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From the first flowers of spring until the last rays of summer, weekends in The Mile High City are filled with arts, entertainment, food and more — all with a distinctly Denver twist. Find more spring and summer festivals and events on the Denver 365 Event Calendar.

APRIL

DÍA DEL NIÑO   

WHEN: Thru Apr. 30, 2021
WHERE: Virtual/Online

Join us to celebrate Día del Niño during the whole month of April! There will be a wide variety of educational videos and activities from Denver Museum of Nature & Science, Denver Art Museum, Denver Zoo, Denver Center for the Performing Arts, Denver Botanic Gardens, Clyfford Still Museum, Denver Public Library, History Colorado, and Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art.

NEUSTADT JAAMM FESTIVAL

WHEN: Apr. 7 & 18, May 20, June 17, 2021
WHERE: Virtual/Online

This year, the Neustadt JAAMM Festival (Jewish Arts, Author, Movies and Music), a celebration of literary arts and Jewish-interest entertainment, will be presented as a year-round, virtual event.

JEWELS OF JAZZ

WHEN: Apr. 10, 2021
WHERE: Farm 49, Longmont

Craving some live music? Look no further! Come listen to some beautiful jazz music on a real-life farm. Bring a picnic and chairs and relax and enjoy! All the musicians who are performing are from the Conference of World Affairs in CU Boulder.

COLORADO BRIDAL SHOW   

WHEN: Apr. 11, 2021
WHERE: Doubletree Thornton

Plan your wedding at the Colorado Bridal Show in Thornton! Shop local wedding vendors, get show-only pricing, register for prizes and more. 

WOMEN+FILM FESTIVAL   

WHEN: Apr. 13–18, 2021
WHERE: Virtual/Online

The Women+Film Festival is an annual tradition that celebrates outstanding cinema by and about women. The festival will feature over 15 premieres, including local stories, powerful documentaries and compelling narratives.

COS PET EXPO   

WHEN: Apr. 23–25, 2021
WHERE: Colorado Springs Event Center

Colorado Springs is one of the most pet-friendly communities in the country, and the Colorado Springs Pet Expo features many of the top pet exhibitors from across the state, along with lots of activities for animal lovers, including pet demonstrations, training seminars, adoptions and much more!

DENVER RESTAURANT WEEK   

WHEN: Apr. 23–May 2, 2021
WHERE: Various Restaurants

Celebrate the local culinary scene during VISIT DENVER's annual Denver Restaurant Week. Top restaurants will offer multi-course dinners for one of three tasty prices: $25, $35 or $45 per person. Patio, to-go and delivery options will be available!

CMC PRESENTS: BANFF MOUNTAIN FILM FESTIVAL WORLD TOUR 

WHEN: Thru Oct. 24, 2021
WHERE: Virtual/Online

Get stoked for the 2021 presentation of the most outrageous, adventure-packed films from the Banff Mountain Film Festival. Follow along as some of the world's best adventurers and filmmakers hike tough trails, paddle wild waters and ski steep slopes. 

MAY

ESTES PARK ROTARY DUCK RACE   

WHEN: May 1, 2021
WHERE: Virtual/Online

The 33rd Annual Estes Park Rotary Duck Race will be live-streamed on YouTube, Facebook and TDS Channel 8/108 - The Rocky Mountain Channel. The broadcast will begin at noon with interviews, clips from historic footage, entertainment and appearances by mascot Lucky Duck and ‘Big Duck’ Bill Solms, the leader of the 2021 flock. At 1 p.m., duck "adoptions" will end, and at 1:10 p.m. thousands of little yellow rubber ducks will drop into the Lazy River at the Estes Valley Community Center. The race is free to watch and ducks begin at $20. The majority of proceeds support the adopter’s choice of 65 non-profit charities and other organizations in the Estes Valley.

THEBIGWONDERFUL 2021 DERBY WEEKEND FESTIVAL   

WHEN: May 1–2, 2021
WHERE: TheBigWonderful at Belleview Station

Kick off the summer with a two-day festival celebrating the best of Colorado and featuring live music, craft beer and cocktails, a gourmet food truck court, shopping outdoor games and more. This is a family- and dog-friendly event hosted 100% outdoors!

