Spring and summer in Grand Junction, Colorado, mean the events calendar blooms right alongside the flowers. There are plenty of ways to get outdoors and celebrate local culture. Fruita, Colorado’s Mike the Headless Chicken Festival, which takes place in late May, honors the memory of the infamous chicken that survived 18 months after his head was chopped off. The Palisade Peach Festival, which takes place every August, celebrates the sweet side of local farming with a peach-eating contest, live music and lots more. For music lovers, be sure to check out Grand Junction’s annual Country Jam, a four-day festival featuring some big-name headliners, and the Downtown Art and Music Festival. There are plenty of other outdoor music events around Grand Junction, too, including summer music series hosted by the Western Colorado Botanical Gardens and several local wineries. If you’re visiting in the fall, be sure to keep an eye out for the Grand Valley Art and Craft Fairs as well as Palisade’s Feast in the Streets. 

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  • Downtown Art Festival
    Main St.,
    Grand Junction
    970-245-9697 | Website
    October 07, 2016

    Downtown Art Festival will be October 7-8, 2016 | Reimagined from the former Downtown Art & Music Festival, this new event focuses on the abundance of area artists and local galleries.

  • Quilt & Fiber Arts Festival
    Memorial Park,
    Palisade
    970-464-7458 | Website
    October 08, 2016

    Saturday, October 8th at Veteran's Memorial Park in Palisade, CO. 10 AM - 4 PM

  • Downtown Art Festival
    Main St.,
    Grand Junction
    970-245-9697 | Website
    October 08, 2016

    Downtown Art Festival will be October 7-8, 2016 | Reimagined from the former Downtown Art & Music Festival, this new event focuses on the abundance of area artists and local galleries.

  • National Fossil Day Celebration at Dinosaur Journey
    550 Jurassic Ct,
    Fruita
    970-858-7282 | Website

    Event:             National Fossil Day

    Date:               October 12, 2016

    Time:              10:00 am - 4:00 pm

  • Hitched In GJ Bridal Experience (5th Annual)
    743 Horizon Drive,
    Grand Junction
    970-433-1254 | Website
    $1000's in savings and giveaways, the Grand Valley's Best in wedding planning and services, Man Cave & Games!
  • Fall Festival at Mesa Mall
    2424 Hwy 6 & 50,
    Grand Junction
    970-242-0009 | Website
    October 15, 2016
    Join us for the 2nd Annual Fall Festival and enjoy a variety of family fun activities, including a free pumpkin patch sponsored by Taylor Farmers Market, an outdoor beer garden provided by Horizon Sun
  • Rollin On The River 3K - 6th Annual
    641 Struthers Ave Grand Junction CO 81501,
    Grand Junction
    970-245-3288 | Website
    This is a 3K walk and roll, but more of a children's fun festival, balloons, magic, face painting, pumpkin painting, puppet show, music and a great lunch.
  • Craft Extravaganza (4th Annual)
    2066 Hwy 6 & 50,
    Fruita
    970-778-9416 | Website

    Victory Life Church Women's Ministry will be holding its annual craft extravaganza on Saturday, October 22nd from 9am - 3pm. Many types of vendors, local crafters and artisans.

  • Cultural Fest 2016 at Mesa County Public Library
    443 N. 6th Street,
    Grand Junction
    970-243-4442 | Website

    Friday, November 4th | Cultural Art Show Reception from 6 - 8 PM

  • Cultural Fest 2016 at Mesa County Public Library
    443 N. 6th Street,
    Grand Junction
    970-243-4442 | Website

    Friday, November 4th | Cultural Art Show Reception from 6 - 8 PM

  • Holiday Craft Show
    159 Main Street,
    Grand Junction
    970-263-5700 | Website
    November 25, 2016

    Come shop at the Holiday Craft Fair at Two Rivers Convention Center , 159 Main Streeet in Downtown Grand Junction on Friday and Saturday, November 25-26.

  • Holiday Craft Show
    159 Main Street,
    Grand Junction
    970-263-5700 | Website
    November 26, 2016

    Come shop at the Holiday Craft Fair at Two Rivers Convention Center , 159 Main Streeet in Downtown Grand Junction on Friday and Saturday, November 25-26.

  • Olde Fashioned Christmas (Palisade)
    Downtown Palisade, CO,
    Palisade
    970-464-7458 | Website

    Friday 5 PM - 8 PM and Saturday 11 AM - 4 PM.

  • Christmas Craft Fair by the Lavender Assoc. of Western CO
    2463 Broadway,
    Palisade

    Saturday, December 3, 2016 | 10:00 am - 4:00 pm | Free admission.

    Variety of vendors selling fine quality, handcrafted Lavender items plus unique arts & crafts.

  • Olde Fashioned Christmas (Palisade)
    Downtown Palisade, CO,
    Palisade
    970-464-7458 | Website

    Friday 5 PM - 8 PM and Saturday 11 AM - 4 PM.

  • Hometown Christmas & Parade of Lights (Fruita)
    100 Aspen Ave.,
    Fruita

    2016 Fruita Hometown Christmas & Parade of Lights December 10, 2016

    Shopping & Activities

    Arts & Craft Fair at the Community Center from 10am - 3pm. Call 858-0360 for information.

  • Alternative Health Expo
    159 Main Street,
    Grand Junction
    970-639-0819 | Website
    March 25, 2017
    A day of Wellness exploration with professionals from around the West.

The Fruita Fall Festival, celebrated annually the last weekend of September, has

Music festivals, desert races and delicious culinary experiences are just a taste of what’s on the menu this summer in Grand Junction.

The Grand Mesa always features spectacular colors, but fall is a special season as the leaves change.