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Top 20 Colorado USA Events and Festivals

Take a look at the Top 20 events and festivals, fairs and celebrations (listed in calendar priority) taking place in Colorado.

Favorites of the main Colorado US events are the hundred year old National Western Stock Show and the "best family-friendly party in the Rocky Mountain Region" Colorado State Fair

See below for more about the Top 20 Colorado events and festivals.

National Western Stock Show
mid January
Denver, Colorado

Top Rodeos  in the USAOver a hundred years old, the National Western Stock Show, recognized as one of the top 20 Colorado USA Events and Festivals, is spread out over 16 days and 100 acres. As home to professional rodeos, Mexican rodeo extravaganzas, professional bull-rider events, the Martin Luther King Jr. African-American Heritage Rodeo, Wild West shows and more, it’s no wonder this is the second largest rodeo in the United States. With a prep area open to the public, livestock buffs can see rows of cattle, horses, sheep, yaks, llamas, bison and swine being preened for judging. Sporting more than 15,000 head of livestock, the competition for the best in class is heavy with hopefuls.

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Colorado Indian Market and Southwest Showcase

mid January
Denver, Colorado

One of the highest ranking festivals of Native American culture, the Colorado Indian Market and Southwest Showcase, and one of the main Colorado US events, features a wide selection of events relating to Indian culture and heritage including live music and dance performances, celebrity appearances, Native American and southwest cooking demonstrations and stalls, displays and sales of traditional Indian jewelry, pottery, paintings and sculptures. There is fun and educational shows with eagles, hawks and owls, not forgetting plenty of events for children, from magic shows with cowboy tricks to balloon artists and face painters.

As to the Colorado Indian Market and Southwest Showcase in Denver drop in at:

Winter Carnival
early February
Steamboat Springs, Colorado

A tradition for over 93 years, the annual Winter Carnival in Steamboat Springs in Colorful Colorado provides a number of events including an outdoor adventure film festival/slideshow series, ski jumping, dual slalom bicycle race, snow boarding jam session, tubing party, pancake breakfast, soda pop slalom, telemark revival, international muzzleloading biathlon, chariot racing and the diamond hitch parade (which includes the High School band on skis, street events with a horse and rider pulling kids on skis down Main Street). The highlight of the festival is the enormous fireworks display and the Lighted Man — an effigy set alight.

With Respect to the Winter Carnival in Steamboat Springs see:

Monte Vista Crane Festival
early March
Monte Vista, Colorado

A mass migration of cranes traveling from their southern winter roosts to their summer residences to the north has been taking place for eons, and the town of Monte Vista has been welcoming these transient guests since the early 1980s. During this three-day event, experts provide talks on wildlife, dinners are served and of course, sandhill crane viewing tours offer birders the chance to see the stars of the affair.

Drop by the home page for the Monte Vista Crane Festival:

Denver St Patrick's Day Parade
mid March
Denver, Colorado

Top St Patrick's Day Events in  the USAOne of the largest parades west of the Mississippi River, a main Colorado US Events, and Denver’s biggest annual parade, the St Patrick’s Day Parade, attracts more than 200,000 viewers. It follows a circular route through the heart of Denver and features 10,000 marchers, floats, marching bands, dancers and Irish-themed fun with a Western flair including horses and stagecoaches.

The website highlighting the Denver St Patrick's Day Parade is:

Denver March Pow Wow
late March
Denver Coliseum – Denver, Colorado

Celebrating an ancient heritage, the Denver March Pow Wow in Colorful Colorado has been a success for more than 36 years and is famous for featuring more than 700 dancers and musicians from 70 different tribes. Each year, this popular event at the Denver Coliseum presents amazing dances in different styles derived from traditional dances of the various tribes, eye catching costumes, a much attended Storytelling Room, busy and innovative arts and crafts stands, and samples of delicious and unusual Native American food.

Drop by the home page for the Denver March Powwow:

Cinco de Mayo Festival
early May
Denver, Colorado

The largest Cinco de Mayo celebration in the USA, attracting more than 400,000 people each year, the Cinco de Mayo Festival in Denver commemorates the Mexican Army's defeat of the invading French forces at the Battle of Puebla in 1862. Today it is a celebration of Hispanic food and culture complete with Mariachi bands and music including Tejano-pop, salsa and folkloric dancing, Mexican cultured arts and crafts, Mexican Latino entertainment and a variety of Mexican culinary delights, competitions and entertainment especially for children.

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Santa Fe Trail Festival
mid June
Trinidad, Colorado

The Santa Fe Trail was a major thoroughfare that bisected the town of Trinidad. Popular with 19th-century pioneers, a stop at Trinidad provided much-needed rest and supplies. The Santa Fe Trail Festival is held in honor of this important pioneer route and features historic reenactments, live entertainment, craft makers, food and a special area where kids can enjoy pony and carnival rides.

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Cowboys’ Roundup Days and 4th of July Celebration
end June – early July
Steamboat Springs, Colorado

A popular event for over 105 years, the unique Steamboat Springs celebration of Cowboys' Roundup Days and Independence Day features many unique events such as the cattle drive through the downtown area followed by a ranch rodeo, as well as a parade, concerts, firework display and more.

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Greeley Independence Stampede
end June – early July
Greeley, Colorado

With origins more than a century ago, the Greeley Stampede is one of the Centennial State’s most popular festivals. Established initially to honor local potato farmers, the stampede is now an internationally recognized festival attracting nearly half a million visitors from all over the world who come to enjoy the Greeley Rodeo (rated as one of the top ten in the US by the Professional Rodeo and Cowboy Association), country and classical music concerts and other stage entertainment, a demolition derby, 4th July parade, carnival, art shows, and a host of expected and novel festival activities.

