge’s Sidewalk Sale Days, or find something uniquely special at The Great Divide Arts Festival featuring more than 100 artists. Families won’t want to miss the Summit Foundation’s Great Rubber Duck Race, when as may as 10,000 tiny rubber ducks take over the blue river in the heart of Breckenridge. Family tip: Take part and purchase a duck – it gets kids excited to watch the race, and the event supports local charities.
Prost! to Breckenridge Oktoberfest, Sept. 7-9, 2018
Breckenridge Oktoberfest brings a weekend of parties, polka, German cuisine and plenty of Paulaner beer. It’s one of the largest Oktoberfest’s in the Rocky Mountain region and offers collectible steins imported from Germany. Don’t miss this event, as this is considered one of the top fall festivals in Breckenridge! The weekend is a mix of traditional (with Munich’s Paulaner, one of the six breweries who provide beer for the German festival) and local flavor (with Breckenridge Brewery providing local brews). Family tip: Local families tend to hit the event Friday or Sunday afternoon, when crowds are fewer. On Saturday, more people at Oktoberfest means more runs on the alpine slide at the Breckenridge Fun Park.
Breckenridge Wine Classic, Sept. 13-16, 2018
Raise your glasses and join us as we uncork the can’t miss wine festival of the season. Master sommeliers, chefs and winemakers invite the public to play, wine and dine during the height of Breckenridge’s fall colors. The event will combine a grand tasting in the historic Arts District, seminars and demos with town’s outdoor adventures to create a weekend of fine food and foliage. Tickets on sale now.
38th Annual Breckenridge Film Fest, Sept. 20-23, 2018
One of the oldest film festival in the country, the Breckenridge Festival of Film celebrates the art and craft of filmmaking. BFF offers a unique and varied array of independent films, premieres, receptions, educational programs, and retrospectives honoring featured guests. The fest also celebrates the spirit of exploration with its popular Adventure Reel, featuring outdoor inspired films. It’s a true diverse film experience in an authentic mountain environment.
The truly enlightened know that cider is becoming the most loved beverage in the universe and route to all things magnificent. Add quintessential American Bluegrass, delicious food parings, a Sours Garden and gorgeous views and you have uniquely delicious mountain experience. These indulgences come together for the Breckenridge Strings, Ciders, and sours Festival. Cider and wild ale lovers will be able to taste their way through a spectrum of samples with enjoying live music and mixology below Peak Nine. Guests will receive a commemorative tasting mug, access to entertainment and festivals activities.
Fall Fest, Oct. TBD, 2018
Breckenridge Grand Vacations brings Family Fun Fest to the Riverwalk Center for a day of pumpkin carving, music, face painting, and sweet treats such as caramel apples. It’s a great activity for families this fall, and it’s the perfect way to gear up for Halloween in a cozy indoor setting.
Breckenridge Craft Spirits Festival: Still on the Hill, Oct. 19-21, 2018
Craft distillers gather each year in Breckenridge for the Craft Spirits Festival, which features a grand tasting, restaurant specials, a downtown pub crawl and historic saloon tours.
Born of Colorado’s – and the nation’s – rapidly-growing artisan spirits industry, the Breckenridge fest is the first of its kind in Colorado and last year added new bar glass art sessions and cooking demos. Family tip: Leave the kids with relatives and make this trip all about Mom and Dad.
Dia de los Muertos Celebration, November 1-3, 2018
Started in 2014 with the expansion of the Breckenridge Arts District, this celebration of Day of the Dead festivities showcases music, hands-on workshops, art installations and altars. Mariachis will roam the costumed crowds, Aztec dancers will perform, and skeleton faces will be painted throughout the streets of downtown Breckenridge.