177 Colorado festivals, fairs and rodeos

By Carlotta Olson Updated: July 24, 2017 at 10:44 am • Published: July 24, 2017 0

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

FESTIVALS

- Larkspur - Colorado Renaissance Festival: Flash back to the 16th Century and journey through a medieval city. Saturdays and Sundays, through July 30, Larkspur.

- Durango - Music in the Mountains Classical Music Festival: With musicians of the highest caliber. Through July 30, Durango.

- Durango - Fiesta Days: Parade, rodeos and more. Through July 30, Durango.

- Vail - Bravo! Vail Music Festival: Celebrating 30 Years of Music in the Mountains. Through Aug. 4, Vail.

- Pueblo - Festival Fridays: Music, cocktails and food. Through Aug. 11, Sangre de Cristo Arts and Conference Center, Pueblo.

- Boulder - Colorado Shakespeare Festival: Go online for a list of plays. through Aug. 13, University of Colorado Boulder, Boulder.

- Steamboat Springs - Strings Music Festival: Jazz, rock, country, bluegrass and more. Through Aug. 20, Steamboat Springs.

- Aspen - Aspen Music Festival and School: More than 400 events and featuring its signature wide variety of musical works, periods and performers. Through Aug. 20.

- Longmont - Fine Arts & Music Festival: July 25 and 26, Roosevelt Park, Longmont.

- Crested Butte - Crested Butte Wine and Food Festival: With more than 500 wines from 25 wineries and distributors. July 26-30, Crested Butte.

- Delta - Deltarado Days: Street fair, parade, music and more. July 27-30, Delta.

- Denver - Denver Summer Brew Fest: Sample more than 100 brews. July 28 and 29, Mile High Station, Denver.

- Mancos - Mancos Days: Parade, games, fishing derby, vendors. July 28-30, Mancos.

- Lyons - RockyGrass: Originally founded by Bill Monroe, the father of bluegrass, this festival is known internationally as one of the great traditional bluegrass festivals. July 28-30, Planet Bluegrass Ranch, Lyons.

- Wray - Wray Daze: Rubber duck race, mud volleyball, horseshoes and more. July 28-30, Wray.

- Carbondale - Mountain Fair Festival: More than 145 vendors, music and more. July 28-30, Carbondale.

- Colorado Springs - Blues Under the Bridge: Enjoy the music of Blind Boys of Alabama at a unique spot. July 29, under the bridge, 218 W. Colorado Ave.

Colorado Springs - African Drumming and Dance Festival and Fashion Extravaganza: July 29, Colorado College, Armstrong Hall, Colorado Springs.

- Breckenridge - Food and Wine Festival: Main Street Station Plaza transforms into a charming mountain-side, vineyard with an array of varietals created by fine wineries. July 29, Breckenridge.

- Denver - Colorado Dragon Boat Festival: Take a trip to Asia, with exhibits, performances and dragon boat racing. July 29 and 30, Sloan's Lake, Denver.

- Fairplay - Burro Days: Burro races, llama races, kiddies pack dog races, parades and more. July 29 and 30, Fairplay.

- Denver - Cheesman Park Art Fest: Currently ranked 4th in the nation for sales of classic & contemporary craft by Sunshine Artist Magazine in 2016. July 29 and 30, Denver.

- Keystone - Art Festival: With that one of a kind piece of art to always remind you of Keystone and your time in the mountains. July 29 and 30, Keystone.

- Copper Mountain - Mac and Cheese Fest: Enjoy indulgent, crafty, cheesy dishes as chefs battle it out for the yummiest most creative concoction. July 29 and 30, Copper Mountain.

- Vail - International Dance Festival: Celebration featuring ballet, modern dance and other genres. July 29-Aug. 12, Vail.

- Del Norte - Covered Wagon Days: Preserving our western ways. Aug. 3-6, Del Norte.

- Crestone - Crestone Music Festival: A family fun, affordable music festival. Aug. 4 and 5, Crestone.

- Alamosa - Beat the Heat BBQ, Brews and Chili Festival: A sanctioned Kansas City Barbecue Society and Rocky Mountain Barbecue Association State Championship event. Aug. 4 and 5, Cole Park, Alamosa.

- Telluride - Jazz Festival: Aug. 4-6, Town Park, Telluride.

- Snowmass - Colorado Scottish Festival: The only free Scottish Festival in Colorado. Aug. 4-6, Base Camp and The Mall, Snowmass.

- Leadville - Leadville Boom Days: Celebration of the Old West, with gunslingers, gold panning and more. Aug. 4-6, Leadville.

- Breckenridge - Main Street Art Festival: Ranked 65th in Sunshine Artist's top 200 fine art festivals in 2016. Aug. 4-6, Breckenridge.

- Crested Butte - Crested Butte Arts Festival: Juried art exhibition, culinary demonstrations, music and more. Aug. 4-6, Elk Avenue, Crested Butte.

- Loveland - ARISE Music Festival: Music, yoga, camping, art, activism. Aug. 4-6, Sunrise Ranch, Loveland.

