Rad Season’s Top 5 Festivals in Colorado

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Where and when are the best festivals in Colorado?

Home to some of the most picturesque backdrops in the world and unparalleled events, Colorado is the ultimate year-round holiday destination. Whether you’re into hiking, biking, music or even food, there’s a festival for everyone in the Centennial State. Thousands of regular festivals and events make up Colorado’s rich cultural scene; perfect to check out when you’re not admiring the state’s breathtaking natural beauty. Check out Rad’s Top 5 Festivals in Colorado and pack your bags for a scenic trip of a lifetime.

5. MOUNTAINFILM FESTIVAL

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Celebrating Indomitable Spirit Since 1979

Held annually during Memorial Day Weekend, Mountainfilm Festival is one film festival every adventure seeker should attend. Bringing together world-class athletes, change makers and visionary artists, the documentary film festival goes beyond the film medium to create a multi-dimensional celebration.

The festival features interactive talks, free community events, outdoor programming and more; aiming to inspire audiences to take action on a range of worthy causes. Make sure to check out Rad’s ultimate guide to Telluride Mountainfilm Festival for everything you need to know about this awesome event! 

WHEN: May 24-27, 2019
WHERE: Telluride, Colorado

4. ARISE MUSIC FESTIVAL

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An Independent, Family Run, Leave-No-Trace Event

Arise Music Festival returns to Sunrise Ranch in Loveland, Colorado for a massive 7th-year celebration. Colorado’s most beloved music festival is a multi-genre event that offers world-class performers across seven different stages. Over 200 musicians ranging from funk to reggae, electronic, folk and more can be found at this festival.

The festival is a family-friendly camping event that prides itself on a leave-no-trace belief and a tree is planted for every ticket sold. The all-inclusive event offers a range of attractions including yoga, workshops and art; and encourages the exploration of human potential. 

WHEN: August 2-4, 2019
WHERE: Sunrise Ranch, Loveland, Colorado

3. TELLURIDE BLUES AND BREWS FESTIVAL

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World Class Music with Breathtaking Mountain Peaks for a Backdrop

Each September, one of the most scenic and intimate music festivals in the country takes over the world famous mountain town of Telluride. The Telluride Blues and Brews Festival features a multi-stage celebration of music and craft beer, offering a range of genres from live blues to jam-bands.

Over 170 needs and ciders from more than 50 of the country’s best breweries are also available to try at the annual event. With a 5k fundraiser race, free morning yoga sessions and even a range of kids activities, the Telluride Blues and Brews Festival is perfect for the whole family to enjoy. 

WHEN: September 13-15, 2019
WHERE: Telluride, Colorado

2. DECADENCE NYE

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America’s Biggest New Years Eve Celebration

Decadence is the largest New Years Eve dance music festival in Colorado. Featuring world-class artists across multiple stages at the Colorado Convention Center, the two-day event is the perfect way to spend your final moments of the year.

The consistently stacked lineup, which has previously featured the likes of Skrillex, Above & Beyond and Eric Prydz, offers one of the biggest and best new years eve celebrations in the country. 

WHEN: December 30-31, 2019
WHERE: The Colorado Convention Center, Denver, Colorado

1. SONIC BLOOM FESTIVAL

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The Premier Electronic Music Festival Of Colorado

Sonic Bloom Festival is one of Colorado’s longest-running music festivals. Hosted at Hummingbird Ranch in Spanish Peaks Country, the four-day camping festival takes place each year during the summer solstice. Although centred around music, the festival is designed to ensure you leave inspired by the impressive range of art installations, performers, workshops and more.

The lineup features a range of popular names such as Gramatik and Opiuo; with some artists making multiple appearances throughout the event. 

WHEN: June 20-23, 2019
WHERE: Hummingbird Ranch, Spanish Peaks Country, Colorado

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Katarina Cvetko

Katarina is an international journalist and photographer from Sydney, Australia with a strong passion for music festivals. Since her first solo adventure in 2015, Katarina has travelled to over 30 countries in 5 continents and has attended over 100 music festivals worldwide. After conquering a bucket list journey of 52 music festivals in 52 weeks in 2018, Katarina continues to live a digital nomad lifestyle, travelling to festivals in a different country every week and sharing her experiences on social media.

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