Honeybee Festival Schedule

Education is promoted through the arts, crafts, lectures, food preparation, demonstrations and distribution of published materials. Our festival highlights the many beneficial products that derive from honeybees. Honeybees help all of us from personal consumption of honey to the pollination of commercial orchards and other crops.

Festival Opens to the Public: Saturday, April 13 at 10 a.m.

Live Music: 10 a.m. - 11:30 - This year's live music will be provided in the morning hours prior to the afternoon events.

Featured Act: Queen Bees
Queen Bee's is Female-Fueled Music for the Heart & Soul! From Americana, Country, Indie Bluegrass, and Folk, this magical, all-female, band weaves together original stories and new interpretations of classic covers with stunning harmonies, inspiring melodies, and the perfect feminine touch.  Learn more at: TheQueenBeesBand.Com

15th Annual Palisade International Honeybee Schedule - Friday, April 12, 2024 Reception

The Blue Pig Gallery, 5 – 8 pm

Lecture - 5:30 p.m. Susan Metzger - How Bees Have Helped Create Artwork, Batik Resist Techniques

  • Flowers and Trees All Need Bees, Blue Pig Artwork
  • Hors d’Oeuvres, Blue Pig Artists
  • Honey Wine Tasting, Meadery of the Rockies
  • Meet Your Good Bugs, Dan Bean, Palisade Insectary
  • Live Broadcast, KREX NEWS 5 Personalities

Saturday, April 13 - Palisade International Honeybee Festival  

Where: Palisade Town Plaza Third & Main Streets, 10 am – 4 pm

8:00 Vendor Setup, Chris Christiansen, David Gordon Assisting Vendors

10:00 - Festival Opens to the Public

Welcome, Ron Koss, Master of Ceremonies

10:00 - Live Music, The Queen Bees

11:45 -  Lecture, Plaza Tent: The Bee’s Needs, Ed Colby - Longtime Beekeeper, Columnist, and Former President of the Colorado State Beekeeper’s Association will share his heartwarming and instructive stories.

If you enjoy Ed's lecture at the Palisade International Honeybee Festival, check out his heartwarming and instructive book, A Beekeeper's Life. To order a copy, contact Ed Colby directly at [email protected]. Ask him to promptly mail you an autographed copy of A Beekeeper’s Life, Tales from the Bottom Board -- a collection of the best of his Bee Culture columns. Price: $25. Satisfaction guaranteed or your money back!

12:30 - Chefs’ Demo, Plaza Tent: Cooking with Honey, Dixie Burmeister & Chad Griffith, Executive Chef, Colorado Wine Country Inn

1:30 -  Lecture, Plaza Tent: Meet Your Good Bugs, Dan Bean, The Palisade Insectary

2:00 - KREX NEWS 5 Bee Costume Contest, Town Plaza - Calling all kids, dogs, and grownups to participate in our annual costume contest.

2:30 - Spelling Bee, Town Plaza - Hosted by KREX TV Personalities and Jennifer Steele, Teacher at Taylor Elementary

3:30 - Music, Snacks, Shopping

4:00 - Festival Closes

  • Children’s Hands-On Activities at Kendra’s Tent on Corner of Third and Main Streets
  • Bee-Friendly Plants, Mr. Garfield Nursery Booth, South Side of Third Street
  • Food, drink available in local restaurants and from vendors on Main and 3rd Streets
  • Information Booth in Town Plaza, Festival T-shirts Available
  • Public restrooms available on northeast corner of Main Street.


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