Special Events

  • Pickleball Tournament: Saturday, September 21 and Sunday, September 22
  • Potato Day: Saturday, October 5
  • Celtic Fest: Friday, October 11
  • Oktoberfest: Saturday, October 12
  • Turkey Trot: Thursday, November 28
  • Light Up Carbondale: Friday, December 6

For registration deadlines and more information on specific events please continue to scroll down.

Celtic Fest

Date: October 11, 2019

Time: 5:00pm-9:00pm

Location: 4th Street Plaza

Sláinte! Join your neighbors and friends and toast the Emerald Isle with an evening of bagpipes, beer, and the “Best Legs in a Kilt Contest.” Sample Celtic & German cuisine, soak up some Celtic tunes, and enjoy a jolly good autumn evening. Music and mugs available beginning at 5:00pm Friday night, October 11th. Jig on by the 4th Street Plaza to check out the fun.

NEW this year: Whiskey Tasting with Carbondale Beer Works. Register with Beer works: $25 pre-register, $30 day of

5-6pm: Bag pipers, drummers, and Celtic dancers from Rocky Mountain Scots
6pm & 7pm: Whiskey Tastings with Carbondale Beer Works
8pm: Men’s Best Legs in a Kilt Contest
6-9pm: Live traditional Irish & Scottish Music from Oran Mor

Oktoberfest

Date: October 12, 2019

Time: 12:00pm-9:30pm

Location: 4th Street Plaza

Willkommen! Time to dust off last year’s stein and fill it full with this year’s beer. Oktoberfest kicks off at 12pm Saturday, October 12th, and promises to be a day full of fun with German music, food, and beer. Half and full-liter steins available while supplies last—get yours before it’s gone! Test your merit at Liter Holding and Nail Driving, and don’t forget to secure your spot in the Annual Cornhole Tournament (must pre-register online or at the CRCC).

12pm-2pm: Kid’s Crafts with Rosybelle Mobile Maker & Face Painting (FREE)
12pm-3pm Live music from Denver’s Thirsty 5
1pm-5pm: 7th Annual Cornhole Tournament
3pm-6pm – Live German Music Rick Borger and the Average German Band
7pm: Liter Holding Competition
7:30-9:30pm: Live cover band (80’s-2000’s) Union of None

If you are interested in volunteering for Celtic Fest and Oktoberfest please contact Jamie Wall at 970.510.1214 or email jwall@carbondaleco.net.

Volunteers are needed for checking IDs, monitoring the entrance/exit, and manning the zero waste stations. Shifts run in two hour increments:

Friday: 5-7pm, 7-9pm and Saturday 12pm-2pm, 2-4pm, 4-6pm, 6-9pm

Halloween Candy Buyback

Start date: November 1, 2019 - End date: November 5, 2019

Location: Carbondale Recreation Center

Over the last two years we have sent over over 80lbs of candy to troops overseas with Operation Gratitude! Bring your Halloween candy to Rec Center November 1-5 and trade it for day passes!

Ages 0-3 years: We will buy 2lbs of candy with 1 FREE admittance to Motion Monday or Wild and Wacky Wednesday ($5 value)
Ages 4-6 years: We will buy 3lbs of candy with 1 FREE youth AND 1 free adult pool admittance ($12 value)
Ages 7-13 years: We will buy 2lbs of candy with 1 FREE admittance to the Carbondale Recreation and Community Center ($5 value)

Huffin’ 4 Stuffin’ Turkey Trot and Cyclo Cross Races

Date: November 28, 2019

Time: 8am

Location: North Face Park

Earn that Thanksgiving turkey! Join Carbondale Parks and Recreation and Aloha Mountain Cyclery Thanksgiving morning, Thursday, November 28 for a 5K Walk/Run, 2.5K 1 Lap Fun Walk/Run, and/or Turkey Cross Bike Races. This race is for all ages and very non-competitive. We encourage costumes, fun, and families. All races are on the same off road course through North Face Park and RFHS grounds. Prizes for first, last, and middle 5K racers. The grand prize will go to the middle place 5K racer. There is a Gift for 1st 75 racers to register for either run/walk event. Costumes highly encouraged. Bonfire, Snacks, and Fun! Register for the Turkey Trot with Carbondale Rec. The cyclo cross race is also for fun. If you want to register for both the Turkey Trot and Turkey Cross register online for the Turkey Trot then add on the Cyclo Cross for $20. If you only want to register for the bike race, contact Aloha at 970.963.2500.

