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2015 Vinotok: Bonfire & Festivities

September 19, 2015 @ 5:00 pm - 10:30 pm


Vinotok, a storytelling and fall harvest festival with ancient roots, is a long-standing annual event in Crested Butte.  A celebration that takes place on the autumnal equinox, which is the Pagan rite of Thanksgiving, is also known as “Harvest Home” or Mabon.  It’s a celebration for the abundance of harvest, a time meant for us to give thanks through song, dance and feasts.

It’s a time when Crested Buttians say goodbye to the old and bring in the new through storytelling.  In ancient times, fall celebrated a time of harvest and thanks, as members of the community would join together through feasting and storytelling. Click on the photos to view the gallery below: 


5:00 pm – 7:30 pm  Mumming by cast and crew
Cast and Crew of Vinotok produces a mini-theatre inside Elk Avenue Restaurants to invite people to the performance of the trial.

 7:30 pm  Trial of the Grump 
The community puts the Grump on trial with harvest maiden dances, and a play of the Harvest Mother, Dragon, Knight and Green Man. The performance is amplified and lit so the community can hear and see the tale on the temporary stage in front of the Eldo.

8:30 pm  Procession to the 4-way and Bonfire
The cast and crew lead the community down Elk Avenue to the 4-way stop, Grump in tow, to meet his demise. The bonfire and burning of the Grump will begin at approximately 8:30 p.m. and put out by 10:30.

For more information call (970) 641-4742.


RTA: The final RTA bus running from Mt. Crested Butte to Gunnison, with a stop at the Cement Creek Road, leaves at 5:15 p.m. from Mt. Crested Butte and 5:20 p.m. from the Crested Butte 4-way Stop arriving ultimately in Gunnison.

Mountain Express:  Mountain Express buses will run late for Vinotok on Saturday, September 19. Last run up from the Old Town Hall will be at 2:20 am. More details soon. Free

Alpine Express Late Night Taxi: Runs between 10 p.m. and 2:30 a.m. $5 per person for between Crested Butte and Mt. Crested Butte. $7 per person to CB South. Call (970) 209-0509 for pick-up.

Alpine Express Private Ride: You must make pre-reservations 48 hours in advance for this service. $200 total for a one-way 10 passenger van that can go all the way to Gunnison. Call (970) 641-5074 for reservations and pick up time.

CB Specialty Services: You must make pre-reservations for this service. $80 for a one-way six-passenger van to Gunnison, $150 total for round-trip of the same. $40 total for a one-way six-passenger van to Crested Butte South. Contact info@cbspecialtyservices.com or (970) 901-6400 for reservations and pick up times.


September 19, 2015
5:00 pm - 10:30 pm