19 of the Best Denver Festivals You Need to Experience

There are so many ways to enjoy the Mile High City that it can be tough to decide what to do during your vacation. Luckily, we compiled this list of the top Denver festivals that you need to experience in every season! Whether you want to sample the top brews in the area (and there are a lot here in Denver) or savor a delicious array of barbeque, you won’t go wrong with any of these amazing events!

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The Top Denver Festivals

Spring

Denver Arts Festival

The Denver Arts Festival highlights some of the best local and nationally acclaimed artists in the country. Over 50,000 people head to the suburb of Stapleton to take in live entertainment, food and libations, kids activities, and, of course, plenty of art exhibits! Mixed media arts, glasswork, ceramics, fiber art, furniture, and 3-D art are just a few of the many forms of artistry on display during this Denver festival!

Denver Day of Rock

Are you ready to rock and roll? You can do just that at the lively Denver Day of Rock on Memorial Day weekend! This free event features an extensive list of bands from around the country playing on the 16th Street Mall in downtown. You can jam out while experiencing the best of the Mile High City on foot.

Belgian Brew Fest

If there’s one thing that Belgium and Denver have in common, it’s beer. Brews, bands, and good times await you at this festival celebrating the strong, yeast-centered beers of Belgium. The event takes place at Bruz Beers, about 20-minutes north of downtown, and usually features special guest breweries like Duvel and Brewery Ommegang! You won’t want to miss the Belgian Brew Fest!

Five Points Jazz Festival

The Five Points Jazz Festival celebrates the history and heritage of Denver’s Five Points District! Once known as the Harlem of the West, jazz music was a staple here, and clubs hosted famed musicians such as Miles Davis and Thelonious Monk. This event takes place on the third Sunday of May and is free to the public.

Summer

Taste of Colorado

A Taste of Colorado combines food, music, art, and family fun into one big end-of-summer celebration in the Civic Center Park! The event offers more than 50 local restaurants, over 250 vendors, six stages, and educational programs dedicated to providing information and awareness about the diverse Western region of America. Check their website for specific details and info about this year’s event!

Cherry Creek Arts Festival

If you only have time to visit the Mile High City during one festival this year, make it the Cherry Creek Arts Festival. This celebration of art, music, and food is one of the premier annual summer events in Denver featuring local artists and culinary endeavors. Rows and rows of tasty cuisine satisfy your palate while the art vendors offer a great chance to bring home a unique souvenir from your trip to Denver in the summer!

Colorado Dragon Boat Festival

Colorado Dragon Boat Festival offers visitors and residents one of the most unique experiences in Denver. Guests can savor delicious Asian delicacies, cheer on contestants in a dragon boat racing competition, and watch performers take the stage around the festival grounds. This July festival is a fantastic way to commemorate Asian American heritage in the largest Dragon Boat Festival in the United States.

Denver BBQ Festival

Summer and barbeque go together. It’s a simple fact. And the Mile High City cranks up the heat in the summer to provide guests with the tastiest experience possible at the Denver BBQ Festival! Sample a variety of mouthwatering smoked meats and exciting live entertainment in the Broncos Stadium at Mile High.

Denver Chalk Art Festival

Did you enjoy drawing on the sidewalk or driveway with chalk when you were a little kid? Then you will love the Denver Chalk Art Festival! Artists use the streets of Larimer Square as their canvas at this free two-day summer event in Denver where you can view their masterpieces as you peruse through local shops and restaurants.

City Park Jazz

City Park Jazz is one of the best ways to experience local flavors, sounds, and sights during your summer visit to the Mile High City. Weekly jazz concerts blare vibrant music throughout the beautiful and spacious City Park. Food trucks deliver you tasty grub as you relax and enjoy the warm summer air on a lovely Denver night. Who knows, you might even stick around another week to experience another one!

Fall

Denver Film Festival

Calling all cinema buffs! The Denver Film Festival features more than 250 blockbusters, documentaries, short films, and more! This premier Denver festival is over a week long at the beginning of November and is a fantastic place to experience the best cinematic interpretations of the year!

Denver International Wine Festival

The Mile High is a beer lover’s paradise, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t know how to celebrate a good time with some excellent wine. The Denver International Wine Festival is one of the top fall food and wine festivals in the country! This event takes place at various hotels throughout the metropolitan area and features a food and wine pairing competition, 400 wines available for tasting, educational seminars, tours of three local wineries, and much more!

Great American Beer Fest

Did we mention that Denver is big on beer? The Great American Beer Festival is the king of them all, with over 800 breweries showcased and over 3800 beers available for sampling. You won’t want to miss this three day Denver festival where beer competitions, food pairings, and live entertainment mix to create a world-class atmosphere!

Oktoberfest

No fall is complete without an Oktoberfest celebration! Denver knows how to do it right with two full weekends of beer, entertainment, food, and more beer! Fun competitions like the Long Dog Derby and keg bowling make this fun and engaging Denver festival one to remember! Get ready to grab a stein and “Prost” to good times!

Festival Italiano

For the perfect way to end the summer and welcome autumn, check out the Festival Italiano. You can experience this delightful Italian festival at the Belmar in Lakewood in mid-September. When you arrive, taste signature cuisines from over 70 different Italian restaurants as well as exquisite wines from local wineries. There’s also a variety of artisans selling gelato, flowers, and much more. As you peruse the tents, feel free to spectate chef demonstrations and listen to live music. With so many activities and provisions, this is one of the Denver fall festivals you won’t want to miss! Did we mention that admission is completely free?

Rock ‘N’ Roll Denver Half Marathon

The Rock ‘N’ Roll Denver Half Marathon takes you on a trip through some of the coolest areas of the Mile High City! The race starts at the Civic Center Park and weaves through downtown, past Larimer Square and Coors Field. You’ll then run along 17th Avenue to City Park and circle back towards Civic Center Park. Do you think you have what it takes to conquer this Denver event?

Winter

Winter Brew Fest

Sure, it’s cold outside, but that doesn’t stop the Mile High City from enjoying a tasty craft brew. The Denver Winter Brew Fest features over 100 breweries from around the country accompanied by live music. Sample popular beers from Sierra Nevada Brewing Company or lesser-known gems like Great Divide Brewery.

Icelantic’s Winter on the Rocks

Red Rocks Amphitheatre is one of the most iconic music venues in the country, and it continues to rock visitors in the winter. Icelantic Winter on the Rocks showcases some of the top artists in the world in a unique setting. Watch the stars on the stage and in the sky for a concert that you will never forget.

Ullr Fest

You don’t have to be a fan of Norse Mythology to enjoy this Viking-themed festival in Breckenridge. Grab a horned Viking hat and join the many skiers and snowboarders taking time off of the slopes to enjoy a weekend full of winter partying. The Ullr Fest has just about every kind of crazy event you can imagine. Watch people retire their Christmas trees at the Ullr bonfire, jump into freezing water at the Ullr Ice Plunge, or try to break the world’s longest shot ski record (seeing how many people can line up and take a shot off of a ski).

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