No summer in Colorado is complete without a visit to this quirky mountain town, and if you’re going to make the trip anyway, you might as well do it for a fun event like this wine festival. 30 Colorado Wineries will be represented at the event providing wine tastings throughout. After you’re done there, and maybe a touch liquored up, head to the old-school penny arcade on main street (Manitou Ave) for some tipsy 8-bit competition.
To learn more about the Manitou Springs Colorado Wine Festival click CO Should Probably Specialize in Ice Wine
Alright, fine, we’ll go through the details, but don’t even pretend that you won’t be pressing all the right buttons at this retro-inspired event. Hopefully your stop in Manitou Springs Penny Arcade is a healthy warmup for you as there will be hundreds of classic pinball machines and arcade video games to play as long as your heart desires. The website states that if someone is “a major name in pinball and arcade gaming, they are here” to which we respond in a quippy sort of way: “shouldn’t it read ‘if there is a major…’?”
To learn more about the Ultimate Colorado Pinball + Gamer Festival click No Quarters Required
The First in Boating On The Arkansas Festival (FIBARK) started back in 1049. In that year, 23 entrants in the race took to the river but only two made it to the finish line, 57-miles down the river. These days, the snow runoff from the mountains continues to fuel the paddlers but now the number of boaters reaches north of 100 each year. There will be carnival rides and games, free music, etc. throughout the weekend, so make your way down to Salida, by boat or otherwise, for a one-of-a-kind festival.
To learn more about FIBArk click I’ll Just Watch, Thanks
Telluride Bluegrass Festival (June 21st – 24th)
A must-do event in Colorado at some point in your life is the Telluride Bluegrass Festival which turns the mountain oasis into a rocking weekend of music and comradery. With over 30-bands keeping the tunes going over the festival you’ll happily find something that beats to your drum. Bluegrass mainstay Leftover Salmon will take to the stage as well as the always entertaining singers of “Fishin’ in the Dark” Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. Tickets are nearly all sold-out (Thursday is still open) but you can find some on Craigslist at face value up to double, but hey, it gets you in.
To learn more about the Telluride Bluegrass Festival click Lazy Yellow Moon
Moving into its 29th year is the Colorado Brewers’ Festival in charming Fort Collins in late June this year. Try 150+ beers (maybe don’t try all of them) from 40+ Colorado breweries and take in some grub from food vendors and tap your toes to the live music throughout the festival. Not to overlook this happy addition: “the debut of the Fort Collins Collaboration Beer Pavilion: 20+ Fort Collins breweries join forces to brew six exclusive festival beers available only at COBF!” Come hungry, come thirsty, and probably come with a designated driver or hotel room.
To learn more about the Colorado Brewers’ Festival click Colorado = Beer
Beer, music, rivering (it’s a word…should be), freaking pinball, vino, and a warming sun give your month one to remember.