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

Rist Canyon Volunteer Fire Department Annual Mountain Festival

WHEN: Thru Sept. 10, 2022
WHERE: 10830 Rist Canyon Rd., Bellvue

Benefitting the Rist Canyon Volunteer Fire Department, events include a full day’s lineup of performers, demonstrations, booths and activities for the entire family. Other festival favorites include a used book sale, silent auction, bake and plant sales, craft and art vendors, food trucks, educational booths and demonstrations. Admission, parking, a hayride shuttle to/from the parking area, live musical entertainment and ice cream all are free of charge.

Denver Food + Wine Festival

WHEN: Thru Sept. 10, 2022
WHERE: Tivoli Quad on Auraria Campus

This multi-day extravaganza celebrates The Mile High City’s dynamic dining scene with tasting events, seminars, a cocktail competition, an al fresco plated dinner, industry appreciation and a whole lot more!

Art RiNo

WHEN: Thru Sept. 11, 2022
WHERE: River North Art District - RiNo

This year the RiNo Art District is launching Art RiNo, a new, week-long arts festival featuring art in all its forms, with murals, music, installations, arts workshops and special events in partnership with Westword Music Showcase.

9th Annual High Plains Comedy Festival

WHEN: Sept. 8–10, 2022
WHERE: Various venues in Denver

Founded in 2013 by Denver comedian/writer Adam Cayton-Holland, this festival features a mix of local and national comics in venues throughout the city-with a special emphasis on the historic Baker neighborhood surrounding South Broadway. High Plains has quickly gained a reputation as one of the most talent-packed and fun-filled festivals in the country. While the curated list of comedians changes from year to year, it is always packed with a diverse mix of nationally and internationally known headliners, rising-star road warriors and burgeoning talent from the amazing local scene.

HardRock Summit 2022 - Gemstones, Jewelry, Minerals, Fossils, Meteorites

WHEN: Sept. 8–11, 2022
WHERE: Colorado Convention Center

The HardRock Summit is thrilled to be back in Denver this year with even more exhibitors, buyers, collectors and special showcases that will get the industry talking.

Westword Music Showcase 2022

WHEN: Sept. 9–10, 2022
WHERE: River North Art District - RiNo

The Westword Music Showcase will return to the RiNo Art District this September, filling the area with music from local and national acts alike in the city’s longest-running celebration of the scene. From the first Showcase in LoDo in 1995 to big bashes in the Golden Triangle a decade later to our current festivals in RiNo, the Showcase has only gotten bigger and better. Friday's music events are all free and feature more than 50 of Denver’s best bands, live painting, interactive art and offerings from the best food trucks in the city.

Colorado Festival of Horror

WHEN: Sept. 9–11, 2022
WHERE: Embassy Suites by Hilton Denver Central Park

The Colorado Festival of Horror (COFOH) 2022: Funhouse is an intimate fan experience and convention for all things horror, featuring celebrity guests, artists, writers, vendors, performers and so much more.

International Heritage Festival - Oktoberfest

WHEN: Sept. 9–11, 2022
WHERE: Anderson Park, Wheat Ridge

Enjoy a celebration of culture and music at the 45th annual International Heritage Festival, sponsored by The Colorado Folk Arts Council. First presented in 1976 as a celebration of Colorado's diverse cultures on the state's centennial anniversary, the celebration continues annually.

Longs Peak Scottish-Irish Highland Festival

WHEN: Sept. 9–11, 2022
WHERE: Estes Park Events Center, Estes Park

Come celebrate at one of the largest Celtic festivals in the nation. Entertainment includes bagpipe bands, Irish dancing, folk music, merchant tents and professional Scottish athletes competing in stone-put, hammer toss and caber toss.

Union Peak Festival

WHEN: Sept. 9–11, 2022
WHERE: Copper Mountain Resort, Copper Mountain

The largest gathering of the summer is back for a second year in a row at Copper Mountain. Union Peak Festival celebrates the convergence of sport, community and art with three days of live music performances, interactive art installations and booths, sports demonstrations and community gatherings. The Athlete’s Mountain will celebrate a weekend of elevated pursuits with interactive demos and active meetups including golf clinics, group mountain bike rides, fly fishing casting clinics, sunrise yoga and more. Trail runners are also invited to challenge their high-altitude lung capacity by participating in the Summit Up, a run on the mountain that will test even the most seasoned sprinter. 

