72 Colorado festivals, fairs and rodeos

72 Colorado festivals, fairs and rodeos

An experience for your mind, body and soul. July 15, during the Wanderlust Festival in Denver. (Courtesy Wanderlust)

Here are a few of our favorites events – hundreds actually – where you’ll find fun this summer around Colorado:


– Aspen – MountainSummit: Mountainfilm documentary film festival. Aug. 23-27, Wheeler Opera House, Aspen.

– Denver – High Plains Comedy Festival: T.J. Miller, “My Favorite Murder Live” and more. Aug. 24-26, Paramount Theatre, Denver.

– Boulder – Tour de Fat: Beer, bike and music festival. Aug. 25, Boulder Theater, Boulder, $15-$20. Advance tickets.

– Loveland – Old Fashioned Corn Roast Festival: Parade, corn shucking competition and corn eating contest. Aug. 25 and 26, downtown Loveland.

– Copper Mountain – Cider Circus Festival: Sample craft ciders and brews while enjoying jugglers, mimes, clowns and acrobats. Aug. 25 and 26, Copper Mountain.

– Nederland – Nedfest: Outdoor music, arts and microbrew event. Aug. 25-27, Nederland.

– Colorado Springs – Colorado Springs International Dragon Boat Festival: Full day of dragon boat races. Aug. 26, Prospect Lake, Memorial Park, 1605 E. Pikes Peak Ave.

– Colorado Springs – Steers and Beers Brew and Whiskey Fest: Hundreds of brews and whiskeys to sample, Aug. 26, Antlers hotel, Colorado Springs. Advance tickets available online.

– Colorado Springs – Colorado Springs Dance Theater Wine Festival: 5:30-7:30 p.m., 1715 N. Cascade Ave., $50, $90 per couple. Advance tickets available online.

– Durango – San Juan Brewfest: More than 50 breweries, live music and more. Aug. 26, downtown Durango.

– Denver – Tour de Fat: Beer, bike and music festival. Aug. 26, National Western Complex, Denver, $25. Advance tickets available online.

– Colorado Springs – Tour de Fat: Beer, bike and music festival. Aug. 26, Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave., $18. Advance tickets available online.

– Buena Vista – King Boletus Mushroom Festival: Learn how to identify and cook wild mushrooms. Aug. 26, Buena Vista Heritage Museum, Buena Vista.

– Vail – Crazy Mountain Brewery’s Ed Fest: Celebration of artistic expression of craft beer, food and music. Aug. 26.

– Gunnision – Blue Mesa Beach Bash: Take place on Colorado’s largest body of water. Aug. 26, Blue Mesa Reservoir, Gunnison.

– Trinidad – Trinidaddio Blues Fest: Aug. 26, Central Park, Trinidad.

– Glendale – Bruises and Brews Festival: Beer and rugby. They are better together. Aug. 26, Infinity Park, Glendale.

– Telluride – Film Festival: Celebration of film, community, and creativity. Aug. 30-Sept. 4, Telluride.

– Steamboat Springs – Yampa Valley Crane Festival: Celebrates the majestic Greater Sandhill Cranes as they migrate through the Yampa Valley. Aug. 31-Sept. 3, Steamboat Springs.

– Pagosa Springs – Four Corners Folk Festival: Los Lobos, Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn, Sarah Jarosz and more. Sept. 1-3, Pagosa Springs.

– Aspen – Jazz Aspen Snowmass Labor Day Experience: Maroon Five, Keith Urban and more. Sept. 1-3, Aspen.

– Lake City – OHV Rally and Festival: All OHV vehicles will be allowed into historic downtown, on designated streets. Sept. 1-3, Lake City.

– Denver – Taste of Colorado: With more than 50 of Coloradans’ favorite restaurants. Sept. 1-4, Civic Center Park, Denver.

– Steamboat Springs – Wild West Air Fest: Nationally renowned pilots perform aerobatics and formation flying. Sept. 2, Steamboat Springs.

– Salida – Wine Fest: Celebrates the vintages of Colorado wineries in Salida. Sept. 2, Riverside Park, Salida.

– Alamosa – Early Iron Festival: Vintage car show with more than 500 vehicles. Sept. 2, Cole Park, Alamosa.

– Fort Collins – Tour de Fat: Beer, bikes and music festival. Sept. 2, Civic Center Park, Fort Collins, $25. Advance tickets available online.

– Colorado Springs – Labor Day Liftoff: Balloon Classic and Balloon Glow. Sept. 2-4, Memorial Park, Colorado Springs.

– Manitou Springs – Commonwheel Co-op’s Labor Day Art and Craft Festival: Art, music and more. Sept. 2-4, Memorial Park, Manitou Springs.

– Windsor – Harvest Festival and Balloon Rally: Vendors, balloon launch and more. Sept. 2-4, Windsor.

– Boulder – Pizza and Pints Festival Tour: Pizza, beer, live music, and lawn games. Sept. 4, Boulder.

– Fairplay – Plein Air Arts Celebration: Sept. 5-9, Fairplay.

– Estes Park – Longs Peak Scottish-Irish Highland Festival: There will be jousting, piping, a parade and more. Sept. 7-10, Estes Fairgrounds and Event Center, Estes Park.

