The 7th Annual Downtown Art Festival, celebrating the Downtown Grand Junction Creative District, brought to you by Alpine Bank will be happening October 7th, 8th, and 9th!

First Friday- October 7, 2022

The Festival will kick-off on Friday, October 7th in our galleries, shops, and select restaurants Downtown during First Friday. In an effort to unify GJ’s First Friday Art Walk and promote Art Fest, The Art Center and GJ Creates have teamed up with many downtown galleries for a passport program! All participating galleries will be listed on a passport for community members to pick up at The Art Center. Members will collect stamps from each participating gallery, and bring their completed passports to Ramblebine Brewing for a discount on beer.

Female Filmmaker Friday will be screening from 6-8 p.m. at the Aesthetic Collective Gallery, 501 Main Street Suite B, in Downtown Grand Junction. This screening is free and open to the public. Grand Junction Film Festival has partnered with the Junktown Cinema Club, a Grand Valley-based arts organization dedicated to using cinema to build a more compassionate, resilient, and imaginative local community. The feature presentation will be Final Girl*, a horror film directed by Syd Smith, a recent Colorado Mesa University graduate. Two short films will play before Final Girl. *Final Girl contains strong language and scenes of violence. It is recommended for mature audiences.

Art on the Corner Installation & Artist Expo- October 8, 2022

On Saturday, October 8th, the Festival will continue with the new Art on the Corner sculpture installations and the Artist Expo. Nineteen new sculptures for Art on the Corner will be installed in the morning for the public to enjoy during the Artist Expo on Main Street between 3rd and 7th Street from 11:00am – 5:00pm. The Artist Expo will be filled with local artists and vendors, as well as live demonstrations and performances. During the festival Grand Junction-based artist Emily Adamson will be replacing the United Way mural in the 500 block breezeway. Performances will feature local musical talents and performing acts.

11:00am-2:00pm- Tim + Richard (4th + Main)

11:00am-5:00pm- Performances and classes by Colorado West Performing Arts Company (5th + Main)

  • 11:30a-1p Observe CWPAC company dancers take class
  • 1:00-1:30p & 3:00-3:30p Free community class to public! Suggested ages 4 & older
  • 1:30-3p & 3:30-4:30p CWPAC/ Absolute Dance performances (excerpts from upcoming Cinderella Ballet, other classical variations along with performances from their sponsored school division)

11:00am-2:00pm- High Desert Aerial Arts (6th + Main)

1:00-2:00- Generations Quartet (600 block)

2:00pm- Art on the Corner Award (4th + Main)

2:00pm-5:00pm- Colorado West Aerial Arts (4th + Main)

2:30pm-5:00pm- Rock n’ Swing (4th + Main)

Vendor registration for Art Festival is now closed.

Grand Junction Film Festival- October 9, 2022

Closing out the Downtown Art Festival weekend, the Grand Junction Film Festival will highlight a diverse range of student and professional filmmakers on Sunday, October 9th.. Films will be screened at the Avalon Theater on the following schedule. Visit gjfilmfest.com for tickets and a complete schedule of films.

11 a.m. – Doors open

12 p.m. – Narrative

2:15 p.m. – Family-Friendly

3:30 p.m. – Animation & Music

4:30 p.m. – Documentary

6 p.m. – Student Films

7:30 p.m. – Best of Show

 

COVID-19 UPDATE
Downtown Grand Junction is moving forward with all events as planned unless directed otherwise by guidelines and restrictions set forth by the State of Colorado and/or Mesa County Public Health. Our primary goal is to keep our community safe and healthy, so Downtown GJ will be implementing safety and social distancing measures at our events.

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