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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.

JULY 

CELEBRATE AMERICAN DIVERSITY 

WHEN: July 3–4, 2020
WHERE: Stanley Marketplace, Aurora
Guests of all ages can enjoy non-stop live entertainment and dinner and drinks over Independence Day weekend on the 48,000-square-foot outdoor field west of Stanley Marketplace in private, socially distanced picnic areas.

COLORADO BLACK ARTS FESTIVAL

WHEN: July 10–12, 2020
WHERE: Online
This family-friendly event showcases the creative talents of local, regional and national African Americans in art and culture. This year's festival will be a virtual event.

DENVER SMALL PRESS FEST

WHEN: July 11, 2020
WHERE: Metropolitan State University of Denver - Center for Visual Art
Denver Small Press Fest is a celebration of zines, journals, periodicals, small press publications, art and printmaking, featuring more than 60 vendors and partners, screen printing demos by Indy Ink, DJ sets, a Leon-curated reading lounge and as many sensory surprises as can be squeezed into one space on one Saturday afternoon. 

DENVER FASHION WEEK

WHEN: July 11–18, 2020
WHERE: Various Locations in Denver
Forbes Magazine calls Denver Fashion Week "a trusted alternative to New York." The Mile High City's largest fashion showcase features local, national and international designers, along with local boutiques, hairstylists, makeup artists and models.

CASTLE ROCK WINEFEST

WHEN: July 18, 2020
WHERE: Butterfield Park, Castle Rock
This outdoor wine tasting event features more than two dozen wineries and over 180 varieties of Colorado wine, drawing wine aficionados for the enormous variety of Colorado wines, fabulous food trucks and an amazing local band to dance into the night. There’s even a Beer Garden where patrons can purchase a cold, local craft beer. 

SLOAN'S LAKE SPRING BAZAAR

WHEN: July 18–19, 2020
WHERE: Sloan's Lake/West Colfax
Enjoy shopping at over 100 local makers, craft beer tastings, fashion trucks, local food, live music, DJs and more. 

23RD ANNUAL BLUES & BBQ

WHEN: July 18–19, 2020
WHERE: Citizens Park Pavillion, Edgewater
Head to nearby Edgewater for an afternoon of live music, artisan vendors, a fun kids’ area and — of course — BBQ! The music lineup includes tributes to Bruce Springsteen, The Rolling Stones, Prince, Santana, Bonnie Raitt, Bob Seger, The Who, Led Zepplin and The Doors, and all proceeds benefit Habitat for Humanity for Metro Denver. You can also stream this year's event online.

UNDERGROUND MUSIC SHOWCASE (UMS)

WHEN: July 25, 2020
WHERE: Online
The Underground Music Showcase, Denver's very own version of Austin's South By Southwest Music Festival, features the cream of Denver's underground music scene. This year's UMS will be a virtual event. 

BOULDER COUNTY FAIR

WHEN: July 31–Aug. 9, 2020
WHERE: Online
The annual Boulder County Fair is the oldest fair in Colorado celebrating more than 150 years. Due to COVID-19, this year's fair will be a virtual event.  

AUGUST 

COLFAX ART FEST

WHEN: August, 2020
WHERE: Lamar Station Plaza, Lakewood
The annual Colfax Art Fest is an all-day, family-friendly event with food trucks, adult beverages, music, kid’s activities, a craft marketplace and, of course, art!

BABE WALLS

WHEN: August 13–16, 2020
WHERE: Westminster

Babe Walls is a celebration of women and non-binary people in art and the community we can create together. Each artist is collaborating 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.

COLORADO RENAISSANCE FESTIVAL

WHEN: Aug 1–Sept. 20, 2020
WHERE: Larkspur 
Flashback to the 16th century and journey through a medieval city at the Colorado Renaissance Festival. Enjoy full-armor jousting, tasty turkey legs, music and a marketplace featuring more than 200 artisans.

DENVER INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL

WHEN: Aug. 1, 2020
WHERE: Civic Center Park 
The Denver International Festival celebrates our global heritage with traditional food, music and art from hundreds of countries and cultures from around the world. Dance, eat, drink and play in Civic Center Park.  

