Annual Events In Glenwood Springs
The oldest continuously held civic celebration west of the Mississippi is celebrated in June with an artisan’s fair, parade, music, a running race and more. The town sells out during the festival, so make lodging reservations early.
Savor the tastes of the season at this weekly farmers’ market held every Tuesday, June – September, from 4 – 8 p.m. in Glenwood Springs. In addition to the farm-fresh harvest, local honeys and wine, there’s music, cooking demos and more.
Summer of Music
This free 6-week concert series takes place in Two Rivers Park every Wednesday evening at 6:30 p.m. beginning in July. Over the years it has become a venue for both established performers and up-and-coming musical talent.
The Glenwood Springs Cruise-a-Thong is a race for the average Joe. This triathlon designed for the not-so-hardcore athlete usually occurs in late July
Wild West Fermentation Fest
The best breweries, cideries and distilleries from across the West showcase their craft fermented beverages. Food and local retail vendors and live music add to the festivities. The event is 21+, and a portion of the proceeds support the Glenwood Springs Arts Council.
Glenwood Springs Fourth of July Celebration
Old fashioned games, a community BBQ, 4k Firecracker Run, live music and a DJ are all part of Glenwood Springs' annual celebration of American independence. The evening concludes with a fireworks display (conditions permitting).
Music on the Mountain
On select Saturdays nights, in May, June, August and September, Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park hosts Music on the Mountain, a concert series that features dance bands, drink specials and a free tram ride up the mountain in exchange for bringing a canned food item to help support the local food bank.
Sunlight Mountain Resort and Glenwood Springs join together in February to celebrate winter fun on the slopes and in town. The weekend extravaganza includes events at Sunlight, a fireworks show and a highly competitive chili cook-off.
Motor-heads descend regularly on Glenwood Springs to compare notes, show off their own and admire other classic cars and bikes. Events that get car-crazed enthusiasts to rev their engines include the MG Car Club Rallye, the Grand River Classic Car & Motorcycle Show, and the Glenwood Springs Ford Classic Car Show.
Glenwood Springs is an outdoor playground, making it a natural location for a little friendly competition. Consider participating in one of these events: the Day of Infamy Snowshoe Race, citizen’s races at Sunlight Mountain Resort, the Tri-Glenwood Triathlon, the Strawberry Shortcut, the Mother’s Day Mile, the MS Walk in Glenwood Canyon, and the Cruise-A-Thong.
Holiday Lighting Ceremonies
Every year, on the day after Thanksgiving, the historic Hotel Colorado ignites the holiday spirit with its over-the-top lighting ceremony, one of the most spectacular such displays on the Western Slope. Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park’s Winter on the Mountain also features a holiday lighting display, at the center of which is a giant Christmas tree playing a musical light show!
Tour guides lead visitors by lantern light to Glenwood’s oldest cemetery. There, the ghosts of Glenwood’s past, including Doc Holliday, come to life to tell their stories. Held during the month of Halloween, this fundraiser event hosted by the Frontier Historical Society & Museum is extremely popular and sells out every year.
Hidden History Tours
Sponsored by the Frontier Historical Society & Museum, take a walk on Glenwood’s dark side. Guided tours shine the light on Glenwood’s past. Learn about the town’s bank robberies, jail escapes, prohibition, illegal gambling, gangsters, soiled doves and even a murder or two! Tours are given during the summer months only.