Taste of Colorado

Every Labor Day weekend, Denver hosts A Taste of Colorado at Civic Center Park. This food festival also features live music, rides, games, shopping, and more. Admission is free and it’s a fun event to attend as summer comes to a close.

I was in Denver with friends during the festival and we had no idea it was going on. We kind of ran into it by accident and am glad we did. I enjoyed sampling some of the food and of course the music added to the entertainment.

A Taste of Colorado in Denver

A Taste of Colorado


Ticket System

A Taste of Colorado works on a ticket system.  The tickets are used to purchase food samples or full meals at one of the many food booths. A strip of 15 tickets costs US$10.

A Taste of Colorado in Denver

A Taste of Colorado



Music was being played on different stages, including rock, country, blues, jazz, gospel, and world music. The main stage on the night I went featured Joan Jett and the Blackhearts. I wandered over to another stage and there was a salsa band playing with much of the crowd dancing.

Main Stage at A Taste of Colorado in Denver

Main Stage

Rock Stage at A Taste of Colorado in Denver

Rock Stage


Carnival and Booths

For kids (and big kids), there are carnival rides and games. Several arts and crafts booths were selling handmade goods, t-shirts, jewelry, and more.


An Exhausting Time

We were only there for a few short hours. It was exhausting with the huge crowds in the hot weather, but it was a fun time.

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