Saturday, July 31 and Sunday, August 1, 2021


Free Live Music, Art & Craft Fair with lots of vendors,  Beer Garden, Food, Historical Reenactments and the Burro Race Triple Crown.  Plus, many other great events throughout the weekend!

Vendor Registration is Now Open:

To register for a 10’x10′ booth space, click here.

Buena Vista River Park
913 East Main St. Buena Vista, CO 81211.

Art & Craft Fair

Buena Vista’s largest annual art and craft fair takes place during Gold Rush Days.  The booths feature unique items including metal work, photography, pottery, custom jewelry, clothing, and much more.  Stroll through the vendors booths, enjoy the music nearby and visit the historical reenactments.

FREE Live Music

River Park

Saturday, July 31st

10:00am- 11:30am I David Lawrence & Coleman Smith

12:00pm- 1:00pm I Sweet Beets

2:00pm- 3:30pmI Bruce Hayes

Sunday, August 1st

10:00am- 11:30am I Shane Bumgarner

12:00pm- 1:30pm I Enion & Dave Tiller

2:00pm- 3:30pm I Alex & Bonnie

Friday, July 30th – Gold Rush Days Kickoff
Friday Concerts at The Farm

6:00p – 8:00p I Gene Farrar
Turner Farm (829 W. Main Street)

Free Saturday Night Concert

Saturday, July 31st from 6p – 8p
River Park in Buena Vista

Blue Recluse is a five piece power blues band. They play a wide range of blues, rhythm and blues, and country blues from the ‘40s to the present day. Powerful, sultry vocals in combination with a hard-groovin’ rhythm section and classic electric blues guitar and keys makes this band a blues lover’s dream. Put on your dancing shoes, because Blue Recluse will rock your soul.

OLD WESTERN SHOOTOUTS
River Park

Saturday, July 31st
11:30am-12:00pm and 1:30pm- 2:00pm

Sunday, August 1st
11:30am- 12:00pm

PERIOD COSTUME RENTALS
Parking Lot on the North Side of Railroad St.

Saturday, July 24th – Sunday, August 1st

Rent Period Costumes and participate in the festivities in style!

CIVIL WAR REENACTMENTS,
presented by Buena Vista Heritage

The Buena Vista Depot
116 US Highway 24 North

Saturday, July 31st

9:00am: Civil War Musket Drills 

10:00am: The Angel of Santa Fe, Susan Hillring of 1st Colorado

10:45am: Cockeye Liz, starring Kathi Perry

11:30am: Martha Mahon starring Bea Harnish

12:00pm: Civil War in the West, The Union Army

1:00pm: Louis Schultz (a dead miner from Mary Murphy Mine), starring Tim Stange  

2:00pm: Cockeye Liz, starring Kathi Perry

3:00pm:  Civil War in the West, Confederate Army

Sunday, August 1st

9:00am: Civil War Musket Drills 

10:00am: The Angel of Santa Fe, Susan Hillring of 1st Colorado

11:00am:  Louis Schultz (a dead miner from Mary Murphy Mine), starring Tim Stange  

12:00pm: Civil War in the West – the Union Army

1:00 pm- Louis Schultz (a dead miner from Mary Murphy Mine), starring Tim Stange  

2:30pm: Martha Mahon, starring Bea Harnish

3:00pm: Civil War in the West, Confederate Army

Free Kids Art Classes, presented by Chaffee Arts

Chaffee Arts Artist Sabrina Carter will guide kids through the art of making Gold Slime.  Each child will receive instruction and supplies to make Gold Slime to take home.  Reservations are required.  

 Click here to register for the FREE Kids Art Classes.

 

Cowboy Church

River Park

Old Time Cowboy Tunes with Carole & Randy Barnes

Sunday, August 1st
8:30am – 9:15am

 

 

 

Local and BV River Park Cuisine

Enjoy a variety a cuisine paired with beer from our Beer Garden at River Park.  If you are looking for more, wander through town for a large variety of local eateries.

Eddyline Brewery

One of Colorado’s premier mountain town craft breweries and our home town favorite is sponsoring the Beer Garden. They are sure to be a great pairing with the entertainment, food trucks and vendors that will be taking place during the festivities.

Additional Gold Rush Days Events, sponsored by Buena Vista Heritage

Admission to the Buena Vista Depot and Transportation Museum will be by donation only July 31st and August 1st. 

Stop by and check out the museum after watching the historical reenactments on the Depot Stage.

July 31st and August 1st 11:00am-4:00pm

116 US Highway 24 North

 

 

Explore Buena Vista’s History on your way to River Park. 

The Historic Courthouse is open 11:00am-4:00pm July 31st and August 1st. 

$5/Adult.  Members and Children are FREE.

 

506 E. Main Street

Buena Vista Heritage is proud to present the exhibit “Edward S. Curtis: Unpublished Alaska” comprised of unpublished Edward Curtis Photographs taken in Alaska, on load from the Curtis Legacy Foundation.

This extraordinary exhibit is based on the recently released book Edward S. Curtis: Unpublished Alaska, Photographs and Personal Journals written by Coleen and John Graybill. John is the great-grandson of Edward Curtis and their foundation is based right here in Buena Vista.

August 1st from 11:00am-4:00pm  $5/person | 506 E. Main Street

Triple Crown Burro Race:  Sunday, August 1, 2021 

The Buena Vista Pack Burro Race will begin at 10:00am with Gun Start!  

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