Buena Vista’s beloved Gold Rush Days returns this year, running from Sat. July 31 through Aug. 1, brought to county residents and visitors alike by the Buena Vista Chamber of Commerce. This historic and family fun event is a celebration of the decades of the late 1900s when Buena Vista was founded, and the mountains were alive with prospectors. Now, for the next few days, the town will be alive with music, and art vendors, historic reenactments, and fun, while Eddyline Brewery and Vino Salida are coordinating resources to create welcoming beer gardens.
The activities take place in two locations: at the train depot in McPhelemy Park, and down at the Buena Vista River Park. There is a shuttle running among the event locations (the BV Train Depot, the Heritage Museum, and the River Park ) so attendees have no need to move their parked cars.
Civil War reenactments are planned for the historic Buena Vista train depot and an Old West play (done Hollywood style) will be the featured activity at the River Park. The audience can even get into the fun, renting costumes at the museum to become part of the crowd scenes for the play.
The BV Historic Museum is doing a special exhibition beginning on Sunday of the Curtis Legacy Foundation’s exhibit, created by the descendants of famed photographer Edward Curtis, who documented the vanishing life of the country’s indigenous peoples in the late 1880s and early 1900s.
For those looking for more active pursuits, there will be bungee jumping and drone demonstrations by the Central Colorado UAS club.
Among the music planned for the two-day festival: A free concert is scheduled for Saturday evening. Blue Recluse will play Saturday night from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., as well as Bruce Hayes, and Buena Vista’s favorite Coleman Smith.