Who doesn’t love a big birthday party complete with mountains, hikes, rivers, concerts, and festivals? Colorado is inviting you to celebrate with your friends, families, and neighbors. We’re going to focus on Summer as many families are trying to fill the days with kids home from school, hybrid working, and making the most without a lot of travel. If you map them all out, you can make a plan to hit as many as possible. Be sure to check the parking limits, costs associated with attending, if any. If you are active, or former military members, be sure to ask about discounts for those who are serving or have served. Did you know that national parks give lifetime free access to veterans? Just a couple of visits with your family a year can add up. Learn more on the National Park Service site.

Don’t think celebrating is limited to day hikes. There are some outstanding views and places to explore at night to give you a different perspective of our state. You can consider a drive-in movie as part of the “We dare you’s!” in this post.

There are options for activities in the list below for those with accessibility needs, too.

First, let’s cover some of the summer festivals.

The Denver Underground Music Showcase is August 27 – 29.
It features 100+ live bands, 12+ Broadway venues, 8+ blocks of Broadway.
Here’s the line-up. (https://www.undergroundmusicshowcase.com/lineup/)

Head into Fall with A Taste of Colorado (https://www.atasteofcolorado.com/ ) – the balance to all that State Fair food you ate the week before!
This event is September 4 – 6 with 50 food booths and more than 275 artisan vendors and six entertainment stages.

When was the last time you went to the Colorado State Fair? (https://coloradostatefair.com/ )
It’s in Pueblo from August 27 – September 6.

It’s the one time of year when gorging on fried food is practically a sport and Foam Fest is just a cover name for taste-testing Colorado’s craft beers. Rodeo fans and newbies alike can’t miss the best of the best as the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association rolls through Pueblo. Buckin’ broncos, raging bulls, and barrel-racing cowgirls kick up dust under stadium lights at the rowdy Budweiser Rodeo Arena.

Concerts at the fair have featured Chris Janson, Foreigner, Huey Lewis & The News, and more.

Looking for more? Try thinking like a tourist. As Colorado residents, we are always asked by our visiting friends and family, what’s the best thing to do? Sometimes we give them directions, links and send them on their way. Time to rethink it and put yourself in the mindset of a tourist seeing our state infrequently, or even for the first time. Why do you love living here? Perhaps this list will jog your memory. Consider posting photos from these places #HBColorado We’d love to see how you celebrated!

Here’s the list to consider – we dare you to tackle at least 3 of them – courtesy of Colorado.com :