There is never a shortage of interesting things to do in Denver. Whatever your favorite activities are, you will enjoy the variety of events held each year.
Boulder Bach FestivalVarious Boulder, Longmont, & Denver Locations • 303-776-9666 • www.boulderbachfest.org
This festival celebrates the music of Baroque master Johann Sebastian Bach.
Colorado Asian Pacific Cultural Festival/Chinese New Year CelebrationGeorge Washington High School • 720-529-0980 • www.denverchineseschool.org
Approximately 4,000 people and 15 organizations participate in this annual event. Enjoy Asian-Pacific cuisine, cultural displays, dances, music, art, acrobatics and games for children.
International Sportsmen’s ExpositionColorado Convention Center • 800-545-6100 • www.sportsexpos.com
Hunting and fishing enthusiasts enjoy the latest products and services, expert demonstrations and a family fun center at the area’s largest sportsmen’s show.
National Western Stock Show, Rodeo & Horse ShowNational Western Complex • 303-297-1166 • www.nationalwestern.com
Drawing more than 640,000 people, National Western features livestock exhibits, cattle auctions, rodeo competitions and horse shows. The show was the first to host bucking bull and “Bell ringer Select” bred female sales and the Gambler’s Choice Opening Jumping.
Colorado Garden & Home ShowColorado Convention Center • 303-932-8100 • www.gardeningcolorado.com
Colorado’s oldest and most prestigious garden and home show features home and garden products, services, displays, seminars, demonstrations and shows.
Colorado RV, Sports, Boat & Travel ShowNational Western Complex • 303-892-6800 • www.bigasalloutdoors.com/css
Outdoor products, tips, presentations and activities are showcased by hundreds of exhibitors.
Denver Auto ShowColorado Convention Center • 303-779-0140 • www.denverautoshow.com
The Auto Show features foreign and domestic vehicles, including futuristic prototypes.
Denver March PowwowDenver Coliseum • 303-934-8045 • www.denvermarchpowwow.org
A weekend celebration of Native American customs through dances, contests, arts and crafts, demonstrations and drum groups.
Denver St. Patrick’s Day Parade27th and Blake streets • 303-368-9861 • www.denverstpatricksdayparade.com
Only New York City rivals Denver for the largest St. Patrick’s Day parade. Denver’s parade features colorful floats, marching bands and dancers.
Spring Home & Patio ShowNational Western Complex • 303-892-6800 • www.bigasalloutdoors.com/ps
This show exhibits the latest in home and garden products and offers how-to sessions.
Doors Open DenverVarious Denver Locations • www.doorsopendenver.com
This free weekend event invites citizens to experience Denver’s built environment in a new way – from the inside. Tour Denver’s architectural gems and lesser-known treasures on your own or participate in expert tours led by members of the architectural community.
Easter Sunrise ServiceRed Rocks Amphitheatre • 303-825-4910 • www.redrocksonline.com
As dawn breaks, a non-denominational sunrise service is held in spectacular natural surroundings.
Denver Public Schools Shakespeare FestivalDenver Performing Arts Complex • 303-423-8278 • www.shakespeare.dpsk12.org
Street and stage performances by students from 81 schools focus on excerpts from the works of Shakespeare. Renaissance music and dance also are featured.
Bolder BoulderBoulder • 303-444-7223 • www.bolderboulder.com
Usually held on Memorial Day, this 10K race garners international attention and participation.
Cinco de Mayo FestivalCivic Center Park • 303-534-8342 • www.cincodemayodenver.com
One of the largest cultural events in Colorado, Cinco de Mayo features live entertainment, art displays, food and drink, and many children’s activities—all with a Mexican flare.
Denver Botanic Gardens Plant SaleDenver Botanic Gardens • 720-865-3500 • www.botanicgardens.org
More than 85,000 plants specific to Colorado gardening are for sale with proceeds benefiting the Denver Botanic Gardens.
Indian Market and PowwowThe Fort Restaurant • 19192 Highway 8, Morrison • 303-839-1671 • www.tesoroculturalcenter.org
Enjoy a weekend of traditional Native American tribal dance competitions, demonstrations and art. Art experts will judge the submissions of the country’s premier Native American artists.
