Lather on the sunscreen, put on a smile, and enjoy the the best summer events and festivals to hit the Grand Valley. As temperatures are rising, so is the urge to get out and participate in local happenings. Mark your calendars with these top summer events near Grand Junction:

  • Tab Benoit

    June 12th

    Opening the Riverfront Concert Series at the Colorado River State Park, Tab Benoit brings the sound of the Louisiana bayou to Fruita, CO. Tab Benoit is recognized as a talented Blues entertainer, Grammy nominee, and a conservationist working save the Louisiana wetlands.

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  • Palisade Bluegrass and Roots Festival

    June 13th-15th

    This 6th annual event is held at the Riverbend Park in Palisade, CO. This festival includes musical performances by The Infamous Stringdusters, The Wood Brothers, Hackenshaw Boys, Chatham County Line and more. Soak in the greatness of bluegrass jams with a craft beer in hand and local cuisine in belly.

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  • North Fork Uncorked

    June 14th-15th

    This Father's Day weekend take advantage of the hiking, fishing and biking of the North Fork Valley while ending your day with a visit to the local wineries for tours and tasting. Wineries will be open from 11AM-6PM.

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  • Country Jam

    June 19th-22nd
  • Paonia Cherry Days

    July 4th-5th

    The 68th annual Paonia Cherry Days include a fly-casting competition, vendors, music, and even a wood splitting event.

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  • Fruita 4th of July Fireworks Display

    July 3rd

    Capture this magnificent firework display beginning at dusk at Snooks Bottom in Fruita, CO. Among the awe of the sparkling fireworks, take a moment to appreciate the country we call home.

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  • Grand Junction Independence Day Parade

    July 4th

    Starting at 10AM, the downtown Grand Junction Independence Day Parade makes way, as participants decorated with red, white, and blue, trek down Main Street.

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  • Lavender Festival

    July 11th-13th

    Explore the lavender farms of Palisade and the North Fork Valley at the only lavender festival in Colorado. This event allows visitors to study lavender gardens, products, and demonstrations.

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  • Mesa County Fair

    July 15th-19th

    The Mesa County Fair has everything from cotton-candy to pig shows. With a variety of events and activities, come support local 4-H and FFA participants as they exhibit all of their hard work.

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  • Montrose County Fair and Rodeo

    July 18th-27th

    As Garth Brooks would say, "it's boots and chaps it's cowboy hats", the Montrose County Fair and Rodeo isn't far from that. Come take advantage of this event as junior livestock shows and rodeo entertainment provide an opportunity for patrons to learn about agriculture.

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  • Color Dash

    July 26th

    Add a little color to your life and participate in the Color Vibe, a 5k footrace supporting Mesa County Partners.

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  • Palisade Peach Festival

    August 14th-17th

    Drool won't be the only thing running down your chin after biting into a juicy Palisade Peach during this year's festival.

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