Colorado is known for many things, skiing, epic mountains, plentiful days of sunshine, and its beer scene. Home to over 400 breweries across the state, Colorado has become a mecca for the craft beer industry and doesn’t show any signs of stopping.
With the majority of the state’s breweries located along the Front Range, this area is also home to many notable beer festivals, which celebrate the latest and greatest brews from Colorado and beyond. From the massive Great American Beer Festival (GABF) to smaller-scale events like the Boulder Valley Beer Festival, there is one most anyone will enjoy. Discover your new favorite brew or brewery with these beer festivals in Denver, Boulder, Fort Collins, Colorado Springs and throughout the Rocky Mountains.
Here are Colorado’s best beer festivals, in order by:
- Fort Collins
- CO Springs
- Rocky Mountains
Due to COVID-19, upcoming events for the next several months are subject to cancellation or postponement. Please double-check the event’s official website for the most accurate, timely information on whether an event is still happening.
Beer Festivals in Denver
The Mile High City is host to a slew of craft breweries and one of the most prominent beer festivals in the world: GABF. Year round you can catch a fun event celebrating craft brew somewhere around the metropolitan area.
Mile High Beer Fest
On a smaller scale, the Mile High Beer Fest brings a selective group of 25+ breweries to the McNichols Civic Center in downtown Denver. The festival also includes live music and local food trucks.
- When: TBD (POSTPONED DUE TO COVID-19)
- Where: McNichols Civic Center Building
- Website: milehighbeerfestival.com
Denver Collaboration Fest
Featuring 200+ breweries, the 7th annual Collaboration Fest will kick off its 7th year as America’s most creative beer festival. Featuring 100+ beer projects, the concept includes a Colorado-based brewery partnering with one brewery or several from anywhere around the world, bringing attendees plenty of unique beer combinations and flavors never experienced before.
- When: TBD (POSTPONED DUE TO COVID-19)
- Where: Fillmore Auditorium
- Website: collaborationfest.com
Bacon and Beer Classic
Making its way to Denver, the Bacon and Beer Classic is a nationwide event that features the best local brews, delicious bacon dishes, and live music. Local chefs serve up bacon-inspired dishes alongside regional breweries featuring creative draft beers. All events are set inside iconic sports stadiums around the country, including Empower Field at Mile High. Tickets get you endless bacon and beer tastings and a chance to ride a bacon seesaw and play other games.
- When: TBD (POSTPONED DUE TO COVID-19)
- Where: Empower Field at Mile High
- Website: baconandbeerclassic.com
With both a winter and a summer event, the Brew Fest at Mile High Station is a great way to sample beers from over 40 different breweries right in the heart of Denver. Both events take place indoors and outdoors, with live music and food trucks held outside. Tickets get you a commemorative tasting glass and endless beer samples, with daytime and evening tasting sessions available. They also host a Vail Valley Brew Fest at Avon in early August.
- When: Saturday, January 25 & July 25, 2020
- Where: Mile High Station
- Website: brewfestevents.com
Great American Beer Festival
As Colorado’s biggest beer festival, the Great American Beer Festival is a three-day festival that culminates Denver Beer Week (September 18 – 26, 2020). What began back in 1982 with only 22 participating breweries, GABF has grown into one of the biggest beer exhibitions in the country with 800 participating breweries and 4,000 beers to sample from. As the biggest beer competition in the country, the event includes 100+ beer-style categories awarded from a panel of several hundred judges. Tickets always sell out, and fast, so plan to buy tickets the day they go on sale.
- When: Thursday-Saturday, September 24 – 26, 2020
- Where: Colorado Convention Center
- Website: greatamericanbeerfestival.com
Beer Festivals in Boulder
Boulder is a bubble brewing with craft beer. There are several well known microbreweries in town, including Avery, Boulder Beer, Left Hand, and Upslope. Plus just north of town in Longmont there’s Oskar Blues. You can tour these craft breweries year round. And on select weekends throughout the year, there’s several awesome beer festivals to attend in Boulder County.
Boulder Craft Beer Festival
Celebrating the craft beer industry that has made a name for itself along Colorado’s Front Range, the Boulder Craft Beer Festival is one of the newest additions to Colorado’s list of beer festivals. Bringing together the best craft breweries from Boulder County and a few from across the county line, the festival also features a line up of live music and food vendors.
- When: Saturday, August 22, 2020
- Where: Downtown Boulder
- Website: boulderdowntown.com/craft-beer-festival
The Burning Can beer fest is the epitome of what Boulder and Colorado are all about. With beer, music, camping, races with beer, and even more beer, you can enjoy the best of Colorado with this festival. Featuring more than 50 craft breweries with more than 200 to sample, there is plenty to go around. And for those who like a little activity while drinking, attendees can sign up for the Beer Relay, where participants get four hours to run as many laps as possible around a 5K loop, and bonus time for drinking a beer while doing it.
