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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.

ALL SUMMER

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."

COLORADO RENAISSANCE FESTIVAL

WHEN: June 16–Aug. 5, 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.

JULY

UNDERGROUND MUSIC SHOWCASE (UMS)

WHEN: July 27–29, 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: Sept. 1-3, 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

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