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Food, Wine & Beer Festivals Summer 2016 in Colorado | The Denver Ear

“One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.” –  Virginia Wolf

Recently. we’ve listed the Most Unique Summer Festivals, Summer Music Festivals, Free Summer Concerts and Where to Watch Outdoor Movies. Now it’s time to list the Food, Wine & Beer Festivals taking place this Summer 2016 in Colorado!

Food, Wine & Beer Festivals Summer 2016 Colorado

Festivals listed in chronological order

DENVER’S BIERGARTEN FESTIVAL
Denver’s Biergarten Festival | The Denver Ear

Photograph by ©Denver’s Biergarten Festival

When: Friday, July 8th through Sunday, July 10th, 2016

Where: 17832 CO-8, Morrison, CO 80465

Cost: $5 Adults Daily Pass, $3 Children (12–5), Free for Children 5 and Under

Denver’s Biergarten Festival is family-friendly cultural event that offers traditional German food, entertainment, live music, dance groups and of course, beer. The event is open to the public and provides an atmosphere of German summer family time together, reminiscent of the times families spent in the Biergartens throughout Germany. The event will offer several games and activities for the children.

MILE HIGH WINE FEST
Mile High Wine Fest | The Denver Ear

Photograph by ©Mile High Wine Fest

When: Saturday, July 9th, 2016

Where: The Shops at Northfield Stapleton, 8340 Northfield Blvd, Denver, CO 80238

Cost: $30 online, $40 at the event

Purchase tickets at: bit.ly/MileHighWineFest or at any King Soopers location

Enjoy Colorado wine in the Mile High city! The Mile High Wine Fest will feature Colorado produced wines, live music and vendors. Over 20 wineries and vendors, four food vendors and three local music acts will participate.

TEQUILA & TACOS
Tequila & Tacos | The Denver Ear

Photograph by ©Winter Park & Fraser Chamber of Commerce

When: Saturday, July 9th, 2016

Where: Hideaway Park, 78786 US-40, Winter Park, CO 80482

Cost: General Admission $20, VIP $35, Music Tickets $7

Purchase tickets at: bit.ly/TequilaTacos

Tequila & Tacos, presented by Winter Park & Fraser Chamber of Commerce, will feature a morning bike ride, Tequila & Tacos tastings, a festival, live music, dinners and happy hour!

COLORADO’S BREWERS RENDEZVOUS

 Colorado Brewers Rendezvous | The Denver Ear

When: Saturday, July 9th, 2016

Where: Riverside Park, E Sackett Ave & N E St, Salida, CO 81201

Cost: General Admission $40, VIP $120, Designated Driver $120

Purchase tickets at: bit.ly/SalidaColoradoBrewers

The 20th Annual Colorado Brewers Rendezvous takes place at Riverside Park in historic downtown Salida, Colorado, in partnership between the Salida Chamber of Commerce & Two Parts. Salida, surrounded by soaring mountains and hugged by the Arkansas River will feature live music throughout the event with great food vendors offering up tasty concoctions to pair with your favorite beers! The event features over 80 Colorado Breweries with over 300 samplings of beer offered. Sorry, no dogs allowed in park.

KYLE’S BREW FEST
Kyle's Brew Fest | The Denver Ear

Photograph by ©Great Divide Brewing Co.

When: Thursday, July 14th, 2016

Where: Great Divide Brewing Co., 1812 35th St, Denver, CO 80216

Cost: $30

Purchase tickets at: bit.ly/KylesBrewFestRiNo

Kyle’s Brew Fest is a special pre-Red Rocks crafted beer festival with a performance by the Kyle Hollingsworth Band at Great Divide Brewing Co. RiNo location. This Brew Fest benefits Conscious Alliance and will feature beer tasting from over 30 breweries and over 60 craft beers!

