The Why’s Answered: Why You Want to Attend 2019’s A Taste of Colorado, No Matter Your Age

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Every year, Denver locals and visitors alike mark their calendars for the state’s biggest Labor Day weekend celebration: A Taste of Colorado. For more than 35 years, this one-of-a-kind event has been welcoming hundreds of thousands of attendees to join in the festivities at Civic Center Park, offering up a unique combination of music, food, shopping, and more. The outdoor festival packs an impressive amount of fun into the three-day weekend, providing free entertainment for festival goers of all ages. With everything A Taste of Colorado has to offer, it’s no surprise that it’s earned a spot among USA TODAY’s top five food festivals in America.

Planning your first time at A Taste of Colorado? From foodie favorites to the best of the Denver music scene, here are all the reasons why you won’t want to miss this beloved Denver music festival:

National and Local Musicians Performing on Multiple Stages

Forget the expensive tickets and time-consuming travel involved with other popular music festivals – A Taste of Colorado is the only event that gives you unparalleled access to both local and national musical talent for absolutely no cover charge. Our three outdoor stages will be hosting a huge variety of artists from all over the country, so you can dance to old favorites and discover new talent in the same weekend. Whether you love classic rock, contemporary pop, country tunes, or a little bit of everything, you can count on finding at least a few shows you’re sure to love.

All of Denver’s Best Restaurants Gathered in One Place

There’s nowhere else you can sample more than 50 of Denver’s favorite restaurants and food trucks in one place, choosing from taste-sized portions to full-sized meals to suit your appetite. Dine al fresco with dishes inspired by local and international cuisine, with a mix of classic favorites (think pizza, cotton candy, and funnel cake) and eclectic new flavors. A Taste of Colorado uses an easy, ticket-based system that makes it simple and affordable for the whole family to try a huge variety of delicious foods.

Unique Arts and Crafts Finds in the Mountain & Plain Marketplace

Two hundred vendors will come together in the Arts and Crafts Marketplace, selling everything from artisan jewelry and handmade goods to unique imports and high-quality home services. Discover the perfect piece of original art at Fine Art in the Park, or check off your home’s to-do list with help from vendors in the Home and Lifestyles area.

A Family-Friendly Kids Zone Even the Littlest Festivalgoers Will Enjoy

A Taste of Colorado is something the entire family can enjoy, providing pint-sized guests with kid-focused entertainment, crafts, and activities in the South Platte Kids Zone. The “Snug Play” pop-up playground is designed for creative play for kids of all ages, while the area’s “Mommy Station” provides the perfect place for parents to tackle feedings, diaper changes, and other necessities in a private space stocked with plenty of free baby supplies. Other events for kids include raffles, free crafts, and story time hosted by the Denver Public Library.

Spend Your 2019 Labor Day Weekend at A Taste of Colorado

If you’re ready to make your Labor Day Weekend one to remember, mark your calendars now for A Taste of Colorado. The free outdoor festival will kick off Saturday, August 31st and run through Monday, September 2nd, with all the fun taking place at Downtown Denver’s Civic Center Park.

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