Now that winter has gone, and taken most of our loathsome mountain traffic with it, it's time to call attention to the summertime festivals that slip by the ski and snowboarding masses.

Colorado's mountains boast a breathtaking backdrop for events like the Crested Butte Wildflower Festival, the Colorado Shakespeare Festival and Mountain Winefest in Palisade. There's music, film, homegrown foods and even an exuberant trip to the 16th century with the Colorado Renaissance Festival.

Here are our picks for Colorado's best summer festivals. Happy trip planning!

Did we miss your favorite festival? Let us know in the comments below!

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  • The Underground Music Showcase (UMS) Fest

    In the case of the UMS, the streets are alive with the sound of music. Denver's 12th annual <a href="http://www.theums.com/about" target="_hplink">UMS Fest</a> is the block party you can't resist. It has grown to feature over 300 performances of local and visiting fresh-on-the-scene bands. This year's lineup includes The Epilogues, Air Dubai, Ian Cooke, Carbon Choir and so many more.<br> <em>When: July 19-22<br> Where: 1/2 mile of South Broadway<br> Cost: <a href="http://www.theums.com/buy-passes" target="_hplink">$30-$120</a> <br> *The earlier you buy, the cheaper the passes. Image via <a href="http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10150617056787753&set=a.10150617056777753.389345.125090227752&type=3&theater" target="_hplink">Facebook</a>.</em>

  • Summer Solstice Music Festival

    Live bluegrass, folk and fun charitable giving attracts the masses to Golden's annual <a href="http://www.goldenhistory.org/learn-do/music-festival/" target="_hplink">Summer Solstice Music Festival</a>. Golden City Brewery will be selling their best and there'll be plenty of food options as well.<br> <em>When: June 16 from 4-9 p.m.<br> Where: grass-seating at <a href="http://www.goldenhistory.org/visit/cchp/" target="_hplink">Clear Creek History Park</a><br> Cost: Tickets at the gate are $15 Otherwise it's $12 for adults, $10 for students with an ID, $10 for members, $5 for children over the age of 6. Children under 6 are free.</em><br> <em>Image via <a href="http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=331403763564045&set=a.331403750230713.67383.193119687392454&type=3&theater" target="_hplink">Facebook</a>. </em>

  • Telluride Film Festival

    Of all of the festivals listed here, the Telluride Film Festival is by far the most expensive one. That being said, the <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2011/09/06/movies/hiding-up-in-telluride-silver-mined-on-screens.html?_r=2" target="_hplink">Telluride Film Fest is also on a par with Cannes and Sundance</a>, and therefore irresistible to many a cinema diehard. Last year George Clooney, Werner Herzog and Glenn Close came. We figure that if you could save about $5 a day, starting now (that part's crucial), you're in! <br> When: September 2-5<br> Where: Venue locations vary<br> Cost: $390-$3900 (<a href="http://www.telluridefilmfestival.org/show/passes" target="_hplink">click here for pricing information</a>, and <a href="http://www.telluridefilmfestival.org/show/on_a_budget" target="_hplink">click here for "festival on a budget" information</a>)<br>

  • Aspen Music Festival

    The <a href="http://www.aspenmusicfestival.com/" target="_hplink">Aspen Music Festival</a> presents over 300 events in just 53 days under new music director Robert Spano utilizing student and professional musicians. This year's theme is "Made in America" and features the classical music of Beethoven, Debussy, Rachmaninoff, music from <em>The Great Gatsby</em>, Stephen Sondheim's <em>Sweeney Todd, The Demon Barber of Fleet Street</em> and many more (<a href="http://issuu.com/aspenmusic/docs/2012cal" target="_hplink">click here</a> for the calendar). <br> <em>When: June 28-August 19<br> Where: Varies. Please <a href="http://www.aspenmusicfestival.com/index.cfm?method=c.gettingToConcerts" target="_hplink">click here for information about navigating the various concert venues</a>.<br> Cost: Ticket prices vary from free to $80+ depending on the date and event, please <a href="http://www.aspenmusicfestival.com/index.cfm?method=c.eventsCalendar" target="_hplink">click here for events and their corresponding ticket prices</a>.<br> <em>Image via <a href="http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10150575066942522&set=a.10150575066932522.373085.48609442521&type=3&theater" target="_hplink">Facebook</a>. </em></em>