THE DENVER DELUXE
The Denver Deluxe | The Denver Ear

Photograph by ©Park Burger

When: Saturday, July 16th, 2016

Where: Park Burger RiNo, 2615 Walnut St, Denver, CO 80205

Cost: Festival Pass $20, Deluxe Pass $30, Entry Only Music Pass: $15

Purchase tickets at: bit.ly/TheDenverDeluxe

Park Burger presents The Denver Deluxe, a summertime festival featuring live music, craft beer, and gourmet burgers. Park Burger will shut down an entire block across Walnut St., where attendees can enjoy a beer garden, burger stations and bands from the main stage!

CASTLE ROCK WINEFEST
Castle Rock WineFest | The Denver Ear

Photograph by ©Castle Rock Chamber of Commerce

When: Saturday, July 16th, 2016

Where: The Grange in the Meadows, 3692 Meadows Blvd, Castle Rock, CO 80109

Cost: Grand Tasting Ticket $29, VIP $99, Designated Driver $17

Purchase tickets at: bit.ly/CastleRockWineFest

The Castle Rock WineFest, presented by the Castle Rock Chamber of Commerce, is an outdoor tasting event that will offer more than 24 wineries and over 180 varieties of Colorado wine. This event draws wine aficionados for its tastings, cooking demonstrations, fabulous food trucks, and an amazing local band to dance into the night.

KEYSTONE WINE & JAZZ FESTIVAL
Keystone's Wine & Jazz Festival | The Denver Ear

Photograph by ©Keystone Festivals

When: Saturday, July 16th & Sunday, July 17th, 2016

Where: River Run Village, 120 Ida Belle Dr, Keystone, CO 80435

Cost: One Day Package $60, Weekend Package $100

Purchase tickets at: bit.ly/KeystoneWineJazz

Keystone’s Wine & Jazz Festival, presented by Keystone Festivals and produced by the Keystone Neighbourhood Company, will take place at River Run Village will feature hundreds of wines, wine seminars and deluxe jazz ensembles! Learn about different regions and the delicate nuance of flavors that evolve the finest vineyard blends, enrich your knowledge by attending the professional wine seminars and discover which wines and foods harmonize with your favorite selections and enjoy live music from national Jazz musicians.

BUFFALO BARBECUE WEEKEND
Buffalo Barbecue Weekend | The Denver Ear

Photograph by ©Grand Lake Chamber of Commerce

When: Saturday, July 16th & Sunday, July 17th, 2016

Where: Town Park, Grand Lake, CO 80447

Cost: Free

Join Grand Lake in its 69th Annual Buffalo Barbecue Weekend! This summer’s can’t miss event will host a weekend stuffed full of fun and excitement. See the biggest parade of the summer with an all-bets-are-off water zone, the 33rd annual Buffalo Stampede 5K, Live entertainment, community events, and of course, many delicious varieties of barbecued buffalo.

SUMMER BREW FEST
Summer Brew Fest | The Denver Ear

Photograph by ©Denver Brew Fest

When: Friday, July 22nd & Sunday, July 23rd, 2016

Where: Mile High Station, 2027 W Colfax Ave, Denver, CO 80204

Cost: General Admission $35, VIP $45

Purchase tickets at: bit.ly/SummerBrewFest2016

Denver Brew Fest’s Summer Brew Fest edition is an indoor/outdoor event which hosts 100+ brews, food vendors, live music and more! This event benefits Swallow Hill Music Association.

ARVADA ON TAP: A CRAFT BEER & BBQ FEST

Arvada on Tap - A Craft Beer & BBQ Fest | The Denver Ear

When: Saturday, July 23rd, 2016

Where: Ralston Park Addition, 11200 Ralston Rd, Arvada, CO 80004

Cost: Adults $5, Children 12 and under free

Arvada on Tap – A Craft Beer & BBQ Fest, presented by City of Arvada and produced by Arvada Festivals Commission, features a variety of ales, lagers, pilsners and other unique offerings from local and regional craft breweries as well as Kansas City Barbecue food.