COS ODDITY & BIZARRE EXPO   

WHEN: May 1–2, 2021
WHERE: Colorado Springs Event Center

The Oddity & Bizarre Expo is the greatest show of all for fans of the strange and unusual! This event has everything to intrigue and excite oddity enthusiasts, from morbid taxidermy, steampunk, bizarre art, creepy dolls and odd décor, to psychics, palm readers and tarot card readers. 

COLORADO BRIDAL SHOW   

WHEN: May 2, 2021
WHERE: Denver Marriott Westminster

Plan your wedding at the Colorado Bridal Show in Westminster! Shop local wedding vendors, get show-only pricing, register for prizes and more. 

CHALK LINES & VINES

WHEN: May 15–16, 2021
WHERE: Arapahoe County Fairgrounds and Event Center, Aurora

Enjoy unlimited wine tastings from 12 Colorado wineries, with a souvenir wine glass and tote to take home. Watch live chalk artists and listen to live music while you sip. 

COLORADO MUSIC & ARTS FESTIVAL

WHEN: May 29–30, 2021
WHERE: Centennial Park

Come and enjoy major concerts, fine art displays, a classic car show and dozens of fun attractions and contests in nearby Centennial. Check out the Taste of Denver Food Garden with delicious cuisine and cold beers. 

DENVER ARTS FESTIVAL

WHEN: May 29–30, 2021
WHERE: Central Park's Conservatory Green Neighborhood

This free fine art and fine crafts festival supports Colorado artists while showcasing a select group of national artists.

JUNE

INDIAN MARKET

WHEN: June 5–6, 2021
WHERE: The Fort Restaurant, Morrison

Participate in a weekend celebration of American Indian art, culture, and dance. Award-winning American Indian artists will sell and demonstrate authentic artwork in a juried show alongside a two-day Powwow honoring American Indians, American Indian veterans and all other veterans. Entertainment includes performances, music, and hands-on activities, and live hawk and eagle demonstrations. Delicious cuisine from Tocabe and the Fort Restaurant will be available for purchase on both days.

COLORADO RENAISSANCE FESTIVAL

WHEN: June 12–Aug. 1, 2021, Saturdays & Sundays
WHERE: Colorado Renaissance Festival, Larkspur

Flash back to the 16th Century and journey through a medieval city. Enjoy full-armor jousting, tasty turkey legs, music and a marketplace featuring more than 200 artisans. 

THE DENVER BBQ FESTIVAL

WHEN: June 18–20, 2021
WHERE: Empower Field at Mile High

Scarf down some of the country's best BBQ in Denver this summer for America's biggest Father's Day BBQ. The event is free and BBQ and beverages will be available to purchase.

DENVER FRINGE FESTIVAL

WHEN: June 24–27, 2021
WHERE: Various Venues

This open-application festival is designed to support all genres of performance arts and to attract bold, progressive artistry on the fringes of the mainstream theatre tradition. The Fringe format started 70 years ago in Edinburgh, Scotland, when groups of artists gathered to perform on the outskirts of the city. That tradition continued, and now Fringe is a national and international phenomenon with festivals in major cities all over the world.

DENVER PRIDEFEST 2021

WHEN: June 26–27, 2021
WHERE: Various Venues

Denver PrideFest features a parade, exhibitors from across the country, culinary vendors, a political rally, family activities, a 5K race and entertainment. This free event raises over $1 million in support of programs for LGBTQ+ youth, seniors, Colorado's transgender community and training and legal programs.

UNICORN FESTIVAL

WHEN: June 26–27, 2021
WHERE: Clement Park, Littleton

Spend a family-friendly weekend in a magical world! Ongoing entertainment and activities include multiple unicorn corrals and photo opportunities, princess and Little Mermaid meet-and-greets, sing-alongs and stories, a castle maze and dragon slide obstacle course, wizarding magic, fairy land face painters and much more.

JULY

BABE WALLS

WHEN: July 15–18, 2021
WHERE: Ralston Creek Trail, Arvada

This festival is a celebration of women and non-binary artists and the community we can create together. Each artist collaborates with another artist to create a work of art that not only shows their strengths and styles as artists, but also the commonality of our femininity.

