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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  • Mesa County Safety Fair
    2424 Hwy 6 & 50,
    Grand Junction
    970-242-0009 | Website
    February 23, 2017

    The Mesa County Safety Council has been promoting safety awareness among the public, school children, organizations and companies for many years.

  • Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour
    645 Main Street,
    Grand Junction

    The most prestigious mountain festival in the world, Banff Centre's Banff Mountain Film Festival, is celebrating its 41st anniversary this year!

  • Fasching 2017 [German Mardi Gras]
    550 Ouray Ave,
    Grand Junction
    970-209-9241 | Website

    FASCHING 2017 on Sunday, February 26th from 2-5 PM at the Senior Rec Center 550 Ouray Ave. The Alpine Echo Band will perform International Music for our listening and dancing pleasure.

  • Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour
    645 Main Street,
    Grand Junction

    The most prestigious mountain festival in the world, Banff Centre's Banff Mountain Film Festival, is celebrating its 41st anniversary this year!

  • Small Business Saturday Fair
    645 Main St,
    Grand Junction

    Shop local...shop small businesses all in one place on one day.

  • Western CO Craft Beer Celebration
    905 Struthers Avenue,
    Grand Junction
    970-243-3659 | Website

    Let's welcome spring in the best way we know how, a beer festival! Join us on Saturday. March 18th for 5th Annual Western CO Craft Beer Celebration as part of Colorado Craft Beer Week!

  • 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.
  • Edesia Wine & Food Festival (Fundraiser for Marillac Clinic)
    777 Grande River Drive,
    Palisade
    970-464-5777 | Website

    Edesia, A Palisade Culinary Wine & Spirits Adventure | Sunday, April 2, 2017 at The Wine Country Inn - Must be 21 to attend | Join us for exquisite food, wine and spirits during the Edesia celebrat

  • Palisade International Honeybee Festival - 8th Annual
    3rd & Main, Downtown Palisade,
    Palisade
    970-464-5777 | Website

    Palisade International Honey Bee Festival 20167| Saturday, April 8th, 2017 | Join us for a fun-filled and educational day of celebrating the industrious honeybee.

  • Southwest Arborfest
    12th and Gunnison,
    Grand Junction
    970-254-3866 | Website
    April 22, 2017

    Come out and enjoy Southwest Arbor Fest to kick off the season with the first large outdoor festival of the year. Noon-5 PM (subject to change). Beer tasting admission fee TBD.

  • Fruita Fat Tire Festival
    South Park Square,
    Fruita
    303-635-2815 | Website
    April 27, 2017

    2017 marks the 22nd year of this Singletrack Mountain Bike tradition.

  • Fruita Fat Tire Festival
    South Park Square,
    Fruita
    303-635-2815 | Website
    April 28, 2017

    2017 marks the 22nd year of this Singletrack Mountain Bike tradition.

  • Fruita Fat Tire Festival
    South Park Square,
    Fruita
    303-635-2815 | Website
    April 29, 2017

    2017 marks the 22nd year of this Singletrack Mountain Bike tradition.

  • Fruita Fat Tire Festival
    South Park Square,
    Fruita
    303-635-2815 | Website
    April 30, 2017

    2017 marks the 22nd year of this Singletrack Mountain Bike tradition.

  • Palisade Brews & Cruise Festival
    120 W. Eighth St.,
    Palisade
    970-464-7458 | Website

    Saturday, May 6th Festival at the  Palisade Memorial Park. Rain or shine. Vendors, food, brew samples, local wine for sampling, and live entertainment.

  • Downtown Music Festival
    Main St.,
    Grand Junction
    970-245-9697 | Website

    May 19-21, 2017 | Downtown Grand Junction | Main Street comes alive for a full weekend with music performed by local and national artists. A celebration of music, this outdoor event features live m

  • Downtown Music Festival
    Main St.,
    Grand Junction
    970-245-9697 | Website

    May 19-21, 2017 | Downtown Grand Junction | Main Street comes alive for a full weekend with music performed by local and national artists. A celebration of music, this outdoor event features live m

  • Downtown Music Festival
    Main St.,
    Grand Junction
    970-245-9697 | Website

    May 19-21, 2017 | Downtown Grand Junction | Main Street comes alive for a full weekend with music performed by local and national artists. A celebration of music, this outdoor event features live m

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

    Celebrate the 18th Annual Mike the Headless Chicken Festival June 2-3, 2017 in Fruita, Colorado. This festival is dedicated to the amazing story of one chicken's will to live.

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

    Celebrate the 18th Annual Mike the Headless Chicken Festival June 2-3, 2017 in Fruita, Colorado. This festival is dedicated to the amazing story of one chicken's will to live.

  • Kiwanis Pancake Day and Funfest
    159 Main St,
    Grand Junction
    970-260-1523 | Website
    Enjoy a pancake breakfast that includes ham & eggs while raising money for childrens programs in Mesa County.

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.