Signature Carbondale Events

Photo by Renee Ramge Photography

Carbondale is home to a variety of classic events, including film festivals, road bike races, music and craft fairs, and a century-old potato celebration.

First Friday

First Friday Art Walk (Monthly)

The First Friday of Every Month, 5:00pm - 9:00pm
Downtown Main Street

For more information, contact Andrea Stewart at (970) 963-1890.

Wild West Rodeo Series

June 2 - August 18 (Thurs) 7:30pm - 9:30pm
Gus Darien Riding Arena

Saddle up, and join us every Thursday throughout the summer, rain or shine, for the rodeo at the Gus Darien Riding Arena. Gates open at 5:30pm, Slack kicks off at 6:30pm, and the Grand Entry starts at 7:30pm. Rodeo events include: bull riding, steer riding, team roping, barrel racing, muttin' busting, and a number of other events. For more information, contact Mike Kennedy at (970) 379-3907.

Downtown Farmers' Market

Every Wednesday, June 8 - Sept. 28 (Wed) 10:00am - 3:00pm
4th Street Plaza & Park

The Carbondale Farmers' Market is located in the 4th Street plaza. Head on over to enjoy the live music, and check out the vendor booths. The vendors at the Farmer's Market sell fresh fruit, produce, breads, and arts and crafts. For more information, contact Jewel Campbell at (970) 510-0079.

"Our Town - One Table" Downtown Community Potluck

August 21 (Sun) 5:00pm - 9:00pm
4th Street (Main to Euclid)

For more information, contact Linda Criswell at (970) 306-1015 or Sondie Reiff at (305) 710-0826.

Cowboy Up Carbondale

August 26 (Fri) 5:00 - 10:00pm
4th Street Plaza & Park

For more information, contact Scott Haycock (970) 948-6604.

Festival Las Americas

August 28 (Sun) 11:00am - 8:00pm
Sopris Park

This event celebrates the richness of culture and traditions of the American continent. The Festival is organized by Club Rotario Roaring Fork and serves as a fundraiser for educational projects throughout the area. The day will include cultural, artistic and recreational activities for the whole family, plus a great variety of food styles. Live entertainment will feature the well known band "Grupo Control", salsa music, and a traditional Colombian Folkloric dancing. For more information, visit, or contact Julian Hardaker at (970) 309-5169.

First Friday Art Walk

Sept. 2 (Fri) 5:00pm
Downtown Main Street (street closure)


5 Point Outdoor Films

September 9 (Friday) 6:00 - 10:00pm
Bonnie Fisher Park (behind 3rd St. Center

 For more information, contact Sarah Wood at (970) 510-5523.

Roaring Fork Ranch Roping

September 10-11 (Sat & Sun)
Gus Darien Riding Arena

For more information, contact Tom Harrington at (970) 275-1165

Western Slope Pickleball Tournament

September 10 (Sat) 9:00am
North Face & RVR Tennis Courts

For more information, contact Eric Brendlinger at (970) 510-1277

Summer Park Concert Series

September 11 (Sun) afternoon
Sopris Park Gazebo

For more information, contact Steve Standiford at 970-379-3625.

National Sheep Dog Finals

September 13-18
Strang Ranch

For more information, contact Bridget Strang at (970) 510-1277

Taste of the Valley

September 17 (Sat) 11:00am - 6:00pm
4th Street Plaza & Park

For more information, contact Susana Jiminez at (970) 948-4096

Aloha Shaka Cross Series (Bike Cyclo-Cross Race)

Date TBA
Roaring Fork High School

Come out for some great racing for all ages and abilities. Shaka Cross is a series where riders can grow and improve their skills, while having a great time. Cyclocross is a mixture of grass, pavement and dirt, featuring obstacles and dismounts that require shouldering the bike on a closed course of 1-2 miles. Racers will complete as many laps as possible during the given time for each category. Sponsored by Aloha Mountain Cyclery. Watch video from last year's November race »
For more information contact Darren Broome at (970) 963-2500. 

Annual Business Conference & Expo

September 21 (Wed) 11:00am - 5:00pm
Gathering Center at The Orchard

For more information, contact Andrea Stewart at (970) 963-1890.

docna finals

DOCNA 2016 Dog Agility National Western Championship

September 22-25 (Thurs thru Sun)
North Face Park

For more information, contact Jim Mills at (602) 549-2519.

"Parking" Day

September 23 (Fri) all day
DHM Parking Space on Main St.

Organized by DHM Design. Contact Laura Kirk at (970) 963-6520.

Potato Day Parade & Celebration

October 1 (Sat) 10:30am - 3:00pm
Parade on Main Street & Celebration in Sopris Park

Potato Day is the longest standing annual community event in Carbondale! Since 1909, local farming and ranching families have kept local traditions alive with a parade, BBQ, potato sack races, and other fun activities that will take place in Sopris Park. Sponsored by the Xi Gamma Tau Sorority. For more information, contact Lisa Quint at (970) 618-6887. Click here for more info.

Celtic Fest & Oktoberfest

Celtic Fest: October 7 (Fri) 5:00 - 10:00pm
Oktoberfest: October 8 (Sat) 11:00am - 10:00pm
4th Street Plaza & Park

Celebrate the Irish by enjoying authentic beers and wines, Celtic dancing and music. Switch gears the next day with an atmosphere jam-packed with German food and spirits, root beer, music, children's activities, friends, and fun! Sponsored by the Carbondale Recreation Department. For more information, contact Jessi Rochel at (970) 510-1278.

light up carbondale

Light Up Carbondale (First Friday)

December 2 (Fri) 5:00pm - 9:00pm
Downtown Main Street (street closure)

Usher in the Holiday Season in Carbondale this First Friday! Santa will make a special appearance for the kids and help in lighting the trees down Main Street. For more information, contact Eric Brendlinger at (970) 510-1277

Jingle Bell 5K Run

December 18 (Sun) 11:00am
Start at Independence Run & Hike

The annual Jingle Bell 5K Run & Ugly Sweater Contest will be held December 18th, 2016. The race starts at Independence Run and Hike at 11am. There will be lots of fun and events, including a raffle and ugly sweater contest. Don’t miss out on the fun local event, dress up, bring friends and a great attitude. Call Brion After at Independence Run and Hike to register at (970) 704-0909.

Redstone Winterfest

February 2017 - Date TBA
Redstone, CO

Enjoy Fat Bike & Snowshoe Races on the grounds of the historic Redstone Castle. There will also be crafts & movies for kids, a doggie parade & activities, beer tasting and a bonfire.

Green is The New Black Fashion Show

March 2017 - Date TBA
Community Recreation Center

Local and national designers and artists come together to create a dynamic, alluring, and thought-provoking event featuring fashion that sparks the imagination and is created from recycled and/or sustainable materials. For more information, contact Amy Kimberly at (970) 963-1680.

The Town of Carbondale Special Event & Main Street Closure Committee will be discussing and making a recommendation on December 17th, 5:15 pm, at Town Hall regarding events held at Sopris Park and on the 4th Street Plaza & Park, along with Main Street closures. Citizens and event organizers are welcome to attend.