Denver Summer Festivals
During the summer months in The Mile High City, a week doesn't go by without at least one amazing festival taking place. From Memorial Day in May until Labor Day in September, the weekends are filled with arts, entertainment, food and more, all with a distinctly Denver twist.
Cherry Creek Arts Festival
WHEN: July 4-6
WHERE: Cherry Creek North from 2nd to 3rd Aves., on the seven streets between Columbine and Steele Sts.
Cherry Creek Arts Festival is a world-class and award-winning celebration of the visual, culinary and performing arts, and enjoys an attendance of 350,000 visitors over the 3-day event. CCAF gives patrons the rare and special opportunity to meet and talk with international visual artists, sample fine cuisine, visit special exhibits and artist demonstrations, and entertain their families with interactive "Artivities" and exciting performing arts.
Colorado Gay Rodeo
WHEN: July 11-13
WHERE: Jefferson County Fairgrounds, 15200 W. 6th Ave., Golden
Hang on to your cowboy hats at the Colorado Gay Rodeo! This traditional rodeo comes with a few twists including a goat dressing and a Wild Drag Race at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds.
Colorado Irish Festival
WHEN: July 11-13
WHERE: Clement Park, 7306 W. Bowles Ave., Littleton
Experience the Colorado Irish Festival, the largest Irish celebration in the Rocky Mountains, with traditional Irish music performances and dancing, Irish drama and storytelling, crafts, games, and food and drinks at Clement Park.
Colorado Black Arts Festival
WHEN: July 11-13
WHERE: City Park West, 17th Ave. and Colorado Blvd.
The Colorado Black Arts Festival is a three-day festival that presents an array of exciting African-American arts and cultural delights. A wide array of art will adorn the grounds and live music (including jazz, hip hop, R&B, rock 'n' roll and more) from the people of African descent will give way to a memorable weekend. This is a family friendly event with programming and activities for the entire family.
Colorado Dragon Boat Festival
WHEN: July 19-20
WHERE: Sloan's Lake Park, 1700 S. Sheridan Blvd.
Founded in 2001 to celebrate Colorado's rich Asian Pacific American (APA) culture, the Colorado Dragon Boat Festival has become the region's fastest growing fun, family-friendly summer festival. Named "Top Annual Festival" by the Rocky Mountain News and a "Best of Denver" event by Westword, it offers festival-goers the opportunity to explore APA customs through performances, arts and crafts, shopping, dining and the exciting athletic competition of dragon boat racing.
Denver Post Underground Music Showcase (UMS)
WHEN: July 24-27
WHERE: 7 S. Broadway
The Denver Post Underground Music Showcase, Denver's very own version of Austin's South By Southwest Music Festival, takes over the streets and stages of South Broadway for a multi-night extravaganza featuring the cream of Denver's underground music scene. This year, 250-300 local and national bands will play in 25-30 venues for more than 5,000 music lovers over four days and nights. Live music fans can stroll from club to club, from stage to stage, catching the city's rising stars before the rest of the world hears about them.
Union Station Grand Opening
WHEN: July 26, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
WHERE: Denver's Union Station, 1701 Wynkoop St.
For several years, Denver’s Union Station has been undergoing a major transformation to once again be a destination for Coloradans and visitors alike. The project includes an extensive transportation hub, a custom-crafted line up of locally owned restaurants and shops, and a new 112 room hotel. On July 26, be there for the FREE grand opening celebration, with loads of fun activities, giveaways and more.
Denver County Fair
WHEN: August 1-3
WHERE: National Western Complex, 4655 Humboldt St.
The annual Denver County Fair is a place to share ideas, traditions, creativity, local culture and intellect. The Fair highlights the talents, trends, diversity and interests of the residents of the amazing City and County of Denver. Events include a skateboard rodeo, a carnival (complete with rides and midway games), competitive eating contests, animals, rockets, Roller Girls and so much more!
Colorado Scottish Festival & Rocky Mountain Highland Games
WHEN: August 9-10
WHERE: Highland Heritage Park, 9651 S. Quebec St., Highlands Ranch
Join the Colorado Scottish Festival & Rocky Mountain Highland Games, a Celtic celebration featuring pipe bands, drumming, Scottish athletic competitions, highland dancing and folk music.
Golden Fine Arts Festival
WHEN: August 16-17
WHERE: 11th St. and Arapahoe St., Golden
Come browse a variety of beautiful art at the Golden Fine Arts Festival. The festival hosts more than 140 high-quality artists (many of which are Coloradoans) in a variety of media, including ceramic arts, fiber arts, glass, jewelry, mixed media, painting, photography, sculpture.
A Taste of Colorado
WHEN: Aug. 29 - Sept. 1
WHERE: Civic Center Park, Broadway and Colfax Ave.
A Taste of Colorado stands proud as the end-of-summer celebration of community pride and spirit in the Denver region. Over 500,000 people make the four-day festival their Labor Day Weekend celebration, enjoying the offerings of more 50 area restaurants, 250 marketplace artisans and vendors, seven stages, and educational programs promoting the diverse cultural and western heritage of the region.