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May Festivals and Events in Colorado

May 17-18, 2013  Mike The Headless Chicken Festival – Fruita, Colorado

Read about Mike the headless chicken who lived 18 months without a head! Chicken Dance Contest, Chicken Recipe Contest, Food and Craft Vendors, More Chicken, the 5k ‘Run Like a Headless Chicken’, Chicken Games, Historic Tours, Eating Contests, Mike’s Market and more.

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June Festivals and Events in Colorado

June 7-8, 2013 Snowmass Mammoth Fest – Snowmass Village, Colorado

The Snowmass Mammoth Fest is officially presented by the 10th Annual Snowmass Chili Pepper & Brew Fest.  Along with an amazing weekend of music and entertainment, the Snowmass Mammoth Fest will host the renowned Chili And Brew Competitions and Tastings on both Friday and Saturday with a jam-packed weekend of music to complement both events.

June 14-16 2013  FOOD & WINE Classic in Aspen

The FOOD & WINE Classic in Aspen celebrates its 31st year in 2013 as America’s premier culinary event. It consists of three incomparable days of cooking demonstrations, wine tastings and panel discussions by world-class chefs and wine experts. Year after year, noteworthy talent includes experts such as Mario Batali, Gail Simmons, José Andrés, Jacques Pépin, Joshua Wesson and more. Tickets on sale now.

June 14-16 2013  Parker Days  –  Parker, Colorado

A signature event of the Parker Chamber of Commerce! Complete with a carnival, homespun crafts, good food and plenty of FREE music, the festival offers three action-packed days of activities for the entire family (plus a sneak peek carnival on Thursday night). There are four stages full of FREE entertainment, buskers roaming the streets, over 300 vendors, and a parade of Saturday.

June 21-23, 2013  116th Annual Strawberry Days FestivalGlenwood Springs, Colorado

The oldest civic celebration west of the Mississippi.  Join us for our hometown parade, free strawberries and ice cream in the park, live entertainment all weekend, a large arts fair, food court, parade, pro rodeo, carnival, Kidsfest and much more. Fun for the whole family.

June 22, 2013  6th Annual Rails and Ales Brewfest  –  Alamosa, Colorado

Rails & Ales combines some of our favorite things: classic rail equipment, rustic Rocky Mountain setting, live music, smoking hot BBQ and handcrafted brews from the region’s best. There’s just something so special about hopping on a train with friends to the wide open space we call Fir Station – our “little piece of Heaven” custom-built for the railroad meant to highlight how nature can so perfectly complement music. The Rails & Ales Brewfest brings together brewers and their devoted fans, a hardy group that understands the simple truth of this event – you only get here by rail and it doesn’t get any better than this.

 

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July Festivals and Events in Colorado

JULY 4, 2013 – There are so many events on this day that they are too numerous to list. Virtually every community in the U.S. has a 4th of July celebration.

July 5-7, 2013  Cherry Creek Arts Festival  –  Cherry Creek North, Colorado

For three days during the July 4th holiday weekend since 1991, Colorado’s signature cultural event is presented in Denver’s Cherry Creek North. The festival is a world-class and award-winning celebration of the visual, culinary and performing arts and enjoys an annual attendance of 350,000 visitors. Special exhibits, art and culinary demonstrations, and interactive family activities on “Artivity Avenue” complement the festival experience.

July 11-14, 2013  Crested Butte Wine & Food Festival  –  Crested Butte, Colorado

Returning to one of Colorado’s most charming mountain towns, the festival offers numerous themed events including seminars, a Grand Tasting, and a James Beard Celebrity Tour dinner.

July 12-13, 2013  Celebrity Chef Tour – Crested Butte, Colorado

Benefiting the James Beard Foundation, featuring Award-Winning Chefs

July 12-13, 2013  Keystone Wine and Jazz Festival 2013  –  Keystone, Colorado

River Run braids hundreds of wines into a picturesque piazza of wine seminars and deluxe jazz ensembles. Kindle a sashay into your step with a sophisticated, weekend affair in the heart of Keystone Resort, Colorado.  Learn about different regions and the delicate nuance of flavors that evolve the finest vineyard blends.  Enrich your knowledge by attending the professional wine seminars and discover which wines and foods harmonize with your favorite selections.

July 12-13, 2013  Loveland Loves BBQ, Bands, & Brews  – Loveland, Colorado

Live entertainment – 3 p.m. New band every hour.  Award winning Brews and mouthwatering BBQ.  Shopping Marketplace . Kids Area/Amusements.

