Best Summer and Fall Festivals in Colorado



Best Summer and Fall Festivals in Colorado

Food, Music, Culture, and More with Colorado’s Late Summer and Fall Festivals

If you’re worried that you’ve missed all of the best festivals in Colorado because summer is winding down, there’s no need to be concerned. From food to music to art, the revelry doesn’t stop just because summer is over; there’s always a fun late summer festival to enjoy in Colorado. Here are some of our favorite late summer and early fall festivals. See which ones sound like the most enjoyable, and add them to your calendar!

Colorado Late Summer and Fall Music Festivals

Coloradans love their music and the endless festival offerings in this category pay homage to that love. While summer may be the height of the music festival season, these two events will have you lacing up your dancing shoes in no time.

Higher Ground Music Festival

Now in its third year, this festival favorite is a can’t-miss. It’s being held in downtown Denver in 2015 and there will be five stages and 43 bands, with plenty of musical variety to suit all tastes. If you love local Colorado music, there’s even more incentive to attend: 35 of the bands are from our fair state! Hurry up and get your tickets though, this one starts up on August 23rd.

Telluride Blues & Brews Festival

From September 12-14, Telluride will be all about music and microbrews. You’ll have 24 bands to dance and jam to, and beer from 56 breweries to sample while you’re enjoying the music. Blues isn’t the only genre on tap, either. You’ll also find some funk and alt rock to switch things up.

Late Summer and Fall Food & Drink Festivals in Colorado

Colorado knows how to do food and drink, and if you’ve ever attended a food festival, you’ll surely agree with that assessment. These are a couple of our favorites.

A Taste of Colorado

For an excellent overview of all of the wonderful food available in Colorado, it’s hard to beat A Taste of Colorado, an annual Labor Day weekend event. The festival takes place in the center of downtown Denver and features food from around 50 different food booths, plus more than 250 artisan vendors. There’s also live music and games, so it truly is a festival for all tastes.

Denver Oktoberfest

There’s no need to fly to Germany to experience all of the excitement of Oktoberfest—Denver has its own party in the middle of September, and it’s as fun as you would expect an Oktoberfest celebration to be. It’s not just for beer aficionados, either. This downtown event is put on for the whole family, with polka music, costume contests, delicious food, and live music.

Chile and Frijole Festival

Pueblo is well-known for its green chiles, thanks to their special taste and intense flavor. This festival is all about celebrating that delicious crop, and from September 25-27 you can get your fill. There are cooking competitions, a farmer’s market, live music, and more. Come hungry!

Late Summer and Fall Art & Culture Festivals in Colorado

Moving away from food and music, you can also enjoy perusing the fares of Colorado’s most talented artisans, or spend a day learning about Colorado’s unique and special wildlife.

Pagosa Artfest

This event is held in Pagosa Springs several times throughout the year, but Labor Day weekend marks the final show. You’ll be able to peruse and purchase handmade arts and crafts from talented artisans throughout the state. Fine jewelry, woodwork, clothing, paintings, and more will be available, so if you’re looking for that next conversation-starter for your home, this is a great festival to attend.

Elk Fest

If you’ve driven through the Estes Park area during autumn there’s a good chance you’ve seen these giants up close. Elk Fest, held at the beginning of October, is all about celebrating this well-loved animal. Learn about how the males’ distinct bugle attracts females, test out your skills in the bugling contest, take an elk viewing bus tour, or listen to the wide variety of live entertainment. It’s a fun and educational festival that the entire family is bound to enjoy. Plus, you can’t beat the scenery.

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