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AND A SUMMER FINALE TO REMEMBER  

Denver is packed with fun (and free) festivals, pro sports, live music and plenty of late-summer, family-friendly activities.

CAN'T-MISS EVENTS

A TASTE OF COLORADO

WHEN: Sept. 1–4, 2017
WHERE: Civic Center Park

A Taste of Colorado stands proud as the end-of-summer celebration of community pride and spirit in the Denver region. Over 500,000 people make the four-day festival their Labor Day Weekend celebration, enjoying the offerings of more 50 area restaurants, 275 marketplace artisans and vendors, six stages and educational programs promoting the diverse cultural and Western heritage of the region.

DENVER FOOD + WINE FESTIVAL 

WHEN: Sept. 5–10, 2017
WHERE: Downtown Denver

The Denver Food + Wine Festival is a multi-day extravaganza of food, wine and spirits education, promotion and tastings. Through a series of events, the festival aims to highlight industry impact, promote workforce development and celebrate Denver as a culinary destination.

FESTIVAL ITALIANO

WHEN: Sept. 9–10, 2017 
WHERE: Belmar, Lakewood 

Festival Italiano is known for serving up the region's best selection of homemade Italian specialties for guests as well as an artisan marketplace, live entertainment and chef tastings surrounding the festival dining booths. This free celebration features live music on two stages, chef demonstrations, wine tastings, kids activities (grape stomping!), a bocce tournament and flag throwers flown in from Italy for the weekend.

MUSEUM EXHIBITIONS

CALDER: MONUMENTAL

WHEN: Apr. 28–Sept. 24, 2017
WHERE: Denver Botanic Gardens
Using shapes that resonate with the natural world, the lively, large-scale steel sculptures of Alexander Calder's outdoor Calder: Monumental interact with the surrounding landscape of Denver Botanic Gardens, revealing the artist's exploration of forms, volumes and voids.

BACKSTORY: WESTERN AMERICAN ART IN CONTEXT

WHEN: Mar. 18, 2017–Feb. 11, 2018
WHERE: History Colorado Center
Discover the American West through the juxtaposition of art and artifacts in Backstory: Western American Art in Context, an exhibit from History Colorado Center and Denver Art Museum

COMMON GROUND

WHEN: Aug. 13–Nov. 12, 2017
WHERE: Denver Art Museum
Common Ground is the first comprehensive American exhibition of photographer Fazal Sheikh’s work, featuring more than 100 images of individuals living in displaced and marginalized communities around the world. 

NATURE'S AMAZING MACHINES

WHEN: June 16, 2017–Jan. 1, 2018
WHERE: Denver Museum of Nature & Science
Nature's Amazing Machines, a new temporary exhibit of the Denver Museum of Nature & Science, uses real objects, scientific models and interactive displays to show the marvels of natural engineering, from a giraffe's heart to the Venus fly trap. 

FROM THE FIRE

WHEN: Sept. 25, 2016–Oct. 1, 2017
WHERE: Denver Art Museum
The 65 contemporary Japanese ceramic works of From the Fire at Denver Art Museum include pieces made by master ceramists so revered they've been designated as Living National Treasures in Japan, as well as by emerging artists.

FAMILY FUN

DINOS! LIVE

WHEN: July 1–Oct. 31, 2017
WHERE: Denver Zoo
Lions and tigers and...dinosaurs? The Denver Zoo is bringing these prehistoric giants to life with the traveling exhibit DINOS! Live, which includes 21 life-sized dinosaurs, including 19 animatronic "terrible lizards."

'FROZEN'

WHEN: Aug. 17–Oct. 1, 2017
WHERE: Buell Theatre in the Denver Performing Arts Complex
Disney's "Frozen" is now a Broadway musical! You know the song, now bring the family to experience the live event at the Buell Theatre in the Denver Performing Arts Complex

COLORADO STATE FAIR

WHEN: Aug. 25–Sept. 4, 2017
WHERE: Pueblo, Colo.
Load up the kids and head further afield to the Colorado State Fair in Pueblo, Colo., for carnival rides, livestock and horse shows, parades, country concerts, an arts exhibition, a fiesta weekend and one of the largest pro rodeos in the country.

MUSIC

PHISH

WHEN: Sept 1–3, 2017
WHERE: Dick's Sporting Goods Park
Settle in for a three-night series with jam band darlings Phish as they take over Dick's Sporting Good Park for Labor Day Weekend. 

GRIZ

WHEN: Sept. 1–2, 2017
WHERE: Red Rocks Park & Amphitheatre
GRiZ brings his self-described "future-funk" to Red Rocks, where he will be joined by his first-ever full-show “GRiZ live band.”

DIERKS BENTLEY

WHEN: Sept 2, 2017
WHERE: Fiddler's Green Amphitheater
What better weekend for an outdoor concert? Country crooner Dierks Bentley comes to Fiddler's Green Amphitheater Memorial Day weekend, along with guests Cole Swindell and Jon Pardi.  

FOREIGNER

WHEN: Sept. 4, 2017
WHERE: Red Rocks Park & Amphitheatre
Join classic rock icons Foreigner on their 40th anniversary tour as they rock in Labor Day at Red Rocks, along with Cheap Trick. 

SPORTS

ROCKY MOUNTAIN SHOWDOWN

WHEN: Sept. 1, 2017
WHERE: Sports Authority Field at Mile High
The University of Colorado Buffs square off against the Colorado State Rams in the Rocky Mountain Showdown, the first football game of the season, held at the Denver Broncos' stadium. 

COLORADO ROCKIES VS. ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS

WHEN: Sept. 1–3, 2017
WHERE: Coors Field - Home of the Colorado Rockies
Watch the Colorado Rockies battle the Arizona Diamondbacks during a three-game series at Coors Field