For even more festivals, visit our Colorado events calendar.
June 16–19, 2016
If rivers are your passion, FIBArk (First in Boating on the Arkansas) is a must. “America’s oldest and boldest whitewater festival” draws kayakers, stand up paddlers and rafters to compete (and play) in the mighty Arkansas River. While whitewater is the draw, the city of Salida also showcases a variety of local color with live music, costumed bike competitors, a parade and foot races.
June 17–19, 2016
Taste the crème de la crème of epicurean favorites at the 30th anniversary of Aspen’s Food & Wine Classic, hosted by Food & Wine magazine. Sip wine, sample food and indulge in the high-mountain scenery surrounding Aspen’s chic downtown.
June TBD, 2016
This June, music lovers from around the globe will come together at the world-renowned bluegrass festival in Telluride for four days of toe-tapping, carefree-dancing and music-loving fun. This year’s performers include John Butler Trio, Telluride House Band, Trampled by Turbles, Kacey Musgraves and Yonder Mountain String Band, just to name a few.
June TBD–July TBD, 2016
Dust off your cowboy boots for one of Colorado’s largest summer festivals and rodeos. Dating back to the 1800s, Greeley’s Fourth of July celebration puts the “Yeehaw!” in Colorado’s western culture. The Band Perry, White Snake, Kenny Rogers and Gary Allan will headline this year’s Stampede.
June TBD, 2015
If you’ve tasted a Colorado-brewed beer, then you know why Colorado Brewers’ Festival is wildly popular. 30 Colorado breweries, showcasing more than 60 cold and fresh handcrafted beers, fill Fort Collins’ historic downtown. Summer has never been more refreshing than at this beer-lover’s paradise.
July TBD, 2016
One of Colorado’s largest hot air balloon festival is a sight to see in Steamboat Springs. With a massive colorful ascension scheduled for each morning, "rodeo" moves like dipping into Bald Eagle Lake and Saturday night's balloon glow, a bonus feature is the event's combination with the annual Art in the Park.
July 11–17, 2016
As the official Wildflower Capital of Colorado, Crested Butte is the obvious place to host this event, packed with guided wildflower hikes, 4x4 tours, photography classes, gardening instruction and much more.
July TBD, 2016
The Underground Music Showcase is the perfect place to witness Colorado and Denver’s exploding music scene. The Denver Post hosts this annual bonanza in Denver’s Broadway neighborhood. Every space viable for an intimate jam session opens its doors for music-lovers looking to discover the next Billboard-topping band.
July 30–Aug. 40, 2016
Pirouettes, dips, leaps and headspins sweep through Vail during the prestigious International Dance Festival. Moves from "Dancing with the Stars" are so much more exciting in the flesh — not to mention in Vail’s scenic outdoor venues.
August TBD, 2016
The USA Pro Challenge returns to Colorado for a sixth year. Follow the race and festivities as world-class athletes pass through Colorado cities. Past races have cruised through Aspen, Snowmass, Crested Butte, Gunnison, Monarch, Colorado Springs, Woodland Park, Breckenridge, Vail, Boulder and Denver.
Labor Day Weekend 2016
Fifty food booths, more than 270 artisan vendors, six entertainment stages and 500,000 fellow Colorado fans converge in the heart of downtown Denver at Civic Center Park for a lively celebration of Colorado’s food and culture.
August–Sept. TBD, 2016
The Colorado State Fair in Pueblo expertly combines lively entertainment, thrilling competitions, intriguing vendor booths and old-fashioned family fun. Serving fair fare such as Pueblo green chiles, funnel cakes, deep-fried Snickers and other hearty treats, you’ll want to be sure to bring your appetite.
Photos: Courtesy of Telluride Bluegrass Festival/Benko Photographics; copyright Aspen Food & Wine Classic; courtesy of FIBArk/Kevin Hoffman; Colorado State Fair; courtesy of Taste of Colorado.