Festivals in Denver in September 2017 include A Taste of Colorado, Oktoberfest celebrations, and the Denver Food & Wine Festival. This month, you can also enjoy Colorado Crush, Brews & Views Beer Fest, and Festival Italiano.
Read on for a full schedule for this month, as well as additional details about each event.
Dates: Sept. 1-4, 2017
Location: Civic Center Park, 198 W. Colfax Ave.
One of the best festivals in Denver in September 2017 is A Taste of Colorado, which is held on Labor Day weekend. The stars of this annual downtown event are the more than 50 Colorado restaurants featuring small tastes to full meals. Tickets are sold in strips of 15 for $10 cash.
Others include regional and national artists performing on six free music stages. Main stage headliners include bands such as Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, The Afters, Boyz II Men, Taylor Dayne, Blues Traveler, Granger Smith, and Kenny Wayne Shepherd.
Kids will love the carnival rides, games, crafts, magic, educational exhibits, and puppets. Art lovers can stroll the marketplace featuring more than 275 booths selling crafts, jewelry, imports, furniture, and home decor.
Dates: 9/22 & 9/23 + 9/29 & 9/30
Location: 2100 Larimer St.
Ladies, dress up in your dirndl. Gentlemen, put on your lederhosen. It's time for Oktoberfest Denver, a celebration of all things Bavarian — most importantly, beer. It's one of the festivals in Denver in September that I never miss!
Fill your stein with Franziskaner and Staten varieties. Sorry, no local craft brewers will be here — they couldn't keep up with the drinking demands of the more than half million expected visitors. Be sure not to miss the two-for-one specials during happy hour (Friday 5 - 7 p.m., Saturday and Sunday noon - 2 p.m.). Soak up all that beer with authentic Bavarian food such as bratwurst, sauerkraut, pretzels, and sausage.
If you're the competitive type, enter the keg bowling, stein-hoisting, and bratwurst-eating contests. If your dachshund is the competitive one, enter it in the long dog derby, which is always a crowd pleaser.
Dates: Sept. 9 and 10
Location: Belmar Shopping District, 464 S. Teller St., Lakewood
If you love all things Italian, you'll love Festival Italiano. It's one of the festivals in Denver in September that celebrates the Italian culture.
Sample Italy's exquisite wines and authentic cuisine. Be entertained at stages showcasing Italian music, dance, and flag wavers from Florence, and keep an eye out for performers strolling the grounds of Belmar. Try your hand at bocce, Italy's version of lawn bowling.
For those wanting to take a piece of Italy home, artisan vendors will be selling authentic Italian merchandise.
Date: Sept. 9, 2017
Location: Chaffee Park, 44th and Tejon Streets
What started out as a small bluegrass festival in 2000 in a couple's backyard in Sunnyside eventually graduated to the neighborhood's Chaffee Park. This free, family-friendly event has the distinction of being the only community-owned, grassroots music festival in Denver.
Performers from previous years include bands such as Grant Sabin, Ido Ziv and Ichi Goomi, Porlolo, Hang Rounders, and Shakedown Street. This is one of the festivals in Denver in September that also offers local food, beer, and activities to entertain the kiddos.
Location: 1200 - 1900 S. Pearl St.
South Pearl Street always has something fun scheduled — this Sept. 30, it's the Oktoberfest celebration. Come to the street's 1500 block for Denver's low-key version of this annual tradition.
Fill your stein with German beer, savor authentic Bavarian foods, and listen to live music.
Get rolling with some keg bowling, try your hand at the stein-holding contest, and impress your friends with your jousting skills.
Date: Sept. 2, 2017
Location: Hudson Gardens & Event Center, 6115 S. Santa Fe Drive, Littleton
At Brews & Views Beer Fest, you can sample more than 40 craft brews while enjoying gorgeous views at the lush Hudson Gardens.
Local and statewide breweries include Butcherknife Brewing, Colorado Cider Company, Dead Hippie Brewing, Living the Dream Brewing, and Riff Raff Brewing Company. Food vendors will also be on hand.
Hear some live music, play lawn games, and have a relaxing afternoon in a beautiful setting.
Dates: Sept. 23 and 24
Location: O'Brien Park, 10795 Victorian Drive, Parker
Located in one of the country's best art towns, the Parker Fine Arts & Music Festival showcases works by talented artists from around the country. It's another one of the family-friendly festivals in Denver in September.
Beautiful O'Brien Park serves as the festival's home. You'll find plenty of interesting and unique pieces to choose from as a reminder of your trip to Denver.
At the Creation Station, kids of all ages can release their inner artist. Children, especially, will want to visit artists doing face painting.
On the music stage, local blues and folk performers include Ponder the Albatross, Band on the Fence, and Kelly Triplett.
Dates: Sept. 5 - 10, 2017
Location: Auraria Parkway at 7th Street
If you're a foodie or just want to learn more about gourmet food and spirits, the Denver Food & Wine Festival is one of the festivals in Denver in September that you don't want to miss. It brings together the region's best chefs and mixologists on the grounds of Pepsi Center.
Each day of the festival has a special theme: culinary films, cocktails prepared by celebrity bartenders, a five-course meal under the stars, a class on choosing the perfect wine glass, and Sunday brunch in your pajamas.
Saturday is the big day: You can enjoy samples from more than 40 of Denver's top eateries and taste more than 700 wines.
Tickets are required for each event. You'll want to order them early for this popular festival.
Dates: 9/11 - 9/17
Location: River North (RiNo) Art District, Larimer Street (between Broadway and 35th Street)
Larimer Street in the River North (RiNo) art district serves as the canvas for some amazingly talented street artists. These artists from around the globe create urban murals during this week-long celebration.
Starting Sept. 11, you can watch the artists begin their paintings. Be sure to come back on Sept. 17 to see their finished masterpieces. Most murals can be found on Larimer between Broadway and 35th Street.
It's another one of the festivals in Denver in September featuring food, music, and activities that you can enjoy while admiring the artists' incredible creations.
Location: 3915 W. 73rd Ave., Westminster, Colorado, 80030
The charming and historic Westminster arts district hosts the Orchard Arts Festival each year. This event features booths showcasing art, crafts, sculptures, and recycled art to discover.
Other attractions include a special area where kids can make their own artistic creations and a music stage with performances by artists such as Niva & Kris, Matt Rouch & the Noise Upstairs, and more.
In addition, you can sample a variety of craft beer and wine. On Sunday, get there early so you won't miss the annual fireman's pancake breakfast.
Location: The Glitter Dome Event Center, 3600 Wynkoop St., Denver, CO 80216
Punk rockers like pizza (who doesn't?), so Punk Rock Pie Wars satisfies that hunger. Not only will you hear great local and national punk bands, you can also eat some of the best pizza Denver has to offer and vote for your favorite.
Bands include THE NERV, King Rat, and Eight Bucks Experiment.
You can also check out the punk-inspired art at the DIY Crafters and Makers Market and get liquored up at the Bourbon and Whiskey Expo.
Location: Sculpture Park at the Denver Performing Arts Complex, 1345 Champa Street
The Westword DISH event is another one of the great festivals in Denver in September. Held in the Sculpture Park, it dishes up samples from favorite local eateries as determined by Westwood magazine food writers.
Tickets (get them in advance, because it's expected to sell out) give access to unlimited beer, liquor and food samples from more than 40 vendors and a special section that serves up some mouth-watering barbecue. Restaurants attending include Syrup, The Real Dill, Neighbors Wine Bar, Milk & Cake, Frijoles Colorado, and Amore Gelato.