Art unites us. Art it makes us smile. From a child’s drawing of a butterfly to an abstract creation of a Cardinal in flight; Art stirs our emotions. Often, Art makes us wonder – what is that? At least until we step a bit closer, and the true meaning of the creation reveals its self. Join us in this week’s Travel Freak’s Wild Wednesday Column as we return to the Rocky Mountains for a season of creativity  at several Art events in Gunnison and Crested Butte, Colorado. 


(photo via Melody Schubert)

We last visited Gunnison-Crested Butte in the Spring when a rainbow of color washed over the Rocky Mountains in Colorado. As we head closer to the Fall the colors deepen to shades of red, gold, and orange, and inspire artists across the region. And, it is the ideal time for Travel Freaks like us to join the bountiful schedule of festivities. The Crested Butte Arts Festival kicked off a series of events that include the Gunnison Art in the Park, Carvin’ Up Colorado, High Octane Arts and Crafts Festival, the AWEFests, plus the Fall Harvest Arts and Crafts Festival and Art Walks and Tours.
As more Colorado communities embrace the arts they also host free monthly events that include the Art Walks and Gallery Tours. And, whether you’re a local or visiting on vacation, these events are a wonderful way to enjoy an evening out. This is the case in Gunnison and Crested Butte, which both host free art events:

Gunnison’s First Friday Art Walk and Music

During the event you’ll discover art that inspire at art galleries and studios, can slip off your shoes and dance to the music and sample local culinary favorites from 5 – 8 p.m.
Crested Butte’s Thursday ArtWalk Evenings 
Through September you can also join the Crested Butte’s ArtWalk Evenings, which take art enthusiasts on a tour of the galleries the last Thursday evening from 5 – 8 p.m. They’ll serve refreshments, have music to enjoy as well as viewing works by onsite artists that are featured at several of the locations.

The Gunnison and Crested Butte Schedule Of Art Events Include

After an evening mingling with locals at the Art Walks and Gallery Tours, you’ll find it easier to get around town, and find your way to these upcoming events:

Carvin’ Up Colorado, Gunnison – Aug. 15th – 17th

Carvin’ Up Colorado takes place in in Legion Park, and bring together wood carvers from several states who will transform tree stumps into works of art with chainsaws during the three-day festival.

The High Octane Arts and Crafts Festival, Gunnison – Aug. 16th

This festival runs the same weekend as Carvin’ Up Colorado, and showcases arts and crafts by artisans from around the region. While in the area be sure to check out the Gunnison Car Show just across the street in Jorgensen Park.

The Annual People’s Fair, Downtown Crested Butte – Aug. 30th – 31st

This hometown festival will have 70 booths featuring regional arts and crafts, as well as collectibles and antiques. You’ll also find tasty selections of preserved foods from local gardens, and enjoy a weekend of music and more to experience.

Fall Harvest Arts and Crafts Festival, Gunnison – Oct. 25th

The last weekend of October is the new Fall Harvest Arts and Crafts Festival in Gunnison, which coincides with Western State Colorado University’s Family Weekend and the weekly Gunnison Famers’ Market. So, this will be a fun weekend for the whole family fill with activities, food, and arts and crafts.
This is just the beginning of entertaining festivities to experience in the Gunnison-Crested Butte region. And, there’s plenty of outdoor activities to enjoy like hiking, biking, and water sports, so you’ll find many options to create a memorable trip in Colorado!

Plan Your Visit To Gunnison and Crested Butte, CO


To discover details on these area events, attractions, recreation and plan your trip visit the Gunnison-Crested Butte Tourism Association.

Wild Wednesday Facts:

  • The Crested Butte Farmers’ Market is a great place to pick up fresh produce and snacks for a picnic in Legion or Jorgensen Park.
  • Did you know? – Crested Butte is known as the “Official Wildflower Capital of Colorado”.
  • In Gunnison County you’ll find the largest Kokanee salmon fishery in the United States, and one of our country’s newest national parks: The Black Canyon of the Gunnison.

Will you join these Gunnison-Crested Butte Festivals?

photos via G-CB Tourism Association unless otherwise noted


With a passion for travel and creativity, Journalist and Photographer, Melody Schubert let’s her imagination guide her as she explores the world. For her, everyday is an opportunity to embrace something new, and explore intriguing and overlooked destinations that express the heart of a region, and share these discoveries with readers of Travel Freak. She is also Editorial Executive for USA Travel Magazine - where she shares more of travel interests.


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