End of Summer Festivals in Ouray!
The end of summer brings a full round up of festivals in Ouray County. Whether you are looking for brews and music, a chamber music festival, some friendly mining competitions or a county fair and rodeos, Ouray and Ridgway invite you to play.
7th Annual Grillin’ & Chillin’ Brew and Music Festival
August 23, 1-7 pm, Ouray’s Fellin Park
The festivities begin at 1:00 PM with live music, regional craft brewers, distillers, and a wide selection of festival food served by regional vendors and non-profit organizations. There are plenty of activities for the kids including a bounce house and more. The festival ticket price is $25 for the beer tasting, which comes with a commemorative tasting glass, or $5 without the beer tasting. Children and students aged 17 and under are free to enter.
Here's a copy of this week's ad in the Plaindealer for your guests - print it out and get them $5 off admission or their beer tasting.
San Juan Chamber MusicFest
August 20 - 24.
The Ouray County Performing Arts Guild presents this annual event. The MusicFest concerts showcase the full repertoire of chamber music classics by the great composers, as well as more contemporary and lesser-known pieces, at venues throughout Ouray County.
Programs this year include an informal Classical Café featuring music from around the world, a free family concert with “Professor Wolfgang Amadeus Schmutzinberry”, a traditional classical concert at the Wright Opera House featuring the music of great Eastern European composers Dohnanyi, Bartok and Dvorak, master classes, and an intimate dinner salon concert in a private home.
August 22 - 24,
Miner’s Park, Ouray Hot Springs Pool
A non-profit event dedicated to our community's mining heritage that showcases hard rock mining skills through competitions and demonstrations. Check out the competitons this weekend and enjoy the new year-round picnic area constructed by our local Highgraders organizers! Food and beverages will be available for purchase all three days.
Friday, August 22, 2 PM - close: horseshoe tournament
Saturday, August 23, 9 AM - close: 9 AM - registration, 10-11 AM: spike driving, hand mucking; 11 AM - 1 PM: single-man drilling; 1 PM- close: single-jacking
Sunday, August 24, 9 AM - close: 9 AM - registration, 10 AM - noon: team drilling, noon-close: double-jacking
Ouray County Fair and Rodeo
August 28 - September 1, Ouray County Fairgrounds and 4H Center
The newly renovated historic Ouray County Fairgrounds will be the place to be over a five-day Labor Day weekend for the combined celebrations of the Ouray County Fair, the Big Outdoor Dance with Opal Moon, Ridgway Ranch Rodeo and CPRA Rodeos. Join our community at the ribbon cuttings for the brand new grandstands on Thursday, August 28th (4:30 pm) and for the new Preifert arena and stock pens on Saturday, August 30th (4:00 pm). The rebuilding of the grandstands has been made possible by generous grants from investment partners including Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO), The El Pomar Foundation and local donations. Ouray County has also committed a large contribution to the grandstands project. The new grandstands will seat 1,468 spectators, plus a VIP/Press Box for another 20 folks.
The Ouray County Rodeo Association is sponsoring this year’s dance, ranch rodeo, and CPRA rodeos. All profits will go to completing the Grandstands Phase I project. A very special 4-Day pass is being offered for advance sales only of $20 for all four great events. Please contact the Ouray County 4H Center 970-626-3304 to purchase tickets.
For more information on the Fair, Ranch Rodeo & Rodeo events click over to the Ouray Community Calendar!
Summer in the San Juan Mountains
Late Summer Adventures!
The month of August and early fall bring warm days, cool nights, and gorgeous colors that make hiking, rock climbing and canyoneering perfect family adventures.
Warm up your road-weary muscles with a loop on the Ouray Perimeter Trail, which connects short hikes and iconic sights like Cascade and Box Canyon Falls to circle the city and its unforgettable views. Ouray has close to 100 area trails to explore, twelve of which leave from town and range from easy to epic. For a bit more vertical gain, and one of the most unique perspectives of town, check out the Twin Peaks or Bridge of Heaven trails (not for the faint of heart). If you’re more inclined to get elevation behind the wheel, check out our local Jeep and ATV rental companies and climb your way up steep, rocky passes.
Ouray has recently gained a reputation for some of the best rock adventures around. There are rock climbing areas for beginners and families, and an ever-growing number of high quality routes for more advanced climbers. Areas like the Pool Wall have quickly become popular with visiting climbers, as well as visitors watching and soaking in the hot springs below. Most unique though, are our canyons, many of which exit right into downtown Ouray. Located on the floor of the box canyon and surrounded by high mountains carved by wind and water; Ouray hosts the highest quality alpine canyons in the United States. Canyoning in Ouray pairs climbing techniques like rappelling, down-climbing, and scrambling with the added thrill of swimming through rapids and sliding into pools. Ouray is home to local guide companies that offer safe, appropriate climbing adventures year-round, as well as the Ouray Canyoning Festival, which brings canyoning enthusiasts from all over the world together in Ouray every August.
Nothing feels better after a day of hiking, climbing, or any adventuring than a long soak in the healing hot springs. Late summer is wonderful for soaking, especially when the evening temperatures begin to dip and you can watch the Alpenglow on the Amphitheater. Ouray offers many opportunities for soaking in the valley, and all of the mineral-rich waters are sulfur-free, relaxing and exhilarating.
Ouray has been a special destination of world travelers for more than 100 years. This small intimate community is nestled in some of the most rugged and towering peaks of the Rockies. Set at the narrow head of a valley at 7,792 feet and surrounded on three sides with 13,000 foot snowcapped peaks - Ouray is home to hundreds of miles of historic Jeep roads, sulfur-free hot springs with stunning views and the world-famous Ouray Ice Park.
Remarkably, two-thirds of Ouray's original Victorian structures, are still occupied, and have been lovingly restored in order to preserve their turn-of-the-century charm.