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5 Fun-Filled Events and Festivals in Pueblo, CO

Be sure to put these festivities on your calendar.

By Kevin Litwin on June 15, 2022

Colorado State Fair in Pueblo
Jeff Adkins

Pueblo’s entertainment scene is flourishing, as it offers a slew of must-try restaurants, an enviable nightlife and a full list of must-attend events. Ready to check out a few? Here are five events and festivals in Pueblo that you won’t want to miss.

1. Tom Sawyer Fishing Derby

Pueblo West Parks and Recreation, along with other community sponsors, hosts an annual Tom Sawyer Fishing Derby every spring at Cattail Crossing Pond in Pueblo West. Registration is $5, and the event is open to kids ages 4-15. A fishing license is not required, and participants bring their own pole and equipment. All fish caught are taken home.

2. Gravel Locos

New for 2022, Gravel Locos is organizing a cycling event on Oct. 1, including a 30-mile noncompetitive ride, and 65-, 105- and 170-mile races along Pueblo’s rural gravel roads. The event will coincide with the release of the Pueblo Gravel Adventure Field Guide to help riders make the most of their experiences. Cycling is one of many year-round activities you can enjoy in Pueblo’s mild climate.

Chile & Frijoles Festival in Pueblo, CO
Jeff Adkins

3. Chile & Frijoles Festival

In 1994, Pueblo introduced the annual Chile & Frijoles Festival to promote the region’s rich agricultural heritage. The festival is held along Union Avenue downtown the third weekend after Labor Day. The 2022 celebration is planned for Sept. 23-25.

4. Colorado State Fair

The Colorado State Fair draws people from far and wide and offers attendees numerous things to do and see. One highlight is the annual World Slopper Eating Championship sponsored by Major League Eating. A slopper is an open faced cheeseburger smothered in green or red chile sauce, and eight to 10 competitive eaters devour as many sloppers as they can in eight minutes. The 2022 Colorado State Fair will be held Aug. 26 through Sept. 5 at the Colorado State Fairgrounds in Pueblo.

5. Holiday in Lights Tour

The 2022 Pueblo West Holiday in Lights Tour is scheduled for Nov. 26, the Saturday after Thanksgiving. The tour runs through Pueblo West, where businesses and residences sign up to decorate their companies.

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