Attending even one of the festivals in Denver in June 2018 is a great way to enjoy the summer sun, learn about different cultures, see beautiful arts and crafts, and, of course, sample some diverse foods you may have never tried.
Arts lovers should plan on checking out the Denver Chalk Art Festival and the Denver Arts Festival. Also, being that there are so many music festivals, you might have a hard time choosing which one, or even ones, to attend. Some of the genres include steel pan drumming, indie, and bluegrass.
If you're interested in learning about different cultures, there's A Taste of Puerto Rico, the Greek Festival, Cherry Blossom Denver, and the always lively Denver Taco Festival.
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Location: 1st Bank Center in Broomfield
Bass Center, the brainchild of electronic dance music legend Bassnectar, is now an annual festival. State-of-the-art light shows and visuals make these live shows a treat for the audio and visual senses.
The event, meant to foster the EDM community, will include what Bassnectar calls Freestyle Sessions. You will hear everything from old school funk & soul to futuristic bass music. Bassnectar will perform both nights.
Dates: 6/2 & 6/3
Times: 10 a.m. - 10 p.m. (June 2), 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. (June 3)
Location: Larimer Square
At the Denver Chalk Art Festival, artists from around the country spend hours turning the streets of historic Larimer Square into a colorful museum of chalk art.
The free event features professional chalk artists called Madonnaris, and are named after Italian street painters who drew images of the Madonna. The festival is also open to amateurs and student artists.
Awards are given in categories such as Most Whimsical, Best Use of Color, 3-D, and Best Reproduction of a Master's Work.
You can also enjoy the musical performers and take a yoga class.
Dates: 6/1 - 6/3
Times: 5pm - 10pm (6/1), 10am - 8pm (6/2), 10am - 7pm (6/3)
Location: Civic Center Park
Capitol Hill People's Fair is one of the festivals in Denver during June. This event is hosted at Civic Center Park. The People's Fair is a free event that benefits the Capitol Hill neighborhood and nonprofit organizations.
This fair features more than 500 vendors and food booths selling fine arts, handcrafted items, craft beers, and artisan foods. Family-friendly activities include carnival rides, face painting, and train rides. Talented musicians will also perform.
More than 200,000 guests and volunteers attend this community-oriented fair.
Time: 5:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Location: Douglas County Fairgrounds, 500 Fairgrounds Road, Castle Rock
Just outside downtown Castle Rock, this is one of the more athletic of the festivals in Denver in June. This event has more than 7,500 cyclists that participate in this trek through the rolling hills of the Rocky Mountains. Rides include 8, 27, 62, and 100 mile family categories.
After the race, stick around for the Party at the Rock Expo and picnic. The event features much needed sports massages, merchandise, a photo contest, and music from Denver's local radio station, KBCO.
RV and tent camping is available on the fairgrounds. You can also book lodging in quaint Castle Rock, located halfway between Denver and Colorado Springs.
Times: Noon - 6 p.m. (June 22), 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. (June 23), 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. (June 24)
Location: Denver Mart (451 E. 58th Ave.)
The International Gem & Jewelry Show offers bargain prices from more than 170 exhibitors. It is one of the more beautiful of the festivals in Denver in June.
You'll find beads, gold, silver, pearls, crystals, opals, emeralds, diamonds, rubies, and more precious and semiprecious stones at wholesale prices. Estate jewelry, antique jewelry accessories, candles, and supplies will also be available.
Take home a beautiful memento from your trip to Denver!
Location: Ralston Park Addition at 11200 Ralston Road in Arvada
Arvada on Tap is sure to please even the most discriminating craft brew and barbeque enthusiasts.
More than 25 local and regional breweries will feature pilsners, lagers, and ales. Splurge on a ticket to the VIP tent to get access to the brewers, unlimited samples, special brews, and appetizers.
The Kansas City Barbeque Society will judge a grilling contest with 36 teams competing from all over the nation. While at the festival, take advantage of the rare opportunity to get cooking tips first-hand from professional grillers and judges.
Entertainment includes live music, a homebrew competition, prize drawings, and a marketplace with brewing supplies, barbecue accessories, clothing, and more.
Time: 1 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Location: 1200 to 1900 blocks of South Pearl Street
This year's South Pearl Music & Beer Festival is a full day of live music and drinks from local breweries. Enjoy music from Jon Cleary, Doug Kershaw, DJ Williams & Shots Fired, and others. You can pick up tickets in advance or at the gate.
The event features many local craft beers, food, and farmers market vendors. You'll also find shopping, dining, and galleries all along South Pearl Street. It is definitely one of the most fun festivals in Denver in June if you like good music and good beer!
Time: 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Location: Civic Center Park, 101 W. 14th Ave., Denver, CO 80202
A Taste of Puerto Rico, the largest Caribbean festival in Colorado, draws 20,000 guests interested in Puerto Rican cuisine, music, arts, culture, and heritage.
The family-oriented event in downtown Denver features hula hoop, merengue, and salsa competitions, along with a large rumba dance.
