Top Colorado Live Music Venues in the Mountains

You don’t have to deny your live music fix when visiting or living in a Colorado mountain town. Some of the best Colorado live music venues reside high in the Rocky Mountains and feature Colorado concerts thought only to happen on large stages in populated cities. These intimate live music bars will warm you up as you shake your groove thing with locals and tourists. The next time you visit Frisco, Vail, Aspen, Telluride, Steamboat, Durango, Grand Junction, Buena Vista, Keystone and Crested Butte make it a point to check out a show at one these great venues.

Ladies and Gentlmen, the Top Colorado Live Music Venues in the Rocky Mountains

Colorado Live Music Venues

Belly Up, Aspen – The Belly Up sets the highest standard for Colorado live music venues and bars anywhere. The fact that this 600 capacity room is located in downtown Aspen adds to its stock. Open 7 days a week (with a few days off thrown in), The Belly Up features over 300 live concerts a year and is also a restaurant. Bands who’ve played there include Widespread Panic, John Prine, The Flaming Lips, Jane’s Addiction, Thievery Corporation, Ben Harper, B.B. King, Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros, Pitbull, SEAL, ZZ Top, Chris Isaak, Gomez, G Love, Bassnectar, John Legend, Damian Marley and Nas, Stephen Marley, Lucinda Williams, Snoop Dogg, Tiësto, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Joe Cocker, Wyclef Jean, Ice Cube, Umphrey's McGee and more. Everyone, including the artists, agrees this is a special place.

10 Mile Music Hall, Frisco – The 10 Mile Music opens in the fall of 2018. It's new to the Colorado live music venues list is the live music list. The owners used to produce shwows at Barkley ballroom in Frisco and are looking to make the 10 Mile Music hall the new gem of Summit County, Colorado’s largest resort community. Schedule of bands coming up is already better than anything ever presented around Summit County and looks to only get better. Be sure to check this new venues out on your next vist to Summit County.

Schmiggity’s, Steamboat Springs – Located in Downtown Steamboat, Schmiggity’s is one of the more intimate Colorado live music venues. Here, you’ll surely rub elbows, shoulders and butts with anyone else in the bar. Normal business hours during the winter and summer are 7 pm to 1:30 am. Specials include 1/2 price on all drinks during happy hour (7-9 pm daily). Live music is featured Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. Bands that have performed there include Reverend Horton Heat, Nappy Roots, Afroman, Twiddle, Kyle Hollingsworth, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, Andy Frasco and Fruition. Unique: The sound is awesome both on stage and in the audience.

The Lariat, Buena Vista – The Lariat is relatively new to scene of Colorado live music venues. It’s open Sunday - Thursday 11am-midnight AND Friday and Saturday 11am-2am. An open mic is served up every Wednesday and live bands play on the weekends. Over the last year the Lariat has featured Brother’s Keeper Feat. John Popper, Grant Farm, Trout Steak Revival, Hazel Miller and the Otis Taylor band. The Lariat serves seasonally inspired gastropub fare and is known to have dinner friendly music on Thurs-Sat. It’s located in Downtown Buena Vista, a town known as a summer meca for outdoor enthusiasts.

The Moon at O'Bannon's, Telluride – This is another one of those intimate Colorado Live Music Venues with an underground feel has been one of the go-to Colorado live music venues for over 28 years presenting over 3500 shows. $2 Rolling Rock Pints and $4 well drinks are always on special and it’s always open from 1pm to 2am. A few bands to play there include: Sheryl Crow, Phish, Blues Traveler, Spin Doctors, Jefferson Starship, Jack Johnson, Widespread Panic, String Cheese Incident, Gov't Mule, Sublime, Yonder Mountain String Band and more. Unique: Many a story has been told of a ghostly encounter or two, in our hundred + year old basement pub.

Steve’s Guitars, Carbondale – Located between Aspen and Glenwood Springs, downtown Carbondale is always worth a visit. The intimate Steve’s Guitars venue is like a house party with famous people showing up to entertain you. It’s not exactly a bar, but you can BYOB. Live music happens 3 to 5 nights a week and shows start at 8:30pm. It’s been open since 1993. Bands that have played there include Lake Street Dive, Elephant Revival, John Oates, Steep Canyon Rangers, Gregory Isakov, Band of Heathens, Lloyd Maines & Terri Hendrix, Trampled by Turtles and Ramblin Jack Elliott. Unique: Live music has happened for close to 900 consecutive Friday Nights.

Animas City Theatre, Durango – The Animas City Theatre brings some cultural love to Durango, home of Fort Lewis College, Purgatory Ski Resort and the Durango Silverton Railroad.  It’s open year around from 12 noon to 12:30am and features live music 7 nights a week. Bands that have recently played there include: Robert Randolph & the Family Band, KRS-ONE, Matisyahu, Julian & Stephan Marley and more! The intimate 270 capacity venue also features movies.

Snake River Saloon, Keystone – Established in 1975, the Snake River Saloon features great local and semi-famous bands on the weekends with the emphasis on dancing. Off season, on season and even on some Thursdays you can catch a great regional act at the Snake River Saloon. The restaurant serves fantastic steaks and seafood and is a must stop before you mosey over to the authentic bar for the music.

