Festivals in Denver in July 2020 include a wide variety of cultural, music, beer, and art gatherings. Top options this month include the Colorado Dragon Boat Festival, Colorado Black Arts Festival and the Cherry Creek Arts Festival.
Beer lovers will enjoy this month's beer fests including Biergarten Festival, Stapleton Beer Festival, and Denver Summer Brew Fest.
Read on for even more festivals that are sure to keep you busy during your stay in Denver.
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Below you will find a schedule of festivals in Denver in July 2020. Click the links to scroll down and learn more about each one.
Dates: Friday, 7/3 - Sunday, 7/5
Times: Friday and Saturday: 10 am - 7 pm; Sunday: 10 am - 5 pm
Location: Colorado Convention Center
Put on your favorite superhero costume and head to the Colorado Convention Center for Denver Pop Culture Con. This annual family-friendly convention brings together more than 100,000 pop-culture fans with celebrities and artists from popular movies, TV series, comic books, and animation.
Being that many of the attendees are in costume, this is one of the festivals in Denver in June that really allows their individuality to shine. Guests can geek out over all the toys, collectibles, games, and art on exhibit. Families can participate in the hands-on activities center.
Some of the artists of this year's top artists include Caleb McLaughlin, Ron Perlman, Billie Piper, and Sean Gunn. They will be available for autographs and photos, as will many other industry celebrities. You can also their attend panel discussions.
Dates: Friday, 7/4 - Sunday 7/5
Location: 230 Fillmore St.
One of the best festivals in Denver in July is the Cherry Creek Arts Festival, located in the Cherry Creek North Shopping District. This free award-winning event showcases visual, culinary, and performing arts.
You can meet international juried artists and watch their demonstrations. Available artwork includes ceramics, drawing, metal, glass, jewelry, fiber, painting, photography, and sculpture. If you find that perfect piece of art, there's an onsite framing booth.
When you're hungry, head to Culinary Avenue, which features local eateries offering foods from around the world.
Attend concerts, take the family to the children's art playground, and participate in hands-on activities such as button making, finger painting, and mask making.
The LoHi Bazaar is a three-day festival featuring music, BBQ and shopping. This new event is brought to you by the group that produces other top festivals in Denver such as the LoHi Music Festival, the Top Taco and the Denver Bazaar.
The LoHi District, just northwest of downtown Denver, is one of the newest hot spots and this festival is the place to be this weekend.
Check out a large selection of local vendors creating handmade goods. You will find everything from clothing to decor. There will also be several top BBQ restaurants on hand serving up their tastiest treats. Need a cocktail or a beer? Head over to the Cowboy Glitter Bar for a nice cool drink as you listen to some of Denver's hottest bands.
This three day festival is on 32nd St. Between Tejon St. & Zuni St.
Dates: Friday, 7/0 - Sunday, 7/12
Location: City Park
The Colorado Black Arts Festival is another one of the top festivals in Denver in July. It showcases African arts and culture, from music and artwork to dance and history. This award-winning festival, the region's premiere African-American celebration, attracts more than 55,000 attendees.
Watch the Boogaloo Celebration Parade, take the kids to the children's pavilion and a scavenger hunt, browse the artwork in the marketplace, and check out the vintage car show.
Entertainment includes music of all types: blues, jazz, gospel, soul, reggae, hip-hop, and world. Performing arts include a drum and drill team, interpretive dance, and a community drum circle.
Location: TEV Edelweiss Festival Grounds in Morrison
Don your dirndls and lederhosen and head just outside of Denver where you'll find an authentic biergarten. This is one of the festivals in Denver in July that is family-friendly and celebrates all things German, from food to music to dancing.
Fill your stein with Paulaner or Hacker-Pschorr beers and binge on bratwurst, wienerschnitzel, and apfelstrudel. The award-winning, European-trained Chef Neuhold and other food providers will make sure you don't leave hungry.
On Saturday, sign up to test your strength in the stein-hoisting competition. On Sunday, bring along your dachshund for the weiner dog race — you won't want to miss these adorable pups outrun each other!
There's also live music, chalet dancers, children's activities, and merchandise — don't forget to purchase your very own stein. Prost!
