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.
This 40-year old festival showcases outstanding bluegrass music. Standard rules are set aside, as well-known and less famous artists take the genre to a higher and more unique level. The party does not end when the sun sets, as late night shows crank up at indoor venues nearby.
- Cripple Creek, Colo. in Cripple creek, CO
Come to Cripple Creek at the end of June. The town's herd of roaming donkeys star in this great two-day event. Main Street becomes an obstacle course for donkey races, as music plays in the background. Dog shows, a steak dinner and street dance fill the days with fun.
Steeped in history dating back to the 1800s, this event is filled with rodeo competitions, races and entertainment. Mascots Bucky and Bertha Longhorn delight the crowds during this eleven-day event.
- 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.
- Monarch Street Aspen, CO 81611 in Aspen, CO
For two days in late July, Monarch Street in downtown Aspen becomes an array of magnificent colors. This festival brings over 170 juried artists together with art lovers for a beautiful display of various art mediums, including pottery, paintings and sculpture.
- Larkspur, CO in Denver, CO
Located just north of Colorado Springs, Larkspur is home to knights, maidens, jousters and minstrels every weekend during the summer months. Step back in time to the 1500s, and experience all of its artistry in an interactive environment between the public and festival characters.