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Cherry Creek Arts Festival
early July
Denver, Colorado

Described as “a world-class and award-winning celebration of the visual, culinary and performing arts” and one of the most significant cultural events in Denver, the Cherry Creek Arts Festival attracts more than 350,000 people every year. They enjoy the unique combination of special exhibits of visual and performing arts including artist demonstrations, the work of more than 200 artists and live musical performances, culinary demonstrations and fine cuisine, and interactive family activities on “Artivity Avenue”.

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Colorado Dragon Boat Festival
late July
Denver, Colorado

Top Dragon Boat Festgivals in the USAA popular event for a dozen years, the Colorado Dragon Boat Festival in the Centennial State highlights competitive and community dragon boat races as well as featuring performances of martial arts, and showcasing Asia with both competitive and community events such as ”villages” depicting life in three Asian countries, performing artists, Asian marketplace, Asian food, traditional Asian dances, events and activities especially for children at Dragonland.

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Crested Butte Festival of the Arts
early August
Crested Butte, Colorado

One of the oldest events in the state, Crested Butte draws artists, photographers and crafts enthusiasts from around the country for one of summer's biggest weekend events. Visitors enjoy open-air arts and crafts, live music and Crested Butte's National Historic District with one-of-a-kind shops, art galleries, boutiques and restaurants set against the backdrop of the Elk Mountain Range.

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Pikes Peak Marathon
mid August
Manitou Springs, Colorado

top marathon events in the USASelected as one of the USA Trail Marathon Championships, and labelled as “America’s Ultimate Challenge” because it is generally considered to be the most difficult and challenging of all the marathons in the USA, the Pikes Peak Marathon in is also famous for being the third oldest marathon in the USA. It started in 1956 as a challenge between smokers and non-smokers. Notorious for its strenuous course that winds up to an altitude of 14,000 feet and back, the Pikes Peak Marathon is #3 on the list of longest running US marathons behind Boston and Yonkers. The Pikes Peak Marathon is also noted for being the first marathon to allow female runners and have a female finisher in 1959.

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Colorado Springs Balloon Classic
end August – early September
Colorado Springs, Colorado

top hot air balloon events  in the USAThe largest event of its kind in the Centennial State, and the biggest and longest continuously running hot air balloon festival in the Rocky Mountain Region, the Colorado Springs Balloon Classic in Memorial Park has been a popular attraction for over 36 years and features over a hundred hot-air balloons filling the skies during the day and illuminating the ground at night with warm colorful glows with the special event called Balloon Glo®. Other activities include actual balloon rides, live musical entertainment, coloring contests, a children's play area and a photo contest.

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Colorado State Fair
end August – early September
Pueblo, Colorado

top state fairs in the USAOften referred to as the "best family-friendly party in the Rocky Mountain Region", the popular Colorado State Fair, one of the Top 20 Colorado USA Events and Festivals, features everything from classic rodeo events, livestock competitions including fun pig racing, cow-milking contests and shows of wild and exotic birds, to the ever popular Mutton Busting competition in which children under the age of 7 years try to keep their balance on mobile sheep, rodeo clowns, a carnival, a fiesta day parade, and a fireworks display.

Touching the Colorado State Fair in Pueblo observe:

Longs Peak Scottish Irish Highland Festival and Parade
early September
Estes Park, Colorado

The largest Scottish festival in the west, the Longs Peak Scottish Irish Highland Festival in the forest-surrounded town of Estes Park, is a celebration of Scottish heritage and traditions. Always held on the weekend after Labor Day, highlights of the festival include a tattoo, parade, concerts, competitions and folk dancing, some of the best pipe bands in the world.

Regarding the Longs Peak Scottish Irish Highland Festival and Parade study:

Denver Oktoberfest
mid to late September
Denver, Colorado

Top Oktoberevents  in the USARecognized as one of the largest Oktoberfests in the USA, the Denver Oktoberfest is also one of Denver’s most popular and longest running festivals. Towards the end of every September over two separate weekends, the city comes alive with all things festive and German, including German music, dance and other cultural performances, German food including the ever popular bratwurst and strudel desserts and the most important thing – German beer.

Referring to the Denver Oktoberfest check out:

Colorado Mountain Winefest
late September
Palisade, Colorado

The Centennial State's oldest and largest wine festival with more than four dozen wineries plus great music, food, chef demos, bike rides and golf amid fall colors in scenic wine country. Thousands of wine lovers make the annual pilgrimage to Palisade to sample a growing array of the Centennial State wines and participate in a variety of events including hands-on workshops, wine and food pairing events, dueling chefs, grape stomps, winery tours, winemaker competitions, chocolates and wine tasting, wine and dine experience, bicycle tour of the vineyards, shopping at artisan booths, and jazz concerts.

Details concerning the Colorado Mountain Winefest in Palisade can be found here:

Aspen Film
early October
Aspen Colorado

top film festivals in the USAA popular film event for well over 30 years attracting more than 30,000 people every year, the Aspen Film event showcases in excess of 200 films that might not otherwise be available to local audiences and hosts more than 100 film artists and other special guests every year.

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Great American Beer Festival
mid October
Colorado Convention Center – Denver, Colorado

Reputedly offering more beers than any beer festival in the world, according to the Guinness Book of World Records, the seriously taken, and fun, Great American Beer Festival in Colorado introduces more than 2,700 different kinds of beer, from Viennese to German Dunkel and Schwarzbier, American-style lagers, English bitters, Belgian ales and even some experimental and novelly flavored beers. Highlights of the event include the judging of over 84 categories of beer, top food tasting and cuisine competitions, and even a novel, silent disco where dancers wear headphones.

More on the subject of the Great American Beer Festival in Denver is located at:

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