FRIDAY, MAY 27
CKS Paddlefest. A weekend of celebration on both land and water, including a kayak rodeo, races, paddling, river surfing, beer garden, music, food and more. Various locations around Buena Vista, 719-395-9206. Through May 30.
FridayFest! Free concerts downtown, every Friday, all summer long. 6 p.m. Various locations, Greeley, 970-356-6775. Fridays through Sept. 16.
SATURDAY, MAY 28
Bluegrass on the Arkansas Festival. Food, drink, fun and bluegrass music featuring Big Meadow, Blue Canyon Boys and Wood Belly, all in support of the Rotary Club of Salida. Riverside Park, Salida, bluegrassonthearkansas.org. Through May 29.
Boulder Creek Festival. Kickoff summer with music, eats, drinks, family fun, art and more. 10 a.m. 1236 Canyon Blvd., Boulder. Through May 31.
MONDAY, MAY 30
BOLDERBoulder 10K. This small, local 10K has grown to be one of the largest and most respected community running events in the world. The finish line is at the University of Colorado’s Folsom Field, which becomes the perfect venue for everyone to gather and watch the professional race and the Memorial Day Tribute. The first wave of runners starts at 6:50 a.m.The Memorial Day Tribute begins at noon at Folsom Field, 2400 Colorado Ave., Boulder
THURSDAY, JUNE 2
ShowDown Town. Free concerts all summer long. 6:30 p.m. Eagle Town Park, Eagle, 970-476-5612, vvf.org. Thursdays through Aug. 11.
FRIDAY, JUNE 3
Animas River Days. A costumed river parade, boatercross, kayaking, rafting, surf competitions, beer garden, food and more. 8:30 a.m. Santa Rita Park, 2700 Main Ave., Durango, animasriverdays.com. Through June 5.
First Friday Night of Art. Come see what local artists have to offer. 5 p.m. Various locations, Greeley, 970-356-6775. Every first Friday of the month.
SummerFest on the Rio. Head to Cole Park for children’s activities, food and beer, motorcycles, arts and crafts booths, games and live music on the banks of the Rio Grande River. Cole Park, Alamosa, summerfestontherio.org, 719-480-4806. Through June 4.
Telluride Balloon Festival. See the sky fill with hundreds of colorful and patterned balloons. Main Street, Telluride, tellurideballoonfestival.com. Through June 5.
SATURDAY, JUNE 4
The Cultural Caravan. The Cultural Caravan offers up its inaugural June festival, including: seven main stage concerts at co-presenting venues including the Dairy Arts Center, the ATLAS Institute at CU, and the Longmont Museum; free pop-up concerts in collaboration with dozens of local businesses and community organizations across Boulder County; free open rehearsals, where community members witness the collaborative process as it unfolds. June 4, 5 and 11, culturalcaravan.org/events
Cultural Day at The Museum of Boulder with The Latino Chamber of Commerce. Join us at the Museum of Boulder for an afternoon of dancing, networking and crafting. Noon-5 p.m. Museum of Boulder, 2205 Broadway, Boulder.
Dolores River Festival. The annual celebration with food, games and music from Deltaphonic, Joint Point Miller and Little Giant. 10 a.m. Joe Rowell Park, Dolores, doloresriverfest.org.
Manitou Springs Colorado Wine Festival. Taste wine from more than 35 Colorado wineries, paired with food and music. 11 a.m. Memorial Park, 502 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, 719-685-5089, manitousprings.org.
FRIDAY, JUNE 10
Gunnison River Festival. Celebrating the rivers and creeks that run through Gunnison County to promote clean waterways. Learn about the environment and participate in various games and competitions. Various locations, Gunnison, gunnisonriverfestival.com. Through June 12.
Pagosa Folk ‘N Bluegrass. The 15th annual festival with Tommy Emmanuel, Tony Furtado, Eilen Jewell, Lil Smokies, Town Mountain and more. Pagosa Springs, folkwest.com. Through June 12.
Palisade Bluegrass & Roots Music Festival. Yoga, farm tours, sports, art, food, drink and music from established and up-and-coming bluegrass talent. Riverbend Park, 451 Pendleton St., Palisade, 970-464-5602, palisademusic.com. Through June 12.
SATURDAY, JUNE 11
Lake Dillon Beer Festival. Local breweries will serve up their tasty concoctions to benefit the Colorado Brewers Guild. 1 p.m. Lake Dillon Amphitheater, W. Lodgepole St., Dillon, 970-468-2403.
Summer Concert Series. 7 p.m. Lake Dillon Amphitheater, W. Lodgepole St., Dillon, 970-455-4078. Fridays and Saturdays throughout the summer.
