This year, Colorado celebrates its 143rd birthday on August 1. It was the day when this Centennial state joined the U.S.
Most of the regular visitors of the state’s annual festivals and other celebrations will tell you that Colorado is the coolest/hottest among all states. You can find loads of different events every year, and you can bet that, in some corner, you will find your favorite one.
These amazing happenings are the reason why newcomers become regulars.
Colorado Indian Market and Southwest Showcase
Mid-January is the time when one of the most appreciated festivals of Native American culture happens. A wide selection of events is based on Indian culture and heritage.
Also, it includes live music and dance, celebrity appearances, various performances. Here you can find all traditional jewelry, beautiful pottery, vivid paintings and sculptures. You can even attend Native American and southwest cooking demonstrations.
Shows with eagles, owls, and hawks, with a bunch of special events for kids are always fun and educational. Face painters, balloon artist, magic shows, as well as cowboys with their tricks are all around.
Denver March Pow Wow
This event in late March at the Denver Coliseum celebrates ancient heritage. It has been a success for more than 35 years. It features more than 700 dancers and musicians from 70 different tribes.
Dancing styles are copied from traditional dances of these tribes. Colorful costumes are eye-catching. They didn’t forget to add a much-loved Storytelling Room. Also, you can find various stands with arts, crafts, and unavoidable delicious Native American dishes.
Santa Fe Festival
Santa Fe Trail was a major artery that cut across the town of Trinidad. Trinidad was a very much needed stop, where passengers would rest and buy supplies. In mid-June, this festival honors this 19th-century important route.
You can attend historical recreations, live entertainment, find craft makers, food, or visit special kids area with ponies and carnival rides.
Crested Butte Festival
One of the oldest events in the state, Crested Butte draws artists, photographers, and crafts enthusiasts from around the country for one of the summer’s most significant weekend events. Visitors enjoy open-air arts and crafts, live music, and Crested Butte’s National Historic District with one-of-a-kind shops, art galleries, boutiques, and restaurants set against the backdrop of the Elk Mountain Range.
Pikes Peak Marathon
Marked as America’s “Ultimate Challenge,” this is one of the USA Trail Marathon Championships, and it occurs annually in mid-August. Besides the fact that this is the third oldest marathon in the U.S., it is also the most demanding one.
The first race was held in 1956 as a challenge between smokers and non-smokers. The Pikes Peak Marathon is also notable because it was the first one that allowed female competitors and had a female finisher in 1959.
It starts from Manitou Springs and follows the trail up the mountain to an altitude of 14,000 feet and back.
Colorado Springs Balloon Classic
The end of August or early September is the time for this colossal event in the state. Hot air balloons take off from Colorado Springs Memorial Park. Flights go over the Rockies Region.
It has been a popular attraction for nearly four decades. It summons over a hundred hot balloons that fill the skies throughout the day. They light up the ground at night with warm glows.
Beside actual balloon rides, it includes live musical events, kids’ play area, a photo contest, and a coloring contest.
This year, Denver Oktoberfest celebrates the 50th anniversary. Every year, it starts in mid to late September in Denver. The festival gathers a wide variety of beers in one place at one time. It happens over two separate weekends.
The whole city becomes alive and wrapped in German colors, including music and cultural performances. Of course, the food is inevitable, especially the most wanted bratwurst and strudel desserts. The fest also includes some extra-interesting competitions, such as keg bowling, stein hosting, and the long dog derby.
Frozen Dead Guy Days
This quirkiest festival in the country turned 18 this March. It takes place in the town of Nederland. It is a homage to Bredo Morstoel, who was frozen in a stage of suspended animation. His body lies on dry ice in a Tuff Shed in the hills above the town.
This most frigid festival includes live bands in heated tents, and most precious coffin racing, frozen T-shirts competition, and loads of other freaky activities.
Mike the Headless Chicken Festival
In Fruita, this June, they celebrated the 21st anniversary of this festival. It is all based on the 1945 story about the chicken that had a fantastic zest for life. Mike, the chicken, refused to die for eighteen months after a farmer tried to decapitate it.
In fact, he did take off its head but did not sever its brain stem. So this wonder chicken inspired the festival. During the festival, you can take part in a 5K run, disc golf tournament, wing and peep eating contests, live music, delicious food, and carpenter booths.
Manitou Springs Fruitcake Toss
Every year at the end of January, fruitcakes are flying in downtown Manitou Springs. This toss is an event where everyone’s least favorite holiday dessert is celebrated.
The competitions include the Kids Toss, Hand Toss, Launch, Pneumatic Gun or Canon, Team Catch or Accuracy division. And the cost is symbolic, i.e., a non-perishable food item donation to the Westside Cares food bank.
The calendar of events in Colorado is brimming with amazing festivals. Whether it’s easy to choose or not, it is up to you.