Arvada Center Summer Concert SeriesThe Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities • 720-898-7200 • www.arvadacenter.org
The Center presents its annual Summer Concert Series—an eclectic mix of music presented outdoors under the dazzling Rocky Mountain skies. Providing an intimate setting where no audience member is farther than 100 feet from the stage, the Arvada Center hosts multiple concerts featuring a variety of music styles, from Cajun to western swing and jazz to bluegrass.
CHUN Capitol Hill People’s FairCivic Center Park • 303-830-1651 • www.peoplesfair.com
This fair has been celebrating the historic Capitol Hill neighborhood for more than 30 years. It boasts arts and crafts, food and continuous entertainment.
Colorado Renaissance FestivalI-25 S., Exit 172 and 173 • Larkspur • 303-688-6010 • www.coloradorenaissance.com
A 16th century village and marketplace is recreated for eight weekends in June and July.
Parker Days FestivalParker • Colorado • • https://parkerdaysfestival.com/
Parker Days has grown into a Colorado Home Town Festival. Offering rides, food and fun for the whole family. The festival happens over a course of 4 days, with music playing on three different stages with headliners such as Bret Michaels and Rick Springfield opening the festival.
Denver Botanic Gardens Summer Concert SeriesDenver Botanic Gardens • 720-865-3500 • www.botanicgardens.org
This outdoor concert series is a great way for families to listen to first-class music while picnicking on the lawn.
Greek FestivalAssumption Greek Orthodox Cathedral • 303-388-9314 • www.thegreekfestival.com
Denver’s Greek community hosts this three-day celebration, featuring Greek food, live music, entertainment and gift items.
Juneteenth Music FestivalFive Points Neighborhood • 303-832-3770 • www.juneteenthmusicfestival.com
This cultural festival commemorates the end of slavery and celebrates African-American history.
Cherry Creek Arts FestivalCherry Creek North • 303-355-2787 • www.cherryarts.org
This is one of the nation’s largest juried art festivals with great food, music, art shows, painting classes and hundreds of artists in all mediums, from ceramics, painting and digital art to jewelry, metalwork, photography and sculpture. The music continues on Saturday and Sunday until 10 p.m. So grab a cool beverage and spend a hot summer night at Cherry Creek.
Colorado Dragon Boat FestivalSloan’s Boat Festival • 303-722-6852 • www.coloradodragonboat.org
A celebration of Asian culture that includes a race of ornate dragon boats on the second day.
Denver Black Arts FestivalLawson (Sonny) Park • 303-860-0040 • www.denbaf.org
Learn about all forms of African-American culture through artwork, ethnic foods, drum and drill teams, steppin’, oral storytelling and African, Caribbean and modern dance.
Independence Day CelebrationFour Mile Historic Park • 303-399-1859 • www.fourmilepark.org
An old-fashioned Fourth of July is enjoyed in Denver’s living history park with music from the Denver Concert Band, visits from historical figures, food and rides in horse-drawn carriages.
KidSpree AuroraBicentennial Park • 303-326-8FUN • www.auroragov.org/kidspree
Colorado’s largest free outdoor festival just for kids features more than 60 hands-on activities and entertainers.
Adams County Fair & RodeoAdams County Regional Park Brighton • www.adamscountyfair.com
Held the first weekend in August, the fair includes rodeos, artisans and top-name musicians.
Colorado Scottish Festival & Rocky Mountain Highland GamesHighland Heritage Park • Highlands Ranch • 303-238-6524 • www.scottishgames.org
Highland games, dances, bagpipes and all things Scottish are enjoyed at this annual festival.
Douglas County Fair and RodeoDouglas County Fairgrounds • Castle Rock • 303-688-4597 • www.douglas.co.us/eventscenter
This traditional county fair has food vendors, game booths, entertainment, rides and a rodeo.
Western Welcome WeekLittleton locations • 303-794-4870 • www.westernwelcomeweek.com
Littleton’s 11-day heritage celebration boasts arts and crafts, food, live performances and fireworks.
A Taste of ColoradoCivic Center Park • 303-295-6330 • www.atasteofcolorado.com
Enjoy a culinary extravaganza, with demonstrations, entertainment, rides and arts and crafts booths.
AIDS Walk ColoradoCheesman Park • 303-837-0166 • www.coloradoaidsproject.org
This 10K walk benefits the Colorado AIDS Project and other AIDS organizations.
