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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.

MAY

Downtown Denver Arts Festival

WHEN: May 22-24, 2015
WHERE: Denver Performing Arts Complex

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 Comic Con 

WHEN: May 22-25, 2015
WHERE: Colorado Convention Center

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.

Denver Day of Rock

WHEN: May 23, 2015
WHERE: 16th Street Mall 

Downtown Denver will be transformed into a massive free rock concert when 20+ 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 Amp the Cause, a Denver charity), with free music rocking the city from 2:30 to 9:30 p.m.

ArtStir Denver

WHEN: May 23-24
WHERE: Denver Pavilions

An art market exclusively showcasing Colorado Creatives designed to stir up the artist in all of us with a spirited blend of Colorado art, music and style. Located at the Denver Pavilions, ArtStir Denver will feature works including paint, sculpture, photography, drawings, textiles, furnishings, mixed media and more.

JUNE 

Denver Chalk Art Festival

WHEN: June 6-7, 2015 
WHERE: Larimer Square

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. 

Capitol Hill People's Fair

WHEN: June 6-7, 2015 
WHERE: Civic Center Park

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 and 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 13-August 2, 2015 (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.

Westword Music Showcase

WHEN: June 20, 2015 
WHERE: Golden Triangle Museum District

Spread across ten stages, 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 19-20, 2015
WHERE: Five Points Neighborhood

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 19-21, 2015 
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 20-21, 2015
WHERE: Civic Center Park
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 every year. Last year attracted more than 365,000 people from Colorado and the surrounding areas. This year should draw even more revelers.

JULY

Cherry Creek Arts Festival

WHEN: July 3-5, 2015 
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. This year is the 25th anniversary of the festival. 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.

Rocky Mountain Regional Gay Rodeo

WHEN: July 10-12, 2015
WHERE: Jefferson County Fairgrounds

Hang on to your cowboy hats at the Rocky Mountain Regional 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 10-12, 2015
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 10-12, 2015
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. 

Biennial of the Americas

WHEN: July 14- 18
WHERE: Various

The brightest minds in the arts, politics, business, and education from all over the Western Hemisphere come together to envision a brighter future at the Biennial of the Americas. Explore a week of exhibits, conversations and cultural events.

Denver Post Underground Music Showcase (UMS)

WHEN: July 23-26, 2015 
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. 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 18-19, 2015
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.

AT&T MLS All-Star Game

WHEN: July 29
WHERE: Dick's Sporting Goods Park

Major League Soccer will bring the top men's soccer players from across the world to Dick's Sporting Goods Park for an action packed MLS All-Star Game. The annual showcase will feature several exciting days of events surrounding the match such as concerts, community service initiatives and player appearances. In addition, the Chipotle MLS Homegrown Game, featuring the best homegrown players from across the league, will return for the second consecutive year.

Denver County Fair

WHEN: July 31-August 2, 2015
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 Girls and so much more!  

AUGUST & SEPTEMBER

Golden Fine Arts Festival

WHEN: August 15-16, 2015
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: September 4-7, 2015  
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.

 

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