“Denver festivals and events are an integral part of our identity as a travel destination,” he said Richard Scharf, President and CEO of VISIT DENVER. “Experiencing the safe return of personal events from sports to live music is just the beginning of Denver’s return to the exciting, urban destination we were before the pandemic.”

Below are some of the highlights that are already planned for this summer’s series of events. A full, updated list of events can be found on the VISIT DENVER website. All venues and events follow state, county, and city health and safety guidelines. General information can be found in the Clean & Safe Resource Guide from VISIT DENVER. Please refer to the individual event websites for more information.

Mile High Notes: Live music

Summer concert series for the 80th anniversary of Red Rocks

The city’s crown jewel is the only naturally shaped, acoustically perfect amphitheater in the world, adored by musicians and music lovers alike. A concert at Red Rocks – whether as a spectator or performer – is an incomparable experience. The 80th Anniversary Lineup already features artists like Colorado Hometown favorite Nathaniel Rateliff ((August 23rd to 24th); The music of John Williams with the Colorado Symphony (23. May & 25); 3OH!June 1); Grace Potter ((June 16); Chicago ((17th of June); Blues Traveler (4th of July); The Avett Brothers (July 9-11); Jimmy Buffett ((September 7th to 9th) and Lynyrd Skynyrd (September 27th). More concerts are added regularly. Please visit the venue website for more information.

Levitt Pavilion Summer Concert Series

The Levitt Pavilion is located in Ruby Hill Park and has a free summer concert series in the open-air amphitheater. This year’s summer program includes some from Denver and Colorado most notable names, including DeVotchKa (May 21 & 22); Neoma (June 4th); and flobots (June 5th). Other appearances this summer include Dustbowl Revival (28th of May); Mike Love ((30th May); and the Cool Vibes Reggae Fest with Through The Roots and Jemere Morgan, among other (September 18).

Underground Music Showcase, August 27-29

This summer, the Underground Music Showcase (UMS) returns – South Broadway’s premier music event. In the past few years, UMS has performed at more than 20 different venues and stages along South Broadway, performing more than 400 local and national acts. With just 300 attendees for four bands in one theater, UMS is one of the best ways to experience Denver’s incredible live music scene.

Denver Day of rock, August 28th

Denver Day of Rock is a one day music festival that benefits the work of Amp the Cause. This free event features five stages of live music along Denver’s 16th Street Mall. Denver Day of Rock unites the community through music and family-friendly entertainment while raising funds to help Amp the Cause continue to support nonprofits in the community. The artist lineup for 2021 will be announced shortly. More information can be found on the festival website.

Cultural festivals

Black Love Mural Festival, May 27th – – August 2nd

The Black Love Mural Festival (BLMF) is the country’s only Black Mural Festival that features local creatives as well as artists from across the country. From late May through summer, artists will be creating more than 60 murals in downtown Denver. Every weekend until June 19th (June 18-20) participating BLMF artists will also host live paintings, workshops and activations for the community.

Juneteenth Music Festival, June 18-20

June 19 is celebrated by cities across the country to mark the day African Americans in Texas found out about her freedom two years after signing the declaration of emancipation; In 2021, Juneteenth will be recognized as a Memorial Day by the Denver City Council. This historic street festival will return to its home in Denver’s Five Points neighborhood this summer with the Juneteenth Parade, live music, art, vendors and more. This year there will also be interactive and educational programs at prestigious African American cultural institutions, including loved ones Cleo Parker Robinson Danceand attractions in the neighborhood.

Van Gogh alive July 9 – – September 26th

Presented by the Denver Center for the Performing Arts in the hangar of the Stanley Marketplace, Van Gogh Alive is a large-scale, multi-sensory digital art experience that offers visitors the unique opportunity to immerse themselves in Van Gogh’s art and really venture into his world. In this experience, Van Gogh’s masterpieces are brought to life and make visitors feel like they are walking straight into his paintings, a feeling that is enchanting, entertaining and educational at the same time. From start to finish, visitors are surrounded by a lively symphony of light, color, sound and fragrance that creates an unforgettable experience.