33rd Annual Friendship Powwow

WHEN: Sept. 10, 2022
WHERE: 
Denver Art Museum
Denver Art Museum celebrates Native American art and culture with the 33rd Annual Friendship Powwow & Native American Cultural Celebration. Join the local Native community and enjoy music and dance performances. The celebration includes artmaking opportunities, local Native organizations selling fry bread and Indian tacos, as well as vendors showcasing jewelry, art, crafts, clothing and more. At 11 a.m., the Grand Entry, where all the dancers dance collectively, begins inside the new Sie Welcome Center in Sturm Grand Pavilion. This is a free day at the museum, so general admission is complimentary for all visitors.

Denver Seltzerland 2022

WHEN: Sept. 10, 2022
WHERE: Overland Park Golf Course

Enjoy this one-of-a-kind immersive experience as you spend the afternoon tasting 100+ unique hard seltzers. Indulge in mouthwatering munchies, tons of Seltzer swag and fantastic photo ops for the 'gram.

Westwood Chile Fest

WHEN: Sept. 10, 2022
WHERE: 4407 Morrison Rd.

This one-day event in the Westwood neighborhood celebrates Hispanic-centric cultures, making up 80 percent of this Denver neighborhood, with a strong focus on authentic food and local arts.

Farm Fest

WHEN: Sept. 10, 2022
WHERE: The Urban Farm

Head to The Urban Farm for a free family fun event with kids crafts and games, face painting, story time, animal demos, live music and food trucks! Tour the chicken coop, goat and sheep pen, and rabbit hutch with farm educators.

Sunnyside Music Festival

WHEN: Sept. 10, 2022
WHERE: Chaffee Park

The 20th Sunnyside Music Festival is a one-of-a-kind free event celebrating world-class Denver bands, artisan vendors, craft beer and cocktails, food trucks, kid's activities and community.

Castle Rock ArtFest

WHEN: Sept. 10–11, 2022
WHERE: Downtown Castle Rock On Perry Street (between 3rd/South) & Festival Park, Castle Rock
The weekend after Labor Day, the Castle Rock Chamber of Commerce hosts a juried fine arts show with artists from across the country. Castle Rock provides the perfect canvas for the 33rd Annual Colorado Artfest, which has become a summertime tradition for residents and art enthusiasts alike. Enjoy continual live main stage entertainment featuring popular musicians, interactive exhibits for the kids, savor fabulous food/beverages and so much more!

Saturday Night BAZAAR

WHEN: Sept. 10 and 17, 2022
WHERE: Sloan's Lake
Each Saturday Night BAZAAR features 40+ Colorado small businesses, selling everything from trendy fashions and handmade jewelry to artisan food products and home goods. Find the perfect gift, outfit or home accessory handmade in Colorado from a rotating lineup of local makers. Bring your appetite, as Saturday Night BAZAAR features local food trucks and street food vendors, as well as a pop-up bar serving up craft cocktails and local brews.

Day Out With Thomas™

WHEN: Sept. 10–25, 2022
WHERE: Colorado Railroad Museum, Golden
Hop on board an interactive train ride with a life-sized Thomas the Tank Engine and enjoy access to hands-free activities including live entertainment, scavenger hunt, hay bale maze, stage shows, sing-a-longs and much more! It’s full steam ahead to an unforgettable day with a host of train-related activities, including a special appearance from Sir Topham Hatt, the Railway Controller from The Island of Sodor.

Cervezas for Causes

WHEN: Sept. 15, 2022
WHERE: Cerveceria Colorado
At this fun event at Cerveceria Colorado, you'll enjoy the best Mexican-inspired local beer while supporting Museo De Las Americas! Cerveceria Colorado seeks to honor the traditions, flavors and culture of Mexico by utilizing traditional Mexican ingredients, flavors and processes to create innovative styles of beer. 

Breckenridge Wine Classic

WHEN: Sept. 15–17, 2022
WHERE: Various locations in Breckenridge
Winemakers and wine enthusiasts from around the world gather in the mountains for the annual Breckenridge Wine Classic. Experience the beauty of Breckenridge while sipping on the best selection of wines from around the world. Concerts and delectable small bites add to the lively atmosphere of this late-summer festival.

