Winters can be harsh. Sure there are fun things to do like hitting the slopes, snowshoeing, and hockey, plus plenty of indoor activities – but nothing is quite like summer.
Finally upon us, the warmer months are perfect for heading outside to soak up the sunshine and maybe even some festivals. So what festivals are on this year’s don’t miss list? Quite a few!
1. Colorado Shakespeare Festival
There is no better venue than the historic Mary Rippon Outdoor Theater on the University of Colorado campus. Each year they have a variety of classic plays, though there is a cost of admission to get in. This year, the lineup includes:
- Two Gentlemen of Verona – Shakespeare (June 5 – August 7, 2022)
- All’s Well That Ends Wel – Shakespeare (June 19 – August 6, 2022)
- The Book of Will – Lauren Gunderson (July 2 – August 6, 2022)
- Coriolanus –Shakespeare (July 16 – August 7, 2022)
- The Alchemist – Ben Jonson (August 2, 2022)
2. Greeley Stampede
Greeley Stampede is probably exactly what comes to mind when thinking of summer festivals. It’s rodeo season in the town of Greenly. Since the 1800s, this has been the place to be on the fourth of July.
It is located just an hour north of Denver and boasts the likes of The Band Perry and Kenny Rogers. Other traditional rodeo favorites include PRCA Xtreme Bull riding and demolition derbies – something for everyone! It is free to get in, but keep in mind that some events or specials will require payment. There are multiple rodeo performances throughout the ten days of the festival, so be sure to see the schedule for PBR Rodeo for specific dates and times. (June 23rd – July 4th, 2022).
3. Cherry Creek Arts Festival
Cherry Creek Arts Festival is in its 31st year this year. It is free to attend and is only a three-day event from July 1 – July 3, 2022. It is a showcase for culinary, visual, and performing arts.
4. Summer BrewFest
This option is located at Mile High Station in downtown Denver, a one-day event on July 23rd. You do have to buy a ticket for this one and VIP tickets are also available. Check out live music, food trucks, and breweries from local places and travelers from across the country as well.
5. Crested Butte Arts Festival
This festival is now in its 50th year and has something for everyone. Enjoy music, food, and art from all over the world. You may even bid on art if you wish to take some home with you. Kids will also enjoy it as they can get their hands’ dirty playing with crafts too. it is free admission (August 5 – August 7)
6. Leadville Boom Days
Looking for a place for you? This is it! If you want to see the infamous burro races, one part foot race, and one party donkey race, it’s a sight to see. It also holds a parade, reenactments, and other races. (August 5 – August 7)
7. Palisade Peach Fest
It’s difficult to discuss summer without also mentioning peachers. Every year, there is the Palisade Peach Fest in the peach capital of Colorado of course, which is located near Grand Junction.
Join for peach-themed events like a peach eating contest, taste famous peaches, and sample some of the best wine in the state. They do charge an admission fee, so be prepared! (August 11 – August 12, 2022)
8. Telluride Jazz Festival
Music lovers, rejoice! This jazz festival has some of the best funk, jazz, and soul artists from not only in the state but all over the world. You can attend one day, or all three, but you won’t want to miss the grand finale, which is a New Orleans-themed set! Purchase passes based on the dates you wish to attend between August 12 and August 14.
9. The State Fair!
What is a festival list without the state fair? Plus, Colorado is one of the biggest in the west. This year, Three Days Grace is headlining with all sorts of other artists to see and events to attend. Day passes are required, plus an additional ticket for the other events you may want to attend. This year’s fair is held from August 26 – September 5.
There are plenty of events to choose from in Colorado. So much so that locals, neighboring states, and cross-country enthusiasts make the trip every single year! Find what you know and love all in the same place. For a little extra fun, be sure to check out Colorado’s robust marijuana scene to boost any activity!