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2016 June/July
Pg 16 - The Sunshine Express
the incredible history of the many silver mines on
Smuggler Mountain, be transported by jeep up
Smuggler Mountain Rd, tour on foot through ruins &
artifacts, meet at Gondola Plaza, tour does not enter
any mines, reservations required, 970.925.3721,
max. 6 people, Weekly Wednesdays, Free,
-Jun 17-19, Sayre Park aka Strawberry Park,
1702 Grand Ave, Glenwood Springs, 119th Annual
Strawberry Days Festival, live music & main stage
entertainment, a FamilyFest area w/interactive,
entertaining and creative experiences for the kids,
Arts & Crafts Fair, food court, old-fashioned carnival,
parade down Main St, FREE strawberries & ice cream
on Saturday after parade, 970.945.6589
-Jun 17-19, Food & Wine Classic, Aspen, the world¡¯s
most accomplished winemakers, celebrity chefs &
culinary experts come together in one breathtaking
setting, experience the pinnacle of good taste, min-
gle with stars, enjoy a pleasure-packed weekend at
the base of spectacular Aspen Mountain, 1.877.900.
-ACES Farm to Table Dinners, 6:30p, Jun 25, Jul
22, Jul 23, Aug 13, dine at the source with a menu
featuring products from Rock Bottom Ranch and the
surrounding area, enjoy a 5-course meal of local
foods, cheeses, beer, wine and spirits in the open-
air pole barn at our beautiful site, a guided farm
tour & opportunity to meet local producers to learn
where your meal comes from, $99/$89 members,
-Jul 2-10, 11a-6p daily, Aspen Antiques & Fine Arts
Fair, a diverse group of world-class dealers exhibit
their collections of fine art & antiques, exquisite
jewelry, silver, rugs, collectibles & more, Aspen Ice
Garden, 233 W Hyman Ave, Free, 970.710.1192,
-Old Fashioned 4th Of July Celebration, parade,
kids¡¯ carnival, music, picnics, spectacular fireworks
& more, 970.925.1940,
-Jul 4, 4-10p, 4th of Jule Celebration, Two Rivers
Park, 740 Devereux Rd, Glenwood Springs, features
Symphony in the Valley, games, food & music in the
park, fireworks, weather permitting
-Jul 16, Aspen Valley Marathon, follows Rio Grande
Trail gradually descending 1,500ft alongside the
Roaring Fork River, start times: Marathon- 6a, Aspen
Wagner Park/finish Basalt Lions Park; Half Marathon-
7.30a, W/J Ranch Woody Creek/finish Basalt Lions
Park; 5K- 10a, Basalt Lions Park/finish Basalt Lions
Grand Junction/Gateway/Parachute:
--JUCO world series, May 28-Jun 4, Suplizio Field,
Grand Junction, 970.245.9166
-Rock Junction, Jun 1-3, Grand Junction Area, drive
your own 4WD vehicle on family-friendly group trail
rides, from mild & scenic to extreme rock crawling,
each evening features a BBQ hosted by a member of
the Grand Mesa Jeep Club, Driver $60/ea; Passenger
$30/ea, 970.858.1394
-Jun 3-4, Mike The Headless Chicken Festival, Fruita
Civic Center Pavilion, 325 E. Aspen Ave, dedicated
to the amazing story of one chicken¡¯s will to live,
-Jun 3-5, Historical Fantasy Faire, Sweet River Gar-
dens at the Colorado River & 29 Rd, Gr Jct, adults
$5/day, teens 13-17 $3/day, under 18 must be ac-
companied by a parent or guardian, 970.589.0848
-Jun 3-4, CO Square Dance Festival, Colorado Mesa
University, 1100 North Ave, Gr Jct, 970.434.3543
-Food Truck Friday, 422 White Avenue, Gr Jct, Jun 3,
food, music and fun on 1st Fridays, 970.549.6233
-Jun 3, Neon Vibe 5K, Canyon View Park, 730 24 Rd,
Gr Jct, the sickest night-time NEON 5k on the planet
-Jun 4, Rocky Mtn Off-Road Expo/Parts Swap &
Racin¡¯ To Raise Cash Event, Mesa County Fair-
grounds, 2785 US Hwy 50, Gr Jct, 9a-4p, Free,
hosted by the Grand Mesa Jeep Club, 970.858.1394
-Jun 4, Vintage Motorcycle Show, Downtown Pali-
sade, music, free admission, 10a-3p, 970.216.8633
-Jun 4-5, Down N Dirty Barrel Race, Mesa County
Fairgrounds, 2785 Hwy 50, Gr Jct, 970.250.5066
-Jun 4, Mike The Headless Chicken 5K Run/
Walk, Fruita Civic Ctr, 325 E Aspen Street, a fast
road course that is well marked & easy to follow,
-Jun 4, Shimmy For The Shelter, 2817 North Ave,
Grand Junction, Taste of Heaven Catered, support
a great local charity & enjoy a middle eastern style
dance show & mediterrean meal, proceeds benefit
the Latimer House, 970.250.8700
-Jun 4-5, State of CO Free Fishing Weekend,
