Colorado Music Festivals in September

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Beaver Creek Oktoberfest

Beaver Creek Oktoberfest

September 3 – 4

Beaver Creek Plaza, Beaver Creek

The Helmut Fricker Band, Trachtenkapelle, Petty Fever, The Hollywood Stones

Oom-pah-pah music, coupled with some tribute acts, large steins of beer and wunderbar wurst are the hallmark of the Bavarian bazaar in Beaver Creek.

 

Black Mountain Family Reunion

Black Mountain Family Reunion

September 9 – 11

Guffey, Colorado

Whiskey Tango

The 7th annual festival curated and promoted by Denver’s Whiskey Tango is an intimate gathering with a maximum allotment of only 150 tickets.

 

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Boulder Creek Hometown Festival

September 3 – 5

Central Park, Boulder

Hazel Miller, Paa Kow, Forever in Blue Jeans, Coral Creek, Rastasaurus, Disco Floyd, Pro Leisure, Selasee Family, Caribou Mountain Collective, Sweet Lillies, We Dream Dawn, Banshee Tree, Prairie Scholars, Jami Lunde

Centered around the entertainment at the famous bandshell, the Hometown Festival is the more intimate and down-home version of Boulder’s mammoth Creek Fest.

 

Chile and Frijoles Festival

Chile & Frijoles Festival

September 23 – 25

Union Avenue Historic District, Pueblo

Grupo Mezcla, Gypsy and the Beat with The Kid, Mike Nelson Trio, Southern Belle, Bad Habitz, Triple Nickel, Blue Frog, Dan Treanor & the Afrosippi Band

An homage to Pueblo’s best loved crops, green chilies and frijoles, the street festival takes over the historic downtown with music and the savory aroma that marks the end of summer.

 

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City Star Brewing’s Farm Stand Band

September 24

Fickel Park, Berthoud

The Prairie Scholars, Left Hand Artists Group

The Farm Stand Band is a celebration of beer, food, farming and music with a unique twist. Music will be performed on instruments crafted from non-traditional farm-themed materials, like carrot flutes, garden rake bass and a garden hose and pumpkin tuba, among other hand-built instruments.

 

Commonwheel Artists Co-Op Art Festival

The Commonwheel Artists Co-Op Art Festival

September 3 – 5

Memorial Park, Manitou Springs

Cold Heart Revival, Roma Ransom, The Charlie Milo Band, Skean Dubh, Mizmar Madness, A Pick, A Stick & A Chick, Concordian

The annual Labor Day Weekend art festival goes beyond the fine art on display in white tents and adds an entertainment element that ranges from blues to jazz and an array of Americana.

 

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Denver Oktoberfest

September 23 – 24 and

September 30 – October 2

21st & Larimer, Denver

Dave Tamkin, Rob Drabkin, Poet’s Row, Anthony Ruptak, Ancient Elk, String Resistance, DJ Chonz, Bear Antler, Milk Blossoms, Time Scale, Polkanauts

A world tradition since 1810, Denver Oktoberfest has been a tradition here since 1969 and is massive, attracting over 350,000 people. USA Today called it “The Best Oktoberfest.”

 

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Downtown Boulder Fall Fest

September 16 – 18

Pearl Street Mall, Boulder

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Downtown Boulder’s Fall Fest is a three-day autumn festival featuring a full line-up of tribute bands in the beer garden, more than 100 artisans at the Firefly Handmade Market at Fall Fest and a children’s carnival.

 

Fall Harvest Brewfest

Fall Harvest Brewfest

September 16

Lincoln Center, Fort Collins

Breakfast for Dinner, Last Call Romance

Drink beer, save a dog. The 8th annual Fall Harvest Brewfest in Old Town Fort Collins benefits the Animal House Rescue with craft beer and live music. Hops and pop for the pups.

 

Four Corners Folk

Four Corners Folk Festival

September 2 – 4

Reservoir Hill Park, Pagosa Springs

The Del McCoury Band, The Milk Carton Kids, The O’Connor Band, Sara Watkins, Darrell Scott, John Fullbright, The Black Lillies, Sierra Hull, The East Pointers, Lindsay Lou & the Flatbellys, The Lonely Heartstring Band, Rose’s Pawn Shop

Returning to Reservoir Hill Park for Labor Day weekend, the festival is close to the San Juan River and Pagosa Springs’ world-famous therapeutic hot springs. The Park’s 120 acres, perched upon a hill overlooking town, is big enough to comfortably host the crowd without feeling crowded.

 

HIGH PEAKS

High Peaks Music Festival

September 10

Feed Store Park and Amphitheatre, Westcliffe

Monocle Band, Dakota Blonde, Acoustic Eidolon, Free the Honey, The Frank Martin Trio, Darryl Purpose

Set against the backdrop of Colorado’s Sangre de Cristo Mountains the acoustic music event is a visual spectacle at over 8,000 feet.

