August 23 - September 2, 2024

Be Entertained at the Colorado State Fair: A Summer of Thrills and Unforgettable Music!

Every summer, the air buzzes with excitement as the Colorado State Fair unfolds and showcases an array of Fair events and adrenaline-charged rodeo shows. People travel from all corners of the state and beyond to pilgrimage to Pueblo and experience the allure of these outstanding spectacles.  This blog explores the most beloved State Fair events and shows the Colorado State Fair offers. Keep in mind some attractions may require a separate ticket.

The Canine Stars Stunt Dog Show

Dog jumps into pool at the Canine Starts Stunt Dog Show

Just east of the Agricultural Pavilion, you can experience the jaw-dropping athleticism and boundless excitement of The Canine Stars Stunt Dog Show at this year’s Colorado State Fair! As one of the most sought-after canine entertainment groups worldwide, the dogs captivate audiences of all ages and are perfect for the entire family. The Canine Stars’ have toured the United States, Canada, Mexico, and even Bermuda, and they have trainers from around the globe ready to dazzle audiences in Europe and Asia. Since 2012, their non-stop feats have showcased extreme dog sports, including frisbee freestyle disc dogs, dock-diving dogs soaring over 30 feet into the pool, dog agility, flyball racing, and more. Whether it’s an outdoor summer event with the thrilling SPLASH ZONE or an indoor gathering with their ingenious BALL PIT POOL, The Canine Stars know how to deliver breathtaking entertainment. Take advantage of their 25-minute ground act at the Fair. As licensed professionals with over 20 years of experience in the industry, The Canine Stars prioritize the well-being of their beloved dogs, who are all individually owned and cherished by their trainers. Witness the incredible bond between humans and canines as they astound you with their extraordinary talents at the Colorado State Fair!

The Paul Bunyan Lumber Jack Show

chainsaw cutting

Experience the thrill of old-fashioned family entertainment at the Colorado State Fair in Triangle Park with the Paul Bunyan Lumberjack Show! This action-packed competition is sure to fill the air with laughter and excitement. Lumberjacks, with their rich history dating back hundreds of years, were once instrumental in modernizing the lumber industry through their strength, skill, and athleticism. Now, the Paul Bunyan Lumberjack Show carries on their legacy with awe-inspiring “lumberjack competitions.” For over 33 years, the show has been wowing audiences at fairs, sports shows, festivals, theme parks, and private and corporate events worldwide in countries like Japan, Bermuda, Europe, China, Australia, and Africa. The lumberjack skills include log rolling, underhand chopping, springboard chopping, standing block chopping, cross-cut sawing, axe throwing, dragster chainsaw competition, and more. Marvel at the speed and precision of the lumberjacks as they use specifically built speed axes to cut through wood in seconds. Witness the intense competition between the cross-cut saw and the chainsaw in a race to determine the best sawyer. The Paul Bunyan Lumberjack Show delivers laughter, thrills, and chills for audiences of all ages, showcasing both historical and modern logging skills. It’s muscle versus machine — a real competition at its best — and an unforgettable experience that you won’t want to miss!


The Dirt Crew monster truck driving high off a ramp and catching some air at the Colorado State Fair

Adrenaline junkies, buckle up! The Toughest Monster Truck Tour and Demolition Derby promise a high-octane show you won’t forget! Starting with the Toughest Monster Truck Tour, you’ll see a thrilling showcase of enormous monster trucks performing awe-inspiring tricks and stunts, each with its distinctive name and theme. Watch and cheer for your favorite as they compete for the top spot.

demo derbyFun for the whole family, the Demo Derby is an action-packed event where drivers aim to total their opponents’ vehicles without getting too much damage themselves. The thrill lies in balancing attacking and defending; the last car standing claims victory.

Live Music & Concerts

Fiesta Day performers at the Colorado State Fair

The Colorado State Fair has seen numerous acclaimed artists grace its stages. With a wide array of music genres, there is a performance for every music lover. With free concerts throughout the Fair and some exciting headliners at the ticketed shows, you will have an entertaining time at the Fair this year. Enjoy complimentary music and entertainment on five stages included with your Colorado State Fair & Rodeo admission ticket.

