August in Colorado offers outdoor adventures, vibrant festivals and opportunities to taste Colorado-grown food, picked at the peak of deliciousness. Make the most out of the long summer days while they last; soak up some sun (don’t forget the sunscreen), enjoy an ice cream cone and check out these ideas for things to do in August in Colorado:
August 4: Enjoy a free day at Colorado’s national parks
In 2020, the Great American Outdoors Act was passed, which provides funding to national parks and other public lands to improve infrastructure and recreation opportunities. In celebration of this act, August 4 is now known as the Great American Outdoors Day, and entrance to all U.S. national parks is free for the day. Colorado is home to multiple national parks, trails, recreation areas and historic sites, all with picturesque landscapes, diverse wildlife and numerous recreation opportunities. At some parks, you’ll need reservations. Make your plans in advance, and check out great hikes in Rocky Mountain National Park and fun ways to explore Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve.
August 18-19: Taste the world-famous Palisade peaches
Palisade is a small town on Colorado’s western slope with a rich agricultural history. In the summer months, Palisade is most famous for its peaches, which are known for being extra juicy and sweet. Each year, the Palisade Peach Festival celebrates these world-renowned peaches with orchard farm tours, food trucks, live music, peach eating contests, a parade and more! Join the fun and buy your tickets today.
August 25-27: Explore the world of comics, sci-fi, cosplay and pop culture at Colorado Springs Comic Con
The first Comic Con, short for Comic Convention, was held in San Diego in 1970. Today, there are Comic Cons held all over the world.
This 3-day event will feature stars from all genres of TV, movies and cartoons, some of the best names in the comic art community, as well as numerous vendors with those hard-to-find toys, comics and collectibles. Autographs, photo ops, shopping, celebrity panels and cosplay contests are just a few of the things you can look forward to.
August 27: Find affordable art for a good cause at the annual Affordable Art Festival
Every year, the Affordable Art Festival hosts over 160 artists from around the country to offer art patrons the unique opportunity to buy fine art for $150 or less. The show is the fastest-growing art show in Colorado and is ranked #25 in the country out of 600+ art festivals. All proceeds from ticket sales go to the Arapahoe Community College Foundation to help fund scholarships for future artists who are enrolled in art classes at the college.
August 1-30: Visit the artisan village of Jessup Farm
Located at the northern end of the Bucking Horse Community in Fort Collins, the Jessup Farm Artisan Village brings to life the farmstead of one of Fort Collins’ early settlers. It’s a place to gather, drop by for coffee and a bite to eat, or do a little shopping. You can even get a haircut at the Lucky 27 barbershop, break a sweat at the SPENGA fitness studio or bring your pet in for a checkup at the Moore Animal Hospital. Basically, Jessup Farm has it all in a quaint and convenient location.