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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  • Artober Festival at CMU
    1455 N. 12th Street,
    Grand Junction
    970-248-1833 | Website
    October 19, 2017

    Artober highlights CMU's art and design department. Many activities planned. Call for full schedule of events. 970-248-1833

  • Fall Arts & Crafts Festival
    631 26 1/2 Road,
    Grand Junction
    970-242-7835 | Website
    October 20, 2017

    Friday and Saturday, Oct 20-21 come to the annual Fall Arts & Crafts Festival at the American Lutheran Church 631 26 1/2 Road.

  • 159 Main Street,
    Grand Junction
    970-256-4290 | Website
    This years theme is America's Fighting Aces and will feature speaker Lt. Gen. Charles Cleveland, Korean War fighting ace. We encourage attendees to dress in 1940/50's attire.
  • Fall Arts & Crafts Festival
    631 26 1/2 Road,
    Grand Junction
    970-242-7835 | Website
    October 21, 2017

    Friday and Saturday, Oct 20-21 come to the annual Fall Arts & Crafts Festival at the American Lutheran Church 631 26 1/2 Road.

  • Fall Festival at Mesa Mall
    2424 Hwy 6 & 50,
    Grand Junction
    970-242-0009 | Website
    October 21, 2017

    Join us for the 3rd Annual Fall Festival and enjoy a variety of family fun, fall-themed activities, including a free pumpkin patch, an outdoor beer garden, live music, food trucks and a Starbucks m

  • Hitched in GJ Bridal Experience 2017
    743 Horizon Drive,
    Grand Junction
    970-433-1254 | Website
    A one stop shop for planning your wedding. With over 50 vendors, discounts, goodie bags, and giveaways! If you are engaged you won't want to miss this show!
  • River Canyon Fall Harvest Festival
    730 25 Rd.,
    Grand Junction
    970-639-0514 | Website

    Please join us for our annual Harvest Festival from 4:30pm-7:00pm.

    Crafts, activites, dinner and more. Wear a costume and bring a trick-or-treat basket.

  • CMU Homecoming Victory Dinner
    1100 N. Avenue,
    Grand Junction
    970-248-1902 | Website

    The CMU Homecoming Victory Dinner is a big pep rally themed banquet where Distinguished Alumni are recognized and individuals are inducted into the Hall of Honor.

  • CMU Homecoming Bonfire, Carnival, and Midnight Madness
    1100 North Ave.,
    Grand Junction
    970-248-1902 | Website

    You don't want to miss this year's CMU Homecoming festivities! Join us for the biggest nonfire ever, carnival, and midnight madness. See website for full schedule and details.

  • CarnivALE House Halloween Party
    2531 N 12th St.,
    Grand Junction
    970-242-7253 | Website
    With an outcast of fire eaters, palm readers, stilt walkers, contortionists, plus photo op, live DJ, games, costume contest and more you won’t want to miss this oddly good time.
  • Great West Beer Fest
    1455 N. 12th Street,
    Grand Junction
    970-248-1272 | Website
    November 03, 2017

    From 4-8 PM | Ticket Price $25 pre-sale and $30 at the door | Live music, tasting and people's choice competition. Designated drivers get free admission.

  • Culturel Fest 2017 at Mesa County Public Library
    443 N. 6th Street,
    Grand Junction
    970-243-4442 | Website

    Cultural Fest at The Mesa County Public Library from 11 AM - 3 PM on November 4th.

  • Christmas Bazaar
    1326 N. 1st St.,
    Grand Junction
    970-773-4797 | Website
    November 04, 2017

    Christmas Bazaar at the First Christian Church, 1326 N. 1st St. from 8:30am to 2:00pm.

  • Grand Junction Video Game Con 2017
    2508 Blichmann Ave.,
    Grand Junction
    970-640-1348 | Website
    Celebrate the fun and history of retro video games. Event will feature a video game swap; retro video game system demos; arcade demos; retro video game tournaments and prizes; door prizes and more.
  • Craft Sale by PEO Chapter HU
    599 30 Road,
    Grand Junction
    970-256-1312 | Website
    November 04, 2017
    PEO Chapter HU Craft Sale features a variety of crafts, baked goods, used books and a country store. Proceeds support education scholarships for women.
  • Olde Fashioned Christmas (Palisade)
    Downtown Palisade, CO,
    Palisade
    970-464-7458 | Website

    Experience Olde Fashioned Chritmas the evening of Friday, Dec 1st and during the day on Saturday, Decenber 2nd in downtown Palisade, CO.

  • Christmas Craft Fair by the Lavender Assoc. of Western CO
    2200 Broadway,
    Grand Junction

    Saturday, December 2, 2017 | 10:00 am - 4:00 pm | Free admission. | Variety of vendors selling fine quality, handcrafted Lavender items plus unique arts & crafts.

  • Olde Fashioned Christmas (Palisade)
    Downtown Palisade, CO,
    Palisade
    970-464-7458 | Website

    Experience Olde Fashioned Chritmas the evening of Friday, Dec 1st and during the day on Saturday, Decenber 2nd in downtown Palisade, CO.

  • Hometown Christmas & Parade of Lights (Fruita)
    100 Aspen Ave.,
    Fruita

    2017 Fruita Hometown Christmas & Parade of Lights December 9, 2017 | Shopping & Activities | Arts & Craft Fair at the Community Center from 10am - 3pm. Call 858-0360 for information.

  • 645 Main Street,
    Grand Junction

    The most prestigious mountain festival in the world, Banff Centre's Banff Mountain Film Festival, is celebrating its 42nd anniversary this year!

  • 645 Main Street,
    Grand Junction

    The most prestigious mountain festival in the world, Banff Centre's Banff Mountain Film Festival, is celebrating its 42nd anniversary this year!

  • Viva El Vino
    1100 North Ave.,
    Grand Junction
    970-623-2302 | Website
    April 21, 2018

    Viva el Vino is a fun wine-tasting event that features 20 great international, national, and local wines, as well as scrumptious food and dessert.

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

    Celebrate the Annual Mike the Headless Chicken Festival June 1-2, 2018 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 Annual Mike the Headless Chicken Festival June 1-2, 2018 in Fruita, Colorado. This festival is dedicated to the amazing story of one chicken's will to live.