Eagle Outside Festival, Michael Franti in concert and kayak races: Tricia’s Weekend Picks 6/4/21
Outdoor eagle festival
If you’re looking for a good time this weekend, head to Eagle Ranch for the Eagle Outside Festival, which the website says is about “bikes and beers, boards and bands, rabbit hopping, the yoga “and a bit of” mountain town chaos “.
It’s been a long winter and now that summer has arrived, check out the bike demonstrations and competitions – some serious, others less serious – that will take place in and around the city. Eagle’s motto is “Discover new terrain” and you can literally try something new since Eagle has 100 miles of trails. There are plenty of vendors on hand for you to try out the latest and greatest in biking technology on trails just steps from downtown Eagle Ranch.
“The Eagle Outside Festival validates the sense of community. So many businesses, restaurants, and vendors have looked into this, and the crowd is supporting it as well. It reinforces that sense of community, ”said Mike McCormack of Uncommon Communications, the event’s organizer.
The program is packed with events for the whole family, like bike movies, adjustment of children’s bikes and the Strider race. For those who wish to improve their mountain biking skills, check out the skills and techniques clinics offered. And if you’re up for the old silliness, try the fun pajama / onesie race or the Colorado Squirt Gun Championships.
Want to go shopping? Prana will organize its sample sale. There is also a sale of Veloswap and equipment. Restaurants will have specials like a backyard barbecue on Boneyard’s tiki patio and 7 Hermits will have brunch from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Live music is played throughout the event and there is yoga in the park on Sundays.
Check out eagleoutsidefestival.com for more details and the full program.
Michael Franti & Spearhead
The announcements have been running week after week and you can feel the excitement building for the return concerts at the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater. This week, Michael Franti & Spearhead take the stage at The Amp and kick off a four-day tour for the band.
Last summer marked the first in 33 years that musician and activist Michael Franti has been unable to tour and perform for fans around the world. Dubbed the “Good Day For A Good Day Weekend”, Franti and Spearhead will also welcome Satsang on stage.
Franti has played Vail several times before and after a global pandemic, he’s the right fit for the job who brings hope to people. The world-renowned musician, humanitarian, activist and award-winning filmmaker is revered for his high-energy live performances, inspiring music, dedication to health and wellness, global philanthropic efforts and the power of optimism.
AEG Presents and the Vail Valley Foundation present this performance at the iconic Ford Amphitheater on Friday, with doors opening at 6:30 p.m. for a show at 7:30 p.m. At the time of going to press, tickets were still available on grfavail.com. General admission seats on the lawn are $ 65 and general admission seats in the pavilion are $ 89.50. For more details, visit grfavail.com.
More live music
After spending a day in Nottingham Park or a fun weekend on the trails, rivers or golf courses, relax in the town of Avon’s SunsetLIVE! concert series. The Avon Performance Pavilion’s patio is the perfect Sunday night spot for relaxed musical performances by local Eagle County musicians.
If you are unfamiliar with the terrace, this is the back or the west side of the Nottingham Park Big Stage. It’s a great place to watch a sunset and listen to great music while lounging on your SUP board or pedal boat on the lake, on the north shore beach or on the south lawn of the lodge. Or bring a lawn chair and picnic basket and sit right on the patio. Bad weather caused the cancellation of the first concert of the season with Kevin Danzig last Sunday, but here is the schedule for the next two Sundays.
- 6/6: Jubilingo
- 6/13: Johnny Schleper Trio
- 6/20: Burnsville Blues Group
Keep in mind that you can no longer park on North Frontage Road, so use of public transportation is encouraged as well as walking or biking to the park. Free on-street parking is available including West Beaver Creek Boulevard and Lake Street, as well as parking lots at Avon Recreation Center and Avon Elementary School. You can bring your own alcohol only in designated areas. Visit avon.org for more information.
Observation hall bar terrace
Discover live music Thursdays and Saturdays at the Lookout Lobby Bar Terrace at the Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. until September 4. The Lookout Lobby Bar has become a local favorite for live music with its large windows and iconic views of Beaver Creek. Having music on the patio not only allows those in the Lookout Lobby Bar to enjoy the music, but the sounds will reverberate through the pool below as well. Look for some jazz music on the coming Sunday morning. Call the hotel for details: 970-790-5500 or visit westinriverfront.com.
Shakedown bar reopens
Vail Village’s Shakedown Bar will reopen to the public on Friday, but changes are coming. The Shakedown will be implementing a new membership-based program throughout the summer that takes full effect on November 1. At this point it will become the Shakedown Music and Ski Club. Its goal is to create an intimate musical experience for artists and listeners. Learn more by visiting the Shakedown Bar Facebook page.
Dash downstream from Minturn
Tuesday closed the third whitewater race of the season in the Vail Whitewater Race series and the Vail Rec District decided to add another competition in Minturn on Saturday. The new Minturn Downriver Dash is open to kayakers and R2 rafting teams.
Kayak racers start at 4 p.m. and raft teams start at 5 p.m. The race format will be a single race time trial and will start at the Boneyard open space south of town and end at the Minturn Saloon. Spectators are invited to watch and cheer on the competitors.
Riders must park upon arrival at the Town of Minturn municipal lot adjacent to the hub. The Vail Rec District will provide departing shuttles for runners and their equipment.
Cost: $ 35 / kayak, $ 50/2 people raft if registered before June 1; $ 45 / kayak, $ 60 for 2 people in a raft if registration after June 1st. The entry fee includes the shuttle, raffle prizes, food and beer at the post-race party. Register at vailrec.com/register.
With the students coming out of school, you might be looking for some fun activities to do with the kids. Imagination Station in the Vail Recreation District reopens Monday after an extended shutdown due to COVID-19.
Whether kids want to build their own swirling bird and make it fly, build with metal building materials on the magnetic table, or experiment with a chaotic pendulum, it’s fun mixed with learning at Imagination Station. Sessions parade as kids explore the water table, have fun with the coin funnel, and experience imaginative play in the playhouse with animal and baby accessories. Additional art activities available for purchase include pottery painting, mosaic making, wooden toy building, and canvas painting.
Summer reservations can be made for a two hour session, Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. The Imagination station will be closed for cleaning and disinfection between sessions.
Book a time slot by choosing Imagination Station on vailrec.com/register. The time slots will be limited to a maximum of two groups, which means that your group and one other group will have the space for you. The cost is $ 50 for a group of 10 people or less (up to eight children; two adults are required for four or more children).
Want to save some money? Buy an annual subscription at vailrec.com/register for $ 100 and get 50% off all bookings for the year. Membership pays for itself in four visits. For more information call 970-479-2292 or email [email protected].