Summertime means festival time!
Salida is best known for FIBArk (First in Boating on the Arkansas River), a 66-year tradition that attracts the world’s finest whitewater competitors to Colorado. Besides kayak, raft, SUP and other water sports, there’s a parade, Hooligan Race, bicycle races, carnival, live music, food and much more.
Salida ArtWalk on June 27-29, 2014, in Salida’s downtown Creative District showcases the artistry of local painters, photographers, jewelry, potters, sculptors and other creations. But if you can’t make it then, visit Salida on any Second Saturday year-round as Salida Council for the Arts presents gallery tours, artists’ receptions, show openings and special exhibits throughout downtown.
On July Fourth our small town celebrates in a big way with a hometown parade, pancake breakfast, free live music, kids’ activities and, of course, fireworks (weather permitting).
Imbibe with more than 200 different beers from 74 Colorado brewers during the Colorado Brewers Rendezvous on Saturday, July 12, 2014, in Riverside Park. Food and live music add to this great party hosted by the Salida Chamber and the Colorado Brewers Guild. For online tickets, visit SalidaChamber.org
The Salida Arts Festival on July 12-13 brings 100 juried artists who work in jewelry, ceramics, wood/sculpture furniture, painting/prints, photography and mixed media/textiles to Centennial Park, 410 W. Hwy 50 (next to the Hot Springs Aquatic Center). This two-day festival will not include any amplified music, food booths or liquor sales.
The following weekend, July 19-20, Salida Riverside Fine Arts Festival attracts artists and fun-lovers to this festival of art, music and more at Riverside Park on Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The Chaffee County Fair and Rodeo in nearby Poncha Springs showcases the biggest pumpkins, the newest gizmos and the toughest rodeo cowgirls and cowboys in the county.
World attention will focus on Salida when the USA Pro Cycling Challenge rides through town on Aug. 20 and the hundreds of participating cyclists spend the night at Monarch Mountain. This 7-day journey through some of Colorado’s finest scenery challenges the endurance and skills of top international athletes.
Salida Winefest 2014 returns to downtown’s Riverside Park on Saturday, Aug. 30, from 1-6 p.m. Formerly known as the Salida Mountain Wine Festival, Salida Winefest is brought to you by the Salida Chamber of Commerce and host Vino Salida. The festival highlights Colorado wineries plus local food vendors, music and art. Families are welcome to bring a blanket, spread out and enjoy the festival. Tickets include a commemorative wine glass and unlimited wine samples and will be available online at the Salida Chamber of Commerce.
Find everything you need to stay warm and fashionable this winter at the Fiber Arts Festival Sept. 6-7 at Riverside Park or take a class and learn how to make your own items. Beautifully hand-crafted scarves, mittens, jackets, socks, hats and coats are made from the natural fibers of alpacas, paco-vicunas, llamas and sheep.
Gear up for Salida Bike Festival on Sept. 11-14 offering unique and fun bike events throughout the week for all ages and abilities. Free group rides, bike films, a chainless race, pump track competition, a bike parade, the return of the Banana Belt Mountain Bike Race, the 16th Annual Monarch Crest Crank and free live music in Riverside Park – plus much more!
Welcome the holidays during Salida’s Christmas Mountain Lighting and Parade of Lights held annually on the day after Thanksgiving. Riverside Park is officially transformed into Holiday Park and Tenderfoot Hill (“S” Mountain) is lit up as Christmas Mountain. Festivities start with a parade on F Street, followed by an open house with free cocoa, cookies and entertainment at the SteamPlant Event Center. Downtown shops and galleries have extended hours, and local restaurants and bars are bustling with activity.
Check our calendar pages for additional events throughout the year.