It may be a small community by comparison, but Colorado’s Grand Valley has a big appetite when it comes to culture and the Arts.
You’ll find common events here rotate throughout the Valley, like farmer’s markets, First Fridays in the art galleries and Food Truck Fridays. The larger communities each have their signature events as well, lending to their individual characters and charisma.
Grand Junction is home to a symphony orchestra, the Historic Avalon Theatre, which is considered the largest performing arts hall in Western Colorado, and “Art on the Corner,” one of America’s largest outdoor displays of sculptured art where classic and contemporary pieces by Colorado artists can be viewed all year round.
The Museums of the Western Colorado – including the Museum of the West, Dinosaur Journey and the living history museum at Cross Orchards – provide lots of opportunity to gather and learn for the whole family, while preserving the rich and eclectic history of our community.
In the City of Fruita, the downtown strip has four live music venues with bands playing every week. There are also the Riverfront and Thursday Night Summer Concert Series, as well as Fruita’s signature brand of quirky festivals, like Mike the Headless Chicken Festival, featuring dozens of live chickens on display at the Civic Center, and the Fall Festival, where residents compete in a popular outhouse race.
Palisade is no stranger to the festival scene either, hosting the Colorado Mountain Wine Festival, a lavender festival and the Palisade Peach Festival, centered around the community’s sweetest export. But residents and visitors alike are welcome to enjoy Palisade produce and wine throughout the year in orchards and vineyards spread along the Scenic Fruit and Wine Byway.
The Grand Valley is also known for the many mountain biking and cycling events that take place throughout the year. The Grand Junction Off-Road is one of the many signature events held in Grand Junction, showcasing the Lunch Loop trails. Other biking/cycling events include The Maverick Classic, Icon LASIK Tour of the Moon, Tour of the Valley, Rumble at 18 Rd., Palisade Brews and Cruise Festival, and many more.