Laramie Annual Events
Author: Adam Miller
Laramie Jubilee Days are one of the biggest annual events in the city. Started in 1940 to celebrate the Wyoming's Statehood Day, the Jubilee Days now consists of a week long annual festival every July featuring a variety of events based around the lifestyle of the West, including a horse show for the kids and a professional rodeo competition. The festival also features a parade with a specific theme chosen each year for the entries and a carnival with rides, games and other fun activities. In the downtown area, local musicians play during street dances that are held a few nights during the week. A golf tournament, free pancake breakfast and multitude of food and store vendors rounds out the festivities of the Jubilee Days. The line-up of activities ensures that locals return year after year and draws visitors from all over to take part in the festival.
While the Jubilee Days Festival is the highlight of the summer, the Snowy Range Music Festival ends the summer with a Labor Day celebration featuring live music from both local singers and well-known artists on multiple stages.
For the beer lover's in Wyoming or elsewhere, Laramie also offers a Brewfest. Started in 2005, the Brewfest is a professional competition for microbreweries and the only one of its kind in Wyoming. Judges award prizes in a number of categories, including hops, summer, and German beers to breweries from all over the area.
Mountain biking is a popular activity in the city so it makes sense that Laramie would host its own mountain biking race. The race winds over 70 total miles, reaches elevations of 8,600 feet, and moves through grassy plains and forests, as well as a famous rock-climbing course. After the race, a celebration is held with food, music and massages. Local microbreweries donate free beers and local restaurants donate free meals for the race participants.