We’re kicking off fall with celebrations around the country. Western festivities, family packages, stargazing, sailing, and outdoor art- to name a few.
Sept 4th-5th Don King Days
‘Old West’ rodeo events, featuring match bronc riding, steer roping, wild cow milking, and end-of-season polo. The Big Horn Equestrian Center provides open space & no fence setting in the majestic mountain foothills south of Sheridan. The family-oriented celebration honors renown saddlemaker King, from 11 AM-5 PM daily. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org 307-684-8776 or Kings 307-672-2702.
Bar Harbor, Maine
Sept 8th Fashion Night Out
Started in New York City in 2009, Fashion Night Out now happens in 1600 cities worldwide, and this year Bar Harbor will be hosting its own event on Thursday, September 8, 2011, from 6 pm til 10 pm.
Port Townsend, Wash.
Sept 9th-11th Wooden Boat Festival
The Victorian port city of Port Townsend proudly shares its maritime history during the annual Wooden Boat Festival, featuring over 300 wooden vessels. Visitors can watch races, get on board and explore hundreds of boats, go sailing on historic vessels or row a longboat, participate in demonstrations on everything from boatbuilding to seamanship, and dance the night away. There are special activities for younger guests as well. http://www.woodenboat.org/festival/
Sept 9th-11th Wildlife Family Weekend (Snow Mountain Ranch)
It’s a wild family weekend outdoors learning about Colorado’s native plants, trees and wildlife along with nature drawing and photography hikes. Throughout the autumn, winter and spring, YMCA of the Rockies offers special themed family weekends for all ages. www.ymcarockies.org 1-800-777-9622
Sept 9th-11th 57th Annual Art in the Park
Boise Art Museum presents a variety of contemporary arts and crafts along with an exceptional array of live entertainment, park performances, wonderful food and hands-on activities for children.
Port Angeles, Wash.
Sept 16th-18th Elwha Dam Removal Kickoff
To kickoff the largest dam removal in U.S. history, Olympic National Park is planning a weekend of events. Events include an evening of poetry, art, and storytelling of all things Elwha at the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe Heritage Center, VIP speakers including Secretary of the Interior Ken Salzar, simulcast of the kickoff ceremony, educational interpretations throughout the Elwha watershed, and food, vendors, music, and lively celebrations at the Port Angeles pier. Learn more about the Elwha restoration project at http://www.nps.gov/olym/naturescience/elwha-ecosystem-restoration.htm and the Celebrate Elwha Festival at www.celebratelwha.com
Estes Park, Colo.
Sept 16th-18th Family Adventure Weekend (Estes Park Center)
We’ll have a family mountain adventure race, an outdoor living skills workshop, route orienteering and more. Adventure classes for ages 10 and above include climbing wall, high challenge course and an 800 ft. zip line. Throughout the autumn, winter and spring, YMCA of the Rockies offers special themed family weekends for all ages. The weekend package includes lodging, meals and activities starting Friday evening through Sunday morning. www.ymcarockies.org 1-800-777-9622
Sept 17th Discover Eaglecrest Day
Activities include food for sale, an Alpine Beer & Wine Garden, bike rentals, blueberry picking, season pass sales and more! In addition, the Juneau Freewheelers hold the final two legs of their Mountain Bike Tour of Eaglecrest. Alaska Zipline Adventures will be offering specially prices zipline tours. Discover Eaglecrest Day is a great day to explore the mountain in the fall and start thinking about Eaglecrest in the winter! (907) 790-2000 www.skijuneau.com
Bar Harbor, Maine
Sept 22nd-26th Acadia Night Sky Festival
Revel in one of the country’s most spectacular night skies. Festival highlights include sidewalk telescoping, star parties, ranger-guided night hikes in Acadia National Park, night sky photography workshops, celestial navigation boat cruises, and an inflatable sky lab. Bar Harbor was one of the first town’s in the country to recognize the night sky as a significant natural resource and has enacted legislation to preserve their night skies from light pollution. www.acadianightskyfestival.com 207-288-5103