July 13, 2013  Breckenridge Summer Beer Fest – Breckenridge, Colorado

10th annual Breckenridge Summer Beer Festival.  This event offers brews, views and free live music and features unlimited beer tasting from 12:00 to 5:00 p.m.

July 20, 2013 10th Annual Castle Rock Wine Fest  –  Castle Rock, Colorado

Castle Rock WineFest is proud to present top Colorado wineries showcasing their wine selections and spotlighting today’s winemakers who have revitalized not only a Colorado tradition, but for many, a family legacy. Winemaking began on Colorado’s Western Slope more than a century ago. Castle Rock WineFest has wine seminars & demonstrations, artisans/lifestyle vendors, entertainment and participating vendors offering delicious cuisine. You may also purchase bottles and cases of wines from your favorite wineries. Come prepared to stroll, taste and enjoy a Beautiful State of Vine in Historic Castle Rock. Also, this year’s event will again see wine seminars & demonstrations, artisans/lifestyle vendors, entertainment and delicious cuisine.

July 20-21, 2013  10th Annual Orthodox Food Festival  –  Denver, Colorado

Enjoy outstanding cuisine from Russia, Romania, Serbia, Ukraine, Greece and Mexico; music and dance entertainment; craft and gift booths; art show; children”s activities; tours of historic Orthodox cathedral.

July 26, 2013  Summer Brew Fest  –  Denver, Colorado

The fest will celebrate craft beverages from around Colorado and other U.S. microbrews and will feature live local music, food, and other vendors.

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August Festivals and Events in Colorado

August 2-4, 2013  Keystone’s 17th Annual Bluegrass and Beer Festival  –  Keystone, Colorado

Keystone brings the wonders of Appalachia to the Rockies. Down-home cooking, frothy flavors and mountain music are just a piece of the pie. In a whirlwind of hillbilly luxuries, folks gather while 30+ microbreweries from Colorado and beyond showcase their unique blends of hops and barleys.  Live music rocks out on 3 stages and the best of the best grace us with their presence through the festival bluegrass seminars taking place in Warren Station throughout the weekend.

August 7-10, 2013  Cattle Industry Summer Conference – Denver, Colorado

Features meetings of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, Cattlemen’s Beef Promotion and Research Board, American National CattleWomen, Inc. and National Cattlemen’s Foundation. Here cattle industry members will meet in both NCBA Policy committees and subcommittees, as well as Joint committees and subcommittees to discuss current developments, to work on initiatives developed at Convention and to make plans for the upcoming fiscal year.

August 7-11, 2013  Steamboat Wine Festival – Steamboat Springs, Colorado

The Steamboat Wine Festival is a premier destination event where master winemakers, culinary greats, and our distinguished guests gather to play, wine, and dine in beautiful Steamboat Springs, Colorado. Experience more than 100 food artisans, wineries, breweries, distilleries, epicurean purveyors, and locally-made products at this ultimate food and wine experience. Whether you are a full-fledged foodie or an emerging gourmand, you are sure to find more than one event to whet your appetite. There is something for everyone – from food and wine tastings, to seminars and cooking demonstrations, to outdoor adventures with food & wine influences, there are tastes and temptations at every turn.

August 8, 2013  Denver Burger Battle  – Denver, Colorado

The Denver Burger Battle is an award winning competition of the 12 best burgers in Colorado all in one night — guests can try every burger and vote the best while sipping from an open bar.

August 10, 2013  Snowmass Culinary & Arts Festival  – Snowmass Village, Colorado

The Snowmass Culinary & Arts Festival brings foodies, wine connoisseurs, and art lovers alike together in a premiere visual and delectable feast. It features celebrity chefs, a juried art exhibit with regionally and nationally recognized artists, food & presentation expert panels, and a Palette of Pairings featuring specialty foods with wines & spirits, all set in the scenic mountain splendor of Snowmass Village, Colorado. Extend your stay and set out to explore easy or extreme hiking and biking trails, take in a free & festive Thursday night concert on the Hill, and visit world-renowned Aspen and its cultural delights right next door.

August 15, 2013  Taste of Western Welcome Week  – Littleton, CO

Taste of Western Welcome Week: Featuring culinary delights from local restaurants and a variety of wines and beers; non-alcoholic beverages available. A spectacular silent auction with a variety of items from local merchants and Friends of Western Welcome Week.

