Denver Events

Denver EventsEven in chilly winter weather, the people of Denver can find an opportunity to celebrate. Denver starts its bountiful event year with the National Western Stock Show and Rodeo. The kick-off parade features a full herd of Texas Longhorn cattle being driven through downtown Denver. Of course, marching bands, performers and floats get in on the act, too, but the Longhorn spectacle is like no other. In the two weeks following the parade, cowpokes enjoy the Stock Show and Rodeo, a 100-year-old Denver tradition. With more than 15,000 horses, cattle, alpacas, bison and just about every other livestock, there's something for everyone here. Rodeo competitions, a trade show, countless performances, a Western art show and a variety of farming/ranching demonstrations delight the crowd of about 650,000 attendees.

Denver's festival season really takes off in the spring, beginning with the country's largest Cinco de Mayo Celebration. Nearly half a million people celebrate the holiday with a Mariachi Mass, a downtown parade, plenty of live entertainment, food and drink in abundance and delightful children's entertainment. Three live music stages offer live Latin jazz, salsa, Notena and Tex-Mex music. The festivities last all weekend long.

The historic Capitol Hill neighborhoods celebrate their community's diversity with the popular Capitol Hill People's Fair each June. The festival began more than 40 years ago and now draws more than 250,000 visitors to Denver's Civic Center Park. Held the first weekend in June, the People's Fair showcases art and crafts, delicious food, a Wine Pavilion, live entertainment and a kid's carnival. Admission is free.

Visual, performing and culinary arts take center stage at the annual Cherry Creek Arts Festival every Independence Day weekend in Denver's Cherry Creek North Shopping District. More than 350,000 visitors join in the celebration, visit with international artists, appreciate live music, taste scrumptious culinary delights and explore interactive art activities. Admission is free.

Edible delights are showcased to more than half a million visitors at A Taste of Colorado each year. The Labor Day Weekend event features more than 50 area restaurants, seven entertainment stages, 250 artisans and vendors and a number of cultural and Western heritage demonstrations.

After the eating, comes the drinking . . . beer, that is. Denver residents and visitors have many opportunities throughout the year to celebrate Denver's status as the largest beer producer in the country, but the premier event is the October Great American Beer Festival. More than 2,700 beers and 578 U.S. breweries are featured at the Colorado Convention Center event. A variety of other beer events occur throughout the year, as well, including Summer Brew Fest, Denver Beer Fest and a variety of local beer/pub crawls. The events are fitting tributes to the city that is home to the world's largest single-site brewery and dozens of microbreweries and brewpubs.