Give Denver to the Festivals

admin May 13, 2010 0

Colorado summers are some of the best in the country. Besides the beautiful Rocky Mountains, lush plains of the foothills and barbecues, Colorado loves her summer festivals. Downtown Denver City Park hosts many exciting festivals that draw people from all over the state and country to. Here are just a handful of fun festival attractions Denver has to offer:

June

Denver Chalk Arts Festival
When:June 5, 2010 – June 6, 2010
Where: La Piazza on Larimer Square, Denver
What: Presented by the Larimer Arts Association, over 200 professional, amateur and student artist expand their canvases to the street and their paints and pencils to chalk. Watch as each artist creates a range of work from replicating masterpieces to the abstract and surreal. Drop in on the wine pavilions and enjoy Italian music and food while you’re at it.

Capitol Hill People’s Fair
When: June 5 & 6, 2010
Where: Civic Center Park, Broadway and Colfax Ave., Denver
What: 250,000 people come to Civic Center Park for one weekend to see some of the best arts and crafts in Colorado. Fun for the whole family, come enjoy tasty food, handmade arts and crafts as well as an array of entertainment on six stages, street performers and more. You can also feel good about enjoying yourself because the People’s Fair is a big advocate of raises funds for non-profit organizations in and around Denver.

Denver Greek Festival
When: Friday, June 22 – Sunday, June 24
Where: 4610 E. Alameda Ave.
What: Come join the Greek eortasmós with authentic Greek food, dancing and arts at the Greek Orthodox Cathedral!

PrideFest
When: Saturday, June 23 – Sunday, June 24
Where: Civic Center Park, Denver
What: PrideFest celebrates the diversity of the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered community with a parade and vendor exhibits. The Denver PrideFest is one of the ten largest in the U.S.

Cherry Blossom Festival
When: June 26-27, 2010
Where: Between Lawrence and Larimer and 19th and 20th Streets, Downtown Denver
What: A Colorado celebration of Japanese-American culture, food, music, dance, arts and crafts. Come get a taste of Taiko drummers, fashion and history.

Denver International Buskerfest
When: One late June weekend
Where: 1400 Larimer St. and 16th Street Mall, Denver
What: Enjoy street theater and watch the buskers (street performers) from all over the world. There are comedians, jugglers, magicians, sword swallowers, tightrope walkers, aerialists and actors. This is a one-of-a-kind festival.

July

Cherry Creek Arts Festival
When: Saturday, July 3 to Monday, July 5, 2010
Where: Clayton Lane & Cherry Creek North, Denver
What: Over 200 international artists come to Denver and help by contributing proceeds towards the art education and outreach programs in Denver area schools. Feel good about purchasing artwork and participate in it at the hands-on “Artzone.” Listen to local Denver Bands and enjoy the festivities that art has to offer. Cherry Creek Arts Festival

Denver Black Arts Festival
When: Friday, July 9 to Saturday, July 11, 2010
Where: City Park West, Denver
What: The 24th annual Black Arts Festival features “Arts Purpose” as the theme this year featuring drum and drill team competitions, parades, music and art exhibits.

Colorado Dragon Boat Festival
When: Saturday, July 28 – Sunday, July 29
Where: Sloan’s Lake Park, Denver
What: Celebrate Asian culture with the famous dragon boat race across Sloan’s Lake in wooden dragon boats in honor of a Chinese poet. Enjoy pan-Asian food, crafts, music and acts.

August

City Park Festival of the Arts
When: First weeks of August
Where: City Park Denver
What: Over 140 Denver artists display and sell their art once a year with free live music. Enjoy the end of summer with some delicious barbeque in the park and visit the Denver Zoo and Denver Museum of Nature and Science while you’re at it.

September

Taste of Colorado
When: Friday, Sept 3 – Monday, Sept 6
Where: Civic Center Park, Broadway and Colfax Ave., Denver
What: 50 or so restaurants around Colorado are invited to share a taste of their menu with you. Purchase tickets at several kiosks and try foods like bacon ice cream, bbq pulled pork sandwiches, satay chicken, crawdads and more! There are also arts and crafts surrounding the food booths.

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