There are so many wonderful fairs, festivals and bazaars that pop up every summer in Colorado that you could attend a different event every weekend all season long. If you enjoy discovering local talent, browsing through hand-crafted works, learning about new techniques and having fun in the beautiful Colorado sun, then there are some festivals and fairs you should be on the lookout to attend. Craft fairs are a wonderful way to purchase special gifts or even to inspire a new creative endeavor of your own. Here are some great crafts fairs happening in the Denver area this summer.
Capitol Hill People’s Fair
Civic Center Park
Denver, CO 80204
Date: June 7-8, 2014
As one of the largest festivals in Colorado, the Capitol Hill People’s Fair is one of the premier events every summer. For two very full days, Civic Center Park fills with arts and crafts, lots of great food, plenty of live music and other entertainment plus so much more to enjoy. If you are looking for some very special hand-crafted gifts for your friends and family, or if you just want to peruse the fine art and do a little people watching, then the Capitol Hill People’s Fair is for you. There is a reason this event signifies the official start to summer in Denver, so visit this festival to find out just why that is.
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Cherry Creek Arts Festival
Cherry Creek North Shopping District
2nd Ave. to 3rd Ave. between Columbine St. and Steele St.
Denver, CO 80206
Date: July 4-6, 2014
Since 1991, the Cherry Creek Arts Festival has taken over the Cherry Creek neighborhood, turning it into a massive celebration of visual, culinary and performing arts with more than 350,000 attendees every year. This year you can enjoy fine cuisine from all over the Denver area while you meet and chat with international visual artists and enjoy lots of live musical performances, artist demonstrations and even lots of free interactive “ARTivities” for the family. Make sure to stop by the Imagination Collaboration Mural to help create a huge mural painted by the community or visit Creation Station, a special spot just for the younger children to design and create lots of different art pieces.
Colorado Black Arts Festival
17th Ave. and Colorado Blvd.
Denver, CO 80238
Date: July 11-13, 2014
The Colorado Black Arts Festival has celebrated creativity and expression among African American artists for 28 years. You’ll find so many wonderful crafts and arts to enjoy during this three-day festival, and it is one that is very much worth your time. The theme for this year’s festival is Expressions, which will bring a variety of arts and crafts all working to convey emotions or to give a glimpse into the artists’ feelings and thoughts. Make sure to visit the Watu-Sakoni Marketplace to purchase crafts, African masks, drums, clothing, jewelry and home décor items. You’ll also want to sign up to participate in the scavenger hunt, which will introduce you and the whole family to lots of amazing African American visual and performing artists. It’s the best way to learn the most about all of the fabulous creative people at the fair.
Grand Lake Arts and Crafts Fair
Grand Lake Town Square
Grand Lake, CO 80447
Date: July 19-20, 2014
Take a road trip this summer and visit the beautiful and picturesque town of Grand Lake. While you are there, stop by the summer Arts and Crafts Fair in the Town Square. You’ll enjoy a large variety of locally made, hand-crafted items from paintings to jewelry to clothing, fabric crafts, quilts and more. 60 different artists will be on display, all featuring Western-themed crafts. There’s also a Buffalo Barbecue Weekend with lots of great food to enjoy and other fun events. This is a juried fair, which means all of the artists are competing to show off their very best work so you’re sure to see lots of amazing creativity on display.
Cheesman Park Art Fest
1599 E. 8th Ave.
Denver, CO 80218
Date: July 26-27, 2014
The Cheesman Park Art Fest kicked off last year and it was a huge success. For the second year, the festival is bringing more than 100 juried artists and craftsmen to Cheesman Park for a two-day festival. You’ll be able to peruse amazing works of pottery, painting, jewelry, glass art, sculpture and more. Of course, no outdoor festival would be complete without plenty of live music, local food trucks, creative demonstrations and lots of activities for the kiddos. This is sure to be a fantastic event, and a great opportunity to discover some new arts and crafts by many truly talented creative artists. Make sure to check the website to find out more information about the free shuttle to help eliminate those parking stresses.
Deborah Flomberg is a theater professional, freelance writer and Denver native. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.