Festivals & Events
In Greeley, we celebrate. A lot! We celebrate holidays and seasons, music and art, history and heritage. Some of our events take place in the span of an afternoon, while others continue for a week or more. Whatever their theme or duration, you’re welcome to join us as we celebrate in Greeley!
Enjoy free concerts every Friday night June through September on Greeley’s 9th Street Plaza. What’s your favorite music? Blues? Funk? Classic rock? Country? Blue grass? You’ll hear a little bit of everything throughout the summer from some superb Colorado bands. Friday Fest takes place in Greeley’s Go-Cup District, creating community fun every week. Click here for the 2017 schedule!
June 23 – July 4
The Stampede’s mission, dating back to the late 1800s, is to celebrate our nation’s independence and preserve our western heritage. That mission plays out in PRCA rodeos, country music and classic rock concerts, daily parades, western art show, carnival and food court. Miss Rodeo Colorado receives her crown during a pageant hosted during the Stampede. More than 250,000 local, national and international guests participate in the Greeley Stampede each year. For a complete schedule of events, visit www.greeleystampede.org.
Greeley Blues Jam
June 8 – 9, 2018
The Greeley Chamber of Commerce sponsors the Blues Jam with the City of Greeley.
This annual event “ain’t nothin’ but a party” from Friday evening through Saturday night the second weekend in June. Friday, you can enjoy 10 hours of free blues in 14 bars and restaurants following the plaza concert. Downtown Greeley. Then, on Saturday, you’ll experience all day performances on two stages, plus the Blues 101 stage, at the Island Grove Regional Park Arena, covered in sod for your comfort.
The Blues Jam offers a family oriented atmosphere where everyone can expect a wonderful Blues experience, and learn a little bit, too. You can bring a picnic or taste great food and drink from our vendors. Be sure to take home some official Blues Jam merchandise as a memento of the day. Learn more at GreeleyBluesJam.com.
Greeley Arts Picnic
A Greeley Tradition for nearly 40 years, Arts Picnic is a festival of every kind of art. You’ll enjoy performances on two stages and from strolling artists, visual and handcrafted art for sale, a hands-on Creation Station for children, plus scrumptious delights at the Food Court. A juried art show adorns the Tointon Gallery, and a Friday night kickoff concert will have you dancing in the streets (really!).
Weld County Fair
July 22 – 30
July 31 – Junior Livestock Sale
Celebrating our agricultural heritage with displays in natural resources, horticulture, livestock, engineering, fine arts, family and consumer science and more! The fair presents a great opportunity to get up close and personal with championship steers, gorgeous area flowers and crops, and science projects. The event is free to attend and makes for great family fun at barbecues, fiddling contests and more.
If you’re a canine fan, you’ll get your fill at the largest dog show in the state. Shows begin with specialties on August 17-18, followed by two days of all breed shows on the 19 and 20! For more information on this show or the Greeley Kennel Club please visit www.greeleykc.org.
The Evergreen Kennel Club brings its shows to Greeley in September. Specialty shows happen on September 8 with all breed shows on September 9 and 10. For more information click here.
Colorado Farm Show
January 23-25, 2018
One of the largest farm shows in the country, this annual symposium and trade show features the newest information in ag products and services. Regional and national speakers present on trending topics over the three days of the Show, which takes over three buildings and the livestock barn at Island Grove Regional Park.
Potato Day is a day full of many activities for all ages. Centennial Village hosts Potato Day on the second Saturday in September. There are multiple demonstrations, hands-on activities, entertainment, and even food.
You can learn about how people used to do things a long time ago such as rope making, butter churning, tortilla making, adobe making, and even washing socks using a tub, washboard, and wringer.
Food and drinks are sold by organizations, and of course, there are potatoes!
Stuffed baked potatoes with your choice of toppings are one of the food items enjoyed by visitors to Potato Day.
UNC/Greeley Jazz Festival
April 19-21, 2018
The largest event of its kind in the nation, the UNC/Greeley Jazz Festival brings together internationally recognized artists, jazz lovers, award-winning clinicians, and over 250 college, high school, and middle school big bands, combos, and jazz vocal. Headliners perform each evening and after-hours jam sessions take place in multiple venues around the community.
High Plains Chautauqua
Program scholars bring life to historical and/or literary figures through first-person portrayals, in the largest tent Chautauqua in the nation. Encompassing next year’s theme “Echoes of World War I,” Chautauqua features portrayals of Ataturk, Woodrow Wilson, Emma Goldman, General John Pershing, Herbert Hoover, Erich Maria Remarque, Sgt. Henry Johnson, Winston Churchill, Edith Wharton, and several characters from the Legendary Ladies. Day programs include Young Chautauquans, coffee with scholars and adult programs. Evening programs also include music prior to the main presentation.
Greeley Lights the Night Parade
Join us for the 22nd annual Greeley Lights the Night parade and downtown lighting ceremony. The parade, which is held in downtown Greeley heads north on 9th Ave. from 15th St to 7th St starting at 5:30 p.m. After the parade, stay at Lincoln Park for the lighting ceremony, tasty holiday goodies, and visits with Santa! Some entries include horses, bands, dance teams, and classic cars. Make this parade a family tradition!
September 29 – 30
Greeley’s OktoBREWfest 2017 will be September 29th & 30th at historic Lincoln Park in Downtown Greeley at 8th Street & 9th Avenue. Join us at the kick-off on Friday evening from 5-10PM for some great beer, brats, games, and a free concert.
Then prepare for a full day of fun on Saturday from 11AM-9PM. Enjoy a whole day of music, a wide variety of regular and specialty brews, food from more than a dozen vendors, a crafts area, and a huge childrens area with face painting, obstacle course, arcade games, inflatable slide, WOW Bubbles and more!
You can also compete in pie eating contests, stein lifting contests, life-size beer pong and more. Shop the craft area, peruse the delicious food selections and enjoy the music.