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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 11-Aug. 13, 2017
WHERE: University of Colorado Boulder

See Shakespeare under the stars in the historic Mary Rippon Outdoor Theatre or inside the  University Theatre on the University of Colorado campus in Boulder. The Colorado Shakespeare Festival is a summertime favorite. Bring a picnic and arrive early to enjoy it on the lawn before the show. 2017's plays include "The Taming of the Shrew," Hamlet," "Julius Caesar," "Henry VI, Part 3" and "Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead."

COLORADO RENAISSANCE FESTIVAL

WHEN: June 10-July 30, 2017 (Saturdays and Sundays Only) 
WHERE: 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 30-July 2, 2017
WHERE: Colorado Convention Center

Denver Comic Con is three days of pop culture, costumes and fan fun for the whole family. Come experience a wow-weekend of celebrity encounters, comics, sci-fi and fantasy TV, gaming and movies.

JULY

UNDERGROUND MUSIC SHOWCASE (UMS)

WHEN: July 27-30, 2017
WHERE: South Broadway

The 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. Over 400 local and national bands 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.

COLORADO DRAGON BOAT FESTIVAL

WHEN: July 29-30, 2017
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 and SEPTEMBER

DENVER COUNTY FAIR

WHEN: Aug. 4-6, 2017
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.

RIOT FEST & RODEO

WHEN: 2017 dates TBD
WHERE: National Western Complex

The eclectic Riot Fest & Rodeo brings an amazing weekend full of rock, punk, hip-hop and alt-rock music to Denver. The rodeo-themed offshoot of this Chicago-born festival happens at the National Western Complex. The event usually happens in September, making it the perfect way to say goodbye to the summer concert season in The Mile High City.

A TASTE OF COLORADO

WHEN: Sept. 1-4, 2017
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, 275 marketplace artisans and vendors, six stages and educational programs promoting the diverse cultural and Western heritage of the region.

DENVER FOOD + WINE FESTIVAL 

WHEN: 2017 dates TBD
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: 2017 dates TBD
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.