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:

Free Live Music, Art & Craft Fair with 100 plus vendors, Bungee Jumps, BV Circus Shows, Kids Games, Beer Garden & Food, Historical Reenactments, 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 throughout the day and evening.  On Sunday, August 11 at 8:30 to 10:00 am enjoy Cowboy Church & Old Time Cowboy Tunes with Carole & Randy Barnes.

Gold Rush Days was founded in collaboration with Buena Vista Heritage Museum, First Colorado Company D, and the BV Welcome Center & Chamber of Commerce, which hosts this event as a fundraiser for their non-profit organization.  

Enjoy Pancakes in the Park hosted by the Optimist Club.  All you can eat at Columbine Park the morning of August 10 from 8:00am to 10:30am or more info click here.  The popular Madams of Central of Colorado show is playing the evening of August 10th doors open at 6:30pm click here for ticket information Come and share in this family-friendly fun event for one and all. Held at the BV River Park Park – 913 East Main Street. Scroll down for the full two day event schedule!

Friday, August 9th enjoy two great shows hosted by Buena Vista Heritage Museum.  At 7:00pm enjoy the “Medicine Man Show” click for more detail about this ticketed event.  Then at 8:30pm the Czestekova Side show is a event not to be missed here is more information.   

Held at BV River Park 913 East Main St. Buena Vista, CO 81211.

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.          

Music Sponsored & Coordinated by:

FREE Live Music on 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

FREE Live Music on 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

Local and BV River 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 BV River 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.             

Eddyline Brewery one of Colorado’s premier mountain town craft breweries and our home town favorite is sponsoring the Beer Garden. They are sure to be a great pairing with the above bands and many food trucks and vendors joining in the festivities.  

Family & Kids Events: 
Family and kiddo events include Euro Bungee, water bubbles, dunk tank, kids games, face painting, BV Circus & Chaffee Cty. Fire Department activities. In addition, hula hoops (with contests daily) and bubble blowing activities will be offered by the music stage. Of course there will be ice cream, snow cones, pop corn and lots delicacies and vendors offering toys, games and clothing.

Family & Kids Events: 
The Buena Vista Circus founded in 2019 to provide circus training to children and adults in Buena Vista and the surrounding areas as a personal development and community-building tool will be hosting two shows held at noon both days of the event. They will also offer face painting, tumbling activities, balloon twisting and fun adventures for the entire family.

Family & Kids Events: 
Central Colorado UAS Club will be bringing their Drone cage to allow demonstrations, education, and event goers the opportunity to fly a drone. The Club’s purpose is to bring together UAS pilots, hobbyists and interested parties together in an informal, social setting.

Toilet Seat Races:  Sunday, August 11th at 10:30
Toilet Seat Races, a favorite town event, will be held after the Burros take off.
HELD in front of Avery Parsons Elementary School on East Main St. and Beldan St.
Races will be held for children and adults. There will be prizes! The Toliet Seat Races are LOTS of FUN to watch!

Also visit the Buena Vista Heritage Museum at nearby 511 East Main Street for a $5.00 Day Visit or the Depot at McPhelemy Park for only $1.00 each day.

Historical Reenactments: 
Significant to Gold Rush Days is the Civil War Encampment and the variety of reenactments and shows that occur over the two days.  With the added space the encampment is 80 feet by 80 feet where First Colorado Company D shares with attendees how one lived back in the 1860’s. They actually camp at the venue for two days. Reenactment Events include a dedicated stage with sound and tents for spectators.  The schedule is as follows: 

SCHEDULE of Events:  Saturday, August 10, 2019
9:00 AM – 5:30 PM Gold Rush Days Free Event 
10:00 AM – 11:00 AM Civil War Recruiting Station-Learn to march and drill as it was done in the 1860’s
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM Civil War Encampment – Hands on Demonstration of spinning, tatting or quilting.
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM Civil War Encampment – Learn how the Mountain Howitzer was operated in the Civil War
11:30 AM – 12:00 PM Reenactment Stage – Shootout in BV – Buena Vista History comes to life on the Reenactment Stage!
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM Buena Vista Circus Show
1:30 PM – 2:00 PM Reenactment Stage – Shootout in BV –  Buena Vista History comes to life on the Reenactment Stage!
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM Civil War Encampment – A Victorian Tea by reservation, drop-ins if seating is available. This is a free event.
4:00 PM – 4:45 PM Reenactment Stage – Musket Demonstration. Learn how the Model 1861 Springfield musket was used in the Civil War

SCHEDULE of Events: Sunday, August 11, 2019
8:30 AM – 5:00 PM Gold Rush Days Free Event 

8:30 AM – 10:00 AM Cowboy Church at Main Music Stage with Carole & Randy Barnes
10:00 AM – Triple Crown Burro Race on East Main St. and Colorado Ave. Passes by the Gold Rush Days Venue
10:30 AM – Toilet Seat Races for Adults & Children East Main St. & Beldan Ave. 
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM Civil War Encampment – A Victorian Tea by reservation, drop-ins if seating is available. This is a free event.
11:30 AM – 12:00 PM Reenactment Stage – Shootout in BV –  Buena Vista History comes to life on the Reenactment Stage!
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM Buena Vista Circus Show
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM Civil War Encampment – Hands on Demonstrations of spinning, tatting or quilting

Cowboy Church:  Sunday, August 11
8:30 AM Old Time Cowboy Tunes with Carole & Randy Barnes – Hammered Dulcimar, Concertina Guitar & Vocals.
9:00 AM to 10:00 AM Cowboy Church Message from Jon Hollenbeck Sing along with Carole & Randy Barnes

Triple Crown Burro Race:  Sunday, August 11th at 10:00
10:00 AM Burro Race Begins on East Main St. and Colorado Avenue. Burro’s will pass the BV River Park & Gold Rush Days Venue when they are racing out and returning in. Cheer on the participants!  
10:10 AM  Poop Drop Contest & Mini Donkey Race.
11:30 AM on Burro’s begin crossing finish line!
To sponsor a donkey, or participate in the mini donkey race please call Brad 303-906-2269 or send him an email at

From Cockeyed Liz, whose former Palace of Joy is less than a block from the museum, to arch-rival 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.

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. Seating is limited. Tickets are $15 and are available at the Buena Vista Welcome Center & Chamber of Commerce and the BV Heritage Museum 511 East Main St. Doors open 30 minutes early for seating and entertainment. Approx. start time 7:00 PM.  Click here to purchase your ticket!

Photo by Baby Doe Studios

Evening Music at the Lariat: 
Saturday, August 10
6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
 Barb Maxey will be playing at The Lariat. 
10:00 PM The Fritz will be playing at the Lariat for a $10.00 at the door entry fee. For details click here.

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