The Best Colorado Events for 2017
There are literally hundreds of amazing events and festivals in Colorado every year, which makes picking “the best” an arduous, not to mention subjective, task. To tackle this, we’ve picked twelve unique and fun Colorado events, one for each month of the year, to highlight for your perusal and enjoyment.
Each event offers exciting activities and an opportunity to get away from the homestead and take a day or weekend out to enjoy Colorado at its best.
Estes Park Winter Festival – Estes Park – Saturday & Sunday, January 14th & 15th, 12pm – 4pm
The Estes Park Winter Festival takes place over the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend and includes live music and everything from chili cook-offs and craft wine and beer tastings to kids’ activities like the bungee run, to outdoor adventures, like a climbing wall and outdoor fat bike course. Something for everyone, this festival is set in beautiful Estes Park and is filled with fun for the whole family.
Colorado Garden & Home Show – Denver – February 4th – 12th
This nine-day event held at the Colorado Convention Center is touted as the region’s oldest, largest, and most prestigious garden and home show. Talk to industry experts and find out the latest ideas and trends in landscaping, gardening, and home improvement. The event showcases 11 professionally landscaped gardens and features representatives from over 650 companies to glean ideas from.
Frozen Dead Guy Days – Nederland – March 10th – 12th
This quirky, world-renowned festival honors Bredo Morstol, who is in a state of suspended animation and housed in a Tuff Shed on dry ice high above this little mountain town. Featuring 30 bands in heated tents and outrageous events like coffin races and costumed polar plunges, this event is fun-filled and action packed.
Denver Auto Show – Denver – April 5th – 9th
Kick the tires, look under the hood, and check out the latest cars, vans, crossovers, hybrids, light trucks, and SUVs, at Colorado Convention Center in April. In addition to new cars, you’ll get a chance to see concept cars, customized vehicles, aftermarket features, and new car technologies.
Telluride Mountain Film Festival – Telluride – May 26th – 29th
A yearly documentary film festival held on Memorial Day weekend, Telluride Mountainfilm showcases nonfiction stories about environmental, cultural, climbing, political, and social issues. In addition to great thought-provoking films, the festival features interactive talks, book signings, community events, a gallery walk, and outdoor presentations.
Pikes Peak International Hill Climb – Colorado Springs – June 25th
Join thousands of spectators for the 95th running of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, where you can watch cars, trucks, and motorcycles race to the summit of this magnificent mountain. Spectators can take part in pre-race activities in the week preceding the race by observing qualifying rounds and attending Fan Fest in downtown Colorado Springs on the evening of Friday, June 23rd.
Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo – Colorado Springs – July 12th – 15th
Going on 77 years, the Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo starts off with a parade in downtown Colorado Springs and leads to four days of rodeo events and fun. The best athletes in rodeo compete for top prize money in bareback riding, steer wrestling, team roping, saddle bronc riding, tie-down roping, barrel racing, and bull riding.
Colorado Scottish Festival – Snowmass – August 4th – 6th
Snowmass Village is just outside of Aspen, Colorado, and the perfect venue to hold the Colorado Scottish Festival. Filled with Celtic music, this festival features Highland dancing, a Dogs of the British Isles exhibition, Scottish athletics competition, haggis tasting, and so much more.
A Taste of Colorado – Denver – September 1st – 4th
Held in Denver’s Civic Center Park, this event will entice your taste buds and excite your other senses. With food from more than 50 of Colorado’s favorite restaurants and tons of music acts ranging from country to rock-n-roll, you’ll be sated and entertained as you venture throughout the event. There are plenty of activities for kids, too. Carnival rides, games, and educational exhibits will keep the little ones busy.
Punkin Chunkin Colorado – Aurora – October 7th & 8th
This fun-filled fall event is one of the biggest pumpkin tossing competitions in the U.S. Featuring unique contraptions like air cannons and trebuchets, contestants launch pumpkins as far as they can for the top trophy. The family-friendly event also features live music, a variety of food vendors, pony rides, crafts, and face-painting.
Denver International Wine Festival – Denver – November 1st – 3rd
Hosted at the Denver Marriot Westminster hotel, this event has been listed by Fodor’s Travel as one of the “10 Can’t Miss Fall Wine Festivals”. Included in the wine festival is a food-and-wine pairing competition, a tasting of 400 wines, beers, and spirits, wine education seminars, and a day tour of three local wineries and one distillery.
Festival of Lights Parade – Colorado Springs – December 2nd
The 33rd Annual Festival of Lights Parade, held in downtown Colorado Springs, is enjoyed by thousands every year. With brightly and colorfully lit vehicles, creative and fun floats, marching bands, and an appearance by Santa Claus, this festival celebrates the holiday season in grand Colorado fashion.