Updated November 19, 2010August is an ideal time to travel to Colorado. The Convention and Visitor's bureau has compiled an enticing list of things to do.
Steamboat Wine Festival - Steamboat Springs
Celebrate the senses in Steamboat Springs as you stroll through downtown sampling over 400 wines paired with exquisite foods and beautiful mountain scenery. Raise your glass to wine seminars, gourmet dinners and a live auction robust with fabulous art work.
Telluride Jazz Celebration - Telluride
Strike a cord in Telluride and harmonize in the celebration as this mountainous paradise and music goers from near and far, honor 30 years of jazz with aficionados, musical favorites, bluebird skies, high notes and high altitude. More on the Telluride Jazz Celebration or phone 970-728-7009.
Crested Butte Festival of the Arts - Crested Butte
One of the oldest events in the state, Crested Butte draws artists, photographers and crafts enthusiasts from around the country for one of summer's biggest weekend events. Enjoy open-air arts and crafts, live music and Crested Butte's National Historic District with one-of-a-kind shops, art galleries, boutiques and restaurants set against the backdrop of the Elk Mountain Range.
Aerial Dance Festival, Boulder
Experience the joy of dancing as Boulder presents a festival of daring dancers, trapeze talent and aerial movement. For beginners and advanced dancers, feel the rhythm during the two-week session of classes, demonstrations and breathtaking performances. Phone 303-245-8272.
Gold Rush Days, Buena Vista
Rush to the foot of the Rocky Mountain Collegiate Peaks and join the town of Buena Vistain celebrating the lifestyle of gold miners from long ago with western singers, vintage dancers and gunfighters. Enjoy the pancake breakfast, then lace up your running shoes and trot alongside burros during the festival's Triple Crown Burro Race. Phone: 719-395-6612.
Cripple Creek Arts Festival, Cripple Creek
Come one, come all to historic Cripple Creek for a weekend celebration of local artesian flare and handcrafted masterpieces. Though gold was first discovered here in 1890, now is your chance to discover jewelry, glass sculptures, wooden and antique furniture lined along Bennett Avenue, the town's main street. 719-689-3461.
Palisade Peach Festival, Palisade
Dating back to the late 1800s, this Palisade festival is a favorite pastime for peach lovers who come from thousands of miles away to taste the harvest, sample recipes, enter contests, soak up the sun and enjoy the locals.
NewWest Fest, Fort Collins
Located in the Historic Old Town Fort Collins, the NewWest festival, honoring the down-home way of life, showcases over 300 homemade arts and crafts, festival food favorites, kids activities, a carnival, beer gardens and stages spotlighting Northern Colorado's most talented musicians. 970-224-FEST.
Durango & Silverton Narrow Guage Railfest
All aboard for Durango's celebration of rails and locomotives as you pay tribute to the railroad that, starting in 1881, brought gold and ore from the San Juan Mountains. As the train celebrates 125 years, you can view antique narrow gauge railroad equipment, visit miniature garden railroads, swap memorabilia and create new memories. 970-247-2733.
Colorado State Fair, Pueblo
Giddy up to Pueblo for Colorado's 134th annual celebration of agriculture, art, music and food. Admire the skill of professional rodeo participants, get down and dirty with a demolition derby, chase the night away with carnival rides and feast on a wide variety of fair flare during the 11-day event. 719-561-8484.