From Colorado CRUSH to Oktoberfest, September is packed full of awesome events in and near the Mile High City. Read below to see our top picks. Leave us a comment below about the event in Denver that excites you the most.
Get ready for nonstop entertainment and attend one of the largest pro rodeos in the country. Highlights include a livestock and horse show, parades, country concerts, an arts exhibition, a fiesta weekend and an electrifying carnival at the Pueblo Fairgrounds.
Pueblo Fairgrounds, 1001 Beulah Ave.
8 a.m.-11 p.m.
The Beer Garden offers a fun and comfortable environment with communal Oktoberfest-style picnic tables that can collectively seat more than 350 guests, a family-friendly game area with ping pong, a nine-hole miniature golf course and cornhole, as well as live music on Fridays and Saturdays. With a focus on Colorado and hand crafted brews, the Beer Garden is one of the best events in Denver, featuring a thoughtful selection of 12 different brews on tap and serving up your favorite casual fare including locally-made brats, house-ground burgers, fresh salads and German pretzels with dipping sauces.
Skyline Park, 16th Street & Arapahoe
11 a.m.-10 p.m. (Tuesdays-Sundays)
Delight your taste buds with creations from Colorado's favorite food establishments. Considered one of the best things to do in Denver over Labor Day weekend, the Taste of Colorado attracts thousands each year. Enjoy appetizers, entrees and desserts in full-sized portions with friends or in sample sizes by yourself. Discover ethnic specialties or indulge in your traditional favorites.
Civic Center Park, Colfax and Broadway
Sat & Sun: 11 a.m.-10 p.m.
Mon: 11 a.m.-8:30 p.m.
The 43nd Annual Gathering at the Great Divide Art Festival is highly ranked among the top fine art shows in the United States. The tradition continues over Labor Day Weekend and will feature over 100 artists with a wide range of mediums including photography, wood, glass, jewelry and pottery just to name a few.
Main Street at Wellington
Sat & Sun: 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Mon: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Taste the goodness of local craft brews. Pints in the Park is a 21 and older event that will feature local breweries, food from local restaurants and live music.
Louisville Community Park, 955 Bella Drive
The City of Littleton and The Hudson Gardens & Event Center are proud to sponsor this top-rated, popular community event. At the Brews & Views Beer Fest, you'll enjoy craft beers from our favorite Colorado breweries, Stunning views encompassing thirty acres of natural, open spaces, eats from Colorado food trucks, a lineup of local vendors and music, games, and more.
Hudson Gardens & Events Center, 6115 S. Santa Fe Dr.
Local and international artists come to Denver for this annual event, a week-long celebration of street art. It is free to the public and turns "streets and alleys into open-air galleries." Check out the participating artists here.
Various locations and times, check website for for information.
Bruz Beers hosts a Customer Appreciation Day every first Monday of the month with free beer! Come into Bruz Beers and your first beer is free. No obligation to buy a beer after that, and you don't even have to pay taxes on it!
Bruz Beers, 1675 W. 67th Ave #100,
Denver Food + Wine Festival is a multi-day extravaganza of food, wine and spirits. The annual event benefits community nonprofit partners including Colorado ProStart, operated by the Colorado Restaurant Foundation, The Denver Post Community Foundation, and Kroenke Sports Charities. Festival events feature the best in Colorado’s restaurants paired with the finest wine and spirits, dinners, tastings and culminating with the festival’s signature event, The Grand Tasting.
Pepsi Center and other Denver locations
Come celebrate at one of the largest Celtic festivals in the nation. Entertainment includes bagpipe bands, Irish dancing, folk music, merchant tents and professional Scottish athletes competing in stone-put, hammer toss and caber toss.
Estes Park Fairgrounds and Convention Center, Rooftop Way and Manford Ave.
Thurs: 7:30 p.m.
Fri-Sun: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
The weekend is full of, you guessed it, beer, but those under the drinking age will have plenty of activities, too. Breckenridge Oktoberfest is full of entertainment for everyone. Hockey tournament, 5k trail run, and test your skills at a wide variety of German themed games, including the popular Hammerschlagen. Check website for full slate of events.
Fri: 2-6 p.m.
Sat: 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
Sun: 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Cherry Arts Festival at Stanley is a free weekend event for the whole family and features family activities, interactive art installations and live entertainment. In addition to the artists, visitors will enjoy children's activities at the Creation Station.
Stanley Marketplace, 2501 Dallas St.
Sat: 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
Sun: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
The 10th Annual Brighton Chile Fest is Colorado's premier chile festival, held at Lulu's Farm, an eclectic roadside farm market. The festival includes Colorado's largest selection of freshly roasted to order chiles available by the half and full bushels, vendor booths, sampling of a variety of specialty and gourmet foods, food trucks, live music by Narrow Gauge, a kid's fun zone, face painters, recipe competition, and more.
Lulu’s Farm, 13201 E 144th Ave,
The Westwood Chile Fest is a one-day event in Westwood that celebrates Hispanic-centric cultures that make up 80% of this Denver neighborhood, with a strong focus on authentic food and the arts. Free and open to the public, this celebratory event takes place along the Morrison Road Corridor, an area rich with entrepreneurs and artisans. The Westwood Chile Fest is an event that is able to bring diverse communities together with local food, art, music, and dance.
3738 Morrison Rd.
Tour seven homes in Denver’s most architecturally diverse neighborhood and then enjoy the free street fair with vendors, live entertainment, food trucks, a wine & beer garden, and children's activities.