– New Castle – Burning Mountain Festival: Parade, music, vendors and more. Sept. 8 and 9, Burning Mountain Park, New Castle.

– Colorado Springs, Edelweiss Summerfest 2017: 4-9 p.m. Sept. 8, noon-10 p.m. Sept. 9, noon-8 p.m. Sept. 10, Edelweiss Restaurant, 34 E. Ramona Ave.

– Colorado Springs – Briarfest Community Festival: 5-11 p.m. Sept. 8, 9 a.m.-11 p.m. Sept. 9, noon-6 p.m. Sept. 10, St. Gabriel Catholic Church, Research Parkway at Austin Bluffs Parkway, free, ride tickets available for purchase.

– Snowmass Village – Balloon Festival: One of the highest-altitude balloon events in the country. Sept. 8-10, Snowmass.

– Colorado Springs — What If…Festival of Innovation and Imagination: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 9, downtown Colorado Springs.

– Buena Vista – Apple Fest: Apple bobbing, pie contests, tours and more. Sept. 9, Turner Farm, Buena Vista.

– Cortez – Harvest Beer Festival: Music, food, kid’s activities and more. Sept. 9, Parque de Vida, Cortez.

– Greeley – Potato Day: Living history demonstration, music and baked potatoes. Sept. 9, Centennial Village Museum, Greeley.

– La Junta – Early Settlers Day: Beer garden, street dance, vendors and more. Sept. 9, City Park, La Junta.

– Crested Butte – Chili and Beer Fest: Locally made chili, craft beer and live music. Sept. 9, Crested Butte.

– Westcliffe – High Peaks Music Festival: Sept. 9, Westcliffe.

– Lafayette – Lafayette Brew Fest: Explore craft/micro beers one pour at a time. Sept. 9, Lafayette.

– Castle Rock – Colorado Artfest: Juried fine arts show with artists from across the country. Sept. 9 and 10, downtown Castle Rock.

– Salida – Fiber Festival: Find everything you need to stay warm and fashionable this winter. Sept. 9 and 10, Riverside Park, Salida.

– Lakewood – Festival Italiano at Belmar: Italian food, wine, and artisan vendors. Sept. 9 and 10, Lakewood.

– Salida – Bike Festival: Group rides, bike films, chainless race, bike parade. Sept. 14-17, Salida.

– Penrose – Fremont County Air Show: Fly-ins, parachute demonstrations and more, Sept. 16, Fremont County Airport, Penrose.

– Broomfield – Broomfield Days Community Festival: Parade, food, vendors and more. Sept. 16, Midway Park, Broomfield.

– Littleton – Summerset Festival: Attracts more than 20,000 festival-goers each year. Sept. 16 and 17, Littleton.

– Palisade – Colorado Mountain Winefest: It’s the state’s largest and oldest wine festival. Sept. 14-17, Palisade.

– Aspen – Ruggerfest: 50th anniversary celebration. Sept. 14-17, Aspen.

– Colorado Springs – Holly Berry House Folk Art Festival: 165 juried artisans from across the United States. Sept. 15-17, Rock Ledge Ranch, Colorado Springs.

– Pagosa Springs – ColorFest: Hot air balloons, music, beer, wine, food and more. Sept. 15-17, Pagosa Springs.

– Telluride – Telluride Blues and Brews Festival: Beer, music and more. Sept. 15-17, Telluride.

– Lake City – Uncorked Wine and Music Festival: Music wine and food. Sept. 16, downtown Lake City.

– Frederick – Miners Day: Parade, vendors, music and more. Sept. 16, Crist Park, Frederick.

– Northglenn – Pirate Fest: A whole day o’ pirate ruckus. Sept. 16, Northglenn.

– Woodland Park – Rovky Mountain Oktoberfest: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sept. 16 and 17, Ute Pass Cultural Center.

– Grand Lake – Constitution Week: Celebrates the signing of the Constitution with week long events. Sept. 17-23, Grand Lake.

– Breckenridge – Film Festival: Sept. 21-24, Breckenridge.

– Greenwood Village – High Elevation Rock Festival: Sept. 22 and 23, Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre, Greenwood Village.

– Pueblo – Chile & Frijoles Festival: Music‚ arts and crafts‚ cooking competitions and chilies‚ chilies‚ chilies. Sept. 22-24, Union Avenue, Pueblo.

– Manitou Springs – Heritage Brew Festival: VIP entry at noon, 1-5 p.m. Sept. 23, Memorial Park, 502 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, $30-$32. Advance tickets: 685-1454.

– Monument – Bines and Brews Beer Fest: 1-5 p.m., Limbach Park, 151 Front St., Monument, $10-$25. Advance tickets available online.

– Ridgway – SNEFFELS Fiber Arts Festival: Fiber vendors, food, workshops, classes, demonstrations. Sept. 23 and 24, Ridgway.


– Pueblo – Colorado State Fair: Aug. 25-Sept. 4, Colorado State Fairgrounds, Pueblo.

– Lake City – Colorfest Arts and Crafts Fair: Sept. 19, downtown Lake City.


– Snowmass – Snowmass Rodeo: Wednesdays, through Aug. 23, Snowmass Rodeo Grounds, Snowmass Village.

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