Over 500,000 people make the four-day Festival their Labor Day Weekend celebration and enjoy the offerings of over 50 area food establishments, 280 marketplace artisans and vendors, six entertainment stages, and educational programs promoting the diverse cultural and western heritage of the region — all for no admission fee.
Originally named Festival of Mountain and Plain and established in 1895 as a carnival similar to New Orleans’ Mardi Gras, the Festival was created to boost the city’s morale and vitality following the silver panic. The event, unsuccessful in ending Denver’s depression and declining in attendance, folded in 1902 when organizers were unable to obtain financial support. In 1983, the Downtown Denver Partnership decided to bring back the spirit of the original Festival to commemorate the opening of the 16th Street Mall. The following year, A Taste of Colorado was added to the Festival of Mountain and Plain name and concept and moved back to Civic Center Park in Downtown Denver, where the event first began.
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What are the items I CANNOT bring to A Taste of Colorado?
The following may not be brought into the Festival:
Is there a separate fee for concerts?
No, all concerts are free.
How do I pay for food and beverages?
Tickets must be used to purchase food and beverages. A strip of 15 tickets can be purchased for $10. Cash is accepted at all ticket booths. Checks and credit cards are not accepted. ATMs are located throughout the Festival grounds.
Are alcoholic beverages sold at A Taste of Colorado?
Yes, you must be 21 to purchase and consume alcoholic beverages. Identification is required.
How does my company become a sponsor at A Taste of Colorado?
Please contact Dean Menos, (303) 295-6330, (303) 596-7004, or Dean@EventsbyEMG.com.