DENVER – The weather is warming, the days are getting longer and Colorado is gearing up for the sights and sounds of festival season. Colorado is a popular destination for film buffs and music goers alike with events set against gorgeous backdrops from the Telluride Film Festival to Denver’s Underground Music Showcase. Below is a sampling of film and music festivals happening throughout the state this summer and fall. For more information on Colorado film festivals, visit www.colorado.com/articles/colorado-film-festivals. For more information on Colorado music festivals visit http://www.colorado.com/articles/amazing-colorado-music-fests-sounds-summer.
Lights, Camera, Action!
Stanley Film Festival, April 30-May 3, 2015 (Estes Park). Entering its third year, the Stanley Film Festival will showcase classic horror movies along with horror short films created by emerging and established filmmakers. The Stanley Film Festival will be held in the iconic Stanley Hotel in Estes Park. Passes start at $95 per person.
SeriesFest, June 18-21, 2015 (Denver). Denver, home to the birthplace of cable television, presents the SeriesFest. Industry luminaries, emerging artists and audiences will gather at the festival to celebrate television history. SeriesFest will showcase the best new pilots from established and emerging content creators. Tickets will go on sale May 28.
Telluride Film Festival, August 29 – September 1, 2015 (Telluride). Film enthusiasts will fill the picturesque town of Telluride for the 41st annual Telluride Film Festival. This festival is not just a picture show, but is also a tribute to luminaries, a chance to participate in discussions with film creators, and the opportunity to discover individuals who make the films and engage in film debates. The Telluride program will remain a secret until guests arrive. Tickets start at $25 per person.
Breckenridge Film Festival, September 17-20, 2015 (Breckenridge). Breckenridge has celebrated the art of filmmaking for 35 years, making it one of the oldest film festivals in the country. The Breckenridge Film Festival will feature independent films, premiers, receptions and educational programs. Attendees will also have the opportunity to interact with guest filmmakers and mentors throughout the four-day festival. Tickets start at $10 per person.
Aspen Filmfest, September 25-30, 2015 (Aspen). Aspen Film has been creating unique and memorable experiences for 36 years. This festival is a celebration for movie lovers of all ages, featuring award-winning features and documentaries, previews of fall releases and opportunities to interact with guest filmmakers. Aspen Film will show 200 regional debuts. Tickets start at $12 per person.
Music for All Ears
Folk ‘N Bluegrass, June 5-7, 2015 (Pagosa Springs). Join Pagosa Springs as they host the 2015 Folk ‘N Bluegrass festival. Located at Reservoir Hill Park, hear some of the finest musicians specializing in folk, bluegrass, Americana and acoustic. There will be performances from Lindsay Lou & the Flatbellys, Front Country, Trout Steak Revival and more. Tickets start at $35 per person.
Bands on the Bricks, June 10 – August 10, 2015 (Boulder). Boulder’s free outdoor summer concert series, Bands on the Bricks, is a 10 week-long festival located on Pearl Street Mall in the heart of Boulder. Starting on June 10, enjoy performances from local musicians every Wednesday night from 7 to 9 p.m. This festival will also feature a beer garden where guests can enjoy Rio Margaritas, beers and wine.
Cuchara Country Music Fest, June 13, 2015 (Cuchara). Head over to Cuchara to enjoy music from well-known country artists. The town of Cuchara is now in its fifth year of hosting the Cuchara Country Music Festival. The festival will feature performances by Craig Morgan, Charley Jenkins, Kinsey Sadler, Lucas Hoge, Jessie Funk and Cappton Reid. Tickets start at $18 per person.
Crested Butte Music Festival, June 25 – August 9, 2015 (Crested Butte). The Crested Butte Music Festival is now entering its 19th year and will feature over 50 events with more than 150 world-class artists transforming their arts through symphony, chamber and family music. The Crested Butte Music Festival will also offer four mini-festivals: TIME SPANS, One World, Opera in Paradise and Gypsy Jazz. Tickets start at $10 per person.
Bravo! Vail, July 1 – August 6, 2015 (Vail). Bravo! Vail will host three of the finest orchestras in the world: the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, the Philadelphia Orchestra and the New York Philharmonic featured in programs of the classics. In addition, chamber music artists and individuals from all three orchestras will gather to perform a chamber music series. Tickets start at $29 per person.
Underground Music Showcase, July 23-26, 2015 (Denver). The 15th annual Underground Music Showcase highlights the best local artists alongside some of the nation’s most compelling independent acts. Colorado musicians, fans and industry representatives will gather for four days in Denver’s Historic Baker Neighborhood to indulge themselves with music. This event will showcase over 400 bands on 20 stages along South Broadway. Tickets start at $35 per person.
Crestone Music Festival, August 7-9, 2015 (Crestone). Get a taste of the world at the 17th annual Crestone Music Festival. The festival is a multi-genre, multi-cultural event where attendees can enjoy international, national, regional and local music and cuisine. Tickets start at $25 per person.
Telluride Blues & Brews Festival, September 18-20, 2015 (Telluride). Telluride Blues & Brews is a three-day celebration of live music and craft beer. This festival features a mix of blues, funk, jam bands, indie, rock, gospel and soul performances. There will also be food and craft vendors, children activities, late night shows and more. Tickets start at $20 per person.