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Visiting Southern Colorado

Summer sends southern Colorado residents and visitors outside to enjoy the most beautiful weather the Centennial State sees all year. From Cortez and Durango to Canon City and Pueblo, warm sunshine means opportunities for outdoor adventures are endless, and this summer local event calendars are packed with more fun than ever.

Durango yields access to endless outdoor recreation all year long, but the nearby San Juan National Forest, Mesa Verde National Park, and the Animas River are best enjoyed in the summer. Still, there are plenty of one-of-a-kind experiences to be had right in town. Historic Downtown Durango, with its quaint shops, art galleries, and world-class restaurants, is ripe for a visit. History buffs will also get a kick out of riding along the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad aboard a 1880s-era steam-engine train.

To the west, Parque de Vida welcomes summer visitors to Cortez with a variety of tasty treats. The 2015 Southwest Colorado Food, Wine & Art Festival showcases some of southern Colorado's finest wines, brews, and culinary selections on August 22nd. Then, on September 12th, the 17th Annual Harvest Beer Festival promises unlimited beer tasting from local breweries, a silent auction, live music, and much more.

The Colorado State Fairgrounds host a wide variety of the city's most exciting events all year long, but none draw the attention – or the crowds – of the Colorado State Fair itself. Held August 28th through September 7th, the fair is full of family friendly favorites like carnival rides, fried food, rodeos, livestock exhibitions, and even big-name entertainment. Don't miss headlining performances by the likes of Jake Owen and Three Days Grace.

Pueblo visitors can also enjoy the flavors of the Southwest at the 21st Annual Chile & Frijoles Festival, September 25th through 27th. Hosted in the Union Avenue Historic District, the three-day festival features arts and crafts, children's activities, live music, and a chile cook-off – all celebrating the harvest of Pueblo Mira Sol Chilies.

Alamosa draws visitors in with some savory and sweet flavors of their own when the 2015 Beat the Heat BBQ brings "A Smokin' Good Time" to Cole Park. Taste tangy, Kansas City-style barbecue and fresh roasted green chilies while enjoying Ice Cold beer and live music. The family-friendly fun goes all day, July 31st through August 1st.

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Southern Colorado & Four Corners Events

August 2015

August 28 - June 7, 2015
2015 Colorado State Fair

All things Colorado – concerts, rodeo, carnival rides, and so much more – at the Colorado State Fair Grounds for 11 days.

September 2015

September 25-27, 2015
21st Annual Chile & Frijoles Festival

Enjoy the tastes of the southwest during this three-day festival, featuring arts and crafts, children's activities, live music, and a chile cook-off all celebrating the harvest of Pueblo Mira Sol Chilies. The event is hosted at Union Avenue Historic District.

September 12, 2015
17th Annual Harvest Beer Festival

Held annually in Cortez, this event features unlimited beer tasting from local breweries, a silent auction, live music, and so much more at the Parque de Vida. The event begins at 4 p.m.

September 19, 2015
2015 Bikes & Brews

Bikes and Brews in Canon City combines "Micros on Macon Plaza" beer tastings with the Royal Gorge Century Ride for a full day of fun in Canon City. This is an all-day event.

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