Start planning now for exciting 2021 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.

ENDLESS SUMMER FUN

Red Rocks concert series – See an intimate concert under the stars at this world-famous venue. 

Colorado Rockies baseball There's nothing like having a craft beer and catching a game at Coors Field. Cheer on the home team all season long and get some tips on how to be a baseball fan. 

Meet in the Street – The Downtown Denver Partnership and City and County of Denver present this vibrant summer festival, which takes over the 16th Street Mall with live music, extended restaurant patios, games, activities and more Aug. 7-8 and Sept. 4-6. 

Farmers' markets – Not only will you find locally grown, farm-fresh produce and delicious baked goods but live entertainment and other festive activities at these farmers' markets all over the city. 

Events by Month

AUGUST

Black Love Mural Festival (Thru Aug. 2, 2021) – Look for vivid murals in Civic Center Park as artists host live paintings, workshops and activations on weekends.

Denver FamilyFest (Aug. 7, 2021) Denver FamilyFest at the National Western Complex is wholesome fun for all! The event features family-friendly vendors with show-only specials, baby and kid’s activities, creative stations, giveaways, kid’s mascots, sampling and stage presentations. 

Shine Music Festival (Aug. 8, 2021) – This one-day festival will combine the staples of a music festival with adaptive technology and a comprehensive accessibility plan where people of all abilities can collectively enjoy a day filled with music, food, art and fun.

Colorado Shakespeare Festival (Thru Aug. 15, 2021) – For over 60 seasons, the Colorado Shakespeare Festival has delighted audiences with classic theatre under the stars. This year's lineup includes "A Midsummer Night's Dream," "The Odyssey" and "Pericles."

Golden Opportunity: Works from the SBAI (Thru Aug. 15, 2021) — From daffodils to daisies and buttercups to bananas, discover a world of yellow growing all around you through illustrations created by students and faculty of Denver Botanic Gardens' School of Botanical Art & Illustration (SBAI).

Each/Other: Marie Watt and Cannupa Hanska Luger (Thru Aug. 22, 2021) – The first exhibition to present together the work of Watt and Luger, two leading Indigenous contemporary artists whose processes focus on collaborative artmaking. See it at Denver Art Museum. 

Colorado Renaissance Festival (Thru Aug. 22, 2021, Saturdays & Sundays) – Flash back to the 16th Century and journey through a medieval city at the Colorado Renaissance Festival in Larkspur. Enjoy full-armor jousting, tasty turkey legs, music and a marketplace featuring more than 200 artisans. 

Colorado in the Present Tense: Narkita Gold, Rick Griffith, Nathan Hall, and Maia Ruth Lee (Thru Aug. 22, 2021) — This exhibition at MCA DENVER — Museum of Contemporary Art Denver of site-specific responses, large-scale projects, photography, sculpture, sonic movements and works that may live beyond the four walls of a museum centers on how artists in Colorado are absorbing, responding to, grappling with and reimagining the upended world in which we presently find ourselves, from COVID-19 to Black Lives Matter, climate change and beyond. 

Jaime Carrejo: Waiting (Thru Aug. 22, 2021) — This new installation at MCA DENVER — Museum of Contemporary Art Denver explores the relationship between confinement and duration. Through a layering of Southwestern symbolism, mid-century desig, and objects from his own domestic space, Carrejo offers an environment reminiscent of an interior waiting room and exterior courtyard. These settings intend to prompt reflection on various physical and psychological barriers experienced during the pandemic as well as also pose the question of what will come after this extended period of waiting. 

Keith Haring: Grace House Mural (Thru Aug. 22, 2021) — Recently excavated from its original site, this site-specific mural that Haring executed in 1983/84 for those living at Grace House, a Catholic youth center in Manhattan, now exists as a series of 13 panels and additional ephemera, including the original plaque, mailbox and two doors that Haring integrated into his design. See it at MCA DENVER — Museum of Contemporary Art Denver.

