Crested Butte Festival Guide
Crested Butte may be located at the end of a road, but the town has no shortages of things to do. Not only does it boast phenomenal outdoor recreation, but it is host to a variety of festivals throughout the year. From wacky to sophisticated, there is a festival to be enjoyed by everyone! Continue reading for a brief synopsis of what Crested Butte festivals have to offer.
Crested Butte has a long history of mountain biking – even claiming to be the birthplace of the sport! To celebrate mountain biking, Crested Butte hosts a festival in late June. There are races, films, parties, clinics, fun rides, and more to participate in or spectate. The highlights definitely seem to be the Chainless World Champions and the Bridges of the Butte. In the Chainless World Champions, bikers roll down seven miles on Kebler Pass into town with their bicycle chains removed. Costumes are encouraged, and fun is definitely had by all! Bridges of the Butte is a 24-hour bike tour around town. Again, costumes are abundant, and fun is had into the wee hours of the morning! For more information about bike week, visit www.cbbikeweek.com.
Crested Butte has been dubbed the “Wildflower Capital of Colorado.” If you’ve ever been here during July and August, there’s no doubt as to why that is. Colorful flowers are everywhere. To celebrate the wonderful blooms, Crested Butte hosts a wildflower festival every year in July. There are guided tours and hikes, photography workshops, art lessons, speakers, and even some kids’ programs. Find out more at crestedbuttewildflowerfestival.com.
Also in July is the Crested Butte Wine and Food Festival. Foodies delight in the various brunches, lunches, and dinner options available as well as educational events. Wine connoisseurs can choose from a variety of seminars and enjoy the ever-popular Grand Tasting event. Visit cbwineandfood.com for more information.
Known as one of the most popular events of the summer, the Crested Butte Arts Festival showcases artists from Crested Butte and around the nation. The festival not only includes art but also features fantastic cuisine, entertainment, artist demonstrations, children’s activities, and an art auction. The festival takes place the first weekend in August. crestedbutteartsfestival.com
The Crested Butte Music Festival isn’t limited to just one week but runs for the whole month of July! The festival is host to a diverse selection of music, opera, and dance held in intimate settings. It also includes instructional programs and a selection of kids’ music camps as well. Check out the offerings at crestedbuttemusicfestival.org.
The Paragon Gallery’s annual People’s Fair is hosted every Labor Day weekend. The fair is a non-juried arts and crafts festival that helps regional Colorado artist showcase their artwork. There is also live music, food vendors, and even a dog fashion show that supports the Oh Be Dogful Rescue Organization. paragonartgallery.com/new-page
If you love good craft beer and delicious chili, then head to the annual Crested Butte Chili and Beer Festival. Held outside at the base of the ski area in September, the festival features beer, chili, and live music. cbchilibeerfest.com
Held in September, the Crested Butte Film Festival includes not only films but also includes filmmaker talks, panel discussions, lively parties and other social events. This film festival offers quality screenings in intimate settings. Find out more at cbfilmfest.org.
Vinotok is one of those events that makes Crested Butte so special. Held near the autumn equinox, it is a pagan festival celebrating the harvest. A Harvest Mother’s celebration, storytelling event, liar’s contest, harvest feast and other events are scattered throughout the week leading up to the big trial and fire on Saturday night. The community puts the Grump (who represents the grievances of the community) on trial and also includes harvest maiden dances, and a play of the Harvest Mother, Dragon, Knight and Green Man. After the Grump is found guilty, Vinotok participants and spectators march down Elk Avenue to “Burn the Grump!” in a large bonfire.
The Mountain High Music Festival is held in January and features world class singer/songwriters and recording artists, along with burgeoning up and coming hit makers in the country genre. The Mountain High Music Festival’s intimate atmosphere provides the setting for profound performances where artists can sing, swap stories and mingle with attendees in a three day long musical adventure, while providing some down time during the day for attendees to take in the sights and even participate in winter sport activities. Find more information at www.mountainhighmusicfest.com.
If you love a good beer, then you’ll love the CRAFTED event held up at the ski resort every spring. Noted as the best après ski event of the year, you will enjoy the best breweries, wineries, cideries, distilleries and local fare that Colorado has to offer. The event usually includes live music as well. See more at cbcrafted.com.
Let’s not forget our holiday celebrations! The 4th of July is the quintessential Americana celebration and includes a big parade, live music, and fireworks. Mardi Gras is celebrated with a parade downtown. The winter holidays are celebrated with Light Up Night which includes the tree lighting and a visit from Santa.
Whether you are a local or visitor, try to catch one of these festivals and enjoy all Crested Butte Has to offer. If you’d like more information about the Crested Butte area and/or its real estate market, please feel free to contact me at (970) 209-2421 or GHuresky@LivSothebysRealty.com.