August 17, 2013  14th Annual Peach Festival – Lafayette, Colorado

The event centers around truck loads of world famous all natural Palisade, Colorado peaches. Enjoy pies, cobbler and smoothies, entertainment, art, antiques and food vendors.

August 23-Sept 2, 2013  Colorado State Fair – Pueblo, Colorado

Educating youth in agriculture.  Among the highlights are rodeo, concerts, carnival, State Fair Museum, livestock show, and competitions: commercial & hobby wines, C&H Sugar Cupcake Challenge, craft beers, Fleischmann’s Yeast contest, Ghiradelli Chocolate Championship, Cooking with Girl Scout Cookies, Green Chili Championship, and King Arthur Flour Great Cake Contest. Attendance: 400,000.

August 30-Sept 2, 2013  A Taste of Colorado – Denver, Colorado

Festival of Mountain and Plain … A Taste of Colorado is a community celebration that is produced by and benefits Downtown Denver Events, Inc., the Downtown Denver Partnership family’s community events non-profit organization. The Festival is an opportunity for people throughout the region to come together to experience and appreciate our diverse cultural traditions, and to learn more about our state’s Western heritage. The Festival highlights visual and performing arts in addition to featuring educational programs and culinary demonstrations. Attendance: 500,000.

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September Festivals and Events in Colorado

Aug 23-September 2, 2013  Colorado State Fair – Pueblo, Colorado

Educating youth in agriculture.  Among the highlights are rodeo, concerts, carnival, State Fair Museum, livestock show, and competitions: commercial & hobby wines, C&H Sugar Cupcake Challenge, craft beers, Fleischmann’s Yeast contest, Ghiradelli Chocolate Championship, Cooking with Girl Scout Cookies, Green Chili Championship, and King Arthur Flour Great Cake Contest. Attendance: 400,000.

Aug 30-September 2, 2013  A Taste of Colorado – Denver, Colorado

Festival of Mountain and Plain … A Taste of Colorado is a community celebration that is produced by and benefits Downtown Denver Events, Inc., the Downtown Denver Partnership family’s community events non-profit organization. The Festival is an opportunity for people throughout the region to come together to experience and appreciate our diverse cultural traditions, and to learn more about our state’s Western heritage. The Festival highlights visual and performing arts in addition to featuring educational programs and culinary demonstrations. Attendance: 500,000.

September 7-8, 2013  Festival Italiano  – Lakewood, Colorado

Belmar, located at Wadsworth and Alameda in Lakewood, will host the 10th annual Italian Food and Wine Festival on September 7-8, 2013. The two-day event celebrates Italian culture by featuring the sights, sounds and flavors of Italy. The event emphasizes Italian culture in every aspect of the festival and reflecting the premier quality consistent with the Belmar brand. This year’s festival will offer a full spectrum of events and activities for all ages, Italian food, wine and artisan vendors and a full schedule of authentic Italian entertainment.

September 13-15, 2013  Fall Fest  –  Boulder, Colorado

Now in its 26th year, Downtown Boulder’s Fall Fest has become one of Boulder’s most beloved community celebrations. This 3-day autumn festival features food, brews and music with the added excitement of a Children’s Carnival and more than 30 artisan booths.

September 13-14, 2013  10th Annual Snowmass Wine Festival  –  Snowmass Village, Colorado

Experience incredible food, flavors, sights, sounds and prizes at the Snowmass Wine Festival. The weekend begins on Friday evening with a four-course dinner paired with premier Spanish wines, and on Saturday the Grand Tasting on Snowmass Mall, showcasing over 300 wines from across the globe and an assortment of fine foods from restaurants around the valley.  A live auction with items that include trips to destinations around the world, acclaimed wines and masterful artwork. Proceeds from the event support local nonprofit organizations and international humanitarian projects. Make a weekend out of it by attending the 38th Annual Snowmass Balloon Festival, one of the highest hot air balloon festivals in the U.S.

September 19-22, 2013  22nd Annual Colorado Mountain Winefest – Palisade, Colorado

With 50 Colorado wineries in attendance and a few thousand close friends to share unlimited sips, it’s the kind of perfect day that makes everyone wish they lived here. The daylong event in Riverbend Park features live entertainment, unlimited wine samples, a  commemorative tasting glass, wine tote and the chance to buy wine directly from the winemakers.

 

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