Location: Mile High Stadium
Mile High Stadium is the location for this year's Global Dance Festival, a three-day celebration of electronic dance music that draws artists and fans from all over the world. It's one of the festivals in Denver in July that features two stages with state-of-the-art lasers and lights to accompany the pulsing dance beats.
About two dozen more bands are scheduled to perform again this year.
Date: Saturday, 7/18
Location: Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield Farms in Littleton
If you love the smell of lavender, spend the day at this festival at the Denver Botanic Gardens' location at Chatfield Farms. The free event centers around the farm's garden containing more than 800 lavender plants.
This is another one of the family-friendly festivals in Denver in July. It includes hayrides, barrel train rides, face painting, and farm tours. Demonstrations show how to grow lavender, make lavender soap, cook with it, and use it as medicine.
Lavender products from local growers will be available for purchase.
Location: Founders Green, 7601 E. 29th Ave.
Colorado is known for its craft breweries, so it's no wonder that there are plenty of festivals in Denver in July to show off their products. This year, the Stapleton Beer Festival includes brews from Bull & Bush Brewing, Cerebral Brewing, Stem Ciders, Odyssey Beerwerks, Ursula, and more.
To go along with your drinks, check out the onsite food trucks such as Baker St. Pretzels, El Toro The Tot, OG Burgers, Dude Bro Taco, and Em's Ice Cream.
There is also free music all night long.
Dates: Friday, 7/24 - Sunday, 7/26
Location: South Broadway between 5th and Alameda in Denver
Denver's Baker neighborhood hosts the Underground Music Showcase — the Rocky Mountain region's largest independent music festival.
This year the event features more than 400 musicians on 20 stages along South Broadway. Artists scheduled to appear include artists such as Polica, Thee Oh Sees, Allah Las, Lee Fields & The Expressions, San Fermin, The Bright Light Social Hour, and The Yawpers.
Dates: Friday, 7/24 - Sunday 7/26
Locations: Evergreen Elks Lodge, Evergreen Lake House, Evergreen Christian Church, Stagecoach Sports Grill
Eleven top jazz bands take the stage this year during the Jazz Festival in Evergreen, just 30 minutes southwest of Denver.
This no-frills festival has small crowds and stages so you can enjoy a more intimate music experience.
A free shuttle service takes music lovers between the five unique venues, which include a church, Elks lodge, and lake house. It's another one of the great family-friendly festivals in Denver in July.
Dates: Saturday, 7/25
Location: Mile High Station at 2027 W. Lower Colfax Ave.
Summer Brew Fest at Mile High Station showcases regional and national craft breweries. Your ticket gets you a souvenir glass and unlimited tastings from more than 100 breweries such as Alpine Dog, Big B's Hard Cider, Lagunitas, Verboten, and Nighthawk.
Don't forget to sample the turkey legs, sausages, pretzels, and pizza!
Also enjoy live music during this one-day event.
Dates: Saturday, 7/25 - Sunday, 7/26
Location: Cheesman Park
This free art festival, located in the historic Cheesman Park in central Denver, is one of the nation's top art shows. The best thing about this festival is that, although the quality of the artwork is very high, the prices aren't.
More than 130 juried artists from 30 states display their authentic handcrafted artwork. Browse their pottery, paintings, jewelry, sculptures, and glass artwork. You're sure to find the perfect souvenir to take back home with you.
While there, enjoy live music all day and try out the food trucks. Vendors include vendors such as El Toro the Tot, Hey PB & J, Still Smokin' BBQ, Maui Wowi Smoothies, and The Funnel Truck.
Location: Sloan's Lake at 25th Avenue and Sheridan Boulevard
With more than 100,000 attendees, the award-winning Colorado Dragon Boat Festival is the area's premiere Asian-American and Pacific Islander cultural event. It's also one of the largest festivals in Denver in July.
The highlight of the event is the dragon boat races, a 2,000-year old sport originating in China. The races start at 8 a.m. and go all day until 5 p.m. They are followed by an awards ceremony. This year, 52 teams from around the United States will compete in the races on Sloan Lake.
In addition to the races, you can browse the marketplace and sample Asian cuisine from more than 20 vendors. Performing arts include fan dances, martial arts, and hip-hop.