Festivals & Events
There’s always something happening in the San Luis Valley! Make sure you don’t miss any of the amazing events and festivals throughout the region by keeping a close eye on our calendar.
Alamosa and the San Luis Valley has a great selection of events to keep every visitor entertained. Music lovers won’t want to miss such great events as Sundays @ Six, or the Crestone Music Festival, which brings some of the country’s most talented musicians to Colorado for some amazing entertainment. How about an action packed rodeo, or a goregous day in the park checking out arts and crafts and eating scrumptios food?
Below are some of the top events in the Alamosa area. But, be sure to check out our event calendar, with a list of all of the great events taking place in the San Luis Valley each year!
Alamosa Ice Fest
What better way to shake off those winter cobwebs than to get outside and enjoy Mother Nature's spectacular winter beauty. This year's Alamosa Ice Fest incorporates the chilly temperatures and the rustic traditions of the San Luis Valley with this year's theme, Into the Wild. The ice carving begins on Friday night and continues through Saturday. Come to downtown Alamosa to watch sculptors turn huge blocks of ice into amazing frozen works of art. This icy event is held each January. For more information, contact the Alamosa Parks & Recreation department at 719-589-2105.
Monte Vista Crane Festival
Late in February, sandhill cranes, the San Luis Valley's oldest visitors, begin their annual trek from south to north, stopping off near the Monte Vista National Wildlife Refuge to load up on fuel. For millions of years, the sandhills have been spending their "Spring Break" in Colorado's Valley of the Cranes, and wildlife watchers have been drawn to wonder at this phenomenal natural spectacle.
The annual Crane Festival is held in mid-March of each year offering outstanding opportunities for celebrating and understanding cranes and other wildlife. The common denominator that brings visitors back year after year is the 20,000 or so greater sandhill cranes and a few thousand lesser sandhills, that really put on a show for each other and visitors, too. Besides the cranes there are thousands of waterfowl, numerous wintering bald eagles and other raptors that highlight the wildlife viewing.
The festival hosts wildlife experts, local naturalists and biologists, bus tours to view this spectacle up close and personal, and knowledgeable local guides. There is also a craft fair, dinner with live entertainment, and a pancake breakfast.
Summerfest on the Rio
Summerfest on the Rio was started in 2001 as a way to promote the San Luis Valley's eclectic arts and crafts community. Since then, the annual festival has been held along the winding Rio Grande each year on the first full weekend of June, a kick-off to summertime in Alamosa's spacious and picturesque Cole Park.
The fun begins Friday night with Summerfest's signature Concert in the Park. On Saturday morning, visitors return for delicious food, entertainment and activities provided by more than 150 vendors and food booths around the park. On Sunday, Summerfest hosts a morning outdoor praise and worship service featuring local Christian bands - a special way to begin a Sunday with neighbors and friends.
Summerfest Weekend is jam-packed with live entertainers with something for everyone; rock and roll, bluegrass, jazz, Mariachi bands, country, belly dancers, jugglers and more.
Early Iron Festival Car Show
Early Iron Festival is your chance to see over 300 vintage vehicle painstakingly restored, heavily modified, or gently used. Take in the sunshine and sights as you explore machinery of yesteryear. The rodders circle Cole Park early Saturday morning looking forward to a day of talking, swapping, and catching up with old friends. Car buffs from Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, and Kansas swarm the park, oohing and aahing, choosing their favorite and trading stories about their first car. After an enjoyable day in the autumn sun, the Early Iron Club hosts a rodders banquet to a capacity crowd of 650. Food and beverages are available the main day of the event throughout the park.
Sundays at Six
One of the mainstays of the Alamosa Live Music Association is its free summer concert series, known locally as Sundays @ Six. Sundays @ Six started a few years back and has grown into a hallmark of the San Luis Valley summertime season. For two of the most beautiful months in our fair valley the community is exposed to all kinds of music, performed by everyone from the neighbor down the street to nationally recognized touring musicians.
Alamosa Round-up Rodeo
The Alamosa Round-Up has been a part of Western Heritage in Colorado for over 30 years and is now a PRCA Rodeo. The Alamosa Round-Up brings a full week of activities to the San Luis Valley. Don't miss the Downtown Cattle Drive and Demolition Derby Parade. You are sure to find your favorite rodeo event. Top Bull Riders from around the country as well as future champion cowboys don their hats, chap up and put on a show for the fans. The Alamosa Round-Up Bull Riding is a prime event in the San Luis Valley. Some of the best Bull Riders in the PRCA and PBR match up with the top Honeycutt Bulls. The Bull Riding alone is worth the trip to town.
If the Bull Riding doesn’t fill your need for danger, there’s always The Demolition Derby. Drivers come from all over the Valley. The Derby is sure to thrill. The dirt flying, car-smashing action of the Demolition Derby is not to be missed. New for 2010, they added a TRUCK DERBY and moved the derby to Saturday night!!! You don’t want to miss the flames and sparks of this year’s Derby!!!
Crestone Music Festival
In 1999, local citizens and musicians produced the first annual Crestone Music Festival, bringing diverse musical traditions to a rural mountain region that is traditionally under-served by the arts. Held each year in August, the goal of the Festival is to create a high-quality, sustainable small- to mid-size festival, with an affordable yet limited amount of available tickets, to preserve the intimate quality of the event.
The Festival strives to share broader perspectives on music, art, lifestyle and culture. Opportunities in the San Luis Valley to sing and dance to live music, or to experience theater and poetry, are rare. By presenting different genres such as bluegrass, blues, salsa, jazz, rock, reggae, country, a cappella and swing, and then bringing more international flavors including Celtic, Japanese Taiko Drummers, Cuban, African, Mariachi, Middle Eastern music and dance, Aztec song and dance, and steel drums, we provide a unique, palatable, and intimate glimpse into other traditions and cultures.