Denver Burger Battle

WHEN: Aug. 6, 2020
WHERE: Stapleton

Denver Burger Battle has one simple goal: to crown the best burger in Denver. Dozens of local chefs compete for burger dominance during this annual beefy brawl. In addition to tasting the best burgers around, you'll get to enjoy fun activities, craft beer, cocktails and live music.

THEBIGWONDERFUL 7TH ANNUAL DERBY WEEKEND

WHEN: Aug. 8–9, 2020
WHERE: EXDO Event Center
Celebrate Derby weekend in style, with two full days of shopping at more than 100 local small businesses, beer samples from more 20 craft breweries, food from Denver's best local food trucks, live music and more!

WESTWORD MUSIC SHOWCASE

WHEN: TBA
WHERE: Golden Triangle Creative District

The city's largest single-day festival celebrating The Mile High City's music scene returns to the Golden Triangle for its 26th year! 

THEBIGWONDERFUL

WHEN: Aug. 22, 2020
WHERE: Belleview Station
TheBigWonderful comes to Belleview Station, bringing with it a marketplace of more than 80 local small businesses, 20 local breweries and live music. 

ARVADA DAYS

WHEN: Aug. 22, 2020
WHERE: Arvada
Enjoy old-fashioned family fun, with carnival games, a petting zoo, train rides, a dutch-oven cookoff, food stalls, a beer garden and community vendors. 

COLORADO CLASSIC

WHEN: Aug. 27–30, 2020
WHERE: Denver
The Colorado Classic is a four-day series of races that brings together the best pro cyclists from around the world. This year's event is the only women’s stand-alone Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) stage race. 

HOT ROD ROCK & RUMBLE

WHEN: Aug. 28–30, 2020
WHERE: Pikes Peak International Raceway, Fountain
Colorado’s largest Rockabilly festival features a vintage car show, drag racing, burnout and flamethrower contests, a pinstriper panel jam, a pinup contest and live bands on multiple stages. Grab a camping pass and enjoy an entire weekend of entertainment in the Rockies!

COLORADO STATE FAIR

WHEN: Aug. 28–Sept. 7, 2020
WHERE: Colorado State Fairgrounds, Pueblo
The Colorado State Fair & Rodeo features entertainment, rides, games, fair food, shopping and a rodeo! 

SEPTEMBER 

DENVER MINI DERBY

WHEN: Sept. 5, 2020
WHERE: The Green (North)
Break out your fanciest hat and your brightest pastels for the Denver Mini Derby! We'll watch the 146th Kentucky Derby, then have our own mini "race" and showing of adorable mini horses. Enjoy live music, best-dressed contests, an open bar, BBQ, corgi races and an atmosphere like no other.

TASTE OF LOUISVILLE  

WHEN: Sept. 5, 2020
WHERE: Historic Main Street, Louisville

Enjoy this opportunity to taste the "Quality of Life" in Louisville with excellent food, local beer, arts and crafts booths, kids' entertainment and live music from local bands. This will also be the opening day for the Louisville Farmer's Market.

DENVER FOOD + WINE FESTIVAL 

WHEN: Sept. 9–13, 2020
WHERE: Throughout 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.

LONGS PEAK SCOTTISH-IRISH HIGHLAND FESTIVAL

WHEN: Sept. 11–13, 2020
WHERE: Estes Park Events Center, Estes Park
Celebrate at one of the largest Celtic festivals in the nation in the beautiful mountain town of Estes Park. Entertainment will include bagpipe bands, Irish dancing, folk music, and professional Scottish athletes competing in stone-put, hammer toss and caber toss competitions.

BELGIAN BREW FEST

WHEN: Sept. 12, 2020
WHERE: Bruz Beers

With four food trucks, two bands and more than 10 local breweries, you won't want to miss this celebration of Belgian brewing. Bruz Beers only invites a select few breweries that best represent true Belgian-style beers, including Thirsty Monk BreweryWoods Boss Brewing Company and more. 

