May 10, 2018 // Community Guides

The Ultimate Guide to Summer Festivals in Colorado 2018

While there are many fun ways to enjoy summer in Colorado, don’t forget the plethora of lively summer festivals! On this list, there’s sure to be something for every kind of festival-goer: take a look at these food, drink, art, dance, and music festivals, including unique festivals like a BBQ challenge, lavender festival, boating festival, and more.

 

Food and Drink Festivals

 

 

Manitou Springs Colorado Wine Festival

When: June 2, 2018

Where: Manitou Springs, CO

Cost: $30-$65

 

Colorado Brewers’ Festival

When: June 22-24, 2018

Where: Fort Collins, CO

Cost: Free festival entry. Tasting packages: $40 online and onsite.

 

Rapids & Grass Beer Festival

When: June 29th-July 1, 2018

Where: Buena Vista, CO

Cost: General Admission is $50. For VIP tickets and camping tickets, see details here.

 

Food & Wine Classic in Aspen

When: June 15-June 17, 2018

Where: Aspen, CO

Cost: See ticket options here.

 

Telluride Wine Festival

When: June 28-July 1, 2018

Where: Telluride, CO

Cost: Click here to sign up to receive an email when tickets go on sale for 2018.

 

Crested Butte Wine and Food Festival

When: July 15-July 29, 2018

Where: Crested Butte, CO

Cost: See ticket tiers and pricing options here.

 

A Taste of Colorado

When: September 1-September 3, 2018

Where: Denver, CO

Cost: Free, but VIP tickets are available for purchase.

 

Breckenridge Food and Wine

When: July 28, 2018

Where: Breckenridge, CO

Cost: See ticket options here.

 

Festival Italiano

When: September 8-September 9, 2018

Where: Lakewood, CO

Cost: Free admission, except for participation in certain activities.

 

Colorado Mountain Winefest

When: September 13-September 16, 2018

Where: Palisade, CO

Cost: General admission is $50. VIP and non-drinker admission is available. See website for details.

 

Snowmass Wine Festival

When: September 14-September 15, 2018

Where: Snowmass Village, CO

Cost: Tickets go on sale soon.

 

Taste of Fort Collins

When: June 8-June 10, 2018

Where: Fort Collins, CO

Cost: $5-$20

 

Keystone Wine & Jazz Festival

When: July 14-July 15, 2018

Where: Keystone, CO

Cost: $25 – $100

Going to Keystone this summer? See more Keystone festivals here.

 

Reds, Whites & Brews in the Boat

When: June 23, 2018

Where: Steamboat Springs, CO

Cost: $25 unlimited tasting, $65 VIP experience

 

Music, Dance, and Art Festivals

 

 

Telluride Bluegrass Festival 

When: June 21-24, 2018

Where: Telluride, CO

Cost: Ticket options can be seen here.

 

Underground Music Showcase

When: July TBD, 2018

Where: Denver, CO

Cost: Ticket information can be found here.

 

Vail Dance Festival

When: July 28-Augst 11, 2018

Where: Vail, CO

Cost: Ticket options can be found here.

 

Green Box Arts Festival

When: June 29-July 7, 2018

Where: Green Mountain Falls, CO

Cost: Prices vary depending on level of participation.

 

Jazz Aspen Snowmass

When: August 31-September 2, 2018

Where: Snowmass, CO

Cost: $249.95 + fees, see more details here.

 

Five Points Jazz Festival

When: May 19, 2018

Where: Five Points neighborhood in Denver, CO

Cost: Free

 

Upslope Get Down

When: May 19, 2018

Where: Boulder, CO

Cost: Free

 

Denver Day of Rock

When: May 26, 2018

Where: Denver, CO

Cost: Free admission, but festival pack and VIP tickets available for purchase.

 

Denver Arts Festival

When: May 26-May 27, 2018

Where: Denver, CO

Cost: Free

 

People’s Fair

When: June 1-June 3, 2018

Where: Denver, CO

Cost: Free

 

Denver Chalk Art Festival

When: June 2-June 3, 2018

Where: Denver, CO

Cost: Free

 

Strawberry Days

When: June 15-June 17, 2018

Where: Glenwood Springs, CO

Cost: Free

 

The Telluride Blues and Brews Festival

When: September 14-September 16, 2018

Where: Telluride, CO

Cost: Single day tickets start at $70, and late night tickets are $30. (Multi-day tickets are already sold out!)

 

Vail Jazz Party

When: August 30-September 3, 2018

Where: Vail, CO

Cost: Tickets and passes go on sale June 1st. See options and pricing here.

 

Additional Festivals

 

 

FIBArk (First in Boating on the Arkansas)

When: June 14-17, 2018

Where: Salida, CO

Cost: Registration and pricing for the different events can be found here.

 

Greeley Stampede

When: June 22-July 4, 2018

Where: Greeley, CO

Cost: Tickets can be purchased here.

 

Hot Air Balloon Rodeo

When: July 14-July 15, 2018

Where: Steamboat Springs, CO

Cost: Free

 

Crested Butte Wildflower Festival

When: July 6-July 15, 2018

Where: Crested Butte, CO

Cost: See the options for registration here.

 

Colorado State Fair

When: August 24-September 3, 2018

Where: Pueblo, CO

Cost: Tickets are available here.

 

Mike the Headless Chicken Festival

When: June 1-June 2, 2018

Where: Fruita, CO

Cost: Free

 

Lavender Festival

When: June 29-July 1, 2018

Where: Grand Junction, CO

Cost: Tickets for the various tours and seminars can be found on their website here.

 

Cattlemen’s Days

When: July 6-July 15, 2018

Where: Gunnison, CO

Cost: $20-$40, see details here.

 

Colorado Scottish Festival

When: August 4-August 5, 2018

Where: Edgewater, CO

Cost: Free for children under 12 and residents of the City of Edgewater, otherwise $10 for a single day pass and $20 for the weekend. More details can be found here.

 

Denver PrideFest

When: June 16-June 17, 2018

Where: Denver, CO

Cost: Free

 

Leadville Boom Days

When: August 3-August 5, 2018

Where: Leadville, CO

Cost: Free admission, although certain activities may have additional costs.

 

Paddlefest

When: May 25-May 28, 2018

Where: Buena Vista, CO

Cost: Register here, costs vary.

 

Boulder Creek Festival

When: May 26-May 28, 2018

Where: Boulder, CO

Cost: Free

 

Colorado BBQ Challenge

When: June 14-June 16, 2018

Where: Frisco, CO

Cost: Free

 


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Kayli Westergard

Kayli Westergard

Kayli Westergard is the Content Specialist at WK Real Estate. Her lifelong interest and involvement in real estate coupled with her love of social media and writing are a catalyst for her to share the tips and tricks of the local experience.


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