Denver’s Summer Traditions

The folks in the Mile High City know how to enjoy the summer. Once they emerge from the cold and icy darkness of winter, they just pack activity after activity into this amazing city. Hardly a weekend goes by between May and September when you can’t find some sort of activity. From the arts to dining to sports to entertainment, Denver’s summer traditions offer something for everyone and they do it with a truly unique Denver flair.

Here are some of Denver’s favorite summertime traditions:

Capitol Hill People’s Fair

This is one of Denver’s most famous summer festivals. What started out decades ago as a gathering of hippies today features corporate sponsorship and an amazing depth of art and exhibits. The Capitol Hill People’s Fair takes place in June

A Taste of Colorado

Each September, more than half a million people enjoy this four-day Labor Day Weekend festival. More than 50 restaurants, as well as over 250 artisans and vendors, participate in A Taste of Colorado. There are also seven stages for speakers and concerts, and even a few educational programs thrown in here and there for good measure.

Colorado Renaissance Festival

All through the month of July, Denverites can travel just 30 minutes south to Larkspur. There, they take a trip back in time for the Colorado Renaissance Festival. Jousts, Jesters and Honey Mead are just some of the characteristic attractions.

Rocky Mountain Balloon Festival

Chatfield State Park is the host to this festival, which takes place around the end of August. Literally hundreds of hot air balloons will launch. You’ll also find plenty of exhibits, activities and live music. The coolest thing about the festival has to be the Lites in the Nite Balloon Illumination.

Cherry Creek North Food & Wine

This is one of Denver’s newest summer traditions. The Cherry Creek North shopping district is home to more than 40 restaurants, which makes it ideal for this kind of event. During this event, you’ll find culinary classes, VIP parties, wine and food tastings, and plenty of culinary opportunities.

Downtown Denver Arts Festival

One of the earliest festivals in the summer season, you can enjoy the Downtown Denver Arts Festival over Memorial Day weekend. It takes place at the Denver Pavilions Mall, and showcases the best of Denver’s vibrant arts community.