  • Colorado Brewers' Festival

    The Colorado Brewers' Fest melds over 70 Colorado beers, over 40 Colorado breweries and 15 bands for live music in downtown Fort Collins. Kicking off the Brewers' Fest will be a Connoisseur Beer Tasting Party the night before featuring special batches from Avery Brewing Co., Breckenridge Brewery, Grimm Brothers Brewhouse and more. <em>When: June 23-24 from 12:30-6:30 p.m.<br> June 22 is a Connoisseur Beer Tasting Party <br> Where: Civic Center Park Area<br> Cost: $10-$15 for Non-drinkers/designated drivers, $20-$50 for tasting packages and $60-$100 to take part in the Connoisseur Beer Tasting Party. Please <a href="http://www.downtownfortcollins.com/dba.php/brewfest/" target="_hplink">click here for more information about pricing packages</a>.</em><br> <em><a href="http://downtownfortcollins.inticketing.com/events/205926" target="_hplink">Buy tickets here.</a><br></em> <em>Image via <a href="http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10150646147688550&set=a.10150646147678550.423723.84424288549&type=1&theater" target="_hplink">Facebook</a>. </em>

  • Cattlemen's Days Fesitval

    It wouldn't be Colorado without the <a href="http://www.cattlemensdays.com/history.htm" target="_hplink">Cattlemen's Days Festival</a>. Featured in the <a href="http://americancowboy.com/travel/rodeo/best-west-top-101-events" target="_hplink">"Best of the West"</a> list by <em>American Cowboy</em> Magazine, this festival is the oldest rodeo in Colorado and tops all of the rodeos in the country raising money for breast cancer awareness in the "Tough Enough to Wear Pink?" campaign. This 10-day event features horse racing, dances, horse shows, carnivals and has been around for 110 years and counting. <em>When: July 6-15<br> Where: The Rodeo Grounds in Gunnison and Fred R. Field Heritage Center (<a href="http://www.cattlemensdays.com/schedule.htm" target="_hplink">Click here for the schedule</a>)<br> Cost: $15-$20<br></em> <em>Image via <a href="http://www.facebook.com/pages/Cattlemens-Days/267727266189?sk=photos" target="_hplink">Facebook</a>.</em>

  • Colorado Irish Festival

    Don't miss out on the fun of an Irish weekend complete with pipe bands, Gaelic sports and dance just because this is Colorado. The <a href="http://www.coloradoirishfestival.org/Home.html" target="_hplink">Colorado Irish Festival</a> brings the Green Isle to you with an Irish battle of the bands, Coors beer and Killian's Irish Red. <em>When: July 13-15<br> July 13 from 5-10 p.m., July 14 from 10-10 p.m., July 15 from 10 a.m.-7 p.m., July 16 for Sunday mass from 9-10 a.m.<br> Where: Clement Park, Littleton<br> Cost: Free-$15 (<a href="http://www.coloradoirishfestival.org/Tickets.html" target="_hplink">click here for tickets and pricing information</a>). From 5-6 p.m. on July 13, entrance is free.<br></em> <em>Image via <a href="http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=2239336981531&set=o.133358155857&type=3&theater" target="_hplink">Facebook</a>. </em>

  • Colorado Renaissance Festival

    Don't ye miss out on the 36th annual <a href="http://www.coloradorenaissance.com/index.html" target="_hplink">Colorado Renaissance Festival</a>. One of Colorado's most colorful and strikingly thematic festivals brings jousters, jugglers, minstrels and foods (mouthwatering roasted corn and turkey drumsticks) that make you almost wish you were living in King Henry's time. <em>When: June 9-July 29 weekends only (June 9,10, 16, 17, 23, 24, 30 and July 1, 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22, 28 and 29)<br> Where: 650 W. Perry Park Ave. Larkspur, CO<br> Cost: King Soopers adult admission $15.95 ($3.00 savings)<br> Children 5-12 $7.00 ($1.00 savings) <br> Regular gate admission for adults $18.95 / Children $8.00<br> Children under 5 are free<br></em> <em>Image via <a href="http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10150755904214609&set=a.10150755904209609.422561.385593509608&type=1&theater" target="_hplink">Facebook</a>. </em>