Ages: All Ages Welcome
Cost:

Pre-Registration
September 1 – November 27 (12pm)
-Adults 5K $30/2.5K $25
-Senior/Youth 5K $25/2.5K $20
-Household 5K $75/2.5K $70
Day of Registration
November 28 (7-7:45am)
-Adults 5K $35/2.5K
-Senior/Youth5K $30/2.5K $25
-Household 5K $80/2.5K $75
(Cash or Check Only)

This is a canned food drive for Lift-up so a single donation of a non-perishable food item will take $5 off your entry fee.

Packet Pick up: Wednesday, November 27 12-5pm or Thursday, November 28, 7-7:45am
Race Start: 5K and 2.5K both begin at 8am sharp
Race Notes:
-Pre-Registration closes at 12pm on Thursday. You may still register online or in person on the 27th, however you will be charged the Day of Registration rate, and packet pick up will be at the start line the morning of the race.
– Household is considered two adults and 1-4 children from the same household or family. Upon registration please list all runners/walkers plus ages for appropriate race bibs and prizes.
For more information please contact the race director, Margaret Donnelly, at 970-510-1280.

Letters to Santa

Start date: December 1, 2019 - End date: December 20, 2019

Location: Carbondale Recreation Center

If you have been a good little boy or girl, let Santa know what you would like for Christmas. Write a letter or draw a picture and address it to Santa at the North Pole. Drop it off at Santa’s Mailbox at the Carbondale Recreation and Community Center from December 1-December 20. Make sure to sign your name and address so Santa can write back!

Light Up Carbondale

Date: December 6, 2019

Time: 5:00pm-8:00pm

Location: The Launchpad, 4th Street Plaza, and Main Street

The Town of Carbondale Parks and Rec Department along with Carbondale Arts invites everyone to light up Carbondale and welcome Santa. The lights on the trees lining Main Street will come on when Santa reaches the 4th Street Plaza. There will be carolers, free hot chocolate, and cookies.

Family Skate Night

Date: January 3, 2020

Time: 5:30pm-8:00pm

Location: 4th Street Plaza Ice Rink

Come on down to the 4th Street Plaza Ice Rink on January’s First Friday for a free Community Party. We will have a fire pit, roast hot dogs and marshmallows, and drink hot chocolate. Ice skate rentals will be available at the Rec Center until 9pm

Full Moon Winter Triathlon

Date: January 11, 2020

Time: 3:30-5:30pm

Location: Gus Darien Rodeo Grounds

Join Carbondale Recreation, Aloha Mountain Cyclery, Independence Run and Hike, and RFTA for the ultimate Full Moon Winter Race!!!! The route: 3K out and back run from the rodeo grounds to main street; 4K cross country out and back ski from the rodeo grounds to Catherine Store Bridge; 5K bike race around the rodeo grounds. Run the entire triathlon individually, or put together a team. Teams can be 2 or 3 people, each completing a different leg of their choice during triathlon. Post race, enjoy a giant bonfire, hot soup and bread, snacks, awards, and a beautiful full moon. This is a great event for all levels, especially people who aren’t skilled at one particular event. This is a fun, safe, short, fast course, with a big party afterwards.

Ages: 12+
Cost:

Pre-Registration
September 1 – January 10 (12pm)
$35 Per Individual or Team
Day of Registration
January 11 3-4pm
$40 Per Individual or Team

All registrations $5 off with a non-perishable food item for Lift Up

Packet Pick Up: Friday, January 10th 12-5pm or Saturday, January 11th 3:30pm
Race Staging: Saturday, January 11th 3:30-4:15pm
Race Start: 4:30pm as the full moon rises
Additional Race Info:
– Please note the Pre-Registration dates and Day of packet pick up dates are incorrect in the brochure. See above for correct dates and times.
– You can still register after 12pm on the 10th, however you will be charged the day of registration rate and you can pick up your packets Saturday, January 11th at 3:30pm.
– There are numerous places to rent or borrow both bikes or skis. We also have several bikes people are willing to loan out for the event. Please contact Aloha Mountain Cyclery 970-963-2500 about bike information and Independence Run and Hike 970-704-0909 about cross country ski information.
– If you would like to participate in one or two events, but need a teammate we can help. Contact the race director, Margaret Donnelly, at 970-510-1280. Leave your name, contact information, and the parts of the race you can do and we will help get you matched with a fellow racer.
– You must have appropriate winter race clothing, appropriate foot wear for the run, cross country skis (the track is groomed for skate or Nordic), a fat bike and helmet, and appropriate self illumination for all three events. The course is lit by your own head lamps and a full moon if it is clear.
-When you register as a team please list all the participants name and the leg of the race they are completing.