Photography in Colorado is a year-round adventure, with each season offering its own set of challenges and rewards. During the spring, photographers can capture stunning wildflower blooms and the new growth of trees and shrubs. Summer is perfect for photographing Colorado’s wildlife, like elk, bighorn sheep, and black bears, as well as scenic views of the state’s many lakes and rivers. Fall in Colorado is a photographer’s paradise, with the changing colors of aspen trees providing a dramatic and awe-inspiring backdrop for landscape photography. Winter in Colorado offers snowy landscapes and outdoor activities such as skiing, ice skating, and snowshoeing. Come rain or shine, photographers in Colorado will find something exciting to capture!

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November

November 17, 2023
Opening Reception Explorations of Resilience and Resistance / Our Backs Hold Our Stories:   Photographs by Kali Spitzer; curated by Todd Edward Herman. Kali Spitzer is an Indigenous, femme, queer, photographer living on the traditional unceded lands of the Tsleil-Waututh, Squamish and Musqueam peoples. Kali’s work embraces the stories of contemporary BIPOC, queer and trans bodies, creating representation that is self determined. Her collaborative process is informed by the desire to rewrite the visual histories of indigenous bodies beyond a colonial lens. Time: 5:00pm – 8:00pm. Cost: Free.

Creative Nations Arts Collective / The Dairy Arts Center, 2590 Walnut St, Boulder, CO 80302


November 17, 2023 – January 7, 2024
Denver Botanic Gardens Blossoms of Light: Join us for one of the Gardens’ signature events! For three decades this annual holiday light extravaganza has transformed our York Street location into a twinkling wonderland. In line with our core value of sustainability, all lights used are LED. Holiday treats and warm drinks will be available for purchase at Offshoots Café and the Hive Garden Bistro. Tickets must be purchased in advance for a specific time. No onsite ticket sales. Closed Nov. 23 and Dec. 25. Time: 4:30pm – 9:00pm. Cost: See website for specific prices.

Denver Botanic Gardens, 1007 York Street, Denver, CO 80206
720-865-3500


November 18, 2023
Canon Explorer of Light Seminar with Adam Jones:   In this program Adam will discuss and showcase techniques and strategies for constructing high quality landscape, wildlife, and macro images with digital cameras. He will offer advice on how to recognize and choose the right subjects, lighting, and background in a wide variety of situations. During the program, camera settings that are preferred for fast moving wildlife and landscapes are explained in detail. He will also discuss using the elements of design to instantly improve your compositions. Time: 5:30pm – 7:00pm. Cost: $10 to attend but you will receive a $10 Canon gift card at the event.

Mike’s Camera Inc., 2500 Pearl Street Boulder, CO 80302


November 18, 2023
Photography Program: Estes Park Enlarged:   oin photographer, Mic Clinger as he presents historic panoramic images of Estes Park and Rocky Mountain National Park. Through a panoramic slide show, Clinger will examine the development of this type of photography and why it became so popular. The program will take place in the Estes Park Museum Meeting Room, light snacks and refreshments will be provided. This program is free and open to the public. Time: 1:00pm Cost: Free.

Estes Park, CO


December

November 17, 2023 – January 7, 2024
Denver Botanic Gardens Blossoms of Light: Join us for one of the Gardens’ signature events! For three decades this annual holiday light extravaganza has transformed our York Street location into a twinkling wonderland. In line with our core value of sustainability, all lights used are LED. Holiday treats and warm drinks will be available for purchase at Offshoots Café and the Hive Garden Bistro. Tickets must be purchased in advance for a specific time. No onsite ticket sales. Closed Nov. 23 and Dec. 25. Time: 4:30pm – 9:00pm. Cost: See website for specific prices.

Denver Botanic Gardens, 1007 York Street, Denver, CO 80206
720-865-3500


December 2, 2023
Lighting of Breckenridge and Race of the Santas:   The first weekend of December kicks off a festive holiday scene in the streets of Breckenridge. Hundreds of Santa look-alikes will run down Main Street in a race to kick-off the holiday season. Hang out post-race to watch the town transform into a real life holiday card thanks to more than 13,000 feet and 250,000 LED holiday lights. The iconic holiday lights in downtown Breckenridge are one of the most photographed sights during the snowy months and continue to shine all winter long.
Breckenridge, CO


December 12, 2023
Members-Only Digital Behind-the-Scenes Tour: John Fielder’s Colorado Collection:   Join Head of Data Management & Digital Projects, Amy Nilius, online as we explore the John Fielder Colorado Collection at History Colorado. This collection consists of 7,047 digital images John captured throughout his career as well as his personal objects and papers. This tour will also include information on how to access the collection through History Colorado’s online collections portal. This event is free for members. Reservations are required. This event will be hosted on Zoom Time: 1:00pm-2:00pm

Online


December 28, 2023
Stories of Aurora’s Wildlife:   Hear the captivating stories of photographing wildlife in Aurora by conservation photographer Victoria Samuel. You’ll be delighted by her experiences getting those perfect shots and explore why it’s important to practice ethics while shooting. Time: 6:00pm – 7:30pm. Cost: $8.

Plains Conservation Center, 21901 E. Hampden Avenue, Aurora, CO 80013


December 31, 2023
Downtown Denver Fireworks: The sky will once again sparkle over downtown at the close of 2023 with the New Year’s Eve Fireworks. The two 8-minute spectacular fireworks shows will occur at 9 p.m. and midnight. The identical fireworks shows can be seen near the Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel and near the middle of downtown near Curtis Street. Time: 9:00pm and 12:00am.

Downtown Denver, CO


January

November 17, 2023 – January 7, 2024
Denver Botanic Gardens Blossoms of Light: Join us for one of the Gardens’ signature events! For three decades this annual holiday light extravaganza has transformed our York Street location into a twinkling wonderland. In line with our core value of sustainability, all lights used are LED. Holiday treats and warm drinks will be available for purchase at Offshoots Café and the Hive Garden Bistro. Tickets must be purchased in advance for a specific time. No onsite ticket sales. Closed Nov. 23 and Dec. 25. Time: 4:30pm – 9:00pm. Cost: See website for specific prices.

Denver Botanic Gardens, 1007 York Street, Denver, CO 80206
720-865-3500


January 06-21, 2024
National Western Stock Show:   A 16-day event featuring livestock shows, rodeo competitions, and western-themed entertainment.


January 15, 2024
Cowboy Downhill Ski Race Event: Nothing says Steamboat like cowboys on skis! That’s what Billy Kidd, Director of Skiing, and Larry Mahan, six-time All-Around World Champion cowboy, were thinking when they made the decision to invite some of the ProRodeo cowboys up to Steamboat for some serious fun on the slopes. Forty years later the Downhill has evolved into a signature Steamboat event, as over 100 professional rodeo cowboys flock to the ‘Boat for one of the most unique events in the West!


January 18-21, 2024
Ouray Ice Festival:  A celebration of ice climbing with a variety of competitions, clinics, and demonstrations. Ice climbers from around the world come to climb the frozen waterfalls in the area, providing unique opportunities for photographers to capture winter adventure.

Location: Ouray, CO


January 22-31, 2024
Breckenridge International Snow Sculpture Championships:  A competition where artists from around the world create sculptures from 12-foot-tall, 20-ton blocks of snow. Typically, the final weekend of this event is the best time to view and photograph the sculptures, but earlier in the week provides opportunities to photograph the teams as they engage in the process of sculpting these giant blocks of snow.

Location: Breckenridge, CO


January 26-28, 2024
Rio Frio Ice Festival:   This annual event celebrates the beauty of winter with various activities like ice carving competitions, a polar plunge, snowshoe races, and live music. For photography enthusiasts, the contrast of the icy sculptures against the natural landscape, the vibrant colors of the festival, and the dynamic energy of the activities create fantastic moments to capture.

Location: Alamosa, CO


January 26 – February 4, 2024
Snowdown:  A winter carnival in Durango with a variety of events, including a parade, chili cook-off, and hot air balloon rally.

Loation: Durango, CO


January 27, 2024
The Great Fruitcase Toss:   A quirky event where participants launch fruitcakes using a variety of contraptions. It all started in 1996 with locals throwing fruitcakes in the park, and 28 years later, here we are. Events will be pure feats of strength, talent, balance and taste! 1:00pm-3:00pm.

Location: Memorial Park, Manitou Springs, CO


February

January 26, 2024 – February 4, 2024
Snowdown:  A winter carnival in Durango with a variety of events, including a parade, chili cook-off, and hot air balloon rally.


February 2, 2024 – February 4, 2024
High Plains Snow Goose Festival:  In spring, waves of bright white snow geese against an endless blue sky fly into southeastern Colorado. They roost on the scattered lakes on the prairie and feed in the surrounding fields, making the area a favorite rest stop on their annual migration. In February, when the fields and reservoirs of Southeastern Colorado turn white—not from snow but from the large white geese arriving by the thousands during their traditional migration to their winter roosts—it’s time, once again, for the annual High Plains Snow Goose Festival, one of the largest birding festivals in Colorado. The festival offers a variety of programs, field trips, and seminars that celebrate birding and the heritage of Southeastern Colorado. Tours take guests to Two Buttes Reservoir, John Martin Reservoir, and Picture and Carrizo Canyons, south of Lamar. Event registration is free. However, field trips range from price depending on the length of the program and if meals are provided. Numerous programs are also offered at no charge.