The WhiskeyX

WHEN: Sept. 16, 2022
WHERE: Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum
Taste, discover and learn about more than 60 premium whiskey brands and cocktails–the best of Bourbon, American, Irish, Scotch, rye and single malt at WhiskyX Denver. To make it an evening you won’t soon forget, there will be awesome cuisine available from the food truck village, a cigar lounge, complimentary hair-and-beard trims and a concert by Paul Cauthen!

Downtown Boulder Fall Fest

WHEN: Sept. 16–18, 2022
WHERE: Downtown Boulder
This three-day autumn festival features local food, a large beer/wine/margarita garden, live music, family entertainment and activities and features the Firefly Handmade Market all along the historic Pearl Street Mall.

Denver Oktoberfest

WHEN: Sept. 16–18 and 23–25, 2022
WHERE: Larimer and 21st in the Ballpark District
The free annual Denver Oktoberfest is almost here! Get ready for beer, pretzels, games and so much more celebrating German culture and cuisine. Denver Oktoberfest has been a staple two-weekend festival in Downtown Denver since 1969. From keg bowling to stein hoisting, live music and more, there’s something here for Oktoberfest pros and first timers.

Corn Maze at Chatfield Farms

WHEN: Sept. 16–Oct. 29, 2022
WHERE: Denver Botanic Gardens – Chatfield Farms
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. 

Highlands Ranch Music Arts Festival

WHEN: Sept. 17, 2022
WHERE: Civic Green Park, Highlands Ranch
The free, family-oriented Annual Highlands Ranch Music Arts Festival will fill Civic Green Park with entertainment, arts, a festival marketplace and activities. Bring a blanket and folding chairs and enjoy! The Highlands Ranch Concert Band, an organization of volunteer professional, amateur and high school musicians, provides free concerts throughout the year, is the organizer/promoter of the festival. Music will include a wide range of styles, including jazz, swing and concert music. The Festival Marketplace will offer items by artists, craftsmen and food vendors.

Loveland Chocolate Festival

WHEN: Sept. 17, 2022
WHERE: The Ranch Events Complex, Loveland
Enjoy a full day of chocolate sampling, shopping and entertainment as you indulge in chocolate truffles and fudge, chocolate martinis, chocolate cupcakes and pastries, chocolate everything!

ThirstyFest

WHEN: Sept. 17, 2022
WHERE: Stanley Marketplace, Aurora
ThirstyFest offers a full-day experience filled with live music, unlimited beverage tastings, food trucks, lawn games, family-friendly activities and more. This entirely volunteer-led event is supported by Rocky Mountain Water Environment Association, and all net proceeds benefit Water For People, an international non-profit born and raised right here in Denver.

Welby Days Farmers Market & Car Show

WHEN: Sept. 17, 2022
WHERE: Rotella Park
This free historic fall harvest festival, farmers' market and car show includes local produce, fall flowers, the Anythink Library bookmobile, local artist performances and classes, a car/ tractor/ motorcycle show, food trucks and fun.

Yard Art Contemporary - Congress Park

WHEN: Sept. 17–18, 2022
WHERE: Clayton
Artists Annie Decamp and Michael Dowling are proud to announce the third season of Yard Art Contemporary, a neighborhood-based contemporary art event that brings people together around art and offers an alternative platform for Denver’s notable artists to show and sell their work. Enjoy wine while flowing amongst the various tents to visit and shop in a light, informal atmosphere.

Art on the Green

WHEN: Sept. 17–18, 2022
WHERE: Curtis Center for the Arts, Greenwood Village
Check out and purchase artwork from over 80 artists, listen to live music, grab a bite from local food rucks and cool down with refreshing drinks at this annual, all-Colorado art festival!

Denver Walls

WHEN: Sept. 22–26, 2022
WHERE: 
River North Art District - RiNo
Don't miss this international mural festival in the Globeville and RiNo neighborhoods. Denver Walls will become a part of the globally recognized Worldwide Walls series of street art events, which, since 2010, has brought murals to public spaces in 19 international cities.

Recess Street Fest

WHEN: Sept. 23–25, 2022
WHERE: Recess Beer Garden

Recess Street Fest returns to LoHi. This will be a tidal wave of energy in Denver’s most lifted neighborhood. Street Fest is all-embracing, welcoming families, couples, die-hard music lovers and food truck connoisseurs. Local and national acts will take stage throughout the weekend covering a wide variety of artistry. This isn’t a party, this is Recess Street Fest 2022. We’ll see you there!

