Denver loves its snow-clad mountains, crisp autumn air and spring wildflowers waving in the wind – but there’s something about summer that unravels inhibitions and draws the city together in indescribable ways. Some credit the plethora of multi-faceted festivals that burst through sultry days and nights, showcasing the finest in art, music, dance and cultural customs. Whatever it is, the magic is there to share. Here are a handful of festivals that rise to the top.
Cherry Creek Arts Festival
Don’t let the 350,000 people flocking to Cherry Creek Arts Festival every year scare you off; it spans 22 days from July 5 to 27 in 2019 and there’s plenty of room for all. At least 250 juried artists out of 2,000-plus applicants showcase their newest works, which range from ceramics and fiber arts to glass creations, digital art, mixed media and classic landscape paintings. Visitors also get delightful pop-up performances, artist events and creative culinary tastings. The festival fosters and supports the arts and education, so toss your art appreciation into the mix for a fun-filled day.
Colorado Black Arts Festival on East 17th Avenue
Now in its 32nd year, the Colorado Black Art Festival brings it back – and then some. The three-day event on July 12 to 14 takes place on East 17th Avenue in Denver, filling multiple stages with the finest in African American art, culture and music. Get ready to move and groove with blues, jazz, reggae, soul and gospel performances as well as traditional African drums and dance. The free event is family-friendly and ready to roll.
Global Dance Festival
Bronco Stadium at Mile High gets its groove on in mighty ways at the Global Dance Festival on July 18 and 19. Dozens of acclaimed performers strut their stuff, but this isn’t a festival for lounging on blankets beneath the stars. Everyone is on their feet, whether dancing with headphones at the Silent Disco or whizzing through the air on high-tech carnival rides. Art installations cut the edge between classic and contemporary, while costumed dancers, stilt artists and circus performers mix and mingle day and night. Electronic music stars performing in 2019 include electropop recording artist Elohim and dozens of standouts such as Ecotek, DJ Jazzy Jeff, KasKade and Sergio Santana.
Denver Water Lantern Festival
July 20 is your one shot at experiencing the ethereal magic of the Denver Water Lantern Festival at Carpenter Park in Thornton. Arrive at 5 pm for some daylight favorites such as face painting, corn hole and yard pong games, and then slip into the nighttime magic around crackling fire pits while creating your own water lanterns. Many come to release their burdens through written messages, say a final goodbye to departed loved ones, or float their wishes and dreams into the universe. Regardless of why to go – just go. It’s a sight you’ll always remember, as thousands of lovingly crafted lighted lanterns float across the lake.
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