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What to do when it’s warm in Fruita

Spring, Fall, and Summer in Fruita are jam packed with fun activities and races! The sun shines all throughout these seasons and Fruita is the perfect destination for the warm weather. Below is a list of festivals and events to put on your bucket list! Check out lodging accommodations to ensure a comfortable stay as well.  

Fruita Fat Tire Festival: Celebrating Biking Culture 

The Fruita Fat Tire Festival shows off Fruita’s deep-rooted love for biking and outdoor adventure. This annual extravaganza brings together cyclists, enthusiasts, and spectators from far and wide to partake in a series of exhilarating activities. From thrilling group rides that explore the area’s scenic trails to captivating demos showcasing the latest in biking technology, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. Live music performances add to the festive atmosphere, creating a dynamic celebration of biking culture that truly embodies the spirit of Fruita. 

CO2UT Gravel Race: Conquer the Desert Terrain 

For those seeking a pulse-pounding challenge amidst rugged desert landscapes, the CO2UT Gravel Race presents an ideal opportunity. Participants can choose from a range of distances as they navigate the desert terrain, pushing their limits and embracing the raw beauty of the surroundings. Seasoned gravel racers or those looking to test their mettle for the first time are welcome! This race offers an unforgettable experience and a chance to connect with the untamed spirit of Fruita’s outdoors. 

 Adventure Fest: Showcasing Fruita’s Adventurous Spirit 

Adventure Fest shows off Fruita’s dauntless spirit, highlighting a diverse array of outdoor sports and activities that thrive in the desert environment. From running to mountain and gravel biking, attendees can participate in their choice of one of two 50K bike races or a half marathon. It’s a celebration of exploration, adrenaline, and the rugged allure of Fruita’s natural landscapes, making it a must-visit event for outdoor enthusiasts of all ages. 

18 Hours of Fruita: Endurance Challenge in Highline Lake State Park 

18 Hours of Fruita is a thrilling endurance event that combines the adrenaline rush of racing with the calmness of Highline Lake State Park. Participants tackle a fast and fun single-track lap, surrounded by lush greenery. It’s a race that challenges both physical and mental stamina while providing a picturesque backdrop for an unforgettable outdoor experience. Whether you’re a seasoned racer or a newcomer, the 18 Hours of Fruita offers a unique opportunity to test your limits by yourself or with a team. 

Thursday Night Concert Series: Groove Under the Summer Skies 

Every Thursday starting in July and ending in August, Fruita comes alive with the sounds of the Thursday Night Concert Series. This weekly event brings talented bands and musicians to the stage, offering visitors and locals alike a chance to groove under the starry summer skies. From rock and blues to folk and indie tunes, the concert series showcases a diverse range of musical styles, creating a lively and festive atmosphere that’s perfect for summer evenings filled with music and camaraderie. 

Mike the Headless Chicken Festival: Quirky Celebration of Resilience 

The Mike the Headless Chicken Festival is a one-of-a-kind celebration that pays homage to a chicken named Mike who lived without its head for 18 months! This quirky event features live entertainment, fun attractions, and a joyful ambiance that captivates attendees of all ages. Mike’s story showcases resilience, curiosity, and the whimsical spirit that defines Fruita’s unique charm, making it a must-see festival for those looking for a delightful and offbeat experience. 

Country Jam: A Country Music Fan’s Dream 

Country music enthusiasts flock to Fruita for the annual Country Jam Festival, featuring some of the biggest names in the genre. These lively concerts bring together music lovers of all ages to sing along, dance, and immerse themselves in the infectious energy of country music. With top-notch performances and a festive atmosphere, Country Jam offers a memorable experience for fans of country tunes and good times. 

Courtesy of Sierra Lucero
Courtesy of Sierra Lucero

Fruita Fourth Fridays: Community, Art, and Music 

Fruita Fourth Fridays are a monthly celebration of community, art, music, food, and drink, creating a vibrant gathering that shows off the local culture and creativity. Explore local artists, enjoy live music performances, savor delicious cuisine from food vendors, or simply soak in the festive ambiance! Fourth Fridays are a fantastic way to connect with the heart and soul of Fruita’s community spirit. 

Fruita Farmers Market: Discover Local Goods 

The Fruita Farmers Market invites visitors to discover a treasure trove of local goods, from fresh produce and artisanal crafts to homemade treats and unique finds. It’s a bustling hub of activity where vendors and artisans showcase their talents and offerings, creating a vibrant marketplace that reflects the region’s agricultural heritage and creative spirit. Whether you’re looking for farm-fresh ingredients or handmade gifts, the Fruita Farmers Market offers a delightful shopping experience that supports local producers and fosters a sense of community connection. 

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