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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

Rodeo All-Star Weekend

WHEN: April 13–14, 2018
WHERE: National Western Complex

Watch top cowboys and cowgirls compete during this favorite annual event. Besides the wild and unpredictable arena events, there will be live music, a fashion showcase, mutton bustin' and several social events. This year, Ashley McBryde will be performing.

MAY

CINCO DE MAYO FESTIVAL

WHEN: May 5–6, 2018
WHERE: Civic Center Park
Attendance is free at the annual Cinco de Mayo Festival in Civic Center Park, one of the largest cultural events in Colorado, with more than 400,000 visitors each year. Enjoy live entertainment on three stages, hundreds of exhibitors, great food and drink, children's activities, a parade — and the hotly contested green chili cook off.

THE BIGWONDERFUL

WHEN: May 5–6 (Denver) and 19–20 (Stanley Marketplace), 2018
WHERE: Denver and Aurora
Part farmers' market, part outdoor flea market, and all fun, The Big Wonderful also includes beach volleyball, a craft beer garden, an urban farm, and live music and entertainment. Catch this year's events in Denver and Stanley Marketplace in Aurora. 

FIVE POINTS JAZZ FESTIVAL

WHEN: May 19, 2018
WHERE: Five Points neighborhood
The Five Points Jazz Festival takes place on the third Saturday of May and celebrates the history of Denver's iconic and musical Five Points neighborhood.

COLFAX MARATHON

WHEN: May 19–20, 2018
WHERE: Start and finish in City Park

It’s the 13th anniversary for Denver’s only marathon. Take a tour of the city and run through Sports Authority Field at Mile High. If you’re not up to a full marathon, there are shorter races. And with more than 200 charities participating, you can run for a good cause.

DENVER ARTS FESTIVAL

WHEN: May 26–27, 2018
WHERE: Conservatory Green at Northfield Stapleton

During the Denver Arts Festival, more than 100 of Colorado's most esteemed artists showcase paintings, sculpture, photography, glasswork, woodwork and more. A small set of acclaimed national artists will also display their work. This popular event is expected to bring over 50,000 attendees.

DENVER DAY OF ROCK

WHEN: May 26, 2018
WHERE: Downtown Denver
A free, outdoor music festival in the heart of downtown Denver? Yes, please. Denver Day of Rock is an annual tradition that sees dozens of performers bringing rockin' good vibes to The Mile High City. This event will feature five stages of live music throughout downtown Denver.

JUNE

CAPITOL HILL PEOPLE'S FAIR

WHEN: June 1–3, 2018
WHERE: Civic Center Park 

The Capitol Hill 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!

DENVER CHALK ART FESTIVAL

WHEN: June 2–3, 2018
WHERE: Larmier Square

Every spring, the sidewalks around Larimer Square come to life during the annual Denver Chalk Art Festival, as more than 200 professional, amateur and student chalk artists turn concrete into canvas. This is a don't-miss event, especially since these masterpieces will be washed away with the next spring shower.

COLORADO RENAISSANCE FESTIVAL

WHEN: June 9–July 29, 2018  
WHERE: Larkspur

Flash back 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.

COLORADO SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL

WHEN: June 9–Aug. 12, 2018
WHERE: University of Colorado Boulder

See Shakespeare under the stars in the historic Mary Rippon Outdoor Theatre or inside the University Theatre on the University of Colorado campus in Boulder. The Colorado Shakespeare Festival is a summertime favorite. Bring a picnic and arrive early to enjoy it on the lawn before the show. This year's lineup includes "Love's Labour's Lost," "Richard III," "Cyrano de Bergerac," "Edward III" and "You Can't Take It With You."

DENVER COMIC CON

WHEN: June 15–17, 2018
WHERE: Colorado Convention Center

Denver Comic Con is three days of pop culture, costumes and fan fun for the whole family. Come experience a wow-weekend of celebrity encounters, comics, sci-fi and fantasy TV, gaming and movies.

THE DENVER BBQ FESTIVAL

WHEN: June 15-17, 2018
WHERE: Sports Authority Field at Mile High

Join legendary pitmasters as they serve up world-class barbecue. Plus, enjoy live music, cold beer and barbecue demonstrations at this inaugural event. Admission is free on Saturday and Sunday while there is a ticketed preview party on Friday.  

