Denver is easily one of the most beautiful cities in the United States, and there is no better time to get out and enjoy the area than the summer. The great weather allows you to spend the entire day outside. It also brings some amazing events to the city almost every weekend. With the start of summer rapidly approaching, here are the eight Denver summer festivals that you absolutely will not want to miss this year.

Colorado Brewers Festival

While it may not be technically hosted inside the city limits of Denver, there is no better way to kick off the start of summer than at the Colorado Brewers Festival. Everyone knows Colorado is the home of great beer, and more than 50 different breweries will be showcasing their concoctions at the festival. In addition to the unlimited beer samples, you will also be able to taste some great local food and enjoy several bands throughout the event. The Colorado Brewers Festival takes place on June 28 and 29 at Canvas Stadium in Fort Collins, which is only a short drive from the city of Denver. 

 

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Cherry Creek Arts Festival

When it comes to Denver events, the Cherry Creek Arts Festival may be the largest of the entire summer. A vast range of visual and performance artists will be displaying their talents at the festival. This is the ideal festival for children because there are several interactive exhibits that let them create their own art to take home. Cherry Creek is also offering culinary and music stages with live performances throughout the entire festival. Cherry Creek Arts Festival takes place July 5-7, and it is completely free to attend.

 

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Denver International Wine Festival

This is not only one of the best Denver summer festivals, but it is also one of the top wine festivals in the entire country. The event has even been honored by “Food & Wine Magazine.” The Denver International Wine Festival kicks off on July 10 with a beautiful gourmet dinner that offers dishes specifically created to pair with some of the best wines in the area. A huge tasting party is held on July 12 with more than 50 different wineries in attendance. You will also get to enjoy appetizers and a silent auction during the tasting party.

 

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Denver County Fair

A traditional county fair is coming to the National Western Complex in Denver on July 19. In addition to the typical carnival rides and games, attendees will get to enjoy goat yoga, professional wrestling, an antique car show, and a beer festival. There will also be special live contests held throughout the weekend that offer cash prizes to the winners. A few of these contests include competitive eating, cornhole, hula hooping and cake decorating.

 

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Underground Music Showcase

There are several huge Denver events that focus exclusively on music, but the Underground Music Showcase easily tops them all. This indie music festival has more than 200 bands playing over the course of four days starting on July 26. These bands will be performing at 20 different venues in Denver. In addition to all of the great local bands, the Underground Music Showcase also brings some amazing national touring acts to the area. The 2019 edition of the festival is being headlined by Honne, Chicano Batman, Black Mountain, Tuxedo and Empress Of. You can gain access to every concert by purchasing an all-access wristband for only $50.

 

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Denver International Festival

The diverse culture of the city will be celebrated at the Denver International Festival in Civic Center Park on August 3. You will have the opportunity to sample traditional dishes from Asia, Africa, South America, and the Mediterranean at the more than 20 different food trucks at the event. The festival stage will host five different international musicians including El Javi and Irie Still. Global dance performances will be held on the stage after each concert. The festival will also feature an interactive kids area, handcrafted art exhibits, live fitness classes and a tug-of-war competition.

 

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Colorado Classic

The roads of Downtown Denver will be transformed into a cycling course as some of the best athletes in the world visit the area for the Colorado Classic on August 25. You will get to watch the exhilarating action in person as the professional cyclists attempt to win this prestigious event. A few of the top viewing spots for the race are Coors Field and City Park. There will be a celebratory event after the race is over. This event will offer drinks, live performances, food, and family-friendly activities.

 

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A Taste of Colorado

There is officially no better way to celebrate the end of summer in Denver than at A Taste of Colorado. There will be more than 50 different local restaurants serving their best dishes. The special kids’ area will offer crafts, magicians, dancers and a playground. All three days of the festival will end with amazing free concerts on the main stage. A few of the bands you will get to see for free this year are KC and the Sunshine Band, Kool and the Gang, Dwight Yoakam, Locash, Scott Stapp and Toad the Wet Sprocket. A Taste of Colorado will be held over Labor Day weekend in Civic Center Park.

 

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