We're preparing for an early start on the weekend, especially since there's quite a few events scheduled this weekend (some of those events on the docket for Thursday). So, without further ado, here's what's coming up this weekend:

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 19

  • Colorado Mountain Winefest kicks off Thursday and runs through Sunday at Riverbend Park in Palisade. The event is considered a celebration of food and wine, and features the participation of wineries and their winemakers. Activities include sips from dozens of Colorado wineries, live music, chef demos, grape stop, interactive educational seminars, and more. For more information and schedule, visit www.coloradowinefest.com.
  • Crabtree Amusements will host a carnival this weekend at Mesa Mall, 2424 Highway 6 & 50 in Grand Junction. The carnival will take place in the Sears parking lot. Tickets are $1 each or $20 for a wristband. Carnival hours are 5:00 to 11:00 p.m. Thursday and Friday, and 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. For more information, call 242-0009.
  • The last Downtown Farmers Market for the 2013 season takes place from 5:00 to 8:30 p.m. on Main Street in Grand Junction.
  • As part of the Downtown Farmers Market, the 4TH Annual Men in Heels Race will kick off at 5:30 p.m. in the area of 6TH and Main Streets. The men in Men in Heels Race is a major fundraising event to support Hilltop’s Latimer House and those affected by domestic violence and sexual assault.
  • The DoubleTree by Hilton is hosting “LOL” Comedy every 2ND and 3RD Thursday of each month. DoubleTree would like to invite everyone for a night of comedic entertainment. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and show begins at 7:30 p.m. General admission is $25 and includes one complimentary drink. VIP seating is $35 and includes table seating in front of the stage and one complimentary drink. For more information, visit www.doubletreegrandjunction.com/comedy.html
  • Planet Earth & the 4 Directions Gallery will host “Poets & Writers of Colorado Mesa University Reading Series” at 7:00 p.m. at Planet Earth, 524 Colorado Avenue in Grand Junction. The event will feature Darell Diedrich, Lyn Fraser, and Maureen Neal. For more information, call (970) 256-9630.
  • Colorado Mesa University’s Music Department will present their annual Music Faculty Gala at 7:30 p.m. at the Moss Performing Arts Center’s Recital Hall, 1100 North Avenue in Grand Junction. The concert is a celebration featuring the talents of the CMU music faculty. A catered reception will follow the concert. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for seniors and students. Tickets are available at the Moss Performing Art Center box office.

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 20

  • The Western Slope Coin Club will present its Semi Annual Coin Show at the Lincoln Park Barn, 910 North 12TH Street in Grand Junction. Hours are 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Friday and 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Saturday. Dealers will be on hand for selling, buying, and appraising. Also, dealers will have tables of gold, silver, collectible coins, and paper money on display. Other activities include hourly door prizes and silent auction. Admission is $2. However, anyone bringing a coin show newspaper ad can get in for $1. For more information, call (970) 241-1770.
  • JC Productions will present a Gun Show at the Mesa County Fairgrounds Community Building, 2785 U.S. 50 in Grand Junction. Doors open at 4:00 p.m. Friday, and at 9:00 a.m. Saturday & Sunday. Admission is $5 per adult. For more information, call 255-7100.
  • Colorado Mountain Winefest kicks off Thursday and runs through Sunday at Riverbend Park in Palisade. The event is considered a celebration of food and wine, and features the participation of wineries and their winemakers. Activities include sips from dozens of Colorado wineries, live music, chef demos, grape stop, interactive educational seminars, and more. For more information and schedule, visit www.coloradowinefest.com.
  • Crabtree Amusements will host a carnival this weekend at Mesa Mall, 2424 Highway 6 & 50 in Grand Junction. The carnival will take place in the Sears parking lot. Tickets are $1 each or $20 for a wristband. Carnival hours are 5:00 to 11:00 p.m. Thursday and Friday, and 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. For more information, call 242-0009.
  • The Western Colorado Botanical Gardens will present the Williams Brothers in concert as part of the Garden Groove Summer Concert Series at Botanical Gardens, 641 Struthers Avenue in Grand Junction. Concert begins at 7:00 p.m. Audience members are encouraged to bring outdoor chairs and blankets for sitting. For more information, call 245-3288.
  • La Puerta Dance Fall Fling Red & Gold Party is scheduled from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m. at the Margery Building Ballroom Upstairs, 523 ½ Main Street in Grand Junction. Attendees are invited to wear red and gold to help welcome in Fall. For more information or to purchase tickets in advance, call (970) 712-2552.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 21

