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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  • Western Colorado Economic Summit
    1100 North Ave,
    Grand Junction
    970-245-4332 | Website
    The Economic Summit will provide an in-depth look at local economic development, including key industry concerns, improving education and workforce in the Grand Valley, Jump-Start Mesa County and othe
  • Mike the Headless Chicken Festival
    325 E. Aspen Avenue,
    Fruita
    970-858-0360 | Website

    Celebrate the 17th Annual Mike the Headless Chicken Festival June 3-4, 2016 in Fruita, Colorado. This festival is dedicated to the amazing story of one chicken's will to live.

  • 312 29 Rd,
    Grand Junction
    970-589-0848 | Website
    June 03, 2016

    Friday-Sunday multi-genre event "Fantasy Faire" | Adults $5 per day/Teens 13-17 $3 per day | Note those under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. | Step back in time and experience hist

  • Colorado State Square Dance Festival (61st Annual)
    1100 North Ave.,
    Grand Junction
    970-434-3543 | Website

    The Colorado West Area Square and Round Dance Council will host the 61st Annual Colorado State Square Dance Festival on June 3-4, 2016 at Colorado Mesa University.

  • Mike the Headless Chicken Festival
    325 E. Aspen Avenue,
    Fruita
    970-858-0360 | Website

    Celebrate the 17th Annual Mike the Headless Chicken Festival June 3-4, 2016 in Fruita, Colorado. This festival is dedicated to the amazing story of one chicken's will to live.

  • 312 29 Rd,
    Grand Junction
    970-589-0848 | Website
    June 04, 2016

    Friday-Sunday multi-genre event "Fantasy Faire" | Adults $5 per day/Teens 13-17 $3 per day | Note those under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. | Step back in time and experience hist

  • Vintage Motorcycle Show (Palisade)
    Downtown Palisade, CO,
    Palisade
    970-216-8633 | Website

    Live music and free admission for the 8th Annual Vintage & Custom Motorcucle Show on June 4th from 10am-3pm in downtown Palisade, CO.

  • 312 29 Rd,
    Grand Junction
    970-589-0848 | Website
    June 05, 2016

    Friday-Sunday multi-genre event "Fantasy Faire" | Adults $5 per day/Teens 13-17 $3 per day | Note those under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. | Step back in time and experience hist

  • Mesa County Fair
    2785 Hwy 50,
    Grand Junction
    970-256-1528 | Website
    July 12, 2016

    The Mesa County Fair is an annual celebration of the county, its residents, community and history.

  • Carlos Oscar, Comedian
    2785 Hwy 50,
    Grand Junction
    970-256-1528 | Website
    July 12, 2016

    This event is a grandstand event at the The Mesa County Fair. Ticket purchase will include fair admission for the day. 

  • Mesa County Fair
    2785 Hwy 50,
    Grand Junction
    970-256-1528 | Website
    July 13, 2016

    The Mesa County Fair is an annual celebration of the county, its residents, community and history.

  • Mesa County Fair
    2785 Hwy 50,
    Grand Junction
    970-256-1528 | Website
    July 14, 2016

    The Mesa County Fair is an annual celebration of the county, its residents, community and history.

  • Mesa County Fair
    2785 Hwy 50,
    Grand Junction
    970-256-1528 | Website
    July 15, 2016

    The Mesa County Fair is an annual celebration of the county, its residents, community and history.

  • Chilled by the River
    641 Struthers Avenue,
    Grand Junction
    970-243-5364 | Website
    July 29, 2016
    Chilled by the River is a laid back, outdoor gathering offering beautiful scenery along Grand Junction's riverfront.
  • Geers & Beers at Powderhorn
    48338 Powderhorn Rd.,
    Mesa
    970-268-5700 | Website

    Geers and Beers on Saturday and Sunday, July 30-31. Bringing beers, biking, and camping together for a great experience at Powderhorn! See website for informatin and the full schedule of events.

  • Geers & Beers at Powderhorn
    48338 Powderhorn Rd.,
    Mesa
    970-268-5700 | Website

    Geers and Beers on Saturday and Sunday, July 30-31. Bringing beers, biking, and camping together for a great experience at Powderhorn! See website for informatin and the full schedule of events.

  • Palisade Peach Festival
    451 Pendleton St.,
    Palisade
    970-464-7458 | Website
    August 19, 2016

    See website for all the details: http://palisadepeachfest.com

    Schedule is TBA

  • Palisade Peach Festival
    451 Pendleton St.,
    Palisade
    970-464-7458 | Website
    August 20, 2016

    See website for all the details: http://palisadepeachfest.com

    Schedule is TBA

  • Colorado Mountain Winefest - 25th Annual
    451 Pendleton St.,
    Palisade
    970-464-0111 | Website

    Please see website for full schedule of events www.ColoradoWinefest.com. Festival in the park on Saturday only.

  • Colorado Mountain Winefest - 25th Annual
    451 Pendleton St.,
    Palisade
    970-464-0111 | Website

    Please see website for full schedule of events www.ColoradoWinefest.com. Festival in the park on Saturday only.

  • Colorado Mountain Winefest - 25th Annual
    451 Pendleton St.,
    Palisade
    970-464-0111 | Website

    Please see website for full schedule of events www.ColoradoWinefest.com. Festival in the park on Saturday only.

  • Fruita Fall Festival  (102nd Annual)
    325 E. Aspen Avenue,
    Fruita
    970-858-3894 | Website

    Friday thru Sunday, September 23-25, 2016 | The Fruita Fall Festival began just over a century ago as a celebration of the harvest for the farming community.

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.

The end of summer brings a bountiful harvest to the Grand Valley and a reason to celebrate all things peach and wine.