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Colorado Festivals and Fairs Guide

Colorado Festivals and Fairs

Music, Beer, Films, Livestock, Art, Food are just a few reasons for a whole bunch of people to get together in a Colorado downtown, or in a Colorado town park, or on a Colorado ranch on at a Colorado fairground. We've assembled our list of favorite Colorado Festivals to share with you.

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Upcoming 2014 Festivals:
July 2014

July 26 - August 2, 2014
Fremont County Fair, Canon City
As All-American as locally grown and hand-picked apples, the Fremont County Fair encompasses multiple weekends in July and into August. Held at the Fremont County Fairgrounds in Cañon City and Pathfinder Park in Florence, the fair spotlights not only local 4-H youth and their livestock but also area cooks, artists, craftsmen and rodeo athletes. It is wholesome family fun, and you might just walk away with an apple pie for dessert.

July 27 August 9
Vail International Dance Festival
,Celebrating its 26th season the Vail International Dance Festival, lead by Artistic Director Damian Woetzel, is a celebration of dance held July 27 - August 9, 2014 in Vail, Colorado, features many forms of dance, and boasts an international reputation and dedicated following. The year the Festival will host 9 performances at the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater, 2 performances at the Vilar Performing Arts Center, a series of master classes and free interactive events in the streets of Vail at Solaris Plaza and Arrabelle Square. Artists that have visited the Festival include: New York City Ballet MOVES, BalletX, Martha Graham Dance Company, Paul Taylor Dane Company, Pacific Northwest Ballet and stars from the Royal Ballet, New York City Ballet, America Ballet Theater, Alvin Ailey Dance Company, the Moscow Stanislavsky Ballet, Hamburg Ballet and Harlem Dance Company. The 2014 Festival line-up will be announced in January 2014 and tickets will go on-sale March 25, 2014.
July 31 - August 3, 2014
2nd Annual Roof of the Rockies Jeep Jamboree
, "It's a Jeep thing; you wouldn't understand."

August 2014
August 1 - 3, 2014
Cortez Rendezvous Hot Air Balloon Rally, Cortez
August 1 - 3, 2014
Crestone Music Festival 2014, Crestone
August 1-3, 2014
Bluegrass and Beer Festival,
Down-home cooking, frothy flavors, and mountain music are just a piece of the pie. In a whirlwind of hillbilly luxuries, folks gather while 30+ microbreweries from Colorado and beyond showcase their unique blends of hops and barleys.
August 1 - 2, 2014
Beat the Heat BBQ, Brews & Chili Challenge 2014, Alamosa
August 1-3, 2014,
Telluride Jazz Celebration
, Telluride Telluride Jazz Celebration ranks among the world's most memorable music festivals.
August 1-3, 2014
42nd Annual Crested Butte Arts Festival,
Elk Avenue, Crested Butte
August 1-3, 2014
Pagosa Springs - 2014 Archuleta County Fair
August 1-3, 2014
Leadville Boom Days
, Leadville's Annual Boom Days, which takes place the first weekend in August, has been honored by the United States Congress as a Local Legacy Event. This three-day celebration of the area's mining heritage offers entertainment for people of all ages and interests, from mining competitions, motorcycle games and a rod and gun show, to live music, a craft fair and parade.e 21-mile Leadville Boom Days International Pack Burro Race - the second leg of Pack Burro Racing's Triple Crown - is always a crowd favorite. See more
Aug. 1 - Aug. 17, 2014
Piknik Theatre Festival
, In Collaboration with the Steamboat All Arts Festival. Bring a picnic basket and a blanket for sixteen days of FREE outdoor Shakespeare and musical comedy presented in the Yampa River Botanic Park
August 2, 2014
Leftapalooza, Left Hand Brewing Co., Longmont
Left Hand Brewing Company's ultimate music and craft beer experience brings together some of the most talented cover acts in the country to help raise funds and support for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

August 2 - 3, 2014
27th Annual Beaver Creek Art Festival, Avon

August 3, 2014
Keystone Bluegrass and Brews Festival: Lindsay Lou and the Flatbellys, River Run Plaza, Keystone

August 6-10, 2014
La Plata County Fair Friday, La Plata County Fairgrounds

Aug. 6 - 10, 2014
Steamboat Wine Festival
, A premier destination event where master winemakers, culinary greats, and distinguished guests gather to play, wine, and dine
Aug 7-17, 2014
Telluride Chamber Music Festival
August 8-10, 2014
MotherLode Music Festival, Lake George

