Four Corners 2017 festivals

by Patty Templeton

There are only so many mountains in Durango to smoke out while you walk up, and though there are mega fests in DGO to please the soul, sometimes you gotta get the hell outta Dodge.

Here’s a roundup of must-see summer festivals within seven hours drive of Durango. Boo and yah.

COLORADOMike the Headless Chicken Festival

When: Friday, June 2-3

Where: Fuita

Cost: Free admission

What: Sure. Why not celebrate a headless chicken who wouldn’t die by eating wings. Plus music, a disc golf tournament, and Peeps.


Dolores River Festival

When: 10 a.m. till late, Saturday, June 10

Where: Dolores

Cost: $20 advance, $25 day of

What: Jerry Joseph and the Jackmormons, Gene Evaro Jr., The Yawpers, Selasee and the Fafa Family, Carute Roma, and a load more music plus food booths and fun on the river.


Sonic Bloom

When: Thursday, June 15-18

Where: Spanish Peaks Country

Cost: $233 and up

What: Four days of electronic music headlined by Gigantic Cheese Biscuits, The Polish Ambassador, The Floozies, Claude VonStroke, Ott, and more. Add in performance art, yoga, and live painting.


Country Jam

When: Thursday, June 15-18

Where: Grand Junction

Cost: $99-$155

What: A four-day country music camp-out featuring headliners like Kenny Chesney, Jason Aldean, Thomas Rhett, and Old Dominion.


Denver PrideFest

When: Saturday, June 17-18

Where: Denver

Cost: Free admission

What: Drag stars like Chad Michaels, Jennifer Holliday, and Peppermint headline Colorado’s largest LGBTIQ fest. Plus A.B. Soto, Dave Audé, a Big Gay 5K, 200 food vendors, and f-tons of FUN!


Telluride Bluegrass Festival

When: Thursday, June 15-18

Where: Telluride

Cost: $82-$235

What: Dispatch, Dierks Bentley with the Travelin’ McCourys, Brandi Carlile, Punch Brothers, Norah Jones, Béla Fleck, and a crazy lot more bands descend on Tellurude.


The Ride Festival

When: Saturday, July 8-9

Where: Telluride

Cost: $135 and up

What: Beck, Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals, The John Butler Trio, Kaleo, Rival Sons, and more headline the Ride Festival in scenic Telluride.


Firefly Handmade Summer Market

When: Saturday, July 15-16

Where: Boulder

Cost: Free admission

What: 100-plus indie artists bring décor, art, jewelry, fashion, artisan food, and more to the 29th St. Shopping District.


Telluride Yoga Festival

When: Thursday, July 20-23

Where: Telluride

Cost: $75-$450

What: Over 100 activities including yoga, meditation, music, hiking, and social gatherings.


Jackalope: An Indie Artisan Fair

When: Saturday, July 29-30

Where: Denver

Cost: Free admission

What: Over 150 local and curated makers, artisans, crafters, and D.I.Y. enthusiasts with a row of food trucks and live music.



When: Friday, August 4-6

Where: Loveland

Cost: $85-$625

What: The Expendables, Atmosphere, Ani DiFranco, Beats Antique, Tipper, and more live music, art, yoga, and activism cover eight stages for three days.


Telluride Jazz Fest

When: Friday, August 4-6

Where: Telluride

Cost: $25-$850

What: Mavis Staples Macy Gray, Lee Fields, and the Experience, Hazel Miller Gospel Band, and The Surfers headline a three-day jazz explosion.


Rocky Mountain Folk Festival

When: Friday, August 18-20

Where: Lyons

Cost: $65 to $220

What: Rhiannon Giddens, The Weepies, The Revivalists, Loudon Wainwright III, Dave Rawlings Machine, and Gregory Alan Isakov headline a chill summer fest in the foothills of the Rockies.


ARIZONAPride in the Pines

When: Noon-9 p.m., Saturday, June 24

Where: Flagstaff

Cost: $15

What: 1980s superstar Lisa Lisa headlines at Flagstaff’s LGBTIQ, all-day fest in Thorpe Park, a few blocks from the historic downtown.


NEW MEXICOAlbuquerque Blues and Brews

When: 2-6 p.m., Sunday, May 28

Where: Albuquerque

Cost: $10-$55

What: Blues bands like Still Closed for Repairs, The Rudy Boy Experiment, and Alex Maryol soundtrack a day of sippin’ 60 breweries’ worth of suds. 21 and over.


Albuquerque Folk Fest

When: 10:30 a.m.-10:30 p.m., Saturday, June 3

Where: Albuquerque

Cost: $15 advance, $20 day of

What: A quaint fest in the Albuquerque International Balloon Museum with live music, jam sessions, dancing, hella food, and storytellers who’ve toured the world.


Albuquerque Pride

When: Friday, June 9-10

Where: Albuquerque

Cost: $10-$50

What: Get your glorious unicorn self gussied up for a celebration of LGBTIQ life, friendship, and history, with live entertainment on two stages, a Pride parade, art show, Pride archive, beer garden, and more.


Albuquerque Summer Festival

When: 5-10:30 p.m., Saturday, June 10

Where: Albuquerque

Cost: Free admission

What: The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Eugene, Zoltan and the Fortunetellers, and the Joseph General Band headline the kick-off of Albuquerque’s monthly summer fest series.


Art Santa Fe

When: Thursday, July 13-16

Where: Santa Fe

Cost: $10-$25

What: A wide variety of modern and contemporary art takes over downtown Santa Fe with a plethora of gallery showings and openings.


International Folk Art Market

When: Friday, July 14-16

Where: Santa Fe

Cost: $15 advance, $20 day of

What: The world’s largest folk art festival with 150 artists from over 50 countries and attendance of 20,000-plus people.


UTAHUtah Pride Festival

When: Wednesday, May 31-June 4

Where: Salt Lake City

Cost: $15 and up

What: Big Freedia, Well Strung, Minx, and DJ Citizen Jane headline a week-long LGBTQIA fest in downtown SLC.


Utah Arts Festival

When: Thursday, June 22-25

Where: Salt Lake City

Cost: $10-$35

What: Shooter Jennings and Waymore’s Outlaws, RJD2, Salvia Sisters, and Jarekus Singleton headline a four-day, workshop-filled fest highlighting the wide spectrum of arts.


Bonanza Campout

When: Friday, June 23-25

Where: Heber

Cost: $70-$300

What: Ms. Lauryn Hill, Nas, Nick Murphy (formerly Chet Faker), and Odesza headline a weekend arty fest.


Craft Lake City

When: Friday, August 11-13

Where: Salt Lake City

Cost: $5-$50

What: Artisan food, two stages of entertainment, and over 200 vintage vendors, artists, and DIY makers host over 40,000 attendees at this indie craft fair.


Das Energi Festival

When: Friday, August 18-19

Where: Magna

Cost: $115-$200

What: Zedd, Diplo, Adventure Club, and Knife Party headline a hella PMA electronic music fest near Salt Lake City.


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Patty TempletonDGO Staff Writer


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