15 things to look forward to this mud season in Steamboat
April 12, 2018
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS – Each year it seems to sneak up on us.
Then one day, a good look around reveals the sure signs of spring are popping up in full force.
Main street is left deserted, and the mountainous snow bank in the yard has disappeared. The once bustling main street and Steamboat Ski Area see merely a trickle of passersby who likely know each other by name.
Mud season arrives, bringing a few weeks of quiet solitude, turbulent weather and a few extra minutes deciding which shoes to wear – "Chaco's? The weather report did say 65 degrees, didn't it? Sorrels? 60 percent chance of snow, sleet, hail? Um, Rain boots?"
For those not escaping to more arid climates this mud season, you're in luck. The arts and entertainment scene in the Yampa Valley is anything but quiet, and we've rounded up what to look forward to in the next few weeks before summer is here.
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Events in April
Cocktails & CRIT(ique)
6:30 to 8:30 p.m. | Monday, April 16 | Chief Theater, 813 Lincoln Ave.
Bring any artwork, music, food, an idea, choreography, etc. you would like some feedback on and an appetite for art talk. 813 Lincoln Ave.
Indie Lens Pop-Up: "Look & See: Wendell Berry’s Kentucky"
6:30 to 8 p.m. | Tuesday, April 17 | Bud Werner Memorial Library, 1289 Lincoln Ave.
Bud Werner Memorial Library presents a film by Laura Dunn. “Look & See: Wendell Berry’s Kentucky” is a portrait of the changing landscapes and shifting values of rural America in the era of industrial agriculture, as seen through the mind's eye of award-winning writer and farmer Wendell Berry, back home in his native Henry County, Kentucky.
Donkey Basketball Fundraiser
7:30 to 9 p.m. | Tuesday, April 17 | Steamboat Springs Middle School, 39610 Amethyst Drive.
Donkey Basketball is exactly what it sounds like — real donkeys that you ride on and attempt to score baskets while trying to stay on your donkey. Teams participating will be from the community and Steamboat Springs High School and Steamboat Springs Middle School faculty and students. Proceeds from the event will support the high school Business Club and a portion will also be donated to The Yampa Valley Autism Foundation/Community Cultivation Project. Tickets are available at the high school, All That and online at sshs.steamboatschools.net.
Token Tuesdays and Trivia Night Wednesdays
Token Tuesdays | 3:30 to 10 p.m. | Mountain Tap, 910 Yampa St.
On Tuesdays, throughout mud season, have a pint after an epic multi-sport day and support a cause. Receive a wooden nickel token for every beer purchased. Before leaving, select which of the four organizations to support by depositing the token in that organization's Token Tuesday box. For each token, Mountain Tap Brewery donates $1 to selected organizations. This month's four organizations include Colorado 14ers Initiative, Steamboat Digs Dogs, Steamboat Soccer Club and Strings for Schools.
Trivia Night Wednesdays | 6 to 8 p.m. | Mountain Tap, 910 Yampa St.
Think you’ve got what it takes to be a Mountain Tap Trivia Champion? Test your knowledge at the weekly trivia nights.
Free Foreign Film: ‘Paradise’
7 p.m. | Wednesday, April 18 | Chief Theater, 813 Lincoln Ave.
The library's free foreign film series presents an award-winning film by Russian director Andrei Konchalovsky, screening at the Chief Theater.
Shaky Hand String Band 4/20
4:20 p.m. | Friday, April 20 | Storm Peak Brewing, 1885 Elk River Plaza.
Shaky Hand String Band plays their own style of smokin’ Mountain grass.
Date Night Pottery Wheel Class
6:30 p.m. | Saturday, April 28 | Warehome Studios, 2520 Copper Ridge Drive
Whether you’re a married couple or just friends, learn the basic steps of throwing on the potter’s wheel. Advanced registration is required at warehomestudios.com/classes. Feel free to bring snacks, beer, wine or another beverage to enjoy during class if older than 21. Aprons will be provided.
Young Professionals Network monthly happy hour
5 to 7 p.m. | Wednesday, April 25 | Table 79, 345 Lincoln Ave.
A great opportunity for networking and is open to non-members who are interested in joining.
Events in May
First Friday Artwalk
5 to 8 p.m. | Friday, May 4 | Downtown Steamboat, Lincoln Ave.
Catch a number of new exhibits during the free, self-guided tour of local art galleries, museums and alternative venues in downtown Steamboat Springs.
Hayden Cog Run
10 a.m. | Saturday, May 5 | Hayden Town Park, 229 S 3rd St, Hayden
This is one of the longest consecutively running races of the series and the state of Colorado. A Routt County Classic held in Hayden, 25 minutes west of Steamboat. 8.4 mile and 5-kilometer runs begin at Hayden Town Park on South 3rd Street.
Ute Indian Pow Wow
5 to 7 p.m. | Thursday, May 3 | Steamboat Springs High School Auditorium, 45 Maple Street
Presented by the Tread of Pioneers Museum, the youth leadership coalition of the Ute Indian Tribe of Fort Duchesne, Utah — the original native inhabitants of the Yampa Valley — will share their Ute customs, pow wow dances, music and regalia in a special performance and historical presentation not to be missed.
Behind the Scenes Tour
2 p.m. Thursday, May 10 | 11 a.m. Tuesday, May 29 | Tread of Pioneers Museum, 800 Oak St.
Go behind the scenes with the Tread of Pioneers Museum's curator to see the thousands of artifacts that are being preserved in the museum's new collections care facility. Tour lasts about 30 minutes. Free, but donations are appreciated.
"Cabaret 2018: Whatever Floats Your Boat”
6 p.m. and 9 p.m. | Thursday, May 10 | Friday, May 11 | Saturday, May 12 | Chief Theater, 813 Lincoln Ave.
See who falls victim to sharp wit and local humor starring in the 2018 "Cabaret: Whatever Floats Your Boat." A tradition of 36 years featuring live, comedic performances by a local production staff, crew and cast of talented actors, actresses and musicians, who help write, organize and act in a collection of skits, songs and dances that make fun of local events and issues. Two shows each night at 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. Tickets are $35 for general admission and $50 for VIP benefiting the Steamboat Springs Arts Council.
Justin Roberts and "The Not Ready for Naptime Players"
2 to 4 p.m. | Saturday, May 19 | Strings Music Pavilion, 900 Strings Road
Two-time GRAMMY Nominated Justin Roberts is truly one of the all-stars of the indie family music scene. For nearly 20 years, Roberts has been creating the soundtrack to families' lives, helping kids navigate the joys and sorrows of growing up and parents remember their own childhoods. Tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for children.
Sixth annual Steamboat Springs Student Film Fest
1 p.m. workshops start | 4:30 p.m. screenings | Saturday, May 19 | Chief Theater, 813 Lincoln Ave.
The Steamboat Springs Student Film Fest is a nationwide short film festival dedicated to providing high school and middle school students the opportunity to express and showcase their creativity through film. The event will include a filmmaker workshops, individual feedback from a pro, film screenings and awards.
Free Foreign Film: ‘The Paris Opera’
7 to 9 p.m. | Wednesday, May 23 | Chief Theater, 821 Lincoln Ave.
The library's free foreign film series presents an award-winning documentary from France by director Jean-Stéphane Bron, screening at the Chief Theater.
10 a.m. to 6 p.m. | Friday, May 25 to Monday, May 28 | Lincoln Ave.
Kick off the summer with special bargains and new offerings by shopping the Memorial Day Sidewalk Sale in downtown Steamboat along Lincoln Avenue