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Come Get a Taste of Colorado

Two women sharing food at a festival

Longtime residents of the apartments for rent in Denver will know to take that title non-literally, but even if you’re a newcomer, you’re welcome to learn about and experience one of the state’s most grand celebrations of music, art and food — A Taste of Colorado:

“The festival will continue its 36-year tradition of being the largest free admission food and music festival in Colorado attracting over 500,000 attendees over the three-day weekend. A Taste of Colorado has something for everyone with over 50 food vendors, 175 marketplace vendors, a Kids Zone experience with arts, crafts & a children’s entertainment stage and the elevated music experience with a larger main stage featuring over 25 national and regional musical acts.”

Did we mention all of that was free to experience? It’s all going down late August/early September, so if you’re looking for one last hurrah before the summer draws to a close, this will be the event for you. Let’s explore what A Taste of Colorado is all about, and how you can experience the best of it — either alone, or with the family in tow.

History of the Festival

Can you believe A Taste of Colorado is a 36-year-old tradition? If you want to get really technical with it, A Taste of Colorado can trace its spiritual roots all the way back to 1895, to an event that was originally called the Festival of Mountain and Plain. It was a different time, obviously, and this was more akin to a carnival or a Mardi gras style event. By all accounts, it was a pretty fun deal, but an eventual lack of support saw it end in 1902, and so it would remain deceased until the early 80s.

So, we flash forward to around 1983, and the Downtown Denver Partnership decides it’s high time to boost the citizenry’s spirits with a summer festival. What better choice than a spiritual successor to that original Festival of Mountain and Plain? Thus, A Taste of Colorado was born, and it’s continued on ever since the 80s, with a few changes in venue, but no changes to its mission of bringing joy to Denver.

What to Expect This Year

So, when you head to A Taste of Colorado this year, what can you expect from the show? For starters, the music this year is going to be front and center. Country, classic rock, contemporary — it will all be showcased across three performance stages and the entirety of the Labor Day Weekend festivities. Here’s the current lineup:

Saturday, August 31st: Classic Rock Day

  • Knot Rock
  • 6035 Ultimate Rock Classic Tribute Band
  • Stone Beat Invasion
  • Smokin
  • My Blue Sky
  • VOA
  • Fire & Ice
  • Grand Funk Railroad
  • Boogie Machine
  • Kool & The Gang
  • Mary Louise Lee Band
  • KC and the Sunshine Band

Sunday, September 1st: Country Day

  • Wirewood Station
  • The Wyatts
  • Trent Hughes Band
  • Whiskey Road
  • Narrow Gauge
  • Cassadee Pope
  • Brandon Howard & the Red Iron Push
  • Locash
  • Remus Tucker
  • Dwight Yoakam

Monday, September 2nd: Contemporary Music Day

  • Midnight Party Machine
  • Anavrin’s Day
  • Chili Powder
  • Freddy Jones Band
  • American Idiot
  • Taylor Dayne
  • Nineties Til Dawn
  • Toad The Wet Sprocket
  • PG6ix
  • Scott Stapp

It’s quite the lineup indeed, and you can learn more by checking out the musical section of A Taste of Colorado’s official webpage. Remember that music isn’t the only thing that will be beckoning you out to attend, however. Delicious food will also be taking center stage, as a colossal number (fifty in total) of food trucks will be out and about, serving up tasty treats for you to ingest while enjoying the party.

Shopping will also be on the metaphorical menu at A Taste of Colorado. Taking from the previous namesake of the festival, the Mountain & Plain Marketplace will be the place to peruse the wares of many an artisan:

“Find unique arts and crafts, home and gift items, furniture, jewelry, imports, in one of the 200 booths of the Arts & Crafts Marketplace. Enjoy original works of art in Fine Art in the Park, a variety of mediums created by artists from around the country. Visit the Home & Lifestyles area, featuring a variety of products and services to enhance both your home and your life!”

Now, the whole list of vendors hasn’t been revealed yet but it should be out soon, so be sure to watch the website to stay updated on what sorts of shopping opportunities await you. Lastly, if you have your family in tow, you’ll definitely want to consider the Kids Zone and all the fun activities they’ll have planned for adults and youngsters alike:

“Little ones can explore and learn with the interactive “Snug Play” pop-up playground from Street Scapes. “Snug Play” offers unlimited creative possibilities for children to create active, imaginative play spaces with large-scale loose play elements perfect for jumping, bouncing, rocking, or spinning.”

In addition to this, there will be a book bike and story time courtesy of the Denver Public Library, games, inflatables, obstacle courses, play areas, and much more to keep the little ones occupied for hours on end. For you mothers who are still nursing, you’ll be pleased to know that there’s a mommy station located in the Kids Zone, in case you need to do an emergency changing or need a few moments of silent time to rejuvenate before getting back to the action.

The Apartments for Rent in Denver Are Practically a Front Row Seat

At least, when you call fine communities like The Henry your home. From the stunning neighborhood in Platt Park, it seems like everything in Denver is just within striking distance, which makes planning those outings a real joy. To top it off, this one of the vanguards for modern, convenient residences and comfortable apartment living in the city, making this a true urban treat that exemplifies what Denver life should be all about. Make this your everyday experience. Learn more about what The Henry has to offer you and take the next step toward making this your new home in the Mile High City.