With the end of school and the beginning of summer only a week away, there are a lot of events to keep us Coloradoans busy. From concerts to festivals to events, there is plenty to do without leaving the state this summer.
Denver Comic Con: Are you a fan of Supernatural, Doctor Who or the Avengers? Well, then make sure to check out Denver Comic Con, a three-day convention that features the best in TV shows, Japanese animation, Cosplay, sci-fi and comic books. This year, celebrities such as Sean Astin, Karen Gillan and Christopher Lloyd are making appearances.
Denver Comic Con takes place May 22-25 at the Denver Convention Center. For more information visit http://denvercomiccon.com/.
Taste of Fort Collins: This staple of a Fort Collins summer is a community celebration that benefits the Eyeopeners Kiwanis Club of Fort Collins Foundation. It is a three-day festival that offers attendees food from local and national restaurants, entertainment from acclaimed musicians and an eclectic display of fine artisans.
This year, the festival highlights performers Andy Grammer, the Mowglis and Atlas Genius. Restaurants that will be catering are Taj Mahal Restaurant, Larkburger, Mama Roni’s and Cheba Hut.
Taste of Fort Collins takes place June 12-14 in Old Town Fort Collins. For more information visit http://tasteoffortcollins.com/.
Colorado Renaissance Festival: Come down to Larkspur, about 30 minutes south of Denver, for Colorado’s 39th annual Renaissance festival. Experience authentically costumed “merrymakers” living and performing around the village. You will encounter jousters and jugglers, minstrels and maidens. Bring the whole family for a day of merriment as you are thrown back in time to the 16th century.
The Renaissance Festival begins June 13 and goes every weekend until Aug. 2. For more information visit http://coloradorenaissance.com/.
The Denver Greek Festival: This year marks the 50th anniversary of one of Denver’s first outdoor festivals. The Greek Festival offers authentic Greek food, folk dancing from the Hellenic Dance Academy and Idomeneas Cretan Dancers, live music from Etho Ellas, shopping from Greek vendors, live cooking demonstrations and church tours. This festival offers a fun time for the whole family, so come eat, drink and dance like a Greek for the day!
The Denver Greek Festival is June 19, 20 and 21 at Assumption of the Theotokos Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Denver. For more information visit http://www.thegreekfestival.com/.
Slide the City: Coming to Boulder, Colorado Springs and Fort Collins this summer, Slide the City allows participants to slide hundreds of feet on what essentially is a giant slip-and-slide. It is encouraged for participants to bring water buckets, floaties and squirt guns to get absolutely drenched.
Participants can register at slidethecity.com and find a number of other locations throughout the country for all your sliding needs.
Denver Post Underground Music Showcase: Denver’s version of Austin’s South by Southwest takes over Broadway in downtown Denver. The event features up to 300 musicians at 30 different venues over a span of four days. Music fans can go from venue to venue to catch as many different shows as they want.
The Showcase takes place July 23-26 on Broadway Street in Denver.
Denver County Fair: The Denver County Fair mixes the traditional and the modern to make an event that is unique and eclectic to Denver. From hatmaking to “zombiecatures,” the Denver County Fair is anything but ordinary. The fair also features bungee trampolines, chicken bingo (yes, this exists!), a petting zoo and unicorn rides (yes, this also exists!).
The Denver County Fair starts July 31 and goes until August 2. For more information visit http://www.denvercountyfair.org/.
Palisade Peach Festival: Known for it is delectable peaches, Palisade hosts an annual peach festival each August. Festival-goers can try peaches not only from Colorado, but from various other places such as Canada, Australia and France. Last year’s festival drew a crowd of over 15,000 people.
The Palisade Peach Festival takes place August 14-16. Information can be found at http://palisadepeachfest.com/pf/.
Bohemian Nights at NewWestFest: This annual community event takes place in Old Town Fort Collins each August. The free event is geared to showcase Colorado musicians as well as international headliners of all genres.
NewWestFest takes place August 14-16 in Old Town Fort Collins. For more information visit http://www.bohemiannights.org/.
Colorado State Fair: Going strong for 134 years, the Colorado State Fair is a great way for the whole family to experience a rural fair complete with rodeo, livestock shows and live musical performances from country artists such as Chase Rice and Jake Owen.
The 11 day event is located outside Pueblo, about two hours south of Denver, and costs $7 to get in. The fair starts August 28 and goes until September 7. More information can be found at http://www.coloradostatefair.com/.
With the abundance of events going on throughout Colorado alone, it is hard to be bored this summer. Whether you are interested in music, food or performances, there is something for you. So go ahead and take the time to explore what Colorado has to offer.