5 Too-Cool-For-School Events for June on the Western Slope

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June is a busy, busy month, school is barely out and the kids are ready to go, go, go.  My son was hardly out of school for the day when he asked what the first thing on our schedule was, which is camping. These 5 Too-Cool-For-School Events will help you round out your June with fun, music and good food. Check it out!

Mike the Headless Chicken Festival

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Wait... what? A headless chicken? A bit of a tale, back in 1945 a farmer gauged his hit just right spot and the position of a clot kept the rooster from bleeding out. The farmer, Olsen, discovered the chicken was still alive the next day, so he figured if the chicken wished to keep living despite the circumstances, well he'd help him. Read more about it here. A festival sprinted to life in the wake of the chicken's death eighteen months later, and so the festival was born. Beginning in Fruita June 1st, this two-day event features the Mike Games, the poultry show, live entertainment and artisan and food vendors. So kick off this weekend with a fun-filled time with the family, and be sure to join in the wing eating contest if you have the mind!

Palisade Bluegrass and Roots Music Festival

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From June 8-10 the Palisade Bluegrass and Roots festival is host to many artists, for an amazing time on the Western Slope. From Fruition to The River Arkansas, the festival is a blast for attendees and has been going strong for a decade, this year! Kids under 12 are free with a paid adult and has plenty of anniversary events ongoing for the weekend. For a full list of events be sure to check the event's Facebook Page and check out the artists too! Tickets are sold on Ticketfly and cost anywhere from $25-160 depending on camping and days of admission. This Western Slope event is sure to please, so check it out, load up the camping gear and have a fun music and camping filled weekend! You won't forget the memories you make, of that we are sure. 

Strawberry Days Festival 

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For 121 years, Glenwood has been host to the Strawberry Days Festival and is a blast for adults and kids alike, which puts it on our too-cool-for-school events list for June. Many pie eating contests for every age, to bubble dancing, Aerialists, live music and more make this a must-go-to event for June. Starting June 15th and going through Sunday the 17th, there are plenty of activities to keep you busy. In light of the heat, the festival also has a Cool Zone providing a cool down area if you get hot, and of course, there are strawberries everywhere to munch on! Check out the full schedule here!

Third Annual Solstice Celebrations

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In the quaint, small town of Rangely, Colorado there is a musical wonder to behold or children and adults at The TANK Center for Sonic Arts. The Public Solstice Celebration from Dawn to Midnight kicks off the event, on Thursday, June 21 and wraps up Saturday with Rone Miles's concert with special guests. Some events are free to the public, some require tickets so be sure to check The TANK's Facebook page for a current listing. If you play an instrument, like to hum, or just want to experience the way sound moves through this space, this is the weekend to explore so be sure to book the date. 

Colorado Lavender Festival

This event technically shares a date with July, but we figured since it begins in June it is important to include here. Colorado Lavender helps you to immerse yourself in this beautiful sweet smelling plant renowned for its various properties.  You can take a Motor Coach Tour on June 29th, join in the festival at Palisade Veterans Memorial Park, or leisurely explore lavender farms. The festival in the park is free for adults and kids, with free music, artisans and crafts, and seminars (purchase required) for a fun-filled day of learning and enjoyment. Grab the kids and learn some about this new and inventive cash crop at the 9th annual Lavender Festival.

 

This wraps up some of our favorite events for June but check back, we'll have another for July! Tell us which ones you are most excited to go to!