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Fall arrives This weekend, and over the next two weeks your plans for a glorious trip into the mountains to enjoy the fall color can center on a community event: the annual Leadville Main Street Live Auction will take place at Leadville’s historic Tabor Opera beginning at 6:00 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 30, 2023.

The community is invited to enjoy live music, special guests, and special Western-themed auction items at “How the West Was Wonderful.”

Colorado guitarist/ singer/ songwriter Carin Mari will play her popular Western music. Leadville locals will help put on the show. Ty and Roxanne Hall will serve as celebrity bartenders, Leadville Mayor Greg Labbe and Tabor Executive Director Sarah Dae will be auctioneers, and Marika Guthrie will be the showcase specialist.

The auction features items that are upcycled by local artists and recycled items, all with a Western theme. Guests can bid on upcycled chairs, a cactus lamp, an authentic Western saddle, photo art, and much more.

The evening is a fundraiser for Leadville Main Street. This organization enlivens Leadville with historic preservation efforts, access to grant funding for local initiatives, music in the park, public art, downtown flower boxes, Trick or Treat Street, and much more.

Tabor Opera House exterior signage. Photo by Craig Hensel.

The Leadville Main Street Live Auction is also a celebration of Leadville’s tight-knit community and a commitment to preserving local heritage, plus family-friendly fun. The Tabor Opera House Preservation Foundation is providing space for the event, enabling guests to experience both the history of the Tabor and its role as a community hub for arts and culture.

Tickets cost $30 in advance and $35 at the door. Each ticket includes one free drink ticket, appetizers by Erica Curry of Tennessee Pass Cookhouse and the Copper Colt, and one raffle entry. Tickets are available at

About the Tabor Opera House Preservation Foundation

The Tabor Opera House in Leadville, Colo., built in 1879, is being revitalized as a community hub for arts and culture that welcomes all people. Deemed a National Treasure by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the Tabor is now undergoing a multi-year, $25 million rehabilitation, its first major rehabilitation ever. Open for shows and guided tours from late spring to early fall, the Tabor invites guests to enjoy live music, theater, comedy, community events, and much more.

The Tabor Opera House Preservation Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit that operates the Tabor Opera House and leads its rehabilitation, in strong partnership with the City of Leadville, which owns the building. Learn more at and on Instagram at @taboroperahouse and on Facebook @taboroperafoundation.