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LIST OF FESTIVALS, FIESTAS, AND OTHER FUN THINGS TO DO
IN THE GRAND CIRCLE

Jan | FebMarchAprilMayJuneJulyAugSeptOctNov | Dec

 

YEAR-ROUND

First Thursday of Every Month

First Thursday Art Walk

Durango, CO

This monthly gallery walk celebrates the art and artists of participating galleries and alternative art venues of Durango. Participating venues of FTAW host various activities and artists from 5-7 pm during each event. Watch for the sidewalk signs and enjoy an evening full of arts and fun!

 

JANUARY

Beginning of January

38th Annual Snowdown Parade

Durango, CO

Snowdown is a chance to have a whole lot of fun in the middle of winter. All month long, Snowdown offers theater performances, dances, contests, food and drinking, parade, themed fashion shows, and more!

www.snowdown.org

 

FEBRUARY

SPRING

(Annual events which happen every spring but on different dates.)

First weekend in February

Official’s Feast Day

Acoma, NM

Two days of traditional dancing in honor and recognition of the newly elected Acoma tribal officials. Held in the village of Acoma, NM.

http://www.acomaskycity.org/

 

Beginning of March

Dream Catcher Half Marathon

Grand Junction, CO

Starunner Enterprises produces a half marathon course designed to give every level of runner/walker an opportunity to experience the thrill and challenge of crossing the finish line after a 13.1 mile course. This event is catered to both the first-timer and seasoned athlete by providing full course support, an excellent post-race celebration, an unique finisher's medal and the opportunity to convene with other endurance enthusiasts.

http://www.starunnerenterprises.com/

 

End of April & End of May

Annual Spring Barrel Tasting

Grand Valley, CO

The Grand Valley Winery Association was formed by eight area wineries to increase the awareness of and appreciation for the unique characteristics of the Grand Valley and the wines member wineries produce. The event takes place over a weekend at the end of April and May.

970-255-1471

http://www.grandvalleywine.com/events/

 

May or June, Annually

Annual Desert View Cultural Demonstration Series

Grand Canyon, AZ

Interact with members of Grand Canyon National Park’s 11 traditionally associated tribes and artisans to share their history and traditional crafts at Desert View Watchtower.

http://www.nps.gov/grca

 

MARCH

First Half of March

Durango, CO

Annual Durango Celtic Festival

Three days of Celtic music, workshops, festivities, and more! Tickets sell fast, so order a pass early.

www.durangocelticfestival.com

 

First Week of March

Annual Durango Film Fest

Durango, CO

Durango Film is an independent film festival committed to developing film literacy and to being a welcoming, intimate, and unique film organization that screens global, innovative, and diverse films that connect independent filmmakers, their artistic process, and their vision to the community.

www.durangofilm.org

 

Last Half of March

Annual Durango Ragtime & Early Jazz Festival

Durango, CO

Three days of ragtime and early jazz music, silent movies, after-hours parties, mingling with the entertainers, and much more. From young to seasoned, local to international, we have a great variety of ragtime and jazz musicians lined up for a spectacular Festival.

www.durangoragtimefestival.com

 

APRIL

Early April

Annual Palisade International Honey Bee Festival

Palisade, CO

Two fun-filled and educational days of celebrating the industrious honeybee. The annual outdoor festival celebration features street vendors, children's events, educational exhibits and live entertainment.

http://www.palisadehoneybeefest.org/

 

Mid-April

Annual Durango Bluegrass Meltdown

Durango, CO

Three days in the middle of April. During the Meltdown, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to jam with other musicians – in hallways, on sidewalks, and many other locations. Don’t play? Relax and enjoy the scene!

www.durangomeltdown.com

 

Mid-April

Home & Garden Business Expo

Kingman, AZ

For your entire home, landscaping, and gardening projects, the 13th Annual Home and Garden Business Expo is the place to be. Professional demonstrations and advice for all you Do-It-Yourselfers. The Expo also features a carnival for the kids, food, games and lots of vendors.

For three days, located at the Mohave County Fairgrounds, 2600 Fairgrounds Blvd. in Kingman.

928-753-2636

www.mcfafairgrounds.org

 

Mid/End of April

Annual Rumble at 18 Road

Fruita, CO

Cross Country Mountain Bike Race. This event is a Nationals qualifier! The Top 10 riders in each class and category qualify to compete in USA Cycling National Championships. Pre-registration required to race!

http://www.madracingcolorado.com/

 

End of April

Annual Fruita Fat Tire Festival

Fruita, CO

Single-track Mountain Bike tradition. Come ride miles of pristine MTB Trails, meet MTB friends from around the world and support those who support the passion, the lifestyle and the sport we all enjoy. VIP party night, live bands under the summer stars in downtown Fruita, as well as one of the top cycling expos in the state. Celebrate hundreds of miles of World Class MTB Trails and join in the four days of fun.

970-858-7220

http://fruitafattirefestival.com/

 

End of April

Durango Home and Ranch Show

Durango, CO

Held for two days near the end of April. This show is very focused on the home building and remodeling industry. All vendors display only “home-related” products and services.

www.durangohrs.com

 

End of April/ Early May

Route 66 Fun Run

Kingman, AZ

The “Route 66 Fun Run” is a 3-day celebration of the namesake’s famous American Roadway with hundreds of Show Cars cruising along the longest unbroken stretch of Route 66. The “Route 66 Fun Run” rolls into Kingman on Saturday for a stop in Historic Downtown Kingman. Events center around the Kingman Visitor Center (120 W. Andy Devine Ave.), with a huge car show, entertainment, and food with a carnival atmosphere. Fun for the whole family! Typically held the first weekend in May, which may coincide with some of the last days of April.