Don't miss out on your chance to sample the best that Puerto Rico has to offer! If you want some great food, salsa dancing and to learn about culture, this is definitely one of the festivals in Denver in June that you will want to check out.
Dates: 6/15 - 6/17
Times: 11 a.m. - 11 p.m. (June 15 and 16), 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. (June 17)
Location: Assumption of the Theotokos Greek Orthodox Cathedral (4610 E. Alameda Ave.)
The Greek Festival, one of the city's oldest annual festivals in Denver in June, honors the culture and heritage of this breathtaking Mediterranean nation.
You'll get to try delicious homemade Greek dishes and pastries as well as Greek beer, wine, ouzo, and coffee.
This family-friendly event features games, cathedral tours, traditional dances, and live music. Check out the gift shop, bookstore, and cultural center where you can browse jewelry, books, photography, and artwork.
Time: 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Location: Five Points Neighborhood
The Juneteenth Music Festival commemorates the end of slavery in the United States and honors African-American freedom and achievement. The festival dates back to June 19, 1865, when Union troops reached Texas with news that the Civil War had ended thereby freeing the enslaved. It is one of the festivals in Denver in June you'll want to visit to celebrate an important time in the United State's history.
Get there early so you don't miss the parade. There's also a job fair, youth engagement zone, urban car show with cash prizes, and more than 150 vendors.
Dates: 6/23 & 6/24
Times: 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. (June 23), 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. (June 24)
Location: Sakura Square (20th and Lawrence Street)
Cherry Blossom Denver is one of the best festivals in Denver in June if you want to enjoy, and celebrate, the Japanese American culture. This free event features Japanese taiko drumming, dancing, martial arts, music, foods, and gifts.
Attend demonstrations on how to arrange flowers (ikebana) and sculpt trees (bonsai), get an introduction to Buddhism, and learn about the temple. Try foods such as teriyaki, sushi, somen noodles, mochi, and manju. Sakura Matsuri, a custom craft brew, will be available as will saké.
Nearly 40 vendors will be on hand selling Japanese pottery, paintings, photography, jewelry, textiles, kimonos, dolls, and Hawaiian gifts. You'll also find books, anime, and retro Japanese video games.
Location: Sie FilmCenter, 2510 E. Colfax Ave.
SeriesFest is one of the festivals in Denver in June that showcases content and television pilots created by today's most innovative storytellers. This international event held in Denver, the birthplace of cable television, features industry panels, screenings of international series, sneak previews, and pilot competitions for independent comedies and dramas.
Red Rocks Amphitheatre hosts opening night, which features an opening night concert by well known musicians every year to kick off the event.
Time: 12 pm (noon) - 10 pm
Location: Golden Triangle Neighborhood
The annual Westword Music Showcase features 100 of the best local musicians selected from a field of 800 by fans and industry professionals.
Headlining national acts this year include Galantis, Bonobo, and St. Lucia. Local acts perform at 10 different venues in the Golden Triangle area of Denver. The two outdoor stages are all ages; however, the indoor venues are 21 and older. If you are a music lover, this is definitely one of the festivals in Denver in June that you want to check out.
Participating restaurants include local places such as The Well, Nicky's Quickie, Mustard's Last Stand, 100% de Agave, Burnt End BBQ, and Sons of Scullery.
Dates: 6/23 & 6/24
Times: Noon - 9 p.m. (June 23), noon - 7 p.m. (June 24)
Location: The Compound (W 39th Avenue)
Do you like tacos? Then your tastebuds will be in heaven at the Denver Taco Festival. You'll get to sample fish tacos, Greek tacos, tacos made with Colorado green chilis, and more diverse variations of the Mexican favorite. Don't worry about not being able to afford the many varieties since all vendors have at least one $2 taco on the menu.
Entertainment includes lucha libre wrestling, game shows, a hot pepper-eating trivia challenge, and the must-see heavy metal mariachi band Metalachi. Be sure to check out the daredevil Chihuahua racing. There is no way you can find Chihuahua racing at any of the other festivals in Denver in June. Also, if after watching the races you can't resist these cute Chihuahuas, you can adopt one at the festival from a rescue group.
To wash down those tasty tacos, purchase a separate $20 ticket to the Great Colorado Tequila and Agave Expo, an event within the taco festival. You'll have access to more than 40 types of tequila and learn about the distillation process.
Times: 11 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Location: Confluence Park, 2250 15th St., Denver, CO 80202
This is the only one of the festivals that honors the city’s urban waterways. Proceeds from South Platte RiverFest benefit The Greenway Foundation, which reclaims and revitalizes the South Platte River and its tributaries.
You can participate in free stand-up paddleboard demonstrations, kayak and tube races, boat rides, and river yoga. There's also a kid zone, art competition, outdoor gear merchants, beer, and live music. This is definitely your best chance of getting wet and wild at one of the festivals in Denver in June.
The family-oriented festival estimates an attendance of 20,000 guests.