Underground Music Showcase (Aug. 27–29, 2021) – Three days of live music as more than 100 live bands play on stages along eight blocks of South Broadway.

Hot Rod Rock & Rumble (Aug. 27–29, 2021) This rockabilly festival at Pikes Peak International Raceway in Fountain features a pre-’76 car show, drag racing, burnout and flamethrower contests, on-site pinstriping, a pin-up contest and bands performing live on multiple stages. On-site camping is available to enjoy an entire weekend of entertainment in the Rocky Mountains. 

Colorado Springs Comic Con (Aug. 27–29, 2021) — This three-day event will feature celebrities from all genres of TV, movies and cartoons, some of the best names in the comic art community, as well as some the greatest vendors in the area with hard-to-find toys, comics and collectibles.

Colorado State Fair (Aug. 27–Sept. 6, 2021) Get ready for nonstop entertainment during one of the largest pro rodeos in the country. Highlights include a livestock and horse show, parades, country concerts, an arts exhibition, a fiesta weekend and an electrifying carnival at the Colorado State Fairgrounds in Pueblo.

Denver Day of Rock (Aug. 28, 2021) – This free event features five stages of live music along the 16th Street Mall. Denver Day of Rock unites the community through music and family-friendly entertainment while also raising funds to help Amp the Cause, which supports local non-profits.

2021 Denver Summer Whiskey Tasting Festival (Aug. 28, 2021) — Calling all whiskey lovers and connoisseurs: take your taste buds on a flavor adventure at the 2021 Denver Summer Whiskey Tasting Festival! GA tickets include a two-hour whiskey tasting with 15 tasting tickets and more available for purchase. 

Smash Fine Arts Festival (Aug. 28–29, 2021) — This outdoor fine arts festival at Cherry Creek North features top-shelf artists (painting, photography, mixed media, wood, metal, jewelry) plus fine catering and live violin and piano music.

Firefly Handmade Summer Market (Aug. 28–29, 2021) — Firefly Handmade Summer Market is Colorado’s premier artisan market featuring local, high-caliber, handmade and ethically sourced products. Grab a drink from one of the outdoor bars and discover unique handmade home goods, jewelry and accessories, adult and children's fashion, skincare, ceramics, art, artisanal food, paper goods, pet products and so much more.

Colorado Music & Arts Festival Centennial (Aug. 28–29, 2021) — Enjoy live music, contemporary art displays, a classic car show, a custom motorcycle show and fun attractions at the Colorado Music & Arts Festival Centennial. Hungry? visit the Food Garden, which offers delicious cuisine and cold domestic and craft beers.

Summer Art Market (Aug. 28–29, 2021) This annual arts festival in West Washington Park neighborhood features a range of media, including ceramics, fiber arts, mixed media, book arts, painting, drawing, photography, printmaking, and sculpture. The Summer Art Market is free and open to the public and features top-quality artwork for sale.

Affordable Arts Festival (Aug. 29, 2021) — Now one of the top 25 art shows in the nation, the Affordable Arts Festival is considered the ‘Black Friday’ of art festivals! Find valuable art from more than 160 artists priced at $100 or less for this one day only. Proceeds from the $12 entrance fee go to fund scholarships for students at Arapahoe Community College.

Novo Ita | Immersive Art Experience (Thru Aug. 29, 2021) — Uncover the mysteries of the city and the dangers of the past through interactive characters, audio/video diaries, augmented reality sprites that can be conjured on a phone or tablet, and so much more! Guests at Spectra Art Space will be guided by nature sprites through botanical gardens and mind-blowing architecture inside of this mystical futuristic city. Lush and green during the day and brilliantly illuminated at night with over 1,000 interactive LEDs connected with smart controllers that guests will be able to interact with.

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

SEPTEMBER

Labor Day weekend (Sept. 3–6, 2021)  Denver is packed with outdoor activities, blockbuster museum exhibitions and family-friendly fun before and after this Labor Day weekend.