SAN LUIS VALLEY BEAT THE HEAT: BBQ, BREWS & CHILI
 San Luis Valley Beat the Heat: BBQ, Brews & Chili | The Denver Ear

Photograph by © San Luis Valley Beat the Heat

When: Friday, July 29th & Saturday, July 30th, 2016

Where: Cole Park, 505 First St, Alamosa, CO 81101

Cost: Free Admission, Steak Cook-Off Competitor $100.

Register for the competition at: bit.ly/BeatTheHeatCookOff

The San Luis Valley Beat the Heat: BBQ, Brews & Chili festival is presented by the sanctioned Kansas City Barbecue Society and Rocky Mountain BBQ Association. Like any good BBQ competition, cookers will compete for prizes in chicken, pork, ribs, and brisket, steak, and the People’s Choice categories.  The public is encouraged to come on down to Cole Park & sample some of the best BBQ from around the US.

COLORADO BURGER SUMMIT
Colorado Burger Summit | The Denver Ear

Photograph by ©All American Foods Fight

When: Saturday, July 30th, 2016

Where: Copper Mountain Resort, 0509 Copper road, Copper Mountain, CO 80443

Cost: Free

The Annual Colorado Burger Summit, presented by All American Food Fights, features 20 of Colorado’s greatest chefs competing hopes of winning the title of Colorado’s Best Burger. That title wins them a spot on the nationally televised World Food Championships in Orange Beach, AL.

DENVER BURGER BATTLE
Denver Burger Battle | The Denver Ear

Photograph by ©Denver Burger Battle

When: Thursday, August 4th, 2016

Where: City Park, 2001 Colorado Blvd, Denver, CO 80205

Cost: General Admission $69.99, VIP $124.99

Purchase tickets at: bit.ly/DenverBurgerBattle

The Denver Burger Battle is a Burger Cook-Off event where you get to taste the top 15 burgers in Denver and vote for a winner! Net proceeds go to event non-profit, Kossler Foundation, and will be distributed to charities in Denver helping hunger, economic development, & child welfare. The Denver Burger Battle will also feature beer and spirits with special guest judges Ben Higgins & Lauren Bushnell (“The Bachelor”), Tommy Lee (Uncle, Hop Alley) & Dana Rodriguez (Work & Class).

DENVER BEER OLYMPICS
Denver Beer Olympics | The Denver Ear

Photograph by ©Denver Beer Olympics

When: Saturday, August 6th, 2016

Where: Civic Center Park, 101 W 14th Ave, Denver, CO 80204

Cost: $75 per person or $300 for the team. Register at: www.denverbeerolympics.org/registration

The Denver Beer Olympics is a non-profit organization that raises money for Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS). The main event will host fun, but fierce beer-drinking events to test the skill and drinking ability of any who are willing to take the challenge. The teams are co-ed and participation is mandatory. Points are awarded to your team based upon how well you do in each event. There will be a bit of strategy in picking your events, some events require all four team members to participate, others are just two. There will be a prize for the first, second, and third place teams.

SESH FEST
Sesh Fest | The Denver Ear

Photograph by ©Two Parts

When: Saturday, August 6th, 2016

Where: Highland Masonic Events Center, 3550 Federal Blvd, Denver, CO 80211

Cost: $30

Purchase tickets at: bit.ly/SeshFest2016

The 3rd Annual Sesh Fest, presented by Two Parts, features dozens of breweries paying homage to session-style beers at the Highlands Masonic Events Center. With a new location comes plenty of food, lawn games, and music to complement Colorado craft beer! Sesh Fest invites breweries to pour beers of the lighter, more sessionable variety, which means they are all under 5% ABV — all of them designed with your day drinking pleasure in mind.

VINO & NOTES
Vino & Notes | The Denver Ear

Photograph by ©Vino & Notes

When: Saturday, August 6th, 2016

Where: 151 Panther Way, Woodland Park, CO 80863

Cost: $35

Purchase tickets at: bit.ly/VinoAndNotes

Vino & Notes in Woodland Park, Colorado, brings together some of Colorado’s finest wineries, with great jazz and food to benefit Habitat for Humanity of Teller County. Over 20 Colorado wineries will showcase their wine along with numerous vendors and musical performances.

