The Carbondale Mountain Fair began in 1972 with 20 booths showcasing local artists and artisans. Today, the Mountain Fair draws over 145 vendors poised to bring their unique and diverse homemade wares to town each summer. In addition to vendors, Mountain Fair features non-stop entertainment–both in live music and various forms of performing arts; a family-area called The Oasis which provides interactive, creative experiences for children; great food; friendly competitions that run the gamut from pie baking to wood splitting, and an amazing spirit. That spirit is best evidenced by the over 300 volunteers who come together to run the fair. Throughout the weekend, over 20,000 people pass through from across the state and all over the country!
For Vendors / Musicians
Carbondale is an “arts” town, and is a central hub of arts activity in the Roaring Fork Valley from Aspen to Rifle. Our Mountain Fair celebrates art in all forms of expression, and is known for its diverse range, non-stop entertainment, great food and amazing spirit. Our juried fair is continually looking for interesting new musical acts, handmade goods and food.Read More
Now Accepting Late Applications
The deadline for the jury selection has passed, but we do accept late applications to be juried in case of an opening. To be selected as an Art Vendor at Mountain Fair, you must meet the following eligibility requirements. Any artist or craft person exhibiting his or her own handmade works of art. (Not manufactured, not imported.) Any community service, civic, or social organization, or educational institution selling only its own works of art. Criteria for judging include quality and uniqueness of items. For more information, please e-mail Marianne Ackerman at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Application deadline April 1
To be selected as a Food Vendor at Mountain Fair, you must meet the following eligibility requirements. Any individual or organization selling ONLY its own, hand-prepared food is eligible to apply. Criteria for acceptance include quality, sale ability and uniqueness of time(s). All Food Vendors are required to comply with our Zero Waste Program policies and the Garfield County Health Regulations for Special Events. No genetically modified products, please. For more information, please e-mail Marianne Ackerman at email@example.com.
The application for the 2016 fair is not yet available
The Valley Artists' Booth allows local artists who are current CCAH members to exhibit and sell their artwork in a cooperative, inexpensive way. Gallery space is limited, and artwork will be juried. Applicants must be current members of CCAH and reside in an 816 ZIP code area. Submissions must be your own handmade (not manufactured, not imported) work. Criteria for judging include quality and uniqueness of items. Click the image above for more information.
Over 300 volunteers come together every year to make Mountain Fair one of the most popular and unique fairs in Colorado. Mountain Fair needs help with everything from selling T-shirts and Peace Patrolling the fairgrounds to Green Team and Backstage Security. Listen to great live music, view arts booths, eat delicious food, and mingle with Carbondale’s finest while you’re at it!Read More
Green Team is a volunteer-powered crew striving toward a zero-waste event by diverting as much waste from the landfill by reusing, composting and recycling. We work upstream to make sure the vendors have all zero waste supplies. Volunteers maintain the waste stations while educating fairgoers. This is a really fun and rewarding volunteer gig and we provide […]
Help raise money for CCAH selling raffle tickets donated by fantasticly supportive businesses from all over the Roaring Fork Valley. The Raffle Booth Volunteers entice Mountain Fair Participants to entering a raffle with such prizes as a brand new hot tub! The Raffle is extremely important to CCAH fundraising. Raffle Booth Volunteers should dress fun and be […]
The Peace Patrol is there to greet folks at they enter the park, promote peace, safety, and good times, and to help people where they can. Responsibilities include: making sure no glass or alcohol is brought into the park, passing out sunscreen, misting people with spray bottles (only if wanted), patrolling the ditch and park parameters, and directing […]
Every year we strive to bring a broad spectrum of artists to the fair to satisfy the diverse group of around 20,000 visitors that visit Mountain Fair throughout the weekend. Check out last year’s headliners!Read More
Friday headliner, 7:00 to 8:45pm
In celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Grateful Dead, the Mountain Fair thought we could have our own celebration of community, singing and dancing. Join in the fun, don a tie dye outfit and lets have an all ages sing along to set the theme for Eyes of the World.
2015 Saturday headliner
Jammin bluegrass at its best! Hot Buttered Rum lives for songs. Songs to sing in the shower. Songs to crank through your earbuds at the DMV. Songs to name your babies after, and then make more babies to. The band’s three songwriters — Nat Keefe, Erik Yates and Aaron Redner — spin tales about the […]
2015 Sunday headliner
The musicians in this band are some of the best players in the country. You will find them on stage with Dean Ween, John Oates, John Popper and more. This night they will close down the 44th Mountain Fair with special guest Jono Manson. Manson has worked with Grammy-Award winner John Popper, Tao Rodriguez-Seeger (grandson of folk icon Pete […]
Mountain Fair contests are fun and easy to participate in. Enjoy our version of county fair favorites from Pie Baking to Fly-Casting, Limbo and Wood Splitting!Read More
The annual 14+ mile foot race from Basalt to the Mountain Fair starts at the Emma Schoolhouse and finishes in the Open Space at Sopris Park. 14 miles a bit much for you? Join the 4 mile Fair Run from Prince Creek Road downhill to Sopris Park. These races are sponsored by Independence Run & […]
Better start practicing for this year’s pie and cake baking contest– the competition is stiff! Categories for pie include: Fruit, Cream and Exotic. Categories for cake include: Cake, Exotic and Alternative. All pies and cake must arrive at the pavilion by 10:45am. The Pie Contest is on Saturday and the Cake Contest is on Sunday. […]
Not to be missed! The women’s competition takes place at 4pm on Saturday and the men’s at 4pm on Sunday followed by a benefit wood auction. Both competitions are held in the Open Space. Costumes are encouraged! All entrants must wear safety shoes. Steel-toed protectors are available at the competition. Winners receive a new wood-splitting […]