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Colorado Festivals Still Happening in July

In our last blog post, we told you about lots of amazing virtual events happening in Boulder in the hopes of keeping community ties strong. But now that it’s summer, festival season is in full effect! (Sort of.) Sadly, some celebratory staples are canceled due to COVID, with plans for an epic return next year. Thankfully, though, some event organizers are forging (safely) ahead outside and online. As of right now, these three festivals are still happening, though we suggest visiting event websites for the most up-to-date information.

Crested Butte Wildflower Festival – July 10-19

Since 1986, this floral festival has shared the best of Mother Nature with visitors from around the world. This year, the number of events has been decreased and limited to outdoor activities. There are no food, drinks, or transportation, and experiences are restricted to eight participants. Events may be added as coronavirus stipulations are loosened. Scheduled ventures include:

  • Sketching
  • Hiking
  • Photo tours
  • Wildflower close-ups
  • Yoga
  • Painting
  • Workshops
  • Classes
  • Birdwatching
  • Member appreciation party

Mountain Fair – July 24-26

The Carbondale Mountain Fair kicked off in 1971 with just 20 booths featuring local artisans. Today, the festival boasts 145 vendors and 20,000 annual visitors. This year, the fair won’t be held in Sopris Park, but the show must go on. Right now, organizers are devising a creative plan to throw a safe event that adheres to gathering guidelines. If you’d like to register as a vendor or volunteer, there’s still time. Though subject to change, the following are still scheduled for this year:

  • Poster & T-Shirt Contest
  • More than 25 musicians and entertainers
  • Art vendors
  • Food vendors
  • Valley Artists’ Gallery
  • Pie & Cake Baking
  • Wood Splitting
  • Singles & Doubles Horseshoes
  • Fly-Casting Competition
  • Limbo
  • Fair Kick-Off Drum Circle
  • Confluence Jamboree
  • Sopris Run-Off
  • Worstminster Dog Show
  • Porcupine Loop Ride & Bike Parade
  • Confluence Classical
  • Carbondale Scavenger Hunt

Vail Dance Festival July 31-Aug 11

Though all in-person performances are canceled this year, a digital dance festival is running during the event dates. According to organizers, viewers can watch unique performances and commissions from past Vail seasons. You’re also invited to participate in online forums and educational content featuring dance and music superstars.

Because the Vail Dance Festival relies on donations and ticket purchases to sustain the event, the hope is that ticketholders will help it return next year. If you’ve already purchased tickets, you have the following options:

  • Donate – Consider donating your ticket purchase to the Vail Dance Festival
  • Exchange – Convert the value of your ticket(s) to a credit for future ticket purchase
  • Refund – If you want a full or partial refund of your ticket purchase, contact the Box Office

We’ll keep you updated each month on festivals that are still a go, so remember to check back! From all of us at Office Partners on Pearl, have a safe and super summer!


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