11 Festivals to Celebrate Summer

What would summer be without a few classic Colorado festivals to kick up the fun factor?

These 11 offer something for everyone.


Colorado Renaissance Festival: June 16-Aug. 5, Larkspur
Enjoy this celebration of magical realms that goes through August 5 (weekends only). Don’t miss the well-played comedy acts, jousting competitions, Big Cats, and more, plus a festival menu that includes those famous turkey drumsticks!

Donkey Derby Days: June 22-24, Cripple Creek
Donkey races, games, live entertainment, food vendors, children’s activities, baby donkeys (cue the oohs and aahs), and more. You can even enter your dog in a dog show and compete for prizes.

Greeley Stampede: June 22-July 4, Greeley
This festival is packed with events and activities: concerts, bull fighting, a kids rodeo, and a demolition derby to name just a few. New to the Stampede are the Brushes & Bulls guided painting event and the Cowboy Games themed obstacle course.

Cowboys’ Roundup Days: June 30-July 4, Steamboat Springs
Tap into your Western roots at this old-fashioned community celebration. Enjoy a Pro Rodeo, free concert, block party, Independence Day celebration, and more.


Hot Air Balloon Rodeo: July 14-15, Steamboat Springs
No bucking broncos at this rodeo, but you will find plenty of colorful hot air balloons and balloon contests, arts and crafts, performances, a kids zone and interactive children’s area, food vendors, and more!

Pearl Street Arts Fest: July 21-22, Pearl Street in Boulder
This lively celebration of the arts includes artists from around the country, children’s art activities, and live performances.

Buffalo Bill Days: July 26-29, Golden
The whole family will find something to enjoy here: activities like Cody’s Wild West, mutton bustin’, live music, car shows, a golf tournament, food and merchandise vendors, and the list goes on.


Douglas County Fair & Rodeo: August 2-5, Castle Rock
This year marks the 100th anniversary of the fair and rodeo. There’s so much family fun to be had: a rodeo; carnival; mutton bustin’; barrel racing; an interactive, hands-on agricultural learning experience; pie-eating contest; and more.

Olathe Sweet Corn Festival: August 4, Olathe
Nothing screams “summer” louder than sweet corn. If you love the cobs from Olathe, you must go. This one-day festival features live music and, of course, a corn-eating contest, plus plenty of family-friendly activities.

Western Welcome Week: August 10-19, Littleton
This annual community celebration includes over 40 events — including free entertainment, an arts and crafts fair, and a Grand Parade — and benefits dozens of local civic and charitable organizations.

Palisade Peach Festival: August 17-18, Palisade
Go straight to the source for peach mania! Starting with the parade, to a pancake breakfast, to the Peach Cuisine and BBQ Throwdown demos, to a peach-eating contest, to the biggest peach contest, you’ll have a peachy time at this favorite Colorado festival.




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