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Which Colorado Music Festival Is Right for You?

No matter your personality or musical tastes, with plenty of events to choose from you’re sure to find your festival match.

Telluride Bluegrass Festival
Telluride Bluegrass Festival
Bravo! Vail Music Festival
Bravo! Vail Music Festival

If you’re feeling bluesy …

Get your fill of twangy rhythms at the RapidGrass Bluegrass Festival in Idaho Springs (July TBA, 2021) or gather the family for soulful jazz riffs during the Greeley Blues Jam (June 5, 2021).

If you’re yearning to pitch a tent …

Certain multi-day occasions welcome campers to stay for the duration, including the Telluride Bluegrass Festival (June 17–20, 2021) and Buena Vista’s Seven Peaks Music Festival (Sept. TBA, 2021).

If you’re comfiest in your Western wear …

Don your best two-steppin’ boots and 10-gallon hat for country-music celebrations such as Country Jam outside of Grand Junction (June 17–20, 2021) or Hugo’s Colorado Prairie Music Festival (Aug. 7, 2021).

If you want to kick off your shoes …

No one will judge if you opt to go barefoot and feel the cool grass underfoot while enjoying low-key affairs like the Copper Country Music Festival (Sept. TBA, 2021) or the Farm to Fiddle Summer Festival in Hotchkiss (Aug. TBA, 2021).

If you keep it classical …

The orchestral stylings of famed composers like Beethoven and Mozart fill the air over the course of Boulder’s Colorado Music Festival (select dates, July 1–Aug. 7, 2021) and Bravo! Vail Music Festival (select dates, June 24–Aug. 4, 2021).

If you’re seeking fetes for foodies …

Don’t miss the chance to get down and chow down when Frisco’s Colorado BBQ Challenge (June TBA, 2022) combines top-notch brisket and ribs with nearly a dozen bands, while the Festival Italiano (Sept. TBA, 2021) in Lakewood rejoices in the sounds and flavors of Italy.

If you don’t want the good times to end …

Why attend one day’s worth of performances when you can return over the span of several weeks? Recurring programs such as the Aspen Music Festival and School (June–Aug. TBA, 2021) and the Crested Butte Music Festival (July–Aug. TBA, 2021) ensure you’ll want to circle back to see what else is in store.

If dancing a jig is your thing …

The refrains of harps, pipes and melodeons provide plenty of merriment and keep traditions alive during Colorado SpringsPikes Peak Celtic Festival (June 18–20, 2021) and the Spanish Peaks International Celtic Music Festival (Sept. 16–19, 2021) in La Veta.

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Photo credits: Telluride Bluegrass Festival; Bravo! Vail Music Festival, Zach Mahone.