SUNDAY, JUNE 12
Boulder Jewish Festival. The event features a full day of festivities, including bands and performances; a Jewish food festival, a curated marketplace showcasing fine art and Judaica, along with family-friendly activities provided by community organizations. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. 1300 Block of Pearl Street, Boulder.
MONDAY, JUNE 13
Film on the Rocks: ‘Thor.’ Imprisoned on the other side of the universe, the mighty Thor’s quest for survival leads him in a race against time to prevent the all-powerful Hela (Cate Blanchett) from destroying his home world and the Asgardian civilization. 7 p.m. Red Rocks Amphitheatre, 18300 West Alameda Parkway, Morrison.
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 15
Rocky Mountain Mustang Roundup. The annual car show and autocross features a sea of classic cars. Various locations, Steamboat Springs, 303-430-0433, rockymountainmustangroundup.org. Through June 19.
THURSDAY, JUNE 16
FIBArk Whitewater Festival. America’s oldest and boldest whitewater festival with events on river and land. Downtown Salida, fibark.com. Through June 19.
Telluride Bluegrass Festival. Celebrate the summer solstice at an elevation of 8,750 feet with four days of music from Phil Lesh, Tenacious D, The Infamous Stringdusters, Greensky Bluegrass and many more. Telluride Town Park, 500 E. Colorado Ave., Telluride, 800-624-2422, bluegrass.com. Through June 19.
FRIDAY, JUNE 17
Frisco BBQ Challenge. Two days of music and barbecue served up by grillmasters from around the state, plus pig races, chef demos, whiskey and food competitions. Main Street, Frisco, 800-424-1554. Through June 18.
Aspen Food & Wine Classic. Against the backdrop of scenic Aspen, expert winemakers, celebrity chefs and culinary heavyweights come together for a packed weekend of events for all food and wine lovers. Wagner Park, S. Mill St., Aspen, 877-900-WINE. Through June 19.
SATURDAY, JUNE 18
Colorado Renaissance Festival. Join good King Henry for a festival packed with full-armor jousting, tasty turkey legs, crafts, music and more in a medieval city. Colorado Renaissance Festival, 650 W. Perry Park Ave., Larkspur, 303-688-6010, coloradorenaissance.com. Weekends through Aug. 7.
SUNDAY, JUNE 19
Aspen Summer Words. Hear from emerging writers and attend performances, writing workshops and panels with Aspen Words’ award-winning faculty and publishing experts. The Gant, 610 S. West End St., Aspen, 970-925-3122. Through June 24.
THURSDAY, JUNE 23
Alamosa Round-Up Rodeo. A staple of the San Luis Valley Heritage for close to 40 years. A full week of activities with all the rodeo classics, including a cattle drive, demolition derby, mutton busting, parade and rodeo. Alamosa Fair and Rodeo Grounds, 8784 Old Sanford Road, Alamosa, 719-589-9444, alamosaroundup.com. Through June 26.
Boulder Comedy Festival. Boulder Comedy Festival brings together incredible comedians and all the beauty and adventure that the Boulder area has to offer, creating an experience not to be missed. Through June 26.
Telluride Wine Festival. Four decadent days of good wine, fancy food and more. Various locations, Telluride and the Mountain Village, 970-728-9790. Through June 26.
Telluride Yoga Festival. A four-day event with over 100 offerings for yoga and meditation lovers. Movement, music, scenery and selfcare. 8 a.m. Various venues across Telluride and the Mountain Village. Through June 26.
FRIDAY, JUNE 24
Colorado Lavender Festival. Wake up and smell the lavender! Take tours of the lavender fields, and enjoy a weekend filled with lavender-themed activities. Various locations, Palisade, coloradolavender.org. Through June 26.
Scandinavian Midsummer Festival. Shakespeare, eat your heart out with this midsummer dream. A festival complete with maypoles, sausages and a beer garden. Bond Park, Elkhorn and MacGregor avenues, Downtown Estes Park, 303-947-7627, estesmidsummer.com. Through June 26.
SATURDAY, JUNE 25
Stills in the Hills. The end of prohibition is finally here, according to Stills in the Hills. Partake in the annual hootenanny celebrating Colorado’s many fine distilleries; Main Street shuts down and turns into a speakeasy open to the public. 1 p.m. Downtown Central City, Main Street, stillsinthehills.com.
Reds, Whites and Brews in the Boat. Music, shopping, food and an option for unlimited wine and beer tastings. Downtown Steamboat Springs, redswhitesandbrews.net.
THURSDAY, JUNE 30
Aspen Music Festival. Several weeks of performances at the base of the mountains. Multiple venues around Aspen, 970-970-9042, aspenmusicfestival.com. Through Aug. 21.
