Our state is known for hosting an incredible number of festivals each year. From gatherings steeped in tradition to new age options (and some that are just plain weird), there’s truly something for everyone at some point this year. If you’re looking forward to attending a festival (or several) in 2023, here are a few to check out:
May 6-7: Cinco De Mayo Festival
If you’d like to stay close to home in Boulder, hop over to Denver for the city’s annual Cinco de Mayo festival. This gathering will be held on May 6-7, and will feature a fantastic lineup of festivities. Participants can enjoy a parade, Chihuahua races, lowrider car show, and plenty of live music and traditional dancing. Great food from Denver’s best Mexican restaurants will also be available for purchase.
June 2-3: Mike the Headless Chicken Festival
This one is a bit gruesome, but it’s a quirky part of Colorado’s history that’s celebrated each year. Mike the Headless Rooster almost became dinner in Fruita in 1945, but somehow managed to survive without his head. Mike “The Wonder Chicken” lived another 18 months, and this legend’s spirit is now celebrated each summer. Those who make the trek to Fruita can participate in a 5K race and take part in a plethora of additional activities. Head over to this site to learn more about this wild state tradition.
June 11-August 13: Colorado Shakespeare Festival
Looking for something right here in Boulder? If you’re a theater enthusiast, you won’t want to miss out on the Colorado Shakespeare Festival presented by CU Boulder. This beloved festival has been a Boulder mainstay since 1958, and is still just as influential in our community. This year’s performances include Much Ado About Nothing, The Winter’s Tale, King Lear, and One Man, Two Guvnors. Tickets are on sale now!
June 16-18: Aspen Food and Wine Classic
The Food and Wine Classic hosted in Aspen has been a highly anticipated event for four decades. This event is so sought after that tickets are already sold out for this year (but you can still join the waitlist). Here, you can sample over 150 brands of wine, foods, spirits, and more in the Grand Tasting Pavilion. There’s also a great selection of cooking demos and beverage seminars hosted by culinary leaders. This is definitely a festival to put on your calendar!
July 1-3: Cherry Creek Arts Festival
Those who appreciate art in all its forms will appreciate the Cherry Creek Arts Festival. Presented by Toyota this year, this iconic art festival attracts visitors from across the nation. This summer’s gathering will feature visual, culinary, and performance art by 255 creators from across the globe. Attendees will also have the opportunity to bid on pieces during the art auction.
September 1-4: Telluride Film Festival
In case you missed the Boulder International Film Festival or simply enjoy traveling for viewings, the Telluride Film Festival is a can’t-miss. Many blockbusters have premiered here, including Brokeback Mountain, Juno, and The Civil War. Although Telluride is quite a hike from Boulder, it’s well worth the trip for film aficionados.
Colorado is a wonderful place to call home. Although I’m partial to Boulder, there’s no denying that our entire state has a lot to offer. The festivals highlighted here are just a small sample of all that’s going on this year–so be on the lookout for other awesome festivities!