The Taste of Colorado is one of the biggest Labor Day celebrations in the Mile High City. From live music to a variety of cuisine, and local products, you’re sure to find loads of entertainment for all ages! Whether you live in the city or are just passing through for the long weekend, make sure to add this event to your itinerary. Here are some of the best parts of Colorado’s signature end-of-summer festival.

Kid-Friendly Activities
On a regular day, the open space at Civic Center Park is terrific for soaking up some sun. During the Taste of Colorado, the area is transformed with face-painters, local vendors and everything in between. Kids can run, jump, and climb to their heart’s content in the unique, free-style play area, featuring inflatable attractions & loose play elements that aim to challenge creative thinking. Arrive early, and your kids can also participate in the arts and crafts activities. Lastly, keep an eye out for the Denver Public Library’s Wheelie Book Bike in the Kids Zone to enjoy a great storytime; the perfect educational activity for kids of all ages!

Music & Food
Live music and good food go hand in hand and at this event, you can kick back on the lawn and enjoy an eclectic range of music from all three stages while chowing down on some delicious local eats. From KC and the Sunshine Band to Kool & the Gang, you’ll easily find yourself jammin’ to one of the many live bands performing this year. But, before you grab your spot in the shade, visit one of over 50 Colorado favorite eateries, pop up restaurants and food trucks. Depending on your appetite, you can snag anything from taste-sized portions to full meals. You can also pick from a generous selection of beer, wine, and cocktails that’ll be sold at the park.

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This year’s 36th Annual Taste of Colorado is slated to attract over 500,000 people and while the event is free to attend, if you want to try out the food or get an adult beverage, you’ll need to buy tickets at one of the many booths inside the festival. In addition, more than 200 booths will be set up at Civic Center, creating the Arts & Crafts Marketplace. Shoppers can browse all kinds of items from homemade crafts and gifts to jewelry and special products made by Colorado artisans. Whether you’re planning to attend for the music, the famous turkey leg, the shopping, or all three, this event is sure to be a crowd-pleaser!