Feb 7, 2024 - News

Early-bird tickets for Colorado's first-ever Outside Festival go on sale Thursday

Standing on the steps of the Colorado State Capitol, Colorado Gov. Jared Polis signals a thumbs up while holding a sign with Denver Mayor Mike Johnston that promotes the Outdoor Festival.

Gov. Jared Polis, left, and Mayor Mike Johnston promote the Outside Festival. Photo: Courtesy of Outside Festival

Tickets for a new outdoor-focused festival this summer in Denver's Civic Center Park hit the market Thursday.

Why it matters: The two-day event aims to be Colorado's mini-version of South by Southwest in Austin, acting as a major draw and economic driver for the state.

  • It will feature live music, film screenings, expert panels, immersive experiences, and other exhibitions showcasing the latest outdoor gear and more.

Details: Outside Festival, as it's called, will run June 1-2 with music headliners such as Thundercat, Fleet Foxes and Andrew Bird.

  • Film screenings will take place at the Denver Art Museum, and featured speakers will include famous athletes — including Olympic snowboarder Shaun White — as well as authors, explorers, activists and artists.

Be smart: Early-bird tickets are $39 for a single-day pass, and $59 for the full weekend. VIP packages start at $103.

What they're saying: "Historically, Colorado's outdoor industry has not had a voice that is relative to its size and importance. With the Outside Festival, we are creating a gathering that unifies our voice and empowers the industry and community it represents," Conor Hall, director of the state's Outdoor Recreation Industry Office, said Tuesday in a statement.

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