928-753-5001

www.azrt66.com/

 

MAY

Every Saturday in May-October

Durango Farmers Market

Durango, CO

8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. at First National Bank. Find locally produced foods and products. Use cash or use debit or check to obtain “market bucks,” for your convenience.

www.durangofarmersmarket.com

 

May 1st Annually

Saint Maria Feast Day

In the village of McCartys, NM. Feast honoring the patron saint of McCartys with traditional dances during the day and vendor booths selling artwork and food.

http://www.indianpueblo.org/

 

May 5th Annually, or the weekend before or after

Cinco de Mayo Fiesta at Tlaquepaque

Sedona, AZ

Mexican dishes, world-class musicians, and Annual Great Sedona Chili Cook-Off. 928-282-4838

http://www.tlaq.com

 

1st Thursday-Saturday in May

Tenth Annual Durango Wine Experience

Durango, CO

Experience three days of educational seminars, wine dinners and unique tastings featuring hundreds of wineries, artisan spirits, and craft beers.

www.durangowine.com

 

Early May

Annual Grand Valley Marathon, Half Marathon, 10K, & 5K

Grand Valley, CO

The Grand Valley Marathon, 1/2 Marathon, 10K and 5K are made possible by the non-profit Mammoth Marathons. These races were designed to encourage the whole family to come and participate in a great day of activity, regardless of their interest or running ability.

http://mammothmarathons.org/grand-valley-marathon/

 

Early May

Annual 18 Hours of Fruita @ Highline

Fruita, CO

One of the most beloved endurance events on the western slope. A fast and fun single-track lap located within the "posh environs" of Highline Lake State Park, with its green grass and warm showers, makes this a great race to kick off the season. Get your buddies together for a great weekend of racing and don't forget to check out the new "Coed Geezer" categories!

970-858-7220

http://18hrsoffruita.com/

 

Mid-May

HITS Triathlon Series

Grand Junction Area, CO

Triathlon training for beginners and experts. Several different distances offered to meet different levels and needs. Visit the website to obtain recent event information.

http://www.hitstriathlonseries.com/grand-junction-co/

 

Mid-May

Annual Historic Route 66 Race for Hospice

Kingman, AZ

Walk or run along Historic Route 66 and downtown Kingman, 10K & 5K. The entry fee benefits the Kingman Regional Medical Center Foundation.

http://www.azkrmc.com

 

Mid-May

Annual Festival of the Arts

Kingman, AZ

The Festival is presented by the Kingman Route 66 Rotary Club Foundation at Centennial Park. More than 70 vendors sell high quality, hand-made arts and crafts, including works from painters, ceramic and mixed media artists, photographers, jewelers, and bead crafters. Live entertainment and food are available.

928-727-1909

http://www.gokingman.com/Upcoming-Events

 

Mid/End of May

Annual Kingman Wine and Food Festival

Kingman, AZ

Enjoy award-winning wines from Arizona wineries and food from local restaurants, and a car show at Firefighters' Park. Entry fee benefits Mohave Community College Foundation and includes a commemorative wine glass and 6 tasting tickets.

480-550-0016

http://www.gokingman.com/Upcoming-Events

 

Mid-May

Annual Northern Arizona Poker Run

Williams, AZ

Starts at Cruisers Café 66, and promotes Special Olympics and cancer awareness.

http://www.specialolympicsarizona.org/events/16th-annual-northern-arizona-poker-run

 

May

Narrow Gauge Days

Durango, CO

Narrow Gauge Days! Help us celebrate as we begin another season of continuous train operation between Durango and Silverton since 1882.

http://www.durangotrain.com

 

Mid-May

Annual Downtown Music Festival

Grand Junction, CO

Four days of free music on four separate stages, and juried art and craft vendors selling their work on Main Street, The Beer and Wine Garden spans the entire festival area…4 blocks of Main Street.

970-245-9697

www.downtowngj.org

 

End of May

Iron Horse Bicycle Classic

Durango, CO

The Iron Horse Bicycle Classic was the brainchild of Tom Mayer and his older brother Jim. Jim worked as a brakeman on the D & R G W railroad which had run the steam powered locomotive between Durango and Silverton since the 1880s. Tom was a young bicycle enthusiast who grew up alongside the tracks to Silverton. Tom challenged Jim to a race to Silverton. Riders still challenge the train every year.

www.ironhorsebicycleclassic.com

 

End of May

Annual Grand Canyon Half Marathon

Grand Canyon, AZ

A gorgeous run through a dirt road in the Kaibab National Forest, and after the race, you can enjoy the park with your family and friends. Keep an eye out for Elk! There is a 1200 person cap on the race and an entry fee.

http://www.grandcanyonhalfmarathon.com/

 

End of May

Annual Sedona Jewelry, Gem and Mineral Show and Sale

Sedona, AZ

The earth’s bounty from much of the world is on display at this show. Vendors at Sedona Red Rock High School will have unique and interesting mineral specimens, crystals, gemstones, jewelry, beads, fossils, and cutting material, and artisan-created original jewelry designs.

http://events.visitsedona.com/events-calendar/

 

End of May

Annual Grand Junction Off-Road Mountain Bike Race and Community Concert

Grand Junction, CO

This three-day event features trails in the world class Lunch Loops trail system. The 15-, 30-, & 40-mile courses start and finish on Main Street in downtown Grand Junction.

520-623-1584

http://www.epicrides.com

 

End of May/ Early June

Annual JUCO Baseball World Series

Grand Junction, CO

Grand Junction is proud to have been the host of the Junior College Baseball World Series at Suplizio Field for over 50 years. JUCO draws amazing young baseball players full of talent, commitment and enthusiasm. Players, coaches, and fans are all swept up in the thrilling moments of America's pastime.