- South Fork - Rhythms on the Rio Music Festival: Music on the banks of the Rio Grande River. Aug. 4-6, South Fork.

- Craig - Moffat County Balloon Festival: Aug. 4-6, Loudy-Simpson Park, Craig.

- Woodland Park - Vino and Notes - A Wine, Food and Jazz Festival: Aug. 5, Woodland Station, Woodland Park.

- Winter Park - Beer Festival: Music, unlimited tastings and more. Aug. 5, Hideaway Park, Winter Park.

- Olathe - Sweet Corn Festival: Vendors, food, corn eating contest, music. Aug. 5, Olathe.

- Woodland Park - Mountain Arts Festival — Highlighting woodcarvers, photographers and more, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Aug. 5, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Aug 6, Woodland Park Public Library, 218 E. Midland Ave., Woodland Park and Ute Pass Cultural Center, 210 E. Midland Ave., Woodland Parkg.

- Keystone - Bluegrass and Beer Festival: With 100 brews from more than 40 breweries. Aug. 5 and 6, Keystone.

- Beaver Creek - Beaver Creek Art Festival: Local and national artists. Aug. 5 and 6, Beaver Creek.

- Aspen - Aspen Science Center Festival And Street Fair: Hands-on science demonstrations and ongoing science performers. Aug. 6, Paepcke Park, Aspen.

- Aspen - Red Brick Plein Air Festival: Celebrates the many Plein Air artists who call Colorado home. Aug. 6-13, downtown Aspen.

- Longmont - Boulder County Brewers' Festival: Aug. 7 and 8, Boulder County Fairgrounds, Longmont.

- Steamboat Springs - Steamboat Wine Festival: More than 100 food artisans, wineries, breweries, distilleries, epicurean purveyors, and locally-made products. Aug. 9-13, Steamboat Springs.

- Beaver Creek - Beaver Creek Wine and Spirits Festival: Presented by Wine Spectator. Aug. 10-13, Beaver Creek.

- Steamboat Springs - Steamboat Movement Festival: Consciously connecting though yoga, live music, and outdoor adventure. Aug. 10-13, Steamboat Springs.

- Hotchkiss - Farm to Fiddle Festival: For Artists, farmers and outdoor enthusiasts. Aug. 11 and 12, Delta County Fairgrounds, Hotchkiss.

- Wheat Ridge - Carnation Festival: Music, arts and craft show, fireworks and more. Aug. 11-13, Wheat Ridge.

- Fort Collins - Bohemian Nights at NewWestFest: Music festival. Aug. 11-13, downtown Fort Collins.

- Steamboat Springs - Steamboat All Arts Festival: Encompasses the rich culture of Steamboat's visual, music, and performance arts. Aug. 11-13, Steamboat Springs.

- Copper Mountain - Guitar Town Festival: Guitar performances, workshops and repairs. Aug. 11-13, Copper Mountain.

- Cherry Creek North - Cherry Creek North Food Wine Festival: This event will satisfy the wine aficionado and the foodie in all of us. Aug. 12, Fillmore Plaza, Cherry Creek North.

- Old Town Arvada - Saturday Street Festivals: Live music, arts and craft booths, vendors and more. Aug. 12, Grandview Avenue, Old Town Arvada.

- Estes Park - Estes Park Wine Festival: More than 20 wineries, food and more. Aug. 12 and 13, Bond Park, Estes Park.

- Frisco - Aug. 12 and 13: Main Street to the Rockies Art Festival: Frisco.

- La Veta - Hujatolla Heritage Festival: Honoring the Hispanic and Native American culture through art, music, food, dance, and education. Aug. 12 and 13, Town Park, La Veta.

- Buena Vista - Gold Rush Days: Celebrate mining history with vendors, food, music and beer garden. Aug. 12 and 13, McPhelemy Park, Buena Vista.

- Ridgway - Ridgway Rendezvous Arts and Crafts Festival: Up to 140 vendors, food, music and more. Aug. 12 and 13, Hartwell Park.

- Fairplay - Living History Days: Gunfighters, people dressed in period costume, tours of local buildings. Aug. 12 and 13, South Park City Museum, Fairplay.

- Colorado Springs - Replay America the Ultimate 80s Festival: With Billy Ocean, Taylor Dayne, Starship featuring Mickey Thomas, The Motels featuring Martha Davis and Naked Eyes. Aug. 16, The Broadmoor World Arena, Colorado Springs.

- Telluride - Telluride Mushroom Fest: Learn all that mushrooms have to offer the world. Aug. 17-20, Sheridan Opera House, Telluride.

- Palisades - Peach Festival: Peach pies, peach ice cream, peach preserves, peach salsa, peach brandy, peach wine. Aug. 18 and 19, downtown Palisade.

- Keystone - Mountain Town Music Festival: A celebration of all things Colorado. Warm summer days, live music and more. Aug. 19, Keystone.

- Lyons - Rocky Mountain Folks Festival: The world's most inspired songwriters share their songs and stories. Aug. 18-20, Lyons.

