LIVE! Your guide to Colorado’s year-round music scene
THE COLORADO MUSIC SCENE is without question wonderfully diverse. From bluegrass to reggae, jazz to country, and everything in between, Colorado festivals weave multiple genres together in harmonious fashion. The laid-back attitude of the concert-goers, the Rocky Mountain fresh air, and the pride for the musical talent all make for an exceptional atmosphere in which the creativity of the artists can flourish. Stevie Wonder described it best when he sang, “music is a world within itself with a language we all understand.” We’ve compiled a list of festivals for this year. With this much variety, there’s sure to be something for everyone.
COVER ROCK FESTIVAL, June 22-23, 2018
A two-day tribute band extravaganza, this year’s theme is “Made in the USA” and will include first-rate covers of songs from some of the best American Rock & Roll bands.
BLUES, BREWS & BBQ FESTIVAL, May 26-27, 2018
Top notch BBQ eats and blues music are superimposed at this long-running festival. Come celebrate summer in the mountains!
CAMP OUT FOR THE CAUSE, June 1-3, 2018
With an emphasis on the evolution of human connection, this music and yoga festival will hit you right in the feels. A portion of this year’s proceeds will go to support the medical expenses for a young girl with a rare form of childhood cancer.
RAPIDS & GRASS BEER FESTIVAL, June 29-July 1, 2018
With over 45 craft breweries and camping on site, the banks of the Arkansas River will come alive to the sound of bluegrass music for this second annual festival.
SEVEN PEAKS MUSIC FESTIVAL, Aug. 31-Sept. 2, 2018
Country music lovers, rejoice! This brand new music and camping festival will take place over Labor Day weekend at the Meadows, in Buena Vista, and will be curated by none other than Dierks Bentley!
14ER FEST, Sept. 28-30, 2018
After a day of excitement and trail-based events in Chaffee County, come back to Main Street in Buena Vista and mingle over some excellent musical entertainment.
ROYAL GORGE WHITEWATER FESTIVAL, June 22-23, 2018
This festival is a showcase of Fremont County’s river and land-based outdoor activities. After a day of fun and fresh air, kick back and relax to the sounds of talented music acts.
CASTLE ROCK SUMMER JAM, July 29, 2018
With national and regional acts, this event is sure to keep you rocking through the afternoon and evening.
BREW FEST UNDER THE STARS, Aug. 25, 2018
Looking for a perfect date night or evening out? Head to Castle Rock for a one-of-a-kind atmosphere with amazing local craft brews, bites, and jams!
MEADOWGRASS MUSIC FESTIVAL, May 25-27, 2018
Relax to the tune of fabulous music performances in Black Forest over Memorial Day weekend. This diverse festival is the perfect getaway for music aficionados and families alike.
TERRITORY DAYS, May 26-28, 2018
Did you know that Old Colorado City was the first capital of the Colorado territory in 1861? Territory Days honors this distinction in grandiose fashion, including historic reenactments, exhibits, and an extensive lineup of free live music performances over three days.
PIKES PEAK CELTIC FEST, June 15-17, 2018
With traditional music, pipe bands and Celtic rock groups, Celtic music lovers will find a home at the annual Pikes Peak Celtic Fest. Other events include Highland athletics and a whiskey/ scotch tasting.
COLORADO SPRINGS ART & MUSIC FESTIVAL, June 30-July 1, 2018
Bring the whole family for free for two days of live music with exhibits from national juried fine artists and activities for all ages.
BLUES UNDER THE BRIDGE, July 7, 2018
Produced by 91.5 KRCC, this 12th annual event has a lineup comprised of national and local blues genre musicians that is set to impress!
FIDDLES, VITTLES & VINO, July 29, 2018
In its 14th year, this bluegrass and culinary arts festival welcomes a recent Missouri music hall of fame inductee and the winner of the 2017 Freshgrass Band Award. Proceeds benefit the Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site.
COPPER MOUNTAIN MUSIC FESTIVAL, July 6-8, 2018
This free music festival at Copper Mountain comes complete with workshops and jam sessions. The singer-songwriter vibe found at this event is a magnet for creativity and summer fun.
COPPER COUNTRY, Sept. 1-2, 2018
Deemed by many a Labor Day weekend tradition, this free festival includes a diverse range of music acts, an artisan festival, and activities for the kids.