August 8-10, 2014
ARISE Loveland
August 8-10, 2014
Wine & Spirits Festival,
Celebrate the pleasures of the palate at our 10th annual Beaver Creek Wine and Spirits Festival sponsored by Wine Spectator Magazine
August 8-9, 2014
Rotary/Krystal 93 Festival in the Park: Freefallin' (Tom Petty Trib Band), Samantha Fish, Ash Ganley, Carolyn Wonderland, Cassie Taylor, Kevin Danzig and Faith Crawford, The Grins, Battle of the Bands, Downtown Dillon, Dillon

August 9 - 10, 2014
Gold Rush Days, Buena Vista
August 9 - 10, 2014
7th Downtown Frisco Art Fair, Frisco
August 9-10, 2014
Heritage Festival,
Estes Park, Take a step back in time and explore the history of Estes Park at the Heritage Festival. Your entire family can participate, learning about the hearty pioneers who settled the region.
August 9, 2014
Denver Blues and Brews Festival: Steady Rollin Bob Margolin, Old South Pearl Street, Denver

August 9 - 10, 2014
Gold Rush Days, Buena Vista

August 9-10, 2014
Heritage Festival,
Estes Park, Take a step back in time and explore the history of Estes Park at the Heritage Festival. Your entire family can participate, learning about the hearty pioneers who settled the region.

August 9 - 10, 2014
7th Downtown Frisco Art Fair, Frisco

August 14 - 17, 2014
Palisade Peach Festival, Palisade

August 14 - 17, 2014
6th Steamboat All Arts Festival, Steamboat Springs

August 14 - 17, 2014
Telluride Mushroom Festival, Telluride

August 14-17, 2014
2014 True West Railfest, Durango Silverton Railroad, The D&SNG will again partner with True West Magazine to bring you the 2014 True West Railfest celebration of railroading and the western lifestyle. Watch for new, exciting events!

Aug. 14 - Aug. 17, 2014
Routt County Fair,

August 15 - 17, 2014
Gunnison Car Show & High Octane Arts & Crafts Festival, Gunnison

August 15-17, 2014
Bohemian Nights at NewWestFest, Fort Collins -
Bohemian Nights at NewWestFest is a free, three-day music festival held the third weekend in August each year in historic Old Town Fort Collins.

August 15-17, 2014
Rocky Mountain Folks Fest: Greg Brown, Ani DiFranco, Sarah Jarosz, Rocky Mountain Folks Festival Grounds, Lyons

August 17 - 18, 2014
Golden Fine Arts Festival, Golden

August 22 - September 1, 2014
Colorado State Fair, Pueblo

August 22 - 24, 2014
Food Wine and Art Festival, Cortez

August 22 - 24, 2014
7th Annual Prairie Biker Rally, Brush

August 22-24, 2014
NedFest, Jeff Guercio Memorial Ballfield, Nederland

August 22-24, 2014
30th Annual Genuine Jazz & Wine
, Copper Mountain, A stellar line-up of national jazz talent and wine tastings.

August 22-23, 2014
Keystone Mountain Music Festival: Frution, River Run Plaza, Keystone

August 23, 2014
Fort Collins Peach Festival, Hughes Stadium,

August 23, 2014
San Juan Brewfest, Held in downtown Durango on Main Ave. between 12th and 13th Streets. Sponsored by Purgatory at Durango Mountain Resort, this event benefits United Way of Southwest Colorado.

August 27 - September 1, 2014
Telluride Film Festival, Telluride

Aug 7-17, 2014
Telluride -
Telluride Chamber Music Festival

Aug. 28-Sept. 1, 2014
Four Corners Motorcycle Rally™, Durango
Rally Central which moved from downtown Ignacio to the Sky Ute Fairgrounds in 2012 will again be giving away a brand new motorcycle. Bands, vendors, field events, and a number of poker runs take off from Rally Central. The Ms. Four Corners Motorcycle Rally contest will also be held along with other contests such as tattoo and arm wrestling, all of which start Friday and run until Monday. Of course there is tent and RV camping on-site.

August 29-31, 2014
Copper Country
, Copper Mountain, A FREE Labor Day festival tradition featuring live music, Arts Festival, kids' crafts and more!

August 29-31, 2014
Pagosa Springs
- Four Corners Folk Festival

August 29 - September 1, 2014
10th Annual Wild West Air Fest & Labor Day Celebration, Steamboat Springs

Aug 29 - 31, 2014
JAS Aspen Snowmass Labor Day Experience
, Snowmass Town Park

August 29-Sept. 1, 2014
Vail Jazz Festival Ann Hampton Callaway, Jazz Tent Vail Square, Vail

August 30 - 31, 2014
Salsa Fiesta and Mountain Run Weekend, Creede

August 30, 2014
Early Iron Festival 2014, Alamosa, The Early Iron Club is a group of car enthusiasts that joined together 30 years ago to promote the interest of street rodding. We try to promote street rodding in an environment that is safe, fun, and family orientated.

