Colorado's 2018-19 Top Winter Festivals and Events Part I

Colorado is a festival haven year around, but 2018-19 top Colorado winter 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 for tope winter festivals Part 2.

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2018-19 Top Colorado Winter Festivals

2018-19 Top Colorado Winter Festivals1. Snow Days, Vail, Dec. 13-16, 2018

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.This year Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats play Friday, Dec. 14 and Shakey Graves plays Saturday, Dec. 15.

2018-19 Top Colorado Winter Festivals2. Ullr Fest, Breckenridge, Jan. 9-13., 2019

This is a top 2018-19 Top Colorado Winter Festivals because we all 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

2018-19 Top Colorado Winter Festivals3. Borealis Fat Bike World Championships, Crested Butte, January 23-27, 2019

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! Of course this would be a 2018-19 Top Colorado Winter Festivals Get more info

4. Rio Frio Ice Fest, Alamosa, January 25-27, 2019

Warm up in the San Luis Valley at the Rio Frio Ice festival in Alamosa! Festivities include ice sculptures, moon light hikes, polar plunge, fire and ice bonfire, the Rio Frio 5k on Ice, and live music

5. Ouray Ice Festival, Jan. 24-27, 2019

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 see why is  one of the 2018-19 Top Colorado Winter Festivals Get more info

6. 28th Annual International Snow Sculpture Championships, Jan. 21-30, Breckenridge

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

7. X Games Aspen, Jan. 24/27, 2019

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 

8. Ski Joring & Crystal Carnival in Leadville: March 1-2, 2019

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. 6-10, 2019

Steamboat Springs celebrates the 106th 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. 22-24,2019

The WinterWonderGrass in Colorado has found a home in Steamboat Springs and has sold out the last 6 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 Trampled by Turtles, Railroad Earth, The Infamous Stringdusters, Fruition, Billy Strings, The California Honeydrops, The Lil Smokies and so many more. 

11. Cripple Creek Ice Festival, Feb. 9-17, 2019

This is the 12th year for the Cripple Creek Ice Festival. Sculptures are designed with a theme in mind. The Cripple Creek Ice Festival is one of the 2018-19 Top Colorado Winter Festivals and has featured themes like 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. 22, 2019

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 

 

Top Winter Festivals13. Frozen Dead Guy Days, March 8-10, 2019

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

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Top Colorado Winter Festivals

