The summer is heating up and festivals are in full swing!  In this installment, we’re going to forgo 4th of July celebrations (for another blog post to be released on the 1st).  But don’t fret as we have plenty of outstanding events in Colorado to attend this July.


The Renaissance Festival (July Weekends)

When you think of medieval times do you think of knights, honor, princesses, giant feasts, jesters, and fairy tale settings?  If so, you’re wrong.  Thankfully this 41st annual festival focuses on the fun and frolicking times rather than the poverty, Black Plague, Inquisition, and other historical Game of Thrones-esque reality that was the 16th century.  There will be jousting, live performances, live bands, and, of course, turkey legs.  So, lace up that corset (or, you know, be comfortable instead) and make your way to Larkspur for this chainmail event.  Be sure to get the proper pronunciation prior to attending at this link.

To learn more about the Renaissance Festival click History is Subjective

Steamboat Hot Air Balloon Rodeo (July 8th – 9th)

Set your alarm clocks for this one as dozens of hot air balloons will begin their launching at 6am both Saturday and Sunday for this 36th annual Hot Air Balloon Rodeo.  You’ll be mesmerized by the beauty and unique designs of these balloons as they liftoff over Bald Eagle Lake and Yampa Valley.  After taking in the balloons, meander over to Art in the Park to view some local pieces and meet the artists.  Don’t forget to gather at the base of Steamboat Mountain Saturday night for the Balloon Glow which is where select balloons will be present for non-liftoff inflation at sundown so you can see them glowing in the majestic scenery.

To learn more about the Steamboat Hot Air Balloon Rodeo click Gassy Beauty

The RIDE Festival (July 8th – 9th)

Also located in the mountains, just on the other side of the state, is the RIDE Festival down in Telluride.  Technically it starts on the night of the 7th when a free concert will be performed at Mountain Village which you can get to via free gondola ride.  Saturday begins the ticket concert series featuring seven bands the first day including the John Butler Trio and Ben Harper.  Sunday features six more bands with Beck headlining.  There will be a lot more than just two turntables and one microphone for this music-filled weekend.

To learn more about the RIDE Festival click Mountain Tunes

Colorado Irish Festival (July 14th – 16th)

Come wee lads and lasses to this celebration of everything green, Gaelic, and with a proof as Clement Park hosts the Colorado Irish Festival.  As they put it: “This eclectic gathering of tens of thousands is known throughout the west for its outrageous display of kilts and bagpipes; Gaelic sports and Irish step dancing; and the best Irish rock and classic music this side of the Emerald Isle.”  If you’re not sold on that, just remember that Irish beer and Irish Whiskey are Irish too…obviously.  Raise a pint and toast our green brothers and sisters at this year’s event.

To learn more about the Colorado Irish Festival click Top of the Mornin’

Boulder County Fair (July 28th – August 6th)

Celebrating its 148th year (seriously) is the Boulder County Fair where you’ll see live bands, a firefighter challenge, and the Craft Distillery Festival (hosted by Boulder County Fair).  That’s not all, either, as there will be a tractor pull, demolition derby, rodeos, parades, and plenty of fair food to gorge on.  There is so much activity with this event you may want to turn it into a multi-day endeavor just to tackle everything offered at the fair.

To learn more about the Boulder County Fair click So Much to Do

Your summer continues to fill up with must-see events thanks to everything Colorado has to offer.  Get out and have some fun this month!