Festivals in Denver in August 2018

Discover many fun-filled festivals in Denver in August 2018. They include the Denver International Festival, the Denver Burger Battle, and the Sloan's Lake Art & Music Festival.

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: 8/2

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: 8/4

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: TBD

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.

Carnation Festival in Wheat Ridge

Carnation Fest

Dates: 8/10 - 8/12

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: 8/11

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.

Denver Sloan's Lake Art & Music

Denver's Sloans Lake Festival

Dates: 8/11 - 8/12

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.

Evergreen Bluegrass

Evergreen Bluegrass

Date: Will return in 2019, no festival in 2018

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: 8/24 - 8/26

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.

Taste of ETHIOPIA Festival

Taste of Ethiopia

Dates: 8/4

Location: 15555 East 53rd Avenue

If you like to try something new, or something you already love and want to share it with others, then this is one of the best festivals in Denver in August for you and everyone you know. Many cities have found the magical taste of Ethiopian food, but Denver is home to some of the best and biggest events such as this festival every year starting at 10 am.

This annual festival also includes events, so you can learn more about the culture and their society. This includes dancing, live music, tasting of the incredible Ethiopian coffee, and lots of other type of entertainment. There will also be vendors, so you can see and buy some of the magnificent arts and crafts that is produced here.

Cherry Creek North Food & Wine

Cherry Creek

Dates: 8/11

Location: Fillmore Plaza at Cherry Creek North at 2401 East 2nd Avenue

The annual Cherry Creek North Food and & Wine is known to bring together some of the best Cherry Creek restaurants just for you to enjoy on this night. Not only will you get the chance to tempt your taste buds with bites from all of them, but you'll also get to drink locally made wine, special beers, and much more starting at 6 pm. 

If you are looking to get in a bit of dancing after enjoying all this wonderful food and drink, then this is the perfect festival for you as there will be live music and much more all night long. After all that fun, you can see who the independent jurors have decided are the best from titles such as Best Dessert, Best Table Decor, Best of Show and more. You will also get to vote for the People's Choice! This is an art lover's favorite of all the festivals in Denver in August.

Golden Fine Arts Festival

Golden Fine Arts Festival

Dates: 8/18 - 8/19

Location: Downtown Golden 20 minutes West of Denver

This almost 30 year old two day event is one of the biggest in the area with over 35,000 visitors each year. The center of this festival are the arts which including paintings, drawings, sculpture, ceramics, wood workings, and much more as this is such an important event that only just over 130 artists are allowed to present their masterpieces.

In addition to all the beautiful pieces of art that you can view and buy, there is live music, craft beer and food for you to drink and eat, and lots of activities for kids and kids of all ages during this festival in Denver in August. 

Colorado Shakespeare festival

Colorado Shakespeare Festival

Dates: 6/8 - 8/5 depending on performance

Location: University of Colorado Boulder campus; Venue depends on performance

Originally opened in the 1870s, this festival has been enthralling visitors for almost 150 years. Some of this season's productions include Love's Labour's Lost, Richard III, Cyrano de Bergerac, and more. Make sure to check the schedule so you can see where and when each play is being presented during this one of the festivals in Denver in August.

With venues that include both indoor, and outdoor stages, you will be sure to find a play by Shakespeare that brings you joy, sadness, and every emotion in between. If you want a little fun, check out the Colorado Shakespeare Gardens as it is a public garden dedicated to all the flowers and plants referred to in The Bard's plays.

Jeffco Fair & Festival

JeffCo Fair & Festival

Dates: 8/10 - 8/12

Location: Jefferson County Fairgrounds at 15200 West 6th Avenue, Golden

Only a few years old, this is one of the best festivals in Denver in August if you love the classic county fair feeling and everything associated with it. This event includes competitions, showcasing of animals including dog shows, live entertainment, and even home brewing events. 

If that isn't enough to entice you to bring out your inner cowboy or cowgirl, there is also a full carnival, rodeo, pony rides, tractor pulls, and so much more that you'll want to spend the whole weekend there. Make sure to put on your boots and swagger on down to the Jeffco Fair & Festival.


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