Colorado's 2017-18 Top Winter Festivals and Events

Colorado is a festival haven year around, but in the winter time, festivals celebrate things like snow, ice, skiing, ski joring, winter gods, winter holidays, seasonal music and everything else awesome that winter bestows on the state of Colorado. Here is an idea of some top festivals taking place in Colorado this winter, but doesn't really even scratch the surface, so keep  an eye on the Colorado Festivals calendar and the 2017-18 Colorado Winter Guide to festivals, concerts and events.

Note: This page is under construction and will be updated as we come across the top winter festivals and events.

1. Snow Days, Vail, Dec. 8-10, 2017

Vail Snow Days is the first big festival of the ski season and Vail doesn't skimp on the musical talent. Past performers include: Michael Franti & Spearhead, Wilco, Rusted Root, O.A.R., and Barenaked Ladies and many more. So far Grey Boy Allstars have been announced to play Saturday, Dec. 10 at the Vail Village. Check back for more tba.

2. Ullr Fest, Breckenridge, January 10-13, 2018

All hail Ullr, god of winter! It's this time of year we either thank him for the bounty of snow, or pray to him to bring us snow. Either way, it's a party that takes place throughout the Town of Breckenridge and needs four days to cover all the activities. See schedule of Ullr Fest events

3. Borealis Fat Bike World Championships, Crested Butte, January 25-28

The greatest Fat Biking event in the world featuring epic Fat Bike venues, a Demo Day, Vendor Showcase, discounted ski lift tickets, FREE beer, branded burgers, tons of swag, prizes, giveaways and live music! Get more info

4. Rio Frio Ice Fest, Alamosa, January 26-28, 2018

This year's theme is "Tropical" so warm up in the San Luis Valley at the Rio Frio Ice festival in Alamosa! Festivities include Ice Sculptures, the Rio Frio 5k on Ice, and live music from renowned Hawaiian artist Ka’imi Hanano'eau highlight this year’s festival!

5. Ouray Ice Festival, Jan. 18-21

Ouray, Colorado becomes the absolute ice climbing mecca of the world for three days in January. Ice climbers, both novice and pro travel from all over the world to celebrate the growing sport of ice climbing. Over 100 interactive and educational climbing clinics to accommodate every skill level. Festival participants are sure to have an experience to remember. Get more info

6. 28th Annual International Snow Sculpture Championships, Jan. 22-29, Breckenridge

The International Snow Sculpting Competition is one of the premier winter events in the Colorado and this year, the sculpture will only be on display for one week.

7. X Games Aspen, Jan. 25-28

It is the world's best action sports, music and festival experience and it happens right here in Aspen, Colorado at Buttermilk Mountain. It's all aired live on ESPN and ABC. There's a lot more information to come on this so stay tuned. See updated info

8. Ski Joring & Crystal Carnival in Leadville: March 2-4, 2017

Ski Joring in Leadville has been taking place since 1949. A ski joring course is built on the snow filled Leadville strip, Harrison Avenue. Horses (along with their rider) pull skiers at lightning speeds through a course of gates, jumps and rings. Competitors race for cash prizes, and teams are made up by a random draw. There's more going on during this special Leadville weekend check it out here.

9. Steamboat Winter Carnival, Feb. 7-11

Steamboat Springs celebrates the 105th Winter Carnival this year and, as always, it features a parade, fireworks, adults on shovels being pulled down main street behind horses or skiers jumping through fiery hoops. There's also pro and amateur ski jumping, a cross country obstacle course race, snow sculptures and bicycle race down Howelsen Hill. Ohh boy, this is some good fun.

10. WinterWonderGrass, Feb. 23-25

The WinterWonderGrass in Colorado has found a home in Steamboat Springs and has sold out the last 5 years. This three-day festival features fantastic bands, beer tasting and all the ambience the community of steamboat has to offer. Over 25 bands takes the stage during the three-day featival whether it snows or not. This year the festival features Greensky Bluegrass, Elephant Revival, Yonder Mountain String Band, Leftover Salmon, Fruition, Travelin’ McCourys, the Lil Smokies and a whole lot more. Make your plans before it’s too late.

11. Cripple Creek Ice Festival, Feb. 9-18

This is the 11th year for the Cripple Creek Ice Festival. Sculptures are designed with a theme in mind and this year’s Theme hasn’t been announced yet. In the past they’ve been Mythological Wonderland, Story Time, Under the Sea, a Military Salute Carved in Ice, a Rocky Mountain Wonderland, the Old West and a Safari theme. It’ s free to enter and there’s free shuttle service and parking throughout the town of Cripple Creek.

Colorado winter festivals12. Fireman's Fire Hose Relay, Feb. 23

Firemen from around the state race down a 15 gate slalom course carrying a firehose. So come out to cheer on these awesome men and women as they raise money to benefit the Burn Camps Program at The Children's Hospital of Colorado.

13. Loveland Fire and Ice Festival, Feb. 9-11

Over 40,000 attended the 2017 Fire and ice Festival in Loveland, held the weekend of Valentines Day. The Festival features live entertainment arts like ice sculpting, culinary delights, vehicle showcase, fireworks and more.

