Best of Colorado, Summer Events & Festivals – What’s your favorite?

With summer fast approaching, the Mayor is excited about numerous upcoming Colorado events and festivals.    However, before I start sharing my favorites, I’d like to know what event/festival you are most looking forward to attending this summer.

Please share your favorite Colorado summer event/festival with HeidiTown in the comment section below.   Tell us what makes this event  your all-time favorite.   The best description will receive a fabulous prize from the Mayor.

The winner will be announced on Friday, May 14, 2010.


  1. Loveland’s Summerfest in The Rockies has become my favorite festival. Friday night has a wonderful wine tasting event at the Civic Center Park lagoon. It is such a “Colorado” evening. There is live music, usually a jazz band. When the sun sets, the lagoon looks absolutely beautiful. Very romantic. Great food and wine as well.
    Saturday is filled with wonderful music, culminating with a “concert” type band. Before the night is through there is a fantastic fireworks show. They are some type that can be set off sort of low so they are right in your face. It is absolutely incredible. Food and merchandise vendors, salsa( the kind you eat) contest, kids activities, and a really great car show are some of the other things that make this a truly “Colorado” festival. It seems every year they add something new and fun. Can’t wait to see what this year brings.


  2. Festival goers wearing fun costumes, crazy hats and pretzel necklaces. A silent dance floor, where participants wear headphones and bust their favorite moves to the songs they each choose. Imagine a science fair where long tables line the hall and judges anxiously waiting to award medals, but instead of model volcanoes spewing lava and bug collections, the long tables display pitchers of beer. Lots and lots of “nectar of the gods.” And these are definitely creative experiments with my favorite beverage. There are pepper beers, pumpkin beers, berries, and even peanut butter beer. Wheat beers, amber beers, stouts and even 40’s. Oh what fun it is to surround yourself with sounds and smells of the Great American Beer Festival. Each year at the end of summer America’s breweries converge upon Denver in hopes of winning a coveted GABF medal. Or at minimum, connect with old beer buddies and check out the other brewers’ recipes. Speaking of recipes, don’t miss the cooking with beer classes, provided by some of Denver’s best chefs. The party doesn’t stop even at the line for the toilets, where there is a social atmosphere where participants compare temporary tattoos and show off their favorite Swag. The experience of the GABF makes it a must attend each year and it is a fantastic way to end your summer.


  3. Sean, you had me at “silent dance floor.”

    And Lorna, Summerfest is quickly becoming a jewel in Loveland’s crown. Of course, I still think the largest jewel is the sculpture festivals, but that’s a different type of thing.


  4. Fibark days in Salida is the best. Races on the river, craft shows, parades, sidewalk sales, dances – it has it all. It is always held over father’s day weekend.


  5. Renaissance Festival in Larkspur!! Ultimate in people watching and just plain cheesy fun to kick off the summer! I make the pilgrimmage every year. Part of it is taking the quiet and scenic backway in to it. Then the jovial jabs at the front gate waiting for the festival to begin. (best to be there as it opens for more flair)
    This is a great drinking venue as well. Not so many choices but I am always happy with hard cider on these hot days. Food is great as well. You will eat your way through the festival. I never tire of it. Have not gone in character yet as I am deficient in proper accents though I sometimes work on my pirate slang:) but I do own a sword 😉


  6. Thanks to everyone for playing!

    Lorna Spear is the winner. Thank you for the lovely description of summerfest. I have emailed you with prize information.

    There will be more contest/give-aways this summer, so continue to stop by and visit

    Feel free to continue sharing your favorite Colorado festivals here on HeidiTown. I know of many, but I’m sure there are hidden gems around the State.


  7. Hi Lorna,
    I still haven’t heard from you! I’ve emailed twice. Please contact me if you’d like to receive the prize of a gift certificate to Anthology Book Co.
    Thank you!


  8. I have to mention this because I work at Sylvan Dale, but this year they are having a great event for Father’s Day, which is also the first official day of summer. If you love country music you should check it out – 3 bands, only $12 in advance or $15 at the gate. Food and lots of other fun things to do. I’ll be there working so stop by and say hello! The weather should be sunny and dry – perfect lawn-chair weather!


  9. Thanks for the comment Troy! It sounds like a great event, so I have copied and pasted your comment under the “What Dad wants to do for Father’s Day” post.

    Thanks again! And feel free to keep me informed about what’s going on at Sylvan Dale. 🙂


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