Now that kids are back in school and leaves are beginning to fall it’s that inevitability that Summer is coming to an end for 2017.  September, however, still boasts several outdoor festivals to further enjoy the warm weather before coats are in order.  Here’s a list of a few things to do in Colorado.


A Taste of Colorado (September 1st – 4th)

The 34th annual delicious gorge-fest will, once again, take over Civic Park in front of the Denver Capital Building.  Over 50 restaurants will be serving up delicious taster dishes throughout the weekend that will give you a healthy taste of what they all offer.  There will be live music, booze, and tent shops set up for local perusing.  Historically, The Taste brings in memorable music acts (such as Boyz II Men) for free concerts, and this year is no different.  This year’s free concerts include Rick Springfield, Five for Fighting, and 38 Special.

To learn more about A Taste of Colorado click Finger-Lickin’ Good Tunes

Jazz Aspen Snowmass Festival (September 1st – 3rd)

Along the concert theme is the 31st annual Jazz Aspen Snowmass Festival.  This festival falls in line every year with the famous Motherlode Volleyball Tournament and the Rocky Mountain Oyster Festival, so you shan’t be bored in the city where “beer flows like wine and beautiful women instinctively flock like the salmon of Capistrano.”  Famous acts include Hall and Oates, Keith Urban, The Roots, and weekend headliner Maroon 5.  Tickets aren’t cheap and currently only available for Friday night but you can scour Craigslist and other ticket sites for last minute ticket dumpers.

To learn more about Jazz Aspen Snowmass Festival click This Jazz Fest Seems to Be Lacking Jazz

Boulder Fall Fest (September 15th – 17th)

The beautiful city of Boulder embraces the Fall, possibly because it backs right up to the Rocky Mountains and gorgeous Eldorado and Boulder Canyons.  The Boulder Fall Fest takes place on the world-famous Pearl Street where live music acts will perform covers, local artists will sell their creations, and a beer garden will be filling attendees with local brews.  This event is free so fitting in the fun fest is easy over the weekend.

To learn more about Boulder Fall Fest click Best Season of the Year

Pueblo Chile and Frijoles Festival (September 22nd – 24th)

If the (very) southern town of Pueblo is known for anything, it’s chili peppers.  This year the Pueblo Chile and Frijoles Festival shuts down main street in town for a farmer’s market, live music, and street vendors for a spicy social occasion.  Test your tolerance at the chili and salsa competition or, if you really think your tongue is something special, enter the jalapeño eating contest for a grand prize of $100…and a painful gastrointestinal night.

To learn more about the Pueblo Chile and Frijoles Festival click The Spice of Life

Denver Oktoberfest (September 22nd – 30th)

Considered one of the best Oktoberfest celebrations outside of Munich, the Denver Oktoberfest features various wursts, liter beers, and loads of live music.  Larimer Street will, once again, be shut down for the annual beer festival.  You may want to consider buying a VIP pass for one of the days, or an entire weekend, for all you can eat, all you can drink, and roped off private sections minimizing the crowds in the area.  Prices range at $100-125 per person per day (with discounts on multiday passes) but if you plan to eat a fair share and tip back a few liters of beer it’s worth the investment.

To learn more about the Denver Oktoberfest click Beer is the Wurst

From concerts in the mountains to food tastings in the city, and German beer to spicy food you’re in for a month of palate pleasing and happy ears in Colorado.