The Eldo, Crested Butte – The Eldo is a restaurant/brewery that features an occasional band you probably know. The Eldo is open 7 days and week. Bands that have played there include: String Cheese Incident, The Gladiators, Head for the Hills, Shakedown Street and Sweet Lillies.

The Goat Soup and Whiskey Tavern, Keystone – The Goat is another intimate room that features big talent when it works out. Andy Frasco & The U.N., Dyrty Byrds, Magic Beans, Yo Mama's Big Fat Booty Band, Jerry Joseph and Dead Phish Orchestra are just a few bands that have played there.

I Bar Ranch, Gunnison – The I Bar Ranch is a covered outdoor summer only venue. It’s probably known best for its country shows, but has presented bands like The Motet, The Wailers, Firefall, Sawyer Brown, Asleep at the Wheel, Pure Prairie League, The Subdudes and many more.

Shakedown Bar, Vail – Located in Vail Village, the Shakedown bar is a small bar (160 Cap) that packs a big punch. Well known regional and national touring acts perform there. The bar is owned by Scott Rednor, who has toured as a guitarist with bands like Dave Matthews and Lenny Kravitz. He’s currently a member of Dean Ween Group as well as Brothers Keeper (feat. John Popper and John Oates band members). Rednor and pal Rob Eaton Jr. play most nights but other bands like Bonfire Dub, Dumpstaphunk, Dean WEEN, Brothers Keeper Featuring John Popper, WhiteWater Ramble and Dragondeer also play there.

Club Red, Telluride – This is a bigger venue than most on this list and has a small theatre feel. It was named by Skiing magazine as one of the country’s best concert venues and features many bands that play large festivals and venues throughout the world. Bands who’ve recently played there include: Dawes, Blitzen Trapper, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Deer Tick, Matisyahu, Lettuce, Tanya Tucker, Keller Williams, Justin Townes Earle, Lucero, Jackie Greene, Dirty Dozen brass Band, Jenny Lewis, Elephant Revival and more.

Mesa Theater, Grand Junction – The Mesa Theater rocks. Their music calendar has a slight lean toward the heavy but they also feature comedy shows, country music shows, EDM, rap and just good old rock shows. The Mesa Theater is on this list because they consistently present great entertainment like Steve “Mudflap” McGrew, (Hed) P. E., Flobots, Matisyahu, Leftover Salmon, Cash'd Out, Trevor Hall, Barb Wire Dolls, Tantric, James McMurtry, Lynch Mob, Cryptic Wisdom and more.

