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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 

DINE OUT TO HELP OUT 

WHEN: Sept. 12, 2020
WHERE: Various Locations, Denver

In observance of Colorado Restaurant Day, the Denver Food + Wine Festival has launched a statewide day to Dine Out to Help Out  Colorado restaurants and workers.

ART ON THE GREEN

WHEN: Sept. 12, 2020
WHERE: Curtis Center for the Arts, Greenwood Village

This free art fair features Colorado artists and makers specializing in drawing, painting, photography, printmaking, glass, jewelry, ceramics and more. After you've gotten your fill of art, fill you belly with grub from local food trucks.  

FETCH MARKETS 

WHEN: Sept. 12–13, 2020
WHERE: Stanley Marketplace, Aurora
Head to Stanley Marketplace for a weekend of live music, family activities, outdoor movie nights, open-air bars and, of course, local vendors selling art, clothing, handmade goods, specialty foods 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!

DAY OUT WITH THOMAS 

WHEN: Sept. 12–27, 2020
WHERE: Colorado Railroad Museum, Golden
Thomas the Tank Engine is pulling into town for his birthday. Celebrate with a train ride, live entertainment, a hale bale maze, a scavenger hunt and a host of other family-friendly outdoor activities!!

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.

HANDMADE IN COLORADO EXPO

WHEN: Sept. 18–20, 2020
WHERE: 16th Street Mall & Arapahoe St, Denver, CO 
Love the local? Then immerse yourself in all things Colorado at the Handmade in Colorado Expo, which showcases arts, crafts, food and music all produced in Colorado local artisans. 

CORN MAZE AND PUMPKIN PATCH

WHEN: Fridays–Sundays; Sept. 18–Oct. 31, 2020
WHERE: Chatfield Farms, Littleton
Get lost in Chatfield Farms' seven-acre Corn Maze, or simply watch the fun from one of two 15-foot tall illuminated bridges. Smaller visitors (age 10 and under) can explore the corn mini-maze. In October, pick the perfect pumpkin from the 10-acre Pumpkin Patch.

ESTES PARK ROTARY DUCK RACE

WHEN: Sept. 19, 2020
WHERE: Online
This year, the Estes Park Rotary Duck Race will be a virtual streaming event that will still deliver all the excitement that comes with a traditional race. Adopt a duck online at epduckrace.org and then tune in to Channel 8-The Rocky Mountain Channel or YouTube or log onto https://www.epduckrace.org/live/ to view a virtual race proDUCKtion.

HARVEST WEEK 

WHEN: Sept. 23–Oct. 4, 2020
WHERE: Various Denver Restaurants
EatDenver and The GrowHaus are bringing back Harvest Week for its 13th year! Some of the Front Range's most beloved chefs and restaurants will celebrate Colorado's bountiful harvest and give back to our local culinary community. More than 20 participating restaurants will be offering special Harvest Week menu items and cocktails celebrating Colorado producers and ingredients.

FALL PLANT & BULB SALE 

WHEN: Sept. 25–27, 2020
WHERE: Order online, pick up at Denver Botanic Gardens
Get a jump­-start on your spring garden at the Fall Plant & Bulb Sale, which will feature hundreds of bulbs, perennials and other plants, along with expert advice from horticulturists. 

CENTRAL CITY PLEIN AIR FESTIVAL 

WHEN: Sept. 25–27, 2020
WHERE: Central City Opera House, Central City
The third annual Central City Plein Air Festival welcomes painters to Central City to capture the town's breathtaking mountain views, fall foliage and historic architecture. Artists from around the country will gather in the historic mountain town for three days of painting, competitions and artist social gatherings. The festival will culminate in a free outdoor exhibition and awards reception on September 27 where visitors can observe the artists, ask questions and experience Central City in autumn from an artist's perspective.

CINEMAQ

WHEN: Sept. 25–Oct. 1, 2020
WHERE: Online
The CinemaQ Film Festival features outstanding films and discussions that elevate diverse perspectives, issues and icons relevant to today's LGBTQ+ community. This year's festival will take place entirely online. 

DOORS OPEN DENVER

WHEN: Sept. 28–Oct. 15, 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

GRAND EXBEERIMENT 

WHEN: Oct. 1–18, 2020
WHERE: Online

This October, celebrate the art of craft beer at hundreds of breweries nationwide. Order your Great American Beer Festival passport, which gives you discounts at hundreds of breweries between October 1 and 18. Your passport also gets you exclusive access to virtual GABF events happening October 16–17.

OFF-GRID ADVENTURE EXPO

WHEN: Oct. 2–4, 2020
WHERE: Jefferson County Fairgrounds, Golden

Off-Grid Expo is Denver’s must-attend event for outdoor enthusiasts to check out the latest gear, equipment, vehicles and rigs to prepare you for your next adventure.

DENVER BEER WEEK

WHEN: Oct. 9–17, 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.

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. 

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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