Fall Colorado Festivals
Here is the list of Colorado fall festivals in September and October. It’s impressive in quality if not in quantity of festivals. But if you are looking for somewhere to drink, celebrate the harvest, or watch a good horror film, you’ll find it adequate for the task. And I’m not even counting the gatherings for Oktoberfest in Colorado. Do not miss the Oktoberfest events as they are some of this country’s best.
We hope you enjoyed last year’s list. We will be updating this information for 2016 over the next few weeks. Stay tuned!
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Colorado State Fair – Pueblo, CO – August 26 – September 5, 2016
The largest summer event in the state started as a horse exhibition in 1869, before Colorado became a state.
Vail Jazz Festival – Sept 1-5, 2016
The 12-week Vail Jazz Festival program culminates over Labor Day Weekend with the Vail Jazz Party, a unique mix of world-class musicians in a one of a kind format.
Four Corners Folk Festival – Pagosa Springs, CO – Sept 2-4, 2016
Jas Aspen Snowmass Labor Day Festival – Snowmass, CO – September 2-4, 2016
Three days of world-class music with crowds of up to 10,000 per day.
A Taste of Colorado – Denver, CO – September 2-5, 2016
There’s free admission to this Labor Day weekend event with food from more than 50 top restaurants, music on six stages of entertainment, arts/crafts and family friendly carnival / kids’ activities.
Copper Country – Sept 3-4, 2016
Free live music and a fine arts exhibition at Copper Mountain Resort.
Wild West Air Fest – Steamboat Springs, CO – September 3-4, 2016
Thrilling aerobatics and formation flying in the mountains over Labor Day weekend.
Sedgwick Harvest Festival – Sedgwick, CO – Labor Day Weekend
Scotfest – Estes Park, CO – September 8-11, 2016
The Longs Peak Scottish-Irish Highland Festival includes Scottish athletic competition as well as Celtic music and dance.
Yampa Valley Crane Festival – Sept 8-11, 2016
Celebrating the fall gathering of Greater Sandhill Cranes in Northwest Colorado.
Arvada Harvest Festival – Arvada, CO – September 9-11, 2016
A local harvest event with food fair, parades and kid’s zone that has been running for nearly 100 years.
Chili and Beer Festival – Mt. Crested Butte, CO – Sept 10, 2016
Locally made chili, tasty craft beer, and live music at the base of Crested Butte Mountain.
Frisco Fall Fest – Frisco, CO – September 10, 2016
Enjoy signature dishes from local restaurants, beer garden, local and regional artists, live music and children’s activities.
Salida Fiber Festival – Salida, CO – September 10-11, 2016
Colorado Mountain Winefest – Grand Junction, CO – September 15-18, 2016
The Saturday portion, Festival in the Park, is the state’s largest and oldest wine festival featuring dozens of Colorado wineries, live music, a grape stomp, chef demonstrations & seminars.
Salida Bike Fest – Sept 15-18, 2016
Celebrate bicycles of all kinds including bike parade, films, group rides, pump track competition, race and live music.
Telluride Blues & Brews Festival – Telluride, CO – Sept 16-18, 2016
One of the most scenic music festivals and craft beer tastings.
Snowmass Ballon Festival – Snowmass, CO – September 16-18, 2016
One of the highest altitude balloon events in the country, with more than 30 pilots competing in challenges.
Downtown Boulder’s Fall Fest – Boulder, CO – September 16-18, 2016
Summerset Festival – Littleton – Sept 16-18, 2016
Uncorked Wine and Music Festival – Lake City, CO – Sept 17, 2016
A wine tasting event with live music and food.
Celtic Harvest Festival Edgewater – Edgewater, CO – September 17-18, 2015
Mountain Harvest Festival – Paonia, CO – September 22-25, 2016
Crested Butte Film Festival – Sept 29 – Oct 2, 2016
Great American Beer Festival – Denver, CO – October 6-8, 2016
A public tasting event and private competition at the Colorado Convention Center. They bill the event as the largest collection of U.S. beer ever served.
Choctoberfest – Aurora, CO – October 15, 2016
Indulge in chocolate at the Arapahoe County Fairgrounds with events for all ages.
Bighorn Sheep Festival – Georgetown, CO – Nov 12, 2016
View the head-banging bighorn sheep as well as enjoy hikes, wildlife, music, crafts, and children’s activities.
Future Events – 2017
If we find the dates for a festival next fall (September or October 2017) which does not have an event in 2016, we will post them here.
We know that you want current events. But we often don’t have dates for the current year. We leave those events with their link here so that you can look for the new dates yourself. We hope you don’t mind!
Telluride Film Festival – Telluride, CO – September 4-7, 2015
Fall Harvest Brewfest – Fort Collins, CO – September 11, 2015
Chile & Frijoles Festival – Pueblo, CO – September 25-27, 2015
Colorado Artfest at Castle Rock – Castle Rock, CO – September 12-13, 2015
Rendezvous Music Festival – Beaver Creek, CO – September 11-12, 2015
Colorfest Balloon Rally – Pagosa Springs, CO – September 16-18, 2015
Vinotok Fall Harvest Festival – Crested Butte, CO – Sept 13-19, 2015
Fruita Fall Festival – Fruita, CO – September 25-27, 2015
Mile High Horror Film Festival – Denver, CO – October 1-4, 2015
Applefest – Cedaredge, CO – October 3-4, 2015
Estes Park Elk Fest – Estes Park, CO – Oct 3-4, 2015
Telluride Horror Show – Telluride, CO – October 16-18, 2015
Elizabeth Harvest Festival – Elizabeth, CO – October 31, 2015
Cherry Arts Festival – Oct 23-25, 2015
Boulder IPA Fest – Boulder, CO – October 24, 2015
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