Autumn in our great state sets the wilderness ablaze with gorgeous colors while inviting its human population to enjoy crisp, cool evenings around crackling campfires. Fall music festivals offer a fabulous excuse to pack up the car and explore a different neck of the woods, complete with live music, new friends, and the great outdoors. Here are some exciting music festivals happening around Colorado this fall.
Meow Wolf Vortex 2022
When: 8/5 – 7
Where: The Junk Yard, Denver
Dance, laugh, and play with friends at this weekend music festival hosted by Denver’s Meow Wolf. Dress in your funkiest garb, invite some eccentric buds, and book a stay in one of Denver’s cool hotels to make this a memorable staycation. Internationally renowned artists including Toro y Moi, Dixon, and Neil Francis play alongside dozens of other local and nationally-recognized DJs and musicians at Vortex 2022.
Telluride Jazz Fest
When: 8/12 – 14
Where: Telluride, Colorado
26 jazz artists will pack the tiny mountain town of Telluride this August for one of our state’s most epic music festivals. Jazz lovers from across the world make it a priority to trek out to Telluride and catch some of their favorites in person. Start planning your stay now as hotels and AirBnB’s are sure to fill up quickly.
When: 9/2 – 4
Where: Villa Grove, Colorado
Spend Labor Day weekend in one of the prettiest places – the San Luis Valley. Country music fans unite! Seven Peaks music festival will feature famous artists including Dierks Bentley, Tracy Lawrence, and Old Crow Medicine Show. Camp out amongst the stars, take a short road trip to nearby hot springs, or just enjoy being outside with good music and good people.
Spanish Peaks International Celtic Music Festival
When: 9/22 – 25
Where: La Veta, Colorado
Music festivals aren’t all bluegrass, country, or EDM. There’s a little bit of something for every preference in our colorful state. The Celtic Music Festival features talented musicians from around the country playing classic celtic songs and new takes on old favorites. Since 2005, this multi-day fest has offered lessons, workshops, music, and more to anyone willing to make the journey to this south-central portion of Colorado.
When: 9/23 – 25
Where: Red Feather Lakes, Colorado
This grassroots music festival began six years ago in an effort to give local musicians a chance to play outdoors in a laid-back and welcoming environment. Now, this community-driven initiative welcomes hundreds of people each fall. Tickets are donation-only and camping each night is highly encouraged. For a chance to get out of your comfort zone, make new friends, and support Northern Colorado’s music scene, put Jamaland on your calendars as a can’t miss music fest.
Autumn in Colorado isn’t just for leaf-peepers, it’s for music-enthusiasts of all types. Bring your camping gear or book a stay in an elegant hotel or luxe AirBnB to make a weekend adventure out of it. There’s almost nothing better than crisp autumn afternoons in the mountains, dancing to killer music.