As fall approaches Colorado and days become comfortably cool, there is still plenty of popular events in Grand Junction. From downtown beer gardens to Grand Junction’s Wine Week, you won’t want to miss out on anything happening this September, so start planning!
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Sip and sway to the tunes at the last Rhythm & Brews Fest for the Market on Main season. Main Street in Downtown Grand Junction will be transformed into one massive beer garden where you can walk around the entire market and enjoy a beer from Grand Junction’s very own Rockslide Restaurant and Brewery. Along with brews, enjoy fresh produce from local farms, art, crafts, and lawn games that make Market on Main so much more than just a local farmer’s market. Enjoy live music performed by local bands from two different stages, one set up in the middle of the street and is perfect for getting your jig on!
Every year, the Colorado Mountain Wine Festival takes place in the charming Town of Palisade. Home to over 25 wineries and located right along the scenic beauty of the Colorado River, it's the perfect place to celebrate Colorado wine. This year, Grand Junction is celebrating with Wine Week, an entire week of tastings, food pairings, and wine-related events to celebrate Colorado Mountain Wine Fest. Sip on great deals like $20 wine flights at 626 on Rood, a restaurant recently recognized in Wine Spectator. To celebrate Wine Week, they are serving stuffed grape leaves picked from a nearby orchard. Check out everything else that is happening during Wine Week.
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What better way to kick off fall than with a three-day festival dedicated to the changing season! Enjoy live music from local bands and the headliner will be Craig Wayne Boyd, winner of season seven of The Voice! Save your appetite for the pie-eating contest and experience the hysterically funny Fruita Fall Festival Outhouse Race. Racers build and modify their outhouses in a timed competition down Fruita's Main Street. Of course, the Aspen trees will be glimmering with fall’s golden glow, the perfect backdrop for your selfies and landscape photos.
The Grand Mesa bursts with over 300 pristine lakes, but it is also home to millions of aspen trees. In the fall, the slopes of the world's largest flat-top mountain change to brilliant shades of yellow, red, and gold. Each year, Powderhorn Mountain Resort hosts color weekend during the last weekend in September. During this two day event, immerse yourself in the changing leaves, live music, and dancing. Take scenic chairlift rides up the mountain to enjoy the views from above or go on a guided group hike up Bill's Way, Powderhorn's hiking trail. You can also learn a new skill or fine-tune your knowledge by taking a photography or painting class on the mountain.
See more of Grand Junction's annual events on page 38 of the Grand Junction Visitor Guide.