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Top 2014 Summer Festivals In Denver

April 21, 2014 7:00 AM

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Colorado Renaissance Festival (credit: CBS)

Colorado Renaissance Festival (credit: CBS)

Colorado Renaissance Festival (credit: CBS) (credit: Colorado Renaissance Festival)

Summer is here, and with the warm days come all of the fun weekend festivals. There is practically a different festival to enjoy each and every weekend in Colorado, as festival planners know just how much the people of Denver love to enjoy the sunny weather. As you start making your plans for this summer, you will want to put these great festivals on your calendars. You can enjoy the weekend while celebrating all of the art and culture that Denver has to offer. Just be sure to wear that sunscreen.

Denver Chalk Art Festival
Larimer Square
1430 Larimer St.
Denver, CO 80202
(303) 534-2367
www.denverchalkart.com

Date: May 31 – June 1, 2014
With summer in full swing, you can head over to Larimer Square and peruse some truly amazing chalk art drawings as they are created by impressive artists. This annual festival is always a popular event, drawing thousands of people to watch and enjoy this unique art form. Along with the brilliant art, you’ll also find several local musicians while the Kids’ Corner provides a place for the children to get their own bag of chalk to take to the pavement and create their own works of art. If you’ve never been to this festival before, be sure to check it out, as it is always one of the more popular and unique art festivals of the year.

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Capitol Hill People’s Fair
Civic Center Park
101 W. 14th Ave.
Denver, CO 80204
(303) 830-1651
www.peoplesfair.com

Date: June 7 – 8, 2014
The Capitol Hill People’s Fair remains one of the largest festivals in the state, drawing more than 200,000 people over the course of two days. You’ll find the streets filled with tons of arts and crafts, live music, street performers, food vendors and so much more. It’s a full weekend celebrating the community and all of the wonderful diversity found here. It is the perfect way to ring in the summer with your friends and family. Since 1969, the People’s Fair has brought family-friendly fun and entertainment while showcasing hundreds of local artisans in the Denver area.

Denver Comic Con
Colorado Convention Center
700 14th St.
Denver, CO 80202
www.denvercomiccon.com

Date: June 13 – 15, 2014
Get your tickets quickly to visit the Denver Comic Con. This festival of science fiction, fantasy and comics is new, but has been growing steadily over the past few years. This year is sure to be even bigger than before, with so many amazing guests scheduled to make appearances, including Adam West, Karl Urban, Burt Ward, Julie Newmar, Bruce Campbell and more. You’ll also want to start your costume planning early, as showing up in costume and participating in cosplay is half the fun of attending Comic Con. Make sure to plan out your whole weekend around this huge event, visit the panels, wander the exhibition floor and take plenty of pictures of all the amazing costumes.

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Colorado Renaissance Festival
650 W. Perry Park Ave.
Larkspur, CO 80118
(303) 688-6010
www.coloradorenaissance.com

Date: June 14 – August 3, Saturdays and Sundays Only
Now celebrating its 38th season, the Colorado Renaissance Festival is the only place in town to get lost in 16th Century England. Wander through the carefully crafted village streets, play games or hop on a ride. Browse the amazing artisans as they create works of art that are specific to the time period, or stop and chat with the hundreds of different cast members that wander the village performing and entertaining for the visitors. You may even get to meet the king and queen while you are there. Of course, no visit to the Renaissance Festival would be complete without some of the best festival food possible. Dine on huge roast turkey legs, steak on a steak, fresh baked breads and more (the artichokes are always a big favorite). The Colorado Renaissance Festival is always a popular destination festival so pick a weekend and travel back in time.

Denver Greek Festival
4610 E. Alameda Ave.
Denver, CO 80246
(303) 388-9314
www.thegreekfestival.com

Date: June 21 – 22, 2014
Denver has a large and vibrant Greek community, and the Denver Greek Festival is always a wonderful event to learn more about the culture while enjoying music, crafts and food. You’ll get to see live traditional Greek dancing from the Hellenic Dance Academy of Denver, and there will be live Greek music from Etho Ellas. Of course, no Greek Festival would be complete without plenty of homemade foods and pastries. You can also stop in the cultural center to peruse books, arts and crafts showcasing the variety of Greek artisans in the area. A visit to the Denver Greek Festival is a wonderful way to learn about and truly appreciate this vibrant culture.

Deborah Flomberg is a theater professional, freelance writer and Denver native. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.

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