The last full week of October is also full of great events, including wine tastings, scarecrow making contests and live music. Of course, you’re probably also wondering about Halloween festivities, and there are plenty of those happening as well, too. You can learn more about our picks for the best Halloween events for adults here, but you’ll definitely not want to miss out on everything else that’s going in on in the Valley as we wrap up another great month in the mountains.
For wine lovers, Marc Rouse's new Edwards restaurant French 75 collaborates with FOOD! to host a great tasting night on Wednesday (Oct. 26) showcasing Spanish vintages from the regions of Ribera del Deuro, Manzanilla, Penedès, Madrid, Bierzo and Rioja. It’s the second in a series of classes designed to educate and inspire. Led by local wine expert Jim Lay, the evening costs $30 for the tasting, and you can add dinner (paella, of course!) for an additional $15.
Also on Wednesday Avon’s Montana’s Smokehouse hosts an open mic night for all types of musicians. Just bring your instrument, as they’ll have amps and speakers set up, or if you’re a drummer, take advantage of their drum kit to bang out some beats. It’s free to jam or to listen, and the bar will have drink and food specials so you won’t go hungry.
Friday sees more live music with K Phillips setting up shop at Beaver Creek’s Vilar Performing Arts Center. Part of the VPAC’s Underground Sound Series, the gig showcases the haunting talents of West Texas native K Phillips. Raised by his grandparents in the Concho Valley (hia grandfather was both a cattle rancher and a state criminal court judge), Phillips started playing guitar and writing songs at age 5 and began playing organ and piano in bar bands at age 14. With his forth-coming sophomore LP Dirty Wonder, K Phillips has truly found his voice – a combination of Tom Waits' lyrical wit and Keith Richards’ slinky country-rock hooks. Give him a listen here.
On Saturday kids, families and teens should head on over to the Vail Public Library to build a scarecrow or two. The Library provides the frames, some clothes and materials for the head, while participants provide the creativity, inspiration and any accessories they find intriguing. It’s a fun exercise in creativity to kick off the Halloween weekend and best of all, it’s free!