October Events in Steamboat Springs
With temperatures dipping lower and the crisp bite of fall weather settling into the upper valley of the Yampa River, residents and visitors to Steamboat Springs alike search for things to do in Steamboat before the snow sticks for the winter.
Looking for the best events in October in 'The Boat? Read on for some of our October event favorites:
First Friday Artwalk
The First Friday Artwalk is a self-guided took through Steamboat's galleries, museums, and restaurants. It typically starts in October and occurs every first Friday until December.
The Steamboat Food & Wine Festival is the perfect event for people who enjoy wine or who are just there for quality food.
Explore Steamboat's favorite meals as you wine and dine your way through town! Restaurant week typically occurs during the last week of September to the first week in October.
It is an exciting week for both restaurateurs and diners. Owners and chefs can showcase their favorite dishes and craft menus specifically designed for the week, and diners can get a "taste" of what Steamboat has to offer.
Everyone will find something to please their palate, from Southern fried chicken to wild-game-inspired dishes to Spanish-flavored tapas. With almost every local restaurant participating, we wanted to spotlight a couple that we love; however, we recommend trying them all! :)
Salt & Lime
Yum, yum, yum! There's a reason we have most of our team lunches at Salt & Lime. With various apps, main dishes, and tacos, you can order as much or as little food as your stomach desires.
It's one of Steamboat Springs' best Mexican restaurants. It's quick, open for lunch, has rooftop dining, and is just one of the many excellent restaurants part of Rex's Family of Restaurants. (You can't go wrong with any Rex's establishment.)
Cafe Diva will leave your mouth watering and your stomach full! Offering fine dining at the base of Steamboat's ski hill, Cafe Diva's menu changes with the season. We recommend going hungry and not counting the calories!
You can't go wrong with the surf and turf, which is typically a wild game option, and scallops. Also, start with any of the apps to get your tastebuds ready for the main course!
Not feeling a reservation? Cafe Diva has a small 4-person bar that is first-come, first-serve, and a local favorite place to sit.
After indulging in all the yummy food you can handle, we recommend checking out a hike on the ski hill. It's a great time to see the mountain without snow and then come back in a month or two to find it covered in a white, powdery blanket!
The gondola typically runs until late October, so it's always fun to put in the work on the way uphill and then enjoy a scenic download on the gondola from the top of Thunderhead lift back to the Village area.
For a map of the hiking trails, check out our hiking guide!
Halloween in Steamboat
Halloween in Steamboat is unlike any other and is always guaranteed to be a spooky good time! Instead of trick-or-treating at houses, the whole town gets together to trick-or-treat the different businesses on Mainstreet.
For over 30 years, downtown Steamboat businesses have opened their doors along Lincoln Ave. for families and children to trick-or-treat safely. All of Steamboat comes out to socialize and dress in their favorite costumes!
Wear your Halloween best, come take in the costumes, collect candy, and pop into your favorite restaurants along the main avenue beginning at 5 pm. The Steamboat Group usually attends, so make sure to stop by and say hello!