ABOUT THE FESTIVAL

FEED YOUR INSPIRATION IN THE NORTH FORK VALLEY!

Mountain Harvest Festival is a non-profit, four-day festival held in Paonia, Colorado on the last full weekend in September.

Local musicians, writers of poetry and prose, dancers, comedians, and various other dramatists conspire to entertain us non-stop throughout the festival!
Experience rural life at it’s best! The North Fork Valley is known for our bounty of produce, from peppers to lavender to wine grapes. Tour our valley and see for yourself!
Our valley has a plethora of talent! Artists are attracted to the inspiration they find here through scenery, the support of the community, and a peaceful lifestyle. We are a Certified Colorado Art District.
With two days of Farmers Markets in Town Park, you’ll see for yourself the copious variety of foods grown locally, often organic, and the creative products we make from our harvests.
Our mission is to celebrate and serve our local communities by showcasing the bounty of the North Fork Valley. We do this by presenting the Mountain Harvest Festival and also by supporting enhanced arts and agriculture education opportunities year round, including music in schools, film making, youth and sustainable agriculture programs.
Mountain Harvest Festival could not happen without the support of our community! Many facets of the Festival run through a team of volunteers. Be part of this beloved festival which brings joy to and greatly benefits our community!

It is a community-oriented event, which seeks to benefit the local economy by providing entertainment by local musicians, writers of poetry and prose, dancers, comedians, and various other dramatists; organizing a sales outlet for local growers, artists and crafts-persons; conducting agriculture-based workshops; and supporting charitable causes.

MUSICIANS GIVING BACK

While there are many aspects of the festival, music plays a large part, both as a featured event (the Friday night Pub Crawl and the Saturday Night concerts) and as an adjunct to other events.

The musicians, many of whom are seasoned professionals who regularly command large fees, come together on this weekend in the spirit of giving back to the community.  Everyone participates in an egalitarian spirit where there are no “headliners” or “stars” and all artists are encouraged to shine.  At Paonia’s community-oriented event, all agree to participate at a similar pay rate in order to keep the ticket prices affordable so that everyone can enjoy the party.

A CELEBRATION OF LOCAL HARVESTS

agricultural producers, artists, writers, crafts-persons & creative people of all kinds!

Festival goers are encouraged to visit farms and wineries, shop at the big Farmers Market, purchase local wine and beer at the beverage tent, enjoy the food made from local produce, visit local arts venues, listen to recitations of our local poetry and prose, and make purchases at the arts and crafts booths. There are also numerous agriculture and music-related workshops to engage the interest of visitors.

 

Finally, and very importantly, the festival provides a fine venue or platform for other local non-profit organizations to raise funds for their charitable works.  More of them take advantage of the opportunity each year.

This festival is different from other festivals in Colorado.

It is much more than a music festival. Instead, we showcase local (“western slope”) performers in all areas of performance art who are enthusiastic about giving something to our community.  We ensure that food, arts and crafts are almost strictly local.  Our uniqueness draws many local and out of town visitors, all of whom thoroughly enjoy themselves.

All the beauty of our local harvest creates the spirit of the festival.

GOOD TO KNOW!

The backdrop for the majority of Mountain Harvest Festival is the Town Park, a lush, green space shaded by enormous trees. In the distance Mount Lamborn watches over the valley and the North Fork of the Gunnison River flows just a few blocks away. The festival will happen rain or shine, so bring sunscreen and rain gear also. Feel free to bring lawn chairs, blankets, and reusable water containers.

  • Dogs are allowed. They must be on leash, with license. Please be considerate of others and pick up the poop. There are bags near the concrete picnic structure.

 

  • It is not permitted to bring and consume alcohol or marijuana in Town Park or downtown.

 

  • Please use street parking, while being aware not to block residents’ driveways.

 

 

  • Downtown is just a few blocks from Town Park; and live music serves as your sound track. Don’t be surprised if you find yourself saying, “This is heaven on earth!” Thank you for joining us for a harvest of the senses!

GO, GO GREEN TEAM!

The Green Team will be back at the festival this year, minimizing waste and maximizing recycling.

Look for the attractive and very visible Recycling Stations throughout the park. Feel free to bring your own ware to go with the zero waste approach. And thank you for helping us reduce, reuse and recycle at the Mountain Harvest Festival! It’s a North Fork Valley tradition.