SUNDAY, JULY 3
South Fork July 3rd Early Independence Day Celebration. Why wait until July 4th to have fun? Celebrate Independence Day a day early with a bunch of activities including fireworks, barbecue, parade and rodeo. 8:30 a.m. Various locations, South Fork, 719-873-5512.
MONDAY, JULY 4
Alamosa Fourth of July Celebration. Enjoy the annual parade down Main Street.
10 a.m. Alamosa, 719-589-3681.
Aspen Old Fashioned Fourth of July Celebration. A local day of tradition, including fun, friends, family, fireworks and more. 8 a.m. Various locations around Aspen, 970-925-1940.
Breckenridge Independence Day Celebration. Celebrate Independence Day with events for all ages, including a bike race with more than 800 bikers, 70 floats, activities, performances and a showcase of street art in Breckenridge Creative Arts’ “Street Arts: Spangled.” Various locations downtown, Breckenridge, 888-251-2417.
Buena Vista Old Fashioned Fourth of July Celebration. A day full of activities including a pancake breakfast, parade, music, races, art, games and fireworks. Throughout Buena Vista, 719-395-6612.
Frisco’s Fabulous Fourth of July. Enjoy a quaint, small town party and a great music lineup that will culminate in a concert at the Historic Park Gazebo. 8 a.m. Downtown Frisco, 800-424-1554.
Telluride Fourth of July Celebration. A day full of activities in Telluride Town Park, including a picnic, kids’ games, airplane flybys, a parade, and barbecue. Main Street, Telluride, visittelluride.com.
WEDNESDAY, JULY 6
The RIDE Festival. The annual rock festival’s 2022 lineup features Arc Angels, Black Pistol Fire, North Mississippi Allstars and more. Various venues around Telluride, 970-369-0000. Through July 10.
FRIDAY, JULY 8
Crested Butte Music Festival. Get up into the high country, to one of Colorado’s most authentic ski towns, for an intimate, artistically diverse annual performing arts festival. Enjoy some gypsy jazz, bluegrass, Americana and other vibrant genres, in some of the Gunnison Valley’s most beautiful locations—on rafts, from pontoon boats, or beneath the stars. And in between sneak in a hike, go for a bike, and try some of the incredible restaurants that fill Crested Butte and Gunnison with flavor. This year, Nederland-based Yonder Mountain String Band will be bringing their iconic bluegrass tunes to the festival. Gunnison Valley, (970) 300-3409, crestedbuttemusicfestival.org. Through September 10.
Crested Butte Wildflower Festival. A week filled with more than 200 events including art classes, hikes, art workshops, birding, garden tours and cooking seminars all based around the beautiful blooming flowers. Various location, Crested Butte, 970-349-2571, crestedbuttewildflowerfestival.com. Through July 17.
Rhythm on the River Music and Arts Festival. Rhythm on the River is more than a music festival: It’s fun for the whole family, with arts and crafts, bounce houses, bungee swings, adventure climbing, the 5K River Run race, and the St. Vrain Rotary’s annual rubber Duck Race. Roger’s Grove Park, 220 Hover St., Longmont. Through July 9.
TUESDAY, JULY 12
The String Cheese Incident. 6 p.m. Lake Dillon Amphitheater, W. Lodgepole St., Dillon, 970-455-4078. Through July 13.
THURSDAY, JULY 14
International Climbers’ Festival. Competitions, art, food, film, music, beer and more to laud the climbing life. Lander, Wyoming, climbersfestival.org. Through July 17.
SATURDAY, JULY 16
39th Annual Winter Park Jazz Festival. KEM headlines, backed by a full-line up of the best vibes in jazz. 10 a.m. Rendezvous Event Center, 78841 U.S. Highway 40, Winter Park, 970-726-4118. Through
Aspen Arts Festival. A showcase of fine art creations made by local artists and craftspeople. 10 a.m. Paepcke Park, E. Main and S. Garmisch streets, Aspen, 561-746-6615. Through July 17.
The Salida Arts Festival. As one of the best art towns in the country, Salida hosts an arts fair run by and for artists, with 80 juried artists displaying their best work. Riverside Park, Salida, 719-539-2068. Through July 17.
MONDAY, JULY 18
Film on the Rocks: ‘The Sandlot.’It’s the beginning of a magical summer of baseball, wild adventures, first kisses and fearsome confrontations with the dreaded Beast and its owner who live behind the left field fence in this hilarious and warmhearted comedy. 7 p.m. Red Rocks Amphitheatre, 18300 West Alameda Parkway, Morrison.
WEDNESDAY, JULY 20
Crested Butte Wine & Food Festival. Seminars, dining, activities and, of course, hundreds of choices of fine wine. Various locations, Crested Butte, cbwineandfood.com, 970-349-7487. Through July 23.