Paizley Park

Paizley Park promotional photo

One must-see show is the Paizley Park band, who will perform at the Fair at the AFW Amphitheater. Get ready to experience the magic of Prince’s iconic music at the Colorado State Fair with the Paizley Park band’s free concert! Led by the talented Phillip Lamar, Paizley Park is the ultimate tribute to the legendary artist, captivating audiences throughout the region with their flawless re-creation of Prince’s electrifying performances. With meticulous attention to detail, including intricate choreography, multiple costume changes, and spot-on musical delivery, Paizley Park brings Prince’s timeless hits to life like never before. As one of the most authentic Prince tribute bands, Paizley Park’s dedication to perfection has earned them a dedicated following and performances to capacity crowds. Don’t miss this act at the Colorado State Fair, where you’ll be transported back in time to relive the unforgettable music and memories of the iconic Prince and his legendary band, The Revolution. The future looks bright for Paizley Park as their buzz continues to grow, and their Purple reign leaves a lasting impression on every audience they entertain.


FireFall performance on stage

Immerse yourself in a nostalgic trip down memory lane with FireFall at the Colorado State Fair as they proudly present their latest album, “Friends & Family.” An intriguing concept, this album sees the original FireFall members – Rick Roberts, Jock Bartley, Mark Andes, Michael Clarke, Larry Burnett & David Muse – reimagining iconic songs from some of the top bands of the 60s and 70s, bands they once shared the stage with during their own tours. Remember the good old days of the Doobie Bros, Loggins & Messina, Fleetwood Mac, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and more? FireFall is set to honor that golden era of American music with these free concerts.

FireFall, inducted into the Colorado Music Hall Of Fame in 2015 alongside other influential groups with their roots in Colorado, celebrates a rich musical legacy they helped shape. The band, founded in Boulder in 1974, and signed by Atlantic Records after a successful gig in NYC, is ready to take you on a melodic journey back in time. During the recording of their first album, FireFall even had the legendary Eric Clapton in the control room! As band leader Jock Bartley quipped about that memorable moment, “It was a good thing I didn’t know he was watching. I wouldn’t have been able to hold my pick or play one note.” Come join us at the Fair for an unforgettable musical experience – a tribute to an incredible era and the friendships and connections that have stood the test of time.


Flobots live performance shot

From the nostalgic reminiscence of the golden age of American music with FireFall, we now swing to the vibrant, genre-blending energy of the Flobots at the Colorado State Fair. Renowned for their dynamic fusion of hip-hop, rock, and orchestral influences, the Flobots are all set to electrify the stage with their distinct musical style. Like FireFall’s tribute to an era past, Flobots reflect a unique time in music, but one that is more recent and still evolving. Each concert is a testament to its innovative musical approach that seamlessly integrates social activism with catchy, powerful rhythms.

The Flobots’ groundbreaking music resonates with listeners of all ages, reflecting their shared roots with the likes of FireFall in the Colorado music scene. Their concerts at the Fair promise a fresh, invigorating experience that echoes the spirit of this diverse and musically rich state. The concerts are free and offer a chance to be a part of a musical journey that spans not only different eras but also different genres and styles. So, whether you’re a fan of the melodic rock of the 70s or the pulsating beats of modern hip-hop, the Colorado State Fair has something unique and unforgettable in store for you. Come join us and celebrate the universal language of music in all its eclectic glory.

Premium concerts are held in two music stadiums — the Southwest Motor Events Center for indoor shows and the Ultra Arena for outdoor performances. For more information on these shows, check out our article highlighting each performance, and then purchase your ticket and enjoy a night of unforgettable music.

Be Entertained at the Colorado State Fair!

A beautiful woman in traditional Mexican dress dances across a stage at the Colorado State Fair

Take advantage of the ultimate summer experience at the Colorado State Fair! With many thrilling events and heart-pounding spectacles, the Fair promises an unforgettable time for the whole family. From the jaw-dropping athleticism of The Canine Stars Stunt Dog Show, where the bond between humans and their furry companions takes center stage, to diverse music concerts, a harmonious journey across the years and genres, and you’re set for an adventure that is sure to enthrall everyone. Get ready for an unforgettable day of joy and entertainment! And for those seeking an automotive adventure, the Toughest Monster Truck Tour and Demolition Derby will not disappoint. Plus, indulge in the magical sounds of Paizley Park’s, FireFall’s, or Flobot’s concerts, included with a Fair admission ticket. With a lineup of top-notch live music and shows, you will find something fun to do throughout your visit. So, mark your calendars and secure your tickets to this year’s Colorado State Fair, where old-fashioned fun, thrilling competitions, and extraordinary performances await. Come and join the festivities, create lasting memories, and experience the enchantment of the Fair like never before!


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