Colorado loves to celebrate and has a rich tradition of yearly festivals — from the spectacle and pageantry of the Colorado Renaissance Festival and the summer breeze blowing through the crowd at the Colorado Shakespeare Festival in Boulder to intimacy and friendly vibe of the Telluride Bluegrass Festival, the colorful skies of the Colorado Springs Balloon Classic and the bustle and excitement of the Great American Beer Fest, the America’s largest annual beer event.
We’ve got first-Friday art walks in neighborhoods all over Denver, niche film festivals in Boulder, bag pipes soaring through mountain air at a Scottish-Irish highland festival in Estes Park, spring barrel wine-tasting events in Grand Junction, an international dance festival in Vail and the ever-popular fruitcake-tossing event in Manitou Springs. You haven’t lived until you’ve tossed a fruitcake!
Longstanding festivals and events celebrating the winter season are a particular point of pride with Coloradans. The Budweiser International Snow Sculpture Championship has amazed visitors in Breckenridge for more than 20 years. Steamboat Springs’ Winter Carnival has worshiped the area’s trademark fluffy Champagne Powder with a torchlight parade, ski-jumping competitions and more for nearly 100 years. And the international Ouray Ice Festival embraces the ice in a different fashion than most — by climbing it.
So put on your party hat, grab your concert tickets and bring an appetite to Colorado’s colorful events and festivals, ‘cause there’s no shortage of things to do in Colorado when the weekend rolls ’round.