-Rimrock Rodeo, Rim Rock Adventures Arena, 927
Hwy 340, Fruita, Tuesdays all summer Jun 7-Aug
30, Grand Finale Sep 24, $10/person, 10 and under/
free, 970.260.9287
-Jun 10-12, Palisade Bluegrass & Roots Music
Festival, Riverbend Park, 451 Pendleton St,
970.464.5602, visit website for complete schedule,
ticket & camping info:
world compete in 9 sports & 25 disciplines including:
x-country & road cycling, freestyle, 8-Ball, sprint &
extreme kayaking, raft cross, World Cup Bouldering,
stand up paddle sprint & surf cross, as well as trail,
mud & road running, dog comps and the Ultimate
Mountain Challenge, mountain photography competi-
tion, adventure film school, film festival, an interactive
exhibition & demo area, live music
-King of the Mountain Volleyball, Jun 17-19, a top 10
grassroots beach doubles volleyball tournaments in
the USA,
-Vail Arts Festival, Jun 24-26, over 80 artists showcas-
ing digital art, drawing, fiber, glass, graphics & print
making, metal works, wood, mixed media, ceramics,
paintings, photography, sculpture, jewelry & fashion,
-Vail Lacrosse Shootout, Jun 25-Jul 3, A long running
invitational lacrosse tournament featuring various age
and gender divisions,
-Vail Family Fun Fest, Jun 25-Jul 30, a few hours of
simple fun in the beautiful Colorado Rockies presented
in a festival setting,
-Jazz at the Farmers¡¯ Market, Jun 26-Aug 28, Vail Jazz
perpetuates jazz with a focus on young musicians and
young audiences, Vail Jazz at: Vail Square, Thursdays,
Jul 7-Sep 1; The Market, Sundays, Jun 26-Aug 28,
Noon-3p; The Remedy, Sundays, Jul 3-Aug 28, 8p;
Vail Jazz Club Series, Wednesdays, Jul 6-27 at Express
Lift Coffeehouse, 9p; Vail Jazz Gala, The Great Ladies
of Song, Jul 11 at Lodge at Vail; Vail Jazz Party, Sep
1-5 at Marriott & Vail Square; for more info visit the
Vail Jazz Foundation
-Vail Summer Bluegrass Series, Jun 29-Jul 20, four
free live bluegrass concerts w/national-level, award-
winning talent as well as visiting guests from around
the world, features local & regional bands as well, For
more info visit:
-Jul 1-Sep 2, Friday Afternoon Club, a 10,000 ft family
friendly party, ride the Eagle Bahn Gondola from Lions-
head to food, beverages, free lawn games & live music,
5-8p, every Fri during the summer, weather permitting
-Jul 5-26, Donovan Pavillion, Vail, Bravo! Vail Music Festi-
val, features the festival¡¯s first residency with an interna-
tional orchestra, London¡¯s world-renowned Academy of St
Martin in the Fields, led by acclaimed violinist and Music
Director Joshua Bell, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, the
Philadelphia Orchestra, and the New York Philharmonic
return for residencies alongside a number of today¡¯s most
esteemed soloists and chamber artists, For more infor-
mation and to purchase tickets visit:
-Conway Cup, Jul 15-25, A German professional soccer
(Bundesliga) team and a Division 1 Mexican team will be
holding training camps in Vail, Denver & Colorado Springs
for 12 days, will include pre-season training camps,
youth soccer camps, coaching clinics, business forums
and friendly games between the international pro teams
and local pro soccer teams, for more information visit:
-Kick It 3v3 Soccer Tournament, Jul 29-31, National
soccer tournament designed for players of all ages &
skills, games, activities and samples for the whole family,
teams compete for the Kick It 3v3 World Championships,
for more information visit:
-Jul 30-Aug 13, Vail International Dance Festival and the
10th anniversary of Damian Woetzel as Artistic Director,
we also welcome American Ballet Theatre star Isabella
Boylston as the 2016 Artist-In-Residence, for line-up &
--Jun 3-5, Rallye Glenwood Springs, 9a, MG Car
Club, 3 days of great car fun in the Rocky Mountains,
303.748.9773, Register at:
-6th Mountain to Valley Race, Jun 11, Glenwood Springs,
races include the Mountain to Valley: 1) Half Marathon,
2) FAST 4 mile run/walk, or 3) Smilin¡¯ Sam 1/2mile fun
run, fantastic post-race event in Glenwood Park, we need
sponsors, participants & volunteers to help w/set up, reg-
istration, raffle/silent auction, finish line, transportation
and aid stations,
-Aspen Gran Fondo, Jun 11, 8:30a, epic 50 mile ride
