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National Western Stock Show

After more than 100 years in existence, the National Western Stock Show is sure to be a good time for anyone. Held every January for 16 days, heritage livestock, horse show and rodeo are the stars.

Date: 09 January 2020 - 26 January 2020
Venue: Denver Coliseum.
Website: http://www.nationalwestern.com
Cost:

Prices vary.


Colorado Indian Market and Southwest Showcase

From traditional Indian jewellery and pottery to paintings and sculptures, the annual Colorado Indian Market and Southwest Showcase is the place to find all manner of things relating to Indian culture and heritage. Throughout the three-day event, a number of live music and dance performances take place on the festival's main stage. There are also special attractions, such as the wild bird show 'Hawkquest,' art and craft demonstrations, Native American and southwest cooking demonstrations and stalls, and the chance to meet visiting music, TV and filmstar celebrities. For children, there are balloon artists, face painters, magic shows and cowboy tricks.

Date: 17 January 2020 - 19 January 2020
Venue: Denver Merchandise Mart.
Website: http://www.indianmarket.net
Cost:

Adults US$15; Children (under 13) free.


Denver St Patrick's Day Parade

Beginning and ending at Coors Field, the annual St Patrick's Day Parade follows a circular route through the heart of Denver. The route is lined with revellers who cheer on the floats, marching bands, pipe bands and dancers as the procession makes its way through the city.

Date: 17 March 2020 - 17 March 2020
Venue: 27th and Blake Streets.
Website: http://www.denverstpatricksdayparade.org
Cost:

Free.


March Pow Wow

The March Pow Wow is a unique occasion where American Indian peoples have the opportunity to come together in song and dance to celebrate of their heritage. There are more than 1600 dancers and musicians involved in the Pow Wow in Denver, who hail from nearly 100 different tribes. The Storytelling Room, samples of Native American food, and hundreds of arts and crafts stalls all give visitors opportunities to learn more about the culture and history of Native American people.

Date: 20 March 2020 - 23 March 2020
Venue: Denver Coliseum.
Website: http://www.denvermarchpowwow.org/
Cost:

Various


Cinco de Mayo Festival

The Cinco de Mayo Festival in Denver is a celebration of Hispanic food and culture. It started out as a local street fair in 1987, but has grown over the years to become the largest Cinco de Mayo celebration in the USA. The celebrations commemorate the Mexican Army's defeat of the invading French forces at the Battle of Puebla in 1862. Mariachi bands, Mexican cultured arts and crafts, folkloric dancers, Mexican Latino entertainment and a variety of Mexican culinary delights are all a part of the fun.

Date: 05 May 2020 - 05 May 2020
Venue: Civic Center Park.
Website: http://www.cincodemayodenver.com
Cost:

Free.


Denver PrideFest

The LGBT community celebrates PrideFest with a 5K run, a parade, live music and plenty of dancing. The streets are lined with arts, crafts and food vendors.

Date: 20 June 2020 - 21 June 2020
Venue: Civic Centre Park.
Website: http://www.glbtcolorado.org/pridefest/
Cost:

Free.


Colorado Dragon Boat Festival

The Colorado Dragon Boat Festival is more than dragon boat racing; it's a celebration of the local Asian community, complete with performing arts, an Asian marketplace and village, a Taste of Asia food court and, of course, the spectacular races, in both competitive and community categories. The Asian marketplace has over 75 arts and crafts vendors and the performing arts stage features both traditional and contemporary Asian and Asian-American performers of martial arts, dance, and rock and blues music.
Each year, the village showcases the cultures of different Asian Pacific communitie,s and includes an intimate demonstration area known as Gateway to Asia. Kids can be entertained (and educated) in the Dragonland section, where cultural projects abound. A special Dragon Spirit-Awakening Ceremony and a traditional Eye-Dotting Ceremony awaken the dragon boats and kick off the festivities.

Date: 01 July 2020 - 31 July 2020
(Date to be confirmed)
Venue: Sloan's Lake Park.
Website: http://www.cdbf.org
Cost:

Free.


