Colorado Event and Festival Schedule Live Outside and Play

The Live Outside and Play Road Team is on their way back to Colorado to celebrate the summer and play in the mountains. Six meetups, four festivals, and a boatload of adventures down, the west is calling and they must go. They have a summer full of events, with almost every weekend in a new location. Browse away, and then mark your calendars, we want to see your faces!

CKS Paddlefest

May 25th through 28th | Buena Vista, Colorado

Sunny Buena Vista welcomes you with a wonderful festival featuring whitewater, flat white and land events.

CKS Paddlefest River Park Clean Up

May 28th | Buena Vista, Colorado

Join us for a river clean up on May 28th after the festival to restore it to its pristine condition. Bags and gloves provided, prizes for those that help!

Van Life Panel at A-Lodge

May 30 | Boulder, Colorado

Are you interested in #vanlife and don’t know where to start? We have nine panelist split into two groups ready to answer all your questions. Plus, the A-Lodge is a wonderful place to hang out.

Lyons Outdoor Games

June 2 | Lyons, Colorado

Last year a member of the Live Outside and Play road team did yoga with goats at this festival. For quirky fun and a plethora of beer tastings, come hang out with us in Lyons.

Boulder Creek Cleanup with Rocky Mountain Anglers

June 4th | Boulder, Colorado

Join us for a clean up right in town. Come after work ready to get dirty, and then stay for a bbq afterwords to thank you for the work.

GoPro Mountain Games

June 7th through 10th | Vail, Colorado

This festival spans two separate villages in Vail and has a packed schedule. Families, athletes, and spectators gather for four days of excitement.

Group Mountain Bike Ride with Kristi Mountain Sports

June 12th | Del Norte, Colorado

Let’s celebrate the Del Norte Trail Showcase and go out with a bang! Join us on the final ride of the celebration.


June 14th through 17th | Salida, Colorado

If you want to watch handmade floats battle their way down the Arkansas River from a ferris wheel, we know a festival.

Gunnison River Festival

June 22nd through 23rd | Gunnison, Colorado

Located at the headwaters of the Taylor and Gunnison Rivers, with regional creeks flowing off the Continental Divide, Gunnison River Festival celebrates clean waterways and fun ways to use them.

Ridgeway RiverFest

June 30th | Ridgeway, Colorado

Celebrating rivers and families, this day centers around the “Junk of the Unc” event where participants race unconventional rafts down the Uncompahgre River.

Copper Mountain Music Festival

July 6th through 8th | Copper Mountain, Colorado

With free music and plenty of activities, this festival celebrates Americana and Bluegrass music, set against a background of mountain biking and beautiful views.

Elevation Outdoors Magazine’s Summit for Someone 2018

July 28th | Mt. Democrat, Mt. Bross, and Mt. Lincoln, Colorado

Elevation Outdoors is proud to partner with Big City Mountaineers this year to raise money and awareness for the work they are doing around the country. Check out the facebook invite for more information and how to participate.

Salida Mountain Trails Trail Maintenance Day

July 14th | Salida, Colorado

Come volunteer with Salida Mountain TrailsSalida Mountain Sports, and Elevation Outdoors Magazine while we help build new trail in Salida, Colorado. It’s going to be hard work, but absolutely rewarding.

Boulder Group Camp Out

July 21st | Boulder, Colorado

Get out and enjoy some camping with new friends and old. Join us for a relaxed group car camping experience just outside of Boulder.

Après Day with Upslope Brewing

July 28th | Boulder, Colorado

Unlike previous van life rallies we’ve put on with Upslope, this one will take place on a larger scale with Apres all day in the back parking lot (think their anniversary party). We’ll be celebrating the outdoor lifestyle and bringing in experts from the road and their vans for touring – and let’s be honest, showing off a bit.

ARISE Music Festival

August 3rd through 5th | Loveland, Colorado

A meeting of the hippies. Complete with a star-filled music line up, downward dog, and workshops to enlighten the soul. Carve out this weekend in your summer for the perfect combo of zen and party.

Van Life Rally Colorado Springs

July 28th | Colorado Springs, Colorado

We’re rallying some of the local Colorado Springs van-lifers to give tours of their vans and have a fun night of raffles, adventure convos, and the best beer in town.

Mountain Town Music Festival

August 17th through 18th | Keystone, Colorado

A fitting festival for our final hurrah in Colorado, the Mountain Town Music Festival celebrates vistas, seasonal treats, and sweet tunes. Make sure to stay for the signature fireworks show.


We would love to see you at any and all events. Look for the van and come say hi. This tour is about getting outside, so if you want to head out for a hike or bike, that would be great too!


There is one way for this tour to be a reality, our sponsors! Sending a thank you shout out to our title sponsor Nite Ize, and all of our other awesome sponsors like Crazy CreekNational GeographicSea to SummitMountain HouseLowe AlpineOld TownLekiHydraPakUCO Gear and Wenzel. If you like the gear that keeps us groovin’ click here to enter for a chance to win our Grand Gear Giveaway!

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