If you can’t find something to do in the great Denver outdoors, you’re not looking hard enough. Amusements, we have you covered. Scenery to die for. Outdoor concerts are everywhere. Some are free. There are outdoor festivals and fiestas for everyone. Denver is well known for fun in the summer sun. Here are five of my favorite outdoor festivals in the Mile High City.
The People’s Fair– I’ve been going to the people’s fair since I first came to Denver. This event used to be held outdoors on the grounds of Denver’s East High School. It started as a craft fair for the common people. Over the years, it’s grown into something much bigger. Now it’s relocated to Civic Center Park downtown. There’s food galore, karaoke, entertainment by local bands, and of course, the craft fair.
The Renaissance Festival – This is another festival that began on the grounds of East High School. Bet you didn’t know that either! Dress in your Renaissance best and head to Larkspur, just outside of Denver for this festival that takes you back in time to the Renaissance days. Juggling, jousting, jesters and more. Food and local craftsmen are the highlights of this festival.
The Taste of Colorado – It is what it sounds like. The Taste of Colorado brings you the best of what Colorado has to offer. It started with the food and has grown to include entertainment, crafts and much more. You’ll find tasty treats from local restaurants and street vendors. There’s rides for the kids and beer for the grown-ups.
The Cherry Blossom Festival – The cherry trees are in bloom, and so is Denver’s Japanese culture. Learn about it while attending this lively summer event. The traditional dances are lovely. Both drummers and dancers are captivating. Of course, there are the cherry blossoms themselves, along with an Asian marketplace and food from all cultures.
The Dragon Boat Festival – This celebration of Asian- Pacific culture is the only one of it’s kind in the United States. The Colorado Dragon Boat Festival is held annually at Sloans Lake in Lakewood, Colorado. If you’ve never seen a dragon boat race, you might be surprised at the athleticism involved. Be sure to sample some of the best Asian food and entertainment around while shopping local craft vendors. This outdoor festival is among the most colorful and exciting in Denver.
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