Cherry Days – around July 4th, Paonia
This is one of Paonia’s best festivals. The newest group to produce this multi-day event are focused on bringing back as many of the traditions as possible — the American Legion Flag Ceremony, the Kid’s Talent Show, crowning of the Royalty, the Reunion area, the Coal Shoveling Contest — while working hard to step up the Entertainment line-up, returning to a focus on Paonia Youth and a Southern Roots Music theme.
Mountain Harvest Festival – September, Paonia
The annual Mountain Harvest Festival has been celebrating the lifestyle of the North Fork Valley of Western Colorado since 2001. Enjoy 3 sparkling autumn days of music, art, performance, good food and local products.
Pickin’ in the Park
Pickin’ Productions was founded in 2001 by Rob Miller (and friends) in order to bring high quality music to Western Colorado’s North Fork Valley. Since that time we have produced numerous concerts at the Paradise Theatre in Paonia, CO and other venues around the state. In 2008 Pickin’ Productions started two free summer concert series in the beautiful Western Colorado towns of Paonia and Ridgway (Pickin’ in the Park, Paonia – and the Ridgway Concert Series). Then in 2012 we helped launch the Mountain Air Music Series in Ouray, CO.
Paonia Film Festival
Films will be selected and judged by an impartial panel of judges, so most film awards will be chosen by the judges. However, the audience will have a chance to vote for 2 winners: a new award sponsored by the North Fork Heart & Soul Project called the “What Matters Most Award” where voters are encouraged to select the best film that represents what matters most to the filmmaker and or subject matter. The second vote, now a festival traditional is the “People Choice Award” for the Best Overall film.
Sheep Dog Trials in Hotchkiss
The Hotchkiss Sheep Dog Trials are held each year around Mother’s Day. Handlers and dogs come from around the country to try their hands at the course. The communication between a handler and his or her dog is done with whistles, voice, telepathy and sometimes plain old yelling. It is fun to watch the experts as they effortlessly collaborate with their dog to bring the sheep in, and even more impressive when you see a beginner trying to do the same thing.
BMW Rally – Top ‘o the Rockies
The Top O’ The Rockies Rally is the BMW Motorcycle Club’s annual rally located on the grounds of the City Park in historic Paonia. The Top O’ The Rockies Rally has provided riders and their guests with the best riding and scenery Colorado has to offer since 1971!