Yampa Valley Crane Festival

First Friday Artwalk: Yard Art Cranes & The Naturals

Friday, September 3, 2021 - 5:00pm to 8:00pm
  • Library Lawn
Fly by to view the Yard Art Cranes as they flock on the Library Lawn and boogie to The Naturals during the First Friday Artwalk.

The Yampa Valley Crane Festival's  annual Yard Art Cranes will be flocking on the Library Lawn during the First Friday Artwalk. Fly by, listen to The Naturals play live music, and take a look at the birds in person, then bid on the artwork online.

Yard Art Cranes are decorated by local artists. An auction for the original crane artwork benefits the Yampa Valley Crane Festival and crane conservation in the region. Bid on Yard Art Cranes at www.32auctions.com/craneyardart2021  Set up an account to bid starting at 5 p.m.on Friday, Sept. 3. Bidding closes at noon on Sunday, Sept. 5. 

About the live band

The Naturals is a duo of multi-instrumentalist local musicians Randy Kelley and Joe Ghiglia. Randy says, "The crane is my spirit animal."

About the Yampa Valley Crane Festival: Sept. 2-5, 2021

The Greater Sandhill Crane is an iconic species of the Yampa Valley. Returning in the spring, cranes nest and raise their young in wetland areas throughout the valley. In late summer and early fall, hundreds of cranes from the Rocky Mountain flock join the local birds to rest and feed before continuing their journey south. The Yampa Valley Crane Festival celebrates these iconic birds with daily crane viewings, expert speakers, films, art exhibits, workshops, family activities and more. Bud Werner Memorial Library is festival headquarters and the venue for many of these talks, films and events. Learn more about the 10th annual Yampa Valley Crane Festival.