• Schedule in Tandem with Colorado Festivals

     
    POSTED April 2, 2018
     

    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.

  • Schedule in Tandem with Colorado Festivals

     
    POSTED April 2, 2018
     

    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.

  • Schedule in Tandem with Colorado Festivals

     
    POSTED April 2, 2018
     

    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.

  • Schedule in Tandem with Colorado Festivals

     
    POSTED April 2, 2018
     

    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.

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.  

The CDC defines close contact as within six feet or less, for 15 minutes or more with someone who tests positive for COVID-19. At gatherings of many kinds, contact tracing is used to trace the people that someone has come into contact with, before they learn that they have tested positive. This allows the people that the sick person came into contact with to be aware of the situation, and to make health-informed choices. 

 

In 2020, Houston First Corp. (HFC) reported that the city was slated to host 252 meetings and 611,000 room nights. By March 14, the Bayou City had already hosted 115 conventions and 137,400 room nights. Then the pandemic hit, and meetings and events across the country came to a screeching halt.

We asked Michael Heckman, acting president and CEO of Houston First Corp. (HFC) how the health crisis has influenced the organization’s business model moving forward.

 

Chances are, you won’t know you’re living through history until it’s too late. It’s already happening. A chain reaction has been set in motion and the ground has begun to slide beneath your feet.

This past year has been a whirlwind to say the least. As a global pandemic sent the world reeling, planners were left grasping for footholds as the event industry was brought to a standstill, and many of the most fundamental elements of live meetings and events were cast in a new light.