  • Colorado Shakespeare Festival

    Shakespeare in the summertime is one of Colorado's jewels, especially when viewed against the backdrop of the mountains. <a href="http://www.coloradoshakes.org/2012-summer-season" target="_hplink">This year's performances</a> include <em>Twelfth Night</em> and <em>Richard III</em> with two non-Shakespearian additions <em>Treasure Island</em> and <em>Noises Off</em>.<br> <em>When: June 8-August 18 (<a href="http://www.coloradoshakes.org/images/stories/test/CSF_CALENDAR_6-5-12.pdf" target="_hplink">click through the calendar for performance dates and details</a>) Where: Arvada Center for the Performing Arts<br> Mary Rippon Outdoor Theatre<br> University Theatre<br> Cost: $10 and up (<a href="http://www.coloradoshakes.org/box-office" target="_hplink">click here for tickets and show pricing options</a>)</em><br> <em>Image via <a href="http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10150708558649654&set=a.10150670322574654.413065.76095564653&type=3&theater" target="_hplink">Facebook</a>. </em>

  • Colorado Mountain Winefest

    Opt for something a little closer than Napa Valley without short-changing yourself. Taste the wines Colorado vines have to offer, and have fun stomping grapes and sampling cheese while you're at it. <em>When: September 13-16 from 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m.<br> Where: Riverbend Park, Palisade<br> Cost: $23 for non-drinkers, $43 for general admission and $185 for a VIP pass (<a href="https://t4.clicknprint.com/Online/?siteID=1832&cartID=7c4e7e9d-1c69-49b9-800d-0b19cd4a06af" target="_hplink">click here for tickets</a>)<br></em> <em>Image via <a href="http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10150609560218893&set=a.10150609560153893.391581.285434148892&type=1&theater" target="_hplink">Facebook</a>. </em>

  • Crested Butte Wildflower Festival

    Celebrate the natural beauty of Crested Butte's wildflowers (the <a href="http://www.crestedbuttewildflowerfestival.com/" target="_hplink">wildflower capitol of Colorado</a>) with hiking, open-air yoga, photography and art classes. <em>When: July 9-15<br> Where: Crested Butte<br> Cost: $40 and up (<a href="https://www.crestedbuttewildflowerfestival.com/event-registration/view-events-by-category/?slug=index.php&cPath=0_1" target="_hplink">click here for an event listing</a>) <br></em> <em>Image via <a href="http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10150711738108207&set=a.10150711738103207.403416.192260518206&type=3&theater" target="_hplink">Facebook</a>. </em>

  • Jazz Aspen Snowmass Labor Day Festival

    This year's <a href="http://www.jazzaspensnowmass.org/p-getting-here-32.html" target="_hplink">Jazz Aspen Snowmass Labor Day Festival</a> lineup is hard to beat: the Steve Miller Band, Mumford & Sons, Michael Franti & Spearhead and more. <em>When: August 31-September 2<br> Where: Snowmass Village on the edge of the golf course located on Brush Creek Rd.<br> Cost: Receive a 3-day festival pass for $175, other prices vary. <br></em> <em>Image via <a href="https://www.crestedbuttewildflowerfestival.com/event-registration/view-events-by-category/?slug=index.php&cPath=0_1" target="_hplink">Facebook</a>. </em>

  • Olathe Sweet Corn Festival

    Sweet corn is the crop that has <a href="http://www.olathesweetcornfest.com/#!history" target="_hplink">kept the town of Olathe going</a>, and every year this festival offers you a chance to find out why. <br> <em>When: August 3-4<br> Where: Olathe Festival Grounds<br> Cost: $5 for children-$20 for adults (<a href="http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=449912528354376&set=a.385096088169354.99950.123259711019661&type=3&theater" target="_hplink">click here for more specific ticket pricing</a>) </em><br> <em>Image via <a href="http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=449912528354376&set=a.385096088169354.99950.123259711019661&type=3&theater" target="_hplink">Facebook</a>. </em>