14. Frozen Dead Guy Days, March 9-11

The story of how a town celebrates a dead guy isn't half as good as the party.

Think you know of a winter festival that should be featured here or listed in the calendar of winter festival events? Send it to: [email protected].

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Events this week in Colorado

Week of January 16, 2018

Jan 01

ALL BEER $4 Enjoy more than 30 craft and domestics beers during our daily happy hour. HOT DRINKS $5...

Jan 12
January 12, 2018 To March 4, 2018

                  Ice Racing: Studs and Cheaters Dec 30-31 Ice Racing: Fun Day Practice Jan...

All proceeds benefit Denver Trout Unlimited's commitment to raise South Platte River flows.

Jan 18
January 18, 2018 To January 21, 2018

Ouray, Colorado becomes the absolute ice climbing mecca of the world for three days in January. Ice...

Thin Air is a Widespread Panic Tribute Band that strives to capture the essence of WSP as...

10:15 pm - Rooster (Alice In Chains Tribute) 9:15 pm - Slave To The Grind (Skid Row Trib) 8:00 pm...

From key lime meringue to Palisade peach to the perfect fall pumpkin, nothing quite says happy like...

School of Rock teaches guitar, bass, vocals, keyboards, drums and combines weekly private music...

For more than a decade, School of Rock has been inspiring kids to rock on stage and in life....

Name
Duration
Venue
Location
Tickets
Backstory: Western American Art in Context
May 05 - Feb 11
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Egypt - Gift of the Nile
May 05 - Jun 17
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Ice Skating @ Skyline Rink
Nov 21 - Feb 16
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Be the Astronaut
Dec 18 - Mar 31
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The Rink At Belmar
Dec 18 - Jan 28
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Holiday Model Train Exhibit
Dec 19 - Jan 27
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Mini Rail Jam Fridays
Jan 05 - Mar 29
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Gay Ski Week
Jan 14-21
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Who's Bad - The Ultimate Michael Jackson Experience
Jan 16
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Bass Physics & Exmag
Jan 16
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The Bumpin' Uglies
Jan 16
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Castaway & Insvrgence
Jan 17
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The Wailers
Jan 17
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gO Skimo Series
Jan 17
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Peak2Peak - Grateful Dead Tribute
Jan 17
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The Floozies
Jan 17
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2018 Beaver Creek Winter Culinary Weekend
Jan 18-21
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Crankdat
Jan 18
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Gypsy Whiskey
Jan 18
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Said The Sky - Stoic - Toy Box
Jan 18
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Wayne "The Train" Hancock
Jan 18
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The Return of Jello Biafra's Incredibly Strange Dance Party
Jan 18
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The Telluride Fire Festival
Jan 18-21
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Flamingosis
Jan 19
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Grass It Up
Jan 19
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Elan Women's Weekend
Jan 19-21
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gO Skimo Series
Jan 19
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Jesse RS
Jan 19
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Colorado Indian Market
Jan 19-21
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Colorado Symphony Orchestra: Brett Mitchell - Vivaldi's The Four Seasons
Jan 19
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Cowboy Dave Band
Jan 19-20
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Tatanka - Bumpin Uglies
Jan 19
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Winger - Mr. Steak - Driven By Turmoil
Jan 19
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Los Lobos
Jan 19
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The Railbenders
Jan 19-20
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Canadian Brass
Jan 19
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The Motet
Jan 19
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Trout Steak Revival
Jan 19
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Bela Fleck, Brooklyn Rider
Jan 20
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Jon Writer
Jan 20
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The Magic Beans, Cycles
Jan 20
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Breckenridge Haunted Tour (7:30pm)
Jan 20
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Butte Banked Slalom
Jan 20
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Colorado Symphony Orchestra: Brett Mitchell - Vivaldi's The Four Seasons
Jan 20
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Condemned Remains
Jan 20
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Home Team Doubleheader - Bad Apples, Orange Crushers, Green Barrettes and Shotgun Betties
Jan 20
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Sea Of Teeth - Jack's Smirking Revenge - Tigerwine - Lost Shapes
Jan 20
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Sesame Street Live!
Jan 20-21
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Speakeasy Soiree
Jan 20
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Terry Fator
Jan 20
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Los Lobos
Jan 20
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The Bumpin' Uglies
Jan 20
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The Crucible
Jan 20 - Feb 17
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USASA SlopeStyle & Rail Jam at Powderhorn
Jan 20
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Grand Lake Pond Hockey Classic
Jan 20
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Riders In The Sky
Jan 20
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Ice Addiction Ice Fishing Tournament
Jan 20
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Jocelyn & Chris Arndt
Jan 20
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Stagecoach Classic
Jan 20
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VANS King of the Grommets
Jan 20
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The Bumpin' Uglies
Jan 21
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Colorado Symphony Orchestra: Brett Mitchell - Vivaldi's The Four Seasons
Jan 21
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Emily Wells
Jan 21
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TheyCallHimAP - with Ray Reed - Trayce Chapman - Doozy - DJ Squizzy Taylor - DJ Hollywood Cook
Jan 21
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Michael Martin Murphey
Jan 21
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Victor Wooten Trio
Jan 21
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Week of January 16, 2018

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