BLUES & BBQ

WHEN: July 17, 2021
WHERE: Citizen's Park, Edgewater

The Blues & BBQ Festival for Better Housing is a day of live music and BBQ to raise money for Habitat for Humanity Metro Denver and other programs that benefit affordable housing.

EVERGREEN JAZZ FESTIVAL

WHEN: July 23–25, 2021
WHERE: Evergreen

This July, head to Evergreen for three days of jazz in the mountains at five distinctive, intimate venues for a delightful variety of up-close-and-personal listening experiences. 

SUMMER BREW FEST

WHEN: July 24, 2021
WHERE: Mile High Station

Cool down this summer with unlimited tastings of some of the best brews available!

AUGUST

FAMILYFEST

WHEN: Aug. 7, 2021
WHERE: National Western Complex

Denver FamilyFest 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. 

COLORADO SPRINGS COMIC CON

WHEN: Aug. 27–29, 2021
WHERE: Chapel Hills Mall, Colorado Springs

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.

HOT ROD ROCK & RUMBLE

WHEN: Aug. 27–29, 2021
WHERE: Pikes Peak International Raceway, Fountain

This rockabilly festival 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

WHEN: Aug. 27–Sept. 6, 2021
WHERE: Colorado State Fairgrounds, Pueblo

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.

SUMMER ART MARKET

WHEN: Aug. 28–29, 2021
WHERE: West Washington Park Neighborhood

This annual arts festival 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. 

SEPTEMBER

CHERRY CREEK ARTS FESTIVAL

WHEN: Sept. 4–6, 2021
WHERE: Cherry Creek North

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. 

BUSKERFEST

WHEN: Sept. 10–12, 2021
WHERE: Denver Union Station

For one weekend, Wynkoop Plaza in front of Denver's historic Union Station is transformed into a public theater and art space where you'll be amazed by comedy, circus and music shows from a curated cast of world-touring street performers. Watch larger-than-life puppets, stilt walkers and living statues parade through the fountains under the incredible facade of Union Station. There is no fee for entry and everyone is welcome, but the artists do rely on donations from the audience to support their work and travels. 

OUTDOOR FAMILY FUN ALL SUMMER LONG

CIVIC CENTER EATS

From May through October, Civic Center EATS transforms Civic Center Park into a lunchtime extravaganza with 70 of Denver's best food and fashion trucks. It's your chance to savor a variety of cuisines while supporting our city's small local business scene and the Civic Center Conservancy's mission to restore and enhance Civic Center Park, Denver's only National Historic Landmark.

FARMERS' MARKETS

The Mile High City's more than 20 farmers' markets aren't just about locally grown produce, delicious baked goods and prepared foods — though you'll find those in abundance! Each market is a festive, weekly street fair, many with live entertainment and family-friendly activities. 

DENVER ZOO 

With over 3,500 animals on 84 gorgeous acres, Denver Zoo is an amazing experience year-round. Your donation helps to provide world-class care for the lions, giraffes and elephants, as well as other wild animals and wild places, from the Rockies to Mongolia.

DENVER BOTANIC GARDENS 

One of the top five botanic gardens in the nation, Denver Botanic Gardens is an oasis in the city, offering year-round events, a children’s garden, lifelong-learning opportunities and research to preserve Colorado’s precious natural resources. Meanwhile, Chatfield Farms, located in nearby Littleton, takes pride in its exemplary nature preserve and gardens. Located on 750 acres, this picturesque site includes display gardens and a historical farm with a rustic barn.

DENVER'S CITY PARKS

No matter where you find yourself in The Mile High City, you’re likely only a few steps away from a lush and relaxing green space. Memorial Day weekend is the perfect time to explore Denver's more than 5,000 acres of traditional parks and parkways, as well as an additional 14,000 acres of spectacular mountain parks in neighboring counties that are maintained by the City and County of Denver.

DENVER STREET ART

Denver street artists have been busy brightening (and enlightening) the urban landscape for decades by making canvases of the city’s alleyways, building exteriors, warehouses, garage doors and storefronts. Grab your camera and take a stroll past some of the city's favorite murals. 

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