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.
JUCO Baseball World Series
May 26-June 2, 2018
Grand Junction is proud to serve as the host site for the Junior College (JUCO) Baseball World Series, which is celebrating its 61st anniversary in 2018! 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.
Colorado Special Olympics Summer Games
June 8-10, 2018
Held at Colorado Mesa University, the 2018 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 21– September 13, 2018
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 15 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. Also in 2018, catch some of the league's biggest stars in action when Grand Junction hosts the Pioneer League vs. Northwest League All-Star Game on August 7th.
Desert R.A.T.S. (Race Across the Sand)
June 17-23, 2018
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 14-17, 2018
Nationally renowned headliners including Miranda Lambert, Florida Georgia Line, Brantley Gilbert, Brett Eldredge and many more 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
June 29-July 1, 2018
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 17-18, 2018
Perhaps Palisade’s most famous festival, the Peach Festival is celebrating its 50th 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.
27th Annual Colorado Mountain Winefest
September 13-16, 2018
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 15, 2018
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 21-23, 2018
A true Western Colorado tradition, the 104th 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 22, 2018
17th 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 29, 2018
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.
Rim Rock Marathon, Marathon Relay, & Downhill Half Marathon
November 3, 2018
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.