Leadville Boom Days is a Colorado Mountain Festival and historical celebration of the Old West, with gunslingers, burro races, contests of mining skill, and a street fair with over 100 food and craft booths. It is always the first full weekend in August. In 2018 it will run August 3rd through the 5th. Come join us for three days of fun, food, arts and crafts, and activities for the whole family!
Leadville is located in the heart of the central Colorado Rockies, at an elevation of two miles above sea level. This authentic, real wild west, historic mining town is nestled in a beautiful high mountain valley surrounded by the highest mountains in the state. So high that they are snow covered most of the year. Come to Leadville and enjoy the beauty of the Sawatch and Mosquito ranges, the fascinating history of the biggest gold and silver boom town there ever was! The people are friendly, the air is clean and refreshing, and enjoy Leadville, Colorado on its biggest weekend of the year!
In burro races, runners embark on a 21-mile or 15-mile trek leading a sometimes-stubborn burro on a rope. The long race follows 4WD roads to the top of Mosquito Pass at nearly 13,200′, while the short course loops nearby Bald Mountain. In keeping with the sport’s mining history, all burros must wear a pack with prospector’s paraphernalia, including a pick, shovel, and gold pan. This 70th running of the International Leadville Pack Burro Race is the second leg of the Western Pack Burro Ass-ociation’s Triple Crown.
The mining events let festival-goers see firsthand how riches are cracked from ore. Competitors hand-carry a 135-pound jack leg drill to score holes in a boulder, or they race to shovel a ton of crushed rock. They slam down axes to drive spikes, and they pound drilling steels their partners hold by hand.
Live Music at the Tabor Opera House
The historic Tabor Opera House will welcome the EJ Cox Band’s Americana and bluegrass roots music on Saturday, Aug. 4, at 7:30 p.m.; the Leadville Community Talent Show on Saturdayat 2 p.m.; and Cowboy Church with John Peterson on Sunday, Aug. 5, at 8 a.m.
Kids can enter a hand mucking competition, where they will shovel gravel into an ore cart and push it to the finish. They can also join pie-eating contests, an old-fashioned egg toss, and other games.
For more information and a complete schedule of events visit their website here!