- When: Friday-Saturday, September 4-5, 2020
- Where: Lyons, CO
- Website: burningcancolorado.com
Boulder Valley Beer Fest
Technically held in Superior, CO, the Boulder Valley Beer Fest features more than 20 local breweries and is perfectly planned the same weekend of the town’s Chili Fest. It really is the best way to kick off the fall season in Colorado. A ticket gets you a sampling mug, free tastings, and live music. This is a great beer festival to enjoy and sample some local brews, but on a much smaller scale and in a casual setting.
- When: 2020 coming soon
- Where: Superior Community Bank
- Website: bouldervalleybeerfest.com
Jul – JUL-IPA in Boulder
Sep – Lafayette Brew Fest
Beer Festivals in Colorado Springs
Like Denver, The Springs is packed with microbreweries. Bristol Brewing and Phantom Canyon are some of the most popular in town. It also has its fair share of beer festivals to imbibe in the summer sun.
The Colorado Springs Gourmet Grilled Cheese and Craft Beer Fest
What could be better than grilled cheese and a glass of beer? Enjoy both at Colorado Springs’ Gourmet Grilled Cheese and Craft Beer Fest. The best of the best chefs and brewers pair together to make the best gourmet grilled cheese sandwich to complement their craft beer. With beautiful views from the Hillside Gardens, you can’t go wrong with this beer festival.
- When: Friday, May 22, 2020
- Where: Hillside Gardens & Event Center
- Website: eventbrite.com/e/colorado-springs-grilled-cheese-and-craft-beer-fest-tickets-89310804019
Springs Beer Fest
Running in its 14th year, the Springs Beer Fest features over 120 beers, food vendors, and all-inclusive tastings for attendees. Set amongst the America the Beautiful Park, near downtown, offers a stunning scenic mountain backdrop, making this outdoor beer festival one of the favorites in Colorado Springs.
- When: July dates TBD
- Where: America the Beautiful Park
Steers and Beers Whiskey and Beer Festival
THE whiskey and beer festival in Colorado, the Steers and Beers Whiskey and Beer Festival features hundreds of brews and whiskeys to sample. Enjoy the RNDC Whiskey Trail Rooms, live DJ, the New Belgium patio featuring a silent disco, a mechanical bull, and much more. Their VIP experience allows for tastings of whiskeys and craft brews not available during the GA session, plus enjoy speaking with the brewers and distillers while sampling.
- When: August 15, 2020
- Where: The Antler’s Hotel
- Website: steersandbeersbrewfest.com
Nov – All Colorado Beer Festival in Colorado Springs
Beer Festivals in Fort Collins
The northern front range is blessed with craft breweries, and Fort Collins is one of the original destinations for brewery tours. It houses a branch of Anheuser-Busch, pumping out Budweiser beers by the truckload for the Mountain West region. Long time local favorites include New Belgium and Odell. To add to the fun, there are a few favorite beer fest to choose from.
Colorado Brewers’ Festival
Celebrating its 31st year in 2020, the Colorado Brewers’ Festival returns with 100+ beers, 50+ breweries, and live music. Attendees will also be able to shop artisan exhibitors and food vendors. As one of downtown Fort Collins’ signature events, it takes place at its newest venue, the CSU’s Canvas Stadium, which offers beautiful views of the mountains and a great time.
- When: Fri-Sat, June 26 & 27, 2020
- Where: Downtown Fort Collins at Canvas Stadium
- Website: downtownfortcollins.com/event/colorado-brewers-festival
Fall Harvest Brewfest
A fall classic in Fort Collins, the Fall Harvest Brewfest features over 30 breweries and micro-distilleries from Northern Colorado, along with local food trucks and live entertainment. Ticket proceeds benefit the Animal House Rescue in town, so have a beer and save a dog all at the same time.
- When: 2020 dates TBD
- Where: The Lincoln Center
- Website: fallharvestbrewfest.com
Beer Festivals in the Rocky Mountains
There are amazing craft breweries hidden through all stretches of the Rocky Mountains, from the front range to the western slope. You can also find big beer festivals held at an array of mountain towns, including Breckenridge, Salida, Steamboat Springs, Durango and Telluride. On top of that come September and October and you can celebrate Oktoberfests at locations all around Colorado.
Jan – Big Beers, Belgians & Barleywines Festival in Breckenridge
Jun – Reds, Whites & Brews in the Boat in Steamboat Springs
Jul – Colorado Brewers Rendezvous in Salida
Aug – San Juan Brewfest in Durango
Aug-Oct – Oktoberfests in Colorado
These are among the best beer festivals in Colorado. Cheers! Celebrate responsibly.