Festival gear: Assemble your style for packed-out weeks of entertainment
With the first day of school approaching, or already arrived for some, and summer seemingly winding down, you may be thinking it’s time to settle into the slower pace and routine.
Not so fast.
For the next two months, there is a festival nearly every weekend, occasional concerts on weekdays and other events. It’s time to gear up, and to remind you of what you’ll need to have with you during these very entertaining weeks, here is our guide on “How To Dress for the Rest of the Fests.”
For some, comfortable shoes are a pair of broken-in cowboy boots. For others, it’s flip flops, a good wedge sandal or sneakers. Do NOT choose fashion over function.
Be aware of venue and weather. Sometimes, jeans work. Sometimes, shorts or a skirt are better. Consider wearing pants that can be turned into capris.
Consider a T-shirt or light-weight button-up. Pockets offer extra storage for cash, ID or other small items.
Carry a purse that snaps or zips shut and has a shoulder strap long enough to throw over one shoulder and across the body for extra security and to keep it out of your way. Think portable toilets or close quarters at festival booths.
Weather can change fast. Take a long-sleeved shirt or jacket for weather changes and cooler temperatures after the sun goes down.
Wear it. Apply frequently. The Colorado sun is intense, no matter the time of year.
A cowboy hat, baseball cap, visor or some other fashionable hat will shield your forehead, scalp and neck from sun and heat.
Shorts and T-shirts are just fine but consider wearing a skirt, maxi dress or other light-weight dress. Depending on the event, a dress might be the ticket to keeping cool and fashionable.
Protect your eyes and make a statement at the same time. Get your shades on.
TAKE THESE ALONG, TOO
You’re dressed, but here are a few other items you should consider taking with you. Keep in mind that not every festival allows each of these items. Check the event’s website.
■ Refillable water bottle. Take it in empty and fill it inside. Otherwise, purchase water on site. Please. Drink. Water.
■ Bug spray. Venues next to rivers or heavy on the food also are attended well by insects.
■ A picnic. Some venues allow outside food. However, at those festivals where food is the star, treat yourself to those seasonal items.
■ Blanket or camping chair. When allowed, if you plan on sitting for long periods of time or need a home base, these are advised.
■ Hand sanitizer/wet wipes. Most of these events utilize portable toilets and many of these events serve food. You get the idea.
■ Toothpicks, soft picks or dental floss. Going to the Olathe Sweet Corn Festival or Colorado Pork and Hops? If so, you are welcome for this one.
■ Cash. Honestly, cash is a better way to go than plastic at festivals. It’s a bummer to lose cash, but it’s a bummer and super annoying to lose a credit card.
HERE’S THE LINEUP
These are some of the events packing the calendar through the first week of October. Prices and ticket requirements vary, as do what each event allows with regard to outside items, such as food, drink or seating. Be sure to check those details before you go.
■ Colorado Riverfront Concert Series at James M. Robb-Colorado River State Park, Fruita — Shemekia Copeland, Friday, Aug. 2; Asleep at the Wheel, Friday, Aug. 9; Poco, Friday, Aug. 16. (riverfrontproject.org/concert-series)
■ Olathe Sweet Corn Festival at Olathe Community Park — Saturday, Aug. 3. (olathesweetcornfest.com)
■ Hear it Through the Grapevine concert series at Grande River Vineyards — Hazel Miller, Saturday, Aug. 3; Remus Tucker Band, Thursday, Aug. 15. The Boys of Summer — Eagles Tribute concert was canceled. (granderivervineyards.com/events-concerts)
■ Fruita Thursday Night Concert Series at Fruita Civic Center Pavilion — Cleanslate, Thursday, Aug. 8; Finders & Youngberg, Thursday, Aug. 15. (fruita.org)
■ Main in Motion, six blocks from Townsend Avenue to Junction Avenue in downtown Montrose — summer festival on Thursday nights Aug. 8–22 with entertainment and family activities. (nowmontrose.com/calendar)
■ Palisade Peach Festival at various locations — Thursday through Sunday, Aug. 15–18. Main event is the outdoor Peach Festival at Riverbend Park on Friday and Saturday, Aug. 16–17. (palisadepeachfest.com)
■ Jazz Among the Grapevines at Two Rivers Winery — Influx, Aug. 20. (tworiverswinery.com/events.cfm)
■ Garden Groove summer concerts at the Botanical Gardens — Stray Grass on Aug. 24; The Williams Brothers on Sept. 20. (wcbotanic.org)
■ Rock Jam at ranch in Mack just off Interstate 70. Technically, the address is 1065 U.S. Highway 6&50 — Three Days Grace, Seether and other bands on Aug. 23; KORN, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Hinder and others on Aug. 24. (rockjam.com)
■ Grand Junction Off-Road professional and amateur mountain bike race, beginning and ending in downtown Grand Junction after coursing through Bangs Canyon area — races, industry expo and live music, Aug. 30 through Sept. 1. (epicrides.com)
■ Dino Days at Dinosaur Journey Museum in Fruita — Feast of Skulls on Sept. 6; Fruitadens Family Fun Run and Dinosaur Days Expedition Quest on Sept. 7. (museumofwesternco.com/programs-and-events/dinosaur-days)
■ Calabash Gourd Festival at Botanical Gardens — Sept. 6–7. (wcbotanic.org)
■ Colorado Pork and Hops at Lincoln Park — Live music and family activities on Sept. 13; Kansas City Barbecue Society competitive BBQ competition and amateur competition, live music, family activities on Sept. 14. (porknhops.com)
■ Colorado Mountain Winefest — Food and wine pairings at various restaurants, Sept. 19-22; wine seminar, demos, dinner and tastings on Sept. 20 at Wine County Inn; Colorado Mountain Winefest (largest event of festival) on Sept. 21 at Riverbend Park; Tour of Wineries and grape growing seminar on Sept. 22. (winecolorado.org/events/mountain-winefest/)
■ Fruita Fall Fest in downtown Fruita — Music, vendors, carnival, car show, more on Sept. 27–29. (fruitafallfestival.com/events.html)
■ AppleFest in Cedaredge — Chili Cook-off, Golden Gala, classic car show, music and more in early October in Cedaredge Town Park. (cedaredgechamber.com/applefest.htm)
AND THAT IS NOT ALL ... There are car shows, the Meeker Classic Sheepdog Championships (Sept. 4–8), music festivals in Snowmass and Telluride, the Telluride Film Festival (Aug. 29 through Sept. 2) and more. So be sure to read each Out & About and check GJSentinel.com for details and updates on upcoming events.