By Katie Dobbins
Special to The PREVIEW
The seasons are changing and that means it’s time for ColorFest in Pagosa Springs this weekend, Sept. 14-16.
The festivities for the “Fall into Adventure” weekend begins on Friday, Sept. 14, at 6 p.m. with the sold-out Passport to Pagosa Wine and Food Festival. Local restaurants will entice attendees with their delicacies and receive votes for the People’s Choice Award. Attendees will also have the opportunity to sample wines from around the world.
Saturday, Sept. 15, at approximately 8 a.m., 40 balloons will ascend over downtown Pagosa Springs, beginning on Hot Springs Boulevard, filling the sky with color and bringing a sense of awe as they float across the sky.
As the balloons ascend, the 5k ColorFest Color Run will take place beginning at 8 a.m. in Town Park to support Rise Above Violence. During that time, you can have a wonderful breakfast and incredible view of all the festivities at the Geothermal Greenhouse Partnership (GGP) Breakfast with Balloons from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. in Centennial Park. Tickets can be purchased on the GGP website.
The Pagosa Springs Music and Micro Brews Festival will begin at 4 p.m. on Saturday with blues from New Mexico with CWAyon Combo. The show will continue to heat up as Guerrilla Bluegrass from Denver with Oakhurst takes the stage at 6:30 p.m. Microbreweries from Colorado and northern New Mexico will be battling for your taste buds with their top microbrews. Enjoy our local breweries as well as regional favorites. Enjoy delicious food vendors and fun for the kids. Tickets are $10 for general admission and $25 for the beer tasting ticket, which includes a souvenir glass. The evening will come to an end as balloons light up the park with a balloon glow at dusk. You can purchase tickets for this event online at pagosachamber.com.
Sunday, Sept. 16, will bring spectators another round of hot air balloons as the pilots once again fill the skies with color in the Pagosa Lakes area at approximately 8 a.m., displaying another show of color against the mountains as the leaves start to turn and fall sets in.
Come out to the 33rd annual ColorFest in Pagosa Springs.