starts & finishes in Aspen, supported ride features Wat-
son Divide (2 miles of steep uphill and downhill gravel
terrain) and will have a total ascent of over 4K ft, relax
at post-ride BBQ, pre-ride happy hour Friday, Jun 10,
Limelight Hotel,
-Jun 12, 4-6p, Car show & BBQ, music by Johnny Kongo
All-Stars, BBQ specials, Classic cars from Valley Cruisers
& others, New Castle exit off I-70, next to Alpine bank in
the New Castle Diner Parking lot, 970.984.3700
-Jun 13, 5:30p, ACES membership dinner, picnic on the
Preserve, head down to Hallam Lake, 100 Puppy Smith
St, for drinks, gourmet dinner & live music, receive a
2016 hat by becoming a new member of ACES, existing
members receive a free hat by getting a new member to
join, please walk, bike, bus or carpool as parking is very
limited, 970.925.5756, $20/advance, $25/door, kids un-
der 12/free, available for purchase at:
-Jun 14, Holden/Marolt Hoedown, 4-7p, music by the
Smuggler Mountain Boys, kid¡¯s activities, barbecue, beer,
farm animals & ranching demons, Holden/Marolt Mining
& Ranching Museum, 970.925.3721,
-Historic Jeep & Trail Tours, Jun 15-Oct 5, 9-11a, explore
-Sunrise Tour, Jun 20-21, 6-7:30a, Balcony House, Mesa
Verde National Park
-Jun 25, Half marathon, 5K & free family fun run plus
health & wellness expo, fundraiser for Mancos Public
Library, start times: Half Marathon- 7:30a, 5K- 8a, Fun
Run- TBD, start/finish at Mancos Library, 211 W 1st St,
packet pickup Jun 24, 10a-8p, Mancos Library or on race
day 6-7a, 970.533.7600,
-Jul 4, Fire Works, Boyle Park, 8-9:30p, 150 E Park St,
Mancos, 970.533.7725
-Jul 29-31, 57th Annual Mancos Days, Boyle Park, 8a, 150
E Park St, Mancos, 970.533.7725
Durango/Silverton/Hesperus/Pagosa Springs:
--La Plata County Humane Society, 1111 S Camino Del Rio
Durango, 14th annual Adopt-a-thon, Jun 3-4, 8a-8p, re-
duced adoption fees on adult animals, grilled hamburgers
and brats from Sunny Side Meats and store-wide sales at
the Thrift Store
-Durango Blues Train, Jun 3-4, Durango & Silverton Nar-
row Gauge Railroad, 479 Main Ave, Durango, an exciting
¡®moving¡¯ musical experience consisting of 2 evenings of
live blues on the rails
-Animas River Days, Jun 4, Animas River, whitewater
competitions, community outreach about river re-
sources & conservation, throughout downtown Durango,
-Outdoor Movie Night at Three Springs Plaza, Jun 10,
8-10:30p, 175 Mercado St, Durango, movie starts at dusk
bring chairs/blankets, small concession stand serving
popcorn, candy, soda, etc. *Bad weather may cause Three
Springs to cancel this event, check our Facebook page for
any cancellation notice*
-Durango Cowboy Poetry Gathering Barn Dance & Picnic,
Jun 12, 5-8p, Riverbend Ranch, 27846 Hwy 550, Durango,
Tim Sullivan Band, cowboy poet Lindy Simmons perform,
Rylee Mac Food Truck will be selling Mexican food as well
as her famous green chili or pack your own picnic supper,
seating inside limited, bring chairs/blankets especially if
you want to sit under the old willows
-Durango Motor Expo, Jun 18, 9a-3p, Downtown Durango,
Main St, bring Dad for Father¡¯s Day weekend and peruse
unique cars, free to spectators
-Beach Fest Family Field Day, Purgatory Resort, Jun 18,
1-4p, water balloon tosses, three-legged races, more, free
-Anniversary Celebration, Jun 25, 1-10p, 175 Mercado St,
Durango, music festival celebrating 10 years of Mercy Re-
gional Medical Ctr & Three Springs Neighborhood, ¡®10,000
Babies in 10 Years¡¯, children born at Mercy from 2006-
2016 free, $10/person, Kids 10 and under/free
-Great American Lager Festival, Purgatory Resort, Jun 26,
1-4p, all about macro-brews
-July 4th River Parade, Mild to Wild, 50 Animas View Dr,
Durango, 5 meet times to choose from: 8a, 9a, 10a,
1:30p & 3:30p, seats limited, kids get a 4th of July sou-
venir, dress up in 4th of July attire, best costume wins a
-4th of July, 8a-10p, Durango, pancake breakfast, 7:30-
11a, free fun run at Rotary Park for all ages, 9a, family
fun in Buckley Park 11a-5p
-Rocky Mountain Ukefest, July 8-9, 1:30-10p, Rotary Park,
-Fiesta Days, July 23-31, downtown Durango, parade,
rodeos and more
--GoPro Mountain Games, Jun 9-12, pro & amateur out-
door adventure athletes from the Vail Valley & around the