Colorado Festivals You Can’t Miss This Summer

Get ready for an action-packed summer in Colorado! From thrilling Whitewater Rafting to delicious food and wine events, there’s no shortage of exciting summer festivals to fill Colorado’s sunniest days of the year.

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As the days get warmer and longer, it is time to explore the best festivals, concerts, and other fun events that Colorado summer has to offer. So, grab your sunscreen and sense of adventure, and let’s dive into the summer season!


June kicks off summer with the Denver Chalk Art Festival on June 10th and 11th. You will be mesmerized by the vibrant colors and intricate designs of over 200 artists as they transform the streets of Larimer Square into a stunning outdoor gallery.

Visitors can watch the artists at work, chat with them about their techniques and inspiration, and even participate in some of the interactive art activities. The event also features live music, food vendors, and a beer garden to enjoy while taking in the colorful and vibrant atmosphere.

Man painting chalk art

If you’re looking for something more action-packed or to experience the best of summer in the mountains, head to Salida for the FIBark Whitewater Festival June 15th through the 18th. FIBark stands for “First in Boating on the Arkansas” and is the oldest whitewater festival in the country.

Man whitewater kayaking

Celebrating its 75th year, this festival is not for the faint of heart. With thrilling kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding, and rafting competitions, you’ll be on the edge of your seat. The festival features a variety of land-based events as well, including live music, a carnival, food trucks and more, making it a fun-filled event for visitors of all ages.

rafting trip with guide holding up paddle

And let’s not forget about the Hooligan Race, where teams race down the river in homemade rafts made of non-traditional materials. It’s a spectacle you won’t want to miss!

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The real foodie in you will come alive on June 4th and July 9th at the Taste of Colorado festival. With over 50 of Denver’s best restaurants and food trucks serving up mouth-watering cuisine from around the world, you’ll indulge in an unforgettable culinary experience. And with multiple stages featuring live music from local and national artists, you’ll dance the night away.


July is the height of summer, and Colorado knows how to celebrate. From Denver to Breckenridge, towns and cities throughout the state put on incredible Independence Day celebrations with fireworks, parades, and concerts.

But for a more low-key experience, head to Crested Butte for the Wildflower Festival. July 7th through the 16th. With guided hikes, photography workshops, and garden tours, you’ll be surrounded by stunning wildflowers that will take your breath away. This festival attracts visitors from around the world, ensuring you will have the opportunity to meet new people and make unforgettable memories.


In August, we have the opportunity to celebrate Colorado’s mining history with  Leadville’s Boom Days August 4th through the 6th. The festival activities include a burro race, live music, and historical reenactments, and visitors are transported back in time to experience the mining boom. The event caters to all ages with experiences such as gold panning and gunfight reenactments.


If you’re looking for a different kind of experience, head over to the Colorado Renaissance Festival June 17th – August 6th in Larkspur, Colorado. Situated in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, the festival recreates a magical world with whimsical characters, enchanting music, and delicious food. Whether you’re a history buff, a fan of fantasy, or simply looking for a fun day out with friends and family, the Colorado Renaissance Festival will mesmerize you with its 16th century festival atmosphere.

So, whether you’re a thrill-seeker or a foodie, a nature lover or a history buff, Colorado is the ultimate destination for an unforgettable summer adventure. So, pack your bags, grab your camera, and get ready to make some memories that will last a lifetime!

summer festival - mother and daughter

With a MileMarker Van Rental, you’ll be able to travel across the state, ensuring you make every Colorado summer festival on your bucket list. Our fleet of 10-14 passenger vans come equipped with plenty of space, making sure no one is left behind, and you still have plenty of room for souvenirs!

Written by Madison McLeod, Contributing Member of the Sales and Marketing Team
Edited by Rosa Canales, Marketing Specialist 

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