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 the event 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 Summerfest on the Rio, 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 the event calendar, with a list of all of the great events taking place in the San Luis Valley each year.

Rio Frio Ice Fest - January
What better way to shake off those winter cobwebs than to get outside and enjoy Mother Nature's spectacular winter beauty. Rio Frio Ice Fest's main event is a 5K race across the frozen Rio Grande River. Enjoy the taste of Alamosa with the Grub n' Pub in downtown Alamosa and watch sculptors turn huge blocks of ice into amazing frozen works of art.  This icy event is held each January.  For more information visit www.riofrioice.com  

Summerfest on the Rio - June
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, 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. www.summerfestontherio.org

Sundays at Six - June- August
One of the mainstays of the Alamosa Live Music Association is it's free summer concert series, 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 the San Luis Valley the community is exposed to all kinds of music, performed by everyone from the neighbor down the street to nationally recognized touring musicians. www.almaonline.org

Weekends on the Rio - June -August
Joining in on the fun of Sundays @ Six is the Weekends on the Rio. Starting Sunday afternoon enjoy a relaxing session of yoga, a running clinic, paddle boarding, and for the kids a bike pump track. Enjoy all that Cole park has to offer during the summer season. Get active outside and wind down with live music to cap the day off. For times and special events visit www.weekendsontherio.com

Alamosa Round-up Rodeo - June
The Alamosa Round-Up PRCA Rodeo has been a part of Western Heritage in Alamosa, Colorado for over 30 years. 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. 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 with both local and out-of-state drivers.  The Derby is sure to thrill.  The dirt flying, car-smashing action of the Demolition Derby is not to be missed.  You don’t want to miss the flames and sparks of the Demollition Derby! www.alamosaroundup.com

Beat the Heat BBQ, Brews & Chili Challenge - July
Come check out the San Luis Valley Beat the Heat BBQ, a sanctioned Kansas City Barbecue Society and Rocky Mountain Barbecue Association State Championship event. Enjoy BBQ, beer, and sample a little grren chili to wake up your taste buds. Live music all day Saturday with kid’s games and family entertainment. Cookers will compete for prizes in chicken, pork, ribs, and brisket, all judged by certified Kansas City BBQ Society judges.

Events for the public include a Kid's Q Challenge, Steak Cook-Off, People's Choice taste testing and a Cornhole Tournament. To register and for more information visit www.slvbeattheheat.com

Early Iron Festival Car Show - Labor Day Weekend
Early Iron Festival is a great time to see over 500 vintage vehicles 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. 

Chalk-a-Walk - Spetember
A sidewalk Chalk Competition open to artists of all ages and talent levels! There will be hands on activities, and yummy food available during the event as well. For more information call (719) 589-9386