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Colorado Black Arts Festival, July 13-15, Denver City Park

Colorado Black Arts Festival

DATE: July 13-15
LOCATION: Denver City Park

The mission of the Colorado Black Arts Festival is to seek to involve the total community in helping to establish self-reliance, believing that pride in one’s culture is the foundation for long- term stability and prosperity. The Colorado Black Arts Festival strives to develop, promote and celebrate African arts and culture in Colorado.

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Denver County Fair, July 13-15, National Western Complex

Denver County Fair

DATE: July 13-15
LOCATION: National Western Complex

Fair-ly Weird Fun.

Visit the Denver County Fair for Alpaca Obstacle Course, 80's Retro Happy Hour, Vinyl Revival, Extreme Midget Wrestling, Mullet 5k Run, Unicorn Cup Roller Derby, Weiner Mobile, Little Man Ice Cream Social, Beer + Wine Fest, Miss Denver County Drag Queen Contest, Green Chile Sunday, BYO Mimosa + Bloodies, Goat Yoga, Mariachi Vasquez, Metalachi, World of Cats, and so much Carnival Fun!

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Winter Park Alpine ArtAffair, July 14-15, Hideaway Park, downtown Winter Park, CO

Winter Park Alpine ArtAffair

DATE: July 14-15
LOCATION: Hideaway Park, downtown Winter Park, Colorado. Located on Hwy 40 in Winter Park

A Grand Tradition of Fine Arts in the Fraser Valley

The Alpine ArtAffair is a friendly outdoor not-for-profit juried show, staffed by volunteers who strive to provide an enjoyable experience for artists and visitors alike. Proceeds from applications and booth fees provide scholarships-funding to local students, schools and arts in the community.

Jewelry, Photography, Metalwork, Mixed Media, Pottery, Painting, Glass, Wood and Fiber. Hawk Quest Birds of Prey, Community Organizations, Children's Activities, Music & Food.

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Art in the Park, July 14-15, West Lincoln Park, Steamboat Springs, CO

Steamboat Springs Art in the Park

DATE: July 14-15
LOCATION: West Lincoln Park, Steamboat Springs, CO

Art in the Park is free to the public and features 150 artist vendors, live entertainment, food and drink vendors, and an interactive children’s art area. This popular and successful event takes place on July 14th and 15th over Hot Air Balloon Rodeo Weekend, which draws large crowds of over 10,000 people through a weekend of fun and excitement.

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ArtsWeek Golden, July 16-22, various locations, Golden, CO

ArtsWeek Golden

DATE: July 16-22
LOCATION: various locations, Golden, CO

ARTSWEEK GOLDEN is a week-long celebration of the arts orchestrated by Foothills Art Center in partnership with arts-oriented organizations and community partners in beautiful Golden, Colorado.

One of our main goals for ARTSWEEK GOLDEN is not only to celebrate the arts, but to also place value on the concept of creativity and critical thinking - skills that are so vitally needed in our world.

ARTSWEEK GOLDEN starts on July 16 with events during the week at various locations including Foothills Art Center. It culminates in the ARTSWEEK GOLDEN FESTIVAL on July 21 and 22 - a juried arts festival with artists from around the country. This two-day event takes place on Saturday and Sunday on the Colorado School of Mines campus adjacent to 15th Street and Foothills Art Center in Golden.

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Lake Dillon Arts Festival, July 20-22, Dillon, CO

Lake Dillon Arts Festival

DATE: July 20-22

Admission is free to this three-day festival showcasing Colorado and our nation's finest artists. Artists will be present during the entire festival - you can meet them, ask questions, and personalize your purchase.

Each artist is hand-selected to ensure unique, first class contemporary, traditional, southwest, and abstract art work. Artists’ work will include oil, acrylic, watercolor, pastel, charcoal, and mixed media paintings, along with elegant bronze, stone, metal, mixed media, and luminous glass sculptures. In addition to functional stoneware and non-functional raku ceramics, there will be inlaid wood turned bowls, one-of-a-kind jewelry, black & white and color photography, and fabulous silk fabrics.

NEW! Fall Fest runs August 31-September 2

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Pearl Street Arts Fest, July 21-22, Boulder, CO

Pearl Street Arts Fest

DATE: July 21-22
LOCATION: Pearl Street Mall, Boulder, CO

A celebration of visual art in Downtown Boulder, the 40th Annual Pearl Street Arts Fest includes a variety of art, from whimsical and modern sculptures to traditional watercolors, oils & more. The result is a beautiful outdoor gallery nestled in the heart of Boulder on the one-and-only Pearl Street Mall.

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Center for the Arts Evergreen Summerfest, July 21-22, Buchanan Athletic Fields, Evergreen, CO

Center for the Arts Evergreen Summerfest

DATE: July 21-22
LOCATION: Buchanan Park Athletic Fields, intersection of Evergreen Parkway/Hwy 74 & Squaw Pass Rd, Evergreen, CO

Summerfest features over 120 artists and craftspeople from across the country, with plenty of handmade treasures for you and everyone on your gift list. Artists bring a variety of mediums, including ceramics, digital art, fiber, glass, jewelry, metal, mixed media, painting, photography, sculpture, wood, and more!

