Events in Crested Butte for September 2014

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There is still a ton of events happening to close out the fall season here in Crested Butte.  Make sure to get out there and enjoy the perfect fall weather we are having.  If you are interested in staying longer and purchasing a house make sure to contact one of our knowledgeable brokers.  Read below for all the events in Crested Butte for September including Beer and Chili, Vinotok and an updated bus schedule.

An Aspen forest in fall around Kebler Pass in Colorado.

16th Annual Mt. Crested Butte Chili and Beer Festival – Last Chance for Advance Tickets – By the CB/Mt. CB Chamber of Commerce

The clock is ticking to purchase your advance tickets for Fall Festival of Beers & Chili Cook-off! Online sales end at 4 p.m. TODAY (9/19). Snag your ticket for a deal and the chance to win beer for a year from Twisted Pine Brewing Company!
Tickets are $25 for early-bird purchases and $30 at the door.  Those who want to enjoy only the chili and music can purchase tickets for $15.  Doors open at 11:30 a.m., beer starts being poured at noon and goes until 4 p.m., and chili is served from noon until 2:00 p.m. or until it runs out.  Mine Control, Jaden Carlson, and Paa Kow will be rocking the CBMR base area for a Saturday not to forget.
There will be a ‘Safe Ride’ provided, departing at 4:20 pm from the Base Area down to Gunnison. Volunteers are also needed and of course get to partake in the festivities.

29th Annual Vinotok!

We’re well into Vinotok’s week-long activities, and it culminates this weekend.   The Community Feast is tonight at 5:30 pm at the 100 block of Elk Ave.  Mumming by the Cast and Crew starts tomorrow at 5:00pm, then it’s the Trial of the Grump at 7:30pm in front of the Eldo.   For the full schedule and details, go to  or

Yoga for the Peaceful – 7 year anniversary and Yoga Mala 108

Come celebrate their 7 year anniversary and enjoy a free yoga class on Monday, September 22 from 3:00 – 4:15 pm.   A 7th year anniversary sale is also happening in the boutique including discounted 5 pass classes.  After that it’s the Yoga Mala 108 Fall Equinox celebration from 5:30 – 7:30 pm with a potluck to follow.  All proceeds from this event will be donated to ‘Vote yes on 3B’ – Investing in our kids for a strong future.
The following week there will be a guest presenter, Jennifer Ellen Mueller, coming to teach Anatomy and Kalari (a yogic martial arts) please see the attached flyers for these events as well

Free Yoga – Anniversary
Yoga Mala

Big Beers for Big Gears – a Fundraiser for Gunnison Trails – TONIGHT, Friday, September 19th, Totem Pole Park

The 5th annual Brick Oven event is held in conjunction with many of the great breweries coming to town for the Chili and Beer Festival. Tip one back for sweet single-track!  $30 entry, 4-8pm.

CB Mountain Runners – Camp 4 Coffee Cart to Cart Run– Saturday, September 20th

From Crested Butte to Crested Butte South at the height of the fall colors, there is a 19 mile course and a 13.5 mile course, mostly on single-track and with enough elevation gain to make you dizzy!
Please register on line at: There will be registration on Sept 20th at the start from 7.00am – 7.45am.  The entry fee is $20 or $15 for Crested Butte Mountain Runners members.

The Wellbeing Connection Fall Series – ‘The Inside Job of Thriving’ – September 22nd

On September 22 in the WellBeing Connection Fall Series explore why condition-less happiness is the key to thriving in life, be it in business, relationships, health or spirituality.  In a video interview with Arianna Huffington, author and founder of the Huffington Post, discover how she came to be a proponent of the inside job of thriving.  Learn ways to be unconditionally happy and thrive. Bring a dish to share for the 6:30 pm potluck (video at 7:30 pm) at the Crested Butte Chamber of Commerce, 601 Elk.  For more info call 596-5386 or visit

Center for the Arts – Crested Butte Film Festival – Thursday September 25th – Sunday 28th

The Crested Butte Film Festival arrives in town for four days of award-winning international films, filmmaker talks, guest celebrities and actors, parties and events. Indulge your passion for film and join us for our annual celebration – 90 films held over four days in one beautiful place. The Crested Butte Film Festival features narratives, documentaries, outdoor adventure, and short films, as well as a children’s film program. Come get your film on. Pass options make it easy and affordable to enjoy the Festival. Ranging from $12 individual tickets to $160 4-Day passes, all are available at the Center for the Arts or online at $12 tickets also available at the door.
Check out for the full schedule and other Center for the Arts events.

From the organizers of two locally harvested festivals – Chili & Beer Festival and Vinotok

We wish you a beautiful upcoming fall season! As you are most likely aware, due to the Bud Lite event on the weekend of September 5 – 7, the Chili & Beer Festival has been relocated to September 20, which also happens to be Vinotok Day. As the organizers of these two festivals, we have been collaborating on how to bring participants the best and safest experience possible.

