Festivals in Denver in August 2017

Discover many fun-filled festivals in Denver in August 2017. They include the Denver International Festival, Evergreen Bluegrass, and the Lego Convention. 

Other highlights this month include the Denver Burger Battle, the Sloan's Lake Art & Music Festival, and Blues & Brews on Pearl Street.

Make your stay in Denver memorable by checking out some of these festivals — they'll give you a better idea of what the Mile High City is about! 

Festivals in Denver in August

Festivals in Denver in August 2017

Uncover a schedule of the best festivals in Denver in August 2017. Click the link for each one to find additional information below.

Denver Burger Battle

Denver Burger Battle

Date: Aug. 3

Location: Tivoli Quad Park on the Auraria Campus

Certainly one of the tastiest festivals in Denver in August is the Denver Burger Battle, a competition to award the best Colorado burgers around. Fifteen burger competitors will vie for the titles of People's Choice and Judges' Choice. Burger makers include The Squeaky Bean, Bingo Burger, and Cherry Cricket. 

The lucky judges tasked with choosing the best burger local chefs and talents that know what an amazing burger tastes like.

Ticket holders will enjoy unlimited burger tastes from each competitor, an open bar featuring Colorado brews, and unlimited desserts from vendors such as Glazed & Confused, Sugarmill, and Littleman. Open to those 21 and older.  

Denver International Fest

Denver International Festival

Date: 8/5

Location: Civic Center Park

The Denver International Fest is one of the newer festivals in Denver in August. At this event, you'll travel around the world in a day without leaving downtown to experience the flavors, sounds, dance, arts and crafts of different countries. 

Live bands and DJs will treat you to lively music ranging from salsa and African drums to reggae and rock. Dancers will also highlight different cultures.

You can try out new foods from more than 30 restaurants and food trucks. Offerings showcase the best of Asian, African, Mediterranean, European, and Latin American specialties. The beer garden will serve up international brews, cocktails, and wines. 

Stroll through the marketplace to see visual and hand-crafted art, participate in the interactive art mural, and take your kids to the bouncy houses and different art stations. 

townie Fest

Townie Fest

Date: 8/26

Location: The Post Brewing Co. in Lafayette

Townie Fest may be a good excuse to drink, but it's also a fundraiser to benefit the Lafayette Chamber of Commerce, which organizes tons of events for Lafayette's townies.

On this day, Townies from all over Lafayette will descend on The Post Brewing Co. for a day of friends, family, fun, and fantastic brews. 

Prizes to Great American Beer Fest, brewery tours in Portland, Ore., and more will be awarded to those who can throw a chicken the farthest, stack kegs the fastest, and hold steins the longest. 

Activities include a celebrity dunk tank, special tappings each hour, and live music.

Denver Beer Olympics

Beer Olympics

Date: TBD for 2017

Location: Civic Center Park

There's another Olympics happening this August — the Denver Beer Olympics. Participants will not only fight for gold but also fundraise for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

Co-ed teams of four will test their skill and drinking ability in eight fierce competitions: beer pong, cornhole, hammerschlagen, beersbee, flip cup, beer relay, quarters, and Das Boot.

Gold medal winners receive four tickets to the Great American Beer Festival on Oct. 8 at the Colorado Convention Center. Prizes will also be awarded for silver and bronze.

Carnation Festival in Wheat Ridge

Carnation Fest

Dates: 8/11 - 8/13

Location: Anderson Park in Wheat Ridge

One of the free festivals in Denver in August is just 10 miles from downtown Denver. It offers activities for the whole family, including the main attraction — Zoppe's Old World Italian circus (tickets required). 

There's also a beer garden, carnival rides and games, the Jackalope Art & Craft Fair with more than 150 artisans, and live music from Premium Diesel, Chris Daniels & the Kings, and Sal Martorano & Swing Shift. Food includes a spaghetti dinner, pancake breakfast, and chili cook-off.

Watch the fireworks on Friday and Saturday nights, come early for the parade on Saturday morning, and see 125 Italian autos and motorcycles at Automezzi XXVI Italian Exotic Car & Motorcycle Show on Sunday.

Arvada Second Saturday

Arvada Second Saturday

Date: 8/13

Location: Grandview Avenue between Vance and Olde Wadsworth in Arvada

Olde Town Arvada, about 10 miles from downtown Denver, hosts the Second Saturday Street Festival once a month (on the second Saturday, of course!) from June to August. 

During this free event, Grandview Avenue closes to traffic, so that arts and crafts booths, food booths, beer and wine vendors, and kid's activities can be set up. 

You can also enjoy live music from 4:30 to 9 p.m.

Blues & Brews

Blues and Brews

Date: 8/12

Location: 1200 S. Pearl Street

The Blues & Brews music festival has become a fun and funky favorite on South Pearl Street over the past decade. 

During this neighborhood tradition, the street closes to cars, but all its tasty eateries, trendy boutiques, and specialty retailers stay open. Food trucks and vendor booths are also on hand. 

Live music goes from 1 to 10 p.m. and features a variety of local artists.

Denver Sloan's Lake Art & Music

Denver's Sloans Lake Festival

Dates: 8/12 - 8/13

Location: Sloan's Lake Park

The Sloan's Lake Art & Music Festival is one of the family-friendly festivals in Denver in August. This event features national artists, live music, and creative activities. The 177-acre park — Denver's second largest — features boating, watersports, trails, lawn sports, restaurants, and bars.

Photography, paintings, jewelry, mixed media, and more artwork is on display and available to purchase. On the music stage, catch performances by Ponder the Albatross, Beans and Wheels, and Band on the Fence. Kids of all ages can become artists themselves making projects at the Creation Station.

Lego Convention: Brick Fest Live

Lego Convention

Dates: 8/12 - 8/13

Location: Denver Mart at 451 E. 58th Avenue

Love Legos? Then be sure not to miss the Lego Convention, where you can see mind-blowing creations and build your own plastic masterpieces. 

Lego lovers can meet "The Brick Show" video hosts, build and race a derby car, compete at Lego video games, play mini-golf, and answer Lego trivia. 

You can also look for vintage, custom, and rare Legos at the vendor booths.

Evergreen Bluegrass

Evergreen Bluegrass

Date: 8/19

Location: Evergreen Rodeo Grounds

Travel to the foothills of Evergreen for some old-fashioned family fun. The Evergreen Bluegrass Festival features several Colorado bluegrass bands every year.

Locally made arts and crafts, food vendors, and plenty of kids' activities will make for a great day enjoying some traditional American music.

Oktoberfest in Morrison

Oktoberfest in Morrison

Dates: 8/25 - 8/27

Location:  T.E.V. Edelweiss Club in Morrison

Another one of the great festivals in Denver in August is Oktoberfest. Organized by the T.E.V. Edelweiss Club, a German cultural preservation organization, this festival in Morrison is one of the state's most authentic Oktoberfests.

There will be music from The Alpine Echo and The Austrian Connection, live performances by Schuhplattler dancers, and the Volkstanzgruppe will give dance lessons. Chef Nuhold will also be on hand to cook up some favorite traditional German dishes.


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