Chaffee County Events & more...

January 18th-20th

AIARE 1-This three day course is all about decision making in avalanche terrain. Designed specifically for anyone who wants to recreate in or near avalanche terrain, regardless of the method of travel. Students can expect to develop a good grounding in how to prepare for and carry out a backcountry trip, to understand basic decision making while in the field, and to learn avalanche rescue techniques if an avalanche occurs and someone is buried.
Buena Vista,CO.
- Develop a plan for travel in avalanche terrain.
- Demonstrate the ability to identify avalanche terrain.
- Effectively use the AIARE Risk Management Framework to make terrain choices in a group setting
- Demonstrate effective companion rescue.
Aspiring professionals will need to take the AIARE 1 and Avalanche Rescue as a prerequisite for the Pro 1 course.

January 31st

Steely Dead at the Lariat, Buena Vista CO-at 9 PM – 11:59 PM, The Lariat, 206 E Main St, Buena Vista, CO. (719) 395-9494 Steely Dead is a sonic fusion of the the Grateful Dead and Steely Dan Steely Dead is where sonic worlds unite, between the structure, arrangement and pristine studio recordings of rock legends Steely Dan, cross-pollinated with the Grateful Dead’s free flowing, melodic improvisation and masterful song segues. Steely Dead merges these major concepts together while fusing the influence unto each band

February 1st

Valentines Celebration Fundraiser for the Puppies-at 5 PM – 8:30 PM

Buena Vista Community Center, 715 E Main St, Buena Vista, CO. (719) 395-8643

Gourmet Dinner
Elegant wine-paired dinner
catered by Simple Eatery and
wine donated by Little Daisy
$45. per person, $70. a couple
Menu:Starters: Mushroom Barley Soup, Tomato Cucumber Salad
Entree choices*: Beef Bourguignonne paired with Merlot,Chicken Alfredo paired with Chardonnay Vegan option to be announced *Served with roasted vegetables
Dessert: Chocolate Mousse with Raspberries paired with Ruby Port Wine,Fresh Coffee from Brown Dog Coffee Guest speakers to be announced.
Proceeds go toward a new kennel building and service dog training. Tickets:

February 3rd

Science For Kids-4:30 PM – 5:30 PM, Salida Community Center, 305 F St, Salida, CO. (719) 539-3351 Join Salida Recreation each month as we take on a new scientific adventure. We will learn about dry ice science, electricity, magnetism, photo transfers and more. This program is for kids ages 6-12 years old and will be meeting at the Salida Community Center on Mondays, January 6th, February 3rd and March 2nd. Time - 4:30 - 5:30 pm. It will be $10 per child for each Monday attended.

 February 4th

 Trivia Night #66-at 6 PM – 8 PM, Soulcraft Beer, 248 W Rainbow Blvd, Salida, CO.     (719) 539-5428 See what the hubbub is all about! Join us for an evening of fun and   games. 6 categories, 6 questions per category, 4 chances to win!

February 8th

Chocolate Lover's Fantasy in Buena Vista-at 5:30 PM – 8 PM, Buena Vista Community Center, 715 E Main St, Buena Vista, CO. (719)-539-7347

Enjoy sweet and savory food tastings and food contest, music, libations, and a silent auction. Proceeds from the event directly benefit the Alliance’s programs that empower survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault through education, social change, and services.

February 13th

Riverside Stories Film Series: EarthxFilm Festival -at 6 PM – 9 PM, Surf Hotel

1012 Front Loop, Buena Vista, CO. (719) 966-7048 The South Main Arts and Parks Trust Riverside Stories film series continues with EarthxFilm! EarthxFilm showcases films and emerging media that explore conservation, climate change, and the environment while honoring the heroes working to protect our planet. Join us for an evening of activism and support the works of cutting edge documentary films.

February 14th

Laney Lou and the Bird Dogs -at 8:30 PM – 11:30 PM, The Lariat in Buena Vista

206 E Main St, Buena Vista, CO. (719) 395-9494 Laney Lou and the Bird Dogs are an energetic Americana-Folk band that infuses four-part harmonies, engaging songwriting, and rock-n-roll drive into a modern approach to traditional folk music

February 16th

An Evening with Sticks N' Thorns & Distillery 291 | Ivy Ballroom-at 6:30 PM – 11 PM

Surf Hotel, 1012 Front Loop, Buena Vista, CO. (719) 966-7048 Leftover Salmon's Andy Thorn Music & Jon Stickley of Jon Stickley Trio will be playing a special event at the Ivy Ballroom . Wesley & Rose will curate a remarkable 4-course sit-down dinner paired w/ award-winning whiskey from Distillery 291 (wine may be substituted for whiskey).
*Limited Availability** More details & Tickets:

February 21st

Kids Cook, No Cook Class-at 10 AM – 11 AM, Salida Community Center

305 F St, Salida, CO. (719) 539-3351 Led by Sally Ayotte, RDN, learn to make healthy, nutritious snacks without even turning on the oven! You even get to take the goodies home after! For kids ages 6-12 years old. Sign up online at

February 22nd

Splitboard 101 - Colorado Sports Recycler-at 7 PM – 8:30 PM, Colorado Sports Recycler, 1070 E Rainbow Blvd, Salida, CO. (719) 221-2880

Entering into the backcountry for the first time can be a daunting task. The experts at Weston Backcountry are here to help. From choosing your first splitboard, to planning your first backcountry trip, to choosing what avalanche education you need, the Weston Snowboards crew has the knowledge and gear you need to get out and have fun in the backcountry. This course is ideal for someone who may have just purchased a splitboard setup or is looking to get into the scene and feeling things out. The course itinerary will cover choosing a splitboard setup, gear recommendations and packing list, a CAIC website demo, an in depth trip-planning workshop and Hillmap website demo, splitboard tips and tricks from the Weston Team and some awesome local rider edits as well!

February 26th

Comedy Night at Boathouse -at 8 PM – 10 PM, Boathouse Cantina, 228 N F St, Salida, CO. (719) 539-5004 Boathouse, Integrity Tattoo and the Poncha Lodge present Comedy on the rocks! Once a month we will be featuring 3 comedians for a night of laughter, friends and good food. We will also be featuring a community organization and raising money for a new one each month . All proceeds from ticket sales will go to the chosen charity of the week! So not only will you be able to watch a great comedy show, you will be donating to a great cause! Our first charity will be Toys for Tots! Cover will be an unwrapped gift for Toys for Tots, $8 pre bought tickets or $10 at the door!
Call Boathouse at 719-539-5004 if you'd like more information!
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February 28th

Blue Recluse band at Boathouse -at 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM, Boathouse Cantina

228 N F St, Salida, CO. (719) 539-5004 FREE and EARLY blues FAC at down by the river!

Blue Recluse plays a wide range of blues, rhythm and blues, and country blues from the ‘40s to the present day. Powerful, sultry vocals in combination with a hard-groovin’ rhythm section and classic electric blues guitar and keys makes this band a blues lover’s dream.