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Isak Heartstone by artist Thomas Dambo is 15-foot tall wooden troll sculpture that is easily accessible from downtown Breckenridge


Fall Family Activities in Breckenridge

Beyond Snow Sports

When you think of Breckenridge, you might envision snow-covered slopes and winter wonderlands. But did you know that fall is just as magical in this charming mountain town? From art installations to family-friendly events, Breck Create offers a plethora of activities for families to enjoy during the autumn season. Whether you’re a local or planning a visit, here’s a guide to some of the best fall family activities that don’t require bikes, hiking boots, skis or snowboards.

Discover Art at Breck Create’s Campus Crawl

Breck Create, a year-round arts organization, invites families to embark on a creative journey during the Campus Crawl event. Open to all ages, this community event is a chance to explore renovated historic structures, peek into studio spaces and immerse yourself in the artistic process. With artist demonstrations, family-friendly craft activities, live music and more, it’s an evening of creative discovery and connection. The event takes place on Friday, September 1, from 5 to 7 p.m. on the Arts District Campus in downtown Breckenridge. Admission is free, so bring the whole family and let your artistic spirit flourish.

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Dive into Creative Classes and Workshops

Breck Create offers an array of creative classes and workshops for all ages and experience levels. From ceramics and drawing to writing and metalsmithing, there’s something for everyone to explore. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced artist, these classes provide a chance to tap into your creative side. The organization also hosts youth and family classes, making it a perfect opportunity for quality family time. Plus, the Precious Plastic program lets you engage in a global initiative to reduce plastic waste through art. Classes and workshops take place on the Arts District Campus in downtown Breckenridge.

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Volunteer as a Family

Make a deeper impact on the community by volunteering with Breck Create. As a non-profit, volunteers play a crucial role in expanding our reach and making arts and culture accessible to all. Help out with event setup, tear down, grassroots promotions, administrative tasks or even contribute to the innovative Precious Plastic recycling program by sorting and shredding collected plastics. Not only will you be fostering creativity, but you’ll also be fostering a sense of community and environmental stewardship.

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Leaf Peeping and Discovering Isak Heartstone

Take advantage of the crisp fall air and explore the Trollstigen Trail to discover Isak Heartstone, a 15-foot tall wooden troll sculpture by Danish artist Thomas Dambo. This whimsical creation is a sight to behold, nestled among the trees and offering a perfect backdrop for family photos. The easy, quarter-mile hike to reach Isak is a delightful adventure that kids and adults alike will enjoy.

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Día de Muertos Festival

Experience the vibrant Día de Muertos Festival on October 13-14 at the Arts District Campus. Engage in hands-on workshops, shop at the Mexican Cultural Market and immerse yourself in performances that honor Latine culture. This event is a wonderful opportunity for families to learn and celebrate a cherished tradition together.

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Stephanie Mercado: The Seeds of Dreams Exhibition

Discover the thought-provoking artistry of Stephanie Mercado in her exhibition, The Seeds of Dreams, free to view at Old Masonic Hall. Through portraits, Mercado pays homage to the dedication and resilience of the Latine communities in Summit County. This exhibition, running from October 6 to November 26, is a celebration of workers’ contributions and the power of art to illuminate hidden stories.

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Artist-In-Residence: Elisa Gomez

Experience the vibrant abstract expressionism of renowned painter Elisa Gomez, the Fall 2023 Artist-In-Residence, from August 29 to December 2. During her residency, Gomez will be working on a 16- to 20-page coloring book featuring the historic buildings inside Breckenridge’s Arts District and sculptures from the town’s public art collection as well as teaching creative workshops. Visitors are welcome to observe the artist at work during her Open Studios at the Robert Whyte House: It’s a chance for families to witness an artist’s process and be inspired.

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Oktoberfest: Fun for the Whole Family

The 27th annual Breckenridge Oktoberfest presented by Breckenridge Brewery—a blend of tradition, local flavors and family fun—happens September 15-17 in Breckenridge. Families will love the event offerings on Friday and Sunday, which will offer a laid-back atmosphere where parents can unwind while the kiddos have a blast. From family fun zones to face painting, live music and delicious food, it’s a weekend getaway that promises relaxation and enjoyment for all ages. 

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Beyond Snow Sports: Breckenridge’s Fall Family Adventures

As fall paints Breckenridge in shades of gold and orange, Breck Create offers an array of activities that go beyond the ski slopes and hiking trails. From artistic exploration to family festivals, let Breck Create help you embrace the vibrant spirit of any season with your loved ones. Breck Create’s recipe of beauty + culture + creativity truly makes Breckenridge a year-round treasure. To learn more about these activities and plan your fall family adventure, please explore our website.