There are several reasons that visiting Crested Butte can be a fun and memorable experience. One reason is that the town offers many year round outdoor activities. Another reason is that there are many events and festivals that take place in Crested Butte, Gunnison , and all surrounding areas that visitors can enjoy.

There is a complete list of events and festivals on The Gunnison-Crested Butte Tourism Association’s website. More details and contact information for each event is also included.

Following is a sample of what is available each year:

January: Annual Butte Bash College Ski Weeks

January: Moonlight Atlas Shoeshoe Tour

February: Annual Crested Butte Carnival

February: Annual Alley Loop Nordic Marathon

February: 16th Annual U.S. Extreme Freeskiing Championships

March: Annual U.S. Extreme Freeskiing Telemark Championships

April: Elk Mountains Grand Traverse - a backcountry endurance ski race between the towns of Crested Butte and Aspen, CO.  Watching the race is a fun and exciting way to stay up late, support the teams, and see the stars.  Look for a detailed event schedule online. The race begins at midnight on Friday of the last weeekend in March or first weekend in April, but be sure to check online - weather and snow conditions may require changes to the schedule .

May thru September: Crested Butte Mountain Runners Fun Run Series (approx. 13 runs)

May: Blue Mesa Fishing Tournament

June: Taste of Crested Butte

June: Annual Crested Butte Fat Tire Bike Week (new name - Crested Butte Bike Week)

June: Annual Gunnison Balloon Rally

June-August: Crested Butte Music Festival 

June-August: The Crested Butte Wildflower Festival, Events from June-Aug, second week of July is Festival Week

June - October: Crested Butte Farmers Market , Sundays and Thursdays

June - November: Gunnison Farmers Market, Saturdays

July: July 4th Celebration

July: Annual Gunnison Cattleman’s Days Rodeo

August: Crested Butte Festival of the Arts

August: Crested Butte Wild Mushroom Festival

September: Annual People’s Fair

September: Vinotok - Crested Butte's mid-September, week long harvest festival, ending with the Grump'sbonfire.

November: Sugar Plum Festival in Gunnison

December: Gunnison Night of Lights