Central City Plein Air Festival

WHEN: Sept. 23–25, 2022
WHERE: Central City Opera House, Central City

Observe artists at work and enjoy free activities for the whole family! Specially selected artists from across the country travel to Central City to paint the incomparable Colorado scenery and historic atmosphere. On Saturday and Sunday, Central City Opera singers will perform at a ticketed Music & Art Concert in The Martin Foundry. The festival culminates in an exhibition and sale, where paintings created during the event are displayed and available for purchase. 

Sundown Music Festival

WHEN: Sept. 24, 2022
WHERE: Auraria Campus — Tivoli Quad

Colorado's detox music fest returns for its second year! Explore healthy nightlife in Downtown Denver at this music and mindfulness festival. Experience immersive music and mindfulness, dance party DJ sets, a sober bar by SPIRIT, meditation, non-alcoholic tasting lounges, art-scapes and live painting, wellness IV drips and radical healing, food trucks, performance art, artists and a vendor village. 

Strength In The City Wellness Block Party

WHEN: Sept. 24, 2022
WHERE: EDENS alley behind Denver Central Market

Strength in the City is bringing a day full of wellness to RiNo with retailers and local vendors. Enjoy wellness shopping, music and activities.

Centennial Chalk Art Festival

WHEN: Sept. 24, 2022
WHERE: The Streets at SouthGlenn, Centennial

Watch as local artists create sidewalk masterpieces using only chalk and their imaginations! Arrive early to spend the day browsing local businesses and vendors and enjoying an outdoor concert.

Found Collective: Artist, Maker, Vintage Market

WHEN: Sept. 24, 2022
WHERE: Dairy Arts Center, Boulder

This is Found Collective's first of many outdoor marketplace events at The Dairy Art Center! There will be 20+ vendors of artists, makers, vintage collectors, small businesses, etc., including permanent jewelry from Love Saro, personal styling for The Edit from KLM, tarot readings from Healing House and grab-and-go bouquets from Mountain Flower Farm. Listen to live music and grab drinks and pizza while you shop. 

Steers & Beers Whiskey and Beer Festival

WHEN: Sept. 24, 2022
WHERE: Ivywild School, Colorado Springs

Loads of local and not-so-local breweries and distilleries will be pouring samples of their awesome products. Enjoy one of the coolest venues (Ivywild School) with the best breweries and distilleries around. Enjoy the RNDC Whiskey Rooms where you can sample allocated and extremely hard-to-find whiskies during this VIP hour.

2022 Colorado Fall Home Show

WHEN: Sept. 24–25, 2022
WHERE: Colorado Convention Center

The Colorado Fall Home Show is your one-stop marketplace to get ideas to remodel, refresh and renew your home. Prepare your home for the upcoming change in season and this is just the place to get started. At the Colorado Fall Home Show you’ll find more than 200+ exhibitors well versed in home renovation, remodeling and sustainable living. Many our exhibitors will be standing by with tips, tools and ideas on how to best winterize your home.

Viva Southwest Mariachi Festival

WHEN: Sept. 25, 2022
WHERE: Levitt Pavilion

Head to Levitt Pavilion Denver for a night of free music at the Viva Southwest Mariachi Festival! 

Doors Open Denver

WHEN: Sept. 26–Oct. 16, 2022
WHERE: Various venues throughout Denver

From historic structures to contemporary builds, this event is an homage to Denver’s ever-changing architecture. The autumnal event draws architecture, art, history and culture enthusiasts, exploring and experiencing featured sites through in-person and virtual tours.

Handmade in Colorado Expo (Cherry Creek)

WHEN: Sept. 30–Oct. 2, 2022
WHERE: Various venues throughout Denver

The 14th annual Handmade in Colorado Expo is a juried event showcasing some of Colorado's best fine art and contemporary craft. The event will feature a vast array of independent designers producing original handcrafted goods from a wide array of media including metals, paper, glass, fibers, food, fabricated objects, clay, paint, wax, gems and more. All work sold will be created from both emerging and experienced artisans from Colorado. This event has free admission and some great local live music and performance art.

Denver Beer Week

WHEN: Sept. 30–Oct. 8, 2022
WHERE: Various venues throughout Denver

Enjoy nine days of all things beer. Head to The Mile High City for festivals, tap takeovers, brewery events and much more. 

Outdoor Family Fun All Summer Long

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. 

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