Celebrating 43 Years With the Crested Butte Arts Festival

The Crested Butte Arts Festival (CBAF) will celebrate 43 years of art, education and entertainment over three days at the beginning of August. The CBAF was recently named the 30th best show in the nation by The Art Fair Sourcebook, which tracks and reports on more than 1,200 art festivals across the country.  

During the Festival, 175 artists line Historic Elk Avenue exhibiting their one-of-a-kind works in ceramics, drawing and graphics, fiber, glass, jewelry, metal, mixed media, painting, photography, sculpture, wearable art and wood. The Festival is the signature cultural event of the summer, bringing more than 10,000 visitors to the historic town of Crested Butte over the weekend.

The Festival may be over on August 2, but Crested Butte keeps the arts rolling with the ARTreach program, supporting local art outreach in the community year round. The Festival recently brought the Cherry Creek Mobile Art Gallery to the Crested Butte Community School, training students to be docents and supporting a local emerging artist through its Emerging Artist program.

The Gypsy Lounge is new to the event this year—come relax in the free lounge area, kick up your feet and get your grown-up art on with a fun, creative project while listening to live music.

The Crested Butte Arts Festival is free and has something for the entire family including a kid’s Art Alley, art demos, an art auction to support art outreach in the Gunnison Valley and 175 amazingly talented artists from around the world. Visit crestedbutteartsfestival.com for more information.