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Denver Summer Festivals

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.

JUNE

Colorado Shakespeare Festival

WHEN: June 3-Aug. 7, 2016
WHERE: University of Colorado Boulder

See Shakespeare under the stars in the historic Mary Rippon Outdoor Theatre or in the newly renovated indoor University Theatre during the summertime favorite Colorado Shakespeare Festival on the University of Colorado campus in Boulder. 2016's plays include "The Comedy of Errors," "Troilus and Cressida," "Cymbeline," and "Henry VI, Part 2." 

Colorado Renaissance Festival

WHEN: June 11-Aug. 7, 2016 (Saturdays & Sundays Only) 
WHERE: 650 W. Perry Park Ave., Larkspur

Flash back to the 16th century and journey through a medieval city at the Colorado Renaissance Festival. Enjoy full-armor jousting, tasty turkey legs, music and a marketplace featuring more than 200 artisans.

 

JULY

Denver International Festival

WHEN: July 23, 2016 (10 a.m. to 8 p.m.)
WHERE: Civic Center Park

Celebrate Denver's diversity at the inaugural Denver International Festival. This free, family-friendly event will feature food from more than 30 restaurants and food trucks, a beer garden, live music and dance performances, and activities for children.

Denver Post Underground Music Showcase (UMS)

WHEN: July 28-31, 2016
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, over 400 local and national bands will play in nearly 20 venues for more than 5,000 music lovers over four days and nights. Music fans can stroll from club to club and stage to stage, catching the city's rising stars before the rest of the world hears about them.

Denver County Fair

WHEN: July 29-31, 2016
WHERE: National Western Complex

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 derby and so much more. 

Colorado Dragon Boat Festival

WHEN: July 30-31, 2016
WHERE: Sloan's Lake Park

Founded in 2001 to celebrate Colorado's 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.  

 

AUGUST & SEPTEMBER

Riot Fest

WHEN: Sept. 2-4, 2016
WHERE: National Western Complex

The eclectic Riot Fest brings an amazing weekend full of live music to Denver. Last year's venue move to the National Western Complex inspired some new features to the event, such as a rodeo theme and BBQ cook-off. It's the perfect way to say goodbye to the summer concert season in The Mile High City.

A Taste of Colorado

WHEN: Sept. 2-5, 2016 
WHERE: Civic Center Park

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.

Denver Food + Wine Festival 

WHEN: Sept. 6-11, 2016
WHERE: Downtown Denver

The Denver Food + Wine Festival is a multi-day extravaganza of food, wine and spirits education, promotion and tastings. Through a series of events, the festival aims to highlight industry impact, promote workforce development and celebrate Denver as a culinary destination.

Festival Italiano

WHEN: Sept. 10-11, 2016
WHERE: Belmar, Lakewood

Festival Italiano is known for serving up the region's best selection of homemade Italian specialties for guests as well as an artisan marketplace, live entertainment and chef tastings surrounding the festival dining booths. This free celebration features live music on two stages, chef demonstrations, wine tastings, kids activities (grape stomping!), a bocce tournament and flag throwers flown in from Italy for the weekend.

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