HOT ROD ROCK & RUMBLE, Sept. 21-22, 2018
This hot rod and rockabilly festival will include two stages for live music performances at the Pikes Peak International Raceway.
COLORADO BBQ CHALLENGE, June 14-16, 2018
Bring your appetite for food and music to the 25th annual BBQ Challenge, featuring all-day music and scrumptious snacks. The town of Frisco proudly partners with six non-profit organizations.
RAPIDGRASS FESTIVAL, June 15-17, 2018
In its ninth year, this festival showcases exceptional bluegrass and folk music. This family-friendly event is centered on community growth and includes on-site camping options.
BACON & BOURBON FESTIVAL, June 23-24, 2018
LOTS of bacon and free live music. Sound appealing? Visit Keystone for an experience that your taste buds (and ears) won’t want to miss.
WINE & JAZZ FESTIVAL, July 14-15, 2018
Classy wine seminars, chic food pairings, and exquisite jazz performances blend together to create a smooth and relaxing vibe at this annual Keystone festival.
BLUEGRASS & BEER FESTIVAL, Aug. 4-5, 2018
This year’s festival welcomes 14 national and regional bluegrass groups, and pairs the sweet sound of mountain music with delicious libations from over 40 craft breweries.
MOUNTAIN TOWN MUSIC FESTIVAL, Aug. 17-18, 2018
Colorado sunshine + free live music + harvest favorites = summer bliss. Make it your summer tradition and you won’t be disappointed.
SPANISH PEAKS MUSIC FESTIVAL, July 6-7, 2018
Beautiful sunsets and a breathtaking landscape set the tone for this two day country and rock festival in La Veta. Bring the whole family without breaking the bank.
HERITAGE BREW FESTIVAL, Sept. 29, 2018
Back for its fourth year and hosted by the Manitou Springs Heritage Center, this 21+ event is known for its terrific live music and craft beer tasting experience.
PICKIN’ ON THE DIVIDE, Aug. 18, 2018
This annual bluegrass festival is deeply rooted in family. A benefit for the community, this event proudly presents local bands and also includes a tasty chili cook-off.
COLORADO STATE FAIR, Aug. 24-Sept. 3, 2018
In addition to the ticketed headliner performances, the fair offers two free entertainment stages throughout its eleven-day run.
CHILE & FRIJOLES FESTIVAL, Sept. 21-23, 2018
Celebrate the end of summer to the smell of roasting chilies at Pueblo’s annual harvest celebration. With multiple entertainment tents, live music is abundant throughout the festival.
NEW MEX FEST, Oct. 6, 2018
This festival celebrates the unique genre of New Mexico music pioneered by the late Al Hurricane. Extremely talented musicians fuse culture and tradition into their sound.
BLUEGRASS ON THE ARKANSAS, May 26-27, 2018
This annual family-friendly weekend is free, with donations going to the Salida Rotary Club. Superb music performances are a highlight at this event.
FIBARK, June 14-17, 2018
The FIBArk is the national, original whitewater festival. After a day on the river, make sure to take in the talented music acts at Riverside Park.
SALIDA FINE ARTS AND MUSIC FESTIVAL, July 21-22, 2018
Family fun is the vibe at this festival. Back for its 10th year, this free two-day event features live music, local food vendors, a creation station for all ages and beautiful art exhibits.
COUNTRY SONIC BLOOM FESTIVAL, June 14-18, 2018
This intimate four-day electronic music and camping extravaganza in Spanish Peaks Country prides itself on caring for the environment.
GOPRO MOUNTAINS OF MUSIC, June 7-10, 2018
As Vail’s largest event of the year, the four-day GoPro Mountain Games include free live music at the Mountains of Music concert series in the evenings.
CUSTER COUNTY COWBOY GATHERING, Aug. 18-19, 2018
This festival is as authentic as it gets! Listen to live country western music and cowboy poetry from talented artists and experience a genuine chuck wagon dinner.
HIGH MOUNTAIN HAY FEVER BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL, July 12-15, 2018
The Sangre de Cristo Mountains provide a stunning background for this festival. In its 16th year, this event boasts highly talented performers and multiple music workshops over four days.
VINO & NOTES, Aug. 4, 2018
In its 11th year, this benefit for the Teller County Habitat for Humanity will feature smooth jazz and delicious wines from over 20 Colorado wineries.