06/13/2012 10:11 am ET

The Underground Music Showcase, Aspen Music, Mountain Wine And More Of Colorado's Best Summer Fests (PHOTOS)

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!

Colorado's Best Summer Festivals