Colorado is known for terrific festivals, concerts, sporting events and the arts. Celebrate the season this weekend by experiencing the unique culture, food and geography that makes our state so special. Check out one of these fun events across Colorado:
Denver Comic Con — Denver
Colorado's largest and ever-growing comic con returns Friday to Sunday at the Colorado Convention Center. Film and TV stars, writers and comics designers will be on hand for meet-and-greet opportunities. Guests this year include Jason Momoa, Val Kilmer, David Tennant plus stars from Stranger Things, Guardians of the Galaxy, Game of Thrones, Star Wars, The Walking Dead and many, many more. For tickets and a complete schedule, visit DenverComicCon.com.
Colorado Renaissance Festival — Larkspur
Take a magical tour through time and legend at the 42nd annual Colorado Renaissance Festival. The village streets of the festival are full of artisans selling original art, fresh baked goods, roasted turkey legs, steak on a stake and much more. There will be jousting, comedy shows and a cast of hundreds walking and performing throughout the faire. The Renaissance Festival runs on weekends through the first weekend of August. Tickets are available at King Soopers stores or ColoradoRenaissance.com.
Denver PrideFest — Denver
Denver's 2018 PrideFest arrives this weekend with a 5K race/walk, a parade, festival, worship service and much more. The Pride 5K benefits Denver PrideFest and The Center and begins Saturday at 9:30 a.m. at the State Capitol. Sunday's Coors Light PrideFest Parade will run from Cheesman Park to Civic Center Park. The PrideFest festival will be held on Saturday and Sunday at Civic Center Park. and admission is free.
Colorado BBQ Challenge — Frisco
The 25th annual Colorado BBQ Challenge kicks off with a concert Thursday night before two full days of barbecuing. The BBQ Challenge on Friday and Saturday features 70+ competitors, kids' activities, food sampling, demos, pig races and more. Hogback tickets - the currency of the Colorado BBQ Challenge - can be purchased at the event or online and allow attendees to taste some of the best barbeque in the state.
Bacon Burner 6K — Frisco
Between the two days of the Colorado BBQ Challenge, you can get a little bit of exercise with the Bacon Burner 6K. The 3.8 mile race begins Saturday at 9:30 a.m. at the Frisco Marina with three waves: competitive runner, average runner and family/walk/jog. All racers will receive a piece of commemorative Bacon Burner apparel and all registrants 21 and older will also receive a free beer ticket to redeem at the Colorado BBQ Challenge. Registration is available online only.
Denver BBQ Festival — Denver
Some of the country's most award-winning BBQ legends will be at Mile High Stadium this weekend for the inaugural Denver BBQ Festival. The event begins Friday night with a ticket-required Preview Party at 5 p.m. Admission to the festival on Saturday and Sunday is free for all attendees. The festival - located on the south lawn of the stadium - will have live music, world-class pitmasters and restaurants from across the nation. Ticketed VIP passes, and all-you-can-eat Pit Passes are available, and proceeds from the event will go to support the Food Bank of the Rockies.
Denver Outlaws vs. Florida Launch — Denver
If you're at Mile High Stadium on Saturday for the Denver BBQ Festival, stick around to watch Major League Lacrosse. The Denver Outlaws (4-4) will take on the Florida Launch (3-5) at 7:30 p.m. Outlaws tickets are available online at Ticketmaster.com.
121st Annual Strawberry Days Festival — Glenwood Springs
Glenwood Springs' big summer festival is back for a 121st year. Strawberry Days will include three days of live music and main stage entertainment, interactive and creative kids activities, arts and crafts vendors, a food court and beer garden at Sayre Park. There will also be free strawberries from Safeway and free strawberries and ice cream from Roaring Fork Sotheby's. The festival's “Oh the Places We’ll Go” Parade will step off Saturday at 10 a.m. at 9th and Grand.
