Baby, it’s Colorado Cold outside. Rodeo and Livestock, Lanterns, Art, Food, Music, Parades and Green Beer are just a few reasons to get together from January to March for the annual winter festivals in Denver, Colorado.
Denver’s Annual Winter Festivals
Channel your inner cowboy by attending Denver’s annual National Western Stock Show, Rodeo and Horse Show, held each January since 1906. One of the world’s largest indoor rodeos, this 2-week event takes over the National Western Complex housing thousands of animals in its stockyards while hosting nightly rodeo performances, including the popular Mexican Rodeo and PBR Bull Riding. Hundreds of western themed booths line the complex. The event kicks off with the annual downtown Rodeo Parade, driving Texas Longhorn cattle through the streets of downtown Denver. Tickets to rodeo on sale at: National Western Rodeo tickets.
Denver hosts another annual January event honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. This combination march and parade (marade) is the largest in the United States. It begins at City Park through Civic Center Park, ending at the Colorado State Capitol Building to commemorate Dr. King’s life.
Paramount Theatre in downtown Denver hosts the annual Colorado Chinese New Year Celebration. The on-stage show transports guests to the Far East with award-winning artist performing cultural performances of acrobatics, magic, opera, and dances. Authentic Chinese food, folk art and crafts are also on display.
Get ready for a 7-day food coma. Denver Restaurant Week is a February culinary celebration of the Mile High City’s restaurants. Dozens of metro Denver restaurants participate by presenting a multi-course meal for a preset price of $60 for two or $30 for one (excluding tax and gratuity). This 7-day event is so popular that it also repeats the end of August.
The luck of the Irish will be with you when you attend downtown Denver’s annual St. Patrick’s Day, the largest west of the Mississippi with more than 200,000 parade fans! Let your Irish roots show during the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade, the largest west of the Mississippi. You’ll join 200,000 “Irishmen” when the sidewalks of Blake Street turn green with St. Patty’s Day pride.
Yet another cultural event is the 3-day Denver March Powwow, honoring the heritage of American Indians. This event is the largest of its kind in the country welcoming nearly 2,000 tribal dancers representing 100 tribes from 38 states and three Canadian provinces. The experience is packed with Native American cultural experiences and a ideal outing for families.
And of course, you don’t want to neglect Colorado’s favorite pasttime – skiing and other snowy pasttimes in Rocky Mountains, where every day is a winter festival.