Here is a list of events that occur in our area throughout the year. Please call to confirm dates for this year and for more information.

Calendar of Events 

(All area codes are 970 unless otherwise noted)

Events all Summer

Native American Dances: End of May –  early September  3,  7:00 PM,  Wednesday-Saturday at the Cortez Cultural Center.  565-1151  
Art Exhibits Featuring Local Artists: All year, changes every month.  Cortez Cultural Center.  565-1151 
Nature Walks: Nature walks at the Cortez Cultural Center’s 122-acre Hawkins Preserve.  Cortez.  565-1151
Special Exhibits, Tours and Programs: Anasazi Heritage Center, Dolores.  882-5600
Cortez Farmer's Market: June - October, Saturdays at 7:30 a.m.  Montezuma County Courthouse parking lot, Cortez.  565-3123
Dolores Farmers Market: June – October, Wednesdays, from 4 – 7 p.m. at Town Hall, Dolores.  882-7720
Mancos Farmer's Market: June – September, Thursdays at 4:30 p.m. - 178 East Frontage Road, Mancos.  533-7725
Archaeology Day Tours: May – September, Wednesdays and Thursdays at Crow Canyon Archaeological Center, Cortez.  565-8975 or 564-4346

Events all Winter

Within Mesa Verde National Park, enjoy groomed, cross country ski trails in Morefield Campground, Prater Canyon, and on the Cliff Palace Loop Road, and un-groomed cross-country ski trails on Wetherill Road.  Contact the Park at 529-4465 for updates.


4-States Junior Rodeo: Montezuma County Fairgrounds, Cortez.  Call Liz at 565-8775.


La Plata Paw: Dog mushing events & dog sled races.  Mancos.  533-7434
4-States Junior Rodeo: Montezuma County Fairgrounds, Cortez.  Call Liz at 565-8775.


Four States Ag Expo: Montezuma County Fairgrounds, Cortez. 


Pueblo-to-Pueblo Run & Bike Race; 11-mile and 10k runs, 2-mile run/walk, and 22-mile bike race in Cortez and Dolores.  Cortez Cultural Center.  565-1151

Annual Home and Garden Show; Montezuma County Fairgrounds, Cortez.  565-1771


Ute Mountain/Mesa Verde Birding Festival; Tours, lectures, art exhibit, dinner.  Throughout Mesa Verde Country®.   565-1151 
12-Hours of Mesa Verde Mountain Bike Race; Mountain bike endurance relay race.  Phil’s World, Cortez.  565-4926
Durango Kennel Club Dog Show; Montezuma County Fairgrounds, Cortez.  565-1000
Cortez Historic Preservation Day; Historic building tours and lectures, throughout Cortez.  565-1151
Annual Indian Arts and Culture Festival; Throughout Mesa Verde Country®.  565-8227 or 800-530-2998
Annual Juried Indian Art Market, Rug Auction and Pueblo Dances & Special Archaelogical Tours and Exhibits; Throughout Mesa Verde Country®.   565-8227 or 800-530-2998


Ute Mountain Bear Dance; Experience the culture and rich tradition of the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe.  Towaoc.  565-8800, ext. 237.
Dolores River Festival; Arts, crafts, food vendors, live music, kid’s activities, beer garden, free raft rides, & river dog contest.   Joe Rowell Park, Dolores.  882-4780
86TH Annual Ute Mountain Round-up PRCA Rodeo; Montezuma County Fairgrounds, Cortez.   565-1000


Fourth of July Clebration; Fireworks display at the Ute Mountain Casino, Towaoc.  565-8800 ext. 237z
Fourth of July Celebrations; Cortez Fireworks at Parque de Vida, 565-3414.  Mancos Fireworks at Boyle Park, 533-7434. 
Mancos Days; Family fun, parades, softball, music, and great food!  Mancos.  533-7725


Montezuma County Fair: Exhibits, events, food, & judging.  Montezuma County Fairgrounds, Cortez.  565-3123
Cortez Rendezvous Hot Air Balloon Rally: Flying from Parque de Vida, Cortez.  Call 505-977-2679 
Escalante Days: Parades, booths, duck Race, Mountain Bike Race, Chain Saw & Arm Wrestling Competitions, live music, food, arts & crafts, and Galloping Goose Days activities.  Flanders Park, Dolores.  882-4018
George Geer Memorial Car Show: Car show featuring Hot Rods to Roadsters.  Centennial Park, Cortez.  565-0770
Mancos Renaissance Faire: Arts, crafts, food vendors, costume contests, gypsy camp & live entertainment!  Cottonwood Park, Mancos.  533-7600
Annual Cortez Civitan Food, Wine and Art Festival: Wine tasting & sales of wines from Colorado wineries, art, food, & music.  City Park, Cortez.  Call Gayel at 970-529-3747September

Annual Bike and Hike on Wetherill Mesa: Hike or bike Wetherill Mesa Tram Road at Mesa Verde National Park.  Call 529-4465 for information.
Annual Harvest Beer Festival: Regional breweries, silent auction, and live music.  Cortez.  565-1664
Mancos Valley/Mesa Verde Country Balloon and Art Festival: This county-wide balloon festival offers tethered balloon rides, mass ascensions, and balloon glows.  560-0203


Bring It To Market: Heritage Harvest Festival: Celebrating our agricultural heritage.  Cider-making, corn roast, recipe swap, taffy pull, lectures from local farmers.  Cortez Cultural Center, 565-1151.  
Pumpkin Festival: Costume contest & treat parade, hayrides, & Four Corner’s Community Band.  Cortez Cultural Center, 565-1151.


Shop Cortez Promotions: Celebrate the season with merchant sales, CREA’s Cortez Cash sales & promotions throughout Cortez.  564-4095
Annual Parade of Lights: Main Street, Cortez, 6 PM.  565-8408
Dolores Christmas Bazaar: Community Center, Dolores.  882-7717
Mesa Verde National Park Luminaria Open House: Evening at  Mesa Verde.  Luminarias, food.  529-4465
Mancos Olde Fashioned Christmas: Many events and activities, tree lighting ceremony, visit with Santa, free movies for the kids, gallery receptions, music and more.  Mancos.  533-7434
Christmas in Dolores: Tree lighting with Santa & Yule-log fire at Town Hall.  Free candy, cookies, & hot chocolate.  Dolores.  882-4018