Year long Colorado boasts an impressive number of exciting and diverse festivals. It’s easy to find something to celebrate during any given month. Whether you’re looking for music, art, film, beer, wine, food, history, heritage or sports, you’ll find it here. Read our events blog.
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Guide to Festivals in Colorado
When fall hits it’s time for Oktoberfests and other celebration of beer, wine and spirits. Great American Beer Festival, Breckenridge Craft Spirits Festival and Wine in the Pines are a few examples. Spook yourself at a Haunted House then laugh at the costume-wearing coffin racers at Manitou’s Emma Crawford Festival.
Upcoming Fall Festivals in Colorado – With the leaves already changing, another fun Colorado fall kicks off! The season runs from the Autumn Equinox on Thursday, September 23rd, to Wednesday, December 20th, 2017, the day before the Winter Solstice.
9 Finest Colorado Fall Festivals – Fall is a remarkable season in Colorado, one that offers recreation from both summer and winter. Keep your spirits high into winter by attending some favorite fall festivals. The best fall festivals in Colorado include everything from beer tastings and music concerts, to watching wildlife…
Kick off the year at New Year’s Celebrate then continue to rock winter. See the world’s extreme winter athletes compete at the Winter X Games and Ouray Ice Festival. Get weird at Frozen Dead Guy Day’s to wind out your winter fun.
Upcoming Winter Festivals in Colorado – Winter is full of exciting carnivals to keep the spirits high. The season runs from December 21st, 2014 through March 19th, 2015. Festivities kick off during the holidays with a New Year’s Eve firework show in downtown Denver. January and February…
6 Wonderful Colorado Winter Festivals – Fun is always around the corner in Colorado, and that’s especially true each winter. But there’s more to do than just snow sports. In fact, Colorado is well-known for its winter carnivals. From January through March, there’s…
Spring hits and so does the focus on warm weather fun. Party one last time at your favorite ski area’s closing day. They usually have live music, contests, food, drinks and if you’re lucky, pond skimming and bikini-inducing weather. Kick off your May with Denver’s Cinco De Mayor in Civic Center Park, then start planning your summer getaways and festivals.
Upcoming Spring Festivals in Colorado – Come spring, Colorodans can’t wait to take on the approaching warm weather days. Spring runs from third week in March to third week in June. Taste of Vail is a fun way to kick off the season in the high country…
8 Great Springtime Colorado Festivals – Spring in Colorado is a dazzling time of year. As the snow starts to melt and the temperature turns up, festivals start popping up all around the state, and there’s an event for everyone, from food and wine parties, to film fests to music and arts extravaganzas…
Make your Memorial Day memorable at Craig’s Grand Olde West Days or MountainFilm in Telluride. June, July, August and September are perhaps the hardest hitting when it comes to sheer number of events. Every single weekend you’ll have a handful of fun festivals to choose from. Splash around at FIBArk in June or the Colorado State Fair in Pueblo over Labor Day.
Upcoming Summer Festivals in Colorado – The longest, sunniest day of the year signifies the start of another epic Colorado summer. The season runs from third week in June to third week in September. It seems like every week has too many festivals to choose from…
16 Must-attend Colorado Summer Festivals – Summer in Colorado equals time to get outdoors and enjoy all that the Centennial State has to offer. It seems every weekend from Memorial Day to Labor Day there’s a festival in the works somewhere close-by, and there are festivities to suit anyone’s tastes…
Colorado Art Festivals
Art is huge here and can be enjoyed at festivals like the Denver Chalk Art and the Cherry Creek Arts. The Crested Butte Arts Festival has been around since 1962 and is still going strong!
Colorado Beer, Wine & Spirits Festivals
The Mile High City boasts the Great American Beer Festival, one of the country’s largest gathering of brewers and beer tastings. It’s held over three days in late September/early October. Palisade is Colorado’s wine capital, so it’s only fitting that one attend the Colorado Mountain Winefest there in September. Distillers have grown so rapidly that there are now festivals dedicated to liquor, including the Breckenridge Craft Spirits Festival in October.