Be cool! Please take note that those who are obnoxious, unruly, uncouth, destructive, disruptive, immature and generally mindless to maintaining themselves in public will not be tolerated.  Police will be out in full force helping us to deter any irresponsible behavior. Tickets will be given where necessary. There will be no toxic items, hazardous materials or idiots running through the Vinotok fire.  There will be no one allowed mumming inside the restaurants who is not an official member of the Vinotok Theatre Troupe.

Be fed! The Chili & Beer Festival will be offering some wonderful food opportunities in addition to the chili tasting so be sure to fuel your body! Additionally, go out to a Crested Butte restaurant to feed your body between 5 and 7:30 p.m. You’ll get a chance to see the mumming play inside the restaurants.  Stay hydrated with Acli-Mate at Chili and Beer and remember to drink water.

Be safe! Chili & Beer and Vinotok have compiled a list of safe rides available for this day. Please keep yourself, our community and the longevity of our festivals safe. Organize a ride ahead of time. Designate a driver. Plan to spend the night in Crested Butte or Mt. Crested Butte with a friend. Please do not endanger others by drunk driving.

Be conscientious! If you plan on camping after the festivities, or attending a party in the woods, please keep in mind that these are festivals that are celebrating fall and the changing of the seasons. Don’t do harm to our natural environment in your stay. Clean up after yourself. Love the Mother – she’s the only one we’ve got.

Be community minded! If you see someone behaving inappropriately please let them know that this is unappreciated. The Vinotok Theatre Troupe has found it helpful to explain to folks how their actions threaten the very existence of the festival. Take it upon yourself to help create a safe environment for all of us.

Thank you for your assistance in keeping our communities safe, our festivals alive, and our environment intact.

Molly Murfee
Vinotok Director

Dave Ochs
Chili & Beer Director

Safe Rides for Post Chili/Beer and Vinotok

Please come and have a good time at our two local festivals happening on Saturday, September 19, but play it safe and smart. Think ahead. Make a shuttle reservation, put these numbers in your phone. Driving drunk not only endangers yourself and our community, but the longevity of these festivals as well.
CHILI & BEER SAFE RIDE: A 15-passenger van will leave from 11:15 a.m. from Western’s Student Center for a trip north, with a 4:30 p.m. return to Gunnison. First come, first served.
RTA: The final RTA bus running from Mt. Crested Butte to Gunnison, with a stop at the Cement Creek Road, leaves at 5:15 p.m. from Mt. Crested Butte and 5:20 p.m. from the Crested Butte 4-way Stop arriving ultimately in Gunnison. Free
MOUNTAIN EXPRESS:  Mountain Express buses will run late for Vinotok on Saturday, September 19. Last run up from the Old Town Hall will be at 2:20 am. Free
ALPINE EXPRESS LATE NIGHT TAXI: Runs between 10 p.m. and 2:30 a.m. $5 per person for between Crested Butte and Mt. Crested Butt. $7 per person to CB South. Call 970-209-0509 for pick-up.
ALPINE EXPRESS PRIVATE RIDE: You must make pre-reservations 48 hours in advance for this service. $200 total for a one-way 10 passenger van that can go all the way to Gunnison. Call 970-641-5074 for reservations and pick up time.
CB SPECIALTY SERVICES: You must make pre-reservations for this service. $80 for a one-way six-passenger van to Gunnison, $150 total for round-trip of the same. $40 total for a one-way six-passenger van to Crested Butte South. Contact or 970-901-6400 for reservations and pick up times.

Mountain Express Schedule Change for Chili/Beer and Vinotok
Mountain Express Town Shuttle will alter its schedule and route on Saturday, September 20 for Vinotok festivities.
Increased Service: 20-Minute Loops starting at 10:55 AM
From Old Town Hall in Crested Butte, the Town Shuttle will run every 20 minutes from 10:55 AM to 10:55 PM. From Mountaineer Square, it will run every 20 minutes from 11:20 AM until 11:20 PM.
Route Alteration: No service to downtown CB
The Town Shuttle will stop serving the downtown stops after its 4:55 PM departure from Old Town Hall. Stops include Old Town Hall, the Nordic Center (2nd and Whiterock), and Whiterock Avenue. After 4:55 PM, the Town Shuttle will stop at Teocalli, the 4-Way Stop and 6th and Belleview.
Route Alteration: CB service to Teocalli only
Starting at approximately 8:30 PM, the Town Shuttle will only stop at the Teocalli stop both inbound and outbound.
Late Night Service
The Town Shuttle will run late with the last bus leaving Old Town Hall at 2:15 AM and the last bus leaving Mountaineer Square at 2:00 AM. Please be aware that the last bus might not be able to fit all passengers if everyone waits for the last bus. If the driver cannot carry everyone safely, some people might get left behind. We suggest you grab an earlier bus from Old Town Hall to be safe. The Town Taxi will also be running its regular late-night service and can be reached at (970) 209-0509.
Regular service to all stops will resume as soon as possible, once Elk Avenue is re-opened. This is estimated to be at approximately 9:30 PM.
If you have any questions, please contact Mountain Express at (970) 349-5616.

Info provided by the Crested Butte and Mt. Crested Butte Chamber of Commerce
Crested Butte and Mt. Crested Butte Chamber of Commerce

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How You Know When To Trust Your Realtor?

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