Celebrate Fall in Grand Junction with a Slew of Fests, Events

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Rim Rock Marathon in Grand Junction. Courtesy Grand Junction Visitor & Convention Bureau

The largest city in Western Colorado is already gearing up for some festive fall months. From live music to wine tastings to an air show, Grand Junction is playing host to a slew of events that will have you ready to make road trip plans now.

Colorado Pork and Hops Challenge

When: Sept. 8-9
What: Hear live music and chow on barbecue in the new outdoor amphitheater at Las Colonias Park on the banks of the Colorado River. Performing Friday night: Stonefed and Kip Winger. On Saturday: Dessert Flyer Band, Boys of Summer and Restless Heart. Gates open Friday at 4 p.m. and Saturday at noon.

Colorado Mountain Winefest

When: Sept. 14-17
What: In its 26th year, Colorado’s oldest and largest wine festival is set to feature local wineries and offer seminars, chef demonstrations, wine tastings, a grape stomp and live music.

Tour de Vineyards Bicycle Tour

When: Sept. 16
What: 
Whether you choose the 23-mile or 58-mile course, you’re guaranteed to picturesque views and a relaxed tour of Colorado’s wine country.

Downtown Car Show 

When: Sept. 23
What: 
Main Street will be packed with antique, muscle and classic cars on display from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wander through the streets to vote for the people’s choice award or to simply admire the rides.

Sixth Annual Tour of the Moon 

When: Sept. 30
What: 
The cycling tour, which includes breathtaking beauty including red rock canyons, pinyon-juniper forests and a vast array of canyon wrens, is officially sold out this year, but spectators are more than welcome to come cheer on the participants.

Grand Junction Air Show

When: Sept. 30-Oct. 1
What: 
Featuring U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds and the U.S. Marine Corp Osprey demo, this year’s event is also slated to include other military and non-military aircraft along with a jet dragster demonstration.

Downtown Art Festival

When: Oct. 6-7
What: 
In its second year, this fest will display works by local artists in area galleries and businesses. Saturday will also include the 2017 “Art on the Corner” temporary exhibit.

Oktoberfest

When: Oct. 14
What: 
This annual fall event will take place at the new outdoor Amphitheatre at Las Colonias Park and will feature brews from Western Colorado along with live music. This event is only for 21+.

Western Slope Cowboy Gathering

When: Nov. 3-4
What: 
Hosted at the Whitman Educational Center, this two-day event will showcase some of the country’s best cowboy poetry and singing, including Kristyn Harris, 2016 Western Music Association Entertainer of the Year. $10

Rim Rock Marathon

When: Nov. 4
What: 
Running 26.2 miles along Rim Rock Drive, racers will experience spectacular views of monoliths and the red-rock canyons of the Colorado National Monument. Two-person teams are available along with a separate half-marathon option which is all downhill. Individual marathon, $90; relay team, $160; downhill half-marathon, $75

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