Cherry Creek Arts Festival (Sept. 4–6, 2021) The 30th anniversary Cherry Creek Arts Festival will transform the streets of Cherry Creek North into an innovative outdoor fine art show. Enjoy free parking and admission to see 265 national juried artists selling incredible original artworks. And don't miss a full block of family-friendly activities on "ARTivity Avenue," live music and more. 

A Taste of Colorado (Sept. 4–6, 2021) – Experience Colorado's best music, food, drinks, art and more in a brand-new format this year in the downtown area. The Downtown Denver Partnership is transforming the community tradition over Labor Day weekend. Food trucks will populate the area on Lawrence Street between 15th and 17th streets, while booth and tent vendors will operate in Skyline Park. 

Buskerfest (Sept. 10–12, 2021) – Be amazed by comedy, circus, and music shows from a curated cast of world-touring street performers. Watch larger-than-life puppets, built by local youth from Arts Street, stilt walkers and living statues parade through the fountains at Denver Union Station.

Denver Beer Week (Sept. 10–18, 2021) Enjoy nine days of all things beer during Denver Beer Week! There will be tons of beer-related events in Denver, America's #1 beer city! Head to The Mile High City for tap takeovers, rare beer tappings, firkin nights, meet the brewer events, beer & food pairings and much, much more. 

CU Buffs v. Texas A&M (Sept. 11, 2021) The CU Buffs' football team takes on Texas A&M at Empower Field at Mile High.

Simphiwe Ndzube: Oracles of the Pink Universe (Thru Sept. 12, 2021) – In the first U.S. solo museum exhibition for South African contemporary artist Simphiwe Ndzube, this exhibition presents seven new immersive works exploring the interplay between magical realism and history.

National Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 15–Oct. 15) – Join in the celebration as The Mile High City commemorates the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America. 

Denver Oktoberfest (Sept. 17–19; Sept. 24–26) – Celebrating 51 years, Maxim Magazine and USA Today called Denver Oktoberfest the "best Oktoberfest” in the United States. Don't miss the party over two weekends on Larimer Street. 

Denver Arts Festival (Sept. 18–19, 2021) This free fine art and fine crafts festival in Central Park's Conservatory Green Neighborhood supports Colorado artists while showcasing a select group of national artists.

Stranahan's Cask Thief (Sept. 25, 2021) – The best and most unique tasting event in whiskey is returning to Stranahan’s Colorado Whiskey. At their sixth annual Cask Thief, the rarest Stranahan’s barrels will be on display – pulled from the depths of their rack house for the first time. Guests will have the unique opportunity to taste directly from these barrels, which were exclusively selected just for this experience by Owen Martin, head distiller.

Colorado Dragon Boat Festival (Sept. 25–26, 2021) – Since 2001, the Colorado Dragon Boat Festival at Sloan's Lake Park has brought people together to experience, celebrate and enjoy dragon boat racing, culture, arts and entertainment, and food. Dragon boat festivals go back thousands of years in China as the Duanwu Festival, which remains a traditional holiday in mainland China and Taiwan.

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

 

OCTOBER

Denver Food + Wine Festival (Oct. 1–2) – Festival events feature the best in Colorado's restaurants paired with the finest wine and spirits, dinners, tastings and culminating with the festival's signature event, The Grand Tasting. The annual event benefits three community nonprofit foundations. 

Colfax Marathon (Oct. 16–17) – It's more than a marathon. It's a weekend of running events. In addition to the fifteenth running of the Colfax Marathon, there will be a half marathon, an urban 10 miler, a marathon relay and a 5K. 

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

NOVEMBER

Denver Film Festival (Nov. 3–14) – Now in its 44th year, this annual festival brings in some of the best storytelling from around the world. 

Denver Arts Week (Nov. 5–13) – This special week celebrates visual art, theater, music and comedy at events all over town. 

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

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