Events in Greeley and Weld County, Colorado



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Perfectly situated on the high plains with panoramic views of the Rocky Mountains, Greeley offers a small town feel with big city attractions and entertainment, and outdoor adventures Downtown Greeley is approximately 15 miles east of Interstate 25 and just one hour from Denver. Greeley is a State-certified Creative District that offers great opportunities to interact with Colorado history and to celebrate the arts. Mark your calendars for festive annual events and celebrations including the Blues Jam, Arts Picnic, Jazz Festival, Monster Day, OktoBrewFest, High Plains Chautauqueta, Stampede, County Fair, Colorado Farm Show, Potato Day and Greeley Lights the Night Parade.

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Friday Fest – Enjoy free concerts every Friday night June through September on Greeley’s 9th Street Plaza.  You’ll hear a little bit of everything throughout the summer from some superb Colorado bands. Friday Fest takes place in Greeley’s Go-Cup District, creating community fun every week.

November-April: Greeley Farmers Market – Come to Winter Market at Zoe’s Café and Events located at 715 10th Street. Shop in a fun atmosphere and support local farmers and vendors. Enjoy hardy root crops, winter squash, greenhouse-grown produce, locally raised meat, fresh bread, coffee, honey, savory spices, and more! In addition, special performances, activities and events occur during the season.


April 23-25: UNC/Greeley Jazz Festival: The largest event of its kind in the nation, the UNC/Greeley Jazz Festival brings together internationally recognized artists, jazz lovers, award-winning clinicians, and over 250 college, high school, and middle school big bands, combos, and jazz vocal.  Headliners perform each evening and after-hours jam sessions take place in multiple venues around the community.

June 12-13” Greeley Blues Jam: The Greeley Area Chamber of Commerce sponsors the Blues Jam with the City of Greeley and the Greeley Stampede. This annual event “ain’t nothin’ but a party” from Friday evening through Saturday night the second weekend in June.  Friday, you can enjoy 10 hours of free blues in 14 bars and restaurants following the plaza concert. Downtown Greeley. Then, on Saturday, you’ll experience all day performances on two stages, plus the Blues 101 stage, at the Island Grove Regional Park Arena, covered in sod for your comfort. Learn more at

June 24-July 5: Greeley Stampede: The Stampede’s mission, dating back to the late 1800s, is to celebrate our nation’s independence and preserve our western heritage.  That mission plays out in PRCA rodeos, country music and classic rock concerts, daily parades, western art show, carnival and food court. Miss Rodeo Colorado receives her crown during a pageant hosted during the Stampede.

July 25-26: Greeley Arts Picnic:  A Greeley Tradition for 40 years, Arts Picnic is a festival of every kind of art.  You’ll enjoy performances on two stages and from strolling artists, visual and handcrafted art for sale, a hands-on Creation Station for children, plus scrumptious delights at the Food Court. A juried art show adorns the Tointon Gallery, and a Friday night kickoff concert will have you dancing in the streets (really!). More at

July 30-Aug. 3: Weld County Fair: Celebrating our agricultural heritage with displays in natural resources, horticulture, livestock, engineering, fine arts, family and consumer science and more!  The fair presents a great opportunity to get up close and personal with championship steers, gorgeous area flowers and crops, and science projects.  The event is free to attend and makes for great family fun at barbecues, fiddling contests and more. See:

Aug.5-6: High Plains Chautauqua: Program scholars bring life to historical and/or literary figures through first-person portrayals, in the largest tent Chautauqua in the nation.  Join us under the big tent at Aims Community College.

Aug. 22: Monster Day: A day full of music, art, food, entertainment, and costumes that celebrate all things “monster.” Come dressed up as your favorite monster, or just enjoy everyone else’s costumes. Monster Day is a family-friendly celebration of all things “monster!” With the Greeley the Gremlin, music, entertainment, face painting, costume contests, demonstrations, and more. Monster Day wouldn’t be complete without live monsters roaming about!



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