Annual Events in Glenwood Springs
Anytime is a great time to visit Glenwood Springs where there’s always something engaging going on. Plan a trip to Glenwood Springs that includes attending or participating in concerts, festivals, citizens’ races or seasonal events. Check out the annual events and event series in the Land of Water!
PLEASE NOTE: Due to the current COVID-19 safety measures, some of these events may be rescheduled or canceled. Please reach out if you have questions about the status of a specific event. We will update this page as the situation develops!
Annual Event Highlights
From family-friendly happenings like Strawberry Days, the annual historic Hotel Colorado Lighting Ceremony and Oktoberfest’s to the annual historic Ghost-Walk and MG Car Rallye. Glenwood Springs has the perfect event mix for you!
Events by Month
Please visit the Event Calendar or the link to each event for exact dates and details!
Signature Events by Month
Skier Appreciation Day at Sunlight Mountain Resort
Ski Spree: Sunlight Mountain Resort and Glenwood Springs join together in February to celebrate winter fun on the slopes and in town. The weekend extravaganza includes events at Sunlight, a fireworks show and a highly competitive chili cook-off.
Snowshoe Shuffle at Sunlight Mountain Resort
March & April
Defiance Challenge: The ultimate endurance ski race and fundraiser at Sunlight Mountain Resort
Kentucky Derby under the Bridge: Public viewing and hat contest. Check with City of Glenwood Springs!
Glenwood Adventure Games: Paddling event & other activities at Two Rivers Park!
Annual MG Car Club Rallye: Rallye Glenwood Springs is the oldes continually held Time-Speed-Distance Rallye in the United States. Learn more!
Strawberry Days – Oldest Festival in Colorado: The oldest continuously held civic celebration west of the Mississippi is celebrated in June with an artisan’s fair, parade, music, a running race and more. The town sells out during the festival, so make lodging reservations early.
More about this Glenwood Springs signature festival at StrawberryDays.com
Mountain to Valley Half-Marathon by Roaring Fork Leadership
Big Gay Raft Trip “Big Water” – Learn more at BigGayRaftTrip.com
4th of July Celebration: Live Music, laser-light show and more at Two Rivers Park!
Old fashioned games, a community BBQ, 4k Firecracker Run, live music and a DJ are all part of Glenwood Springs’ annual celebration of American independence. The evening is capped off by a one-of-a-kind laser performance. The show will bring Red Mountain alive with waves of color, choreographed to classic rock, country, classical and pop hits from today!
Total Archery Challenge at Sunlight Mountain: National 3D archery experience.
Sunlight Showdown: Marathon and cycling event at Sunlight Mountain Resort.
Glenwood Springs Car Show: Learn more!
Orpheus Music & Arts Festival: A festival created by musicians and artists for musicians and artists. Learn more at OrpheusFest.com
Big Gar Raft Trip “Lazy river”: – Learn more at BigGayRaftTrip.com
Cruise-A-Thong: The Glenwood Springs Cruise-a-Thong is a race for the average Joe. This triathlon designed for the not-so-hardcore athlete is one of Colorado’s most hilarious events. Learn more at Cruiseathongglenwood.com
Oktoberfest by Glenwood Canyon Brew Pub
Oktoberfest by City of Glenwood Springs
Octoberfest at Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park: Event Info
Annual Ghost Walk at Linwood Cemetery: Glenwood Springs Historical Society presents its annual Historic Ghost Walk through Linwood Cemetery in Glenwood Springs the last two weekends of October. Tours each night lead you up the hill by lantern light to the old cemetery where costumed actors portray pioneers from Glenwood Springs’ past. Participants need to carry lanterns or flashlights for the moderately strenuous 1/3 mile hike up to the cemetery. The annual ghost walk is a must do bucket list item for visitors and locals alike. More info & tickets!
Winter on the Mountain Kickoff at Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park: Lights, Music and Holiday Festivties at the mountain top theme park! More info!
Hotel Colorado Annual Lighting Ceremony: For more than 30 years Glenwood Springs residents and visitors have gathered at one of the town’s most recognizable landmarks – the Hotel Colorado –for the official start of the holiday season. The free event, always scheduled the Friday after Thanksgiving, draws thousands of people to watch as the magic happen. Festivities include a fun-filled day and night of holiday cheer complete with music, visits from Santa and culminates with a bigger than ever fireworks display and the illumination of thousands of lights.
Grand Holiday with Santa and Reindeer
Hotel Colorado Winter Wonderland Series: Learn more!
Event Series & Live Music Concert Series
Below is a list of Glenwood Springs event series, such as Summer of Music and more!
Summer of Music: Wednesdays, June to September
This free 6-week concert series takes place in Two Rivers Park every Wednesday evening at 6:30 p.m. beginning in late July. Over the years it has become a venue for both established performers and up-and-coming musical talent.
Free admission, bring your own chair, blanket and beverage (no glass!).
Sunset Sounds: Thursdays, Late June to Mid August
Live Music at the Glenwood Hot Springs Pool.
90s Movie Night: Thursdays, July to Mid-August
Bring a chair and enjoy free movies at Bethel Plaza (under Grand Avenue Bridge, 7th Street).
Friday Afternoon Club: Fridays, Mid-June to Mid-August & Late Nov to February
Live music, food and drink specials on top of the mountain. Get a free gondola ride starting at 4 pm (with coupon).
Friday Afternoon Club Dates and Line-UP
Friday on 7th: July to August
Free local live music in downtown Glenwood Springs (Bethel Plaza under Grand Avenue Bridge).
Music on the Mountain: Saturdays, Mid-June to Mid-September