Castle Rock ArtfestWilcox Square • 303-688-4597 • www.castlerockartfest.com
Enjoy artwork from around the country, as well as food, music, entertainment and a kid’s area.
Denver Gem and Mineral ShowDenver Merchandise Mart • www.denvermineralshow.com
Rare and popular beads, fossils, gems, jewelry and minerals are exhibited.
Festival Italiano Food and Wine Festival at Belmarwww.belmarcolorado.com
The annual Festival Italiano Food and Wine Festival at Belmar features more than 70 of the finest Italian food, wine and artisan vendors from the area who sell ceramics, gelato, sausage, baked goods, pasta, flowers, herbs, sculpture, antique maps, produce, pizza and much more.
Great American Beer FestivalColorado Convention Center • 303-447-0816 • www.beertown.org/events/GABF/index.htm
The Association of Brewers’ Great American Beer Festival features 1,600 of the nation’s best beers from 320 American breweries. The festival offers one of the largest array of beers, as well as the biggest selection of beers ever gathered together on the globe.
OktoberfestLarimer Square • 303-685-8124 • www.thedenveroktoberfest.com
Celebrate all things German in Denver’s model of the Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany.
Cider Days Harvest Festivalwww.lakewood.org
Celebrate the autumn season at the 33rd Annual Cider Days harvest festival! Cider Days includes booths serving cider by the glass or gallon. Festival-goers can also bring apples (or buy them at the event) and use our presses to make fresh apple cider to take home.
Denver Day of ImpactMetro Denver Region • 303-282-1234 • www.metrovolunteers.org
Corporations, families and individuals volunteer their time on this day to feed the hungry, build shelters, care for the environment and help those who need it most.
Denver International Film FestivalStarz Film Center and Denver Performing Arts Complex • 303-595-3456 • www.denverfilm.org
More than 200 films representing some 40 countries unfold in this award-winning, 11-day event.
Jack-O-Launch at PumpkinFestDeLaney Farm • 303-326-8FUN • www.auroragov.org/pumpkinfest
In this competition, teams use homemade launching mechanisms to hurl pumpkins hundreds of feet through the air. The festival also features a pumpkin patch, hayrides, live music and more.
Pumpkin Festival at Chatfield Nature PreserveChatfield Nature Preserve • 720-865-3500 • www.botanicgardens.org
Pick your favorite pumpkin and enjoy food, rides, crafts, nature trails and more at this fall event.
Denver Botanic Gardens Holiday SaleDenver Botanic Gardens • 720-865-3565 • www.botanicgardens.org
Gifts for plant lovers are featured, including herbal oils and unusual craft items and ornaments.
Holidays on Larimer SquareLarimer Square • 303-685-8143 • www.larimersquare.com
The day after Thanksgiving, Larimer Square is magically transformed and adorned with thousands of twinkling lights. Activities include a spectacular tree-lighting ceremony and performances by local school choirs and bands.
Mile High United Way Turkey TrotWashington Park • 303-433-8383 • www.unitedwaydenver.org
This Thanksgiving four-mile foot race and one-mile family fun run raises funds for United Way.
Art Market Show and SaleArvada Center for the Arts and Humanities • 720-898-7200 • www.arvadacenter.org
More than 140 acclaimed Colorado artists feature original artwork and contemporary crafts in 6,000 square feet of gallery space. Items on exhibit and for sale include jewelry, ceramics, paintings, furniture, contemporary textiles and more.
Blossoms of LightDenver Botanic Gardens • 720-865-3609 • www.botanicgardens.org
Denver Botanic Gardens turns into a winter wonderland of lights and winter plant arrangements.
Colorado ChristmasBoettcher Concert Hall • 303-292-5566 • www.coloradosymphony.org
More than 300 performers from the Colorado Symphony Orchestra, Symphony Chorus and Children’s Chorale perform favorite holiday music.
Parade of LightsDowntown • 303-295-6330 • www.denverparadeoflights.com
An evening Parade of Lights transforms city streets and is a holiday tradition for many families.
Zoo LightsDenver Zoo • 303-376-4800 • www.denverzoo.org
Zoo lights is the largest lighting event in the state with more than 1 million colored lights illuminating more than 35 acres. Enjoy animated light sculptures, holiday music and seasonal treats.