OLATHE SWEET CORN FESTIVAL
Olathe Sweet Corn Festival | The Denver Ear

Photograph by ©Olathe Sweet Corn Festival

When: Saturday, August 6th, 2016

Where: Olathe Community Park, 1300 Park Place Olathe, CO 81425

Cost: Family Pack 2 Adults + 4 Children $30, Adults $10, Children (2-11) $5, Children 2 and under Free

The Olathe Sweet Corn Festival includes all the sweet corn you can eat as well as Beer and Wine Garden, featuring beer and wine made from local ingredients, live entertainment, non-profit booths, corn and corn dog eating contests for adults and kids and food, art and craft vendors.

WINTER PARK BEER FESTIVAL
Winter Park Beer Festival | The Denver Ear

Photograph by ©Winter Park Beer Festival

When: Saturday, August 6th, 2016

Where: Hideaway Park, 78786 US-40, Winter Park, CO 80482

Cost: General Admission $15, Unlimited Tasting $30, VIP $70, VIP Designated Driver $30

Purchase tickets at: bit.ly/WinterParkBeerFestival

The Winter Park Beer Festival features unlimited craft beer tastings by over 40 breweries and over 100 types of beers, local food & retail vendors, live music from Colorado bands and more!

KEYSTONE BLUEGRASS & BEER FESTIVAL
Keystone's Bluegrass & Beer Festival | The Denver Ear

Photograph by ©Keystone Festivals

When: Saturday, August 6th & Sunday, August 7th, 2016

Where: River Run Village, 120 Ida Belle Dr, Keystone, CO 80435

Cost: One Day Beer Glass Pass $40, Weekend Beer Glass Pass $75

Purchase tickets at: bit.ly/KeystoneBluegrassBeer

Keystone’s Bluegrass & Beer Festival will be celebrating its 20th anniversary this year! Join Keystone Festivals for their 20th Annual Bluegrass & Beer Festival which will feature over 40 breweries pouring their craft beers along with 16 of the best bluegrass bands playing on three stages.

STEAMBOAT WINE FESTIVAL
Steamboat Wine Festival | The Denver Ear

Photograph by ©Steamboat Wine Festival

When: Wednesday, August 10th through Sunday, August 14th, 2016

Where: 2250 Apres Ski Way, Steamboat Springs, CO 80487

Cost: $65–$160

Tickets are sold per event. View event prices and purchase tickets at: bit.ly/SteamboatWineFestival

The 13th Annual Steamboat Wine Festival offers a variety of experiences on the mountain, in restaurants, classrooms, and around town, which can increase your knowledge, and enjoyment of food and wine as well as the experiences Steamboat Springs has to offer, with nearly 600 wines, spirits, beer & some of the region’s finest restaurants showcasing their talents.

HOPS IN THE HANGAR
Hops in the Hangar | The Denver Ear

Photograph by ©Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum

When: Saturday, August 13th, 2016

Where: Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum, 7711 E Academy Blvd, Denver, CO 80230

Cost: General Admission $45 online / $55 at the door, VIP $95

Purchase tickets at: bit.ly/HopsHangar

Celebrate the end of summer with the Hops in the Hangar event at Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum! Event highlights include: 40 breweries,  BBQ, live Music and classic cars.

ESTES PARK WINE FESTIVAL
Estes Park Wine Festival | The Denver Ear

Photograph by ©Estes Park Wine Festival

When: Saturday, August 13th & Sunday, August 14th, 2016

Where: Bond Park, MacGregor Ave, Estes Park, CO 80517

Cost: $30 online, $40 at door

Purchase tickets at: bit.ly/EstesParkWineFestival or at any King Soopers location

Enjoy Colorado wine in the mountains of Colorado, the Estes Park Wine Festival will feature Colorado produced wines, music, vendors, and more!

