It’s festival time in Glenwood Springs and you’re invited to the party! Strawberry Days, a three-day extravaganza, takes place June 21 – 23. Here’s everything you need to know to make it your summer highlight event.
A Quick History of Strawberry Days
First celebrated in 1898, Glenwood Springs’ Strawberry Days is the oldest continuously held civic celebration west of the Mississippi. It began as a marketing effort to promote fruit growers in the Roaring Fork Valley. The highlight of the event was free cake and ice cream topped with fresh strawberries, a yummy tradition that continues today. Each year there is a community-oriented theme; this year is “Homecoming,” which commemorates the Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association’s 100-year anniversary and the completion of the new Grand Avenue Bridge. Look for cute t-shirts and other branded goodies for sale at the craft fair.
Artisan Craft Fair
Over 100 craft vendors pack into Sayre “Strawberry” Park, located at 1702 Grand Ave. These booths offer original, handmade and one-of-kind wares including an array of jewelry, ceramics, art, culinary items and unique gifts. Buy a little something for yourself and stow away items for gift giving later in the year.
Festival Food & Drink
Everything tastes better outdoors, especially when it comes from Strawberry Days food vendors hawking every kind of delicious treat, from turkey legs to funnel cakes. Cue up for your favorite cuisines from around the world, including Greek gyros, Navajo tacos, French crepes, Indian curries and Italian ice. You’ll also find pizza, burgers, fresh-squeezed lemonade and handmade donuts.
Music & Entertainment
The Main Stage at Strawberry Days shines a spotlight on musical entertainment where there’s something for all tastes on the music schedule. The night-time focus is on high-energy dance bands. This year, headliners include Brother’s Keeper on Friday, 6 Million Dollar Band on Saturday and Stray Grass on Sunday afternoon. Opening acts feature Andre Orcutt, Thunk and Umberto Fonte, as well as local talent Feeding Giants, Whiskey Stomp and Rodrigo.
Strawberry Days Parade
The entire town—including locals and visitors alike—line up for blocks to watch the Strawberry Days Parade, which takes place from 10 a.m. to noon on Grand Ave. between 9th Street and Sayre Park. This tradition is a favorite for all ages, filled with floats, marching bands, the newly crowned Strawberry Days Queen and her court, horses, scouts, fire trucks, clowns and more. Carrying on the 122-year-old tradition, free strawberries and ice cream are served after the parade until they run out at Centennial Park at 9th and Grand and in the Food Court at Sayre Park. However, festival visitors will be able to find strawberries all weekend long in the shaded Cool Zone Tent.
Designed to delight children (and kids of all ages), the Strawberry Days FamilyFest features a variety of smile-inducing entertainment and activities. Highlights include Jammin Jim—a comedy and magic show, the Salida Circus with an all-human cast of acrobats, aerialists and jugglers and the Singing and Dancing Pink Fairy, a children’s performance artist. There are also opportunities for the kiddos to make art, eat pies and play games.
Strawberry Days Lodging & Info
Strawberry Days is the biggest festival of the year for this Colorado hot springs town: rooms fill up quickly.
If you haven’t already done so, plan ahead now and book your Glenwood Springs lodging today. For more information about Strawberry Days and other things to do in Glenwood Springs, visit www.visitglenwood.com.
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