Each year when the summer winds down, that familiar bittersweet feeling sinks in. Warm days fade away, but stunning fall foliage and gorgeous, crisp days take their place. Though the fall season in Crested Butte, CO, holds many opportunities for fun and entertainment, it can be difficult to let go of the warm, summer days. The Vinotok Harvest Festival, a unique fall celebration, makes that transition so much easier! It’s one of the best festivals in Crested Butte, so keep reading to learn why it deserves a spot on your bucket list.
Everything You Need to Know about the Vinotok Festival in Crested Butte, CO
When and Where
Vinotok takes place every year during the autumnal equinox. The various events of this celebration will be held at different venues in the towns of Gunnison and Crested Butte. You can follow the Vinotok Festival’s Facebook page to receive the latest updates and details!
Vinotok isn’t only about saying farewell to summer and welcoming fall; it’s also a celebration of an abundant harvest. The quirky events of this festival originated from the tall tales of Eastern European immigrants, who were some of the earliest inhabitants of Crested Butte, CO. Over the years, this festival became an annual occurrence that brought people together and cured their sorrows through healing stories. The event falls somewhere in between a Renaissance fair and a Pagan ritual, so you’ve likely never seen anything quite like it!
Vinotok Schedule of Events
During this festival, the members of the community show their graititude for their blessings through song, dance, and storytelling. The excitement kicks off with the Celebration of the Harvest Mother. Other festivities occur throughout the week, too, such as theatrical performances and traditional dances. Nearly all of the productions depict the many Medieval-era characters of Vinotok (the Harvest Mother, the Earth Dragon, the maidens, the harvest lads, Sir Hapless, and the Green Man). Throughout the week, different characters engage in battle while the community watches eagerly.
The festival culminates with a final “Trial of the Grump,” during which everyone gathers for a ceremonial bonfire to sacrifice an effigy constructed by the town. Weeks before the celebration, “grump boxes” are placed around town made for people to discard their grievances on small pieces of paper. These thoughts are then stuffed into the “Grump” figure, which is later burned in a bonfire. As the Grump goes up in flames, so do everyone’s complaints. Talk about one-of-a-kind!
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Make sure you stay in the best possible lodging while you attend Vinotok in Crested Butte! Alpine Getaways provides all their guests with amazing vacation rentals located in the most picturesque parts of this Rocky Mountain town.
Step inside Karla’s Cottage, located just 2 blocks away from Elk Avenue, and you will immediately feel at home. The property has recently undergone a complete renovation and the layout is ideal for all of your vacation needs. The kitchen is complete with ceramic countertops and stainless steel appliances. Rustic touches like large windows and a wood-burning stove help maximize the nature that surrounds!
What are you waiting for? The strange yet charming Vinotok Harvest Festival only happens once a year. Book your fall getaway now!