Enjoy Area Music Festivals During Your Vacation in Colorado

If music
soothes the savage beast, then no one should be afraid to visit Colorado! The
Centennial State is home to a wide variety of musical event attractions that feature
bluegrass, folk, alternative, pop and classical music, providing entertainment to
our music-loving guests of all kinds… and going a long way towards making those so-called ‘beasts’ a lot less threatening!
events take place all over the state. 
Sometimes, the events cover both music and, say, beer or art – like some
of the festivals covered in our Brewing Culture
and Art Show
blog topics.  With beer, you usually get
blues or rock.  With art, it can be just
about any kind of music, including regional and classical.  True to this form, our festivals that
specifically celebrate music can cover just about any listening gamut there
While we
can’t cover every single event, here is a sampling of some of the popular
events from all over the state.  For
information on more musical celebrations, feel free to check the Colorado Festivals page.  Some areas actually have a full summer of
musical performances that they term “festivals,” not included in this post – contact
your bed and breakfast innkeeper to see what is happening in that particular
area during the time of your visit.  For
those events that have already passed this year – fear not – as most of these
events are annual celebrations!
July 2012:
  • July 8 –
    29, 2012 – Music in the Mountains,
    Durango, CO:  Work this into your immediate
    Colorado vacation!  Classical music at
    its best featuring three weeks of classical and world music orchestra, chamber
    and conservatory performances and workshops.
  •  July 21-22,
    2012 – Winter Park Jazz Festival,
    Winter Park, CO:  Cool off in the
    mountains while enjoying some of the Nation’s best jazz artists with food,
    vendors, and more.  The 2012 lineup
    features Charlie Wilson, David Sanborn & Brian Culbertson, among others!
  • August 3-4,
    2012 – Music at the Junction,
    La Junta, CO:  Rock, blues, and country
    by a variety of local performers, and acts from around the country.  The 2012 Festival features Molly Hatchet on
    Saturday night!
  • August 3-5,
    2012 – CrestFest,
    Crestone, CO:  a multi-genre,
    multi-cultural event featuring music, food, beer, contest, workshops, and fun
    for the whole family.
  • August
    10-12, 2012 – Snap Pea Jamboree Music Festival,
    Weston, CO:  Hosted by the Earth Mountain
    Education Farm, this solar-powered festival features live music from local
    performers, campfire jams, craft vendors, workshops, and much, much more!
  • August 17-19,
    2012 – Rocky Mountain Folks Festival, Lyons, CO:  Anticipated by locals a way to finally relax
    and enjoy summer, this weekend brings music from all over.  The 2012 event includes the annual Songwriter
    Showcase and is pleased to announce that Lyle Lovett will spend part of Sunday
    with us! 
  • August
    24-26, 2012 – Mountain Music Featival,
    Manitou Springs, CO: Music (Americana, bluegrass, folk, world, cowboy and
    gospel music), food, arts and crafts, and childrens activities.  Come one, come all!
  • August
    24-26, 2012 – NedFest, Nederland, CO: 
    So this one could’ve been included in the Brewing Culture post… NedFest
    is an annual music, arts and micro-brew festival featuring Bluegrass, Jazz,
    Jamband, Jamgrass, and World Genres. 
    Enjoy a variety of artists including Keller Williams, Kyle
    Hollingsworth, Steve Kimock, and more.
  • September
    8, 2012 – Mountain of the Sun Music Festival,
    Woodland Park, CO:  Celebrating American
    Roots Music through performances, workshops, and more.  This year’s festival features the Greencards
    and at least five other well-known area bands.
  • TheMusicFest, Steamboat, CO:  This event brings the south to the mountains.  Start the New Year off right by attending
    this almost-weeklong celebration of Texas and Americana music with over 50
    shows!  2013 dates have not yet been
May 2013:
  • MahlerFest, Boulder,
    CO:  Celebrating the life, times and
    music of Gustav Mahler (classical composer) during a week of orchestral and
    vocal concerts, performed by artist who are passionate about this composer’s
June 2013:
  • High PlainsMusic Fest & Poker Run,
    Sterling, CO:  live music, poker run,
    beer garden, bike show, and more!
  • PalisadeBluegrass and Roots Music Festival,
    Palisade, CO:  Featuring bluegrass and
    roots music, the festival also features workshops, food, arts and crafts
    vendors, and more.
  • TellurideBluegrass Festival, Telluride, CO: Featuring acts of
    both local and national fame, the TBF encourages on-stage collaborations
    between performers.  Noted attendees in
    2012 included Bela Fleck, Alison Krauss, the Edgar Meyer, John Fogerty, K.D.
    Lang, and the “King of Telluride” Sam Bush.  Stay tuned for the 2013 lineup!
Music, fun,
and more is waiting for you in Colorado! 
Check out our music festival specials and make reservations at a BBIC Member Inn closest to the
festival featuring your favorite musical tastes.  Please feel free to contact us for more
information or to answer any questions you may have.

2 thoughts on “Enjoy Area Music Festivals During Your Vacation in Colorado

  1. Wow, this is a pretty nice compilation of upcoming colorado music festivals. There is something about watching great live music that just makes one feel a little more alive. These would be great events that guests of all ages could enjoy.

    My name is Marc, and aside from my affinity for music festivals, I also work with Bescover.
    If you would like to connect via Facebook and leave a comment about your Inn for our travelers, don't hesitate to do so, you can find us at: Facebook/Bescover. You may not recognize the name, but we're brought to you by the Lanier Family!

    Have a great week.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *