January 11th-26th

The National Western Stock Show-4655 Humboldt St., Denver, CO 303 297 1166

is a nationally recognized western heritage and entertainment event with one of the world’s richest regular season professional rodeos, one of the country’s largest horse shows, and a western trade show. This annual 16-day event showcases your favorite western traditions and features everything from ranch rodeos, mutton bustin’, and professional bull riding, to the Coors Western Art gallery, a baby animal nursery, trade show, and more. Hours: Sun–Thu: 9 a.m.–8 p.m., Fri–Sat: 9 a.m.–9 p.m., Closing day: 9 a.m.–6 p.m. Grounds Admission: $12–$24– Adults, $3–$4 – Children (3–11), Free – Children 2 and under Ticketed Events: Varies. Check website for specific dates, times, and prices.

January 16th-19th

The Colorado Cowboy Poetry Gathering-710 10th St., Golden, CO 720-213-6446

Leave a voice message. Celebrates it’s 31st anniversary and carries on a quarter century of cowboy heritage, traditions and entertainment. Cowboy poetry is a form of poetry which grew out of the traditions of workers on cattle drives and ranches. After a long day in the saddle, cowboys would gather around a campfire and entertain one another with tall tales and folk songs... and so goes the story called Cowboy Poetry. During the Colorado Cowboy Poetry Gathering, cowboy poets, western singers and old -fashioned yodelers bring to life the joys and hardships of the Old West. Audiences can take a break from the fast-paced, high-tech world and relive the life of the true cowboy. First timers and old hands will be entertained and inspired by our cowboy and cowgirl poets and musicians. Their poems, songs and witticisms about how life was and still is on farms, ranches and the range, bridge the past with the present. There will be some familiar faces and some of the best poets and singers we have ever herded into one corral! Since family life is an important part of the ranching culture, there will also be plenty of programming for families with little buckaroos. Daytime-themed sessions and Sunday Matinee are a perfect event for the entire family—hear songs and stories of ranchers, cattle drives, life in the Outback of Australia and the love of the land. These Theme Sessions include Women of the West, Today’s Cowboy, Multi-cultural Roots, Cowboy and Western Humor, Cowboy Classics and many more. Tickets: $20–$189

Jaunuary 17th-19th

Big Thunder Draft Horse Show-5280 Arena Cir., Loveland, CO  970 619 4000

Experience real horsepower at Big Thunder! Each of the hitches seen at the show train year round to compete and display the raw power the magnificent horses posses. Many of these hitches have traveled from across the country to compete at Big Thunder. Visit the barns either before or after each performance to meet the crew and their gentle giants! Become a draft horse expert! Joins the Draft Horse University on Saturday from 10 a.m.–noon for an informational and interactive session on topics from shoeing to training, harnessing and more. Draft Horse University meets in the Ranch-Way Feeds Indoor Arena bleachers. A $10 Draft Horse University ticket must be purchased in addition to a Saturday General Admission ticket.

January 17th,18th,19th


THE DENVER MART Save the dates for the 39th Annual Colorado Indian Market & Southwest Art Fest! This colorful celebration of Native American, Southwestern and Western arts features 200 top quality juried artists & craftsmen alongside tribal dances, award winning entertainers, artists demonstrations, culinary booths and interactive special attractions. The Festival takes place Martin Luther King weekend at the Denver Mart - a well-known venue in close proximity to the internationally-acclaimed National Western Stock Show. It's an experience for all who attend & participate!

January 23rd

Ouray Ice Festival-For three days and four nights in Ouray, Location Ouray Ice Park, 280 County Rd 361, Ouray, CO. is an absolute ice climbing mecca; ice climbers, both novice and pro travel from around the world to celebrate the growing sport of ice climbing. During daily vendor exhibitions Festival attendees have the opportunity to demo the latest ice tools, apparel, and gear from the Outdoor industries leading retailers.  Hundreds of spectators line the top of the Gorge on Saturday and Sunday to watch the world’s best ice and mixed climbing talent battle for the prize! And, with over 100 interactive and educational climbing clinics to accommodate every skill level, Festival participants are sure to have an experience to remember.

January 24th-26th

Winterfest Weekend-8 am-10 pm, Downtown Pagosa Springs, Hermosa St.

Pagosa Springs, CO. 800 252 2204 The Pagosa Springs Chamber’s Winterfest event is an activity-packed weekend for the whole family! Enjoy mass hot air balloon ascensions, sled and fat bike races, skijoring, cross-country ski clinic, BB gun biathalon, the ever-popular Penguin Plunge, and more. Come join the fun!

Admission: Free

January 24th-26th

Rio Frio Ice Fest-9 am-7 pm, Downtown Alamosa, San Juan Ave & Main St.

Alamosa, CO. 719 589 2105 features a beach-themed ice sculpting festival, a 5K on ice, downtown beach party, a kids costume contest, a Grub-n-Pub, polar plunge, a fire and ice bonfire, and this year’s highlight—a spinning ice carousel.

February 3rd

18th Annual Taste of the Grand Valley-4:00-7:30 p.m, Location: Colorado Mesa University - University Center’s Meyer Ballroom, 1100 North Ave. Grand Junction, CO. A family favorite for 18 years, Taste of the Grand Valley is the biggest and tastiest food festival in town featuring local restaurants, catering companies and food products. Exhibitors provide samples of their food and/or beverage from their booth, and participants enjoy an evening of tasting and fun. People can vote for their favorites in this head-to-head competition. 

Tickets: $15 – Adults, $10 – Seniors, Students, Military
Free – Children 6 and under 
Proceeds benefit United Way of Mesa County.

February 5-9th

107th Annual Winter Carnival-9 am-6 pm, Location: Downtown Steamboat

Lincoln Ave & 7th St. Steamboat Springs, CO. 970 879 0880

The Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club hosts the 107th Steamboat Springs Winter Carnival, the oldest continuing Winter Carnival west of the Mississippi.

This celebration embraces Steamboat’s western heritage and highlights its tradition of winter sports. This unique event includes everything from kids pulled on skis behind horses down a snow-covered main street, to the Lighted Man at the Night Show Extravaganza who's battery-powered suit weighs 70 pounds.

Admission: Free

February 14th

2nd Annual Loveland Sweetheart Festival: Love, Locks, and Lights-10:00 am - 9:00 pm, Location: Downtown Loveland, 4th St. & N. Lincoln Ave. Loveland, CO.         

970 667 3882. The nation’s Sweetheart City just got sweeter for Valentine’s Day with the 2nd Annual Loveland Sweetheart Festival – Love, Locks, and Lights. For more than 70 years, Loveland has embraced sweethearts near and far and invites families and lovers across the world to gather downtown to celebrate valentine season with love, lights, and one of the largest Love Lock sculptures in the U.S. Enjoy art displays, chocolate and beer tastings, a 5k race, live music, kids activities, and more. Admission: Free

February 15th & 16th

23rd Annual Rails in the Rockies Model Railroad Show-Location: Estes Park Event Center, 1125 Rooftop Way, Estes Park, CO. 970 577 0343

Rails in the Rockies is Northern Colorado's premier model railroad show featuring 23,000 square feet of model railroad layouts, clinics, vendors, children's activities and two train sets being given away. Hours: Sat: 9 a.m.–5 p.m., Sun: 9 a.m.–4 p.m.

Tickets: $10 – Adults, Free – Children 12 and under

February 21st-23rd

The 8th Annual WinterWonderGrass Festival -Location: 2305 Mt. Werner Cir.

Steamboat Springs, CO. 970 426 0365. brings an authentic Colorado gathering celebrating of bluegrass and craft beer to Steamboat. This family friendly festival features more than 25 bands and 20 Colorado breweries over three days. Kids can enjoy the many activities in the Kids Tent. Hours: Fri–Sat: 2–11 p.m., Sun: 2–10:30 p.m. Tickets: $89–$399 – Adults Free – Children 12 and under

February 22nd-March 1st

61st Annual Colorado Garden & Home Show-Location: 700 14th St, Denver, CO. 303 932 8100. Discover the Rocky Mountain region’s oldest, largest, and most prestigious garden and home show where you can find inspiration from the latest ideas and trends in landscaping, gardening and home improvement. Enjoy the multitude of fragrances as you stroll through more than an acre of professionally landscaped gardens. Talk to representatives from more than 650 companies from 25 states and Canada. Visit with the region’s gardening gurus and home improvement experts about the best ways to move your home and garden projects forward.

Hours: Mon–Fri: 12–7 p.m. Sat: 10 a.m.–8 p.m.
Sun: 10 a.m.–6 p.m.

Tickets: $12 – Adults $10 – Seniors, 2 for 1 admission Mon–Thu