970-245-9166

www.jucogj.org

 

 

SUMMER

(Annual events which happen every summer but on different dates.)

 

May-September

FREE Native American Dances

Cortez, CO

Located at the Cortez Cultural Center. Free event, Mondays through Saturdays, from end of May through early September.

970-565-1151

www.cortezculturalcenter.org

 

First Sunday of June, July, and August

Hualapai Mountain Park Craft Fair & Swap Meet

Kingman, AZ

Beat the heat and travel up the mountain to Recreation Area #1. 9:00 am to 3:00 pm, free entry for shoppers.

http://www.gokingman.com/

 

Dates Vary Annually, June, July, or August (multiple days)

UFO Fest

Cedar City, UT

Events include star party/Astronomy Fest at Cedar Breaks National Monument; vendor booths at Main Street Park; alien UFO parade down Main Street; SciFi Film Festival; caravan camping trip to Rachel, Nevada, near Area 51; keynote speakers; and cowboys and aliens.
435-531-9944

http://utahufofest.org/

 

Early June & Mid-August

Durango Blues Train

Durango, CO

The Durango Blues Train is an exciting 3.5 hour moving musical experience providing two consecutive evenings of live blues.

www.durangobluestrain.com

 

Every Tuesday night in June, July, and August

Fruita Rimrock Rodeo

Fruita, CO

Bring the whole family out for summer fun at the largest jackpot rodeo in the Western US, at Rimrock Adventures Rodeo Arena!  See your favorite cowboys and cowgirls compete in events like bull riding, roping, team roping, barrel racing, mutton bustin’ and more!

970-434-7515

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Fruita-Rim-Rock-Rodeo/147764895295176

 

Thursday evenings, Mid-June through Mid-September 

Downtown Farmer’s Market

Grand Junction, CO

Over 100 artisans, musicians, and food vendors with fresh produce and fruits from the Grand Valley. Held along Grand Junction's historic Main Street, this event attracts an estimated 5,000 visitors every Thursday.

970-245-9697

www.downtowngj.org

 

June through September

Almost every day, differing times. Visit the schedule to plan times. 

Grand Junction Rockies Baseball

Grand Junction, CO

The Grand Junction Rockies are a Minor League affiliate (Short-Season Rookie) of the Colorado Rockies. The Grand Junction Rockies (GJR) are members of the Pioneer Baseball League, which consists of eight teams in Montana, Colorado, Utah, and Idaho.

http://www.milb.com/index.jsp?sid=t4364

 

End of June through End of October, 2016

Utah Shakespeare Festival

Cedar City, UT

The Emy and Tony Award winning Utah Shakespeare Festival presents life-affirming classic and contemporary plays in repertory, with Shakespeare as their cornerstone. These plays are enhanced by interactive festival experiences which entertain, enrich, and educate. Different shows run through different dates. Check the schedule for show times. 

1-800-PLAYTIX

bard.org

 

JUNE

End of May/ Early June

Animas River Days

Durango, CO

Join us for TONS of river and dry-land events including kayaking, paddle boarding, raft races, & live music!

https://www.durango.org/events/  

 

June

Colorado Bike Month

Colorado

The entire month of June is Colorado Bike Month. Visit website for events and trip ideas.

http://www.visitgrandjunction.com/events-calendar

 

June

Annual Sedona Bluegrass Festival

Sedona, AZ

A full week of bluegrass activities, including concerts in art galleries, bluegrass BBQ, bluegrass workshops and jam session, and an afternoon of concerts featuring some of the world's best bluegrass and acoustic bands. Food and snacks will be available at the venue.

http://events.visitsedona.com/events-calendar/

 

Early June

Annual It’s About Time Car Show

Kingman, AZ

Classic cars, including unfinished, un-primered, rusted, and dented classic vehicles, will be exhibited at the Kingman Visitor Center. Unique awards, unique categories.

928-753-3954

www.GoKingman.com

 

Early June

Moab Canyonlands Rodeo

Moab, UT

Canyonlands PRCA Rodeo with parade, carnival and games.

www.moabcanyonlandsrodeo.com

 

June

Utah Summer Games Grand Opening Ceremonies

Cedar City, UT

Join us for the Parade of Athletes, live music, fireworks, and more. Tickets can be purchased at tbirdtickets.com or the SUU Centrum Box Office.

435-865-8421

www.utahsummergames.org

 

Mid-June

Annual Paiute Restoration Gathering & POW-WOW

Cedar City, UT

A celebration of the federal restoration of the Paiute Tribe.

435-586-9433 or 435-586-1112

http://www.utahpaiutes.org/powwow/

 

Mid-June

Palisade Bluegrass & Roots Music Festival

Palisade, CO

The Palisade Bluegrass and Roots Music Festival is held right on the banks of the Colorado River in Riverbend Park. Palisade is known as the Peach and Wine Capital of Colorado, with the state's greatest concentration of wineries/vineyards and orchards, making it an ideal location for a weekend music festival. Local wines, micro-brews, food, and artisans are ready to help make this the perfect weekend. 

www.palisademusic.com

 

Mid-June

Annual Grand Canyon Star Party

Grand Canyon South Rim

This week-long event is sponsored by National Park Service and the Tucson Amateur Astronomy Association. Amateur astronomers from across the country volunteer their expertise, and numerous telescopes are set up to view.

http://www.nps.gov/grca or http://tucsonastronomy.org/events-calendar/

 

Mid-June

Country Jam USA Music Festival

Grand Junction, CO area

Four full days of country music. Headliners each year are some of country music’s biggest stars.