Juneteenth Music Festival — Denver
The Juneteenth Music Festival returns to Denver's Historic Five Points Neighborhood on Saturday. The annual Juneteenth Parade kicks off the fun, staging at 9 a.m. at Manual High School and beginning at 11 a.m. The music festival - located at 27th and Welton - will feature live music, a youth zone and hundreds of vendors. The DreamBig Awards Ceremony at 1 p.m. will be followed by music from The Mighty Nice Band, The Wil Alston Band, Ramond, DJ MU$A and headliner Jadakiss at 7:15 p.m.
Country Jam — Grand Junction
The Western Slope is home to one of the largest country music festivals in America. Country Jam features four days of major country acts, food and drink vendors, shopping and camping. Among those on this year's Country Jam lineup: Florida Georgia Line, Miranda Lambert, Brett Eldredge, Brantley Gilbert, Kip Moore, Big & Rich, Dustin Lynch, Brett Young, Josh Kelley, Trent Harmon, Josh Turner, Devin Dawson, Lauren Alaina, Carly Pearce and many more. Single-day and four-day admission passes are available online at CountryJam.com.
FIBArk Whitewater Festival — Salida
The nation's oldest whitewater festival begins Thursday in downtown Salida. This year marks the 70th anniversary of FIBArk - "First in Boating on the Arkansas" - which has been held every June since 1949. There are numerous land and water events including 5K and 10K races, kids run run, a parade, raft and kayak events, disc golf tournament and more. The festival and four days of music are free. To see a complete schedule, visit FIBArk.com.
Sonic Bloom Festival — Rye
The Sonic Bloom Festival runs from Thursday to Monday at a new festival site at Hummingbird Ranch in Spanish Peaks Country. Colorado's premier electronic music festival will now have shady trees, a bubbling creek and beautiful views. Dozens and dozens of artists are schedule to perform on three stages. Hummingbird Ranch is located near Colorado City just south of Pueblo. Tickets are available online at SonicBloomFestival.com.
Grand Junction Rockies vs. Orem Owlz — Grand Junction
The Grand Junction Rockies begin their 2018 season Friday night at Suplizio Field. The Rockies will begin a four-game series with the Orem Owlz with a Friday night game featuring fireworks and a book signing with former U.S. Army Ranger Kris Paronto. Saturday's game will have a pennant giveaway and magnetic schedules will be handed out Sunday. The Grand Junction Rockies are the Rookie Affiliate of the Colorado Rockies. Tickets are available online at milb.com.
Denver Greek Festival — Denver
Eat, drink and dance like a Greek at the Greek Festival, Friday to Sunday on the grounds of Assumption Greek Orthodox Cathedral (the place with the giant gold dome). This very popular festival encompasses homemade Greek food, live music, youth dance performances and a Greek boutique stocked with jewelry, clothing, fine art and more. With over 25 handmade items served at the Denver Greek Festival, we are sure there are several foods you will fall in love with and become your favorites. Tickets are $3 when purchased online and kids 12 and under are free. This event was first published by MileHighontheCheap.com. For more local deals and discounts go to MileHighontheCheap.com.
Whittle the Wood Rendezvous — Craig
The annual Whittle the Wood Rendezvous chainsaw and carving competition and festival will take over Craig on Father's Day weekend. Plan for four days of carving, arts and crafts and music at Loudy-Simpson Park. Competitive wood carving continues through Saturday with talented wood workers transforming wooden stumps into stunning works of art. The Wake the Whittler 5K and Family Fun Run - Moffat County's oldest annual race - is scheduled for 8 p.m. Saturday. Music headliner Big Head Todd and the Monsters takes the stage on Saturday. Tickets for the concert are available online.
Pikes Peak Celtic Festival — Colorado Springs
Colorado Springs' Memorial Park will be filled with the sounds of bagpipes, the smell of fish and chips, the sight of world champion Irish dancers and activities for every age. The massed bagpipe bands of the Western United States Pipe Band Association will be performing along with several Celtic rock bands. Celtic cuisine and beer will be available alongside arts and crafts vendors. The Pikes Peak Celtic Festival runs from Friday to Sunday. Tickets are available online at PikesPeakCelticFestival.com.
