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

AUGUST

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.

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.

Van Gogh Alive (Thru Sept. 26, 2021) – Don't just admire Van Gogh's paintings – immerse yourself in them at the most visited multi-sensory experience in the world. See it at the Stanley Marketplace.

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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