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FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions Please read before purchasing tickets or attending the event

FESTIVAL FAQs

How is Colorado Mountain Winefest handling Covid-19?

Event organizers are working closely with state and local health officials to ensure that this year’s Colorado Mountain Winefest is a safe, fun and memorable event our attendees have come to love and anticipate! The Festival in the Park will be held Saturday, September 18th and Sunday, September 19th with a limited number of tickets being sold each day to allow for social distancing, and the safety of our guests, volunteers, wineries and vendors. The Festival in the Park experience will be identical each day, offering unlimited sips from dozens of Colorado wineries, shopping from artisan vendors, live music, educational seminars & chef demos

When does Colorado Mountain Winefest take place?

Annually each year, the third full weekend of September.
In 2021, the 30th Anniversary Colorado Mountain Winefest will take place September 18 & 19 with Colorado Wine Week events taking place before and after!

Where does Colorado Mountain Winefest take place?

The Festival in the Park takes place in Riverbend Park in Palisade (451 Pendleton St). Events taking place during Colorado Wine Week take place across the Grand Valley at over a dozen events and venues! The Festival in the Park will always take place at Riverbend Park in Palisade but you will find a myriad of events and activities at participating wineries and restaurants to hotels and downtown business and farmers markets!

Where can I see the full schedule?

You can find the full schedule of events here. A digital program will be available on the homepage two weeks before the event and will also be handed out at The Festival in the Park each day upon entry.

Are children and pets allowed at the festival?

No one under the age of 21 will be permitted. IDs will be checked. We love your kids and furry friends, but no children or infants will be allowed entry (this includes infants in strollers or carriers) Pets are not allowed to attend any festival event for the safety of all guests. Service animals must be in vests and have proper documentation.

Are coolers and outside food allowed?

No LARGE Coolers are allowed. Small, soft-sided coolers are OK (about the size of a case of wine). No outside beverages will be allowed. Reusable water bottles will be emptied before being allowed in the park. There are several FREE water stations located throughout the park marked by blue water droplets on the festival map. Outside food is allowed and picnicking is highly encouraged!

Are tables, wagons, chairs or blankets allowed?

Tables and wagons are NOT allowed into the Festival. Attendees are encouraged to bring folding chairs and blankets. Some shaded seating is provided.

Will there be any food and non-alcoholic beverages available during The Festival in the Park?

There will be a variety of food, water and sodas available for purchase inside of the event. This includes food trucks, as well as a selection of other concessions. Complimentary water stations are also provided and will be marked on the festival map by water droplets.

Will there be Winefest merchandise for sale?

Yes! There is a large Retail tent where you can pick up some amazing merchandise at Colorado Mountain Winefest. This tent is located near the exit inside of Riverbend Park and is full of Commemorative Winefest Posters, ladies-cut shirts, Riedel wine glasses, hats and other souvenirs to remember your time at the Best Wine Festival in the Nation!

Are there shuttles to and from The Festival in the Park?

Yes! We offer a free shuttle surrounding the Town of Palisade as well as a $20 round trip shuttle to and from area Grand Junction Hotels. You can find more information on our Shuttles & Parking Page

Can I bike to Winefest?

Yes! We offer a bike corral outside of The Festival in the Park to lock up and secure your bike while you enjoy the event! However, we do not allow bikes inside of the Festival for the safety of our attendees.

Where can I safely store my wine and purchases while at the Festival?

There is a FREE Wine Storage tent located in the park where you can safely store any purchases made at the Festival.

Is there a lost and found or Wine Storage?

Yes, you will find our Lost & Found at the Wine Storage Tent near the Exit and Retail Tent. After the Festival, please email info@coloradowinefest.com to file a claim for lost item(s) and we will do our best to match lost items back to their owner. Valuables will be held for 30 days and then donated to a local charity. CAVE and Colorado Mountain Winefest will not be held liable for any lost or unclaimed items.

Is The Festival in the Park wheelchair/handicap accessible?

The Festival is wheelchair accessible and we provide a dedicated handicap entrance gate to the event. Handicap porta-potties are also provided throughout the Festival. A limited amount of handicap parking is available at the Festival parking lot. To access this parking, simply show traffic control your handicap placard.

Does Colorado Mountain Winefest benefit a non-profit organization?

Yes! Proceeds from Colorado Mountain Winefest fund the Colorado Association of Viticulture & Enology (CAVE), the only non-profit dedicated to the state’s winery and grape growing industry.

TICKETING FAQs

I purchased my ticket but never received it, HELP!

If you have purchased your tickets through Eventbrite but never received your confirmation email, please click here! All tickets will also be re-sent a few days before Winefest along with helpful event information.

Will tickets be available at the gate?

Unfortunately, no. Winefest has sold out for the past 5 years and no additional tickets are held for gate sales. We highly encourage participants to purchase tickets well in advance of the event.

The event is sold out but I still want to attend, what can I do?

You are in luck! We have partnered with LYTE, a third party ticketing provider. If you are looking to attend an event that has sold out, or can no longer attend an event and wish to exchange your tickets, simply click here to begin the process.

What if I bought tickets and can no longer attend?

Just as any sporting event or concert, we do not refund tickets, however, tickets are transferable. The name on the ticket does not have to match the person attending, as long as they are over the age of 21 with a valid ID.

What happens if the event is canceled?

Colorado Mountain Winefest will be held rain or shine.

What does the General Admission ticket include?

A General Admission ticket includes entrance into the Festival in the Park on either Saturday or Sunday from 12:00pm-4:00pm (whichever day the ticket is purchased for) a commemorative wine glass and wine tote, unlimited sips from dozens of Colorado wineries, educational seminars, chef demonstrations, live music, complimentary wine storage and shopping at dozens of artisan vendors.

What does the VIP Ticket include?

A VIP ticket includes entrance into the Festival in the Park on either Saturday or Sunday  (whichever day the ticket is purchased for). A VIP ticket include a separate entrance and early access to The Festival in the Park area from 11:00am-12:00pm. VIP Pavilion access begins as 12:00pm. You will receive a commemorative Riedel crystal wineglass and wine tote filled with gifts. You have the option to park near the VIP entrance or use your ticket as a Free Shuttle ticket. The VIP Pavilion is full of a delicious array of gourmet dishes prepared right in front of you! We offer a concierge wine storage in the Pavilion for our VIP guests as well as your own separate restrooms and patio area. VIP guests will enjoy their own educational seminars in the Pavillion as well as everything included with the General Admission tickets.

What does the Non-Drinker ticket include?

The Non-Drinker ticket DOES NOT PERMIT any wine consumption or purchase during The Festival in the Park. You must be 21+ to purchase this ticket.
The Non-Drinker ticket includes a free water bottle, interactive seminars, chef demonstrations, live music, and shopping at dozens of artisan vendors.