With the majestic Rocky Mountains serving as a picturesque backdrop, Colorado is an ideal place for outdoor enthusiasts and nature lovers to visit. However, there's more to this state than just amazing hiking and challenging bike trails; the state is also home to large museums, music festivals, theater productions and much more.
- Cherry Creek North, Denver in Denver, CO
Every year in early July, roughly 350,000 people descend on Denver to enjoy this three-day event. Artists and artisans from across the nation are selected to participate in various competitions, providing festival-goers with a first-rate experience. Musical events kick off each evening making for a real party atmosphere.
- Arapahoe Community College 5900 South Santa Fe Drive Littleton, CO 80160 in LITTLETON, CO
As its name suggests, this Littleton festival aims to draw all art lovers. None of the pieces cost over $100, making art available to a broader audience. While less expensive, these pieces are not lacking in quality or style. The festival is held at the end of August.
- Telluride, Colorado in Telluride, CO
Purchasing a pass is the best way to experience this five-day event. Once pass holders have been seated at one of the nine venues, a very limited number of tickets are made available to the public. Some screenings and lectures are also free of charge and open to all.
- Civic Center Park, Denver in Denver, CO
This free, delectable and entertaining bonanza is held in September each year. With origins from 1895, this downtown Denver festival has been attracting hundreds of thousands of visitors for years. Food and craft tents, and concert stages are set up throughout Civic Center Park. A children's area plus educational sections round out the fun.
Balloons rise in the skies of Colorado Springs in a breath-taking rainbow of colors. Prior to each launch, briefings are given to the pilots and crews to which visitors have access. Each evening ends with a concert. Profits from concession stands are distributed to various charities.
- Palisade, Colorado in Palisade, CO
Numerous local wineries take part in this festival in Palisade. Thousands, 21 and over, fill Riverbend Park for a day of wine tastings and musical entertainment. Attendees learn about wine and food pairings, sample chocolates, and participate in the ever popular Grape Stomp.