Babe Walls 2021 Mural Festival, 15.-18. July

Babe Walls is a street art festival that aims to celebrate women and non-binary people so that they can feel safe and express their art in a traditionally male-dominated space. All participating artists – both locally and from across the country – produce works with at least one other artist to illustrate the communities they represent and advocate for all genders striving to create something. This year’s festival takes place in Arvada, north of Denver, and the resulting murals can be viewed year round.

Signature sporting events

Concacaf Nations League Final, 3rd of June & 6

Strengthen field at Mile high, Home of the NFL’s Denver Broncos, will host the Concacaf Nations League semi-finals, third-place game and final this summer. With the men’s national teams The United States, Mexico, Honduras and Costa RicaThe CNL final crowns the very first champion of all 41 Concacaf member associations.

MLB All-Star Week, July 9th to 13th

MLB All-Star Week will take place in Coors Field and Denver for the first time since 1998 this July. Midsummer Classic celebrations include entertaining events for fans of all ages in the stadium and downtown Denver – including the SiriusXM All-Star Futures game, MLB All-Star Celebrity Softball Game, FREE PLAY BALL PARK, the MLB Draft 2021, the T-Mobile Home Run Derby and much more.

University of Colorado Buffs against Texas A&M Aggies, September 11

The game between Texas A & M. and University of Colorado – should be played around at Empower Field Mile high – is going to be one of the best non-conference games on the college schedule this season. The two teams, who both set records in the shortened schedule for 2020, will compete against each other in an exciting match in early September to kick off the 2021 college football season.

Festival fun

Denver PrideFest 2021, June 26-27

This year’s Denver PrideFest, themed “Unite with Pride” as a nod to reuniting personal community meetings, will be a hybrid event that combines personal and virtual activities to provide a safe way to enjoy the annual event. This year PrideFest will offer a virtual marketplace, one in person and one virtual 5K Races, a virtual parade, and a number of personal Pride Hubs held in various locations across Denver. The Pride Hubs include typical PrideFest hotspots such as Hamburger Mary’s and The Center on Colfaxas well as other common spaces such as the SIE Film Center and the Denver Museum of Nature & Science.

30th annual Cherry Creek Arts Festival, September 4th to 6th

The Cherry Creek Arts Festival is an award-winning exhibition of world-class visual, culinary, and performing arts. The festival features works by local and nationally renowned artisans, vendors, and activities including Artivity Avenue, an area of ​​interactive activities for the whole family. There will also be concerts, pop-up performances and much more throughout the weekend. The 2021 Cherry Creek Arts Festival takes place on Labor Day weekend, not the traditional July 4th. To create more distance, the event will be relocated to the Creekside area of ​​the Cherry Creek Mall, just across First Avenue from their regular home in Cherry Creek North. The artists featured at the event are those who have been honored for the Cherry Creek Arts Festival 2020 and are looking forward to the 30th anniversary event in September.

Via VISIT DENVER, the Convention & Visitors Bureau

We’re celebrating 112 years of advertising for The Mile high City, VISIT DENVER is a non-profit trade association that has contracts with the City of Denver To market Denver as a convention and vacation destination, increase economic development in the city, create jobs and generate taxes. A total of 17.7 million visitors stayed in Denver generate in 2019 $ 6 billion In supporting more than 60,000 jobs, tourism is one of the largest industries in Denver. Learn more about Denver on the VISITDENVER website and at TOURISMPAYSDENVER or by calling 800 2 Denver. Denver International Airport (DEN; flydenver.com) connects The Mile high City to more than 200 destinations worldwide. For the latest updates, follow Denver’s social media channels: Facebook.com/visitdenver; Twitter.com/visitdenver; Instagram.com/visitdenver; and YouTube.com/visitdenver.

Contact:
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