11 a.m.-5 p.m.
The Breckenridge Wine Classic is a premier destination event where master winemakers, culinary greats and distinguished guests gather to play, wine, and dine. There is something for everyone – from food and wine tastings, to seminars and cooking demonstrations, to outdoor adventures.
Various times and locations. Please check website for details.
The Blue Moon After Party on the Bridge is held on the Historic 19th Street Bridge. There will be local food trucks, cocktails, silent disco and a surprise musical guest! Proceeds from the Blue Moon After Party on the Bridge support The Greenway Foundation's longstanding efforts to protect and enhance the South Platte River and its tributaries, and to engage the Metro Denver community with the South Platte River through educational programming and free cultural events.
19th Street Bridge
The Summerset Festival is one of South Jeffco’s largest community-fueled fundraising events to drive support for the Foothills Parks & Recreation District. There is an exciting lineup of local food and culture, family fun, business fair, vintage car show and craft beer testing. Drawing more than 10,000 people from the community to enjoy and celebrate our community, the Foothills Foundation raises funds for park and recreational facilities improvements and updates. In years past, proceeds from Summerset Festival have helped plant much needed shade trees, helped support park improvements, and assisted with other beautification projects at multiple South Jeffco parks.
Clement Park, Wadsworth and Bowles
Since its initial running in 2000 as the Sunnyside Bluegrass Festival, this annual music festival in northwest Denver has grown from a backyard shindig to an annual neighborhood highlight, bringing musicians, artists, and community members together for a day of live entertainment, local food and drinks, and fun for all ages. Local musical groups include Grown Ass Man Band, which mixes blues, funk, and rock, and country soul group Bonnie & the Clydes.
Chaffee Park, 44th Ave. and Tejon
Help celebrate Usaj Realty’s 8th birthday with a “B” party -- BBQ, Beer, Brownies, Bubbly, Balloons, Broncos, Bowling, you get the idea. Friends, family and clients are welcome
Washington Park, 1000 S. Downing St.
Denver's Ballpark Neighborhood welcomes back one of the city's longest running festivals and one of the largest of its kind in the nation. Oktoberfest Denver is set to once again commemorate this world-famous and time-honored tradition of German heritage by combining dynamic performance of music and dance, bier-based activities, Long Dog Derby and entertainment for all ages.
20th-22nd Streets and Larimer
Friday: 2 p.m.-Midnight
Saturday: 11 a.m.-Midnight
Sun: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. (9/22); 11 a.m.-7 p.m. (9/29)
Mark your calendar! The Colorado Fall Home Show is your one stop marketplace to find the experts to remodel, refresh and renew your home. With more than 300 exhibitors, you’ll find the experts to remodel, refresh and renew your home. Explore the advantages of sustainable living while discovering the latest products to create an energy efficient home. 100% of every ticket sold is awarded in horticulture grants & scholarships across Colorado.
Colorado Convention Center, 700 - 14th St.
Fri-Sat: 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
Sun: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Regis University is hosting this unique beer tasting festival for the second year, bringing together the best craft breweries from the Denver metro area and beyond. Admission gets you unlimited samples, a bite from one of our featured local food trucks and some great live music. And if you’re looking to advance your knowledge of beer and brewing, you can learn all about the lager-than-life Regis Certificate in Applied Craft Brewing program and meet some of the brew partners from all over Colorado.
Regis University Field House, 3333 Regis Blvd.
Learn the art of beekeeping and how honey can support your health at this two-day event in Wheat Ridge. Local honey will be available to taste and purchase, and area bee pros will deliver demonstrations showing the ins and outs of keeping bees.
Four Seasons Farmers and Artisans Market, 7043 W. 38th Ave.
9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The Final Friday Art Walk (Final Fridays) gives visitors, residents and folks who work in the Golden Triangle an after-hours opportunity to explore the many creative spaces in our special corner of Denver, including the chance to engage with the quirky and cool. Restaurants, salon/spas, museums, galleries, hidden studios, shops and storefronts in the Golden Triangle Creative District (bounded by Speer Blvd. to Lincoln St. to Colfax Ave.) will celebrate creativity in their spaces.
Enjoy nine days of all things beer during at this festival featuring more than 100 beer-related events. Head to The Mile High City for tap takeovers, rare beer tappings, firkin nights, meet the brewer events, beer & food pairings and many, many more activities. The week culminates with the Great American Beer Festival, the largest beer competition in the country.
Check website for various locations and times
Posted by Pat O'Connor
Pat O’Connor has dual citizenship in both Wisconsin and Colorado, having been born and raised in Wisconsin Dells, but later adopted by the Centennial State. A graduate of the University of Colorado (B.S. Journalism, 1980), O’Connor began her career as a sportswriter at the Boulder Daily Camera under the tutelage of the venerable Dan Creedon. Her experience also includes stints in public relations at Aspen Highlands Ski Area, the Colorado Trial Lawyers and the Colorado Division of Wildlife. When she isn’t piecing together sentences, the self-proclaimed “Cheesehead” enjoys hanging out with her three kids and assortment of family pets, running, playing golf, hiking 14ers, horseback riding and skiing. As a mother to two (at one time three) competitive swimmers, her favorite fragrance is eau de chlorine. During football season, she can be found cheering for the Buffs on Saturdays and screaming when the Packers score on Sundays. She loves talking sports and giving recommendations on cheese curds.Facebook LinkedIn Twitter