Conifer’s signature summer festival focuses on celebrating the mountain lifestyle. Elevation Celebration is a free community street faire the last weekend in July. The event boasts entertainment for the entire family over two full days with live music, games for all ages, vendors, beer gardens and so much more! This year’s festival is Saturday, July 30, 7:30 am – 8 pm and Sunday, July 31, 10 am – 6:30 pm. The weekend kicks off with the 10th Annual Elevation Run/Walk, sponsored by Jeanie Boymel Financial Partners on Saturday at 7:30 am on the Conifer Community Trails System. Race categories include a 10K, 5K and 2-mile Fun Run. This course celebrates the Conifer Trails that take you around the scenic Aspen Park neighborhoods of Conifer (average elevation, 8200 feet!) on some paved and dirt roads and trails running for the 10Kers. The run is coordinated by and benefits the Conifer Lobos Unified Boosters (CLUB) and Conifer Area Council (CAC) Trail team. Registration is open at elevation.clubchs.org
This year’s festival features 22 bands on two main stages, and the Salida Circus. Entertainment showcases local talent from the foothills communities and surrounding Front Range cities. Immediately following the Run at 9:30 am, the Celebration opens on the Colorado Furniture Stage and the Bellwether Stage. Festival headliners include Persuasion, sponsored by June McKenzie-RE/MAX Alliance; Austin Young, sponsored by Kevin and Kelly Beaulieu; James Carothers, sponsored by Spectrum Electric; and Joe Bye, sponsored by Shirley Septic Plumbing.
NEW for 2022, check out the Salida Circus, sponsored by 1st Colorado Roofing! Salida Circus is Colorado’s most unique troupe of acrobats, aerialists, jugglers, jesters, stilt walkers, magicians, and much more! Three—yes, you read that right—three unique beer gardens located at either end of the event, and a Mid-Way Bar showcasing our community favorites. The Brooks Place Tavern Garden offers a variety of favorite draft beers and wine with stage-side covered seating by the Bellwether Stage with fun tavern games and vendors. The Snowpack Tap Tent located by the Colorado Furniture Stage features craft beer and assorted yard games. For those attendees looking for an elevated experience, VIP passes are available. VIP passes give you access to our reserved covered seating in our two VIP tents, a private bar, an Elevation Celebration poster, $30 to spend at the festival, and snacks. Will call pickup for VIP wristbands is at the east ticket tent. Limited VIP passes are available for $60/per person per day or $100/per person for both days. Tickets can be purchased at goconifer.com/elevation-celebration.
Festival goers will find unique food trucks such as Slife’s Devil Dogs and Sweet Freeze Shave Ice, Tommy Boy Mini Donuts, PinkTank, and Pierogies Factory. We will of course have some of our local favorites like Rocky Mountain Wraps, Elemental Smoke Amazing Catering, Suz Cookie Jar Rescue, plus so many more! All our vendors offer a variety of tasty treats, craft and art, as well as informational booths about area businesses and organizations. In addition to our wonderful and unique vendors, the stellar bands and the Salida Circus, we have Kids Zones located throughout the event that provide activities for the entire family. The Rocky Mountain Kids Zone, tailored to younger attendees, will have fun crafts, games and more. Conifer Community Church XtremeZone will feature activities for the more adventurous at heart.
We hope to see you and your family out on Sutton Road for the festival!