A Taste of Colorado, chalk art and more

Take a bite out of Colorado

Saturday-Monday. A A taste of Colorado returns to its previous location in Denver’s Civic Center Park on September 3-5, and organizers say it will be twice as big as last year. And that’s a big one. Over the course of the three-day weekend, there will be five stages of music from 60 acts and bands, including tribute bands, country musicians, jazz and indie bands. There will also be an arts and crafts market featuring 50 artisans and vendors.

And, of course, there will be food: More than 30 restaurants and food trucks will be on site, along with dozens of local craft distilleries, turning the park’s Greek Theater “into one big pike establishment,” the Downtown Denver Partnership said. Get details at atasteofcolorado.com.

Helen H. Richardson, The Denver Post

Chalk artist Natalie Gillespie works on her piece during the Chalk Art Festival as part of the Cherry Creek Arts Festival on September 5, 2021 in Denver.

Drawing it down

Saturday-Monday. The Denver Chalk Art Festival is moving to a new neighborhood September 3-5 with new sidewalks and street beautification. The popular festival, which features more than 200 artists “using the streets as a unique canvas and then using chalk to create fantastical and colorful paintings at the viewer’s feet,” according to organizers, is now in the Golden Triangle.

Founded in 2003, the festival was previously held in June in Larimer Square, but was forced to move during the pandemic in 2020 to venues in Denver. In 2021, it was held during the Cherry Creek Arts Festival. This year’s edition will feature the work of Dawn Wagner, Chris Carlson, Julie Kirk Purcell, Steve DeOrio and Mark Hollenbeck.

The festival runs Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Monday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is free and the art is temporary. Get more information at denverchalk.art.

Puzzle around

friday-sunday. If you like your American music – and in Colorado we know you do – then Caveman Music Festival, which takes place in the southernmost part of Colorado, is the place to be. The three-day jam “boasts an impressive lineup of established and emerging artists,” including Zach Bryan, Big Head Toad and the Monsters, Grace PotterSteve Earle & The Dukes, Jamestown Revival, North Mississippi Allstars and Margo Price, organizers said.

Courtney Barnett performs at SXSW on March 18, 2015. Photo by Joe McCabe, heyreverb.com.
Courtney Barnett performs at SXSW on March 18, 2015. Photo by Joe McCabe, heyreverb.com.

The festival will be held at Monument Lake Resort in Las Animas County on September 2-4. The 368-acre resort allows people to kayak, hike, fish and camp. Day passes start at $119.99 and go up from there. Get information and tickets at cavemanmusicfestival.com.

More music

Saturday. Courtney Barnett, an Australian singer-songwriter known for her folk stories and lyrics, will perform at the Mission Ballroom along with several other acts as part of Barnett’s Here & There Festival. The tour features a rotating lineup of songwriters at its stops. In Denver, that includes Japanese breakfast, Aruj Aftab and Bedouin, in addition to Barnett. Tickets start at $52 at axs.com and doors open at 5pm on September 3rd. Ballroom Mission is located at 4242 Wynkoop St.

Beaver Creek's Oktoberfest takes place in September.
Beaver Creek’s Oktoberfest takes place in September.

Tap into Oktoberfest early

friday-sunday. Beaver Creek begins Oktoberfest season with three days of food, drink and fun in a relaxed atmosphere over Labor Day weekend. It kicks off on Friday with a traditional keg pouring ceremony at 4pm, followed by live music from Rick Borger & The Average German Band. Saturday’s activities begin at 11 a.m. with a beer garden and food vendors, and live music from The Polka Mates and The Helmut Fricker Band throughout the day. There will also be a barbell competition, a best-dressed competition and a kids’ zone on all three days.

Oddly, the festival doesn’t feature any traditional Oktoberfest beers from Munich, usually Marzens and lighter festbiers, but there are plenty of German specialties, including a similar Nuremberg festbier, Kölsch, dunkel and Helles from Longmont’s Wibby Brewing. Get all the details on races, classes, music, food and more at beavercreek.com.

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