JUNETEENTH MUSIC FESTIVAL

WHEN: June 16, 2018
WHERE: Five Points neighborhood

Listen to the sounds of hip-hop, R&B, blues, soul and jazz as nearly 200 vendors line Welton Street.

Denver PrideFest

WHEN: June 16–17, 2018
WHERE: Civic Center Park

Denver PrideFest is one of the biggest LGBTQ events in the country and takes place over a summer weekend. The free two-day festival begins with a parade and features a rally, music and food.

SeriesFest Season 4

WHEN: June 22–27, 2018
WHERE: Sie FilmCenter and various venues around town

This annual showcase of the best new TV pilots brings together industry luminaries, emerging artists and passionate audiences. 

Westword Music Showcase

WHEN: June 23, 2018
WHERE: Golden Triangle Creative District

This summer music festival brings local and national acts together for a day of great entertainment.  

CHERRY BLOSSOM FESTIVAL

WHEN: June 23–24, 2018
WHERE: 20th and Lawrence Streets

Japanese culture and heritage are showcased at the annual Cherry Blossom Festival. Dance, taiko drums and martial arts are featured on the outdoor stage, while inside the Denver Buddhist Temple you’ll find food sales and exhibits.

COORS LIGHT SOUTH PLATTE RIVERFEST

WHEN: June 23, 2018
WHERE: Confluence Park and Little Raven St.

The Coors Light South Platte Riverfest 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.

JULY

INDEPENDENCE EVE FIREWORKS

WHEN: July 3, 2018, 8 p.m.
WHERE: Civic Center Park, Broadway and Colfax

The annual Independence Eve Celebration in Civic Center Park will feature a free patriotic concert, an innovative light show on the Denver City and County Building and a stunning fireworks finale. 

CHERRY CREEK ARTS FESTIVAL

WHEN: July 6–8, 2018
WHERE: Cherry Creek North

This free, outdoor extravaganza — the city's signature cultural celebration of the visual, performing and culinary arts — gives more than 350,000 annual visitors the chance to meet and talk with international visual artists, enjoy a wide range of family-friendly fun and sample fine cuisine. At the Cherry Creek Arts Festival, experience Artivity Avenue, a full block of interactive activities perfect for youngsters. Visit the Cultural Pavilion, where music, dance and theater from around the globe will be presented. Culinary Avenue features tasty treats and live cooking demonstrations from some of Denver's most popular eateries.

Rocky Mountain Regional Gay Rodeo

WHEN: July 6–8, 2018
WHERE: Jefferson County Fairgrounds

Colorado rides with pride during this annual event. Besides the typical rodeo events, there are some twists like goat dressing and a Wild Drag Race.

COLORADO BLACK ARTS FESTIVAL

WHEN: July 13–15, 2018
WHERE: City Park
This family-friendly event showcases the creative talents of local, regional and national African Americans in art and culture. The three-day Colorado Black Arts Festival also features three performing stages filled with dance, jazz, blues, soul, reggae, gospel, traditional African drum and dance.

SLOW FOOD NATIONS

WHEN: July 13–15, 2018
WHERE: Larimer Square
Combining the energy of a street food festival, the rigor of an academic conference and the inspiration of a cultural exchange, Slow Food Nations is the festival to taste and explore good, clean and fair food for all. 

DENVER COUNTY FAIR

WHEN: July 13–15, 2018
WHERE:
National Western Complex
The annual Denver County Fair is a place to share ideas, traditions, creativity, local culture and intellect. The fair highlights the talents, trends, diversity and interests of the residents of the amazing City and County of Denver. Events include a skateboard rodeo, a carnival (complete with rides and midway games), competitive eating contests, animals, rockets, roller derby a beer and wine festival and so much more.