Dates: 6/2, 6/9 & 6/21
Location: Skyline Park, 16th and Arapahoe Streets
Skyline Park, a three-block green space in downtown Denver, hosts Urban Market by Colorado Events. This is a favorite of the festivals in Denver in June which features an open-air market sells arts and crafts by local artists, holistic services, fashion, furniture, and antiques.
Urban Market occurs about three times a month from June through October.
Check out its large array of treasures, and be sure to be there at noon when live music begins!
Dates: 6/16 & 6/17
Time: 11 am - 7 pm (June 16), 10 am - 6 pm (June 17). Parade starts at 9:30 am on Sunday, June 17.
Location: Civic Center Park
Come out for a colorful weekend at Denver PrideFest, the country's third largest festival honoring the LGBT community. It is one of the largest of the festivals in Denver in June since more than 370,000 festival goers annually attend PrideFest in downtown Denver.
Don't miss the fun and fabulous parade that starts Sunday at 9:30 a.m. Nearly 150 parade entries will march from Cheesman Park to Civic Center Park in a fun display of costumes, drag queens, and floats.
In addition to the parade, you'll find a Latin stage, a dance stage, live music, family area, youth area, and transgender resource center. You can also browse more than 250 vendors featuring arts, crafts, and food.
Times: 10 a.m. - 11 p.m. (6/15), 10 am - 11 pm (6/16), 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. (6/17)
Location: Colorado Convention Center
Put on your favorite superhero costume and bring your dad to Comic Con on Father's Day weekend. 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: June 16-17, 23-24, 30-July 1, 7-8, 14-15, 21-22, 28-29, August 4-5
Time: 10 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Location: 650 West Perry Park Ave., Larkspur, CO 80118
You'll be transported back to the 16th century at the Colorado Renaissance Festival, located in Larkspur halfway between Denver and Colorado Springs. As this is close to Denver, we include it in as one of the festivals in Denver in June, being we don't you to miss your chance to go to it. It will let you time travel back to Medieval times and play whatever role your imagination desires.
On the streets of this 1500s-era village, you'll encounter costumed merrymakers, master revelers, minstrels, and faire maidens. Keep an eye out for surprise appearances by royalty from England's Tudor period.
Entertainment includes music, dance, comedy, theater, jousting, and juggling. Artisans will perform glass, pottery, blacksmithing, and more demonstrations. They also have art available to buy, including glass, jewelry, leather, toys, and wood. This is truly one of the more magical of the festivals, and a can't miss for people to express their inner knights, princess, or court jester.
Be sure to try out food fit for a king! Roast turkey legs, steak on a stake, corn on the cob, pastries, and more will tempt your tastebuds.
Dates: Wednesdays 6/6 - 8/8
Time: 6 p.m.
Location: 1300 Block Pearl St. Mall, Boulder, CO 80302
Since there are so options, you'll want to check out as many of the festivals in Denver in June, as you can. Get outside to hear some great music every Wednesday on Boulder's Pearl Street Mall. The Bands on the Bricks free concerts feature a wide variety of genres performed by local musicians.
Dance under the stars, enjoy the beer garden, sing along, and bring a picnic to this fun annual concert series. You can also stroll Pearl Street visiting its shops, viewing the public art, and listening to street musicians. Make sure to plan ahead as this is truly one of the best months to check out the different festivals in Denver in June.
Kids activities include water spouts and a rock garden for climbing.
Time: 8 am - 4 pm
Location: Phillips County Courthouse Lawn, 221 S. Interocean, Holyoke, CO 80734
Even though this isn't actually one of the festivals in Denver in June, since it is located in Holyoke, it is still a lot of fun and worth checking out. Gather the family and head to Holyoke (about two and a half hours from downtown Denver) for the annual Dandelion Daze. This free event features crafts, a 5K fun run, city-wide garage sale, and a car and bike show.
Kids will love the 24-foot slide, climbing wall, obstacle course, bounce house, and dunk booth.
Listen to some great live music and variety show performers. There will also be plenty of arts, crafts, and food vendors (including tasty breakfast burritos).
The Prairie Winds Art Center and Phillips Co. Historical Museum will also both be open during the event.
Time: Usually 7:30 p.m. or 8 p.m. (check Colorado Shakespeare Festival website)
Location: University of Colorado Boulder, 1301 Grandview Ave., Boulder, CO 80309
A bit of a trip outside of downtown, and yet still close enough to be recognized as one of the festivals in Denver in June, is Boulder's Colorado Shakespeare Festival. Since 1958, a professional theatre company and the University of Colorado Boulder have put on the festival celebrating The Bard's many excellent works.
Some of the plays performed include "The Comedy of Errors," "Troilus and Cressida," "Cymbeline," and "The Taming of the Shrew" and many others. Each summer also features a play related to Shakespeare but not created by the playwright; Plan to spend some extra time checking out the free prologues, green shows, and talkbacks.
These plays are performed under the stars at the historic Mary Rippon Outdoor Theatre and in the indoor University Theatre.