Celebration of Summer — Burlington
Celebrate the season in Colorado at Burlington's Celebration of Summer. The weekend kicks off with a car show on Friday at Old Town followed by a "Main Street Cruise." Saturday's events include Car, Bike & Tractor Show, family-friendly activities, food vendors, beer garden, volleyball tournament and live music.
Pikes Peak Airstrip Attack — Colorado Springs
The Airstrip Attack is a half-mile side-by-side race and trap speed competition featuring more than two hundred of the fastest street cars in the country. Speed and automotive enthusiasts can interact with top manufacturers, personalities and lifestyle organizations. Held at the Colorado Springs Airport, the event will also host a static aviation display with fully restored and vintage aircraft. Event organizers expect world records to be broken at this 5th annual event. Tickets for Saturday and Sunday's events are available online at PikesPeakAirstripAttack.com.
The Book of Mormon — Denver
Nine-time Tony Award winner The Book of Mormon is back in Denver by popular demand. The outrageous musical comedy from South Park creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker and Frozen composer Robert Lopez won the Tony Award for Best Musical. The production, which follows the misadventures of a mismatched pair of missionaries sent halfway across the world to spread the Good Word, is hilarious and heartfelt. The Book of Mormon will play at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House through July 7. Tickets are available at DenverCenter.org.
Vail Craft Beer Classic — Vail
Colorado's highest altitude beer tasting pairs beer with adventure for four days of events. Paired beer dinners, mountain biking with a brewer and hundreds of craft beers to sample in Vail Village are just a few parts of the Vail Craft Beer Classic which runs from Thursday to Sunday. Tickets are available online. To see a complete schedule, visit VailCraftBeerClassic.com.
Fire Truck Parade & Muster — Littleton
Fire engine buffs will converge on Littleton on Saturday for the 33rd annual Fire Truck Parade and Muster. This free and family-friendly event kicks off with a 9 a.m. parade at Bannock and Littleton Blvd. that will travel down Littleton's Main St. and "muster" from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Arapahoe Community College. There will be classic fire trucks, modern fire engines, free fire truck rides, a kids' fire safety obstacle course and aerial platform trucks will hoist their ladders sky-high to spray water on the crowds below.
For more than 125 years jazz music has wafted across Denver’s City Park. This summer is no exception with City Park Jazz, Sundays from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., at the Bandstand by City Park Pavilion on Ferril Lake. This Sunday's concert features Hazel Miller with Harmony Chorale. Admission is free. This event was first published by MileHighontheCheap.com. For more local deals and discounts go to MileHighontheCheap.com.
Glendale Raptors vs. Seattle Seawolves — Glendale
The inaugural season of Major League Rugby is entering its final two weeks. The Raptors will host the Seattle Seawolves Saturday night at Infinity Park. The Raptors Fan Zone opens at 5 p.m. with a tailgate-style pregame party with a live DJ, family-friendly activities, a Colorado brewery and local food trucks. Tickets for Saturday's game are available online at GlendaleRaptors.com.
Starlight Spectacular — Colorado Springs
The 24th annual Starlight Spectacular is a fun and family-friendly night-time bike ride. Saturday's festivities begin at 9 p.m. with pre-ride root beer and pizza at the Garden of the Gods Visitor Center. The Starlight Spectacular has rides through downtown Colorado Springs and Old Colorado City and longer routes which travel through Garden of the Gods. Ride distances range between 16, 20 and 24 miles. Adult, children and family registration is available online.
Shakespeare in the Sangres: The Tempest — Westcliffe
The Westcliffe Center for the Performing Arts presents The Tempest by William Shakespeare on Friday and Saturday evening and Sunday afternoon in the beautiful outdoor amphitheater behind the Jones Theater. Guests are encouraged to arrive early, bring blankets and/or chairs and a picnic. Tickets for the magical and moving production are available online.
1940s WWII Era Ball — Boulder
The 10th annual 1940s WWII Era Ball will transport guests back to simpler times through music, costumes, a pin-up girl contest, food, drinks and dancing. This year's ball will feature celebrity guest Karolyn Grimes, known best for her scene-stealing performance as Zuzu Bailey from Frank Capra’s beloved film It’s a Wonderful Life. The Glenn Miller Orchestra and other vintage acts and big bands will provide the music for this USO-style event. The 1940s WWII Era Ball begins Saturday at 6 p.m. at the Boulder Airport. Tickets are available online at 1940sBall.org.
