Buena Vista Gold Rush Days

August 12 – 13, 2017


Buena Vista Gold Rush Days

August  12 -13, 2017

Buena Vista Gold Rush Days

August 12 – 13, 2017


Welcome to the 2017 Gold Rush Days in Buena Vista, Colorado! 
August 12 & 13

Gold Rush Days, Buena Vista’s signature annual event, is the celebration of our heritage and history.  It is a weekend filled with free, family-friendly fun and nonstop entertainment. This will be our 37th year of celebrating Gold Rush and we hope you join us!

Enjoy nonstop music at free concerts throughout both days at the entertainment tent in the park.  Bring your lawn chair or relax at the beer garden and listen to the wide variety of music, there is a genre for everyone! Gold Rush Days offers two days of awesome musical entertainment in the beautiful park setting. See the event schedule below for details.

Buena Vista’s largest annual art and craft fair takes place during Gold Rush Days.  Over 100 booths featuring unique items including metal work, photography, pottery, jewelry, handmade clothing and items, and  much more.  The food vendors provide a wide selection of yummy choices of drinks and snacks to the full meals.  Activities for children make this a special event for all ages.

The town lake turns into duck soup during the annual duck race, when rubber duckies float in the current to the finish line. The first to cross wins $500, the last wins $250. Tickets cost $5 each and can be purchased ahead of time at Buena Vista banks and the Buena Vista Chamber of Commerce. During Gold Rush Days, tickets can be purchased at the beer garden and the information booth.

The 3rd leg of the famous Triple Crown Burro Race (which has taken place for 67 years) is part of the Gold Rush Days celebration.  Don’t miss cheering them on as they take off from the start line on Main Street Sunday morning.  Once the street is clear, you can get ready for the one and only toilet seat race.  You can participate or just join the fun and laughter of watching. See schedule of events below for the details.

History comes to life during Gold Rush Days and that includes Buena Vista’s history with the local madams. The infamous ladies of the evening will discuss their trade and share many stories during this fun and informative performance. Seating is limited, so advance reservations are encouraged.  Tickets are available at the Buena Vista Chamber 343 US Hwy 24 S.  Due to the subject matter, it is recommended that children under 13 not attend.  The Madams will only be available for your pleasure Saturday evening at 7 pm at the BV Heritage Museum.

Everyone loves Gold Rush Days!  There are activities and events for all ages.  Kids can participate in gem panning, the toilet seat race and games in the park, along with trying out paddling a kayak, playing on the lake in a bubble, and reaching for the sky on the bungee jump. There are civil war reenactments for all to enjoy.

Event Schedule

All events are at McPhelemy Town Lake Park (unless otherwise indicated),
located at the corner of Main Street and Hwy 24 in the heart of beautiful Buena Vista.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

8:00 am – 10:30 am Gold Rush Days Optimist Pancake Breakfast in Columbine Park. All-you-can-eat pancakes and sausage plus beverages are served 8:00AM to 10:30AM, $7 adults, $3 kids.

9:00 AM  The Arts & Craft Fair Vendors Open.  100 + booths, unique items and delicious food.

10:00 AM Civil War recruiting station. Learn how to march and drill just like Civil War soldiers did in the 1860’s.  Presented by First Colorado Company D, Civil War reenactors.

10:00 am – 12:00 pm  Free Concert by Carin Mari performs at the entertainment tent playing Country/Americana Music.  Learn more about Carin Mari.

12:30 pm – 2:30 pm  Free Concert by Mountain Mantra MusicClassic Rock, Folk Rock, & BluesLearn more about Mountain Mantra Music.

2:00 PM Musket Demonstration presented by First Colorado Company D, Civil War reenactors. See how the 1861 Springfield musket was used in the Civil War.

3– 6:00 PM   Free Concert by Dakota Blonde performs at the entertainment tent playing Acoustic American Music.  Learn more about Dakota Blonde.

7:00 PM  Performance by The Madams of Central Colorado.   This fun historical production has become almost as infamous as the ladies of the evening they portray.  Performance at the BV Heritage Museum, 506 E. Main.  Admissions charged, advanced ticket purchase recommended. Learn more about The Madams of Central Colorado.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

8:30 am -10:30 am Free Concert by Enchanted Strings Music with Carole and Randy Barnes.  A lively mix of hammered dulcimer, squeezebox and guitar from these popular local musicians. Learn more about Enchanted Strings Music.

9:00 am – 9:45 am Cowboy Church at the entertainment tent in McPhelemy Park.  The nondenominational service will be given by Sharon Robertson .  Learn more

10:00 Pack Burro Race Start.  Come cheer the burro’s on the 3rd leg of the Triple Crown Burro Race.

10:15  Main Street Fun.  The downtown area becomes headquarters for fun including the amazing, famous Toilet Seat Races.

11:00 am – 1:00 pm Free concert by Kevin Earlywine.  On his 2017 new album release tour, featuring songs from his album Danger, pop, folk and indie.  Learn more about Kevin Earlywine.

1:30 pm – 4:00 pm Free Concert by Colorado Homegrown. Colorado Homegrown is a four-person band out of Buena Vista playing five decades of danceable rock and roll. Learn more about Colorado Homegrown

2:30 PM Duck race starts


Plus much more…..stay tuned!


A Big Thank You To Our Sponsors!

Please contact the Buena Vista Chamber of Commerce to find out how your business can be a sponsor of this awesome annual event.


Platinum Sponsors:

Silver Sponsors:

Duck Race Sponsors:

Sponsor Payments

Once your sponsorship has been approved, please click here to pay for your sponsorship. 

Become a Sponsor

Contact us to become a sponsor of one of the events at Gold Rush Days!

Vendor Application

Click here to download a Vendor Application for Gold Rush Days!

Vendor Payments

Once your booth has been approved, please click here to pay for your booth