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5 Free Kid-friendly Festivals in Denver this Summer

Kristin Denlinger

1) Denver Chalk Art Festival

Kick-off your summer creativity with the Denver Chalk Art Festival! Chalk art is a fun medium that can be shared by kids and professionals alike. In the kids’ corner, kids can create their own art. Youth Groups will compete in a chalk challenge to help fund their school arts programs. The whole family can enjoy incredible works from award-winning street painters and live music throughout the festival.

When: June 6, 2015 (10am-10pm) & June 7, 2015 (10am-7pm)

Where: Larimer Square

More info: http://www.larimerarts.org/festival-info/denver-chalk-art-festival/

Image via Denver Chalk Art Festival website

Image via Denver Chalk Art Festival website

2) A Taste of Puerto Rico

A Taste of Puerto Rico is the largest Caribbean festival in Colorado! This festival is more than 10 years old and this year there will be a special tribute to the father of Salsa, Frankie Ruiz, by his brother Viti Ruiz. The whole family can enjoy musical act and cultural offerings, not to mention delicious Puerto Rican food.

When: Jun 14 (11am-8pm)

Where: Civic Center Park, E. Broadway & Colfax

More info: http://www.atopr.com/

Image via A Taste of Puerto Rico Facebook Page

Image via A Taste of Puerto Rico Facebook Page

3) Sand in the City

You don’t need to drive far to get to the beach this summer! Sand in the City is a family friendly beach party. Master sand sculptors will make giant works of art. Adults can enjoy local craft beer and music while the Kid Zone is jam-packed with obstacle courses, bouncy slides, magicians and buried treasure!

When: Jun 27-28 (12pm)

Where: Ralston Park, 64th & Simms, Arvada Co

More info: http://visitarvada.org/events/sand-in-the-city/

Image via Arvada Sand in the City Facebook page

Image via Arvada Sand in the City Facebook page

4) Colorado Dragon Boat Festival

In its 15th year, the Colorado Dragon Boat Festival has been praised as one of the Best Festivals in Denver! Festival spectators enjoy the ancient sport of Dragon Boat Races, traditional and contemporary arts performances that showcase Asian and Asian American talent and Taste of Asia food courts. A kids’ ‘Dragonland’ area includes children’s performers and storytellers and educational crafts. The whole family can enjoy ‘Gateway to Asia,’ described as a “portal into Asian culture” with demonstrations and performances.

When: July 18-19 (10am)

Where: Sloan’s Lake, Denver

More info: http://www.cdbf.org/

Image via Colorado Dragon Boat Festival website

Image via Colorado Dragon Boat Festival website

5) A Taste of Colorado

A Taste of Colorado is a great way to experience some of the best food in Denver and end your summer with some family fun. Five stages will feature regional and national performers and a large Arts & Crafts Marketplace will be present. The Kidzone includes free craft activities and play equipment with music and magic. Families can learn about Colorado history together in the Festival of Mountain and Plain Area.

When: September 4 (11:30am-10pm), September 5, 6 (10:30am -10pm), September 7 (10:30am-8pm)

Where: Civic Center Park, E. Broadway & Colfax

More info: http://www.atasteofcolorado.com/

Image via A Taste of Colorado Facebook page

Image via A Taste of Colorado Facebook page

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