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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.

SEPTEMBER

NATIONAL HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH

WHEN: Thru Oct. 15, 2021
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.

CASUAL FEST 2021

WHEN: Sept. 22, 2021
WHERE: Boulder Bandshell, Boulder
Casual Fest takes over the Boulder Bandshell for a day of local artists, authors, and speakers. The goal is to create a free public art and music event to connect the community. 

DENVER OKTOBERFEST

WHEN: Sept. 24–26, 2021
WHERE: Downtown Denver
Pull out your lederhosen and dirndls, grab a pretzel or brat, and don’t forget a pint from your favorite Denver breweries as we celebrate the transition from summer to fall at what USA Today has dubbed“The Best Oktoberfest” in the United States.

DAY OUT WITH THOMAS

WHEN: Sept. 25–26, 2021
WHERE: Colorado Railroad Museum, Golden

Thomas the Tank Engine is pulling into town for a giant party! Join him at Day Out With Thomas™, where families can join the outdoor fun when the #1 engine pulls into the Colorado Railroad Museum on the weekends. Hhop on board an interactive train ride with a life-sized Thomas the Tank Engine and enjoy access to hands-free activities, including live entertainment, scavenger hunt, a hay bale maze, stage shows, sing-a-longs and much more!

WHEN: Sept. 25, 2021
WHERE: Stranahan's Colorado Whiskey

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

WHEN: Sept. 25–26, 2021
WHERE: Sloan’s Lake Park
Come cheer on your favorite Dragon Boat teams as they race across Sloan's Lake! Grab a delicious meal and drink at the Taste of Asia food courts, buy amazing gifts and goods at the Asian Marketplace and relax or dance along to live music at stages throughout the festival. This is a FREE family event for all ages!

SECOND SATURDAYS IN DOWNTOWN LITTLETON

WHEN: Thru Oct. 9, 2021; Second Saturday of the month
WHERE: Historic Downtown Littleton

Join the Littleton community every second Saturday of the month from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and stroll streets lined with artisan vendors, food stalls and more.

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. 

 

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. 

FIRST FRIDAY ART WALKS

Galleries, studios and cultural attractions in Denver's art districts stay open late the first Friday of every month for a mind-expanding night of art, food, drink and fun. 

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