Music festivals, desert races and delicious culinary experiences are just a taste of what’s on the menu this summer in Grand Junction. Whether you’re an epicurean or an athlete, read on to discover more about great summer events across the Grand Valley.
Junior College (JUCO) Baseball World Series
May 27-June 3, 2017
Grand Junction is proud to serve as the host site for the Junior College (JUCO) Baseball World Series, which is celebrating it's 60th anniversary in 2017! This week long tournament, which begins on Memorial Day Weekend, always draws amazing young baseball players full of talent, commitment and enthusiasm. Players, coaches and fans are swept up in thrilling moments of America’s favorite pastime. For tournament details, please visit the JUCO website.
Grand Junction Off-Road and Downtown Music Festival
May 19-21, 2017
This endurance mountain biking event starts and ends in downtown Grand Junction and traverses the Lunch Loops Trail System. Participants of all skill levels will enjoy an assortment of terrain while traversing the Tabeguache trail system to the Magellan loop with three different courses spanning 15, 30 or 40 miles. As with all Epic Rides events, all participants and concert attendees will be required to donate two canned goods upon arrival. Add in the Downtown Music Festival and this will be a busy weekend that will blend what makes Grand Junction unique; mountain biking, music and great food!
Colorado Special Olympics Summer Games
June 9-11, 2017
Held at Colorado Mesa University, the 2017 Summer Games competition will feature athletes from across Colorado competing for gold in Aquatics, Gymnastics, Powerlifting, Soccer and Track & Field. There is still a call for volunteers during this three-day competition.
Grand Junction Downtown Farmers Market
Thursdays from 5:30-8pm, June 22– September 14, 2017
A Grand Junction favorite, the 15-week Downtown Farmers Market attracts around 5,000 shoppers each week with a four-block street festival showcasing Colorado produce, baked goods, crafts, jewelry and more. Grand Valley orchards and farms shine here and sweet cherries, apricots, raspberries, pears, plums and, of course, peaches steal the show early summer, while Olathe sweet corn and plump pumpkins sell by the truck-load each autumn. Catch some music, load up on gifts that include homemade jams and sauces, and munch on pizza, fresh-baked bread samples and sugared almonds while browsing handmade soaps, locally penned books and beautiful art.
Grand Junction Rockies Season
June - September
The Grand Junction Rockies home opener is June 19 and pitches continue to fly at Suplizio Field through early September. Join the minor league baseball team’s diehard local fans and the Grand Junction Rockies mascot, Corky Coyote, for what’s sure to be a high-energy baseball season.
Desert R.A.T.S. (Race Across the Sand)
June 18-24, 2017
The longest running stage race in North America is this 148-mile course that follows the Kokopeli trail from Grand Junction, Colorado to Moab, Utah. Runners will experience a run that leads them through jagged, red rock canyons and past beautiful desert vistas during the six-day event. This is a one-of-a-kind, multi-stage race that will challenge even the most hardcore runners.
June 15-18, 2017
Nationally renowned headliners including Kenny Chesney, Jason Aldean, Thoma Rhett, Justin Moore, and Randy Houser draw country music lovers from across the West for one of the area’s biggest annual music festivals. Join the serious fans for the full, four-day musical jamboree of concerts and camping, or grab a single-day ticket and a nearby hotel room to catch your favorite artists and plenty of fun.
Colorado Lavender Festival
July 7-9, 2017
You can find lavender farms all across the Western Slope from Paonia to Palisade. During the 7th Annual Colorado Lavender Festival, which takes place in downtown Palisade, visitors can tour the farms and learn more about the many uses for this fragrant herb through demonstrations, workshops and seminars. With free entertainment for the family and a gourmet meal prepared by local chefs (liberally seasoned with lavender, of course), it’s a sensory-filled weekend you won’t want to miss.
Palisade Peach Festival
August 18-19, 2017
Perhaps Palisade’s most famous festival, the Peach Festival is celebrating its 49th year this summer. Palisade’s favorite fruit is showcased in myriad ways during two days of cooking demos, contests and more. The weekend is filled with peach-inspired products and, of course, peach-infused foods: pie, ice cream, preserves, salsa, brandy, wine and more. Other highlights of the weekend include the annual pancake breakfast (with peach syrup, of course) and the parade of the Peach Queen and the Town Grouch.
26th Annual Colorado Mountain Winefest
September 14-17, 2017
The most beloved celebration of Colorado wine in the state, the Colorado Mountain Winefest brings together more than 45 Colorado wineries to Palisade, near Grand Junction, to sip and celebrate award-winning wines in this growing industry. Start off the weekend right with the Tour de Vineyards, a 25-mile bike ride through Wine Country held just before the main event on Saturday. The weekend also includes food pairings held at local restaurants, a tour of the vineyards and more.
Tour de Vineyards
September 16, 2017
Oenophiles of all sorts will revel in the 25-mile Tour de Vineyards through Colorado’s Wine Country. With the course utilizing paved roads and just a few hills, it’s the perfect outing for those who want to ride through the beautiful vineyard scenery (and imbibe a little along the way). As the event takes place in the Grand Valley on the Western Slope, cyclists will pass through acres of scenic vineyards and fruit orchards. This year’s Tour de Vineyards is limited to just 1,000 riders and registration is required.
Fruita Fall Festival
September 22-24, 2017
A true Western Colorado tradition, the 103rd annual Fruita Fall Festival is a 3-day event with over 125 vendors selling their arts, crafts, and foods to a crowd of 50-000 plus people! The weekend is filled with events including a Talent Show, Parade, Outhouse Race, Disc Golf Tournament, Old Fashioned Cookery Contest, Street Dance and so much more! Did we mention this is a free community event? Plus, there are two stages of live music over this festive weekend in Fruita.
Downtown Grand Junction Car Show
September 23, 2017
16th Annual Downtown Car Show is an event to view cars, talk with owners, shop and dine on beautiful Main Street. Vote on the people’s choice award or just walk the street to admire the spectacular display of muscle, vintage and modern rides.
Tour of the Moon
September 30, 2017
One of the premier recreational road rides in the West, the Tour of the Moon is a Grand Cycling Classic that was made famous as part of the Coors Classic in the 1980s and as part of the cycling movie “American Flyers.” With high desert scenery and beautiful roads, the Tour of the Moon is an epic day of cycling. The course changes this year and will lead all riders, whether on the 62-mile or the 41-mile tour, over the finish line at the Colorado National Monument, a landscape of towering monoliths, plateaus and canyons. The post-ride Harvest Moon Celebration will include music, lunch, prize drawings, and an expo. Registration is limited to the first 2,000 participants and is expected to sell out in September, so sign-up soon.
Grand Junction Air Show
September 30 - October 1, 2017
The Grand Junction Air Show is soaring back into town this fall. Headliners will be announced soon. At the last show, this two day event featured performances by a variety of talented aviators. The USAF Thunderbirds and Tora! Tora! Tora,! the Commemorative Air Force’s recreation of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, were featured acts along with many additional military and non-military aircraft and static displays. Don't miss one of the most exciting air shows in Colorado!
Rim Rock Marathon
November 4, 2017
This 26-mile point-to-point full marathon along Rim Rock Drive is one of the most scenic marathons in the world. The marathon winds over the Colorado National Monument granting views of towering monoliths and sheer-walled red-rock canyons. In addition to individual marathoners, two-person teams can also participate in the race with each team member running approximately half a marathon. Music, food and vendors will be waiting at the finish line at Circle Park in downtown Fruita.