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Denver Summer 2019 Festivals: The Best of Food, Art & Music

Make your 2019 summer a non-stop celebration. Denver’s summer festivals showcase the best food, art, and music in the great state of Colorado – and the nation.

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Food Festivals

If you’re a foodie, then you’ll have no problems finding new foods to try. From simple yet scrumptious tacos to international cuisine and local craft brew to sophisticated wine, Denver has something to satisfy every type of palette.

Denver Taco Festival, June 29 – 30

Too many tacos? There’s no such thing. Revel in your love for tacos at the Denver Taco Festival. Featuring $2, mouthwatering tacos and live entertainment (including chihuahua racing), this festival is a jam-packed weekend you and your equally taco-obsessed friends and family will love.

Denver International Wine Festival, July 10 – 12

Prepare to elevate your taste buds at the 15th Annual Denver International Wine Festival. Named one of “The Best Wine Festivals Across America” by Food & Wine Magazine, this event pairs delectable cuisine with first-class wine, beer, and spirits to create a celebration of international culinary delights.

Colorado Fare Block Party, July 19

Indulge in the local taste of Colorado. Slow Food Nations’ Colorado Fare Block Party shines a spotlight on the local food ecosystem and calls deserved attention to ranchers, farmers, community groups, and more from every corner of the state. Munch on free samples from 15+ chefs and quench your thirst with craft brews. There’s no better way to salute Colorado’s unique food culture.

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Art Festivals

Rejoice in creativity and individuality at one of Denver’s many art festivals. Promoting artists from all over the country, these events clearly display just how wild and diverse the imagination can be.

Cherry Creek Arts Festival, July 5 –7

Featuring 260 artists specializing in painting, sculpture, photography, and much more, the Cherry Creek Arts Festival is a celebration of the visual arts. Purchase one-of-a-kind artworks and learn the stories of the visionaries who crafted them. Cherry Creek Arts Festival is a free community event that will feed the artist’s soul in you.

Cheesman Park Art Fest, July 27 – 28

The 7th Annual Cheesman Park Art Fest boasts over 150 artists from around the country, a dynamic lineup of Denver musicians, and scrumptious bites provided by 12 local food trucks. Bop to live music while perusing original artwork and interacting with the artists themselves.

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Music Festivals

Sway to the rhythm at the most popular music festivals Denver has to offer this summer. Cultivating a budding music scene, Denver brings together local and national talent to create musical festivities unlike any other.

Westword Music Showcase, June 29

The largest single-day music festival in Denver, Westword Music Showcase features more than 75 local and national headliners, including CHVRCHES, Jai Wolf, and Bishop Briggs – just to name a few. 2019 is also a special year for Westwood Music Showcase, celebrating its 25th anniversary. Rock on all day long and take part in this historic event that’s contributed to the growth of Denver’s local music scene since 1995.

Global Dance Festival, July 19 – 20

More than just a revelry of music, Colorado’s Global Dance Festival merges live music with carnival rides and art installations to create an immersive experience that will astound your senses. Embrace the eclectic adventure Global Dance Festival is offering and dance like no one is watching.

Underground Music Showcase, July 26 – 28

Back for its nineteenth year, Denver’s Underground Music Showcase showcases more than 200 local and national musical talents. This three-day event is the largest music festival in Denver, highlighting the budding local music scene. An absolute must for any music lover, UMS guarantees an unforgettable experience.

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Cultural Festivals

In search of entertainment that combines your love of food, art, and music while going the extra mile? Then Denver’s cultural festivals are exactly what you’re looking for.

Colorado Irish Festival, July 12 – 14

Ever wonder what a three-day Saint Patrick’s Day party would be like? You’re in luck. A full weekend of kilts, bagpipes, and Irish step dancing awaits you at the Colorado Irish Festival where Irish heritage and culture is taken to the max. Feast on a traditional Irish breakfast, explore the Cultural Village educating visitors on Irish history in Colorado, and dance to the sounds of contemporary Irish music.

Colorado Dragon Boat Festival, July 27 – 28

Celebrate the year of the pig! With over 120,000 attendees plus 160 performers and venders, the Colorado Dragon Boat Festival is the largest in the nation. Including an Asian food pop up series at the Denver Botanic Gardens, a Live Art exhibit displaying the diversity of Asian and Asian American culture, and performances showcasing martial arts and traditional dances, the Colorado Dragon Boat Festival has it all.

Get Out and Celebrate in Denver This Summer

With all the great Denver summer festivals happening soon, there’s no shortage of things to celebrate. You’ll find ways to enjoy all Denver has to offer whether your great love is food, art, or music (or all of the above)!