Though Colorado has year-round food, sports, and music festivals to keep your family busy, spring festivals mean the return of outdoor venues, carnivals, and longer-lasting sunshine. Here are four festivals along Colorado’s Western Slope to consider adding to your family calendar for the spring of 2020.
Nearly every spring for the last three decades, Grand Junction has hosted a country music festival that brings several different headlining country artists to Colorado.
This spring (spanning four days from June 18-21, 2020), you can see Kane Brown, Toby Keith, and Dan + Shay, among more than fifteen other hit country artists. The festival takes place at the Jam Ranch, which is a large outdoor venue that’s surrounded by red rock scenery and holds up to 100,000 other country music fans.
Steamboat Springs is bringing over 160 artists, each one an expert in different art mediums, to Colorado for a weekend that coincides with the town’s Hot Air Balloon Festival.
The artists will provide live art demos, face painting, and expert advice for aspiring artists and connoisseurs. There are plenty of food and drink vendors who exhibit at the festival as well, and the event includes a children’s art area so your kids can be part of the experience, too. Additionally, this festival is open to the public.
For anyone seeking a trip back through time this spring, the Grand Old West Days can give your family exactly that. Though this is primarily a stock show and concert, there’s also arts and crafts, a petting zoo for the kids, church service, a cowboy shooting match, and an epic pancake breakfast.
Much of the event takes place indoors, but there are outdoor events, too. Animal lovers can get to know the animals up close, or observe them in action outdoors. This festival is a great, fun learning opportunity for kids who are interested in cattle.
If country music isn’t your favorite genre, or you aren’t available in June for Country Jam®, check out the Off-Road & Downtown Music Festival in Grand Junction. This three-day event is a combination of two different festivals: the Off-Road Mountain Bike event and the Downtown Music Festival.
For avid mountain bikers who also enjoy live music, this is a must-attend festival this spring. This event is free and open to both professional mountain bikers and amateurs alike and includes three tiers of bike path distances (15, 30, and 40 miles), so you can choose the option that works best for your fitness level. Even if you don’t want to race, the festival offers live music, an outdoor bike and gear expo, and food and drink vendors.