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If you’re planning on spending time in Colorado this summer chances are you’ve been bombarded with loads of experiences to consider. From beautiful national parks to exciting city life, it’s difficult to say that options are limited. More and more we are seeing glimpses of normalcy around us post-pandemic, though much of it now feels foreign and uncomfortable. What even is fun?

The Festival Experience

Think back with us, to a simpler time. A lanyard firmly secured around your neck and the mark of your favorite artist across your chest. Summer air thickly closes in around you and you briefly notice a day’s worth of sweat down your back. Personal space has faded far from your list of worries; your only concern is whether to be at stage one, two, or three for the next set — priorities!

That sounds like fun. That sounds like memories to be made. That sounds like what you’ll be doing this summer in Colorado. We knew you’d agree, and we planned ahead! Take a look at the list below for a handful of Colorado’s music festivals happening this summer

Colorado Country Jam

Surrounded by the awe-provoking, red-rock landscapes of Grand Junction, Country Jam is worth altering your summer plans. This three-day music festival features twenty of today’s hottest country artists displayed on two stages. Grab your boots and hat and make sure you don’t miss this event.

  • What you need to know:
    • Thursday, June 23rd through Saturday, June 25th
    • Daily or weekend parking passes, as well as shuttle passes available here
    • Camping options here
    • Grab your tickets here
    • Full Country Jam lineup here

Global Dance Festival

The Global Dance Festival will be returning, once again, to Denver’s Empower Field at Mile High. This highly anticipated dance festival is an all-ages, two-day event featuring a variety of EDM and rap artists. Attendees are encouraged to dance like no one’s watching and admire the variety of art displays as they meander from stage to stage.

  • What you need to know:
    • Friday, July 15th and Saturday, July 16th
    • Parking available on site with a parking pass
    • Food Truck Marketplace offers a variety of hunger-satisfying options
    • Grab your tickets here
    • Full GDF lineup here

39th Annual Winter Park Jazz Festival

Winter Park Jazz Festival is gearing up for its 39th annual event. If jazz music is your cup of tea, then you’ll want to plan for this event during your summer trip to Colorado. A two-day event loaded with some of the biggest names in jazz, this will be a smooth weekend you won’t want to miss.

  • Details about it..
    • Saturday, July 16th and Sunday July 17th
    • Rendezvous Event Center in Winter Park
    • Tickets on sale here
    • Full lineup here

50th Annual Rockygrass Festival

Rockygrass is a traditional-bluegrass music festival. Held in Lyons, Colorado amidst red rock cliffs and cottonwood trees, you can find yourself fully immersed in the bluegrass spirit. Known by many as a “picker’s festival”, music simply isn’t contained to a stage at this festival, but can be found throughout the campgrounds. Pitch a tent and enjoy a folky, three-day weekend in Northern Colorado.

  • What you need to know:

Punk in Drublic – Craft Beer & Music Festival

Punk in Drublic is put on by NOFX frontman Fat Mike, alongside craft beer connoisseur, Cameron Collins. Presented by Bree Ha Ha, the event will feature some of Punk Music’s most iconic names. Co-hosted by Epic Brewing, the event will feature up to three hours of beer tasting from regional and local favorites. See you in the pit!

  • What you need to know:
    • Saturday, August 20th from 12:00 pm – 9:00 pm
    • Fiddler’s Green Amphitheater in Greenwood Village
    • Age 21 and over
    • Snag your tickets here
    • Full lineup here

Get the Most out of Your Summer in Colorado

The options may perhaps seem endless, and though an end does exist ever so faintly in the distance, we hope this short list stirs excitement for you as you plan out your summer in Colorado. Of course, if the music festival life isn’t for you, Colorado has a plethora of worthwhile attractions to fill your summer itinerary. If the state park route is more your speed, check out this blog for some ideas. However you spend your summer in Colorado, we know you’ll leave with plenty of fond memories. 

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