1-800-780-0526

www.countryjam.com

 

Mid-June

Annual Cowpunchers Reunion Rodeo

Williams, AZ

At the Williams Rodeo Grounds, the real working cowboys get together and put on a big rodeo for themselves. Rodeo performances start daily in the afternoon, and there are dances on the weekend.

928-853-6495

http://www.ExperienceWilliams.com or http://www.azcowpunchers.com

 

Mid-June

Annual Chili Cook-Off/ Chili in the Pines

Kingman, AZ

Located at Hualapai Mountain Resort, the Cook-off features music, chili tasting, and prizes to the best chili cooks. Come join the fun.

928-757-3545

http://www.gokingman.com/

 

Mid-June

Annual Durango Motor Expo & Classic Car show

Durango, CO

The Durango Old Car Club is a group of car enthusiasts from all walks of life with a common love of all things automobile. The proceeds of the show are given to local charities.

www.durangooldcarclub.org

 

End of June, Summer Solstice

Summer Solstice Sunset Observation

Parowan Gap, UT

7:30 p.m. Bring your own chair, watch the sun set down the "zipper glyph." 

435-463-3735

https://www.visitcedarcity.com/cedar-city-events/

 

JULY

July 4th Weekend

Ute Mountain Casino Fireworks Display 

Ute Mountain Casino, Towaoc, CO

Annual fireworks show & music.

www.utemountaincasino.com

 
Early July

World Series of Team Roping Qualifier

Williams, AZ

At Williams rodeo fairgrounds.

928-692-8465

http://ExperienceWilliams.com

 

July 4 Annually

4th of July Celebration

Grand Canyon, AZ

4th of July Parade with BBQ, food, and music.  

928-638-2673

http://www.grandcanyoncvb.org/news-events

 

July 4 Annually

4th of July Fireworks Show

Kingman, AZ

A family festival and fireworks show, with games, contests, food, and vendors, at the Mohave County Fairgrounds.

http://www.gokingman.com/Upcoming-Events

 

July 4 Annually

Fourth of July Activities

Page, AZ
The Chamber Page Lake Powell presents a real firecracker of a day starting with a parade and activities at John C. Page Memorial Park. Then, the skies of Page light up with a heart-pumping fireworks display!

928-645-2741

www.pagechamber.com

 

July 4 Annually

July 4th Festival

Sedona, AZ

Enjoy fireworks in the evening, and food, music, and water earlier in the day.

http://www.sedonaaz.gov/your-government/departments/parks-recreation/calendar

 

July 4 Annually

Hometown 4th of July Parade

Williams, AZ

An “All American Holiday” with one of the biggest parades in Northern Arizona. Kid’s carnival, music, food, entertainment.

http://www.ExperienceWilliams.com

 

July 4 Annually

Independence Day Celebration

Durango, CO

Events all day include a parade on Main Avenue, followed by a street dance and fireworks.
https://www.durango.org/events/category/festivals

 

July 4 Annually

4th of July Festival

Blanding, UT

Parade, vendor booths, concert, and fireworks.

1-800-574-4386 or 435-587-3235 x5006

http://www.blanding-ut.gov/4th-of-july.html

 

July

Annual Wildflower Festival

Cedar Breaks National Monument, UT

Every summer Cedar Breaks is treated to a spectacular display of wildflowers, including cushion phlox, kittentails, aspen bluebells, scarlet paintbrushes, Colorado columbines, little sunflowers, elkweeds, and many more. Cedar Breaks celebrates this colorful show with an annual Wildflower Festival that last almost the whole month.

435-586-9451 or 435-586-0787

www.nps.gov/cebr

 

Mid-July

Utah Mid-Summer Renaissance Faire

Cedar City, UT

Games, crafts, entertainment, and excitement at Cedar City's Main Street Park.

435-531-9327 or 435-586-6757

www.umrf.net

 

Mid-July - Mid-August

Neil Simon Festival

Cedar City, UT

The Neil Simon Festival provides accessible, entertaining theatrical experiences that excite the imagination and nourish a lifelong passion for the theatre.  It presents the works of playwright Neil Simon and his contemporaries as well as fosters the development of new American plays that follow the Simon tradition of character-driven plots and comic introspection into the American experience.

435-267-0194 or 1-866-357-4666

www.simonfest.org

 

Early July

Colorado Lavender Festival

Palisade, CO

The Lavender Association of western Colorado is proud to host Colorado's ONLY lavender festival in historic downtown Palisade, CO just 15 miles to the east of Grand Junction off I-70.

http://www.coloradolavender.org/

 

Early/Mid-July

18th Annual July Jamboree Street Festival

Cedar City, UT

Cedar City's Historic Downtown Main Street will be closed off for this event, which will feature live bands, vendors of all kinds, including food, and a Great Car Show.

www.julyjamboree.com

 

Mid/End of July

Annual Mesa County Fair

Grand Junction, CO

Pioneer Day The Mesa County Fair is an annual celebration of the county, and its residents, community, and history. The fair promotes the diversity of the area, features family-oriented entertainment, educational opportunities, and showcases local products and services. 

970-256-1528

www.MesaCountyFair.com

 

Mid/End of July

Mancos Days

Mancos, CO

Held at Boyle Park, Mancos, CO.

970-533-7434

www.mancosvalley.com

 

July 24

Pioneer Day Celebration

Cedar City, Enoch, Parowan, and Paragonah, UT

Pioneer Day is an official holiday celebrated annually in Utah. It commemorates the entry of Brigham Young and the first group of Mormon pioneers into the Salt Lake Valley on July 24, 1847. Parades, fireworks, rodeos, and other festivities help commemorate the event.

https://www.visitcedarcity.com/cedar-city-events/

 

July 24

Annual Main Street Mile

Cedar City, UT

The Main Street Mile is a one-mile race/walk that is held in Cedar City annually on July 24.

https://www.visitcedarcity.com/cedar-city-events/


End of July

Annual National Day of the American Cowboy Celebration

Sedona, AZ

Enjoy “a whole lot of cowboy goins on” in uptown Sedona, with gunfights, roping, cowboy action shooting, historical re-enactments, musical revues, storytelling, poetry, cowboy/cowgirl outfit contest, country music and performances.

928-204-2390

http://www.sedonamainstreet.com

 

End of July

Annual Car Show

Brian Head, UT

Come and see some of the coolest rides in the annual car show. Music, food, beer and the nicest rides around.

1-866-930-1010

https://www.visitcedarcity.com/cedar-city-events/

 

End of July/ Early August

Montezuma County Fair

Cortez, CO

Held at the Montezuma County Fairgrounds in Cortez, CO. Come enjoy the fair and experience local services and vendors. 

970-565-3123

http://montezumacounty.org/web/services/countyfair/

 

End of July/ Early August

Festival of Flavors

Brian Head, UT

Beer festival featuring local breweries.

1-866-930-1010

http://www.brianhead.com/Events

 

End of July/ Early August

Annual Sedona Hummingbird Festival

Sedona, AZ

Presentations and tours will be offered by hummingbird experts in many interest areas: science, gardening, photography, conservation, and regional species studies, at the Sedona Performing Arts Center.

800-529-3699

http://www.sedonahummingbirdfestival.com/

 

End of July/ Early August

San Juan County Fair

Monticello, UT

Exhibits, youth rodeo, mud bog, 3D archery shoot, junior livestock, food, games, music, and more!

http://www.sanjuancountyfair.com/General_Fairgrounds_Info.html

 

AUGUST

Early August

Annual Cool Country Cruise-in & Route 66 Festival

Williams, AZ

Classic car show with more than 200 cars; trophies for various classes.

http://www.ExperienceWilliams.com or http://www.route66place.com

 

August 10 Annually

San Lawrence Feast Day

Acomita, NM

Feast honoring the Saint Lawrence with traditional dances during the day and vendor booths selling artwork and food.

http://www.acomaskycity.org/main.html?pgid=39 or http://www.indianpueblo.org/19-pueblos/feast-days/

 

Early/Mid-August

Escalante Days

Dolores, CO

Come enjoy food, music, vendors, and shopping!

970-882-4015

http://www.doloreschamber.com/events/

 

Mid-August

George Geer Memorial Car Show 

Cortez, CO

Come experience a car show, food, vendors, and music. 

http://www.coloradoinfo.com/festivals-events/colorado-event-calendar

 

Mid-August

Annual Palisade Peach Festival

Palisade, CO

It's peach mania: plenty of great food, entertainment, contests, and activities for kids, and opportunities to explore Palisade via self-guided tours, guided tours, and outdoor recreation. Satisfy your hunger for local and authentic with delicious peach products: from pies to ice cream, preserves to salsas, peach brandy and wine to virgin peach daiquiris, not to mention bushels of just picked fresh peaches… all in a very scenic setting.

http://palisadepeachfest.com

 

Late August

Ute Mountain Casino Pow-Wow

Ute Mountain Casino, Towaoc, CO

Enjoy dancing, performances, drums and music, food, and handgame tournament.

www.utemountaincasino.com

 

Mid/Late August

Reach Out Gospel Music Festival 

Cortez, CO

Incudes positive music, outdoor fun, and great food. Some of the most popular Christian music artists in the industry.

970-403-5860

http://www.reachoutmusic.com/reach-out-music-fest-cortez-co.html

 

August 25 Annually

FREE Admission to Mesa Verde National Park/ National Park Service Birthday

Mesa Verde National Park, Cortez, CO

Enjoy a celebration of the start of the National Park Service. Free entrance to the park for all visitors.

970-529-4461

http://www.mesaverdecountry.com/calendar/

 

End of August

Sedona Bike & Brew

Sedona, AZ

Open to mountain bikers of all ages and skill levels, race or just have fun on a six-mile track over 18 golf course holes at Sedona Golf Resort. Categories include Pro and Sport (less-competitive) divisions for men and women, a junior division for ages 13-17, ages 6-12 and ages 6 and under.

http://www.sedonagolfresort.com/sedona-bike-brew/

 

End of August

Annual San Juan Brewfest 
Durango, CO

50 breweries, 100+ beers, 2 great bands, and lots of fun to benefit the United Way of Southwest Colorado.

http://sanjuanbrewfest.com/

 

End of August

Arizona Trail North Rim Marathon, Half Marathon, and 7 Mile Race

Jacob Lake, AZ

Course includes smooth, well-graded forest service roads and the Arizona Trail’s easiest, softest running tread. The loop crosses through an idyllic forest of spruce, pine, and aspen; shallow ponds, springs, and limestone canyons; and breathtaking views of Marble Canyon, Vermilion Cliffs, Saddle Mountain Wilderness, House Rock Valley, and Navajo Mountain. Tator Tot Trot completes an out-and-back and passes along the Tator Canyon valley floor. 9:00 am.

http://www.aztrail.org/halfmarathon_northrim/orhttp://arizonaroadracers.com/

 

End of August - Early September

Iron County Fair

Parowan, UT

5K run, dances, demolition derby, mud bog, PRCA rodeo, and more!

435-477-8380

www.IronCountyFair.net

 

SEPTEMBER

End of August/ Early September

Annual Grand Canyon Music Festival

Grand Canyon South Rim

This annual series of evening concerts features musicians from around the country, from jazz to classical to Native compositions. Three weekends in a row. Visit the website for more detail.

