Local Events

2019 Events




CKS Paddlefest




Campout for the Cause





Collegiate Peaks Stampede Rodeo

This award-winning rodeo is a great experience for the entire family. “It’s Not Our First Rodeo” this marks the Rodeo’s 98th year in action. The CPSR is a great activity for one an all.  Kiddos can even enter the mutton bustin’ competition! It is a rich part of Buena Vista’s history, and you won’t want to miss it!





2019 marks the 71st anniversary of FIBArk, the nation’s oldest whitewater festival and Salida’s signature event. Since 1949, every June during the Spring snow runoff, Salida has hosted FIBArk, “First in Boating on the Arkansas.” For more information, visit fibark.com



Salida Art Walk

Visit the Upper Arkansas River Valley this Summer and immerse yourself in the 27th annual Salida Art Walk, presented by High Country Bank. This historic mountain town is the home of the first certified Creative District in Colorado, and once you visit you’ll know why. This town lives and breathes creativity everyday, all year long.

Salida Art Walk features the best local and regional artists exhibiting their dynamic works, musicians both on the streets and at participating venues, a variety of unique street performers, and artist demos in many locations throughout the event.




3rd Annual Rapids and Grass Beer Festival

Craft Beer, Bluegrass, and River Festival in Buena Vista, Colorado




Mountain Mania Car Show

Date(s) – 06/29/2019
9:00 am – 3:00 pm

The Mountain Mania Car Show returns to Buena Vista. Collectors and enthusiasts converge on East Main Street to celebrate their love of cars. Over 100 cars of all makes, models, and years will be on display.

To register a car call 719-966-9143 or visit: https://www.arkansasvalleycarclub.org/mountain-mania-car-show

Cars can start lining up at 7 a.m. Blue Rooster starts at 12 noon!


Independence Day Celebration in Buena Vista

Pancake breakfast, 5K race, parade, fireworks (weather permitting), and more. Visit https://www.buenavistacolorado.org/events/fourth-of-july-town-wide-celebration/ for details.

Independence Day Celebration in Salida

On July Fourth our small town celebrates in a big way with a kids fishing derby, hometown parade, pancake breakfast, free live music and activities for kids of all ages at Riverside Park, with fireworks (weather permitting) at dusk from the “S” Mountain. Make sure you have a great view!


Buena Vista Contin-Tail Gem & Rock Show

Come visit the largest outdoor mineral show in Colorado! Over 100 dealers with jewelry, cabochons, beads, fossils, petrified wood, slabs, rough, tools and equipment. Free admission, free parking. 9am-6pm daily.

Click here for more information

Gold Rush Days 2018

Celebrating Buena Vista’s Old West and mining heritage, Gold Rush Days has been a
town signature event since 1980. Live music, blacksmith demonstrations, the rubber
ducky race, kids train, and a variety of vendors are just some of the attractions. There’s
fun for all ages. Highlights of the two-day event include the burro race, complete with
packs of mining equipment, and the reenactment of a gunfight outside of the historic Town Hall.
Both Main Street and McPhelemy Park are the scenes of most of the events, so be sure
to join the fun at both venues, just steps away from each other.
Seven Peaks Festival


14er Fest

14er Fest is a multi-sport mountain festival for all trail users, ages, and abilities!