The twelve best music festivals in Colorado this fall

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July may be over and school may be just around the corner, but festival season in Colorado is nowhere near ready to come to a close. Here are twelve upcoming festivals that offer a taste of everything from blues to metal, local to international bands, mountains and microbrews to cities and skateboards.

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Telluride Jazz Festival
August 1-3
Multiple Telluride locations

The Telluride Society for Jazz has been drawing fans of hip-swinging bass lines and funky brass to the San Juans with the Telluride Jazz Festival since 1977. Grammy winner Poncho Sanchez appears twice on the bill -- headlining with his Latin Jazz Band and with Caleb Chapman's award-winning Crescent Super Band. The lineup boasts everything from the nationally-recognized soul and funk band Lettuce to the cross-genre stylings of DJ Logic, as well as fifteen others with Latin, soul, funk and jazz roots.

Denver Black Sky II
August 2-3
Gothic Theatre, Denver

The first Denver Black Sky was only last December, but the festival was big enough to have already won our Best Metal Fest award. It returns this year with a lineup featuring some of the best aggressive music the national and local scenes have to offer. Municipal Waste and grindcore legend Brutal Truth are headlining with other national acts that include the aptly-named Cannabis Corpse and the bilingual Xibalba. Popular local doom metal band In the Company of Serpents will be there as well as instrumental post-metal Ghosts of Glaciers. There are twenty-five others are on the bill for what promises to be two days of head-banging insanity.

Vans Warped Tour
August 3
Sports Authority Field, Denver

Vans Warped Tour has been a summer staple of Sport's Authority since it was called Invesco Field. The festival returns this year with over fifty bands, including the Denver hip hop group Air Dubai at the top of the bill as well as pop-punk legends The Story So Far and The Summer Set. The genre-crossing lineup also brings metal bands Of Mice and Men and A Skylit Drive, gloriously nerdy rapper Watsky, and the creatively named ska band Beebs and Her Money Makers.

August 8-10
Sunrise Ranch, Loveland

ARISE music festival is three days of camping, jam bands and bass lines too funky not to dance to. With over seventy-five bands on the lineup, there will be everything from the electronica world music of Beats Antique to the bluegrass funk of the Infamous Stringdusters, a local band that has started to gain real momentum this year. Also headlining is jazz jam band Galactic, Californian electronica DJ The Polish Ambassador, and Keller Williams' Grateful Grass. ARISE promises not only an eclectic lineup, but also independent film showings, yoga classes, and unparalleled people watching with daily costume contests.

Location Info



145, Telluride, CO

Category: General

Gothic Theatre

3263 S. Broadway, Englewood, CO

Category: Music

Sports Authority Field at Mile High

1701 Bryant St., Denver, CO

Category: General

Sunrise Ranch

5569 N. County Road 29, Loveland, CO

Category: General

Planet Bluegrass Ranch

500 W. Main St., Lyons, CO

Category: Music

Moe's Original BBQ & Bowl

3295 S. Broadway, Englewood, CO

Category: Music

City Park

17th Ave. and Colorado Blvd., Denver, CO

Category: General

Casselman's Bar & Venue

2620 Walnut St., Denver, CO

Category: Music

Larimer Lounge

2721 Larimer St., Denver, CO

Category: Music


2701 Larimer St., Denver, CO

Category: Music

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James Amburgey
James Amburgey

This Kris Custer profile looks like a fake NSA profile.

oh so many, but Berthoud Oktoberfest is one of my favs. :-) Also looking forward to Winter Park Beer Festival next weekend and Bohemian Nights at NewWestFest the following weekend!!!


Where's Great American Techno fest?

Kevin Snow
Kevin Snow

Really! No Nedfest! Have you lost your mind?!

Adam Sturm
Adam Sturm

List is pretty disappointing for the most part

Kris Custer
Kris Custer

American soldiers are getting killed because they chose to be in the military. It's not like they are being drafted and being forced to go

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