If you’re a visitor or a local to the Rocky Mountain State, the Taste of Colorado is one of the must-go events in the entire Western region. Mixing together great fun, great food, great music, and great times, the Taste of Colorado is a fantastic thing to do this Labor Day weekend. Looking to go! Here’s what you need to know about the Taste of Colorado before you head there!
What is the Taste of Colorado?
It’s the biggest free food and music event in the entire state! The Taste of Colorado has been a popular event in the state for nearly 40 years. This year, it’s projected to have almost a half a million visitors over Labor Day weekend, enjoying an enormous array of food vendors, treasures and trinkets from merchandise vendors, a Kids Zone, and nationally-renowned musical acts at the entertainment stage. USA Today has also recognized this fabled event as one of the best food festivals in the country.
When is the Taste of Colorado?
2019’s Taste of Colorado will take place on Labor Day Weekend. It will open on Saturday, August 31st, at 11 AM and will run until 9:45 PM. Sunday has the same hours (11 AM-9:45 PM), while Monday’s event will run from 11 AM-7:45 PM.
Where is the Taste of Colorado?
You’ll find the Taste of Colorado at Civic Center Park in the heart of Downtown Denver. There are plenty of ways to reach the Park. One of the easiest is to take Denver’s fantastic light rail system. Take the D, F, and H lines to the 16th and California or Theater District/Convention Center stations, or take the city’s other rail lines to Union Station. There is also a 16th Street MallRide bus that will bring visitors to the Taste of Colorado from the 16th and California or Theater District/Convention center stations.
Along with the Light Rail, several buses operate nearby, and the Sheraton Denver Downtown hotel offers $7 all-day parking for Taste visitors. Those who wish to take their bike to the Taste can park at two free corrals located nearby.
How much is it to attend the Taste of Colorado?
Admission to the festival is free! However, you will need food and beverage tickets to purchase the food. You can pick up 15 tickets for $10.
Additionally, this year’s Taste of Colorado will also offer a special “VIP Experience.” For $119, VIP patrons can purchase a ticket that provides private bathrooms, a private viewing area for the main stage, bars and a seating area, an indoor lounge, and exclusive food and drink offers.
What food will I find at Taste of Colorado?
Guests will be able to sample dishes from restaurants from around Colorado – everything from upscale downtown restaurants to local neighborhood favorites. You’ll be able to feast on tacos, falafel, doughnuts, Italian Ice, pizza, empanadas, hot dogs, barbecue, sushi, and much more. It’s the perfect place to sample the extraordinary range of dishes that Colorado and the Mountain West region offers.
How about the shopping at Taste of Colorado?
The Mountain Plain Marketplace offers a vast range of treasures for shoppers to find – everything from arts and crafts to jewelry and imports. There are 200 booths with vendors and artisans from around the United States.
What about kids at the Taste of Colorado?
There’s plenty for kids to do at the Taste of Colorado. The South Platte Kids Zone features inflatable play areas, games, entertainment, and plenty of local vendors serving kid-sized portions of Taste of Colorado favorites. There’s also a special “Wheelie book bike” from the Denver Public Library with a storytime session on Saturday and Sunday.
What music guests are at this year’s Taste of Colorado?
This year’s Taste of Colorado is the place to go to rock out. There are musical themes for each of the three days:
- Saturday is “Classic Rock Day,” featuring the sounds of Kool and the Gang, KC and the Sunshine Band, and Grand Funk Railroad
- Sunday is “Country Day,” headlined by a prime-time performance by Dwight Yoakam and artists like Remus Tucker and Locash
- Monday is “Contemporary Music Day,” with hitmakers Taylor Dayne, Toad the Wet Sprocket, and the great Scott Stapp (the “Voice of Creed”)
What else should I know about the Taste of Colorado?
- Download the mobile “Taste of Colorado” application on your phone to check out maps and discover important information about the event.
- Check out the weather forecast before you head over, and dress appropriately. The event will be open rain or shine.
- Don’t bring in any chairs or umbrellas – they’re not allowed at the festival.
- Have fun and eat well!