Summer in Denver is paradise for outdoor sports lovers, but cultural and entertainment opportunities are equally plentiful. Here are some festivals near our Springs Denver luxury apartment communities that we're particularly looking forward to. Will we see you there?
The cool sounds of jazz are the perfect accent for hot summer days. In its 20th year, the Longmont Jazz Festival is moving from Roosevelt Park to 5th Avenue in the heart of downtown. Festival headliner, Ritmo Jazz Latino, was a nominee for "Denver's Best Jazz Group" in 2017. Admission is free. Hours are 10:55 a.m. until 8:30 p.m. with a kickoff concert on Friday, July 20 at Dickens Opera House.
Summer Brew Fest Mile High Station 2027 W Lower Colfax Ave Denver, CO Friday, July 27 and Saturday, July 28 34.1 miles from Springs at Sandstone Ranch
The Summer Brew Fest at Mile High Station will celebrate craft beverages from around Colorado and beyond and benefits Swallow Hill Music, a non-profit organization that brings the joy of music to others. Enjoy live local entertainment, lots of food and, of course, your choice of craft brews. Local vendors will also be on hand. Visit the website to get your tickets and to learn about special VIP events and general admission hours.
Explore the wonders of Asia without leaving the state at the biggest pan-Asian dragon boat festival in the United States. The boat races are the main event, but other offerings include Asian performing arts showcases and food vendors. Kids will enjoy Dragonland, with its games and educational activities, and Gateway Village is an interactive exhibit of Asian culture and traditions. Admission is free.
Union Station Buskerfest 1701 Wynkoop St Denver, CO Friday, August 10 through Sunday, August 12 24.6 miles from Springs at Eagle Bend
Everyone's a kid at Buskerfest, a lively celebration of street performers. The Plaza at Union Station will be filled with jugglers, musicians, face painters, fire performers, hula-hoopers and other unique entertainers. Join in the fun first-hand at the scavenger hunt and interactive workshops. Admission is free. Hours are 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. Friday and 11 a.m. until 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
A Taste of Colorado has marked the close of summer over Labor Day weekend since 1983, but its history dates back to 1895. It’s hard to debate this festival’s claim that it’s Denver’s ultimate music weekend. With powerhouse headliners such as REO Speedwagon, Leann Rimes and Smashmouth taking to the new, larger mainstage, in addition to many other artists, you can be sure you’ll find something tor meet your musical tastes… as well as your culinary tastes with over 50 ways to enjoy local flavors. The marketplace boasts 175 arts and crafts booths, and there’s even a Kids Zone to keep younger attendees engaged. Admission is free. Hours are Saturday and Sunday, September 1–2 from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Monday, September 3 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
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