Fort Collins Pride, July 15-16About an hour’s drive north of Denver near the Wyoming border, the city of Fort Collins is rife with college energy, breweries, culture, live music, and open-minded appeal no matter when you visit, but the place especially knows how to get down for Pride. “Pride is not an event but rather a season around northern Colorado,” says NoCo Safespace founder Kimberly Chambers, who also oversees SPLASH Youth, Northern Colorado Equality, and helps coordinate NoCoPride.Festivities are afoot in FoCo and NoCo (as locals abbreviate the region) throughout the summer in the form of Pride bike rides, concerts, drag brunches, and glitter shows.

There will be Monday Mingle Pride sober meetings and a SPLASH Youth Pride week for children and families July 10-16. The NoCo Pride March is July 15 and Pride in the Park at City Park is on July 16.

The core Pride weekend events are sponsored by craft beer pioneers New Belgium Brewery, who are releasing their very own Biere de Queer for the third year. (nocoequality.org) New Belgium Brewery’s Biere de Queer Boulder County Pride, June 6 – 12Colorado’s other big and beautiful northern university town also has something colorful on tap for summer 2022, but specifics are still TBA.