Your resource for the best summer festivals in Denver

Warm summer days and cooler evenings against the front range backdrop allows ample opportunity to enjoy Denver’s many amazing summer festivals. Ranging from pageants and arts to entertainment and cuisine, these well-known annual festivals will leave you with a sense of community and a better understanding of the diverse culture only Denver has to offer.

Slow Food Nations

Located at Larimer Square, Slow Food Nation will bring free clean eating food tastings together with educational opportunities through their culinary workshops and seminars. Throughout the three days of July 19 – 21, the Terra Madre-style festival can be experienced through tasting during informal eating, dine-dinners, and at the grand tasting hall.

Colorado Black Arts Festival

Denver’s 33rd annual Colorado Black Arts Festival is back July 12th – 14th at Denver City Park West. Patrons and artists come from around the world to experience this free celebration of African American arts and culture. The festival includes visual and performing arts by local Black artists, as well as educational opportunities to create cultural awareness and unity.

Denver County Fair

The county fair and carnival is back in town July 19th – 21st at the National Western Complex. Multiple entertainers, pageants, and an alpaca obstacle course are just a few of the many special events happening during the weekend of festivities. Interactive areas abound as well for all ages, including child-friendly bounce houses and a petting farm to adult events like the DCF Beer Fest and Whiskey, Wine, and Wieners. There’s something for everyone to enjoy.

Union Station Buskerfest

The first weekend in August brings the 143rd birthday celebration of Colorado to the Wynkoop Plaza at Denver Union Station. For the 4th annual Buskerfest, live performances from the busker community will ascend on the area to entertain the crowds. You’ll be sure to spot jugglers, acrobats, comedians, stilt-walkers, larger-than-life puppets, and so much more at this family-friendly event.


Denver International Festival

Also heading into August, international food, music, and art will be celebrated at Civic Center Park during the 3rd annual Denver International Festival. Food trucks, performers, vendors, and the Kid’s Village bring together a global atmosphere while giving back to our underprivileged communities here in Denver. If you’re feeling adventurous, round up 6 of your friends and sign up to take part in the International Tug of War Challenge.