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.
- 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.
This is a terrific September party. The Bal de Maison is pre-festival dance fun. Both named performers and local musicians entertain the crowds. Juke Joints are after hour sessions at selected town venues. Fais do do is a festival ending event of music and dance.
- Downtown Estes Park, CO in Estes park, CO
Elk Fest 2020 is Going Virtual: Two days of incredible adventures occur every Autumn in Estes Park. Although viewing tours of the majestic elk take top billing at this festival, other activities such as archery and bugling contests, and live music performances add to the fun.
- Telluride, Colorado in Telluride, CO
The next Telluride Horror Show is moving online: Horror devotees will want to be in Telluride in mid-October. For three days, current science fiction, fantasy and horror short films and full length features are screened at two separate venues in town. Festival pass purchasers are guaranteed access to the venues.
- Aspen, Colorado in Aspen, CO
This fall film festival features documentaries and full-length offerings. Going strong for the past 35 years, this festival puts a strong emphasis on independent film. Festival-goers can meet with filmmakers after screenings for interactive discussions of the work.
This January show has grown into 16 days of livestock sales and competitions, horse shows, rodeo events and family fun nights. New activities are added frequently. In 1983, college scholarships were awarded to students pursuing careers in agriculture and medicine, and became a charitable piece of the show.