 

Jazz Aspen Snowmass

Jazz Aspen Snowmass Labor Day Experience

September 2 – 4

Snowmass Village

Train, The Killers, Stevie Wonder, Duran Duran, Thievery Corporation, Andy Grammer, Black Pistol Fire, Corinne Bailey Rae, Analog Son, Pandas and People, JD and the Straight Shot, Kat V

Aspen has never been known for its subtleties in wealth. It’s one of the reasons Hunter S. Thompson famously vowed during his 1969 run for mayor to re-name the town Fat City. But sometimes that excess can bring wonders of good too. Jazz Aspen Snowmass is a non-profit, and thus the sky is the limit with extravagant VIP packages that end up being huge donations to the cause.

 

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Keystone Oktoberfest

September 3

River Run Village, Keystone

Those Austrian Guys, Summit Concert Band

Beer steins, oom-pah bands and a lederhosen-optional 5k race anchor this internationally flavored celebration.

 

Lafaeytte Brew Fest

Lafayette Brew Fest

September 12

Lafayette Florist, Lafayette

Chris Daniels & the Kings

An awesome sampling of local brewers come together for this single afternoon event that features music by Chris Daniels and the Kings.

 

Laid Back Festival

Laid Back Festival

September 25

Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Morrison

Gregg Allman, ZZ Top, Richie Furay, Jaimoe’s Jasssz Band, Gabriel Kelley, Lucie Silvas, Levon and People’s Blues of Richmond

The Laid Back Festival is a Celebration of Music and Food, and features regional restaurants, wineries and breweries.  Following a highly successful inaugural festival in 2015, it has expanded to five cities for 2016.

 

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Littleton Harvest Jamfest

September 24

38 State Brewing Co., Denver

Kenk, Oak, Shakedown Street

A start of Fall celebration by Colorado craft purveyors 38 State Brewing featuring seasonal beers, including a Dunkelweizen, and Grateful Dead cover band Shakedown Street.

 

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Longmont Oktoberfest

September 23 – 24

Roosevelt Park, Longmont

Bright Light Social Hour, The Wailers, Con Brio, Jaimoe’s Jasssz Band, FACE, Thunk , Gabriel Kelly, Last Men on Earth, Hey Lady!

Presented by Left Hand Brewing Company, Longmont’s favorite fall gathering will take place once again at Roosevelt Park, featuring ten live bands with headliner The Wailers and the band that Pop Matters said was “the best new live band in America,” Con Brio.

 

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Mapleton Hill Porch Fest

September 18

Mapleton Hill Neighborhood, Boulder

Aulternate Reality Jazz Trio, Black Fox String Band, Chapels & Cathedrals, Drive: A Tribute to the Cars, Dusty Stray, Dwarf Planets, Felonius Smith Trio, KC Groves, HenScratch, The Howling Commandos, Mayhem Gulch, Rae Miller and Friends, Tim Novak

Mapleton Hill PorchFest — inspired by the Ithaca NY PorchFest — is a neighborhood walkabout where local musicians play and sing unplugged music on the beautiful porches of the Mapleton Hill neighborhood in Boulder.

 

Morrison Cider Fest

Morrison Ciderfest

September 24

Bear Creek Care & Rehab, Morrison

The Morrison Town Band, The Atomic Drifters, The Acousticators, Steepland String Band, Strange Brew

Morrison Cider Fest features a diverse range of activites from a car show to cider press demonstrations to live music.

 

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Mountain Harvest Festival

September 22 – 25

Town Park, Paonia

Jam the Dragon w/CKI, Joint Point, Bicycle Annie, Millk, The Scones, Erik Stucky, AJ Fullerton, Bruce Hayes, Embodying Rhythm Marimba Ensemble, Suckafish, Jack & Jill, El Mundo Mando Bando, David Starr Duo, Will Whalen, The Lugnuts, David Snider & the Sarah Eller Trio, Mike Gwinn & David Snider

With a mission to celebrate and serve the local community of the North Fork Valley Mountain Harvest Festival is designed to highlight the arts and agriculture of the area with this weekend long event.

 

My Favorite Bands

My Favorite Bands Tribute Festival

September 16

9th Street Plaza, Greeley

Save Our City (The Doors), Little Creatures (The Talking Heads), Loud Mary’s (Creedence Clearwater Revival), Oxycodone (Morphine), Chitlin Dixon (Prince), Peter Paul and Gary (The Dirty Dancing Soundtrack)

Stretched across two stages My Favorite Bands Tribute Festival is one of the biggest gatherings of tribute bands in the area.

 

One Good Weekend

One Good Weekend

September 9 – 11

Crested Butte Resort, Crested Butte

The Reminders, Rapidgrass Quintet, The Sweet Lillies, Workshy

Chili, beer, bikes and bands in the Butte! The three-day festival features top-notch musical choices alongside mountain biking radness.

 

Parker Fine Arts

Parker Fine Arts and Music Festival

September 24 – 25

O’Brien Park, Parker

Grass it Up, Ponder the Albatross, Scarecrow Revival, Band on the Fence, Beans and Wheels, Kelly Triplett, The Rail Ramblers, nth Degree, Dave Tipton, Scott Adams, Chris Nasca, Clyde Tullis, Steve Werges

It’s a white tent fine arts festival with a far-reaching lineup of musicians the stretches over the two-day run.