Hours are 10am-6pm Saturday and 10am-5pm Sunday. Admission to the festival is $5 for adults; children are free. All proceeds benefit Center for the Arts Evergreen, a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit arts organization.

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Breckenridge International Festival of Art, August 10-19, Blue River Plaza, Breckenridge, CO

Breckenridge International Festival of Art

DATE: August 10-19
LOCATION: Blue River Plaza, South Main St., Breckenridge, CO

A 10-day program of extraordinary events in spectacular places and spaces across Breckenridge. Inspired by themes of environment and mountain culture, the multi-arts festival brings together an eclectic mix of music, dance, film, visual arts and family entertainment.

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West Colfax Mural Fest, Saturday, August 11, 11am-6pm, Lamar Station Plaza, Lakewood, CO

West Colfax Mural Fest

DATE: Saturday, August 11, 11am-6pm
LOCATION: Lamar Station Plaza, 6501 W Colfax Avenue, Lakewood, CO

The West Colfax MuralFest is a vibrant art experience in 40 West Arts District (Lakewood, CO), designed to celebrate creativity and the character of historic West Colfax. Join us for the 4th annual West Colfax MuralFest on Saturday, August 11th, 2018 from 11am-6pm! Held in the heart of 40 West Arts District at Lamar Station Plaza, home to two art galleries, a newly-opened brewery, and Casa Bonita, where weekend visitors to this nationally-known restaurant run in the thousands.

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Golden Fine Arts Festival, August 18-19, Historic Downtown Golden, CO

Golden Fine Arts Festival

DATE: August 18-19
LOCATION: Historic Downtown Golden, CO

A Golden icon for nearly three decades, Golden Fine Arts Festival is a prestigious juried art show located in the heart of historic downtown Golden, Colorado.

With its prime location just 20 minutes West of Metro Denver and free admission to the public, this premier event draws over 35,000 visitors over 2 days to enjoy art, live performances, craft beer, food vendors, and children’s activities.

The established art fair is limited to 134 artists selected through a competitive jury process. Cash prizes await 1st and 2nd place winners in nine categories, as well as Best of Show and Best of Colorado honors.

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Affordable Arts Festival, Sunday, August 26, 9am-3pm, Arapahoe Community College, Littleton, CO

Affordable Arts Festival

DATE: Sunday, August 26, 9am-3pm
LOCATION: Araphahoe Community College Campus, 5900 South Santa Fe Drive, Littleton, CO

$10 online or at the gate

Every year in August, on the Sunday before Labor Day weekend, over 160 artists from around the country come to Colorado to offer art patrons the unique opportunity to buy fine art for $100 or less. The response to the festival has catapulted it into the fastest growing show in Colorado and to being a Nationally top 20 ranked show out of over 600 festivals in the country (ArtFair Sourcebook rankings) and we are the best place to find affordable arts in Denver! Plus we make it fun for the patrons. Just in case saving hundreds if not thousands of dollars wasn't enough fun, we have live music for the throngs of art lovers who show up hours before we open the gates, swag bags filled with goodies for the first 200 people in line, a coffee cart while you wait and when you buy too much art to carry to your vehicle, we have a team of golf cart drivers waiting at the exit to whisk you to your car.

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Oil Painters of America Annual National Exhibition through September 3, Steamboat Art Museum, Steamboat Springs, CO

Oil Painter's of America Annual National Exhibition

DATE: through Monday, September 3
LOCATION: Steamboat Art Museum, 807 Lincoln Avenue, Steamboat Springs

Oil Painters of America's Twenty-Seventh National Exhibition and Convention will be hosted by the Steamboat Art Museum (SAM), located in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, from June 1 through September 3, 2018.

The opening reception will be held at SAM for artists, collectors, the public and the press on Friday, June 1, from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. The awards presentation will take place nearby at 8:15 p.m. at The Chief Theater.

An extensive assortment of informative and educational seminars will be offered to OPA members and guests during the convention.

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Stanley Arts Festival, September 7-9, 2501 Dallas Stree, Aurora, CO

Stanley Arts Festival

DATE: September 7-9
LOCATION: 2501 Dallas Street, Aurora, CO

Stanley Arts Festival produced by CherryArts, September 7, 8, 9, 2018

  • FREE Admission
  • National art & local flavor
  • Family activities, interactive art installations, live entertainment

Produced by the Cherry Creek Arts Festival; proceeds benefit CherryArts, whose 501c3 non-profit mission provides access to art and supports art education year-round

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A Year With Ai Weiwei: Circle of Animals/Zodia Heads, through October 2018, Civic Center Park, downtown Denver

A Year with Ai Weiwei: Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads

DATES: through Wednesday, October 31
LOCATION: Civic Center Park, downtown Denver

Internationally acclaimed Chinese contemporary artist Ai Weiwei has reinterpreted the twelve bronze animal heads representing the traditional Chinese zodiac that once adorned the famed fountain-clock of the Yuanming Yuan, an imperial retreat in Beijing. "Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads" is the artist’s first major public sculpture project.

The bronze pieces will surround the Sea Lions Fountain on the north end of the park. A complementary educational exhibit, "Ai Weiwei: Art & Social Change," will be housed in the McNichols Civic Center Building (144 W. Colfax Ave.), a stone’s throw away from the sculptural pieces.

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