KUSA — The Taste of Colorado has been going on for 35 years, and whether you’re a newcomer to the state or a frequent visitor, you’ll have a lot to enjoy at Civic Center Park this weekend.

Kate Barton, the vice president of the Downtown Denver Partnership, said the first thing you should do is pick up a Taste of Colorado Festival Guide at the entrance.

Inside, there’s a map as well as a list of the 50 food vendors and 10 marketplace vendors. Admission to the festival is 100 percent free – but food and drink are extra.

Next, Barton said to head toward Bannock Street and the Pike’s Peak main stage.

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“Come here first because it’s first come, first serve,” she said.

So, snag a seat and then go get food.

To ramp up your visit, you can buy a ticket to the Capital VIP area. It’s in the McNichols building just off the front of the main stage, and comes with a complete experience that includes free food, a meet-and-greet with Denver Broncos players and a front row view of the concerts.

“We heard from people that they wanted to have the opportunity to get up close in front of the stage,” Barton said.

Ok, so you know there’s music. But we also need to talk about the food.

You buy bundles of 15 food and beverage tickets for $10 and then can sample 50 food vendors along Colfax Avenue and Broadway.

Behind that is the Breckenridge Beer Garden.

The three-day Taste of Colorado Festival lasts through Labor Day, and 500,000 people are expected to attend.

You can see a full schedule of events here: https://www.atasteofcolorado.com/