928-638-9215 or 800-997-8285

http://www.grandcanyonmusicfest.org

 

Early September

Great American Stampede

Cedar City, UT

Two big nights of rodeo and food in Cedar City.

435-586-2424

http://cedarcity.org/

https://www.facebook.com/Great-American-Stampede-Rodeo-227169967318330/

 

Early/ Mid-September

Annual Grand Canyon Celebration of Art

Grand Canyon, AZ

A unique opportunity to view and purchase high-quality Grand Canyon art, features a juried art competition and show; plein air artists painting on the rim; and a Quick Draw event. See works of some of the best master artists in the nation as they seek to capture the beauty of the timeless Grand Canyon landscape on canvas.

http://www.grandcanyon.org

 

Early/ Mid-September

Colorado Pork ‘n Hops BBQ Challenge

Grand Junction, CO

Buy barbeque from award-winning cooking teams! Enjoy your favorite micro brews from around the region, listen to some of your favorite local bands as well as big name headliners!

http://kekbfm.com/pork-n-hops/

 

Mid-September

Utah Navajo Fair

Bluff, UT

Parade, Miss Utah Navajo Fair Pageant, rodeo.

http://www.utahnavajofair.com/

 

Early/ Mid-September

Annual Fiesta del Tlaquepaque

Sedona, AZ

Mexican-style celebration, with piñatas, strolling mariachi bands, folklorico dance groups, flamenco/classical guitarists, artists, and food. Headlining the Fiesta is mosaico flamenco, one of the most innovative & inspiring new acoustic flamenco groups in the USA.

http://www.tlaq.com/ or https://www.visitarizona.com/events

 

Mid-September

Arizona Junior Rodeo

Williams, AZ

This rodeo is for children ages 4-18. This is a pre-registration event, competing in calf roping, team roping, barrel racing, poles, goat tying, steer riding, and more.

602-538-8823

http://experiencewilliams.com/ or http://arizonajuniorrodeo.com

 

Mid-September

2nd Annual R’Oktoberfest

Brian Head, UT

This event features bands, German food, crafts, children's activities, and ales from breweries.

435-677-2029

http://www.brianhead.com/Rocktoberfest

 

Mid-September

Annual Mohave County Fair

Kingman, AZ

Come and join in on the fun and excitement at the Mohave County Fair 2015, located at the Mohave County Fairgrounds (2600 Fairgrounds Blvd.) in Kingman. A countywide fair livestock & crafts exhibits, live entertainment, tons of vendors, carnival, and much more!

http://www.mcfafairgrounds.orgorhttp://arizonafairs.com

 

Mid-September

Annual Colorado Mountain Winefest

Palisade, CO

The Colorado Mountain Winefest is the premier Colorado wine celebration in the state, bringing dozens of local wineries to celebrate our award-winning wines and growing industry. With 50 Colorado wineries in attendance and a few thousand close friends to share unlimited sips, it’s the kind of perfect day that makes everyone wish they lived here. The daylong event in Riverbend Park features live entertainment, unlimited wine samples, a commemorative tasting glass, wine tote and the chance to buy wine directly from the winemakers.  There are also arts and crafts and food vendors.

http://coloradowineexperience.com/colorado-wine-festivals/

 

Mid-September

CPRA Pro Rodeo Finals

Grand Junction, CO

This rodeo brings you the best of the best from the Colorado Professional Rodeo Association, all doing their best to win the Championship Buckle! We strive to bring the best family entertainment at an affordable price.

http://www.coloradoprorodeo.com/finals.html

 

Mid-September

Annual Tour de Vineyards Bicycle Tour

Grand Valley, CO

This 25-mile ride through the vineyards of the Western Slope (on paved roads with a few hills) gives cyclists an opportunity to pass by the area’s wineries, as well as acres of fruit orchards prior to the Colorado Mountain Winefest “Festival in the Park”.

http://www.tourdevineyards.com

 

Mid-September

Tour de Acoma 

Acoma, NM

This is a 100, 50 and 25-mile bike challenge covering some of the most breathtaking lands on the Acoma and Laguna Pueblo reservations. An all-paved course that offers both the experienced and recreational cyclist a challenging and rare opportunity to ride through normally restricted tribal lands, this competitive course features opportunities for high speed racing as well as defying uphill endurance tests.

https://www.tourdeacoma.com/new.html

 

Mid-September

21st Annual Autumn Arts Festival

Durango, CO

The festival is a well-loved and attended community event, known for the quality of fine art and fine craft and a friendly atmosphere for both its artists and its guests. The festival showcases up to 90 fine artists and fine craftspeople from around the country, as well as local musicians and performers from the 2nd Avenue Stage.

www.durangoarts.org

 

Late September

Grand to Grand Ultra

Grand Canyon North Rim, AZ

A unique event, the first and only self supported stage footrace in North America. Challenge yourself in the company of an international group of participants who are all eager to complete a 160-mile world-class course. Starts in Arizona, ends in Utah.

http://www.g2gultra.com/

 

Late September

Annual Fruita Fall Festival

Fruita, CO

This celebration of the Fruita harvest has grown to encompass much of downtown Fruita, with a carnival, crafts, food, music, and other attractions.

970-858- 3894

http://www.visitgrandjunction.com/events-calendar

 

Late September

Annual Andy Devine Days Parade

Kingman, AZ

The Annual Andy Devine Days Parade starts in the morning and proceeds through the heart of historic downtown Kingman along Beale Street.

