Can't Miss Fall Events for 2019 on the Western Slope | Rocky Mountain Health Plans Blog



Events, Festivals, and More in Fruita, Paonia, Telluride, and Beyond


Autumn is the perfect season for festivals and other fun seasonal events, especially on the Western Slope. Here are some must-attend events during 2019 that the entire family will enjoy.


Mountain Harvest Festival in Paonia
September 26-29

Paonia is a small town teeming with creativity and surrounded by a number of local farms. The Harvest Festival brings these worlds together for a weekend of fun that includes North Fork Valley musicians, local arts and crafts, and food from a bountiful harvest.

On the food front, attend the Great Chili Cook-Off, get messy during the Grape Stomp, take a farm tour, or shop for produce at the Saturday Farmers Market.


Fruita Fall Festival
September 27-29


Venture to downtown Fruita for three full days of autumn celebrations, complete with great music, zany events (like the Outhouse Race), and mouth-watering local food. The festival organizers say there’s something for everyone, and with events like the carnival, baking and canning contest, beard rally, cornhole tournament, and a whole lot more, we’re inclined to agree.


Applefest in Cedaredge
October 3-6


Head toward the Grand Mesa to celebrate all things apple-related in the small town of Cedaredge. Bite into a juicy apple grown by a local orchard, browse goods from local businesses, find a new piece of artwork, tap your feet to live music, and enjoy all of the other happenings throughout the weekend.

If the festival crowds become overwhelming, simply head out for an outdoor adventure on the Grand Mesa.


Telluride Horror Show
October 11-13


The Horror Show in Telluride is Colorado's first and longest-running film festival dedicated entirely to scary movies, and 2019 marks its 10th anniversary. If you love horror, suspense, thriller, dark fantasy, sci-fi, and dark comedy films, this is a can’t-miss event.

The line-up includes more than 20 feature-length films, 60-plus short films, a plethora of supporting events, and more.


Western Slope Cowboy Gathering in Grand Junction
November 1-2


Celebrate the rich history of Western Colorado’s cowboys at this unique Western Slope event featuring cowboy poetry and country music singing. While details on performers have not yet been released, check the event website for more information as fall approaches.

The Cowboy Gathering is an event to remember — the celebration has outgrown its previous venue and 2019’s event is slated for the Masonic Grand Valley Event Center.


U-Pick farms and orchards on the Western Slope


The Western Slope is the agricultural heart of Colorado, so it’s no surprise that many farms celebrate the fall harvest by giving visitors the opportunity to pick their own fruits and veggies.

To find a farm or orchard, visit's Colorado page for a list of local farms and orchards. While you’re picking, look out for these four locally grown superfoods.