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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.

MAY

Downtown Denver Arts Festival

WHEN: May 23-25
WHERE: Denver Performing Arts Complex, 950 13th St.

The Downtown Denver Arts Festival is held Memorial Day weekend and features the best of Colorado visual artists. More than 125 artists from around the state will be exhibiting and selling their art all weekend long. Come meet the artists and join the 150,000 people that visit this show.

Denver Day of Rock

WHEN: May 24
WHERE: Downtown Denver

Downtown Denver will be transformed into a massive free rock concert when 25 bands take to five stages for the annual Denver Day of Rock. The performance areas will be along the 16th Street Mall, Denver's mile-long pedestrian promenade, making it easy to roam from act to act. Food and beverage booths will be set up throughout downtown for the event (which benefits Concerts For Kids, a Denver charity), with free music rocking the city from 2:30 to 9:30 p.m. Additionally, there will be a special evening concert in Skyline Park on May 23.

Denver Chalk Art Festival

WHEN: May 31-June 1 
WHERE: Larimer Square, Larimer St., between 14th and 15th Sts.

A little bit of Italy comes to the Mile High City this summer, thanks to the annual Denver Chalk Art Festival. The art you'll encounter during the festival isn't in galleries -- it's on the pavement! The event features more than 150 professional and amateur artists who will spend hours on their hands and knees over the course of two days transforming Larimer Square into a bright and colorful street museum using vivid pastel chalks. 

JUNE

Capitol Hill People's Fair

WHEN: June 7-8
WHERE: Civic Center Park, Broadway and Colfax Ave.

The Capitol Hill People's Fair is a celebration of Denver's diverse urban community in Civic Center Park. The uniqueness and magic of Capitol Hill People's Fair is created by the careful blending of great family fun, carefully selected handmade arts & crafts, delicious culinary delights, fabulous entertainment and the commitment to raise funds for and promote the missions of non-profit organizations.

Colorado Renaissance Festival

WHEN: June 14 - August 2 (weekends) 
WHERE: Larkspur, halfway between Denver and Colorado Springs

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.

Denver Comic Con

WHEN: June 13-15 700 14th St.
WHERE: Colorado Convention Center, 700 14th St.

Denver Comic Con is a 3-day Fan Convention featuring the best in popular television shows, movies, Japanese Animation, CosPlay, Toys, Gaming, sci-fi/fantasy, and of course... comic books. 

Westword Music Showcase

WHEN: June 21 
WHERE: Golden Triangle Museum District & South of Colfax Nightlife District

Spread across ten stages in the Golden Triangle Museum District, the Westword Music Showcase is a favorite among locals who want to dig dozens of the latest Denver rock stars, along with some of the hippest national acts. Join Denver's biggest one-day music festival for music, great local vendors, food and libations!

Juneteenth Music Festival

WHEN: June 14
WHERE: Five Points Neighborhood on Welton St.

Denver's Juneteenth Music Festival is one of the nation's largest celebrations, drawing in record numbers of festival-goers and participation. The two-day event features live performances, art and cultural exhibitions, and food and commercial vendors; with partners and sponsors ranging from community support networks and organizations, to local and international companies.

Greek Festival

WHEN: June 20-22
WHERE: 4610 E. Alameda Ave., Denver

Enjoy Greek culture at the Greek Festival, including traditional dancing by the Hellenic Dance Academy of Denver. There are plenty of homemade food and pastries from throughout Greece to satisfy any appetite.

Denver PrideFest

WHEN: June 21-22
WHERE: Civic Center Park, Broadway and Colfax Ave.
Denver's Lesbian, Gay Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community throws an enormous party every summer with Denver PrideFest in Civic Center Park. Recognized as one of the top ten pride events in the country, Denver PrideFest is a celebration of community and culture that is welcoming -- and fun! -- to all attendees, regardless of sexual orientation. Produced by the Gay Lesbian Bisexual & Transgender Community Center of Colorado, the two-day festival gets bigger. Last year attracted more than 200,000 people from Colorado and the surrounding areas. This year should draw even more revelers.

JULY

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. 

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.

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.

AUGUST

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.

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