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.

JANUARY

Boulder Bach Festival

Various 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 Celebration

George 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 Exposition

Colorado 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 Show

National 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.

FEBRUARY

Colorado Garden & Home Show

Colorado 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.

MARCH

Colorado RV, Sports, Boat & Travel Show

National Western Complex • 303-892-6800 • www.bigasalloutdoors.com/css

Outdoor products, tips, presentations and activities are showcased by hundreds of exhibitors.

Denver Auto Show

Colorado Convention Center • 303-779-0140 • www.denverautoshow.com

The Auto Show features foreign and domestic vehicles, including futuristic prototypes.

Denver March Powwow

Denver 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 Parade

27th 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 Show

National Western Complex • 303-892-6800 • www.bigasalloutdoors.com/ps

This show exhibits the latest in home and garden products and offers how-to sessions.

APRIL

Doors Open Denver

Various 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 Service

Red 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 Festival

Denver 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.

MAY

Bolder Boulder

Boulder • 303-444-7223 • www.bolderboulder.com

Usually held on Memorial Day, this 10K race garners international attention and participation.

Cinco de Mayo Festival

Civic 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 Sale

Denver 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 Powwow

The 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.

JUNE

Arvada Center Summer Concert Series

The 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 Fair

Civic 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 Festival

I-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 Festival

Parker • 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 Series

Denver 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 Festival

Assumption 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 Festival

Five Points Neighborhood • 303-832-3770 • www.juneteenthmusicfestival.com

This cultural festival commemorates the end of slavery and celebrates African-American history.

JULY

Cherry Creek Arts Festival

Cherry 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 Festival

Sloan’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 Festival

Lawson (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 Celebration

Four 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 Aurora

Bicentennial 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.

AUGUST

Adams County Fair & Rodeo

Adams 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 Games

Highland 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 Rodeo

Douglas 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 Week

Littleton locations • 303-794-4870 • www.westernwelcomeweek.com

Littleton’s 11-day heritage celebration boasts arts and crafts, food, live performances and fireworks.

SEPTEMBER

A Taste of Colorado

Civic Center Park • 303-295-6330 • www.atasteofcolorado.com

Enjoy a culinary extravaganza, with demonstrations, entertainment, rides and arts and crafts booths.

AIDS Walk Colorado

Cheesman Park • 303-837-0166 • www.coloradoaidsproject.org

This 10K walk benefits the Colorado AIDS Project and other AIDS organizations.

Castle Rock Artfest

Wilcox 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 Show

Denver Merchandise Mart • www.denvermineralshow.com

Rare and popular beads, fossils, gems, jewelry and minerals are exhibited.

Festival Italiano Food and Wine Festival at Belmar

www.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 Festival

Colorado 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.

Oktoberfest

Larimer Square • 303-685-8124 • www.thedenveroktoberfest.com

Celebrate all things German in Denver’s model of the Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany.

OCTOBER

Cider Days Harvest Festival

www.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 Impact

Metro 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 Festival

Starz 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 PumpkinFest

DeLaney 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 Preserve

Chatfield 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.

NOVEMBER

Denver Botanic Gardens Holiday Sale

Denver 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 Square

Larimer 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 Trot

Washington Park • 303-433-8383 • www.unitedwaydenver.org

This Thanksgiving four-mile foot race and one-mile family fun run raises funds for United Way.

DECEMBER

Art Market Show and Sale

Arvada 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 Light

Denver Botanic Gardens • 720-865-3609 • www.botanicgardens.org

Denver Botanic Gardens turns into a winter wonderland of lights and winter plant arrangements.

Colorado Christmas

Boettcher 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 Lights

Downtown • 303-295-6330 • www.denverparadeoflights.com

An evening Parade of Lights transforms city streets and is a holiday tradition for many families.

Zoo Lights

Denver 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.