Salida Events & Festivals



New Year’s Day 5k begins at 10 a.m. on January 1st at the Salida Scout Hut. Registration starts at 9 a.m. This is a fun and friendly 5k Fun Run/Walk event to kick off the new year in a healthful manner with friends! All ages welcome. Light snacks available before and after the event. Cost is $10. Contact Kristy Flacon at

Salida Chamber of Commerce presents the Annual Community Awards – “Taking Salida to the Top!” Please join us on Friday, January 26th, to celebrate our community’s PEAK Performers at the SteamPlant Event Center from 6-9 p.m. The annual Community Awards is all about honoring outstanding citizens who go above and beyond in their service to Salida. Awards will be given for Man of the Year, Woman of the Year, Cornerstone Award, From the Heart Award, Vaqueros “Wanted” Award, Business of the Year, and Entrepreneur of the Year! The Community Awards is a celebration of our wonderful community with food, fellowship, and award presentations. Ticket price is $25, and are available in advance at the Salida Chamber of Commerce, 406 W. Highway 50, as well as at the door. For additional information please call 719-539-2068.

Planning a destination wedding for the Salida area? Heart of the Rockies Wedding Association is hosting their Annual Bridal Show/Open House at the Salida SteamPlant Event Center on January 27th from 1-4 p.m.


Annual Chocolate Lover’s Fantasy Fundraiser will take place on February 10  at the Buena Vista Community Center in Buena Vista from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Enjoy unlimited chocolate, appetizers, wine tasting, spirits and beer. Make sure to check out the wonderful silent auction full of fabulous items. All proceeds benefit survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault in Chaffee County. For additional information call 719-539-7374, email, or visit

Hippie Radio 97.5 FM hosts its Annual Hippie Party on February 24 at the Salida SteamPlant Event Center. Don your favorite hippie apparel and dance the night away! Tickets will be available in advance at the Salida Chamber of Commerce and the SteamPlant box office as well as at the door. For additional information visit or


Big Mountain Comp. This is an event for u14 skiers and snowboarder that will be held on High Anxiety March 3- 4. It is an IFSA sanctioned regional event that is part of the big mountain schedule. Check for information on their organization.


Kayaks on Snow at Monarch Mountain on April 7th. Participants race down a specially designed course on Freeway into an icy pond as Monarch Mountain kicks off the river season. For additional information call 719-530-5080, email or visit

Salida Kick-Off to Summer, will take place on April 11th. The Salida Chamber of Commerce and Vaqueros present a Business After Hours trade-show event showcasing our area summer activity businesses. Come out and meet the business owners at the Salida SteamPlant Event Center from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. Entry is $7.00. If you are a business owner and would like to participate please contact the Chamber office 719-539-2068 or email

The Chaffee Home and Garden Show, sponsored by Sunrise Rotary, will be held at the Chaffee County Fairgrounds from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 28th, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, April 29th.  Admission is $2 at the gate for adults and free for children 18 and younger. More than 80 booths will feature home maintenance, improvement, gardening, children’s activities and non-profit organizations.


Salida Chamber Golf Scramble, May 11th. Join the Salida Chamber of Commerce for a fun golf scramble followed by prizes, awards and drinks at the Business After Hours in the Salida Golf Club. For additional information or to sign up a team contact the Salida Chamber at 719-539-2068, email or visit

Bluegrass on the Arkansas Festival, hosted by Salida Rotary Club, will be at Riverside Park over Memorial Day weekend (May 26/27).  Admission is free. Come out and enjoy the music, food, drink and fun for all ages! For additional information visit




Salida is best known for FIBArk (First in Boating on the Arkansas River), celebrating its 68th year in 2016. The world’s finest whitewater competitors will come to Colorado for the festival June 14-17. Besides kayak, raft, SUP and other water sports, there’s a parade, Hooligan Race, bicycle races, carnival, live music, food and much more. For additional information visit

25th Annual Salida ArtWalk on June 22-24, in historic downtown Salida. The Creative District showcases the artistry of local painters, photographers, jewelry, potters, sculptors and other creations.  There will be numerous art receptions, live music, entertainment and artist demonstrations in numerous participating venues around Salida. You won’t want to miss the Mini Masterpiece Auction! 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. For additional information call 719-207-4150, email, or visit

Join on June 30th for Salida’s own Harriet Alexander Airport fly-in and Airshow will take place throughout the weekend. The fly-in brings to Salida pilots from all over the Rockies and the Front Range, to spend the weekend enjoying all we have to offer in our beautiful valley. The airshow held on Saturday will bring in both military and general aviation aircraft and feature static displays as well as fly-bys and demonstrations. They expect many vintage aircraft as well as a display of vintage cars, and they are planning on having a traditional pancake breakfast at the airport, on Saturday morning.


