Colorado Festivals Not to Miss This Summer

Summer festival season is underway, and this is my specialty. After all, I’ve been covering Colorado festivals on since 2010. Over the last six years, I’ve seen a huge increase in the number of festival across the Rocky Mountains.

With so many festivals happening on any given weekend, it’s hard to decide when and where to spend your time. That’s where I come in. Here are a few of my favorite Colorado summer festivals..

Morrison, Colorado — July 8-10, 2016

Ryan and I have been attending this festival for a number of years, and it’s one that we eagerly anticipate every summer. The most authentic German festival in Colorado, Biergarten takes place in the green rolling hills of Morrison, Colorado, just west of Denver. The weekend is filled with German music, German dancing, German food, and of course, German beerbecause no German party is complete without Paulaner in your stein.

Keystone, Colorado — July 16-17, 2016

Wine lovers, listen up. If you want to try a lot of wine, including some you’ve probably never heard of, make sure you attend this year’s Keystone Wine & Jazz Festival in Keystone, Colorado. In addition to hundreds of wines, this chill mountain wine festival has fascinating educational seminars.

What’s better than jazz and wine in the sunny Colorado Rockies? Not much. We’ve attended various wine events around Colorado, and this one is a hands-down favorite.

Winter Park, Colorado — August 6, 2016

Drink beer in one of Colorado’s best mountain festival venues, Hideaway Park. I’ve been attending this festival for a while, and it’s tops in my book. Every year they manage to attract several new-to-me breweries, which keeps things exciting for beer lovers like myself. With great bands and a stellar setting, this beer festival is hard to beat. Plus, their VIP section is the best I’ve experienced.  

Durango, Colorado — August 27, 2016

This is the best brewfest in the southwest, and it’s getting bigger and better each year. For those of us from the Denver area, it’s a chance to experience a lot of beers not available on the Front Range, and it’s an opportunity to explore Durango, one of Colorado’s most dynamic towns. Durango is a place where cowboy culture and modern culture come together in a beautiful way. This friendly town has amazing restaurants and six fine breweries, and anyone visiting in order to attend San Juan Brewfest should book an extra couple days to get to know this extraordinary town.

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