A Taste of Colorado isn’t just about a taste of our Colorado favorite foods, it also gives residents and visitors a chance to learn about all of the wonderful ethnic and cultural influences that played a part in the formation of our great state of Colorado at Mile High.
Colorado’s Western heritage and bright future will be celebrated through exhibits, performances, and demonstrations at the 29th annual A Taste of Colorado. Featuring entertainers showcasing the state’s cultural traditions and diversity, the four-day, free admission, food, music, and entertainment Festival will take place Labor Day weekend, Aug. 31 through Sept. 3, in Downtown Denver’s Civic Center Park.
A Taste of Colorado provides numerous opportunities to experience music and dance that reflect the uniqueness of the state on the TUMS Freshers Heritage Stage presented by Westword. The Max Wagner Trio will play a wide variety of jazz styles. Sheikha explores the exotic world of Middle Eastern belly dancing during Shimmy with Sheikha, varying her act with swords, fans, Thai fingers, veils, candles, and more. Describing their sound as “organic acoustic music,” The Metamoocil Mountain Boys will combine Americana and a hint of bluegrass, swing, and show tunes into their concert. Flamenco Denver, a dance troupe under the direction of María Vázquez, will demonstrate Flamenco dance. Known for their spectacular aerial figures, Calico & Boots will incorporate American square dance, Appalachian clogging, New England contras, quadrilles, and couple dances into their performance.
The following is a lineup of music, dance, and cultural performances on the TUMS Freshers Heritage Stage presented by Westword:
Music Dance and Cultural Performance Schedule at “A Taste of Colorado”
FRIDAY, AUG. 31
- 11:45 a.m. — Jon Romero y Amanecer
- 2:00 p.m. — Max Wagner Trio
- 4:15 p.m. — Shimmy with Sheikha
- 7:30 p.m. — A Taste of Tango
SATURDAY, SEPT. 1
- 10:45 a.m. — Konark Arts and Laya Dance Academy
- 1:00 p.m. — The Metamoocil Mountain Boys
- 3:45 p.m. — The Buddy Rich Project Band
- 5:30 p.m. — The Mighty Nice Band
- 8:15 p.m. — Jazz del Barrio
SUNDAY, SEPT. 2
- 11:00 a.m. — Tyree Morris & Hearts of Worship
- 12:45 p.m. — Grupo Huitzilopochtli Danza Azteca
- 2:00 p.m. — Flamenco Denver
- 3:15 p.m. — Suzanne Morales Quartet
- 5:30 p.m. — “Ferdinand the Bull” performed by Fiesta Colorado
- 6:45 p.m. — “La Magia de Mexico” performed by Fiesta Colorado
- 8:00 p.m. — Mariachi Sol de Mi Tierra with the Fiesta Colorado Dance Company
MONDAY, SEPT. 3
- 10:45 a.m. — Calico & Boots
- 12:30 p.m. — 79th Highlanders Pipe Band
- 2:15 p.m. — “Germany in Song & Dance,” featuring Steve Rock’s Tanzkapelle Band & The Edelweiss Schuhplattler Dancers
- 4:15 p.m. — Bella Diva Dance
- 6:00 p.m. — Conjunto Colores
In addition to these cultural demonstrations and performances, families can journey back to the roots of Colorado and have fun learning about the state’s pioneer past, nature, and the environment. In the Festival of Mountain and Plain area, featured artisans will demonstrate Navajo weaving and culture, spinning, rug braiding, lace crocheting, felting, and quilting, along with the popular blacksmith demonstrations.
The Raptor Education Foundation (REF) uses non-releasable eagles, hawks, falcons, and owls to educate children and adults about the natural world. At the Festival, view live raptors and enjoy informative and entertaining presentations about these fascinating birds. Memberships are also available; check out the “Colorado Respects Wildlife” license plates, which feature a bald eagle.
This year marks 29 years of A Taste of Colorado, an end-of-summer Labor Day Weekend celebration of community pride and spirit in the Denver region. Festival hours are Friday, Aug. 31, 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Saturday, Sept. 1, and Sunday, Sept. 2, 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.; and Monday, Sept. 3, 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Visit www.ATasteofColorado.com, www.facebook.com/ATasteofColorado, www.twitter.com/ATasteofCo, or call (303) 295-6330 for more information.