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Denver Office of Special Events: July 2024

Colorado Black Arts Festival | Friday, July 12 through Sunday, July 14

The 38th Annual Colorado Black Arts Festival is an exciting Denver tradition for the whole family, celebrating African American arts and culture. The festival will grace the lawns of Denver's City Park from Friday, July 12 through Sunday, July 14 with live music and entertainment every night across four different stages throughout the park.


The Boogaloo Celebration Parade takes place on Saturday, July 12 and will feature marching bands, drum and drill teams, floats, and more! The parade steps off at 10:30 am from J22nd Ave and proceeds east toward York St, entering City Park at 21st Ave and York.


Impacts: From July 12 to July 14, the roads from the Martin Luther King statue to Thatcher Fountain will be closed to all vehicles, bikes, and motorized transportation. Additionally, the park will be closed at the tennis courts entrance on Sunday, July 14 from 5 – 7:30 pm to manage traffic for City Park Jazz attendees and the Colorado Black Arts Festival.


Find event details and updates at: Colorado Black Arts Festival.


Colorado Dragon Boat Festival | Saturday, July 27 & Sunday, July 28

The 24th Annual Colorado Dragon Boat Festival returns to Sloan’s Lake Park on Saturday, July 27, 10 am – 7 pm and Sunday, July 28, 10 am – 5 pm with the ever popular Dragon Boat races starting at 8 am both days.


This year the festival celebrates the Year of the Dragon! The two-day festival will feature Dragon Boat Racing, the Taste of Asia Food Courts, the largest Asian marketplace in Denver, and performers from all over Colorado!


Impacts: Street closures and parking restrictions will be enforced from July 26, 12 am to July 28, 9 pm. Please adhere to all signage.


Street Closure Summary (North-South; West-East):

  • W. 26th Ave will remain open.

  • W. 25th Ave: Closed to Local Traffic, No Parking on both sides of street.

  • W Byron Pl: Closed from Sheridan Blvd to Vrain St; Rideshares may enter to from Sheridan Blvd for drop off.

  • Zenobia St, Yates St, Xavier St, Wolff St: Road Closed to Local Traffic; No Parking on east side.

  • Wolff St, Oak St, Winona Ct: closed to local traffic; no parking on both sides of street

  • Vrain St: Road Closed to Local Traffic; Rideshares may enter to drop off.


Plan your Trip

Festival Shuttles: There will be free shuttle service to and from Auraria Campus to Sloan’s Lake starting at 6:30 am to 4 pm every 20-30 minutes during the festival . The shuttle buses will enter Oak Street and exit on Vrain Street. 


Shared Rides: Attendees are encouraged to utilize alternative modes of transportation such as Lyft/Uber to event as there is NO ONSITE PARKING. Bikes and scooters (under 50cc) may use the Bike Corrals staffed by our nonprofit partners


Accessibility: A limited number of first-come, first-served onsite parking spaces for those with disability plates and/or placards. Drop-off points will be at Byron & Zenobia and Byron & Vrain, with limited accessible parking on the south side of Byron, just east of Vrain.


Parking in the neighborhood is STRONGLY discouraged.


Find event details and updates at: Colorado Dragon Boat Festival.


Cheesman Park Art Fest | Saturday, July 27 & Sunday July 28

The 11th Annual Cheesman Park Art Fest returns on Sat, July 27 and Sun, July 28 from 9 am - 5 pm beneath the trees of Cheesman Park. Enjoy the free two-day festival in one of Denver’s prized historic parks. Alongside the artwork, attendees can enjoy food trucks, folk and jazz music, and complimentary craft activities for kids!


Impacts: Although the event is entirely in the park with no street closures, please be aware of increased traffic.


Find event details and updates at: Cheesman Park Art Fest.


Runs & Walks in Denver Streets & Parks:

Saturday, July 13 from 8 - 10 am at Sloan's Lake Park

Impacts: None


Sunday, July 21 from 7 - 11 am at Wash Park

Impacts: None


Sunday, July 28 from 8 - 11:30 am at 8801 Central Park Blvd

Impacts: None

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