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Gunnison Valley Events Calendar

Did you know there are many events in Crested Butte and Gunnison? See live music, take an art class, volunteer, play trivia, watch (or participate in) a ski or bike race, and more! Check this calendar to see what’s going on.

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Crested Butte Plein Air Invitational

August 12, 2023 @ 9:00 am - 8:00 pm

Gunnison Sunset

Dom’t miss the chance to experience the beauty of Crested Butte through the eyes of talented landscape artists at the 2023 Crested Butte Plein Air Invitational! Featuring 20 exceptional painters and over 100 Open Artists, this grand painting effort culminates in an exhibition and sale at the Crested Butte Center for the Arts. Join us on August 12th, 2023, for the Grand Opening and take home a unique piece of art from this historic event. The 2023 CBPAI can be attended remotely online and is free to attend.


August 12, 2023
9:00 am - 8:00 pm
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Center for the Arts Crested Butte
606 6th Street
Crested Butte, CO 81224
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Annual events in Crested Butte and Gunnison

Gunnison Valley is also host to several beloved annual events. A classic winter event is The Alley Loop, a Nordic ski race that doubles as a costume contest. In fall, Mt. Crested Butte hosts the famous Chili and Beer Festival. Every summer in Gunnison, a crowd gathers to watch America’s fourth-oldest rodeo, Cattlemen’s Days. There are also festivals in Crested Butte that celebrate local art, music, wildflowers, and more. Attending an annual event is a good way to connect with the culture of the Gunnison Valley. You might even create a new tradition for you and your family and friends!

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Nordic skiers race in two lines dressed in costumes on a snowy downtown street

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