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The Creative Coalition manages the Paonia Creative District. It has been an honor and privilege to be recognized by Colorado Creative Industries as one of twenty-five state-certified creative districts. For the last ten years, the Coalition has organized the arts community to expand public art, serve our membership, offer business development to makers and deepen our nonprofit collaborations. We know that adding Mountain Harvest Festival to our roster will be an exemplary contribution to our mission and our valley. This year, we have assembled an outstanding professional production team promising to deliver a stellar festival. Our team intends to build on the history of supporting local artists, regional musicians, local farmers and the downtown business community. CHECK OUT THE FESTIVAL SCHEDULE


The Festival features local, regional, and national acts – too many to list here. Visit our festival PERFORMERS page to learn more about all the great talent we have scheduled!


The Festival Market offers an inspiring array of handcrafted items for sale and delicious local fare! Many of the artisans, crafts-people, cottage food producers, chefs and farmers are from the North Fork Valley and some hail from other Western Colorado communities. There is sure to be something for everyone. This is a perfect time to shop for the upcoming holidays, birthdays and other special occasions. The Arts & Crafts Market at Mountain Harvest Festival features over 40 talented vendors from across the Western Slope. You’ll be sure to find something special to take home – jewelry, pottery, sculpture, paintings, photography, clothing & textiles, tie dye, bath & body products, value-added food items, and more! Browse the Arts and Crafts Market in the Paonia Town Park on Saturday, September 24 from 10 am to 5 pm and Sunday, September 25 from 10 am to 4 pm and discover all the wonderful things our valley has to offer.

  • Abundant Grace Bakery
  • Ananda Candles
  • Artventures with Caryl Brown
  • Atomic Child
  • Balcony Botanicals
  • Bear River Folk Art
  • Bohemian Spirit Designs
  • Cohesion
  • Crazy Lou Pottery
  • Dakota Olson Henna
  • Damesfly Organic Clothing
  • Design Haus
  • Dione Holt
  • Elk Mountain Farmacy
  • Emma T Pottery
  • EZ Flip
  • Forgotten Dreams & Lost Arts
  • Gabrielle Louise
  • Gaias Essence
  • Hands Eye Photography
  • Hip Crochet Hats
  • Jane Atwood
  • Kozmic Kind
  • Mellon Patch
  • Miss Penn’s Mountain Seeds
  • Misty Moon Elixirs
  • Nightshades Plant Shop
  • Paonia Clayworks
  • Roots of Alchemy
  • SC Designs
  • Shaviq Studio
  • Snow Peak Candle Co
  • Sovereign threads
  • Sungrove Metaphysical
  • Tim Kelley Ceramics
  • Toal House Gallery
  • Trippy Tuesdays


FOOD COURT features:

  • Mystic Mushroom – Mushroom based vegan and gf meals as well as medicinal mushroom tinctures.
  • Southern Belle – Local and organic food made with Southern love! Biscuit based menu.
  • Anarchy Taco – Tacos, beans, dip, and fizzy water.
  • Frosty Monster and Cottontail – Over 50 flavors of cotton candy spun on the spot. Customers can mix and match any flavor. Also have face painting.
  • The Third Tropic – A local culinary pop-up by chef Joe that will offer locally inspired middle eastern or Cuban fare.
  • Polar Express – A mobile food truck that serves Novelty Ice Cream & Shave Ice.
  • Espresso Paeonia – Cold Brewed Coffee on Nitro, Iced Tea / Mocktail from the coffee bike!
  • Ease – Vegetarian and GF snacks


Art For All – Get Creative! Bring your kids to Paonia Town Park for Art for All’s Creation Zone! The kid’s zone features nature crafts, tie-dye, flower printing, face painting and more! This event is free to the public and is sponsored by the Creative Coalition. All you need is the will to create! Arts for All was formed in 2016, during the national recession when arts programming in schools were drastically cut. The Learning Council, The Blue Sage and Mountain Harvest Creative all worked together to fix the problem. Today The Learning Council and Paradise Theatre continue the work of offering after-school arts programing, summer camps and musical outreach.


The Chili Cookoff is one of our oldest traditions and we take it seriously! Each Entrant will bring: 5 gallons of chili with all the necessary fixins, a table and tablecloth, a sign with information about their chili or business, or non-profit.

