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April Colorado Events

2024 Annual April Festivals in Colorado

April Colorado Events

April marks the conclusion of the ski season at many resorts, signaling the onset of numerous festivities across Colorado. With the arrival of spring, a plethora of enjoyable events await, ranging from culinary delights to concerts to film festivals.

As the warmer weather gradually melts the snow, outdoor recreation transitions to summer activities. Noteworthy events include the Taste Of Vail, renowned as Eagle County’s premier food and wine festival, offering an exquisite culinary experience. Additionally, the 5Point Film Fest and the Aspen Shortsfest provide avenues for cinephiles to immerse themselves in captivating storytelling and cinematic excellence.

In summary, April heralds the beginning of vibrant springtime celebrations, promising a diverse range of experiences for locals and visitors alike to enjoy amidst the changing seasons.

2024 Annual April Festivals in Colorado

Bud Light Rocks the Boat

  • Date: Saturdays, March 9 – April 14, 2024
  • Address: Gondola Square, Steamboat Springs
  • About: Free concert series now in its 25th season that is held at the base of the mountain. Enjoy several concerts throughout the ski season. The series features a mix of music genres with many big-name acts having performed in previous years.

Phamaly Theatre Company

  • Date: TBD 2024
  • Address: The Parsons Theatre, Northglenn
  • About: Now in its 35th season, the Phamaly Theatre Company with its disability-affirmative performance ensemble in Northglenn.

Aspen Film Shortsfest

  • Date: Mon-Sun, April 1-7, 2024
  • Address: Aspen and Carbondale
  • About: One of the continent’s best annual short film festivals and Oscar-qualifying showcases. There are several venues showing international short films, defined as 40 minutes or less in length.

Taste Of Vail

  • Date: Wed-Fri, April 3-6, 2024
  • Address: Vail Village
  • About: 32nd annual Taste of Vail is the largest food and wine festival in Eagle County. Enjoy wine and food vendors against a beautiful backdrop of the Rocky Mountains.

Denver Auto Show

  • Date: Thur-Sun, April 4-7, 2024
  • Address: Colorado Convention Center, Denver
  • About: A premier showcase of the newest and hottest models of the year, including both domestic and imported vehicles.

Mrs. Colorado and Miss Colorado for America Strong

  • Date: Saturday, April 6, 2024
  • Address: Denver
  • About: Annual competition where women compete for scholarships, prize packages, and the chance to represent Colorado at the Mrs. America national pageant.

Rocky Mountain Train Show

  • Date: Sat-Sun, April 6-7, 2024
  • Address: National Western Complex, Denver
  • About: Showcasing more than 20 manufacturers, 50 vendors, and 20 operating layouts, the annual Rocky Mountain Train Show has something for every train lover. There is even a junior engineering program for children.

Cardboard Classic

  • Date: Saturday, April 13, 2024
  • Address: Gondola Square, Steamboat Springs
  • About: 42n annual event features homemade sleds constructed only using cardboard, glue, string, water-based paint, duct tape, and masking tape. It’s a race down Headwall in this hysterical end to the season.​

Colorado Tartan Day Festival

  • Date: Sat-Sun, April 13-14, 2024
  • Address: Boulder County Fairgrounds, Longmont
  • About: An annual event celebrating all things Scottish, the Colorado Tartan Day Festival is free to attend and fun for the entire family. Activities at the festival include a parade, face painting, combat demonstrations, and live music.

Splashdown Pond Skim

  • Date: Sunday, April 14, 2024
  • ​Address: Gondola Square, Steamboat Springs
  • About: Annual event features skiers and riders attempting to cross a pond at the base of the mountain. Judged on distance, outfit creativity, and crowd response, followed by a free Bud Light concert.

Durango Bluegrass Meltdown

  • Date: Fri-Sun, April 19-21, 2024
  • Address: Durango
  • About: Three days of concerts showcasing bluegrass bands from around the country. Special events include a Durango-style barn dance, Saturday night ‘Celtdown’, and music in local restaurants and bars. The headquarters is in the historic Strater Hotel.

5Point Film Festival

  • Date: Thur-Sun, April 25-28, 2024
  • Address: Carbondale
  • About: Four-day Carbondale film festival with traveling events throughout the year.

Mountain Plover Festival

  • Date: Fri-Sat, April 26-28, 2024
  • Address: Karval
  • About: Held annually in late April or early May, Karval plays host to the annual Mountain Plover Festival. The only event of its kind in the US, and you’re likely to spot not only plovers but also prairie dogs, big-horned owls, and other migratory birds.

Durango Wine Experience

  • Date: Fri-Sat, April 26-27, 2024
  • Address: Durango
  • About: 2-day annual wine festival showcasing hundreds of craft wines, spirits, and beers. The Walk-About Durango is a wine tasting held Friday and the Grand Tasting starts Saturday afternoon.


  • Date: Friday-Sunday, April 26-28, 2024
  • Address: Hotchkiss
  • About: A 3-day camping event that offers a myriad of activities including excursions, live music, hiking, and mountain biking. Great for the family, dogs included, guests will enjoy camping under the stars, sipping cider, listening to live music, and spending time in nature.

East Boulder County Artists Studio Tour

  • Date: TBD 2024
  • Address: Lafayette & Longmont
  • About: A free 2-day event with over 30 artists showcasing original pieces at sixteen studios in Longmont and Lafayette. Some of the artwork on display include paintings, sculptures, glass, ceramics, and mixed media.

Gathering of Guilds

  • Date: TBD 2024; possibly cancelled indefinitely
  • Address: Golden
  • About: A popular event where local guilds and artisans can celebrate their craft. Free to attend, metalsmiths, woodworkers, weavers, painters, and potters as well as other artists will be selling their handcrafted items.


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