LOVELAND OLD FASHIONED CORN ROAST FESTIVAL
Loveland Old Fashioned Corn Roast Festival | The Denver Ear

Photograph by ©Visit Loveland

When: Friday, August 19th & Saturday, August 20th, 2016

Where: Downtown Loveland, W 4th St & Railroad Ave, Loveland, CO 80537

Cost: Free

The Loveland Old Fashioned Corn Roast Festival will include a parade, corn shucking contest, delicious boiled and roasted corn and live entertainment for all ages. “May the Corn Be With You” is this year’s theme that will be tied throughout event festivities including the Corn Roast Festival parade. The Old Fashioned Corn Roast Festival offers family fun, adventure, entertainment and interactive activities.

PALISADE PEACH FESTIVAL
Palisade Peach Festival | The Denver Ear

Photograph by ©Palisade Peach Festival

When: Friday, August 19th & Saturday August 20th, 2016

Where: Palisade, CO 81526

Cost: Free

The Palisade Peach Festival, presented by the Palisade Chamber of Commerce, is one of the original agricultural festivals in Colorado honoring rich bounty and history. It’s Peach Mania! Plenty of great food, entertainment, contests, activities for kids, and opportunities to explore Palisade via outdoor recreation.

LAFAYETTE PEACH FESTIVAL

Lafayette Peach Festival | The Denver Ear

When: Saturday, August 20th, 2016

Where: Old Town Lafayette, Public Rd, Lafayette, CO 80026

Cost: Free

The Lafayette Peach Festival, presented by Lafayette Chamber of Commerce, centers around world-famous all natural Palisade, Colorado peaches. Enjoy peach pies, peach cobbler and peach smoothies. Food vendors, crafters, antique dealers along with some of the finest artists from the Front Range and Western States will be showcased. Children’s activities, live entertainment and music throughout the day.

BOULDER CRAFT BEER FESTIVAL
 Boulder Craft Beer Festival | The Denver Ear

Photograph by ©Downtown Boulder

When: Saturday, August 20th, 2016

Where: West Central Park, 1000 Canyon Blvd, Boulder, CO 80302

Cost: General Admission $35 online/$45 day of event, VIP $50 online/$60 day of event, Designated Driver $10

Purchase tickets at: bit.ly/BoulderCraftBeerFestival

The 3rd Annual Boulder Craft Beer Festival, produced by Downtown Boulder, brings together the best craft breweries from Boulder County and beyond for a tasting festival, offering attendees samples of Boulder’s best beer. The festival includes music, lawn games and food for purchase.

POLISH FOOD FESTIVAL
Polish Food Festival | The Denver Ear

Photograph by ©Polish Food Festival

When: Saturday, August 20th & Sunday, August 21st, 2016

Where: 517 E 46th Ave, Denver, CO 80218

Cost: Free

The Polish Food Festival in Denver is an annual celebration of Polish culture, food and ethnicity.

COLORADO CIDER & BEER CIRCUS
Colorado Cider & Beer Circus | The Denver Ear

Photograph by ©Colorado Cider & Beer Circus

When: Friday, August 26th & Sunday, August 27th, 2016

Where: Copper Mountain Resort, 209 Ten Mile Cir, Frisco, CO 80443

Cost: Big Top Cheese Pairing $25, Colorado Cider & Beer Circus $35 and Up, Circus Sunset 5K $25.

Purchase tickets at: bit.ly/CiderCircus2016

The Colorado Cider & Beer Circus brings a unique element to a cider and beer tasting with amazing entertainers including jugglers, aerial arts and more. Family Entertainment can be found at the ‘Cider Circus’. They’ll have cider-making demonstrations, kids crafts and great food provided by Copper Mountain’s incredible selection of restaurants. This festival will also include the Big Top Cheese Pairing event and a Circus Sunset 5K event.

