Although many people think of the Gunnison-Crested Butte Valley as a haven for winter activities, there are no shortage of things going on during the summer either. From unique festivals that celebrate the beauty of the valley to get-togethers that unite Crested Butte homeowners with friends and family, there truly is something for everyone. Here’s a look at an array of summer events with which you can fill your calendar!
Gunnison Growler Weekend, Gunnison, May 25 – 27: If you’re looking to kick-start the summer, don’t miss the Half- and Full-Growler mountain bike races that take place over Memorial Day weekend. There’s three days filled with biking events and trail running, and if you’re looking to participate but don’t have it in you for either of the bigger races, try the Townie Takeover Ride on Sunday. It’s perfect for all ages! Plus, there will be live music, food vendors, and a beer garden for both athletes and the public to enjoy on Saturday and Sunday.
11th Annual Gunnison River Festival, Gunnison, June 19 – 23: Also in June, the 11th annual Gunnison River Festival will appeal to those who are looking to simply have some fun. On June 19, the River Film Fest kicks off at Bar Ranch, followed by the Extravaganza at Legion Park on June 21. This includes live music, a beer garden and more. River activities will get started on Saturday morning, and include fly casting, a down-river raft race, kayak competition, and a community float for those who really just want to hang out.
33rd Annual Crested Butte Bike Week, Mt. Crested Butte & Crested Butte, June 26 – 30: If it seems like there’s a lot of events centered around biking, you’re not imagining things. Crested Butte and Mt. Crested Butte are home to the world’s oldest mountain bike festival, and it’s rolling back into town this June. The 19th annual event will come close to hosting 1,500 cyclists from around the country.
17th Annual Crested Butte Music Festival, Gunnison Valley, June 30 – Aug. 11: For music fans, there’s nothing better than the Crested Butte Music Festival. This year’s event will feature Boston Brass, American String Quartet, Takács Quartet, jazz legend Junior Mance, and opera stars Samuel Ramey and Sandra Pique Eddy.