Events in Greeley and Weld County, Colorado

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EVENTS IN GREELEY & WELD COUNTY, COLORADO
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.

For up-to-date festival and event news, go to www.VisitGreeley.org.

ON-GOING EVENTS
June-September: Friday Fest – Enjoy free concerts every Friday night from June through September, on Greeley’s 9th Street Plaza.

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.


FAIRS, FESTIVALS & SPECIAL EVENTS

March 16: Blarney on the Block: Enjoy a St. Patrick’s Day celebration with “small-town” family -friendly fun on the Saturday on or before St. Patrick’s Day! The event starts at 2 pm with Irish Step Dancing followed by our annual “1st National Bank Blarney Parade” at 2:30. Everyone can join! On the 9th St plaza you’ll enjoy the bagpipes and drums of the Caledonia Pipe and Drum Band again, followed by Irish music on the 9th Street Stage with “Juice of the Barley” and Go-Cup on 9th Street. There will be kid’s activities, face painting, a photo booth with props, and MORE! Avoid the crazy crowds in other big cities and come to a celebration where the whole family can relax and have fun outside together.

April 25-27: 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 7-8: Greeley Blues Jam – Ain’t Nothin’ But a Party! Held June 7-8, Greeley Blues Jam is two days of the best blues music from across the country. The party starts the evening of June 7 in beautiful Downtown Greeley, with free concerts including a performance by Kara Grainger. The lineup for June 8 includes: Shemekia Copeland, Larkin Poe, Mr. Sipp “The Mississippi Blues Child,” Cha Wa, Roy Rogers and the Delta Rhythm Kings, Watermelon Slim, Kara Grainger, Taylor Scott Band, and Mojomama.

 

June 26-July 7: 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. More than 250,000 local, national and international guests participate in the Greeley Stampede each year.

July 24-29: 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.

 

July 27-28: Greeley Arts Picnic – A Greeley tradition for 40 years, Arts Picnic is a festival of every kind of art.  Held July 27-28, 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!).

August 5-8: 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.

August 16-17: Monster Days – 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. Held in Downtown Greeley, 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

August 17-18: Greeley Kennel Club Dog Show – If you’re a canine fan, you’ll get your fill at the largest dog show in the state. Shows begin with specialties on August 15-16, followed by two days of all breed shows on the 17 and 18!

September 5-8: Evergreen Kennel Club Dog Show – Specialty shows happen on September 5 and 6 with all breed shows on September 7 and 8.

September 14: Potato Day – Potato Day is a day full of many activities for all ages. Centennial Village hosts Potato Day on the second Saturday in September. There are multiple demonstrations, hands-on activities, entertainment, and even food. You can learn about how people used to do things a long time ago such as rope making, butter churning, tortilla making, adobe making, and even washing socks using a tub, washboard, and wringer. Food and drinks are sold by organizations, and of course, there are potatoes! Stuffed baked potatoes with your choice of toppings are one of the food items enjoyed by visitors to Potato Day.

September 27-28: OktoBREWfest – Held historic Lincoln Park in Downtown Greeley at 8th Street & 9th Avenue. Join us at the kick-off on Friday evening from 5-10PM for some great beer, brats, games, and a free concert. Then prepare for a full day of fun on Saturday from 11AM-9PM. Enjoy a whole day of music, a wide variety of regular and specialty brews, food from more than a dozen vendors, a crafts area, and a huge children’s area with face painting, obstacle course, arcade games, inflatable slide, WOW Bubbles and more! You can also compete in pie eating contests, stein lifting contests, life-size beer pong and more. Shop the craft area, peruse the delicious food selections and enjoy the music.

October 25-27: Buckhorn Valley Kennel Club Dog Show – Specialty shows will be on October 25 and all breed shows on October 26 and 27.

November 30: Greeley Lights the Night Parade – Join us for the 24th annual Greeley Lights the Night parade and downtown lighting ceremony. The parade, which is held in downtown Greeley heads north on 9th Ave. from 15th St to 7th St starting at 5:30 p.m. After the parade, stay at Lincoln Park for the lighting ceremony, tasty holiday goodies, and visits with Santa! Some entries include horses, bands, dance teams, and classic cars. Make this parade a family tradition!

January 28-30, 2020: Colorado Farm Show – One of the largest farm shows in the country, this annual symposium and trade show features the newest information in ag products and services.  Regional and national speakers present on trending topics over the three days of the Show, which takes over three buildings and the livestock barn at Island Grove Regional Park

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