Aug. 30, 2014
Tour de Fat, Civic Center Park, Fort Collins

August 30-31, 2014
Beaver Creek Oktoberfest
, Beaver Creek's 15th annual Oktoberfest returns with foot stompin' oom-pah-pah music, unbeatable beer, and wunderbar wurst!

September 2014 Festivals and Fairs

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September 1, 2014
Avogadro's 7thAnnual Avo's Jazz Festival, Avogadro's, Fort Collins -

September 4 - 7, 2014
Longs Peak Scottish Irish Highland Festival, Estes Park

September 5-7 and September 12-14, 2014

Munich comes to Vail for the world's greatest celebration of beer, music and autumn - Oktoberfest! The event will see two full weekends of blown-out Bavarian fun including the return of many crowd favorites like the Bratwurst Eating Contests, Stein Lifting Competition and Keg Bowling. Emulating the age-old celebration known all over the world, Vail Oktoberfest delights guests with Bavarian music and dancing, traditional fare, yodeling, alpenhorn blowing, beverages and much more.15+

September 6, 2014
Aspen Mac and Cheese Fest,
Hopkins Avenue

September 6 - 7, 2014
Salida Fiber Festival Salida Fiber Festival
Dozens of vendors, Artisan crafted items, fiber, fleece, yarns, rivings, food, wine beer, equipment, demonstrations, children's activities and

September 6, 2014
Imogene Pass Run, Telluride

September 6, 2014
Harvest Beer Festival, Cortez

September 6, 2014
15th Annual Fall Festival of Beers & Chili Cook-Off, Mt. Crested Butte

September 6, 2014
Oktoberfest, Keystone

September 11 - 14, 2014
Salida Bike Fest, Salida

September 12-14, 2014
Snowmass Balloon Festival,

September 12-13, 2014
Snowmass Wine Festival
, Snowmass

September 12-14, 2014
Telluride Blues and Blues Fest: Violent Femmes, George Clinton And Parliament Funkadelic, The Robert Cray Band, Anders Osborne and more

September 12 - 14, 2014
Colorado Pro Rodeo Association State Finals, Grand Junction

September 12 - 14, 2014
20th Annual OktoberFest, Breckenridge

September 13, 2014
3rd Larkspur Autumn Harvest & Craft Fest, Larkspur Community Park

September 13, 2014
AppleFest, Buena Vista

September 19-20, 2014
Rendezvous Music Festival, Beaver Creek. Rendezvous Music Festival at Beaver Creek is a unique and intimate two-day fall music experience on September 19th and 20th. The event brings award winning musicians to the village with outdoor stages, VIP events and intimate house concerts. Blending music, food and wine and entertainment to create a one-of-a-kind event for attendees in Beaver Creek Colorado, one of the world's most vibrant mountain settings.

September 20th, 2014
Bikes & Brews, Red Canyon Cycles, Canon City,
Bikes and Brews combines the Royal Gorge Century Ride (50k, & Metric routes too) with Micros on Macon beer tasting to create one of the coolest events in Southern Colorado. Join Fremont Adventure Recreation and Red Canyon Cycles for an experience you won't soon forget!

September 18 - 21, 2014
Colorado Mountain Winefest, Palisade, The main event serves as the industry's most celebrated wine festival, with dozens of wineries offering the premier local wine tasting.

September 18 - 21, 2014
34th Annual Festival of Film, Breckenridge, Since its opening event in 1981, the Breckenridge Film Festival has celebrated the art of filmmaking. Each year a unique and varied array of independent films, premieres, receptions, educational programs and retrospectives honoring featured guests takes place high in the Colorado Rockies.

September 19 - 21, 2014
Loaf N' Jug Presents the 20th Annual Chile & Frijoles Festival, Pueblo

September 19 - 21, 2014
Colorfest Weekend, Pagosa Springs. The beautiful San Juan mountains serve as a spectacular backdrop for this annual event, so get ready for an incredible weekend complete with color, excitement and high flying fun! We're working on this year's list of colorful, eyecatching hot air balloons and there's sure to be many to delight! The first Colorfest Hot Air Balloon Rally in 1986!

September 19 - 21, 2014
Creede's Fall Color Cruisin' the Canyon Car Show, Creede

September 19 - 21, 2014
Fall Harvest Car Show, Fort Morgan

September 19-22, 2014
Telluride WOW Festival, A health, fitness and wellness event that will bring world-class presenters, instructors and athletes to Telluride to lecture and hold fitness classes on the latest health, fitness, wellness, nutrition and medical trends.