- Jan – Breck’s Big Beers, Belgians & Barleywines
- Jan/Jul – Brew Fest at a Mile High Station
- Aug/Sep/Oct – Celebrate Oktoberfests in Colorado like a German
- Oct – Breckenridge Craft Spirits Festival: A Celebration Of Flavor
- Oct – Cheers to the Great American Beer Festival!
- Oct – Wine In The Pines: Pop The Cork, Raise The Glass & Toast
Colorado Film Festivals
Although it’s tucked away in Colorado’s southwest corner, Telluride parties so much its known as the festival capital of the West. One of its most well known is the Telluride Film Festival, which attracts celebrities and visitors from around the world. It also claims one of the country’s longest running film fests, the Mountainfilm Festival, held in late May. Carbondale showcases the 5Point Film Festival in late April, catering to adventure.
Colorado Food Festivals
Since Colorado plays hard, residents and visitors are always hungry. Most festivals offer local food, but some are dedicated to it. A Taste of Colorado is Denver’s summer farewell and one of the tastiest ways to cap off summer. And if you can’t wait until then, head to Civic Center Park Tuesday through Thursday from May to October for a mass gathering of food trucks.
Historic Festivals in Colorado
Holiday Festivals in Colorado
From Christmas to Halloween, Coloradoans knows how to celebrate their holidays. Festivals cater to the holiday season with Haunted Houses and Hay Rides, as well as Polar Express trains and New Year’s Eve fireworks.
- Feb – Break out the beads for Denver Mardi Gras
- Sep/Oct – Lost in the Corn at Anderson Farms
- Oct – Emma Crawford Coffin Race & Parade: Rise Of The Sitting Dead
- Oct – 10 Spookiest Haunted Houses at a Mile High
- Oct – 13 Chilling Halloween Stores in Denver
Colorado Music Festivals
In addition to beer and art, Colorado loves a jammin’ music festival. Jazz, blues, rock, punk, rap, country, bluegrass, the list goes on and on. There’s not a genre of music you can’t find here on a regular basis. Toast the summer solstice at SonicBoom in Rye, Colorado’s largest electronic festival. Then in August head up funky Nederland for NedFest.
- Jan – MusicFest at Steamboat
- Feb – Music & brew fest at Steamboat’s WinterWonderGrass
- Mar – Bud Light Rocks the Boat in Ski Town USA
- May/Aug – All Aboard the Durango Blues Train
Colorado Sport Festivals
With professional teams in all the major national leagues, Coloradoans have options. All of Colorado’s pro sports, including hockey, basketball, football, baseball, soccer and lacrosse call Denver home. Catch a game at any time of year in the Mile High City. Celebrate the world’s best winter athletes each January in Aspen. From big air in the superpipe to blazing racers at downhill slalom, catch all of the events live, most are free to watch.
- Jan – Lafayette Oatmeal Festival
- Jan – Winter X Games Return to Aspen
- Feb – Ice Climbers Showdown in Lake City
- Feb – Aspen’s Power of Four Ski Mountaineering Race
- Feb – Pabst Pond Hockey Tournament returns to Silverthorne
- Sep – Winter is Coming with Labor Day Ski Sales
Colorado Western Festivals
The West is our culture and there’s no better place to soak that up then the Colorado State Fair. It’s an eleven-day extravaganza with rodeos, concerts, crafts, carnivals and livestock. Denver’s National Western Stock Show embodies the spirit of the west over sixteen days.
- Jan – National Western Stock Show: 5 Must-Do Events
- Oct – Durango Cowboy Poetry Gathering: Good Company & Laughter
Colorado Wildlife Festivals
Wildlife is sacred to Colorado, and represent its past, present and future. Some festivals in Colorado are dedicated to an animal, such as Elk Fest in Estes Park and the Monte Vista Crane Festival.
- Mar – Fly to the Monte Vista Crane Festival
- Oct – Elk Fest: Bugles and Battles
- Oct – National Fossil Day at Dinosaur Ridge
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