Cherry Creek Arts Festival

Including an artistic mix of exhibitions, demonstrations and workshops, the annual Cherry Creek Arts Festival sees over 260 artists descend on Denver to showcase their works. Around 350,000 visitors attend the celebration of visual, culinary and performing arts of this three-day event, which is one of the most significant cultural events in Denver, as well as a nationally top-ranked art show. The festival spans six streets, which are lined with a diverse group of vendors. There are activities for children, as well as musical performances that carry on into the night.

Date: 03 July 2020 - 05 July 2020
Venue: Cherry Creek North Shopping District
Website: http://cherrycreekartsfestival.org/
Cost:

Free.


Colorado State Fair

Though the fairgrounds are located outside of Denver, the Colorado State Fair is worth the trip to Pueblo. It’s a lively celebration of the make up of Colorado: its people, agriculture, art, music, natural resources, and industries. There are different kinds of entertainment featured at the fair, including a rodeo and musical performances.

Date: 28 August 2020 - 07 September 2020
Venue: Pueblo.
Website: http://www.coloradostatefair.com
Cost:

Free for select attractions.


Denver Oktoberfest

Join the party in the celebration of all things German (particularly beer) during the annual Denver Oktoberfest. Celebrated over two consecutive weekends in September, the city comes alive with live music, costumed dancers, cultural performances, gallons of beer, and thousands upon thousands of traditional German sausages. Modelled on the famous Munich Oktoberfest in Germany, Denver's Larimer Square is the scene of the celebrations for this fun event, which also offers plenty of attractions for younger visitors.

Date: 01 September 2020 - 31 October 2020
(Date to be confirmed)
Venue: 20th Street and Larimer Street.
Website: http://thedenveroktoberfest.com/
Cost:

Free.


A Taste of Colorado

This Labor Day festival marks the end of summer with offerings from more than 60 food establishments, 275 marketplace artisans and vendors, six entertainment stages, and numerous educational programmes. You’ll be able to enjoy full-sized starters, main courses, and desserts to share with friends, or choose smaller portions to have all to yourself.

Date: 05 September 2020 - 07 September 2020
Venue: Civic Center Park.
Website: http://www.atasteofcolorado.com
Cost:

Free.


Great American Beer Festival

Craft breweries across the country compete for medals while beer lovers rejoice. As this has become a major beer event, book your tickets early to avoid disappointment.

Date: 24 September 2020 - 26 September 2020
Venue: Colorado Convention Center.
Website: http://www.greatamericanbeerfestival.com
Cost:

Various


Denver Film Festival

Over a 10-day period, the prestigious Starz Denver Film Festival presents a programme of more than 250 films including features, shorts, documentaries, animations and other experimental works. Each year, a particular actor or filmmaker is honoured with the ‘Mayor's Lifetime Achievement Award,’ with past recipients including such leading luminaries as Francis Ford Coppola, Morgan Freeman, and Ang Lee. There is also a special programme of screenings for children.

Date: 01 October 2020 - 30 November 2020
(Date to be confirmed)
Venue: Various cinemas in Denver.
Website: https://denverfilmfestival.denverfilm.org
Cost:

Various.


Parade of Lights

Featuring a lively procession of floats, marching bands, dance troupes, and all manner of costumed characters, the annual Denver Parade of Lights has been a popular Christmas tradition since 1975. Over 350,000 spectators line the length of the 3km (2-mile) parade route, which snakes its way through downtown Denver to the City and County Building where there is the ticket-only Grandstand seating area. Marching bands compete to be crowned winner in a number of categories including 'Best Music and Marching Performance' and 'Best Lighting and Overall Performance.’

Date: 04 December 2020 - 05 December 2020
Venue: Downtown Denver, starting in front of Civic Center Park.
Website: http://www.downtowndenver.com/event
Cost:

Free.


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Renaissance Denver Downtown City Center Hotel

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The Westin Denver Downtown

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Kimpton Hotel Monaco

The luxurious Hotel Monaco is a boutique hotel with great service. It's perfectly located for trips to 16th Street Mall and the sights of downtown Denver, while still maintaining a quiet and friendly space to relax in. The hotel keeps its unique identity by throwing in plenty of quirky ideas, from goldfish in your room to a friendly lobby dog to free daily wine-tastings in the lobby.