On July Fourth our small town celebrates in a big way with a kids fishing derby, hometown parade, pancake breakfast, free live music and activities for kids of all ages at Riverside Park, with fireworks (weather permitting) at dusk from the “S” Mountain. Make sure you have a great view!

Over 75 Colorado Breweries celebrate the 22nd Annual Colorado Brewers Rendezvous with plenty of food and fun with live music throughout the day! Sample more than 200 different beers from 70 Colorado brewers on Saturday, July 14, in Riverside Park. Hosted by the Salida Chamber of Commerce.  For additional information call 719-539-2068, email or visit Click here to purchase tickets.

Salida Riverside Fine Arts Festival: July 21 & 22 Salida’s annual premier art and music event of juried, fine national artists with booths of jewelry, ceramics, photography, wearable art, mixed media, wood and metal and more. This year’s music stage features Wounded Warrior Music Band with bassist Jac Mihanovic who has performed and recorded with Taj Mahal, Ray Charles, Steve Vai, Tower of Power and more, and brings on the Motown Rock and Soul Revue with Paula Compton – think Janis Joplin vocals. Milo Hayes Meld with a jazz, funk, bluegrass, R&B throw down, Denver’s Ponder The Albatross (celtic bluegrass/experimental) and Band on the Fence, local act Ceruleus, Doc & Kit, Clyde Tullis, and more. Creative Station For All Ages, face painting, delicious foods by local favorite Phat Fahita, and Big Daddy Dogs. Bring the family and enjoy the park with playground, sandy river beaches and fishing on the banks of the Arkansas River in downtown Salida at Riverside Park at F St.and Sackett, a short walk to Historic District pubs, galleries and boutiques. Saturday 10am–7pm and Sunday 10am–4pm. Free admission.

The Salida Arts Festival on July 21st-22nd 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). The three day festival will not include any amplified music, food booths or liquor sales.

The Chaffee County Fair and Rodeo will be held July 21 – 29, showcasing the biggest pumpkins, the newest gizmos and the toughest rodeo cowgirls and cowboys in the county.


The 25th Annual Angel of Shavano Car Show is presented by the Salida Sunrise Rotary on August 4. It is the major annual fundraiser for the Chaffee County Search and Rescue South. August 4 Meet & Greet at 4:00 p.m. – location TBD. Car Show on August 5 at Riverside Park in historic downtown Salida. For additional information call 719-207-0278 or 719-221-1261, or visit


The 7th Annual Salida WineFest returns to downtown’s Riverside Park on Saturday, Sept. 1. The 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. Check out to see the participating wineries. Tickets include a commemorative wine glass and unlimited wine samples and are available online at the Salida Chamber of Commerce. You may also call 719-539-2068 or email for additional information.

Enjoy the simplicity of a Hometown Picnic with food, music and entertainment in Riverside Park in downtown Salida on Sunday, September 2.

Find everything you need to stay warm and fashionable this winter at the Fiber Arts Festival Sept. 8 & 9 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. For those of you with the fiber know-how, there will be many supplies and fibers for sale.

Gear up for Salida Bike Festival on September 13-16 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, and free live music in Riverside Park – plus much more! For additional information call Kristy Falcon at 719-539-6738 or email

The 19th Annual Crest Crank Bike Ride Fundraiser for the Alliance Against Domestic Abuse takes place on September 16. Come register to ride the spectacular Monarch Crest Trail. Registration is $75.00 and the person who raises the most after $500 wins a beautiful cruiser bike. Then come celebrate at Riverside Park with live music, bbq, beer and a silent auction. All proceeds benefit survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault in Chaffee County. For additional information call 719-539-7374 or email or visit or


Heart of Colorado FiberArts Guild Fashion Show, Boutique and Luncheon, on October 13th from 11 AM-2PM at the Salida SteamPlant.


Welcome the holidays during Salida’s Christmas Mountain Lighting and Parade of Lights held annually on the day after Thanksgiving (Nov. 23, 2017). 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 from 5th to Riverside Park’s Holiday Park, 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.


Salida Holiday Festival on December 20th! This holiday event is brought to you by the Salida Chamber of Commerce, Monarch Mountain, and the Salida Business Alliance. Shops will be open late that evening, with festive happenings including old fashioned caroling, marshmallow roasting, magical carriage rides, prizes for favorite Christmas attire contest, plus chances to win one of two vacation packages. Click here for details!

Santa Skis Monarch on December 24! Santa will be skiing or snowboarding with kids of all ages at Monarch Mountain. For additional information call 719-530-5080, email or visit

Ring in the New Year on Dec. 31, with food, drinks, music and a spectacular view of the Monarch Torchlight Parade.  For additional information call 719-530-5080, email or visit

Check our calendar pages for additional events and local activities throughout the year.