Prizes for these categories! Best Restaurant Style, Best Green, Best Red, Best Meatless, Best Exotic, People’s Choice $150

Pricing for Chili Tasting: 12 tastes- 2 votes – $10; 5 tastes- 1 vote – $5; 2 tastes- no vote – $3

Entry Fee: Fee is $25 per chili if registered by Friday September 16, 2022. Late entries are accepted at The Cirque Boutique until September 22, 2022 with a $15 late fee.

How to Register: Download the registration form, print it and fill it out.

Make checks out to PELA. Mail to: 12999 Minerich Road, Paonia CO 81428 OR drop off at The Cirque Boutique on Grand Ave. in Paonia between 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM Tuesday thru Saturday.


Downtown Paonia on Friday, September 23, 6pm-close

Downtown Paonia will be Crawlin’ on Friday night. Enjoy some great entertainment, food, and drink at many different venues on or near Grand Avenue.


Saturday Night we will shift the energy to downtown Paonia for Dinner & Dancing on Grand AveLocal restaurants will offer specials and orders To-go so you won’t miss a beat of the incredible bands on the Grand Stage. Grab a bite at participating eateries: Rio Bravo, Simple Cafe, Nido, Louies Pizza. And, save room for Coquelicot Pastries & the mobile Espresso Paeonia cart in Poulos Park!

Musical acts on the Grand Stage featuring Devotchka, Tropa Magica, Greg Schochet & Little America, and North Fork Community Parade Band. The Drink Locally tent will be pouring all of your local favorites like Paonia United Brewing, Chrysalis Barrel Aged Beer, Big B’s Ciders and Valley wines. Late night fun continues with Sam Heart at Chrysalis, Baby Wolf Bad Bones Bands at Paradise Theatre, and Dustdrops at The Hearth. Specially thanks to Shadescapes Americas for the outdoor dining & drinking lounge down the middle of Grand Ave.  MORE INFO



Saturday, September 24th, 10am-2pm

On Saturday September 24th, take some time to learn about our local farms by participating in our self-guided Farm Tours throughout the North Fork Valley. Farms will be open to visitors from 10am to 2pm – stop on by and visit our local farmers during that time! Some of the farms will also have their local produce for sale during the tour, so bring along your shopping basket to support our local farmers! All are welcome, come prepared to be outside! MORE INFO


Here in the North Fork Valley, wine lovers have the opportunity to visit with our vintners while touring the beautiful vineyards surrounding us. You won’t want to miss the spectacular views, art galleries, tasting rooms, food pairings and wine for purchase. Sumptuous local wines are also featured at the Drink Locally Tent in Town Park. See our center page for a map, names and addresses of the wineries and open hours. The West Elks American Viticulture Area is a generous sponsor of Mountain Harvest Creative. Visit their website at www.WestElksAVA. com for more information on several local wineries. MORE INFO


Join us to celebrate our local food producers at the Sunday Farmers’ Market on Sunday September 25th at Paonia Town Park from 10am – 4pm. This is the perfect time of year to delight in the abundance of the North Fork Valley. Our elevation, warm summer days, cool nights, “million dollar wind”, and unique terroir of this region provide an ideal growing climate so that our farmers, ranchers, orchardists, and vintners can yield incredible flavors and nutrient dense food. The market will feature a variety of locally and organically grown fruits, vegetables, and herbs, including tomatoes, peppers, squash, melons, garlic, onions, potatoes, carrots, beets, apples, pears, flowers, culinary and medicinal herbs, as well as beef, eggs, honey, value-added products such as jams and fermented foods, and so much more! Get to know our local farmers and taste what we grow! MORE INFO

VOGA’s Tasting Event at the Farmers’ Market 1pm

Join us at the Mountain Harvest Festival Farmers’ Market at Paonia Town Park on Sunday, September 25th at 1pm for our local tomato and hot pepper tasting event with Thistle Whistle Farm. Sample fresh and ripe tomatoes, and the many varieties of hot (and sweet) peppers from farmer extraordinaire Mark Waltermire. Learn about Mark’s favorite varieties – he grows over 100 varieties of hot peppers – and optimum growing conditions for maximum flavor. This event is free and open to the public and will take place in the center of the Farmer’s Market area. MORE INFO