Gold Rush Days, Buena Vista’s signature annual event, held each August for the past 40 years!
It is the celebration of our town’s heritage and history combined with: great free live Music, Art & Craft Fair with 100 plus vendors, water events and bungee jumps, Beer Garden & Food, Historical Reenactments, Duck Races, Toilet Seat Races and the Burro Race Triple Crown. Plus, many local businesses in Buena Vista offer great shopping, incredible food selections and live music each evening. The popular Madams of Central of Colorado show is playing the evening of August 10th click here for ticket information. Come and share in this family-friendly fun event for one and all. Held at McPhelemy Park – Hwy 24 and Main Street. Scroll down for the full two day event schedule!
Art & Craft Fair:
Buena Vista’s largest annual art and craft fair takes place during Gold Rush Days. There are over 100 booths featuring unique items including metal work, photography, pottery, custom jewelry, clothing, musical instruments, and much more. Stroll through the vendors booths, enjoy the music nearby and visit the historical reenactments. Held at McPhelemy Park.
Music Sponsored & Coordinated by:
Enjoy music at FREE concerts throughout both days at the entertainment tent and adjoining Beer Garden in the park. Bring your lawn chair and enjoy! All ages ares welcome and it is great fun for the kiddos. Held at McPhelemy Park. More information on the bands will be coming soon. Bios and photos of the bands are noted below.
The schedule is as follows:
Saturday, August 10th
11:00 AM – 12:30 PM – Mama Magnolia
1:00 PM – 3:00 PM – Gingerbomb
3:30 PM – 5:30 PM – Whitewater Ramble
Sunday, August 11th
10:30 AM -12:00 PM – Boot Gun
12:30 PM – 2:30 PM – Mo’Champipple
3:00 PM – 5:00 PM – Bruce Hayes and Ragged Mountain Bluegrass
Boot Gun – the band bring together sounds reminiscent of Heartland Rock, Nitty Gritty Blues, Southern Twang and Driving Alternative Rock.
Local and McPhelemy Park Cuisine:
Enjoy a variety a cuisine such BBQ, sandwiches, tacos, snacks, hot dogs and brats, ice cream, smoothies, shaved ice, Kettle Corn, pop corn and the Beer /Wine Garden at McPhelemy Park. Or, wander through Main St. and South Main St. for a large variety of local food and beverages. Then savor it while listening to the Free live music.
Kids can participate in the toilet seat race. Held Sunday, August 11 at 12:00pm. Toilet Seat Races will be held at/on Lake Street by the Lake side Hotel on the West side of McPhelemy Park! Adults can compete too!
The large variety of Gold Rush Days vendors offer games in the park, along with trying out paddleboarding on the Town Lake, or playing on the lake in bubbles, and reaching for the sky on the bungee jump. Next kiddos can stop and get their face painted. Then dance and tumble with the live bands and share in our small town charm. All held at McPhelemy Park – hwy 24 and Main St..
The McPhelemy Park 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 at the Buena Vista Welcome Center & Chamber of Commerce, High Country Bank, Community Bank or Collegiate Peaks Bank prior to the event or at the Beer Garden and information booth during the event. Held at McPhelemy Park Sunday, August 11 at 2:30pm.
Learn first-hand about the history of our area with a variety of historical reenactments occurring both days. Meet the McPhelemy’s and Alsina Deerhammer on he Cemetary Tour held Friday, Aug. 9. First Colorado Company D will host throughout the day demonstrations, tea and much more go to the encampment in McPhelemy Park for a full schedule. Buena Vista Heritage Museum is hosting many events Civil War Recruiting Station, Musket Demonstration, and 1861 Springfield Musket Demonstration. Also visit the Buena Vista Heritage Museum on East Main Street or the Depot at McPhelemy Park for only $1.00 each day. Free Shows – A Comic Gunfight and Show is offered Saturday, Aug 10 at 11:00am at the Depot.
Madams of Central Colorado:
The popular “Madams of Central Colorado” will return to the Buena Vista Heritage Museum in 2019. Advanced reservations are recommended since this show tends to sell out. From Cockeyed Liz, whose former Palace of Joy is less than a block from the museum, to archrival Belle Brown, Salida’s Laura Evans, and Lillian Powers of Florence, the madams and their girls discuss how they got into “the business” and other aspects of life as a fallen woman at the turn of the last century. Seating is limited. Tickets are $15 and are available at the Buena Vista Chamber of Commerce and the museum; BV Heritage members receive a discount. Doors open 30 minutes early for seating and entertainment. Approx. start time 7:00 PM. Click here to purchase your ticket!
Sign Up for a Gold Rush Days Booth a few openings are still available. Your product assortment and how it compliments this semi-juried show will be reviewed. You will be notified as soon as possible within next business day of opening for final acceptance. Thank you for applying. Click here to sign up.