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Best Apres Ski - Happy Hours at Colorado's Ski Resorts
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The Best Time to Visit Breckenridge and Summit County
Fall, Winter, Spring and Summer have unique distractions and attractions for everyone
Fabulously Famous Colorado Winter Holiday Events:  Thanksgiving - Christmas - New Years Eve - Martin Luther King Weekend – Presidents Weekend - Mardi Gras - St. Patricks Day - Spring Break - Easter 
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Top Winter Sports Events Colorado's Inconic Top Adventure Winter Sports Competitions
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Top Colorado Live Music Bars in the Mountains
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Duration
Venue
Location
Tickets
Leonardo da Vinci: 500 Years of Genius
Mar 01 - Aug 25
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Boulder County Farmers Market Saturdays
Apr 06 - Nov 23
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Longmont Farmers Market Saturdays
Apr 06 - Nov 23
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Sweat
Apr 27 - May 26
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Boulder County Farmers Market Wednesdays
May 01 - Oct 02
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Governor’s Art Show
May 03 - Jun 02
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Cherry Creek Fresh Market Saturdays
May 04 - Oct 26
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Metro Denver Farmers’ Market at Southwest Plaza
May 04 - Oct 26
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Highlands Ranch Farmers’ Market
May 05 - Oct 27
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Southlands Farmers Market Saturday
May 11 - Oct 26
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Union Station Farmers Market Saturdays
May 11 - Oct 26
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Parker Farmers Market Sundays
May 12 - Oct 27
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Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw
May 16-26
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Sister Act The Musical
May 17 - Jun 16
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Louisville Farmers Market Saturdays
May 18 - Oct 12
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Mosque
May 19 - Jun 02
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Klaus Johann Grobe + Vinyl Williams
May 20
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Lord Buffalo - Palehorse - Palerider - Green Druid
May 20
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Vinyl Williams/ Klaus Johann Grobe
May 20
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Camp Cope
May 21
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Sego
May 21
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The Elovaters
May 21
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Food Truck Rally with Music from CJenn Cleary
May 21
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Briargate Farmer’s Market Wednesdays
May 22 - Oct 09
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2019 Grande Olde West Days
May 22-27
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Derek Hough: Live
May 22
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Rhett Miller
May 22
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The Family Peach - Tribute to the Allman Brothers Band
May 23
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B2K - Pretty Ricky - Chingy - Mario - Ying Yang Twins - Lloyd
May 23
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Chicken Fight Festival 2019
May 23
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Mezz Talks
May 23
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Phour Point O
May 23
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Memorial Day Encampment at Fort Garland Museum
May 24-27
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DeadPhish Orchestra
May 24
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Blues, Brews & BBQ's Festival
May 24-26
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Discs-n-Dabs™ 2019 May
May 24-27
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Longmont Patio & Home Expo
May 24
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Tea Leaf Green
May 24
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Chuck Prophet
May 24-25
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Break & Digital
May 24
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Davy Knowles
May 24
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Dragondeer with A.J. Fullerton
May 24
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Roger Creager
May 24
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Stitched Up Heart
May 24
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The Greeting Committee/Haley Blais
May 24
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The Pietasters
May 24
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Tonight We Rise/Your Own Medicine
May 24
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Eilen Jewell
May 24
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Strange Americans
May 24
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Spring Sidewalk Sale
May 24-26
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Shakin' at the Basin Spring Concert Series
May 25
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Nattali Rize
May 25
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Colorado Remembers
May 25
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Boulder Creek Festival
May 25-27
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Jorja Smith and Kali Uchis
May 25
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Last Saturdays Car Show
May 25
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Territory Days
May 25-27
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The Original Growler Bike Race
May 25-26
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88Glam
May 25
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David Phipps
May 25
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Denver Arts Festival
May 25
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Denver Day of Rock: Eli Young Band, Barns Courtney, Austin Young Band, Wild Belle and Roger Clyne & the Peacemakers and more
May 25
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Lavender Jones and MoonRadish
May 25
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Tough Old Bird/Josh Moorehead/Sawmill Joe/Many Mountains
May 25
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Ultimate Colorado Pinball + Gamer Festival Experience
May 25-27
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University Hills Farmers Market
May 25 - Oct 19
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Veterans Memorial Day Tribute
May 25
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“Astonishment Artist” Mat LaVore
May 25
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Clear Creek Pack Burro Race Weekend
May 25
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Junior College World Series 2018 (JUCO)
May 25 - Jun 01
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Clear Creek Pack Burro Race Weekend
May 25
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“Run for Your Life” Survival 5k
May 25
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Eilen Jewell
May 25
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FAF Airsoft Summer Kickoff
May 25
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Bluegrass on the Arkansas Festival
May 25-26
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18th Annual Festival of the Brewpubs
May 26
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Los Hermanos Rosario
May 26
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Memorial Day Observance Concert
May 26
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Cordera Farmer’s Market
May 26 - Sep 01
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South Gaylord Memorial Weekend Festival
May 26-27
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Tea Leaf Green with The Jive Tribe
May 26
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Ten Miles South
May 26
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Veterans Tour at Fairmount Cemetery
May 26
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The Epic Mini Triathlon
May 26
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Molly Hatchet
May 26
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Grist brew run
May 26
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Run, Walk or Ruck
May 26
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Backwoods Riot Music Festival With Adam Calhoun/Seckond Chaynce/Jelly Roll/Struggle Jennings
May 26
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Blue Canyon Boys
May 26
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