 

Punching Mule

Punching Mule Festival

September 10

Mile High Spirits, Denver

Ludacris, Galactic, Soul Live feat.  The Shady Horns, Tatanka feat. AJA Black & Big Samir (The ReMINDers), Mikey Thunder

If craft brewers can do it, so can craft cocktailers. Punching Mule Music Festival is focused around Mile High Spirits’ Punching Mule, America’s first can-crafted Moscow Mule, and with this party, and as astounding, high-profile lineup, the Mule is ready to throw down.

 

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Rendezvous Experience

September 30 – October 1

The Ritz Carlton Bachelor Gulch, Beaver Creek

Native Run, Shadowboxers, Lucie Silvas

The ultra-VIP experience of The Rendezvous Music Experience at the Ritz-Carlton Bachelor Gulch is an intimate, pinkies-up experience that is simply unparalleled at any festival in the state, and honestly for the $2,000 ticket price it ought to be. But the promoters promise a luxurious musical experience that no camping festival could ever come close to matching.

 

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Riot Fest & Rodeo

September 2 -4

National Western Complex, Denver

Jane’s Addiction, Death Cab for Cutie, Deftones, Ween, Sleater-Kinney, Julian Marley, The Original Misfits, NAS, Fitz & the Tantrums, Descendents, Under Oath, Devotchka, The Hold Steady, Tyler the Creator, 2 Chainz, Gogol Bordello, Bad Religion, Yo La Tengo

Last year’s move to the National Western Complex gave the festival elbow room to spare, despite losing some creature comforts, like grass to sit on between sets. That loss though was overcome by a blistering lineup that churned through act after act with Swiss precision. While Riot Fest ironically uses the phrase “Riot Fest Sucks” as their promotional punchline, things that do not suck include Riot Fest’s FAQ page and its list of items that are banned from the event, which includes Donald Trump and Justin Bieber, crying and selfie sticks.

 

Soul Rebel

Soul Rebel Festival

September 10

Sunshine Acres, Boulder

Black Uhuru, Dead Phish Orchestra, King Hopeton w/Yellow Wall Dub Squad, Judge Roughneck, Selasee, Highway 50, Inna Di Red, Howlin Goatz, DJ Blood

The 15th annual Soul Rebel Festival is an annual grass roots reggae, afro pop, world and American roots music festival. The manifestation of the creative visionary ideals of Ujama News and held in honor of reggae musician and Yellow Wall Dub Squad founder Fazal Prendergast, who passed way in 2005.

 

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Sunnyside Music Festival

September 10

Chaffee Park, Denver

Atomga, Grant Sabin, Hang Rounders, Highland Ramblers, Porlolo, Mollie O’Brien & Rich Moore

The Sunnyside Music Festival provides free music, fun entertainment, local food, lots of beer, and kids activities to the greater Sunnyside neighborhood of Northwest Denver via an inclusive all-day music festival in Chaffee Park.

 

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Telluride Blues & Blues Festival

September 16 – 18

Town Park, Telluride

Joe Walsh, Gary Clark Jr., The Mick Fleetwood Blues Band feat. Rick Vito, Jason Isbell, Anders Osborne, Shakey Graves, Vintage Trouble, North Mississippi Allstars

Unlike Telluride Bluegrass, tickets are easily attainable without perfect karma or high-up connections. Fifty-six breweries pouring over 170 of the country’s top beers can almost at times compete with the music but it is the ultimate casual festival by day and the juke joint shows in town in the evening are legendary.

 

Tour De Fat

Tour de Fat Fort Collins

September 3

Civic Center Park, Fort Collins

Sputnik, Sister Sparrow & the Dirty Birds, Ben Sollee, Slow Ride, The Kolars, Atomga, Write Minded, Brent Cowles, The Delta Spirits

New Belgium Brewing’s Tour de Fat is the brewers’s largest annual fundraiser. Each year this cycling spectacle crosses the United States, but Fort Collins is home base. Simultaneously raising awareness for cycling, the Tour de Fat also allows New Belgium to do good year-round. Tour de Fat is bike-friendly fun for the whole family. The parade, live music, sideshows, and non-profit groups combine to make a great outlet for cyclists.

 

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Tour de Fat Denver

September 10

City Park, Denver

Sputnik, Ben Sollee, Slow Ride, The Kolars, Sister Sparrow

The Denver version of the Fort Collins-based festival mentioned above.

 

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Windsor Harvest Festival

September 3 – 5

Boardwalk Park, Windsor

Sean Curtis Band, Logan Mize, The Pryde, Guerilla Fan Fare Brass, Steve Mansel Band, Emma Marie, Felonius Smith Trio, Daddy Rab

The 95th annual event starts with a hot air balloon launch at dawn and goes on through the day to host Northern Colorado’s largest parade, a host of activities and music.

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