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Festivals galore: Memorial Day Weekend events around the state



Mountainfilm Festival, Telluride | Thursday-Monday

The Mountainfilm Festival in Telluride is a documentary film festival that showcases stories about social justice, nature, activism and adventure.

The festival started back in 1979. This year’s lineup will feature 101 films, including 18 features and 83 shorts. Twenty-three of the films will be making their world premiere at the festival, including “A Good Wolf,” which follows the 40-year conflict in Denali National Park revolving around the wolf.

The event kicks off at 8:45 p.m. Thursday with a free screening at the Base Camp Theater. The festival runs through Monday. Tickets start at $210. More information can be found at or by calling 970-728-4123.

Vail Comedy Festival | Friday-Sunday

The Vail Comedy Festival is returning for a fifth year of laughs.

Throughout the weekend, more than 30 comedians will be performing across Vail Village. The comedy festival starts Friday, with pass pickup at 9 a.m. The days will be filled with live podcast tapings, open mics, headliners and even magic shows — a free, family friendly option during the day.

Headliners include Mary Mack, Monroe Martin, Jenny Zigrino and Tim Harmston. The event will also feature podcasters Myka Fox and Tim McLaughlin recording “Great Hang” and magician Travis Nye.

Festival passes start at $219. More information can be found at

Blues, Brews & BBQ Festival, Beaver Creek | Friday-Sunday

Beaver Creek is hosting its annual Blues, Brews & BBQ Festival this weekend.

The festival will be filled with barbecue demos, cooking competitions, vendors, regional brews and live music, starting Friday at 4 p.m. The blues lineup includes Ghost Town Blues Band and Jax Hollow on Friday; Don Bryant, Bette Smith, Delta Sonics and Ryan Collingwood as Elvis on Saturday; and Booker T. Jones, Dirty Red & the Soul Shakers and Tyron Benoit on Sunday.

This event is free to the public, and beer punch cards are available. The festival is held at the base of Beaver Creek Mountain, 26 Avondale Lane, Beaver Creek. More information can be found at

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Boulder Creek Festival, Boulder | Friday-Monday

The Boulder Creek Festival, held over the span of four days, will be jam-packed with activities for the whole family.

Expect live music — with 30 bands performing across three stages — an artisan market with more than 200 vendors, a beer fest, more than 30 food trucks, a roller rink, live art battles and a kids entertainment area.

The festival kicks off Friday at 5 p.m. with a concert and continues through Monday afternoon. The free festival takes place along Boulder Creek, from 9th Street to 14th Street between Canyon Boulevard and Arapahoe Avenue. More information can be found at or by calling 303-777-6887.

Grand Old West Days, Craig | Friday-Monday

As the celebration’s name implies, this festival in Craig is all about Western culture.

Events kick off Friday afternoon with a parade in downtown Craig. Then on Saturday and Sunday, the city will be hosting antique tractor pulls along Fourth and Ranney streets. Headlining the Saturday night concert is country singer Josh Ward, with special guest Jarrod Morris. Throughout the weekend, there will be artisan vendors as well as the Colorado State High School Rodeo Association Finals in the arena.

Festivities including the craft fair, concert and rodeo will be held at Moffat County Fairgrounds, 640 E. Victory Way, Craig. Admission to the Friday evening concert starts at $10, and $15 for Saturday. More information can be found at or by calling 970-326-6368.

Taste of Creede Festival, Creede | Saturday-Monday

This will be Creede’s 36th annual food and art festival.

Festivities start Saturday and feature more than 25 artists demonstrating their work along Main Street. There will also be live music, food, performances, the National Small Prints Show exhibition and a community cook-off. The Creede Repertory Theatre will also present a production of “Baskerville,” a Sherlock Holmes mystery. On Sunday, watch a quick-draw event as artists go head-to-head to complete unique pieces to be auctioned.

The festival will take place along Creede’s Main Street and is free to the public. More information at or by calling 719-658-2374.

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