Start planning now for exciting 2020 events and festivals in Denver. Scroll down our month-by-month list and choose from annual favorites, splashy debuts and exclusive showings. See our Denver 365 calendar for a complete listing of events.

Events by Month



Underground Music Showcase (July 25) The Underground Music Showcase (UMS) features local and national musical acts and is one of the best ways to experience Denver’s incredible live music scene. This year's UMS will be a virtual event streaming online for Mile High music lovers. 

Looking for more July events and activities? Check out the Denver 365 calendar.


Colorado Black Arts Festival (Aug. 79– This family-friendly event showcases the creative talents of local, regional and national African Americans in art and culture. This year's festival will be a virtual event.

TheBigWonderful 7th Annual Derby Weekend (Aug. 8–9) – Celebrate Derby weekend in style, with two full days of shopping at more than 100 local small businesses, beer samples from more 20 craft breweries, food from Denver's best local food trucks, live music and more!

Colorado Classic (Aug. 27–30) Professional bicycle racing continues in Colorado with a series of stages in several Colorado cities. In 2019, race organizers announced that the Colorado Classic would become a women’s only race – the only UCI standalone women’s stage race in the Western hemisphere; raising the bar with quadrupled prize purse, team stipends, live streaming and longer, more challenging routes. The women’s only format will remain in place for the 2020 event.

Looking for more August events and activities? Check out the Denver 365 calendar.


Denver Food + Wine Festival (Sept. 9–13) Denver Food + Wine Festival is a six-day extravaganza of food, wine and spirits education, promotion and tastings. Events include Dinner Under the Stars, a Culinary Cinema Series, Bartender’s Bash (a cocktail event) and the signature event, The Grand Tasting. Denver Food + Wine Festival aims to highlight industry impact, promote workforce development and celebrate Denver as a culinary destination.

Denver Startup Week (Sept. 14–18) – Founded in 2012, Denver Startup Week is a celebration of The Mile High City's entrepreneurs. The core programming is centered on the entrepreneurial community, with an emphasis on technology, design, social entrepreneurship, manufacturing and business.

CRUSH Walls (Sept. 14–20) For about a week each fall, CRUSH (Creative Rituals Under Social Harmony) organizes artists, in partnership with local businesses, to create an international street art festival. The event has become a platform for artists from around the world to gather, create and share ideas and techniques, all to the delight of more than 150,000 spectators and visitors. Started in 2010 as a low-key gathering, CRUSH Walls is quickly becoming one of the largest street art festivals in the world, accumulating popular acclaim and formal accolades. 

National Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 15–Oct. 15)  Each year, Denverites observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15. It's a month-long celebration of the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America.

12th Annual Denver Beer Week (Sept. 18–26) Denver Beer Week is a nine-day celebration leading up to (and including) the Great American Beer Festival – the largest beer festival in the world. The 12th annual Denver Beer Week will feature dozens of beer-related events at area breweries, restaurants, tap houses and attractions around the city. From firkin tappings to midnight beer brunches to tap takeovers to beer street parties, there is an event for every type of beer lover.

Doors Open Denver (Sept. 26–27)  Explore Denver architecture as Doors Open Denver opens the doors to some of the places and spaces that make The Mile High City such a special place. From historic structures to contemporary builds and everything in between, there's architecture for everyone to enjoy.

Looking for more September events and activities? Check out the Denver 365 calendar.


Great American Beer Festival® (Oct. 16–17) – Great American Beer Festival is the largest beer festival in the world; and each year, it represents the largest collection of U.S. beer ever served – in both a public tasting event plus a private competition. The festival takes place at the Colorado Convention Center and brings together brewers and diverse beers from across the nation.

43rd Annual Denver Film Festival (TBA) The Denver Film Festival is the largest premier film celebration in the Rocky Mountain Region. Hosted by Denver Film Society, which works to promote film as both an art form and a civic forum, the festival showcases blockbusters, documentaries, shorts and independent films at a variety of venues around the city.

Looking for more October events and activities? Check out the Denver 365 calendar.


Denver Arts Week (Nov. 6–14) The 14th annual Denver Arts Week will be a nine-day celebration of The Mile High City’s vibrant arts and cultural communities, featuring more than 300 discounted events at a wide variety of art galleries, museums, theaters and concert halls in multiple neighborhoods. Signature Denver Arts Week events include Know Your Arts First Friday Art Walks, an evening when galleries and studios are open for people to explore; and Free Night at the Museums, when Denver’s best museums stay open late and admission is free.

Mile High Holidays (beginning Nov. 20) Denver comes to life during the winter holiday season, and the festivities kick off on the Friday of Thanksgiving weekend with the City & County Building’s and downtown Denver’s Grand Illumination – the largest holiday lights display in Denver, as well as the annual lighting of The Mile High Tree. The performing arts scene gets festive beginning in November, too, with holiday classics like A Christmas Carol and The Nutcracker alongside some new favorites.

Looking for more November events and activities? Check out the Denver 365 calendar.


Mile High Holidays (through January 2021) The magic of the holiday season continues through December with The Mile High Tree, Zoo Lights at Denver Zoo, Blossoms of Light at Denver Botanic Gardens, more theater performances and an abundance of New Year’s Eve events, including the two-show downtown fireworks extravaganza. Denver continues to celebrate all the way through the National Western Stock Show & Rodeo, a 16-day celebration of Western heritage.

Looking for more December events and activities? Check out the Denver 365 calendar.