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21 events for Labor Day weekend in Denver

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Denver is packed with fun (and free) festivals, pro sports, live music and plenty of late-summer, family-friendly activities for Labor Day weekend.

A TASTE OF COLORADO

WHEN: Sept. 1–4, 2017
WHERE: Civic Center Park

A Taste of Colorado stands proud as the end-of-summer celebration of community pride and spirit in the Denver region. Over 500,000 people make the four-day festival their Labor Day Weekend celebration, enjoying the offerings of more 50 area restaurants, 275 marketplace artisans and vendors, six stages and educational programs promoting the diverse cultural and Western heritage of the region.

DENVER FOOD + WINE FESTIVAL 

WHEN: Sept. 5–10, 2017
WHERE: Downtown Denver

The Denver Food + Wine Festival is a multi-day extravaganza of food, wine and spirits education, promotion and tastings. Through a series of events, the festival aims to highlight industry impact, promote workforce development and celebrate Denver as a culinary destination.

FESTIVAL ITALIANO

WHEN: Sept. 9–10, 2017 
WHERE: Belmar, Lakewood 

Festival Italiano is known for serving up the region’s best selection of homemade Italian specialties for guests as well as an artisan marketplace, live entertainment and chef tastings surrounding the festival dining booths. This free celebration features live music on two stages, chef demonstrations, wine tastings, kids activities (grape stomping!), a bocce tournament and flag throwers flown in from Italy for the weekend.

BIENNIAL OF THE AMERICAS

WHEN: Sept. 12-16, 2017
WHERE: Various venues
The Biennial of the Americas is a week-long festival of ideas, arts and culture that occurs every two years in Denver. The festival brings the most inspiring artists, innovators, leaders and experts from the Denver metro area and from North, South and Central America and the Caribbean together around the most pressing issues of our time.

For more ideas, don’t miss miss our 18 Labor Day Weekend events, as well as these picks from our event calendar. 

Turkish Free Day 

WHEN: Sep 1, 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Global Village Museum is celebrating new Hall Gallery exhibit. TURKISH POP-UP MARKET, 11-6 pm, will feature Turkish rugs, carpets, scarves, and tribal jewelry. Fort Collins Gallery Walk, 6-9 pm celebrates the opening of The Hall Gallery, “Life in Istanbul ~ Village of Millions.” 

Commonwheel Artists Labor Day Weekend Art Festival

WHEN: Sep 2– 4
The Commonwheel Artists 43rd Annual Labor Day Art Festival offers a weekend filled with juried, quality artwork and contemporary crafts, music, art-related activities for kids and food. Commonwheel Artists Co-op brings excellent high-quality fine art and contemporary crafts to the Pikes Peak Region during this annual three-day juried Art Festival.

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