Denver Summer Fairs and Festivals

Weekend Festivals 2015

Denver summer festival season kicks off with the Downtown Denver Arts Festival over Memorial Day weekend, and continues until the Taste of Colorado over Labor Day Weekend. The People's Fair in June draws large crowds to Civic Center Park, and there are also several festivals that celebrate Denver's ethnic heritage.

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    Date: Friday, May 22 - Sunday, May 24, 2015
    Location: Denver Performing Arts Complex
    Cost: Free admission.
    What: The Downtown Denver Arts Festival celebrates its 17th year of featuring Colorado artists over Memorial Day weekend. The festival will be held in the Denver Performing Arts Complex instead of its previous location in the Denver Pavilions.
    More: Photos from the Downtown Denver Arts Festival

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    Date: Saturday, June 6 - Sunday, June 7, 2015
    Location: Larimer Square, Denver
    Cost: Free admission.
    What: Denver artists invade Larimer Square to create temporary masterpieces on city sidewalks. More than 200 artists will compete in the street festival. New this year, a chalk art festival will also be held in Centennial, Colo., in the fall.
    More: Photos from the Denver Chalk Art Festival

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    Date: Saturday, June 6 - Sunday, June 7, 2015
    Location: Civic Center Park, Denver
    Cost: Free admission.
    What: The largest of all summer festivals in Denver, the People's Fair began in 1971, sponsored by the Capitol Hill United Neighborhoods. The festival features arts and crafts, live music, and food and drink vendors.
    More: Photos from the Capitol Hill People's Fair

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    Date: Weekends from Saturday, June 13 - Sunday, August 2, 2015
    Location: Larkspur, CO (30 min. south of Denver)
    Cost: $19.95 for adults, $9 for children ages 5 to 12 and free for children under the age of 5.
    What: Huzzah! Travel back in time to the Renaissance with medieval entertainment, crafts and food. Costumes are optional for children and adults.
    More: Photos from the Colorado Renaissance Festival

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    Date: Friday, June 19 - Sunday, June 21, 2015
    Location: 4610 E. Alameda Ave.
    Cost:  $5 for adults, $3 for seniors over the age of 65. Children under the age of 12 receive free admission.
    What: The Denver Greek Festival, held in the parking lot of the Greek Orthodox Cathedral on Alameda, features gyros, dancing and crafts.
    More: Photos from the Denver Greek Festival

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    Date: Saturday, June 20 - Sunday, June 21, 2015
    Location: Civic Center Park, Denver
    Cost: Free admission.
    What: The PrideFest parade celebrates the diversity of the GLBT (gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered) community in the Mile High City. The Denver PrideFest is one of the ten largest pride festivals in the U.S., and celebrates its 40th year in 2015.
    More: Photos from PrideFest

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    Date: Friday, July 3 - Sunday, July 5, 2015
    Location: Cherry Creek North, Denver
    Cost: Free admission.
    What: The fine arts festival comes to Cherry Creek every Fourth of July weekend. Cherry Creek also features arts and crafts activities for kids.
    More: Photos from the Cherry Creek Arts Festival

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    Date: Friday, July 10 - Sunday, July 12, 2015
    Location: City Park West, Denver
    Cost: Free admission, but a gate donation is welcomed.
    What: The Colorado Black Arts Festival features drum and drill team competitions, parades, music and art exhibits. The festival used to be called the Denver Black Arts Festival, but was renamed to reflect its statewide focus.

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    Date: Friday, July 10 - Sunday, July 12, 2015
    Location: Clement Park, Littleton
    Cost: Tickets are $13 in advance for adults on Saturday and Sunday. All tickets for Friday are $10. Children under the age of 12 receive free admission. Students, seniors and military receive a discount.
    What: Slainte! The Colorado Irish Festival celebrates the Emerald Isle in the Mile High City. Irish music, dancing and entertainment are featured, as well as food and drink from local vendors
    More: Photos from the Colorado Irish Festival

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    Date: Saturday, July 18 - Sunday, July 19, 2015
    Location: Sloan's Lake Park, Denver
    Cost: Free admission.
    What: Wooden dragon boats race across Sloan's Lake in the Dragon Boat Festival honoring Asian culture. Live music, Asian food and arts and crafts are also part of the festival.
    More: Photos from the Dragon Boat Festival

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    Date: Saturday, August 15 - Sunday, August 16, 2015
    Location: 11th St. and Arapahoe St., Golden
    Cost: Free admission.
    What: Visit the arts festival from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. both days in historic Golden. Don't miss the free horse-drawn carriage rides for children and adults alike.

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    Date: Friday, Sept. 4 - Monday, Sept. 7, 2015
    Location: Civic Center Park
    Cost: Free admission. Food tickets are $5 for a strip of eight.
    What: Food lovers converge on the Mile High City's annual event at Civic Center Park. Denver's finest restaurants offer bite-size samples of their wares at the festival.
    More: Photos from A Taste of Colorado

    Nina Snyder is the author of "Good Day, Broncos," a children's e-book, and "ABCs of Balls," a children's picture book. Visit her website at ninasnyder.com.