Toast the Earth: Don’t miss Southwest Arbor Festival in Grand Junction |

Toast the Earth: Don’t miss Southwest Arbor Festival in Grand Junction

Brittany Markert
Bands featured at this year's Southwest Arbor Festival includes Zolopht and the Destroyers, Flat Top Reed, and Tony Rosario.
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WHAT: 13th Annual Arbor Festival

WHEN: 12-5 p.m., Saturday, April 19

WHERE: Lincoln Park, Grand Junction

COST: Free


Start the festival season off right with the 13th annual Southwest Arbor Festival on Saturday, April 19. It will run from noon to 5 p.m. at Lincoln Park in Grand Junction.

For added fun, this year’s fest will be joining forces with the annual Earth Day celebration in a collaboration of contests, food, beer, and vendors. Plus, it’s free to attend.

Also part of the fun, a craft-beer garden is open for those aged 21 and up. There will be 14 breweries and 30 different types of beer present. Several of the brew samplings available will be from Palisade Brewing Company, Kannah Creek Brewing Company, Two Rascal’s Brewing, and New Belgium Brewing Company. Admission to the beer garden is $20 a head, which includes unlimited samples and a commemorative glass to keep.

“This is the first real festival of the season and kicks off summer,” city recreation supervisor Emily Krause said.

The event will also host local musical guests including Tony Rosario, Zolopht and the Destroyers, and Flat Top Reed.

“It’s a way to have one big event instead of competing for space and time,” Earth Day celebration coordinator Dawn Huff said.

The Earth Day celebration started several years ago in connection to Grand Valley’s solar-power industry. According to Huff, she started it to commemorate Earth Day, which falls on April 22 this year.


If you make some of the best chili in the West, sign up for the chili competition for a cash prize. The cost to sample chili is $5. Don’t forget to vote for your favorite, as there is a people’s choice category as well.

Anyone can stand to be $100 richer. Be the last person standing in the jalepeno-eating contest and that bill could be in your pocket.

The kids are sure to have a swell time, too. There’s face-painting, tree climbing, a bounce house, and more.

While enjoying brews and chili, be sure to drop by all the green-minded vendors, demonstrations and presentations. Those who are green-thumbed — or those aspiring to get one — can visit with local arborists about trees and how to start a garden.

As part of the Earth Day celebration, tree seedlings will be given away.

All proceeds will be donated to Roice-Hurst Humane Society and CLAWS Rescue and Adoption Center.

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