(credit: Mark Neitro)Denver Comic Con (credit: Mark Neitro)
Summer in the Mile High City brings a variety of festivals, events and conventions for people of all interests. From marquee events such as Denver Comic Con to more specific events, such as the Gala Choruses festival, there is something for everyone. Cons are a great way to meet and mingle with like-minded people, while watching demos and potentially learning new skills. Regardless of your interests, there is an event this summer that will spark your personality, so check out these events and head down if you’re ready to have a good time.
Denver Comic Con
Colorado Convention Center
700 14th St.
Denver, CO 80202

Date: June 17-19, 2016

Since its inception in 2012, Denver Comic Con has grown exponentially, becoming one of the premiere events in the country. Each year, the convention draws people from all over the Rocky Mountain region and other parts of the U.S., with cosplay, well known comic book artists and graphic novelists and celebrity guests. This year’s lineup includes stars from TV shows including Gotham, The Vampire Diaries and Game of Thrones. Passes can be purchased for individual days, or you can get a weekend pass to check out what’s happening every day. This convention is very well attended, however, so get your tickets ahead of time unless you are prepared for a long line.

Gala Choruses Festival
Denver Center for the Performing Arts
1400 Curtis St.
Denver, CO 80204
(720) 865-4220

Date: July 2-16, 2016

With more than 6,000 singers, this event is great for musicians and music lovers alike. The festival showcases GLBT singing groups from all over the country and includes many events over the course of two weeks, including concerts, demos and even a flash mob or two. Ticket prices vary based on event and venue, and attendees include the New York City Gay Man’s Chorus, OUTLOUD, Rock Creek Singers and many more. Concert events include choral concerts, staged performances and more. Check out the website for event and venue details.

Tattoo Masquerade 
Colorado Convention Center
700 14th St.
Denver, CO 80202
(720) 417-0796

Date: July 22 to 24

Join tattoo artists, entertainers, piercers and more for a fun event that showcases body art at its finest. Attendees can attend seminars to learn more about the art of tattooing, and the convention also features competitions, demos and live entertainment. People are welcome to come in costume and to showcase their own ink, making this event a must for anyone who appreciates body art. Artists from tattoo shops all over the city will be in attendance, making it easy to peruse portfolios and learn more about different artists. Passes can be purchased for individual days, or you can purchase a 3-day pass for $60-$70.

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Denver County Fair
National Western Complex
4655 Humboldt St.
Denver, CO 80216
(303) 297-1166

Date: July 29 to 31

The Denver County Fair celebrates the diversity of our city with a wide variety of events ranging from typical county fair events such as food competitions and livestock competitions to an internet cat film festival. Since 2016 marks the fifth anniversary of the fair, the ante will be upped. All tickets will be three-day passes this year, and there will be live entertainment all weekend. A great way to sample fare from vendors from all over the city and to enjoy traditional activities like rides and games, the Denver County Fair is a must attend summer event for people from all over the metro area.

Myths And Legends 
Ramada Plaza Denver North
10 E. 120th Ave.
Denver, CO 80233
(303) 452-4100

Date: August 12 to 14

Sci-fi and fantasy fans flock to this smaller, more intimate convention every summer to cosplay and interact with different panelists. This year’s guests include Jim Butcher, author of The Dresden Files, The Doubleclicks and many more. A smaller convention, this event is perfect for people who don’t like large crowds that are typical at events like Comic Con, or for people who simply enjoy science fiction and fantasy. While this year’s schedule is still being determined, past conventions have included a variety of panelists, as well as open gaming, demos and live entertainment. Tickets start at $25, and guests can also book rooms at the hotel for the maximum convention experience.

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Alaina Brandenburger is a freelance writer living in Denver. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.