- Copper Mountain - Genuine Jazz and Wine Festival: One of a kind, fan based experience with jazz music and samples some of the countries' best wines. Aug. 18-20, Copper Mountain.

- Greenwood Village - Jeff & Larry's Backyard BBQ Festival: Jeff Foxworthy and Larry the Cable Guy with Eddie Money, Foghat, Aug. 19, Fiddler's Green Amphitheatre, Greenwood Village.

- Boulder - Boulder Craft Beer Fest: Samples of Boulder's best beer, food, music and more. Aug. 19.

- Aurora - Global Fest: Flavors, cultural experiences and artistic expression from around the world. Aug. 19, Aurora Municipal Center, Great Lawn, Aurora.

- Old Town Lafayette - Peach Festival: Peach pies, cobblers and smoothies, vendors, crafters, antique dealers. Aug. 19, Old Town Lafayette.

- Mancos - Mancos Valley Summer BrewFest: Aug. 19, Cottonwood Park. Mancos.

- Elizabeth - Elizabeth Music & Arts Festival: Aug. 19 and 20, Main Street, Elizabeth.

- Colorado Springs - Pikes Peak Run Fest: Running and trail organizations, music, food and more. Aug. 19 and 20, Pioneers Museum, Colorado Springs.

- 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.

- 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.

- 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.

- 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., 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.

FAIRS

- Montrose - Montrose County Fair and Rodeo: Through July 30, Montrose.

- Greeley - Weld County Fair: Through July 31, Weld County Fairgrounds, Greeley.

- Grand Junction - Mesa County Fair: July 25-29, Mesa County Fairgrounds, Grand Junction.

- Aurora - Arapahoe County State Fair: July 27-30, Arapahoe County Fairgrounds, Aurora.

- Cortez - Montezuma County Fair: July 28, Aug. 5, Montezuma County Fairgrounds, Cortez.

- Longmont - Boulder County Fair: The oldest fair in Colorado. July 28-Aug. 6, Longmont.

- Cañon City - Fremont County Fair: July 29-Aug. 6, Cañon City.

- Rifle - Garfield County Fair and Rodeo: July 31-Aug. 6, Garfield County Fairgrounds, Rifle.

- Kiowa - Elbert County Fair: Aug. 1-6, Kiowa.

- Hotchkiss - Delta County Fair: Aug. 1-12, Delta County Fairgrounds, Hotchkiss.

- Brighton - Adams County Fair: Aug. 2-6, Adams County Regional Park Complex, Brighton.

- Castle Rock - Douglas County Fair and Rodeo: Aug. 3-6, Castle Rock.

- Sterling - Logan County Fair: Aug. 3-13, Sterling.

- Pagosa Springs - Archuleta County Fair and Rodeo: Aug. 4-6, Pagosa Springs.

- Loveland - Larimer County Fair and Rodeo: Aug. 4-8, The Ranch, Loveland.

- Kremmling - Grand County Middle Park Fair and Rodeo: Aug. 4-13, Kremmling.

- Yuma - County Fair: Aug. 5-9, Yuma.

- Hotchkiss - Delta County Fair and Rodeo: Aug. 5-12, Hotchkiss.

- Monte Vista - San Luis Valley Fair: Aug. 5-12, Monte Vista.

- Hugo - Lincoln County Fair and Rodeo: Aug. 5-12, Hugo.

- Craig - Moffat County Fair: Aug. 7-12, Craig.

- Durango - La Plata County Fair: Aug. 9-13, La Plata County Fairgrounds, Durango.

- Erie - Air Fair: Displays of unique aircraft, music, vendors and more. Aug. 12, Municipal Airport, Erie.

- Rocky Ford - Arkansas Valley Fair: Aug. 16-20, Rocky Ford Fairgrounds, Rocky Ford.

- Hayden - Routt County Fair: Aug. 17-20, Hayden.

- Black Hawk - Gilpin County Fair: Aug. 19 and 20, Fairgrounds, Black Hawk.

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

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

RODEOS

- Creede - ChuteOut Rodeo: Bull Riding Barrel Racing Series. Wednesdays, through July 26, Creede.

- Pagosa Springs - Pagosa Night Rodeo: Thursdays, through July 27, Western Heritage Event Center Arena & Grounds, Pagosa Springs.

- Durango - True West Rodeo: Wednesdays, through Aug. 1, La Plata County Fairgrounds, Durango.

- Beaver Creek - Beaver Creek Rodeo: Thursdays, through Aug. 10, Beaver Creek Rodeo Grounds, Beaver Creek.

- Fraser - High Country Stampede Rodeo: Saturdays, through Aug. 12, John Work Arena, Fraser.

- Carbondale - Wild West Rodeo Series: Thursdays through Aug. 17, Gus Darien Riding Area, Carbondale.

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

- Akron - Eastern Colorado Round-Up Carnival and Rodeo: July 25-29, Washington County Fairgrounds, Akron.

- Monte Vista - Ski-Hi Stampede Rodeo: July 27-30, Ski Hi Park, Monte Vista.

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