Below you will find Indie on the Move's compiled listing of annual music festivals and conferences in the state of Colorado, helping bands and musicians increase their industry knowledge, broaden their networking reach, and better promote and showcase their music, shows, and tours.
From The Underground Music Showcase to Snowball Music Festival, we did our best to include a thorough and comprehensive index, but if for some reason we've overlooked a specific event, please let us know through the contact page located HERE so that we can add it to the site ASAP.
With regards to any larger festivals, be sure to think outside of the box. While many of them do not regularly book independent acts as part of their official showcases, the national and international bands that do perform often draw some of the biggest built-in crowds imaginable, and provide a huge influx of music lovers and enthusiasts to each respective event location.
So try booking a show at one or several of that city's smaller local venues/bars/restaurants during the festival itself and take advantage of the vast number of music fans located in one place at one time. Even playing an ad-lib acoustic set in the event parking lot can go a long way in gaining you new fans and selling some merch.
-Aspen Music Festival - Dates: Late June
-MeadowGrass Music Festival - Dates: Late May
"Over the years the basic mission of the festival has remained constant – to bring world class musical talent to perform in the Pikes Peak region alongside local and regional performers, in a family-friendly environment. We strive to cultivate an environment that welcomes guests of all ages and tastes, as well as amenities catering to different lifestyles."
-Campout for the Cause Festival - Dates: Late May
"The tradition of Campout has always been founded in connection, conversation, passion, sport, music and feeling more inspired upon exit than arrival. With so many incredible music festivals out there focusing on the party, we wanted to focus on the purpose, the gathering and the evolution of human connection. It seems now more than ever people are looking for their TRIBE; we all want to meet others who represent a variety of opinions and styles, yet whom remain open to the deepest of values which bond together our collective band."
-Rapids and Grass Beer Fest - Dates: Early July
"A uniquely Colorado weekend for the mountain-lovin’, beer-drinkin’, noodle-dancin’, river-raftin’ types."
-Seven Peaks Festival - Dates: Late August
-The Underground Music Showcase - Dates: Mid to late July
"The UMS is a unique event in many ways, from the sheer number of performing bands, dj’s, comedians and singer-songwriters, to the duration of the event (four days), to the convenience of staging it all within a few blocks along the South Broadway arts district. It’s where the city of Denver and its music fans convene every July. It’s a congregation, an event, and a place where you’ll not only hear established performers, but those who are just about to break."
-Frozen Dead Guy Days Festival - Dates: Mid March
-Four Corners Folk Festival - Dates: Early September
-Pagosa Folk 'n Bluegrass Festival - Dates: Early June
-Chile & Frijoles Festival - Dates: Late September
"The annual Chile & Frijoles Festival, held each year the third weekend after Labor Day, is Pueblo’s harvest celebration. The festival is hosted by the Greater Pueblo Chamber of Commerce. Every year, thousands pay homage to Pueblo’s best-loved crop: green chilies, particularly Pueblo Chile. The event features live entertainment, street vendors, cooking competitions, and chilies, chilies, chilies! Held downtown along Union Avenue, the festival draws Pueblo residents as well as people from across the state and around the nation." - Submit to Perform via the Performer Application on the festival's official website.
-The Ride Festival - Dates: Mid July