Looking for something to do with your long weekend? We’ve got you covered.
Hatch Chile Fest
With the end of summer comes the annual celebration of New Mexico’s famous crop. Come Labor Day weekend, the tiny town of Hatch, New Mexico plays host to about 30,000 spice aficionados — and people who just love to eat — from all over the U.S. Festival goers can toss a horseshoe or two, watch the crowning of the chile festival queen or, if you’re like us, just chow down on some of the best chile dishes in the country.
If you go: The festival takes place at the Hatch Municipal Airport from Sept. 3 – 4. hatchchilefest.com
Wine festivals are the classiest way to get a buzz on, and Salida’s is one of our favorites. Spend the day along the Arkansas River sampling vintages from 14 Colorado wineries. Because man can’t subsist off wine alone (trust us, we’ve tried), there will also be local food vendors, live music and art on display. While the boozing is reserved for the grown-ups, this is a family friendly event, so feel free to bring the whole gang.
If you go: The winefest is held in Salida’s Riverside Park on Saturday, Sept. 3 from 1 – 6 p.m. Tickets are $25 and include a commemorative wine glass and unlimited wine samples. salidawinefest.com
Moab Music Fest
Musicians and aficionados flock to Moab’s red-rock canyons for two weeks of first-class chamber music, jazz and more. Concerts are held from Sept. 1 – 12 amid Moab’s various red rock venues, where sandstone walls provide acoustics and sand is the stage. In typical Moab fashion, you can get a little bit of adventure mixed in with your music on a morning music hike — after being transported to a secret location, you’ll embark on a rigorous hike to a natural setting that’s ideal for acoustic music.
If you go: There are a multitude of concert options, locations and ticket prices. Visit moabmusicfest.org to learn more.