The Ten Best Colorado Summer Festivals

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The Ten Best Colorado Summer Festivals

Summer in Colorado is synonymous with festivals. Event season kicks into high gear with a jam-packed menu. We’ve offered up a few of our favorites to kick-start the planning of your Colorado summer vacation.

 

Telluride Bluegrass Festival

June 18 – 21, 2015

Entering its 42nd year, the Telluride Bluegrass Festival promises four days of incredible music and toe-tapping fun. Ry Cooder, Ricky Skaggs & the John Butler Trio are just a few of the bands who will tear up the stage at this world-renowned event. Coinciding this year with the summer solstice, start your summer off right and enjoy soulful songwriters, inspired sets and plenty of mountain hospitality.

Food & Wine Classic Aspen

June 19 – 21, 2015

Food & Wine magazine serves up an all-star lineup of celebrity chefs, culinary trends, and wine tastings at the 33rd annual Food & Wine Classic Aspen. This year’s culinary masters include Jacques Pépin, Marcus Samuelsson, and Morimoto. Mingle with the stars, enjoy great food and wine, and bask in all that is Aspen at this culinary classic.

 

Colorado Brewer’s Festival

June 26 – 28, 2015

We can’t think of a better way to celebrate summer than with a cold Colorado craft beer and live music. Fun & frivolity will fill the streets of downtown Fort Collins as 30 Colorado breweries showcase the best of Colorado brews. Sample the suds and interact with brewers at Friday’s ticketed event. Saturday and Sunday’s general event features alcohol and food service, entertainment on two stages and vendor booths.

Breckenridge July Art Festival

July 3 – 5, 2015

Over 100 artists will present original works, including paintings, jewelry, mixed-media, & sculpture in the heart of downtown Breckenridge. Celebrate Independence Day in this beautiful high-mountain community while enjoying one of the top art festivals in the U.S. Photo credit Mountain Art Festivals

Crested Butte Wildflower Festival

July 13 – 19, 2015

We’re betting you didn’t know that Crested Butte is THE wildflower capital of Colorado! Vibrant flowers blanket the mountains around Crested Butte during this annual event. You’ll have numerous ways to view and celebrate the beauty of these flowers, including van, hiking and backcountry photo tours. Photo credit gunnisoncrestedbutte.com

Vail International Dance Festival

July 27 – August 10, 2015

Now in it’s 26th season, the Vail International Dance Festival features a celebration of dance & artistry. The festival hosts 11 performances and a series of master classes and interactive events. Photo credit Vail Valley Foundation

 Palisade Peach Festival

August 13 – 16, 2015

Celebrate this succulent fuzzy fruit at the annual Palisade Peach Festival. The world-famous Palisade peach is the star of the show at this four-day event. You’ll enjoy an abundance of peach-infused pie, ice cream, preserves, salsa, brandy, wine . . . and, of course, plain old peaches!

USA Pro Cycling Challenge

August 17 – 23, 2015

You’ll find plenty of cycling action at the 2015 USA Pro Cycling Challenge. One of the largest cycling events in the country, this year’s race features a new overall start in Steamboat Springs and returns to Northern Colorado with a swing through Loveland & Fort Collins. 2015 boasts the inaugural elite women’s race, taking place over three days. Women will race on parts of the men’s course and for the same prize money as the men.

 

Colorado Mountain Winefest

September 17 – 20, 2015

The plateaus and warm valleys of Colorado’s Grand Valley provide the ideal conditions for growing world-class grapes, ultimately producing award-winning wines. Each year, thousands make their way to Palisade, CO for tastings, food & wine pairings, chef demos music and grape stomps.

Denver Oktoberfest

Sept 28 – 27, 2015

Oompah! This long-standing Denver tradition attracts over 350,000 of your best friends. Choose your activity, from the stein hoisting competition, keg bowling, or the Long-dog Derby, a race that determines Denver’s fastest dachshunds. Or, relax with a pint and enjoy the traditional German music and atmosphere. Photo credit Denver Oktoberfest

Why not pair a summer festival with a Colorado bicycle trip? Contact us now and let us help you plan the perfect Colorado bicycle vacation.

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