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.

First Friday Art Walk

June 3 (Fri) 5:00pm
Downtown Main Street (street closure)


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.

Rotary Happening Casino Royale

June 10 (Fri) 6:00pm - 10:00pm
Carbondale Recreation Center

The theme is Casino Royale and will feature dinner and drinks and craps, roulette, poker and blackjack tables. Dress like James Bond or a Bond girl and get ready to mix it up with your community. RSVP to Jack McKay at (303) 349-4261 or to Steve Skinner to reserve your tickets!

Summer Park Concert Series

June 11 (Sat) 2:00pm - 8:00pm
4th Street Park & Plaza

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

Latino Christian Picnic

June 18 (Sat) afternoon
RVR Triangle Park & Picnic Shelter

Brought to you by the Orchard Latino Group. For more information, contact Teresa Lotez (970) 987-4605.

DOCNA 2016 Dog Agility Western Regional Trials

June 18-19 (Sat & Sun)
Bridges High School Soccer Field

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

sopris century ride for the child

CASA "Ride for the Child" Sopris Century Bike Ride

June 25 (Saturday) 7:00am - 6:00pm
Sopris Park - Ride begins/ends

Taking place in scenic Carbondale, Colorado, the ride is characterized by a spectacular course of four varying distances: Sopris Century – 100 miles, 60 miles, 31 miles, and Family & Kids -12 miles. It traverses through some of the most beautiful areas Colorado has to offer. Visit the Sopris Century website. For more information, contact Melissa McPherron at (970) 379-8743.

15th Annual Mt. Sopris Music Fest

July 1 (Fri) 5:00pm - 10:00pm
4th Street Park

The 15th annual gathering of local musicians in Carbondale features live music at a number of locations throughout Carbondale. The festival also consists of food booths, beer and wine gardens, crafts and artisans.

For more information, contact Steve Standiford at (970) 379-3625 or visit Steve's Guitars website.

First Friday Art Walk

July 1 (Fri) 5:00pm
Downtown Main Street (street closure)


4th of July Parade & Community Celebration

July 4 (Mon)

10:00am - 2:00pm
Downtown Main Street & Sopris Park Swimming Pool

15th Annual Mt. Sopris Music Fest

Sopris Park Gazebo

Have a great time on July 4th with a real old fashioned family celebration. The fun begins with a kids’ parade down Main Street that ends in Sopris Park where there will be food, crafts, children’s games, chalk art projects, free watermelon and ice cream sandwiches, and music!

For information concerning the parade & community celebration, contact Eric Brendlinger at (970) 510-1277. For more information concerning the music fest, contact Steve Standiford at (970) 379-3625 or visit Steve's Guitars website.

Evening Farmer’s Market

July 6th - September 28 (Weds)
Recreation Center Parking Lot

For more information, contact Terri Anzini (970) 426-6005.

Cajun Clay Night

July 9th (Sat) 5:00pm - 9:00pm
Carbondale Clay Center

Visit the Carbondale Clay Center website for more information. For more information, contact Angela Bruno (970) 963-2529.

Summer Park Concert Series

July 10 (Sun) 4:00 - 7:00pm
Sopris Park Gazebo

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

Jaywalker Lodge 5K Run

July 16 (Sat)


Latino Christian Picnic

July 16 (Sat) afternoon
RVR Triangle Park & Picnic Shelter

Brought to you by the Orchard Latino Group. For more information, contact Teresa Lotez (970) 987-4605.

Carbondale Mountain Fair

July 29-31 (Fri thru Sun)
Fri noon to Sun 9:00pm
Sopris Park

The Carbondale Mountain Fair began in 1972 with 20 booths showcasing local artists and artisans. Today, the Mountain Fair draws over 145 vendors poised to bring their unique and diverse homemade wares to town each summer. In addition to vendors, Mountain Fair features non-stop entertainment–both in live music and various forms of performing arts; a family-area called The Oasis which provides interactive, creative experiences for children; great food; friendly competitions that run the gamut from pie baking to wood splitting, and an amazing spirit. Throughout the weekend, over 20,000 people pass through from across the state and all over the country! Sponsored by CCAH. For more information, contact Amy Kimberly at (970) 963-1680.

Mt. Sopris Runoff & 4-mi Run

July 30 (Sat)
Sopris Park

Sponsored by Independence Run & Hike. For more information, contact Brion After at (970) 704-0909.

First Friday Art Walk

August 5 (Fri) 5:00pm
Downtown Main Street (street closure)


Ragnar Team Relay Run

August 6 (Sat) 5:00am - 11:00am
(Breckenridge to Aspen)

There’s nothing quite like the Rocky Mountain Runner’s High that you’ll experience at Ragnar Relay Colorado. Racers run the Rio Grande Trail through Town. For more information, contact Tally Blair at (940) 391-4583.

The Shindig

August 7 (Sun) 5:00pm - 8:00pm
Thompson House & Heritage Park

Organized by Mt. Sopris Historical Society. For more information, contact Beth White at (781) 632-3326.

Latino Christian Picnic

August 13 (Sat) afternoon
RVR Triangle Park & Picnic Shelter

Brought to you by the Orchard Latino Group. For more information, contact Teresa Lotez (970) 987-4605.

KDNK Blues & BBQ

August 13 (Saturday) 3:00 - 10:00pm
4th Street Plaza & Park

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

Summer Park Concert Series

August 14 (Sun) 4:00 - 7:00pm
Sopris Park Gazebo

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

"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

The 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 representing flavors from the Chilean coast to the Rockies. Live entertainment will feature Mexican northern music, salsa music, and a full Mariachi band. For more information, 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) 9:00am - 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.