• Schedule in Tandem with Colorado Festivals

    One of the best and simplest ways to get a real taste of local without going to a bunch of work and expense is scheduling a meeting in tandem with a destination’s event calendar.

     
    POSTED April 2, 2018
     

    Collaboration Fest

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  • Schedule in Tandem with Colorado Festivals

    One of the best and simplest ways to get a real taste of local without going to a bunch of work and expense is scheduling a meeting in tandem with a destination’s event calendar.

     
    POSTED April 2, 2018
     

    Aspen Snowmass Vintage Car Race

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  • Schedule in Tandem with Colorado Festivals

    One of the best and simplest ways to get a real taste of local without going to a bunch of work and expense is scheduling a meeting in tandem with a destination’s event calendar.

     
    POSTED April 2, 2018
     

    Mac N Cheese Festival

    <p>Mac N Cheese Festival</p>
  • Schedule in Tandem with Colorado Festivals

    One of the best and simplest ways to get a real taste of local without going to a bunch of work and expense is scheduling a meeting in tandem with a destination’s event calendar.

     
    POSTED April 2, 2018
     

    Wild West Air Fest

    <p>Wild West Air Fest</p>

Here are some better and lesser-known festival ideas shared by the Colorado Tourism Office, including a bit more about underthe-radar options that could work well for groups especially in terms of lodging and venue availability.  

ASPEN

Best Known: Wintersköl, Every January
Less Known: Mac N Cheese Festival, Sept. 8, 2018
» Taking place on Aspen’s “Restaurant Row,” this festival showcases the best mac ‘n cheese creations in the Aspen area. Visitors pay $5 to participate, bring their own spoon and vote for favorites in five categories.

BRECKENRIDGE

Best Known: International Snow Sculpture Championships, Every January
Less Known: Still on the Hill: Breckenridge Craft Spirits Festival, Oct. 19-21, 2018
» Take part in a grand tasting of handcrafted spirits, craft cocktails, artisanal bites and more. Also on the schedule are mixology workshops, historical walking tours, ghost tours and scavenger hunts.

DENVER

Best Known: Great American Beer Festival, Sept. 20-22, 2018
Less Known: Collaboration Fest, March 31, 2018
» Collaboration Fest features brews that are the result of collaborations between two or more breweries from around the state, country and world. These individual collaborations mean that every beer tapped will be its first time and every beer has a unique story.  

DURANGO

Best Known: Durango Cowboy Poetry Gathering, Oct. 4-7, 2018
Less Known: San Juan Brewfest, Aug. 25, 2018
» The 20th anniversary of the Four Corners region’s biggest beer tasting festival will showcase live music and 50 breweries, each highlighting at least two beers. Ticket sales benefit the United Way of Southwest Colorado.

SNOWMASS

Best Known: JAS Aspen Snowmass Labor Day Experience, Aug. 31 – Sept. 2, 2018
Less Known: Aspen Snowmass Vintage Car Race, Sept. 16-17, 2018
» Watch the sights and sounds of highoctane racing come alive on the streets of Snowmass Village as vintage Corvettes, BMWs, Porsches, Mustangs and formula racecars from the 1960s and 1970s fly by. 

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS

Best Known: Winter Carnival, Every February
Less Known: Wild West Air Fest, Sept. 1, 2018
» Every Labor Day weekend, some of the best pilots in the West and nationally renowned performers present thrilling aerobatics and formation flying.  

Four distinct seasons impress guests, accommodate budgets and tap into a laid-back lifestyle.

 

Meeting and incentive trip planners: Get ready to be surprised at the diverse range of lodging options available in Colorado from glamping tents, yurts and teepees to overnight accommodations in a jail, train station, castle and replica fort. colorado.com

The 200-acre, family-owned Arapaho Valley Ranch has cabins, lodge rooms, glamping tents outfitted with southwestern flair, and 20-foot teepees equipped with queensized beds.

 

When planning a gathering, make sure to check a destination’s calendar of events for festivals, concerts and noteworthy exhibitions. Leslie Heins and Lisa Cook, owners and event architects of Denver-based Affair with Flair, demonstrated how this can be done with a social occasion, which easily could have been a corporate event in conjunction with the Denver Art Museum’s recent blockbuster “Dior: From Paris to the World” that wrapped up in March 2019.