High Plains Snow Goose Festival, 403 Oak Road, Lamar, CO 81052


February 3, 2024
Lake City Ice Festival:  The Lake City Ice Park is an excellent destination for Colorado ice climbing and is open from November to March, weather permitting, is family (and canine) friendly and has fire pits, restrooms, and warming tents. As always, it is climb at your own risk. Located in Lake City, Colorado, with permission, on public BLM lands, the Lake City Ice Park is easily accessible and FREE to the public. Donations are appreciated and help support the operation of the park. During the festival, participants compete on a number of climbing routes.

Lake City Ice Park, Lake City, CO


February 7, 2024 – February 11, 2024
Steamboat Springs Winter Carnival:   A 100-year-old winter festival with a variety of events, including ski-jumping competitions, fireworks, and a parade.


February 17, 2024 – February 25, 2024
Cripple Creek Ice Festival:  The head-to-head carving challenges will also be returning to the event on Saturdays at 12:00, 1:30 and 3:00. Carvers will compete in a stadium setting for a $1,000 cash prize each weekend. Carving teams will also be doing their best to win the People’s Choice Award for a huge cash prize. Plan your visit and cast your vote for the most impressive carving. Some of the top carving teams in the country participating in this event including SNICE Carving, Cool Hand Ice, The Bear Spot, The Ice Farm, and Ice Castles. Come and see their imaginations come alive in ice. As always this event is free and open to the general public. Carvers will be working throughout the event on their sculptures. Activities, vendors, and head-to-head carving competitions will only take place on the weekends (Feb 17-19 and Feb 24&25) including President’s Day. The vendor and activities will happen between 10:00am and 5:00pm, weather permitting.


February 17, 2024 – February 18, 2024
Silverton Skijoring:  Silverton Skijoring is comprised of a single horse typically guided by an insane person occasionally called a cowboy, cowgirl or a rider, pulling a crazy person on skis who simply hangs onto a tow rope in a manner similar to water skiing but at 35-45+ mph racing through Historic Downtown Silverton Colorado on Notorious Blair Street covered in snow while attempting to get the fastest time with the skier trying to fly over jumps and catch rings on a baton while not crashing and burning!

Location: Downtown Silverton, CO


February 2024
Loveland Sweetheart Festival: A Valentine’s Day celebration in Loveland with live music, art, and food vendors.


March

March 8, 2024 – March 10, 2024
Monte Vista Crane Festival:  Sandhill Cranes and other migratory birds follow a long route during their seasonal migrations. Along the way, there are many places where you can stop and view these beautiful creatures. At the Monte Vista Crane Festival you can enjoy thousands of Sandhill Cranes, ducks, and geese flying against a backdrop of mountain scenery. Raptors will adorn the power poles and owls will be sitting with their young. A visit to the Monte Vista Crane Festival is an opportunity to see an amazing natural spectacle as well as experience a unique rural community.

Location: Monte Vista, CO


March 16, 2024
Denver St. Patrick’s Day Parade:  A popular parade with marching bands, floats, and Irish dancers.

Location: Denver, CO


March 16, 2024
Colorado Springs St. Patrick’s Day Parade:  The Colorado Springs St. Patrick’s Day parade is gearing up for its 40th Annual Parade and Events! Not only the biggest parade in Colorado Springs, but the flattest 5k, Funnest Fun Run, and coolest kids scavenger hunt. The parade starts at Noon and lasts about 1.5 hours.

Location: Tejon St., Colorado Springs, CO


March
Frozen Dead Guy Days: A quirky festival in Estes Park (formerly Nederland) celebrating a frozen corpse that is kept in a shed on dry ice. A festival honoring a man whose frozen body is stored in a shed in town, featuring coffin races, live music, and a polar plunge.


April

May

June

June 23, 2024
Coors Light Denver Pride Parade and PrideFest:   Denver PrideFest features a two-day festival that draws visitors from throughout the state of Colorado and the Rocky Mountain region. Estimated attendance in 2023 was upwards of 550,000 people! The weekend kicks off with the Pride 5K on Saturday, June 22, 2024, followed by the two-day Denver PrideFest at Civic Center Park. The Fest includes over 250 exhibitors, 30 food & beverage vendors, and live performances all weekend long. Sunday begins at 9:30 am with colorful floats, marchers, music, and much more at the annual Coors Light PrideFest Parade. Over 100,000 cheering guests will line 14 blocks of Colfax Avenue from Cheesman Park to Civic Center, where the celebrations continue at day two of Denver PrideFest. Time: 9:30am. Cost: Free.

