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 July 3-5, 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
Colorado Day Bash (Aug. 1, 2021) – Take a free tour of Stranahan's Colorado Whiskey, the state’s first legal distillery since Prohibition. Plus, there will be performances from local artists Chris Dismuke, Sammy James Duo and the Alex Rhodes Trio. Attendees will also have access to surprise giveaways and discounts on merchandise and experiences.
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.
Black Love Mural Festival (Thru Aug. 8, 2021) – Look for vivid murals in Civic Center Park as artists host live paintings, workshops and activations on weekends.
Salvador Dalí: Gardens of the Mind (Thru Aug. 22, 2021) – This exhibition features two rarely seen series of fanciful color lithographs of flowers and fruits on loan from The Dalí Museum in St. Petersburg, Fla. Mixing flora with the artist's signature motifs, these works underscore Dalí's ongoing infatuation with his native landscape of Catalonia and the intriguing images of his Surrealist works. See it at Denver Botanic Gardens.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
Looking for more August 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.