This summer, enjoy an evening at Las Colonias Amphitheater. Just 1.5 miles from downtown Grand Junction and right on the Colorado River, Las Colonias has lush grass, a cool breeze from the nearby river, is convenient to downtown and offers plenty of free parking.
Start in downtown for some pre-entertainment dining. For fast casual artisan tacos, visit Tacoparty. Their James Beard nominated chef creates tacos with local ingredients and his offerings change weekly, so there is always something new and exciting to try! On the way to the amphitheater, take some time to enjoy Art on the Corner, one of the largest outdoor art displays in the country. Over 100 high-end sculptures line the streets of downtown.
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Plenty is going on at the Las Colonias Amphitheater to choose from, and many of the events are free to the public! During the summer, catch outdoor movies under the moonlight, see concerts like Blue Oyster Cult, outlaw country sensation Garry Allen, and Sawyer Brown. You can also see Grand Junction local talent takes to the covered stage during local jams where area musicians come together to play.
Assigned seating is set up in the front section of the amphitheater for some shows, but most of the time it is general admission seating. There is plenty of room on the spacious grass field, so don’t forget to bring your own chairs or blanket to relax on.
Las Colonias also hosts events. During Pork and Hops Fest, spend two days trying the very best in BBQ and brews as different pitmasters come together for a smokehouse showdown. During the amphitheater's annual Oktoberfest, surround yourself with brew-lovers while you enjoy live music along with specialty German food and beer from throughout Western Colorado. Some of the musical performances even come all the way from Germany! Many local breweries do limited runs of Oktoberfest beer to add to the festive season. Be sure to check the event calendar for a full list of events at Las Colonias.
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No outside food or alcohol is allowed inside the venue, but drinks and concessions are always available. For many shows and events, local food trucks also come by and set up inside the amphitheater, offering plenty of choices for everyone in your group.
If you have post-event munchies, stop by Edgewater Brewery, right next to the amphitheater, after the show. Try one of the cold beers on tap from Grand Junction’s Kannah Creek Brewery, along with Buffalo wings or the red pepper spinach dip.
Long summer evenings are made for spending nights out like this. Warm breezy weather, beautiful blue skies, and a venue along the Colorado River with the backdrop of the Colorado National Monument and the Grand Mesa, it doesn't get much better than that! Start planning your visit and explore everything Grand Junction has to offer this summer!