TESORO'S 1840 RENDEZVOUS & SPANISH COLONIAL ART MARKET

WHEN: Sept. 12–13, 2020
WHERE: The Fort Restaurant, Morrison
Hosted at The Fort Restaurant, the 1840 Rendezvous & Market is like going back in time to the Old West. Historic interpreters will show guests day-to-day skills from the era, such as horse and mule packing; fire-starting; beadwork; sign language; blacksmithing; moccasin-making; arrow-making; wool processing; and more.

COLORADO ARTFEST

WHEN: Sept. 12–13, 2020
WHERE: Festival Park, Castle Rock
Downtown Castle Rock provides the perfect canvas for the 31st Annual Colorado Artfest, which has become a summertime tradition for residents and art enthusiasts alike. Enjoy a juried fine arts show with artists from across the country, live entertainment from popular musicians, interactive exhibits for the kids, fabulous food and beverages and much more!

DENVER STARTUP WEEK

WHEN: Sept. 14–18, 2020
WHERE: Various venues throughout town
Founded in 2012, Denver Startup Week is a celebration of The Mile High City's entrepreneurs. The core programming is centered on the entrepreneurial community, with an emphasis on technology, design, social entrepreneurship, manufacturing and business.

CRUSH WALLS

WHEN: Sept. 14–20, 2020
WHERE: River North Art District - RiNo
The annual CRUSH WALLS is a week-long celebration of graffiti and street art, and it is responsible for many of the vibrant murals in RiNo. Join the action and watch as larger-than-life murals evolve from ideas into masterpieces right before your eyes!

NATIONAL HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH

WHEN: Sept. 15–Oct. 15, 2020
WHERE: Various venues throughout town
Each year, Denverites observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15. It's a month-long celebration of the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America.

DENVER BEER WEEK

WHEN: Sept. 18–26, 2020
WHERE: Various venues throughout town
A nine-day, citywide celebration of all things beer includes rare beer tastings, beer-paired dinners, tap takeovers, brewery tours, firkin tappings and a variety of entertaining beer events.

LONGMONT OKTOBERFEST

WHEN: Sept. 18–19, 2020
WHERE: Roosevelt Park, Longmont
Longmont's favorite fall gathering features national touring acts, more than 10 local breweries, food and fun for all ages. It was ranked as a "Must Visit Oktoberfest" by DRAFT magazine. Pull out your lederhosen and dirndls, grab a pretzel or brat, and don’t forget a pint from your favorite Longmont breweries as we celebrate the transition from summer to fall. 

DOORS OPEN DENVER

WHEN: Sept. 26–27, 2020
WHERE: City of Denver

Explore Denver architecture as Doors Open Denver opens the doors to some of the places and spaces that make The Mile High City such a special place. From historic structures to contemporary builds and everything in between, there's architecture for everyone to enjoy.

OCTOBER

GREAT AMERICAN BEER FESTIVAL 

WHEN: Oct. 16–17, 2020
WHERE: Online

Founded in 1982, the Great American Beer Festival is the premier U.S. beer festival and competition. Each year, GABF represents the largest collection of U.S. beer ever served in a public tasting event and private competition. This year's festival will be an immersive online experience. 

COMING UP

CITIZENS FOR THE RIVER

WHEN: TBA 2020
WHERE: Confluence Park and Little Raven St. 
Citizens for the River is expected to draw more than 20,000 attendees to the banks of the South Platte River, in the heart of Denver. Enjoy free paddleboarding demos; self-guided rafting, tubing and kayaking; live music; craft beer; artists creating new works on-site; a kids' zone and yummy food.

PEOPLE'S FAIR

WHEN: TBA, 2020
WHERE: Civic Center Park 

The People's Fair is one of Colorado's longest-running outdoor festivals. Special features include a wine pavilion, jazz stage, "Fine Art Avenue," food from local restaurants, and a hoppin' kids' area. It's truly an event for the people!

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.

ELITCH GARDENS THEME & WATER PARK

The nation's only downtown theme and water park features 54 thrilling rides, plus a splash-filled, 10-acre Water Park, musical stages, stunt shows and arcades. 

COLORADO ROCKIES

Major league baseball returns to downtown Denver's Coors Field and the fun continues all spring and summer long. For an affordable option, buy tickets in the Rockpile, where seats start at $4. 

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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