Your Guide to CO Wine Festivals in 2024 (Thirst Colorado)

Steve Graham
March 14, 2024
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Alexandria Fox relies on Colorado mead and wine festivals to share (and sell) her locally made mead. Fox is the owner of Dragon Meadery, an Aurora craft meadmaker that is only open by appointment. The mead is also carried in select bottle stores, restaurants and wineries on the Front Range, but Colorado wine festivals allow her to reach eager new customers.

“We love bringing the mead to the people,” she said. “Wine festivals are a great way to reach a larger audience. Also (we like) being outdoors with live music and food trucks, and we really enjoy the people we meet.”

Dragon Meadery will participate in at least 12 Colorado wine festivals this year, but there are even more celebrations of Colorado wine all over the state throughout the year. Tickets are now on sale for many events, so it might be time to start planning some adventures.

Fox said a festival can be the first exposure to her business for many people.

“It’s a great way for people to try before they buy,” she said. “It really helps with introducing our winery to a lot of people who otherwise wouldn’t know we exist.”

She said she especially looks forward to the Orpheus Mead Fest, coming to Golden in July. Dragon reserves a special release for the mead competition and festival every year.

Here are some other Colorado wine festivals:

Colorado Wine Walk

The Colorado Wine Walk is a series of three events through the spring and summer, plus a sneak preview coming to Denver on Friday, March 22. The $15 event includes a select showcase of Colorado wines.

The main festivals are on April 14 and Aug. 24 at Denver’s Dairy Block; and on June 23 at the Exchange in Fort Collins.

Tickets for two sessions at the April event are now on sale. General admission is $50, and VIP tickets are available for $90, including a VIP lounge, live music and discounted purchases.

Chalk Lines and Vines

A spring wine and chalk art festival returns to the Arapahoe County Fairgrounds on May 18 and 19. At least 15 Colorado wineries will pour samples while live chalk artists create fresh and limited-time masterpieces. 

The event also includes live music, local vendors, food trucks, croquet and opportunities to paint and sip. For the first time, the Denver Polo Club also hosts an exhibition match at the event this year.

Daily general-admission tickets cost $40, and VIP tickets also are available, including food, VIP parking, private restrooms and more. 

Manitou Springs Wine Festival

Unlimited samples of exclusively Colorado-made wine, mead and glogg are available, alongside live music and food trucks on June 1 at Memorial Park in Manitou Springs. General admission tickets are now available for $50, with an extra 90 minutes of sampling and other perks for an additional $25.

Castle Rock WineFest

More than 180 varietals of Colorado wine will be available at the Castle Rock Winefest on July 15 in Bison Park. The event also includes food trucks, vendors and live music by the Steve Manshel Band and Nik Parr. Tickets cost $55 to $95. 

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