When overdue, Colorado summers seem particularly beautiful and make the cold winter feel worthwhile. The tulips on Pearl Street pop with color, wildflowers bloom in abundance along favorite hiking trails, and rivers replenish our precious reservoirs. Summer-time festivals around Colorado make for a great way to bask in all of our state’s natural beauty. Here are some of our favorites:
When: 6/7 – 8/11
Where: Mary Rippon Outdoor Theatre
Throughout the summer, join fellow Boulderites for a night of Shakespeare under the stars. CU Boulder presents some of the Bard’s best-loved plays, including “Twelfth Night”, “Romeo and Juliet”, “As You Like It”, and more. Show schedules vary, find your favorite here.
When: 6/20 – 6/23
Where: Telluride Town Park
Now in its 46th year, this music festival of epic proportions brings internationally acclaimed Bluegrass musicians to its stage. Favorites like Gregory Alan Isakov, Greensky Bluegrass, and Railroad Earth perform each night. Tickets for Thursday night are still available, but act quickly — they are sure to sell out.
When: 7/5 & 7/6, 10 am – 8 pm; 7/7, 10 am – 6 pm
With over 265 exhibitors, this festival will draw a crowd of art enthusiasts from all over the Front Range. Budding artists and long-tenured professionals will have original work available for purchase. Bring the kids and enjoy the festival’s “ARTivity Avenue” — complete with games and activities for the little ones. Live music, food vendors, and special performances make this a great way to spend the weekend.
When: 7/26 – 7/28
Where: Main Street Station and The Village at Breckenridge
With over 300 wines to taste from, this event will delight wine enthusiasts and excite new wine taster alike. From bold, zesty Zins to crisp, grassy Sauv Blancs, there’s something for every palate. Proceeds from the event will benefit a variety of global, humanitarian efforts. Cheers to a good cause!
When: 7/27 & 28 – 8 am start time
Where: Sloan’s Lake
This highly-anticipated festival is the largest dragon boat festival in the nation. Not only does it bring our state’s Asian communities together, it also shares a variety of Asian cultures with Front Range residents. From exhibitions like “Spring Roll Making” and a tea ceremony, live music and a noodle-eating contest, there’s plenty to do for the whole family. The dragon boat races kick off at 8 am.
When: 8/14 – 25, various times
Where: various locations
Started in 2004, this festival seeks to foster Boulder’s burgeoning artistic community. The week-long Fringe Festival provides, networking, educational, and promotional opportunities for artists from around the world. Events have yet to be announced. Check back here for more info as the festival approaches.
If you’re looking for an excuse to explore Colorado, listen to live music, or try new wines, look no further than our state’s myriad summer festivals. Gather the gang and head to any one of these festivals for a fun weekend and awesome experience.