Location: Civic Center Park, Denver, CO


July

August

September

September 2024
34th Annual Friendship Powwow and Free Day at the Denver Art Museum:   Join the Denver Art Museum on Saturday, September 9, for the 34th Annual Friendship Powwow celebrating Native American art and culture. Everyone is welcome from 10am-5pm! Activities include beadwork artmaking with local Native artists Katherine Flecking and Chelsea Kaiah, food from Native organizations featuring fry bread and Indian tacos, and a diverse array of vendors offering jewelry, art, crafts, clothing, and more. Commemorative t-shirts are available for purchase, with proceeds benefiting the Denver Indian Center. The Grand Entry, where all dancers come together, kicks off at 11 am inside the Sie Welcome Center in Sturm Grand Pavilion. Enjoy free general admission at the DAM on this day. Advance registration requested.

Denver Art Museum, Hamilton Building and Martin Building, 100 W 14th Ave. Pkwy., Denver, Colorado


September 2024
Rendezvous at the Fort:   Experience the Rendezvous at The Fort in Morrison, Colorado, where the spirit of the 1830s comes alive. Immerse yourself in the world of mountain men and women, trappers, and traders as they recreate their encampments at Bent’s Old Fort. Witness the rich tapestry of Indian Nations with ceremonial dances, songs, and historical insights, tracing the footsteps of ancestors who traded at this very site. Award-winning Spanish Colonial artists showcase their crafts, including handcrafted retablos, tin art, clay pottery, and intricate weavings from churro wool. From historic demonstrations and lectures to hands-on activities, wildlife encounters, and Powwow showcases, this event promises an immersive journey into the early West, offering endless exciting subjects to capture through your lens. Time: 10:00am-4:00pm. Admission Fee: Adults $10 | Children 7-12 $5 | 6 and under FREE. Parking is Free.

The Fort, 19192 Highway 8, Morrison, Colorado


September 2024
Elk Fest:   Celebrate Estes Park’s resident elk at Estes Park Elk Fest®, a family-friendly festival. Enjoy vendors, Native American dancing, live music, food trucks, bugling contests, performances and more! The festival coincides with the famous elk rut, or elk mating season. Wild elk are often easily seen in town and in nearby Rocky Mountain National Park.

Bond Park, 170 MacGregor Ave, Estes Park, CO


September 2024
Far East Center’s Mid-Autumn Festival:   Come for a FREE, family-friendly event in the vibrant Little Saigon Denver District, from 2pm to 10pm. Photograph the delights of an Asian-inspired night market and savor street food from around the world. Local performers entertain with traditional drum and lion dance performances, music, and more. There’s excitement for everyone, including Pho and moon cake eating contests, cash and prize giveaways, and a kids fashion show (all kids welcome). Mid-Autumn Festival is one of the largest festivals in Asia. It is a celebration of the harvest moon and it is a time to connect with family.

Far East Center, 333 S. Federal Blvd, Denver, CO, 80219


September 6-8, 2024
Longs Peak Scottish Irish Highland Festival:   The Longs Peak Scottish-Irish Highland Festival is the largest Celtic festival in North America. It is held annually in Estes Park, Colorado, over Labor Day weekend. The festival celebrates Scottish and Irish culture with a variety of events.

1209 Manford Ave., Estes Park, CO 80517


October 2024

October 2024
Elk Fest:   Celebrate Estes Park’s resident elk at Estes Park Elk Fest®, a family-friendly festival. Enjoy vendors, Native American dancing, live music, food trucks, bugling contests, performances and more! The festival coincides with the famous elk rut, or elk mating season. Wild elk are often easily seen in town and in nearby Rocky Mountain National Park.

Bond Park, 170 MacGregor Ave, Estes Park, CO


October 2024
Grand Junction Airshow 2024:   Welcoming back the U.S. Navy Blue Angels. There will be various planes, helicopters, cars event booths, and experiences for all ages. Gates open at 9:00am on both days. Flying Acts start around 11:00am with the main event around 3:00pm. Cost: $15.

Grand Junction Regional Airport, 2828 Walker Field Dr, Grand Junction, CO 81506


November 2024

November 2024
Dia de los Muertos:   Experience a unique parade with creative floats, marching bands, ballet folkloricos, artsis, catrinas, Coco characters, lowriders, animals, performances and so much more! The Parade will start at 11:00am at 7th & Santa Fe Drive then it will make its way towards 13th and Santa Fe Drive, turn west (left) onto 13th avenue heading towards La Alma Lincoln Park, the parade ends at 13th Avenue and Mariposa St. The Day of the Dead Festival will start from 12:00pm – 8:00pm at the Civic Center Park Denver Downtown with food vendors, live music, drinks, exhibitors, catrina contest, la reina de dia de muertos, games and much more! Time: 11:00am-8pm. Cost: Free.

Civic Center Park, 101 W. 14th Ave., Denver, CO 80202