Festivals are making a big comeback this summer in Colorado. Here are four upcoming ones that you might want to check out.
Country Jam Music Festival, June 24-26, to Mack outside of Grand Junction
Live music is back in 2021, and this three-day West Slope event has some big names.
How about that for the headliners: Carrie Underwood, Toby Keith and Luke Combs. Other musicians will also perform on three stages.
One day and three day passes are available and there is camping as well. Check it out on countryjam.com.
Lavender festival, June 25-27, Palisade
Three days enjoying fields of purple plants and wonderful scents at Colorado’s only lavender celebration.
This Friday, you have a choice of three self-guided farm tours in the Grande Vallée, all with lunch.
The big day of the festival is Saturday June 26 at Riverbend Park, admission $ 5. Lavender vendors and products, riverside music, crafts, wreath-making classes by reservation only, and food. For the grown-ups that night, a Lavender & Wine Dinner with Colorado wines.
The final day includes maps for free self-guided tours of North Fork Valley and Grand Valley Lavender Farms. coloradolavender.org/annual-lavender-festival
Gunnison Cattlemen Days, July 1–18
A Western tradition since 1900, this event took a COVID-19 hit as it only offered a small rodeo and limited spectators last fall. However, the crowds will be back this summer.
Songwriters compete from July 1, and 4-H events run through mid-July. A Pinkalooza “Tough Enough to Wear Pink” is on July 4th. Next up is the “Granddaddy of Colorado Rodeos” which opens with the slaughter of the sheep and the ranch rodeo on July 11, followed by the PRCA rodeo time. The Cattlemen’s Days Parade, Legacy Rodeo and dance are scheduled for July 17th. cattlemensdays.com/events/
July 4th parties in Pagosa Springs, July 2-4
Holiday festivities can be found statewide, and here’s one packed with activities that can be added to immersion in the incredible hot springs. The only COVID-19 cancellation is a carnival.
Cowgirls and cowboys go head-to-head, and there are also family-friendly events at the 71st Annual Red Ryder Roundup all weekend long at the Archuleta County Fairgrounds.
A Weekend Park to Park Artisan and Food Market, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., features art and gifts, Pagosa Springs memorabilia, vendors, and tasty food from local food trucks.
The July 4 parade is set for 10 a.m. on July 3 and runs along the river and down Main Street.
And fireworks, yes indeed. Twilight on July 4th. visitpagosasprings.com/july4th