No matter your personality or musical tastes, with plenty of events to choose from you’re sure to find your festival match.
If you’re feeling bluesy …
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 11–13 & 17–20, 2021) and Buena Vista’s Seven Peaks Music Festival (Sept. 3–5, 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 24–26, 2021) or Hugo’s Colorado Prairie Music Festival (Aug. 7, 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 Fremont County Italian Festival (Sept. 10–11, 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 (July 1–Aug. 22, 2021) and the Crested Butte Music Festival (July 23–Oct. 1, 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 Springs’ Pikes Peak Celtic Festival (June TBA, 2022) and the Spanish Peaks International Celtic Music Festival (Sept. 16–19, 2021) in La Veta.
Other amazing music festivals
Juneteenth Music Festival (Denver), June TBA, 2022
Apogaea (Valdez), TBA, 2022
RockyGrass Festival (Lyons), July 23–25, 2021
Bohemian Nights (Fort Collins), Aug. 14–15, 2021
Powabunga (Vail), Dec. 10–12, 2021
Latin Jam (Pueblo), June 26, 2021
Copper Country Music Festival (Copper Mountain), Sept. TBA, 2022
Photo credits: Telluride Bluegrass Festival; Bravo! Vail Music Festival, Zach Mahone.