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
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.
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.
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.