coming March 8-10, 2024

Festival Information

Thank you to all who attended the 40th Anniversary festival, and to all the many volunteers, sponsors, local businesses and organizations who helped make this event happen, and make it our best ever festival. We look forward to seeing you all again in 2024!

2023 Schedule


Crane, Craft and Home Expo

For the 40th Anniversary of the Monte Vista Crane Festival, the Monte Vista Chamber of Commerce will hold the Crane, Craft and Home Expo at the new Outcalt Event and Conference Center at the Ski-Hi Complex. Help celebrate the annual migration of sandhill cranes by selling your works of art, crafted jewelry, fiber ware, photography, carvings, fine baked goods, and so much more!

Fly the Coop 5K

New for this year's festival is a 5k Run/Walk for all ages and all abilities. The run will start from the Ski Hi Complex in Monte Vista at 10:00AM on Saturday, March 11. Registration fee is $25, and each participant will receive a long sleeved t-shirt. Medals for top finishers and ribbons for age group winners. Proceeds will benefit the Monte Vista Community Ambulance.

Fly The Coop 5k Logo

Wings Over Water @ Vali 3

We are very excited to announce that Wings Over Water is coming to the Vali 3 theater for our 40th Anniversary of the Monte Vista Crane FestivalWings Over Water tells the story of the epic journeys of three amazing bird families – the Sandhill Crane, the Yellow Warbler and the Mallard Duck – with extraordinary footage of their fascinating behaviors. This exclusive engagement is FREE for all and sponsored by Ducks Unlimited. Showtimes are Friday 3/10 @ 7pm, Saturday 3/11 @ noon, and Sunday 3/12 @ 5pm. Don’t miss it!

Festival Updates

Here’s to the next 40 years

Cary Aloia
The 40th Anniversary of the MVCF was an overwhelming success. Here's to another 40 years of cranes, community, and conservation.

Hawks Aloft Returns

After a forced hiatus from recent crane festivals due to COVID restrictions, we are very pleased to announce that Hawks Aloft will once again be bringing their Avian Ambassadors to this year's Crane, Craft and Nature Fair.

A Pod of Cranes

Two new podcasts feature all the details about the 40th Anniversary of the Monte Vista Crane Festival and the premiere of the new short documentary "Where the Cranes Meet the Mountains."

Festival Locations