A Taste of Colorado: What to Know Before You Go

A Taste of Colorado is fast-approaching! The four-day festival takes place over Labor Day weekend, from Friday, September 2 through Monday, September 5. With delicious food, five outdoor music stages and an artisan marketplace, there’s no shortage of things to do.

Here are six things to know before you head over to Civic Center Park:



Friday: 11:30 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday: 10:30 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Monday: 10:30 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.



Admission is free. Festival tickets are used to purchase food and beverages. A strip of 15 tickets costs $10 and can be purchased with cash at any of the 12 ticket booths located throughout the festival.



If you’re driving to A Taste of Colorado, save yourself some time by planning ahead. Use SpotHero to compare parking rates and reserve in advance. Some of our best rates include:

1360 Cherokee Street: $5 for 24 hours

1436 Tremont Pl: $5 for 24 hours

1256 Delaware St: $5 for 24 hours

1260 Broadway – (1255 Lincoln Garage): $8 for 24 hours


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Rates shown are valid Saturday, Sept. 3, 11am-3pm



With more than 50 restaurants participating, there’s something for everyone at A Taste of Colorado. Look for your old standbys and discover new favorites at this year’s event. Check out the full menu here or see the list of participating restaurants below:

  • Barbed Wire Reef
  • Bawarchi Biryari Point Indian Restaurant
  • Baur’s Restaurant and Listening Lounge
  • Bayou Bob’s
  • Chuey Fu’s Latin Asian Grub
  • Cici’s Pizza
  • City Pop
  • Colorado Corn Company
  • Cuba Cuba Sandwicheria
  • Falafel King
  • Grammy’s Goodies
  • Gyros Corner
  • Hot Wok Café
  • India’s Restaurant
  • Large Marge’s Philly Cheesesteak
  • Maine Street Barbecue Company
  • Mustard’s Last Stand
  • My Poor Meatball
  • NitroKaffe
  • Nut Sensations
  • Perkins
  • Philadelphia Filly
  • Pop’s Place
  • Repicci’s Italian Ice
  • Rocky Mountain Nut Company
  • Rodizio Grill
  • Roro’s Concessions
  • Say Cheez
  • SnowBusiness
  • Southwest Kettle Corn
  • Spice Island Grill
  • Sweet Lorraine’s Deli & Catering
  • Tacos y Salsas
  • The Broker
  • The Goods
  • The Original Berrie Kabob
  • White Fence Farms
  • Yaffa’s Savory Mediterranean Culinaria


If you’re looking to leave the festival with more than just a full stomach, check out the Albert Bartlett Culinary Showcase. Hosted in the Greek Theater, the showcase features local and nationally-renowned chefs offering up culinary tips and techniques you can practice at home!


12:00 pm: Grocer -Tentative

1:15 pm: Brian Crow – Bacon Social House

2:30 pm: Tyson Holzheimer – The Butcher’s Bistro

3:30 pm: Jeremy Kittelson – Root Down, Linger, Ophelia’s

4:30 pm: Jason Ganahl – Gque BBQ

5:30 pm: Martin Campos – Sarto’s, for Albert Bartlett

6:30 pm: Ben Davison – Elway’s Downtown, The Ritz-Carlton



11:15 am: Grocer – Tentative

12:00 pm: Ice Cream Eating Contest

12:30 pm: Silvia Ayala – Adelitas Cocina y Cantina

1:30 pm: Luca Pascarella and Alessandro Polo – Lo Stella Ristorante

2:30 pm: Ben Shapiro – Masterpiece Kitchen

3:30 pm: Corey Ferguson – Root Down, for Albert Bartlett

4:30 pm: Keegan Gerhard – D Bar

5:30 pm: Brent Calley – Lucky Cat

6:30 pm: Ready, Set, Cook! Chefs compete and cook like crazy!



11:15 am: Grocer – Tentative

12:00 pm: Ice Cream Eating Contest

12:30 pm: Preston Phillips – GRIND kitchen + watering hole

1:30 pm: George Sears – Gaetano’s

2:30 pm: Daniel Asher – River and Woods for Albert Bartlett

3:30 pm: Vinny Sosa – Que Bueno Suerte!, for Albert Bartlett

4:00 pm: Dana Rodriguez – Work & Class

4:30 pm: Biju Thomas – Little Curry Shop, for Raquelitas Tortillas

5:30 pm: Jason Brown – Bittersweet

6:30 pm: Ready, Set, Cook! Chefs compete and cook like crazy!



11:15 am: Grocer – Tentative

12:00 pm: Ice Cream Eating Contest Final

12:30 pm: Sergio Negrin – Frijoles Colorado Cuban Café

1:30 pm: Marcus Jimenez – Shells & Sauce

2:30 pm: Daniel Asher – River and Woods

4:00 pm: Dana Rodriguez – Work & Class, for Albert Bartlett



With five outdoor stages, A Taste of Colorado’s lineup features a huge range of bands and performers. Plus, there’s no cover charge for any of the stages. This year’s main stage headliners include Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Boyz II Men, and Blues Traveler. For the full line-up, click here.

Big Bad Voodoo DaddyBoyz II Men Blues Traveler




A Taste of Colorado is much more than your average food and music festival. With over 275 booths in the Arts & Crafts Marketplace, it will be well worth your time to browse the unique arts and crafts, home and gift items, furniture, jewelry, imports, and more!


For more information on the festival, check out the full schedule of events here!