Aug. 6-7: Block Party, Train Rides & Film Fest!August 2, 2021
Local Women Leaders Throw Leadville Block Party
Venezuelan bassist Gonzalo Teppa, a two-time Latin Grammy Nominee for “Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album” and “Best Latin Jazz Album,” will perform on Saturday, Aug. 7, 2021, for the Leadville Block Party / PbBP. This women-led event will welcome live music back to downtown Leadville, Colo.
Part of 7th Street near its intersection with Harrison Avenue near The Manhattan Bar will be closed for the party, which happens Saturday, Aug. 7 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Barbecue and drinks, including alcohol, will be available for purchase, and open containers will be allowed.
10 a.m. – The Little Li-burro, a new little free library shaped like a burro and hosted by Leadville Main Street, will be unveiled in Zaitz Park, on Harrison Avenue between 7th and 6th Streets.
Noon – 2 p.m. – Karen Lauffer of Tree-O, which normally performs original “Campfire Classical” melodies while perched in the trees, will shred her electric violin from noon to 2 p.m. Local guest multi-instrumentalist Ike Spivak will join her on beats.
4 p.m. to 6 p.m. – Gonzalo Teppa and his award-winning band will take the stage. They will perform songs from recent albums “Away From Home” and “New Way of Freedom.”
Local Women Lead Party
The block party is led entirely by local women who are business owners and community leaders, in a city historically known for take-charge women like the “Unsinkable” Molly Brown and the industrious Augusta Tabor.
“Leadville is unusual in the number of women it has in leadership positions, and now local women have come together to host this special event after a challenging year,” said co-organizer Lisa McGuinness of The Manhattan Bar. “We are excited to bring community members and visitors together in this open-to-the-public outdoor event, one of the first since spring of 2020.”
The following women are helping to throw the party:
- Marla Akridge, Leadville/Lake County Economic Development Corporation
- Nancy Bailey, Leadville Main Street
- Sarah Dae, Diane Kiss, and Lori Tye, City of Leadville
- Felicia Federico, Leadville/Lake County Panthers Cheerleading Squad
- Teresa Gaskill and Kaitlyn Ham, Polly’s Kitchen
- Lisa McGuinness and Kelly Erbstoesser, The Manhattan Bar
- Emily Olsen, Cloud City Conservation Center
- Kira Spivak, Leadvillain Music
- Christine Street, Treeline Kitchen
Learn more about the Leadville Block Party / PbBP on Facebook.
More Weekend Events
The Leadville Block Party / PbBP is just one part of an exciting weekend. Round out your trip with the following fun events.
Friday, Aug. 6
Enjoy a special evening ride on the Leadville, Colorado & Southern Railroad with drinks, dinner, and majestic views. This event raises awareness and funds for the Advocates of Lake County, a nonprofit that assists any victim of domestic violence, sexual assault, crime, or violence.
6 p.m. – 9 p.m. / Buy train tickets!
Future Joy is a collaborative mash-up of live instrumentals and DJ, a stellar fusion of electronic music with a taste of sax and soul. See them perform at FREIGHT, Leadville’s event space in a restored train depot.
7 p.m. – 10 p.m. / Learn more!
Saturday, Aug. 7
The Leadville Block Party runs all day on Saturday.
10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Catch the season’s last wildflower special on the Leadville, Colorado & Southern Railroad. This train ride goes high into the alpine wilderness, with a 20-minute guided hike through pine forests, aspen groves, and open meadows with views of a multitude of varieties of wildflowers. Follow it with an optional lunch in the Healy House Museum and Dexter Cabin gardens, followed by a tour of the homes.
10 a.m. – 1 p.m. / Buy train tickets!
Join Cloud City Conservation Center for an night of outdoor adventure stories from the edges of our planet, the outskirts of our mountain towns, and the hearts of our cities. The 5 Point Film Festival will be held outdoors at FREIGHT, weather permitting, and will include a raffle with excellent prizes.
7 p.m. – 10 p.m. / Buy film fest tickets!