JUNE 10-12, 2022

Gunnison River Festival

The 2022 Gunnison River Festival board is proud to announce their 20th Anniversary Celebration will be June 10-12, 2022!  Check back soon for upcoming details!

The 20th Anniversary of the Annual Gunnison River Festival is officially ON! Three great days of celebrating our rivers are being scheduled. When the schedule is finalized, all events will be listed on the festivals website gunnisonriverfestival.com so stay tuned!  Mark your calendars now to come “Celebrate our Rivers” with us June 10-12, 2022. 


photo by Greg Morin

Mark your calendars!


It’s hard to believe it has been 20 years since Bob Jones and a class at Western State College (now Western Colorado University) created the first Gunnison Whitewater Festival, which would later morph into the Gunnison River Festival. That first festival included downriver raft floats and races, kayak demonstrations and clinics, biking and climbing events, live music, vendors and much more.

The 2022 Gunnison River Festival Board of Directors are just beginning to plan for the three-day 20th Anniversary of the Gunnison River Festival, and wanted to be sure folks are adding the dates to their calendars now. 

“With the cancellation in 2020 and a scaled back festival in 2021 both due to Covid, we are more than ready and excited to have a full-blown festival with three days of events to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the festival,” said Joellen Fonken, director of the Gunnison River Festival. 

Joellen said a full schedule of programming will be released in the Spring of 2022 but that she anticipates rafting, kayaking, a foot race and educational clinics throughout our watershed. Watch the  festivals website at http://www.gunnisonriverfestival.com for updates.

Anyone interested in volunteering for the festival can submit their contact information via email to the Upper Gunnison River Water Conservancy District at sue@ugrwcd.org or may call the District at (970)641-6065.