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Denver Day of Rock
Denver Day of Rock
Denver Chalk Art Festival on Larimer Square (Photo: Evan Semon)
Denver Chalk Art Festival on Larimer Square (Photo: Evan Semon)
Colorado Dragon Boat Festival
Colorado Dragon Boat Festival
A Taste of Colorado Festival in Civic Center Park
A Taste of Colorado Festival in Civic Center Park
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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.


Denver Day of Rock

WHEN: May 28, 2016
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 28-29, 2016
WHERE: Denver Pavilions
COST: Free

Artstir Denver is a creative art market exclusively showcasing Colorado artists. It is designed to stir up the artist in all of us with a spirited showcase of Colorado art, music and style. Located at the Denver Pavilions, featured works include paint, sculpture, photography, drawings, textiles, furnishings and mixed media.


Colorado Shakespeare Festival

WHEN: June 3-August 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." 

Denver Chalk Art Festival

WHEN: June 4-5, 2016
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 4-5, 2016
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 11-August 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.

Denver Comic Con 

WHEN: June 17-19, 2016
WHERE: Colorado Convention Center

Denver Comic Con is a three-day fan convention featuring celebrities and the best of popular television shows, movies, Japanese animation, cosplay, toys, gaming, sci-fi/fantasy, and of course, comic books.

Greek Festival

WHEN: June 17-19, 2016
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, originating in regions throughout Greece, to satisfy any appetite.

Juneteenth Music Festival

WHEN: June 18, 2016
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.

Denver Arts Festival

WHEN: June 18-19, 2016
WHERE: Stapleton's Conservatory Green

The 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.

Cherry Blossom Denver Festival

WHEN: June 18-19, 2016
WHERE: Sakura Square

Japanese culture and heritage come together in a lively celebration every year at the Cherry Blossom Denver Festival. Dance, taiko drumming and martial arts entertain on the outdoor stage, while food, exhibits and demonstrations happen inside the Denver Buddhist Temple.

Denver PrideFest

WHEN: June 18-19, 2016
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 10 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.

Westword Music Showcase

WHEN: June 25, 2015 
WHERE: Golden Triangle Museum District

Spread across 10 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 festival for music, great local vendors, food and libations.



Cherry Creek Arts Festival

WHEN: July 2-4, 2016
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 three days. 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 8-10, 2016
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 8-10, 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 8-10, 2016
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) 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 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.  



Riot Fest

WHEN: September 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: September 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.


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