  • Palisade Peach Fest

    The 44th annual <a href="http://www.palisadepeachfest.com/" target="_hplink">Palisade Peach Festival</a> is described as "Peach Mania." At the risk of sounding like <a href="http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0932112/" target="_hplink">a famous film character named Bubba</a> who discovered peaches in place of shrimp, you can get your peach pies, peach pancakes, peach daiquiris, peach ice cream, peach salsa and peach wine here. <br> When: August 16-19<br> Where: Riverbend Park in Palisade<br> Cost: Prices vary depending on the event and activity. Please <a href="http://www.palisadepeachfest.com/about-the-festival/schedule-of-events" target="_hplink">click here for a complete list of activities and ticket prices</a>.<br> <em>Image via <a href="http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=133418243342519&set=a.151702801514063.31856.133415810009429&type=3&theater" target="_hplink">Facebook</a>. </em>

  • Strawberry Days Festival

    Glenwood Springs is celebrating the <a href="http://www.strawberrydaysfestival.com/" target="_hplink">115th year of their annual Strawberry Days Festival</a> with the charm of a carnival coupled with free strawberries and ice cream on Saturday. <br> When: June 15-17<br> Where: Glenwood Springs Mall and Sayre Park in Glenwood Springs (<a href="http://www.eaglevalleyevents.com/strawberry-days" target="_hplink">click here for a listing of events</a>)<br> Cost: Free<br> <em>Image via <a href="http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=344208225589669&set=a.344207415589750.95508.153014424709051&type=3&theater" target="_hplink">Facebook</a>. </em>

  • Westword Music Showcase

    Over 150 local bands on 15 stages in one day. You're not dreaming, unless you're dreaming of the <a href="http://microapp.westword.com/musicshowcase/2012/localacts.php" target="_hplink">Westword Music Showcase</a>.<br> When: June 23<br> Where: Multiple locations along Broadway, Lincoln, Acoma, Bannock, and Ninth Avenue (<a href="http://microapp.westword.com/musicshowcase/2012/schedule.php" target="_hplink">click here for a complete event listing and stage locations</a>)<br> Cost: <a href="http://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/101735#" target="_hplink">$25 for general admission</a>, $100 VIP tickets are sold out<br> <em>Image via <a href="http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=157500117637984&set=a.157499980971331.51254.157498084304854&type=3&theater" target="_hplink">Facebook</a>. </em>

  • Telluride Blues And Brews Festival

    Don't miss out on a Telluride festival. To quote the Blues and Brews Fest website: <blockquote>When B.B. King performed here in 2004, he sat on this same stage, looked out at the mountains before him, and told the crowd, "Out of the 90 different countries I've been to, I've never seen anything more beautiful than what you have here." </blockquote><br> When: September 14-16<br> Where: Telluride Town Park<br> Cost: $25-$170 (<a href="http://www.tellurideblues.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=standard&categoryId=1&subcategoryId=0" target="_hplink">click here for the full ticket price listings</a>)<br> <em>Image via <a href="http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=407200825971719&set=a.206983089326828.52754.206076102750860&type=3&theater" target="_hplink">Facebook</a>. </em>

  • Breckenridge Music Festival

    The <a href="http://www.breckenridgemusicfestival.com/" target="_hplink">Breckenridge Music Festival</a> offers jazz, Tchaikovsky, Baroque music, brass and musical tributes. This year Preservation Hall Jazz Band, named after a music venue in the heart of New Orleans' French Quarter, <a href="http://www.breckenridgemusicfestival.com/blue-river-series-presents-preservation-hall-celebrating-50-years-with-the-breckenridge-music-festival/" target="_hplink">celebrates 50 years of jazz</a> with the Breckenridge Music Festival. <br> <em>When: June 22-August 18 (double check)<br> Where: <br> Cost: Prices vary depending on the performance. Please <a href="http://www.breckenridgemusicfestival.com/concert-schedule/" target="_hplink">click here to find an event and tickets</a>. </em><br> <em>Image via <a href="http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=122068244499262&set=a.122068067832613.9479.122064754499611&type=3&theater" target="_hplink">Facebook</a>. </em>