The Life You Love: June Events in ColoradoAmanda Molitor
There is so much to love about living in Colorado. Whether you’re an outdoor enthusiast, urban adventurer, sports fan, or patron of the arts – there is something here to feed everyone’s passions. Check out these new and exciting events to add to your calendar this month that will help you fall in love with where you live all over again.
Mike the Headless Chicken Festival – June 3 – 4
This quirky festival set in late May or early June in Fruita, Colorado is one of the most unique celebrations out there, to say the least. Hundreds of people gather and take part in activities in honor of Mike the Headless Chicken, an infamous “historical figure” in Colorado’s colorful past. This year’s event is scheduled to take place Friday to Saturday, June 3 to 4, 2022.
Greeley Blues Jam – June 4
The folks at Greeley Blues Jam are on a mission: to preserve Blues music and connect with the community through this genre and other genres inspired by it. To that end, they’ve created a two-day festival held in Greeley, Colorado in early June that “ain’t nothin’ but a party!
Animas River Days – June 3 – 5
The annual event that started in 1985 will happen once again from Friday thru Sunday, June 3rd – 5 2022 at Durango’s Whitewater Park. Watch skilled individuals and teams compete in kayaking, surf competitions, boater cross, and raft sprints. At the end of the contest, there will be a river parade and a retro rodeo for all the participants so they can chill out and have a good time.
Colorado Medieval Festival – June 3 – 5
Those looking to get transported back in time should head to Loveland this summer to catch the annual Colorado Medieval Festival. Taking place over 3 days, on-site performers include magicians, belly dancers, and sword fighters as well as live bands. And don’t worry about food and drinks as there are plenty of options to indulge on during the festival.
Telluride Balloon Festival – June 3 – 5
It’s one of the most beautiful festivals to witness during the summer season where hot air balloons take off and sail for a mile out of town. The Telluride Balloon Festival returns for its 38th year.
GoPro Mountain Games – June 7 – 12
The countdown for the GoPro Mountain Games begins so get your gears ready for one of the largest celebrations of sports, arts, and music in America. The GoPro Mountain Games return to Vail occurs from Tuesday thru Sunday, June 7 to 12, 2022 so be sure not to miss out on this high-intensity event. There’s something for the sports enthusiast and the art junkie. Music lovers will enjoy the nightly concerts at the end of each day.
Meekerpalooza – June 10
Every summer in Colorado, the Meekerpalooza Series, and Farmers Markets offers attendees the chance to enjoy music, crafts, drinks, and culture. Boasting different live performances, workshops, a crafts fair, competitions, a beer and wine garden, races, and different booths, there is something for everyone in this series.
Aspen Fringe Festival – June 10 – 11
Back for its 14th year, the Aspen Fringe Festival’s JUNEFEST is a two-day performance art event that takes place at Wheeler Opera House. Founded in 1994 by David Ledingham, the Aspen Fringe Festival aims to inspire and encourage artists and individuals around the world. This year’s festival highlights the work of Tony Award®-winning playwright Simon Stephens.
Pagosa Bluegrass Festival – June 10 – 12
Pagosa Springs is once again pitching their big tent up for the 15th annual Pagosa Folk ‘N Bluegrass festival. If you’re a true bluegrass music lover, then you shouldn’t miss this once-a-year event.
FIBArk – June 16 – 17
Concerts, craft beer, and whitewater races will keep you entertained. It’s held from Thursday to Sunday, June 16 to 19, 2022. The FIBArk Whitewater Festival has been held annually since 1949. It features a wide array of both land and sea events including rafting, kayaking, mountain biking, and running.
Sonic Bloom Festival – June 16 – 19
Dubbed as one of Colorado’s top electronic music festivals, this environment-centric event is one to watch out for. Sonic Bloom takes place southwest of Pueblo in Spanish Peaks Country. Sit on the grass and be one with nature as you enjoy performances from various artists and bands.
Food and Wine Classic – June 17 – 19
The annual Food and Wine Classic will happen Friday thru Sunday, June 17 – 19, 2022 at the base of the majestic Aspen Mountain. Food lovers and wine enthusiasts will delight in a spectacular range of food prepared for them at the grand tasting pavilion. It’s also an opportunity to learn from the best in the food and wine industry during the event’s seminars.
Juneteenth Music Festival – June 17 – 19
The Juneteenth Music Festival is one of the country’s largest celebrations of Juneteenth, the day when the enslaved people were told of their freedom nearly two years after the Emancipation Proclamation. This popular Denver event attracts 50,000 attendees who want to celebrate Black pride and the end of slavery.
Strawberry Festival – June 17 – 19
Held annually since 1898, Strawberry Days is one of the longest-running festivals in Colorado! And they’ll be back once again for their 125th year to celebrate this delicious berry. The festival takes place during the third weekend of June every year in Glenwood Springs.
Denver Pride 5k – June 25
Celebrate pride this summer by signing up for the Denver Pride 5k! Held during the same weekend as the Denver Pride Parade and Festival, this run is a great way to support the LGBTQ community. Proceeds from the Denver Pride 5k go to The Center on Colfax, the largest center in the Rocky Mountain region that offers health and wellness services to LGBTQ people of all ages. Taking place on Saturday, June 25, 2022, registration starts at 8:00 am, while the race begins at 9:30 am off the steps of the Colorado State Capitol Building.
Reds, Whites, and Brews – June 25
Created in 2012, Reds, Whites & Brews in the Boat is another festival that celebrates some of Colorado’s favorite pastimes in lovely Steamboat Springs. Showcasing plenty of local and national bands, Reds, Whites & Brews also let attendees sample unlimited wine and craft beers. You’ll even get a collector-tasting cup with your entry.
Hops Drops – June 25
Formerly the Evergreen Music Festival, Hops Drops is a family-friendly event boasting numerous stages for live performances, food vendors, kids’ activities, and plenty of craft beer from some of Colorado’s most-notable breweries. With 10% of ticket sales donated to the Rocky Mountain Academy of Evergreen, you can enjoy every drink knowing it’s for a cause.
Keystone Bacon & Bourbon Festival – June 25 – 26
The Keystone Bacon & Bourbon Festival is held on Saturday and Sunday, June 25 through 26, 2022, in Keystone’s River Run Village. The event will be flooding with bacon and bacon-inspired cuisine to celebrate this all-time favorite meat. The tour can also include free whiskey tasting depending on the package you wish to avail of and free live music for everyone’s entertainment.
Colorado Tiny House Festival – June 25 – 26
The festival, which started in 2016, is the perfect place to view all sorts of smaller living spaces including skoolies, container homes, tiny homes on wheels, van conversions, teardrops, and yurts. Food and drink vendors abound, so you can grab something to eat while you browse the structures. If you’d rather bring your own, plan for a picnic at one of the tables they have.
Pikes Peak Hill Climb – June 26
Pike Peak International Hill Climb happens every last Sunday of the month of June. It will take place on Sunday, June 26th, 2022 at Pikes Peak by Cascade, Colorado. Back for its 100th year, there are multiple divisions and exhibitions that will occur during the event. Feel free to head up Pikes Peak Highway any other weekend, as it’s open year-round, weather pending.
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