928-757-7919

http://www.gokingman.com/

 

Late September

Man Against Machine Bicycle Race

Williams, AZ

Race the Grand Canyon Railway train on your bike...see who wins!

http://experiencewilliams.com/

 

Late September

Annual Fuoco Downtown Grand Junction Car Show

Grand Junction, CO

Main Street rumbles with the sound of hundreds of motors as participants pour into Downtown Grand Junction for the annual Downtown Car Show. Vehicle owners display antique cars, muscle cars, classic cars, and motorcycles.

http://www.downtowngj.org

 

Late September

Annual Andy Devine Days PRCA Rodeo 2015

Kingman, AZ

Professional Cowboys Association at the Mohave County Fairgrounds (2600 Fairgrounds Blvd.). 

http://www.kingmanrodeo.org/

 

Late September

Sedona WineFest 2015

Sedona, AZ

This two-day wine festival celebrates the wine growing industry of Arizona and will feature great wines from the Verde Valley, Prescott, and southern Arizona. Enjoy Sedona cuisine, live music, vendors, an exclusive premium wine area, and enjoy the breathtaking panoramic views of the majestic red rocks.

928-284-8657

http://www.sedonawinefest.com/

 

Late September/ Early October

Tour of the Moon Cycling Classic

Colorado National Monument, CO

This grand cycling classic is considered one of the premier recreational road rides in the western United States. The breath-taking, high desert scenery and beautiful roads of the Colorado National Monument make this an epic day of cycling!

303-282-9020

http://www.tourofthemoon.com/.

 

OCTOBER

Late September/ Early October

Grand Junction Air Show

Grand Junction, CO

The U. S. Air Force Thunderbirds Aerial Demonstration Team will perform at the Grand Junction Regional Airport. Each day that will include a wide variety of crowd pleasers from military and non-military aircraft.

info@gjairshow.com or http://www.gjairshow.com/

 

Early October

Moonlight Mile Race

Grand Junction, CO

The course for this night race encompasses 2 loops through protected wetlands areas. Watch the moon rise over the Grand Mesa.  The course will be dark by the middle of the race with solar lights lighting course changes and challenges.

http://www.starunnerenterprises.com/mm_home.html

 

Early October

Durango Oktoberfest

Durango, CO

Music, food, beer, art, and a family-friendly atmosphere.

http://www.oktoberfestdurango.com/

 

Early October

Annual Durango Cowboy Poetry Gathering

Durango, CO

A celebration of the rich culture and heritage of the American cowboy. The Gathering is an exciting, fun-filled event with evening performances and Saturday daytime sessions. Poets and musicians from throughout the country grace our intimate stage at The Strater Theater, performing classic and contemporary poems and songs that will bring tears to your eyes and keep you in stitches.

www.durangocowboygathering.org

 

Early October

Apple Days

Durango, CO

An all day, free, family festival.

https://www.durango.org/events/event/apple-days

 

Early October

Antique Tractor Pull

Page, AZ

The Tractor Pull will be located behind the Big Water Trading Post (corner of Coppermine Rd. & Hwy 98) with tests of strengths of tractors of days gone by, machine parts, arts and crafts, and great food.

928-645-3962

http://www.pagechamber.com/event-calendar/

 

October - Every Weekend

Pumpkin Patch Train

Williams, AZ

Ride the Grand Canyon Railway from the Williams Depot to the Pumpkin Patch, where you'll de-board, and children 2-15 can select that special pumpkin. Besides enjoying the train, there is a free hay bale maze, coloring, and crafts at the Williams Depot. Pumpkin pie, caramel apples, hot apple cider, and hot chocolate will be available. Entry fee.

800-843-8724

http://www.thetrain.com

 

Mid-October

Fall Fest in the Park and Hot Rodders Car Show

Parowan, UT

Great Pumpkin Costume Parade, entertainment, craft vendors, bounce house, games, food, car show, and a costume parade with prizes for the best costume & biggest pumpkin.

435-477-8190 or 435-477-9022

https://www.visitcedarcity.com/cedar-city-events/

 

Mid-October

New Harmony Apple Festival

New Harmony, UT

Food, carnival games, rock wall, mechanical bull, vendors from local businesses, bake sale, and the famous New Harmony apples.

435-238-0334

http://newharmonyfire.com/home/apple_festival/

https://www.visitcedarcity.com/cedar-city-events/

 

Mid-October

Durango Heritage Celebration

Durango, CO

This event commemorates Durango's colorful and diverse history, this year focusing primarily on the period from the town's incorporation in 1881 through the roaring 20s. A large number of event-goers will be dressed in authentic period attire throughout the celebration, although costuming is generally optional.

https://www.durango.org/events/event/durango-heritage-celebration

 

Mid-October

Frontier Homestead – Haunted Homestead

Cedar City, UT

Listen to a ghost story, trick-or-treat, visit the Haunter House, and more. Come celebrate the arrival of fall at this fun, family event.

435-586-9290

https://www.visitcedarcity.com/cedar-city-events/

 

Mid/Late October

Annual Lake Powell Half Marathon

Page, AZ

Starts at the Lake Powell National Recreation Center.

949-295-3302

http://www.thelakepowellhalf.com/

 

Mid-October

Survivalist/Preppers Expo "Back to the Land"

Kingman, AZ

Information and Items offered for surviving natural disasters, off-the-grid living, gardening and food storage, water purification, medical supplies, all types of solar devices...everything for self-sufficiency, being prepared for any emergency, and "Back to the Land" farming and ranching lifestyle. Very interesting variety of vendors, display booths, and seminars, and great prizes!

http://www.gokingman.com/Upcoming-Events

 

Mid-October

Annual Plein Air Festival

Sedona, AZ

On Main Street in Uptown Sedona, see more than 20 nationally- and locally- recognized plein air artists creating paintings of their surroundings. Free.