TASTE OF COLORADO
A Taste of Colorado | The Denver Ear

Photograph by ©A Taste of Colorado

When: Friday, September 2nd through Monday, September 5th, 2016

Where: Civic Center Park, 101 W 14th Ave, Denver, CO 80204

Cost: Free

A Taste of Colorado, taking place at Civic Center Park over Labor Day Weekend, will feature more than 50 of Colorado’s favorite restaurants and food establishments that will gather at the Festival, featuring small portions to full meals. Discover ethnic specialties or indulge in your traditional favorites. An elegant Fine Dining Area is showcased, highlighting gourmet cuisine from renowned chefs and offering daily cooking demonstrations.

Live music will be available on six different stages, arts, crafts, carnival rides, games, play equipment, a great variety of free, hands-on craft activities, plus plenty of music, magic, clowns and puppets on the KidzStage.

DENVER FOOD + WINE FESTIVAL
Denver Food + Wine Festival | The Denver Ear

Photograph by ©Denver Food + Wine Festival

When: Tuesday, September 6th through Sunday, September 11th, 2016

Where: Metropolitan State University of Denver, 890 Auraria Pkwy #410, Denver, CO 80204

Cost: From $55 (varies depends on event)

Purchase tickets at: bit.ly/DenverFoodandWineFestival

The Denver Food + Wine Festival is a six-day extravaganza of food, wine and spirits events. Festival events feature the best in Colorado’s restaurants paired with the finest wine and spirits, dinners, tastings and culminating with the festival’s signature event, The Grand Tasting.

LAFAYETTE BREW FEST
Lafayette Brew Fest | The Denver Ear

Photograph by ©Lafayette Chamber of Commerce

When: Saturday, September 10th, 2016

Where:  Lafayette Florist Parking Lot, 600 S Public Rd, Lafayette, CO 80026

Cost: Free admission, price per pour

The Lafayette Brew Fest will feature 25+ participating breweries and cideries are from all within 75 miles of Lafayette. They bring great beer, cider and meads for you to taste.

BRECKENRIDGE WINE CLASSIC
Breckenridge Wine Classic | The Denver Ear

Photograph by ©Breckenridge Wine Classic

When: Thursday, September 15th through Sunday, September 18th, 2016

Where: Breckenridge, Colorado 80424

Cost: Varies per event.

Purchase tickets and view complete schedule at: bit.ly/BreckenridgeWineClassic

The Breckenridge Wine Classic features more than 100 food artisans, wineries, breweries, distilleries, epicurean purveyors, and locally made products in a festival that is an ultimate food and wine experience.

TELLURIDE BLUES & BREWS FESTIVAL
Telluride Blues & Brews Festival | The Denver Ear

Photograph by ©Telluride Blues & Brews Festival

When: Friday, September 16th through Sunday, September 18th, 2016

Where: Telluride Town Park, Wasatch Trail, Telluride, CO 81435

Cost: Day Pass $70–$75, 4 Day Camping $50, 3 Day Pass $199, Juke Joint Pass $25

Purchase tickets at: bit.ly/TellurideBluesBrews2016

The Telluride Blues & Brews Festival is a three-day celebration of live music and microbrews held at Telluride Town Park. The festival offers an eclectic mix of live blues, funk, jam band, rock, gospel and soul performances, and some of the best microbreweries in the country, with a wide variety of food and craft vendors, children’s activities, late night shows, and much more.

COPPER MOUNTAIN CHUBBY CHILI PEPPER AND WHISKEY FEST
Copper Mountain Chubby Chili Pepper and Whiskey Fest | The Denver Ear

Photograph by ©RoundTown

When: Saturday, September 17th, 2016

Where: Copper Mountain Resort, 0509 Copper road, Copper Mountain, CO 80443

Cost: $1 per ticket, vendors ticket amounts per sample vary

The Copper Mountain Chubby Chili Pepper and Whiskey Fest is a festival that allows you to sample a variety of chili concoctions with whiskey pairings that will get your taste buds fired up! Take a scenic ride while the Aspens are aglow and finish your day at Copper Mountain with free live music.

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