  • The last Fruita Farmers Market of the 2013 season is from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Civic Center in Fruita. For more information, call (970) 858-3894.
  • The Western Colorado Latino Chamber of Commerce will sponsor the Latin Anglo Alliance Golf Tournament at the Adobe Creek Golf Course, 876 18 ½ Road in Fruita. The event tees off at 9:00 a.m. For more information, call (970) 260-3426 or visit www.wclatinochamber.org.
  • JC Productions will present a Gun Show at the Mesa County Fairgrounds Community Building, 2785 U.S. 50 in Grand Junction. Doors open at 4:00 p.m. Friday, and at 9:00 a.m. Saturday & Sunday. Admission is $5 per adult. For more information, call 255-7100.
  • The Western Slope Coin Club will present its Semi Annual Coin Show at the Lincoln Park Barn, 910 North 12TH Street in Grand Junction. Hours are 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Friday and 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Saturday. Dealers will be on hand for selling, buying, and appraising. Also, dealers will have tables of gold, silver, collectible coins, and paper money on display. Other activities include hourly door prizes and silent auction. Admission is $2. However, anyone bringing a coin show newspaper ad can get in for $1. For more information, call (970) 241-1770.
  • Crabtree Amusements will host a carnival this weekend at Mesa Mall, 2424 Highway 6 & 50 in Grand Junction. The carnival will take place in the Sears parking lot. Tickets are $1 each or $20 for a wristband. Carnival hours are 5:00 to 11:00 p.m. Thursday and Friday, and 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. For more information, call 242-0009.
  • Creative Avenues Student Dance Company will hold auditions at 1:00 p.m. at Creative Avenues, 835 North 26TH Street in Grand Junction. The Student Dance Company is Creative Avenues’ competition and performance company. The group has multiple performance opportunities as well as competition teams. Auditions are open to all current students and for those not currently enrolled at Creative Avenues. For more information, call 255-6757.
  • Colorado Mountain Winefest kicks off Thursday and runs through Sunday at Riverbend Park in Palisade. The event is considered a celebration of food and wine, and features the participation of wineries and their winemakers. Activities include sips from dozens of Colorado wineries, live music, chef demos, grape stop, interactive educational seminars, and more. For more information and schedule, visit www.coloradowinefest.com.
  • Tour de Vineyards Bicycle Tour is a 25-mile ride through the vineyards of the Western Slope, and gives cyclists an opportunity to pass by the area’s wineries and fruit orchards. For more information, visit www.tourdevineyards.com.
  • Powderhorn Mountain Resort has announced the return of Fall Fest this weekend. The event is designed to enjoy the fall foliage. For more information on this event, visit www.powderhorn.com.
  • Ronnie Dunn (one-half of the country music duo Brooks & Dunn) will perform in an outdoor concert in the university quad of Colorado Mesa University, 1100 North Avenue in Grand Junction. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. and concert begins at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are $20, and are available at any City Market store or at the CMU University Center Information Desk. For more information, call the CMU Student Life Office at 248-1111.
  • Orchard Mesa Veterinary Hospital and STRIVE will present “An Evening with Temple Grandin” at 7:00 p.m. at Colorado Mesa University’s Event Center Grand Ballroom, 1100 North Avenue in Grand Junction. This event will benefit Dr. Tom Melzer’s Animal and Scholarship Fund and STRIVE’s autism program. Tickets are $20, and are available at all City Market stores, Orchard Mesa Veterinary Hospital, and the Bank of Colorado.
  • Help celebrate Marillac Clinic’s 25TH Anniversary with a Moonlight Walk at Western Colorado Botanical Gardens, 655 Struthers Avenue in Grand Junction. Event will take place from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m., and activities will include music, food, garden tours, gift shop, butterfly house, a moonlight walk along the Riverfront Trail, and a concert featuring Jeff Pine and Flat Top Reed. Admission is free. For more information, call (970) 298-6313.

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 22ND

  • JC Productions will present a Gun Show at the Mesa County Fairgrounds Community Building, 2785 U.S. 50 in Grand Junction. Doors open at 4:00 p.m. Friday, and at 9:00 a.m. Saturday & Sunday. Admission is $5 per adult. For more information, call 255-7100.
  • The Town of Palisade will present the last Palisade Sunday Market of the 2013 season from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at 3RD and Main in Downtown Palisade. For more information, call 464-5602.
  • Crabtree Amusements will host a carnival this weekend at Mesa Mall, 2424 Highway 6 & 50 in Grand Junction. The carnival will take place in the Sears parking lot. Tickets are $1 each or $20 for a wristband. Carnival hours are 5:00 to 11:00 p.m. Thursday and Friday, and 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. For more information, call 242-0009.
  • Colorado Mountain Winefest kicks off Thursday and runs through Sunday at Riverbend Park in Palisade. The event is considered a celebration of food and wine, and features the participation of wineries and their winemakers. Activities include sips from dozens of Colorado wineries, live music, chef demos, grape stop, interactive educational seminars, and more. For more information and schedule, visit www.coloradowinefest.com.
  • Powderhorn Mountain Resort has announced the return of Fall Fest this weekend. The event is designed to enjoy the fall foliage. For more information on this event, visit www.powderhorn.com.