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Lifestyle, Outdoor Adventures

Colorado’s Summer Festival Guide

Colorado is one of the best places to be all year round, but the summer time has a very specific vibe. With the mountains being in our own backyard, camping and outdoor fun is high on the to do list every week. Enjoy Colorados sunny skies and beautiful weather while experiencing Colorados rich culture through festivals all summer long. 


Denver Chalk Art Festival

June 1-2, 2024
The Golden Triangle Creative District

Denver has an eclectic art culture and what better way to experience it than at the annual Denver Chalk Art Festival. Walk the streets of Denver and watch over 150 artists create art right in front of your eyes and watch it come alive! Make a day of it while enjoying live music and food and beverage vendors. Bring the kids and enjoy the kids corner where they can put their imaginations on the pavement too.

Enjoy this free event, and learn more by visiting the Denver Chalk Art Festivals site.


Palisade Bluegrass & Roots Festival

June 14-16, 2024
Riverbend Park, Palisade

Kick off your summer by enjoying three days of non-stop festival vibes in Palisade! For the past ten years, Palisade has celebrated beautiful Colorado weather, bluegrass stars from all over the country, good fiddles and rising stars at their Bluegrass and Roots Festival. Enjoy live performance, kid’s activities, paddle boarding, artisan vendors, barrel tasting, camping and so much more! 

Learn more about tickets, camping, and family-friendly activities here.


Keystone Bacon & Bourbon Festival

June 22-23, 2024
Keystone, Colorado

Kick off summer in Keystone with unlimited amounts of bacon and bourbon, and live music! This is a family-friendly event with a special Camp area for the kiddos including face painting and a scavenger hunt. Enjoy food, bourbon, and three stages of live music all weekend long.


Telluride Yoga Festival

June 27-30, 2024
Mountain Village, Colorado

Experience yoga in Telluride for their 16th annual yoga event. Enjoy four full days of wellness with some of the most renowned yoga teachers from all over the world in an intimate, and beautiful setting. Choose from over 100 offerings in yoga, meditation, music, workshops, outdoor adventures, and more.


Denver Tattoo Arts Festival

July 19-21, 2024
Colorado Convention Center

Looking for a new tattoo? Why not get some ink at the Denver Tattoo Arts Festival? Say hello to Ink master guests from multiple seasons and enjoy a day full of artists, competitions, and entertainment. To find out more and purchase tickets visit Denver Tattoo Arts Festival.



Leadville Boom Days

August 2-4, 2024
Leadville, Colorado

Go back in time and celebrate the largest silver and gold mining town in Colorado! Experience the real Old West with gunslingers, burro races, mining skill contests, lots of food and over 100 venders in the beautiful mountain town. This three day event is packed with family-friendly activities, starting with a town breakfast, parade, car show, sack races and so much more! Explore the history of Leadville at the Leadville Boom Days event.

For more information or to participate in any of the events, visit the Leadville Boom Day site. 


Backstage image at a concert.Rocky Mountains Folks Festival

August 9-11, 2024
Lyons, Colorado

Experience a true Colorado folk music festival in beautiful Lyons, Colorado. Enjoy music all day long on the green grass with your own lawn chair, then rest up at camp, and do it all over again for another two days! Bring the whole family, kids 12 and under are free both in the festival and at camp!

Learn more about Rocky Mountains Folk Festival here


Colorfest Pagosa Springs

September 20-22, 2024
Pagosa Springs, Colorado

Experience over 40 Hot Air Balloons floating over Pagosa Springs at the 38th annual Colorfest. Enjoy not only a crazy showcase of balloons but wine and food tasting on Saturday and Bands and brews on Sunday, along with a color fun 5K!


Girl receiving craft beer. Photo by Elevate on Unsplash

Great American Beer Festival

October 10-12, 2023
Colorado Convention Center

The biggest craft beer event of the year! The Great American Beer Festival is the premier US beer competition showcasing over 100 of the finest beer styles. Highlighting the best breweries all over the nation, find your new favorite brewery. Enjoy live music, yard games, karaoke and food pairings all while taste testing all the beer you want! 

Designated drivers are more than welcomed at this event! Enjoy your very own special lounge, appreciation gift, unlimited non-alcoholic drinks and more. Designated driver tickets are sold separately. 

All Tickets go on sale to the public July, 17 at 10 am. To learn more about this festival visit Great American Beer Festival site.

Colorado’s lively summer scene offers many different events and activities to suit everyone and this was just the smallest sample to pick from. Whether you’re a food lover, sports enthusiast, art aficionado, or music fan, Colorado promises a summer full of fun. Mark your calendars and make the most of the warm weather by attending these summer events. For more summer adventures, check out Best Fourteeners in Colorado for Beginners, Top 5 Things to do in Denver, and Weekend Adventure Ideas – South Denver.


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