Art & Soul: Upcoming Art Festivals in the Denver Area

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Courtesy of Stanley Arts Festival

Art, in many forms, has always had a way of bringing people together. Art festivals are no different: They’re filled with music, food, and artists ready to share their hard work with their community.

There are a lot of art festivals happening in August and September. Go ahead and fill your calendar.

August

Breckenridge International Festival of Arts
Breckenridge
Aug. 10-19
Colorado mountain towns provide great inspiration for creating art, and Breckenridge is no exception. This International Festival of Arts takes inspiration from nature, the environment, and mountain culture in the form of visual arts, music, dance, film, and family entertainment.

High Octane Arts and Crafts Festival
Gunnison
Aug. 18
In conjunction with the Gunnison Car Show, this art fest has something everyone can enjoy. The free festival will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Western Welcome Week Arts & Crafts Festival
Littleton
Aug. 18
Spend the day in beautiful downtown Littleton shopping at more than 100 artisan booths. Keep the kids entertained with the Firefighter’s Children’s Parade and the Grand Parade. This is a free, full-day event open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Golden Fine Arts Festival
Golden
Aug. 18-19
Check out some of the top artists in the state in this juried art festival. Admission is free to spectators looking to enjoy top-rated art, live music, craft beer, and food. Cash prizes are awarded to artists in nine categories. Visit the Golden Fine Arts Festival’s site to preview the art. 

Parker Art in the Park
Parker
Aug. 25-26
The Annual Parker Art in the Park event features paintings, sculptures (metal, wood and fiber), and fine jewelry. Kids will love spending time at the Imagination Station, where they can get their faces painted or create their own works of art.

Evergreen Fine Arts Festival
Evergreen
Aug. 25-26
Complete with crisp mountain air, the Evergreen Fine Arts Festival is a relaxing, inspirational way to spend a weekend. Listen to the eclectic sounds of the Colorado Youth Pipe Band while taking in the juried sculptures, paintings, and photography.

2018 Affordable Arts Festival
Littleton
Aug. 26
Who doesn’t love the word “affordable”? Everything sold at this unique Affordable Arts Festival is $100 or less. It’s not just pottery, paintings, photography, jewelry, and mixed media; it also includes art originally priced up to $4,000, marked down. This year’s festival will feature more than 160 artists from around the country.

September

Gathering at the Great Divide Art Festival
Breckenridge
Sept. 1-3
If you couldn’t get enough of Breckenridge in August, come back for the Gathering at the Great Divide Art Festival. The weekend will feature more than 100 artists representing a wide range of mediums.

CRUSH WALLS
Denver
Sept. 3-9
The Crush Walls event promises to be “an arts festival like no other.” In a week-long event, more than 50 graffiti artists will transform the urban landscape of the RiNo district right before your eyes. The opening party will happen at the Juxtapoz Clubhouse of Sept. 4, starting at 7 p.m.

Stanley Arts Festival
Aurora
Sept. 8-9
The Stanley Arts Festival, produced by CherryArts, features 13 mediums of art, from drawing to metalworks. The diverse festival is an ideal space for first-time or established art buyers or anyone just looking for a day of fun and whimsy. There is also an interactive Creation Station for the little ones. For $45, you can show up a night early for the Kick-Off Party to see a sneak peek at the art, live performances, an open bar and grub.

The Colorado ArtFest
Castle Rock
Sept. 8-9
Shopping with a side of shopping! This art festival is located at the Outlets at Castle Rock and will feature over 170 artists. Admission is $5, with proceeds benefiting the Community Art Fund to keep Castle Rock alive with public art.

Firefly Handmade Market
Boulder
Sept. 15-16
In true Boulder fashion, the Firefly Handmade Market is one of the craftiest events of the year. Sticking true to the name, everything at this festival is handmade. For two days, Pearl Street Mall will be filled with art, live music, and plenty of beer!

Parker Fine Arts and Music Festival
Parker
Sept. 22-23
Finish off a month of art back in Parker for the Fine Arts and Music Festival. Enjoy live bluegrass and Americana music and juried art from local and national artists. Stop by the Creation Station—open to all ages—to show off your artistic chops.

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