Sep. 19 - 21, 2014
Steamboat OktoberWest
Rocky Mountain beer, local food specialties and festivities

September 19-21, 2014
Pagosa Springs
-ColorFest Weekend 2014

Sept. 20,21, 2014
, Downtown Florence

September 20 - 21, 2014
Autumn Gold - A Festival of Bands, Brats 'n Beer
Bond Park, Estes Park

September 20 - 21, 2014
Uncorked Wine & Music Festival, Lake City

September 25 - 28, 2014
10th Annual Spanish Peaks International Celtic Music Festival, La Veta, Having begun as a seasonal gathering of musical friends and family at the Yule homestead in Gardner, the festival continues to draw artists of international renown from Scotland, Ireland, and closer to home to settle for a time in beautiful Spanish Peaks Country.

Sept. 26-Oct. 1, 2014
Aspen Filmfest
, Wheeler Operahouse

September 26 - 27, 2014
Octobrewfest, Greeley

September 26-27, 2014
Longmont Oktoberfest, Roosevelt Park, Longmont, featuring Longmont's local breweries and fresh fare, live music, and German themed fun & festivities for all ages! Get in the Deutschland spirit with the annual best dressed, stein holding and brautwurst eating contests and more!

September 26 - 28, 2014
Mancos Valley Mesa Verde Country Balloon Festival, Mancos

September 26 - 27, 2014
Brush Oktoberfest, Brush

September 26-27, 2014
Lionshead Wine, Spirit and Chocolate Festival
, A two-day event featuring Colorado wine and spirit growers who are on hand for tastings, serving, and selling their fruits of the vine. In addition to the great wine, creative Chocolate dessert samplings created by a balance of local pastry chefs and outside vendors will be for sale to patrons wishing to pair the wines with chocolate.

Sept. 26-28, 2014
Mountain Harvest Festival
The annual Mountain Harvest Festival is a community celebration of agriculture, art, music, and life on Colorado's Western Slope. The festival features locally grown and produced agricultural products, including local beer and wine and offers the opportunity to meet local farmers, artists, musicians, craftsmen and performers. Paonia,

Sept. 27,28, 2014
Harvest Festival
, Abbey Winery Grounds, Canon City
As September comes to a close, the grapes of summer are gathered and transformed into the most wonderful wine to pass one's lips. The Harvest Festival on Winery Grounds at the Holy Cross Abbey in Cañon City is where the fruit of the vine is celebrated, as well as tasty morsels, fine arts & crafts and live music. Call 719-276-5191 for information.

October 2014 Festivals and Fairs

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October 2-4, 2014
Cedaredge Applefest

October 3-4, 2014
Celtic Fest & Oktoberfest,
To celebrate the Irish by enjoying authentic beers and wines, Celtic dancing and music. Switch gears the next day with an atmosphere jam-packed with German food and spirits, root beer, music, children's activities, friends, and fun! Click here for more info.

October 4, 2014
Oktoberfest on Main Street, La Veta

October 4-5, 2014
Elk Fest,
Estes Park, To celebrate the annual elk rut and learn about the "wapiti," the Native American name for elk, Estes Park hosts the 17thAnnual Elk Fest in Bond Park and the surrounding area. The festival is free but for fees for the elk bugling contest and elk viewing bus tours.

October 10 - 12, 2014
Telluride Horror Show, Telluride, The 4th Annual Telluride Horror Show is a 3-day genre film festival in world-famous Telluride, Colorado. For three days, film fans will experience the latest horror, fantasy, and sci-fi films in Telluride's historic Sheridan Opera House and Nugget Theatre. The festival screens an average of 20 feature films and 30+ short films, and hosts special programs, guests, and events. If you love genre flicks then you don't want to miss this fest. Named one of the "20 Coolest Film Festivals" in 2011 by Moviemaker Magazine.

October 10 - 12, 2014
Durango Heritage Celebration, A series of events honoring Durango's Victorian and Old West Past. You'll find that a large number of event goers will be dressed in authentic period attire throughout the celebration. We encourage everyone to join in the fun by donning your Victorian, Edwardian or Old West finery for any of our events.

October 24 - 25, 2014
Breckenridge Craft Spirits: 5th Annual Still on the Hill Festival,

October 25, 2014
2014 Manitou Springs Emma Crawford Coffin Races, Manitou Springs

November 2014 Fairs and Festivals

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November 15, 2014
Nitro Fest, Left Hand Brewing Co., Longmont,, Pouring a variety of craft Nitro beers from our brewery friends and featuring local community fare

November 28 - 29, 2014
The 25th Creede Chocolate Festival, Creede



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