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The Salida SteamPlant’s historic façade, originally built in 1887. Photo courtesy of SteamPlant.

This July, Salida’s historic venue, The SteamPlant, will be putting on and hosting a number of great events. From beer tastings to Sondheim and everything in between, there is sure to be an event worth checking out for locals and visitors alike. 

As part of the first-ever Salida Theater Fest, Salida-based theater company and arts-education organization Sventastik Productions will be putting on Stephen Sondheim’s Into the Woods for a total of six showings. The first three performance dates will be on July 14 and 15 at 7:00 p.m., and on Sunday, July 16, at 3:00 p.m. The following weekend, beginning on Friday, July 21, and ending on Sunday, July 23, performance times will be the same. 

Tickets for Into the Woods are $20 for general admission or livestream viewing, and free for students. Other shows in this year’s inaugural celebration of the theatrical arts in Salida will include I’m Harvey Milk and Every Brilliant Thing, among others. Participating venues in the festival include A Church and Box of Bubbles, also in Salida. 

“Into the Woods” poster courtesy of Sventastik Productions.

For today, July 6, the Salida Council for the Arts will be hosting a mixer at the SteamPlant for creatives in the Chaffee County area to meet and mingle with like-minded creative folks. It will begin at 5:30 p.m. 

Later tonight, starting at 6:30 p.m., The Patrice Pike Band will take the stage in Riverside Park as part of the town’s Summer Concert Series.

Tomorrow, July 7, the Colorado Brewers Rendezvous will kick off with the Pre-Vous get-together at the SteamPlant. The Pre-Vous is sort of the appetizer for Saturday’s main event, where over 65 breweries from across Colorado congregate in Salida to give enthusiasts a chance to taste hundreds of lagers, ales, pilsners, etc. At the Pre-Vous, attendees will be able to taste a selection of beers unavailable at the next day’s rendezvous. Purchase tickets here

As part of the ongoing Collegiate Peaks Forum Series, on July 26 the SteamPlant will host a lecture on the Colorado river crisis by climate scientist Brad Udall. The lecture, preceded by a dinner which starts at 5:30 p.m., will revolve around the “Colorado River crisis: a Collision of 19th Century Water Law, 20th Century Infrastructure, and 21st Century Climate Change and Population Growth.”

Those interested in attending the series must RSVP in advance, sending an email to