928-204-2390 or 928-282-3809

http://www.sedonaartscenter.com

 

Mid/End of October

Mural Project for Dia de Los Muertos

Sedona, AZ

Visitors and community members can honor the loss of loved ones in their lives and connect with one another through art and public expression. The public is invited to paint on the mural at Tlaquepaque during this happy and colorful celebration where death takes on a lively, friendly expression.

http://www.tlaq.com

 

End of October

Cedar Livestock & Heritage Festival

Cedar City, UT

Events include the draft horse show and pull, the “power horse” tractor-driving demo, vintage car show, heritage crafts and activities, sheep wagon show, Dutch Oven cooking contest, vendors and education booths, Cowboy poetry and music, a dirt dance, a quilt show, art contest, antique tractor show and pull, and of course our wonderful sheep parade.

435-586-8132

www.cedarlivestockfest.com

 

End of October

Shinetoberfest

Kingman, AZ

Shinetoberfest is an annual “Moonshine Festival & Chili Cook Off” held in October at the Saddle Sore Ranch off of Route 66 in Mohave County, AZ. It is a three day campout featuring live music, games, vendors, bonfires, contests, and more. It is for 21 and up only.

http://www.gokingman.com/

 

Early October

Annual Sedona Arts Festival & Artist Invitational

Sedona, AZ

150 new and returning fine artists from across the country assemble at Redrock High School. Also live entertainment, Kidzone, food, and the Sedona Visual Artists’ Coalition. Entry fee, Saturday 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Sunday 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

928-204-9456

http://www.SedonaArtsFestival.org 

 

NOVEMBER

Early November

Annual John Wayne’s Monument Valley Ride

Monument Valley, AZ

This four-day horseback ride in the heart of the Navajo Tribal Park includes horses, tack, wranglers, Navajo guide/historian, meals, and "period-clothing".

Reservations needed.

http://great-american-adventures.com/

 

Early November

Annual Page Lake Powell Hot Air Balloon Regatta

Page, AZ

Balloons lift off and float over the Lake Powell area. The Regatta includes a Balloon Glow and Street Fair.

http://lakepowellballoonregatta.com/

 

Early November

Rim Rock Marathon

Grand Junction, CO

This 26-mile point-to-point marathon runs along Rim Rock Drive through the Colorado National Monument, to the finish line at James M. Robb Colorado River State Park. Music and food vendors will be located at the State Park.

970-248-1469

http://www.rimrockmarathon.com

 

Late November

Annual Sedona Turkey Trot 5K Fun Run/Walk

Sedona, AZ

This race will be an out-and-back with a small loop on Soldier Pass Road. Medals will be given to all finishers; trophies will be given to all age group winners. It starts at Posse Grounds Park at 9:00 a.m. Entry fee. 

928-282-6956

http://sedonarunning.com/TURKEY_TROT_5K.php

 

Late November or Early December

Annual Winter Spanish Market

Albuquerque, NM

The Spanish Colonial Arts Society (Society) was founded in 1925 with the mission to “collect, preserve, and exhibit the Spanish Colonial art of New Mexico and beyond, and educate the public about its related cultures and living traditions.”  One of the programs inspired by this mission is the Traditional Spanish Market. The Market is multidimensional in its expression of creativity and spirit. Along with the hand-made art works for show and sale, Hispanic music, age-old dances, and traditional culinary fare are offered.

505-982-2226

http://spanishcolonial.org/events/

 

Late November

Christmas in the Country

Parowan, UT

Market, Children’s Christmas Party, Lighting Ceremony and more!

435-477-9022

 

DECEMBER                                                                                

Early December

Frisco Wassail Days

Frisco, Colorado

Local businesses serve up their own secret version of wassail. Guests are encouraged to taste at least 12 different types of wassail at 12 different locations and fill their "12 Sips of Wassail Card." Some events throughout the week include carolers, pictures with Santa, and a tree lighting. We hope you'll find your own piece of mountain magic in Frisco during Wassail Days.

https://www.townoffrisco.com/play/frisco-events/events-calendar/#2017-07

 

Early December

Electric Light Parade

Moab, UT

One of Utah's best light parades starts at dark on Main Street south of Center Street.

http://www.moabhappenings.com/events%20year.htm

 

Early December

Georgetown Christmas Market 

Georgetown, CO

Each December Georgetown transforms into a bustling scene of Christmas long ago. Thousands come to experience a traditional Holiday where Christmas hasn't changed in 100 years: roasted chestnuts, shopping, horse-drawn wagon rides, and wonderful sights and smells.  

6th Street, Georgetown, CO

https://www.georgetown-colorado.org/content/annual-georgetown-christmas-market-10

https://www.historicgeorgetown.org/christmas-events.html

 

Early December

Annual Holiday Arts and Crafts Festival

Durango, CO

At the La Plata County Fairgrounds.
https://www.durango.org/events

 

Early/Mid-December

Very Merry Parade of Lights

Kingman, AZ

Brilliantly lighted floats, and vehicles travel down Beale Street starting at Locomotive Park. There will be candy for the kids and maybe an appearance by Santa.

928-753-6106

http://www.kingmantourism.org

 

Early/Mid-December

Annual Festival of Lights

Sedona, AZ

Dozens of entertainers, including musicians and dancers, and 6,000 luminarias at Tlaquepaque Arts & Crafts Village.

928-282-4838

http://www.tlaq.com  

 

Mid-December

Annual Monument Valley Hot Air Balloon Event

Monument Valley, UT

Marathon and balloon launches, night glowing balloons.

http://navajonationparks.org/

 

December 31 Annually

New Year’s Eve Party & Celebration

Brian Head, UT

Food, music, dancing, torch light parade, and fireworks.

866-930-1010

www.brianhead.com

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