FRIDAY, JULY 29
Evergreen Jazz Festival. Great jazz in an incredible mountain setting played in intimate venues by talented musicians. Various locations, Evergreen, 303-697-5467, evergreenjazz.org. Through July 31.
Mancos Days. Music, beer, fun and more. 7 p.m. Mancos Brewing Company, 484 Highway 160 E. Frontage Road, Manacos, 970-903-4545.
FRIDAY, JULY 29
Vail International Dance Festival. Two weeks of various events celebrating movement in the heart of the Rocky Mountains. Vail, 970-476-5612, vaildance.org. Through Aug. 9.
FRIDAY, AUGUST 5
Beat the Heat BBQ, Brews & Chili Challenge. Cool off from the hot summer with some delicious barbecue, cook offs, a corn-hole tourney and a mud-run obstacle course. Cole Park, 610 State Ave., Alamosa, 719-589-9386. Through Aug. 6.
SATURDAY, AUGUST 6
Boulder Taco Fest. The best tacos from Boulder County vendors, a curated list of craft breweries, eclectic tequilas, high-flying Luchadores, awesome live bands and lots of free fun for the kiddos. 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Both sides of Boulder Creek at Boulder Civic area and Boulder Library parking lot.
Colorado Scottish Festival. Travel to Scotland without leaving the Rocky Mountains at this festival that features highland dancing, piping, drumming and more. Citizens Park, 5420 W. 24th Ave., Edgewater, scottishgames.org. Through Aug. 7.
SUNDAY, AUGUST 7
Covered Wagon Days. Travel back in time and learn about the Wild West firsthand with art shows, parades, dancing, food and, of course, covered wagons. Del Norte, coveredwagondays.com. Through Aug. 8.
FRIDAY, AUGUST 12
Breckenridge International Festival of the Arts. A multi-arts, music and interdisciplinary program of installations, performances and events in a scenic location. Various locations, Breckenridge, 970-547-3100. Through Aug. 21.
Palisade Peach Festival. Enjoy Palisade’s harvest of famous peaches from the Colorado peach capital. Wash it all down with a slew of other entertainment. Riverbend Park, Palisade, 970-464-7458. Through Aug. 13.
Telluride Jazz Festival. One of Colorado’s best music towns hosts a packed lineup of superb music. Various locations around Telluride, 970-728-8037, telluridejazz.org. Through Aug. 14.
SATURDAY, AUGUST 13
Estes Park Wine Festival. Drink Colorado wine in the heart of downtown Estes Park with tastings of fresh food from local Colorado vendors. Bond Park, Downtown Estes Park, 970-218-4545. Through Aug. 14.
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 17
Telluride Mushroom Festival. Celebrate the many uses of fungi and all things mycology with workshops, forays, food and more. Various venues across Telluride, telluridemushroomfest.org. Through Aug. 21.
FRIDAY, AUGUST 26
Trinidaddio Blues Festival. Featuring The Sugaray Rayford Band, Mark Hummel’s Blues Harmonica Blowout, Cash Box Kings and more. Noon, 700 Smith Ave., Trinidad, trinidaddiobluesfest.com. Through
SATURDAY, AUGUST 27
Evergreen Fine Arts Festival. For over half a century, Evergreen has hosted a weekend of art in the cool mountain air during the height of summer. 10 a.m. Buchanan Fields, 32003 Ellingwood Trail, Evergreen, 303-349-3464, evergreenfineartsfestival.com. Through Aug. 28.
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 2
Four Corners Folk Festival. Featuring a packed lineup of local, national acts and more. Pagosa Springs, 970-731-5582, folkwest.com. Through Sept. 4.
JAS Labor Day Experience. Ring in the end of the summer with Stevie Nicks, Chris Stapleton, Leon Bridges and more. Snowmass Town Park, 2000 Brush Creek Road, Snowmass Village, 866-527-8499, jazzaspensnowmass.org. Through Sept. 4.
Early Iron Festival. One of the largest vintage car shows in Colorado with more than 600 vehicles to admire. Cole Park, First Street, Alamosa, 719-589-9170. Through Sept. 4.
Telluride Film Festival. A celebration of the best in film, past, present and future from talented filmmakers from all around the world in a scenic location. Various locations in Telluride, 510-665-9589, telluridefilmfestival.org. Through Sept. 5.
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 3
Labor Day Lift-Off. Experience the joy and art of hot air balloons at this free event. 6:30 a.m. Memorial Park, 1705 E. Pike’s Peak Ave., Colorado Springs, 719-219-3333, coloradospringslabordayliftoff.com. Through Sept. 5.