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AMERICA'S MUSICAL JOURNEY
Feb 16 - Dec 31
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Cherry Creek Fresh Market
May 05 - Oct 27
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Old Colorado City Farmer's Market Saturday
Jun 02 - Oct 27
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Durango Farmers Market Saturdays
Jul 28 - Oct 27
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Veteran's Art Exhibit
Jul 31 - Dec 01
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American Cars of the 1970s : A Decade of Radical Change
Sep 01 - Nov 30
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Disney’s Mary Poppins
Sep 06 - Nov 11
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Rembrandt: Painter as Printmaker
Sep 16 - Jan 06
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Neil Goodman Sculpture Retrospective
Sep 17 - Nov 16
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DaVinci X - The Machines & You Exhibition
Sep 18 - Dec 31
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Mindbender Mansion
Sep 18 - Jan 06
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Historic Denver Capitol Hill Walking Tour
Sep 19 - Oct 31
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Tara Donovan: Fieldwork
Sep 21 - Jan 27
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Invaders from Planet 9
Sep 22 - Oct 28
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The Patch In Elizabeth
Sep 22 - Oct 31
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Cottonwood Farm Punkin Patch and Corn Maze
Sep 23 - Oct 31
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Colorado Pumpkin Patch
Sep 23 - Oct 29
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Elitch Gardens Fright Fest
Sep 28 - Oct 28
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Hill's Harvest Pumpkin Patch and free hayrides
Sep 28 - Oct 31
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Above and Beyond
Sep 29 - Jan 13
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Nick's Garden Center & Farm Market Straw Maze and Tractor Ride thru the Tunnel of Terror
Sep 30 - Oct 31
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Isabelle Farm Fall Harvest Festival- Pumpkin Patch and 3 acre corn Maze
Sep 30 - Oct 31
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Rocky Mountain Pumpkin Ranch
Oct 01-31
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11th annual celebration of Jewish Arts, Authors, Movies and Music (JAAMM) Festival
Oct 04 - Nov 18
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Educating Rita
Oct 05 - Nov 11
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Cannibal! The Musical
Oct 05-27
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Enchanted Hollows
Oct 05-27
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City Of The Dead Haunted House
Oct 05 - Nov 03
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Mile High Farms Corn Maze, Hay Ride and Pumpkin Patch
Oct 07-29
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Atomic Sea Fish Death Romp From The Deep!
Oct 11-27
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Taps & Tails
Oct 11-25
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Rocky Horror Picture Show
Oct 12-27
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The Roy Orbison Experience: The Man Behind the Glasses
Oct 12 - Nov 18
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Día de los Muertos Event & Exhibit
Oct 13 - Nov 06
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Winged Souls
Oct 13 - Nov 04
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Beautiful Butterflies
Oct 14-24
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Pumpkin Nights Denver
Oct 17 - Nov 04
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Glow at the Gardens
Oct 17-25
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Harvey
Oct 18 - Nov 11
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Native American Living History Cultural Immersion Experience
Oct 19-22
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Corn Maze at Chatfield Farms Fridays - Saturday and Sundays
Oct 21-28
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Mueller's Little Farm Pumpkin Patch
Oct 21-22
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Noah Kahan
Oct 22
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Peach Pit
Oct 22
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Live Karaoke with Will-E Bean
Oct 22
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The Midnight Club
Oct 23
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Crypto Cannabis Conference 2018 - October
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Melodime
Oct 23
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Overslept - In Her Own Words, Postcards
Oct 23
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Rich Brian - Higher Brothers - Kohh - Joji - Don Krez - Keith Ape - Niki
Oct 23
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St. Lucia - Arkells
Oct 23
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Open Mic with Will-E Bean
Oct 23
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Oct 24
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National Repertory Fall Wine Dinner
Oct 24
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Cash'd Out
Oct 24
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Darwin Deez
Oct 24
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LTJ Bukem
Oct 24
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Mo Lowda & the Humble
Oct 24
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Oct 24
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Cash'd Out
Oct 25
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Creature Canopy
Oct 25
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Oct 25
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Oct 25-28
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Halloween Parade and Party
Oct 25
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Muscle Beach - Fathers - Nightwraith
Oct 25
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Victorian Horrors
Oct 25-27
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Mo Lowda
Oct 25
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Live Karaoke with Will-E Bean
Oct 25
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Oct 25-27
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Oct 26-27
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Birds Of Chicago
Oct 26
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Oct 26
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Friday Clam Bake
Oct 26
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Primal J and The Neanderthals Play "Funky Punky Rock Reggae"
Oct 26
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May Farms Harvest Fest: Mini corn maze, barrel trail, hay rides, barnyard, pumpkins, pumpkin cannon
Oct 26-27
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Aftermath Haunted House
Oct 26-27
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Oct 26-28
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Oct 26-27
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Dracula: Presented by Peaks and Pasties
Oct 26
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Psychostick
Oct 26
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Spooky Speakeasy
Oct 26
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Oct 26-28
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Ghost Crawl: Haunted Durango Train Museum Experience
Oct 26
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My So-Called Bash: The Ultimate 90's Halloween
Oct 26
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Oct 26
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Glenwood Vaudeville Revue: A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum
Oct 26-28
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Latin Night with Axel
Oct 26
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Missing Link (Halloween Party)
Oct 26
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Harvest Fest (Palisade)
Oct 26
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Trick or Treat Street/Touch-aTruck - Palisade
Oct 26
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Little Moses Jones
Oct 26-27
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The Forest of Doom
Oct 26-31
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Reapers Hollow
Oct 26-28
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Be Scary Howlaween Ball
Oct 26
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League for Animals & People of the Summit: HOWLaween Ball annual costume party
Oct 26
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Halloween Trick-or-Treating and Costume Contests at The Gardens
Oct 27
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Trick or Treat Trail
Oct 27
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Nederland Witches Ball Feat Banshee Tree
Oct 27
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Breckoween 2018 Pub Crawl Presented by BreckInsider
Oct 27
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Oct 27
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DJ Crisp
Oct 27
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Moonlight Bloom
Oct 27
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Haunted Fall Fest
Oct 27
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VetFest, a 5K, 10K and street festival
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Emma Crawford Coffin Races & Parade
Oct 27
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Trunk or Treat Fest
Oct 27
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Ian Sweet - Young Jesus
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Oct 27
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Whitacre
Oct 27
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Oct 27
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Oct 27
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Trick or treat Train
Oct 27
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Downtown Spooktacular
Oct 27
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Mile Hi Race at the Ranch
Oct 27
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Flat Acres Farm Fall Festival
Oct 27-28
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Halloween Kid Boats
Oct 27
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Spooky Trail Stories
Oct 27
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Trunk or Treat
Oct 27
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Wheeler Presents: The Naked Magicians
Oct 28
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Insane Clown Posse
Oct 28
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Steven Curtis Chapman
Oct 28
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Castle Rock's Harvest Festival
Oct 28
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Nightmare at Turner Farm
Oct 28-31
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Birdtalker
Oct 28
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Easy Brews & Trick-or-Treat Street
Oct 28
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Girls Night Out The Show
Oct 28
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Halloween Spooktacular
Oct 28
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Larry And His Flask
Oct 28
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Stop Motion
Oct 28
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Retro Dance Party
Oct 28
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Carrie Newcomer
Oct 28
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Mueller's Little Farm Pumpkin Patch
Oct 28-29
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