• Schedule in Tandem with Colorado Festivals

     
    FROM THE Spring 2018 ISSUE
     

    One of the best and simplest ways to get a real taste of local without going to a bunch of work and expense is scheduling a meeting in tandem with a destination’s event calendar.

  • Schedule in Tandem with Colorado Festivals

     
    FROM THE Spring 2018 ISSUE
     

    One of the best and simplest ways to get a real taste of local without going to a bunch of work and expense is scheduling a meeting in tandem with a destination’s event calendar.

  • Schedule in Tandem with Colorado Festivals

     
    FROM THE Spring 2018 ISSUE
     

    One of the best and simplest ways to get a real taste of local without going to a bunch of work and expense is scheduling a meeting in tandem with a destination’s event calendar.

  • Schedule in Tandem with Colorado Festivals

     
    FROM THE Spring 2018 ISSUE
     

    One of the best and simplest ways to get a real taste of local without going to a bunch of work and expense is scheduling a meeting in tandem with a destination’s event calendar.

Here are some better and lesser-known festival ideas shared by the Colorado Tourism Office, including a bit more about underthe-radar options that could work well for groups especially in terms of lodging and venue availability.  

ASPEN

Best Known: Wintersköl, Every January
Less Known: Mac N Cheese Festival, Sept. 8, 2018
» Taking place on Aspen’s “Restaurant Row,” this festival showcases the best mac ‘n cheese creations in the Aspen area. Visitors pay $5 to participate, bring their own spoon and vote for favorites in five categories.

BRECKENRIDGE

Best Known: International Snow Sculpture Championships, Every January
Less Known: Still on the Hill: Breckenridge Craft Spirits Festival, Oct. 19-21, 2018
» Take part in a grand tasting of handcrafted spirits, craft cocktails, artisanal bites and more. Also on the schedule are mixology workshops, historical walking tours, ghost tours and scavenger hunts.

DENVER

Best Known: Great American Beer Festival, Sept. 20-22, 2018
Less Known: Collaboration Fest, March 31, 2018
» Collaboration Fest features brews that are the result of collaborations between two or more breweries from around the state, country and world. These individual collaborations mean that every beer tapped will be its first time and every beer has a unique story.  

DURANGO

Best Known: Durango Cowboy Poetry Gathering, Oct. 4-7, 2018
Less Known: San Juan Brewfest, Aug. 25, 2018
» The 20th anniversary of the Four Corners region’s biggest beer tasting festival will showcase live music and 50 breweries, each highlighting at least two beers. Ticket sales benefit the United Way of Southwest Colorado.

SNOWMASS

Best Known: JAS Aspen Snowmass Labor Day Experience, Aug. 31 – Sept. 2, 2018
Less Known: Aspen Snowmass Vintage Car Race, Sept. 16-17, 2018
» Watch the sights and sounds of highoctane racing come alive on the streets of Snowmass Village as vintage Corvettes, BMWs, Porsches, Mustangs and formula racecars from the 1960s and 1970s fly by. 

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS

Best Known: Winter Carnival, Every February
Less Known: Wild West Air Fest, Sept. 1, 2018
» Every Labor Day weekend, some of the best pilots in the West and nationally renowned performers present thrilling aerobatics and formation flying.  

The first property of the Limelight Hotel brand, Limelight Hotel Aspen has undergone a full makeover and will begin welcoming guests back at the start of the 2021/22 ski season in November 2021. Located next to Wagner Park in downtown Aspen, the upgrades include all 126 guestrooms and suites and public spaces such as the Limelight Lounge, conference room, lobby and bar. Guests and groups will notice a new arrival experience, expanded seating for dining, and relocation of the lounge’s stage area to better accommodate events.  

 

It was a treat to experience the new Meow Wolf Denver during a media preview event without all the crowds and to meet various artists and staff who made this third permanent exhibition from the U.S.-based arts and entertainment company a reality. Convergence Station opened to the public for quantum travel on Sept. 17, 2021 and held its first concert the following day.  

 

The fanfare surrounding completion of the Sheraton Denver Downtown’s $80 million, full-scale renovation may have been delayed due to COVID-19, but the VIP/media ribbon cutting and community unveiling event on Sept. 16 was done in true style. The porte-cochere and lobby were taken over for the event that featured live music, a sampling of local food and drink, and the chance to savor a cocktail in Bezel Denver, a swank new bar that hasn’t opened to the public quite yet.