Colorado Music Festival, Chautauqua Auditorium, Boulder
Classical music lovers might want to plan an extended vacation to Boulder for the Colorado Music Festival at Chautauqua Auditorium. Performances begin Thursday and run through Aug. 4 and feature the most loved classical music pieces along with world music and works by modern composers. This year's guest artists include pianist Yefim Bronfman, mezzo-soprano Michelle DeYoung, violinist Augustin Hadelich and conductor Peter Oundjian. Ticket packages and single tickets are available. Go online to coloradomusicfestival.org.
Wild West Fermentation Fest, Glenwood Springs
Summer is rife with libation-themed festivals. This weekend you can partake in unlimited craft beer, cider, wine and liquor samples at Wild West Fermentation Fest in Glenwood Springs. Entry to the festival guarantees a commemorative sample glass and plenty of liquid to fill it, along with food carts and live music by The Burroughs, The Low End and Skyscraper. It's Friday and Saturday in Two Rivers Park. More info is online at roaringforkevents.com/wild-west-fermentation-fest.
Rapids & Grass Beer Festival, Buena Vista
Maybe it was a wise decision to hold The Freedom Float down the Arkansas River the day after the beer festival portion of Rapids & Grass Beer Festival in Buena Vista. Friday night is a welcome party, free live music and after party with the band Rapidgrass. Saturday offers unlimited beer samples from more than 45 breweries to the sound of live music and an after party with DJ Logic. On Sunday, exhausted festival-goers can float down 7 miles of the Arkansas and land at the Riverside Grill for food and drinks. An after party features music by jam band Leftover Salmon. Tent and car camping are available. More info is online at rgfest.com.
Colorado Lavender Festival, Palisade
If one sprig of lavender smells so good, imagine what it might feel like to sniff out endless fields of the flowering plant. The Colorado Lavender Festival in Palisade offers that very thing Friday through Sunday. Friday offers a selection of motor coach tours of lavender farms. Saturday is festival day in Veterans Memorial Park with educational seminars, demonstrations and artisan products. And on Sunday, you can take a self-guided lavender farm tour and listen to live music by James and Chloe Williams of the Williams Brothers Band. More info is online at coloradolavender.org/up-coming-events/annual-lavender-festival.
Salida Arts Festival
Salida was rated No. 30 in John Villani's book "The 100 Best Art Towns in America." A visit to the free Salida Arts Festival Saturday and Sunday will help you see why. One hundred juried artists will bring their jewelry, ceramics, woodworks, paintings, prints, photos, mixed media, textiles and more to Centennial Park. More info online at salidaartsfestival.com.