UNDERGROUND MUSIC SHOWCASE (UMS)

WHEN: July 26–29, 2018
WHERE: South Broadway

The Underground Music Showcase, Denver's very own version of Austin's South By Southwest Music Festival, takes over the streets and stages of South Broadway for a multi-night extravaganza featuring the cream of Denver's underground music scene. Over 400 local and national bands play in nearly 20 venues for more than 5,000 music lovers over four days and nights. Music fans can stroll from club to club and stage to stage, catching the city's rising stars before the rest of the world hears about them.

COLORADO DRAGON BOAT FESTIVAL

WHEN: July 28–29, 2018
WHERE: Sloan's Lake Park

Founded in 2001 to celebrate Colorado's Asian Pacific American (APA) culture, the Colorado Dragon Boat Festival has become the region's fastest growing fun, family-friendly summer festival. Named "Top Annual Festival" by the Rocky Mountain News and a "Best of Denver" event by Westword, it offers festival-goers the opportunity to explore APA customs through performances, arts and crafts, shopping, dining and the exciting athletic competition of dragon boat racing.  

AUGUST and SEPTEMBER

DENVER INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL

WHEN: Aug. 4, 2018
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.  

BUSKERFEST

WHEN: Aug. 10–12, 2018
WHERE: Denver Union Station

Buskerfest will take place in Union Station's fantastic public plaza and will celebrate a tradition of live street art and performance in The Mile High City. Attendees of all ages are welcome to come watch fire performers, musicians, face painters, hula-hoopers, jugglers and others. The event is free.

10TH ANNUAL CHERRY CREEK NORTH FOOD & WINE

WHEN: Aug. 11, 2018
WHERE: Fillmore Street & 2nd Avenue
 
Try nearly 20 Cherry Creek North restaurants in one outdoor location during Cherry Creek North Food & Wine. Also enjoy wine, beer, spirits, live music and more. 

Colorado Classic Professional Bike Race & Velorama

WHEN: Aug. 16–19, 2018
WHERE: River North Art District (RiNo)

Velorama is a three-day street party that accompanies the annual Colorado Classic, a four-day series of cycling races. 

A TASTE OF COLORADO

WHEN: Aug. 31–Sept. 3, 2018
WHERE: Civic Center Park
A Taste of Colorado is the end-of-summer celebration of community pride and spirit in the Denver region. Over 500,000 people make the four-day festival their Labor Day Weekend celebration, enjoying the offerings of more 50 area restaurants, 275 marketplace artisans and vendors, six stages, and educational programs promoting the diverse cultural and Western heritage of the region.

DENVER FOOD + WINE FESTIVAL 

WHEN: Sept. 4–9, 2018
WHERE: Downtown 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.

FESTIVAL ITALIANO

WHEN: Sept. 8–9, 2018 
WHERE: Belmar, Lakewood 

Festival Italiano is known for serving up the region's best selection of homemade Italian specialties for guests as well as an artisan marketplace, live entertainment and chef tastings surrounding the festival dining booths. This free celebration features live music on two stages, chef demonstrations, wine tastings, kids activities (grape stomping!), a bocce tournament and flag throwers flown in from Italy for the weekend.

Grandoozy

WHEN: Sept. 14–16, 2018
WHERE: Overland Park
From Superfly, the creators of Bonnaroo and Outside Lands, comes Grandoozy, a new music festival experience designed to celebrate the culture and spirit of Denver and the greater Colorado region with local food and craft beer. 

Denver Beer Fest

WHEN: Sept. 14–22, 2018
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: Sept. 20–22, 2018
WHERE:
Each year, GABF® represents the largest collection of U.S. beer ever served, in a public tasting event, plus a private competition.

FAMILY FUN ALL SUMMER LONG

ELITCH GARDENS THEME & WATER PARK

The nation's only downtown theme and water park opens for the season on April 28, 2018. With 54 thrilling rides, plus a splash-filled, 10-acre Water Park, musical stages, stunt shows and arcades, there's something at Elitch Gardens Theme & Water Park for just about everyone.

DENVER B-CYCLE

Explore the city on two wheels! Denver B-cycle is an automated bike-sharing system designed for short trips around The Mile High City. It's easy and fun. You can check out one of more than 700 bikes from any one of 88 stations (conveniently located near major attractions and neighborhoods) and return it to any other station. 

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. The home opener is on April 6, 2018