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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.

 

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. 

JULY

COLORADO SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL: 'A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM'

WHEN: July 23–24, July 29–30, Aug. 4, Aug. 6–7, Aug. 11–12 and Aug. 15, 2021
WHERE: Mary Rippon Outdoor Theatre, Boulder

Lift your spirits with a summer-long party! In this glam run of Shakespeare's electric comedy, the paths of four young lovers, some feuding fairies, a mischievous sprite and a troupe of bumbling actors collide. Join them in the forest as enchanting and peculiar schemes unfold across one unforgettable midsummer night.

COLORADO RENAISSANCE FESTIVAL

WHEN: Thru Aug. 22, 2021; Saturdays and Sundays
WHERE: Colorado Renaissance Festival, Larkspur

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

COLORADO SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL: 'THE ODYSSEY'

WHEN: Thru Aug. 14, 2021
WHERE: Mary Rippon Outdoor Theatre, Boulder

In Mary Zimmerman's sweeping adaptation of Homer's classic adventure, our hero Odysseus undergoes an epic journey to return to his own kingdom after the fall of Troy. He'll have to overcome witches, mythological beasts and the gods themselves if he ever hopes to see his wife and son again. 

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!

BLACK LOVE MURAL FESTIVAL

WHEN: Thru Aug. 2, 2021
WHERE: Civic Center Park

Watch artists paint colorful murals in Denver's Civic Center Park! Every weekend leading up to Juneteenth, the group will host live paintings, workshops and activations.

FRIDAY NIGHT BAZAAR

WHEN: Thru Aug. 27, 2021; Fridays
WHERE: Friday Night BAZAAR

Enjoy an evening of shopping, sipping and mingling in the RiNo Art District! The Friday Night BAZAAR features more than 40 local vendors, food trucks, craft beer and cocktails and live music. Entry is free and everyone is welcome! 

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. 

AUGUST

COLORADO SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL: 'PERICLES'

WHEN: Aug. 1 and 3, 2021
WHERE: Mary Rippon Outdoor Theatre, Boulder

Summer's hottest ticket is the Colorado Shakespeare Festival's Original Practices performance. This summer, revisit "Pericles," the story of a shipwrecked prince on the run after discovering a king's terrible secret. CSF's annual tradition of presenting plays as they were originally performed sells out months in advance — so be sure to reserve your ticket right away!

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. 

UNDERGROUND MUSIC SHOWCASE (UMS)

WHEN: Aug. 27–29, 2021
WHERE: South Broadway
UMS
is back! Enjoy three days of music at more than a dozen South Broadway music venues and featuring more than 100 live bands. 

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.

DENVER DAY OF ROCK

WHEN: Aug. 28, 2021
WHERE: 16th Street Mall

Denver Day of Rock is a free, one-of-a-kind music event on the 16th Street Mall that features five stages with live music and family-friendly entertainment throughout Denver. The event supports Amp The Cause, a local nonprofit organization focused on children’s health and education.

SEPTEMBER

BELGIAN BREW FEST

WHEN: Sept. 4, 2021
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 Brewery Woods Boss Brewing Company and more. 

A TASTE OF COLORADO

WHEN: Sept. 4–6, 2021
WHERE: Downtown Denver
This year’s A Taste of Colorado event will take place throughout the streets of Downtown Denver over Labor Day weekend to celebrate our city and diverse food, music and culture.

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. 

DENVER BEER WEEK

WHEN: Sept. 10–18, 2021
WHERE: Throughout Denver
Enjoy nine days of all things beer during Denver Beer Week, with tons of beer-related events. Head to The Mile High City for tap takeovers, rare beer tappings, firkin nights, meet-the-brewer events, beer and food pairings and much, much more.

DENVER AUTO SHOW 

WHEN: Sept. 15–19, 2021
WHERE: Elitch Gardens Theme & Water Park
The Denver Auto Show is the premier showcase of the newest model year import and domestic vehicles: cars, vans, crossovers, hybrids, light trucks, sport utilities, and more. It's also the perfect place to see the latest examples of fuel-efficient technologies and aftermarket accessories. It's great entertainment for serious shoppers, car buffs and the entire family!

NATIONAL HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH

WHEN: Sept. 15–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.

DENVER OKTOBERFEST  

WHEN: Sept. 17–19 and 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.

DENVER ARTS FESTIVAL

WHEN: Sept. 18–19, 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.

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!

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