From Memorial Day in May until Labor Day in September, the weekends are filled with arts, entertainment, food and more—all with a distinctly Denver twist. Find more festivals and events on the Denver 365 Event Calendar.
CHERRY CREEK ARTS FESTIVAL
WHEN: July 1-3, 2017
WHERE: Cherry Creek North, from 2nd to 3rd Avenues, on the seven streets between Columbine and Steele Sts.
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.
SLOW FOOD NATIONS
UNDERGROUND MUSIC SHOWCASE (UMS)
WHEN: July 27-30, 2017
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 29-30, 2017
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 COUNTY FAIR
WHEN: Aug. 4-6, 2017
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 and so much more.
WHEN: Aug. 11-13
WHERE: River North Art District (RiNo)
As part of the inaugural Colorado Classic, a four-day series of cycling races, is Velorama Colorado, a huge three-day street party. It will feature live music, a bike expo with 150 exhibitors, food, craft beer and various cycling events in RiNo. It will be coupled with an expanded Denver Flea with nearly 200 craft vendors.