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National Public Holidays

  • 1st January - New Year's Day
  • Third Monday in January - Martin Luther King Day
  • 12th February - Lincoln's Birthday
  • Third Monday in February - Washington's Birthday
  • Last Monday in May - Memorial Day
  • 4th July - Independence Day
  • First Monday in September - Labor Day
  • Second Monday in October - Columbus Day
  • 11th November - Veterans Day
  • 4th Thursday in November - Thanksgiving
  • 25th December - Christmas Day

Denver Calendar of Festivals and Events 2014 / 2015

January

  • National Western Stock Show and Rodeo - mid-January, biggest event of its kind in the country with rodeos, western-themed entertainment and a sea of 10 gallon hats
  • Martin Luther King Parade - mid-January, one of America's largest marches of its kind, attracting more than 30,000 participants

February

  • Colorado Garden and Home Show - mid-February, held at the Colorado Convention Center

March

  • St. Patrick's Day Parade - mid-March, one of the biggest parades in the country, rivaled only by New York's St. Patrick's Day celebrations
  • Rocky Mountain Air Fair - mid-March, over 100 booths offering aviation products, displays and services, as well as hands-on activities for the children

April

  • Earth Day - mid-April, held at Denver Botanic Garden, with a number of free activities for all ages
  • PanAfrican Film Festival - mid-April, interesting screenings at the Starz FilmCenter

May

  • Cinco de Mayo - early May, two-day celebration of Mexico's independence held at the 16th Street Mall

June

  • Capitol Hill People's Fair - early June, one of the largest fairs in Colorado, with over 500 booths displaying various arts and crafts, food, dance and live entertainment
  • BuskerFest - early June, mimes, clowns, jugglers, acrobats and other street performers from around the world converge on 16th Street Mall
  • PrideFest - late June, colorful celebration of gay pride including a parade. Ranks among the ten largest annual celebrations in the country
  • Colorado Renaissance Festival - mid-June to late July, located a half-hour drive south of Denver, popular event offering period entertainment, food, crafts, souvenirs, traditional music and demonstrations
  • Juneteenth - mid-June, celebrates the end of slavery in Texas, with Five Points coming alive with music, food, arts and crafts, a parade, games and rides

July

  • LoDo Music Festival - mid-July, a large celebration involving a range of different styles and performers
  • Cherry Creek Arts Festival - early July, one of the country's largest and most popular arts and crafts shows, a Fourth of July tradition in Denver
  • Buffalo Bill Days - late July, held in honor of Wild West legend Buffalo Bill and including a Wild West show, games, food and a parade

August

  • Colorado State Fair - late August, a huge, action packed celebration including plenty of rides, games, music, showcases, a rodeo and loads of free entertainment

September

  • Taste of Colorado - early September, a huge showcase of local cuisine as well as music performances and local arts and crafts displays
  • Great American Beer Festival - late September, includes a prestigious beer brewing competition, product displays, seminars and tasting of over 1,500 beers
  • OktoberFest - mid-September, held in Larimer Square and spread over two weekends, this event includes German dancing, music, 'Oompah' bands, food booths, colorful costumes and plenty of beer
  • Denver Gem and Mineral Show - mid-September, international show and sale of minerals, fossils, gems and jewelry including hands-on activities

October

  • Starz Denver Film Festival - mid-November, held at Denver's Starz FilmCenter and Temple Buell Theater
  • Victorian Fetish Ball - mid-November, a prominent event in Denver's calendar, attracting around 2,000 people all dressed in colorful costumes
  • Boo at the Zoo - late October, Halloween fun at Denver Zoo

November

  • WinterFest - late November to New Year, various Christmas celebrations and events in and around Larimer Square
  • Denver Christkindl Market - German market, selling a range of goods, include fresh produce
  • Light Up Larimar - late November, the shopping district is lit to mark the start of the holiday season in Denver

December

  • Blossoms of Light - throughout December, illuminations around the Denver Botanic Gardens
  • Georgetown Christmas Market - mid-December, German-style Christmas market, with a wide range of stalls and gifts
  • Jingle Bell Run - mid-December, charity run starting in Washington Park