Summer is here! And there is a lot to do in our beautiful state.
One of the best ways to explore our state is to check out any (or all) of the diverse festivals and fairs! From balloon festivals to food festivals, music festivals and history festivals, there is a little something for everyone.
Here we detail some of our favorites. What are yours?
Colorado Renaissance Festival – Larkspur: June-August. Come relive the magical Renaissance times, feasting on turkey legs and trying your hand at archery while visiting with authentically dressed performers. Theater, jousting and much more. Free parking.
Crested Butte Music Festival – Crested Butte: June-August. Music for every taste, including Jazz, Opera, Symphony, Children’s Chorus, Bluegrass, and a host of young talents. Check the calendar to find your favorite artist.
FIBArk – Salida: June 13-16. The First in Boating on the Arkansas in Salida is a whitewater kayaking festival, that draws the most daring participants. Come enjoy the spectacle, along with live music, races, a parade and more.
Santa Fe Trail Festival – Trinidad: June 11-13. Come see what life was like in the Old West, including costumed performers, panning for gold, gunfights, chili cook-offs and festival games.
Food & Wine Classic – Aspen, June 14-16. This is the 30th anniversary of an epicurean adventure! Food, wine and scenery make it a must-see.
Strawberry Days – Glenwood Springs: June 21-23. A parade down Main Street, an old-fashioned carnival, and free strawberries and ice cream (on Saturday)! This is a century old tradition that should not be missed.
Colorado Brewers Festival – Fort Collins, June 21-23. Profiling dozens of the best local brews in Ft. Collins historic downtown, to be enjoyed with a variety of food and live music, this is a great way to kick back on a summer weekend.
Country Jam – Grand Junction: June 20-23. Miranda Lambert, Montgomery Gentry, Rascal Flatts, and Kid Rock are only some of the headliners to perform at this huge country music festival.
Greeley Stampede – Greeley, June 27-July 7. One of the largest rodeo festivals of the summer, don’t miss the bull riding, roping, demolition derbies, and country concert including Lynyrd Skynyrd, Josh Turner, and Trace Adkins.
Aspen Antiques, Jewelry and Fine Arts Fair – Aspen: July 6-14th. Come see gorgeous and eclectic art, furniture, jewelry and antiques. This is a definitely an elegant take on an arts fair, come for a fine dining and fine art experience.
Cattleman Days – Gunnison: July 5th-14th. This is a celebration of the western way of life, including rodeo skills such as racing, roping and riding. Come celebrate those who still work with land and cattle as a way of life.
Wildflower Festival – Crested Butte: July 8-14th. Come enjoy the splendor of the Official Wildflower Capital of Colorado. The highlight is guided walks to see wildflowers in bloom in the mountains.
The Underground Music Showcase – Denver: July 18-21. Come enjoy a musical weekend unlike any other. Acts range from bands to DJs to singer-songwriters and comedians. Last year attracting 11,000 people, come see what the rage is all about.
Vail International Dance Festival Vail: July 28-August 10. Tickets are already on sale to see dance performances from all over the work. The Paul Taylor Dance Company and Pacific Northwest Ballet are just two of the amazing acts. There is even a chance to dance for $20.13.
A Taste of Colorado Denver: August 30-September 2. This iconic food and music festival gives you the chance to taste our local Denver fare, zipline across downtown, and try your hand at festival games. Local goods and art are available to peruse while nibbling on whatever taste of Colorado you select.
Colorado State Fair Pueblo: August 23-Sept 2: Carnival rides, rodeos, livestock shows, live music concerts, and plenty to keep the kids interested are promised at the State Fair. Bring Cowboy boots and sunscreen and enjoy.
Colorado Balloon Classic – Colorado Springs, August 31-September 2. Come enjoy Colorado’s largest hot air balloon festival, with throngs of balloons floating up in the morning and at night. The nighttime balloons are lit with torches. Memorial Park is festival central, with food, music and opportunities to see the crew that man the balloons.
No matter where you live in Colorado, there is a festival near you. For even more festival information, visit the Colorado Festival and Events Association. Have a great summer!