Explore Colorado: Summer Festivals

Jennifer tells us about some fun events going on this summer in Colorado.

The summer festival season kicks off this Memorial Weekend with the Downtown Denver Arts Festival, Odell Brewing Small Batch Festival in Fort Collins, Mountainfilm Festival in Telluride, and the Boulder Creek Festival and Boulder Boulder Race.

There are festivals every weekend in the state.  Here’s a list of some you might want to try to go to.

The 30th Annual Food and Wine Classic is in Aspen July 15-17th.  It features cooking demostratinos, wine tasting, and panel discussions by world-class chef and experts.

 The Colorado Renaissance Festival starts in Larkspur on June 9th.  It will run every weekend through July 29th.

Kingdom Days are June 16-17th in Breckenridge.  It’s a celebration of 150 years of mining, exploration, and adventures.  The highlight of the weekend is the Outhouse Races.

The Colorado’s Brewers’ Festival is June 23-24 in Fort Collins.  It’s features Colorado’s best brews.

The 32rd Annual Hot Air Balloon Rodeo is July 7-8 in Steamboat Springs.  Balloons will fill the sky over the Yampa Valley.

The Bravo! Music Festival is celebrating it 25th Anniversary in the Vail Valley.  The renowed Dallas and Philadelphia Orchestras and New York Philharmonic will the fill the Vail Valley with music June 24-August 4th.

The Vail International Dance Festival is July 29-August 11th.  New York City Ballet MOVES returns this year and debuting is the Martha Graham Dance Company.

The Dragon Boat Festival in Denver is July 28-29th at Sloan Lake.  Don’t miss the Dragon Boat Races!

The 44th Annual Palisades Peach Festival is August 16-19th.  It’s a chance to savor the flavors of everything peach.

The USA Pro Challenge is August 20-26th.   The best cyclists in the world will race seven days, winding 683 miles across the state, including hitting 12,000 three times.  It starts in Durango on August 20th and ends with a time trail in Denver on August 26th.

The Longs Peak Scottish Irish Highland Festival is in Estes Park September 6-9th.  There’s a parade, highland games, and great celtic music and food.

Telluride Blues and Brews is a three day music festival September 12-16th.  The B52s, Phil Lesh & Friends, and Gov’t Mule are the headliners.  Beer takes center stage on the 15th during the Grand Tasting featuring over 50 breweries and 150 beers.

The Mountain Harvest Festival is September 27-30th in Paonia.  It’s a celebration of locally grown and produced agricultural products including Colorado beer and wine.


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