Kremmling Days — Kremmling
Kremmling is honors its history and embraces tomorrow with the three-day Kremmling Days festival. The festival begins Friday with a Fireman's BBQ Dinner, live music, beer garden, vendors and kids zone. A pancake breakfast begins the festivities on Saturday, followed by the Mustang Mile Race, parade, horseshoe tournament, live music, beer garden, kids activities and more. Another pancake breakfast and community church service are planned for Sunday.
The Secret Garden — Lakewood
Performance Now Theatre Company presents the Tony-winning The Secret Garden at the Lakewood Cultural Center. The musical tells the story of an orphan who, after she moves to Yorkshire to live with a reclusive uncle and invalid son, discovers a magic garden. Performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays at 2 p.m. through July 1. Tickets are available online at PerformanceNow.org or by phone at 303-987-7845.
Estes Park Marathon — Estes Park
Runners of all abilities will head to Estes Park this weekend for a series of running events. Considered one of America's most scenic marathon courses, the Estes Park Marathon is scheduled for Sunday as is the Half Marathon, 10K and 5K races. Registration for all events is available online at EPMarathon.org. The Bike, Run, Fun! Festival will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Estes Park's downtown Bond Park across from Town Hall with live music, games, face painting, bouncing obstacles, bikes, a running event and interactive educational activities.
Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad — Antonito
Experience Colorado this weekend in one of the most unique ways possible aboard the historic Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad. The railroad travels for 64 miles between Chama, New Mexico and Antonito, Colorado. It's the longest and highest steam railroad in the nation and the most scenic - it crosses the border of Colorado and New Mexico 11 times as it chugs its way up and over 10,015 foot Cumbres Pass. Trains depart daily from Chama and Antonito. Full-day and half-day trips are available online at CumbresToltec.com.
Evergreen Rodeo — Evergreen
Father's Day weekend means it's rodeo weekend in beautiful Evergreen. A parade steps off on Saturday at 10 a.m. in downtown Evergreen with the theme of "Honoring The Military & Our First Responders." The parade will have more than 100 entries including marching bands, floats, horses, carriages, antique cars and farm equipment. Rodeo performances will take place Saturday evening and Sunday afternoon at El Pinal Rodeo Grounds on Highway 74 at Stagecoach Blvd. Tickets are available online at EvergreenRodeo.com.
Rocky Mountain Mustang Roundup — Steamboat Springs
The Rocky Mountain Mustang Roundup will have over 400 Mustangs from 17 states. The car show will take place on Lincoln Avenue in downtown Steamboat Springs on Saturday beginning at 10 a.m. The Mustangs will be judged on the car’s engine, interior, exterior, wheels/tires and overall appearance. An autocross event will take place Friday night at the Meadows parking lot. To see a complete schedule, visit RockyMountainMustangRoundup.com.
Classic Rock Cruise In — Castle Rock
The Vintage Car Club of Castle Rock brings its array of vehicles to downtown Castle Rock on Friday & Saturday. On Friday night you can groove to live music by Deja Blu Variety Dance Band during a street party. On Saturday more than 300 classic cars will be available for viewing. This family-friendly event, with face painting, a bounce house, games and live music, is free and will be held at Wilcox Square on Wilcox St. between 3rd and 5th Streets. This event was first published by MileHighontheCheap.com. For more local deals and discounts go to MileHighontheCheap.com.
Arapahoe Philharmonic — Littleton
The Arapahoe Philharmonic performs a free chamber music recital featuring music by Brahms, Hsu and Dvorak. The concert is Saturday at 2:30 p.m. at Columbine United Church. Among the selections: Joannes Brahms: Horn Trip in E-flat, Op. 40; Cindy Hsu: Spring Music for Cello and Piano and Antonin Dvorak: String Sextet in A, Op. 48. This event was first published by MileHighontheCheap.com. For more local deals and discounts go to MileHighontheCheap.com.
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