EVENTS: Colorado Black Arts Festival This Weekend in Denver’s City Park

EVENTS: Colorado Black Arts Festival This Weekend in Denver’s City Park

COMBO Member Sammy Mayfield appears with Jakarta at the Colorado Black Arts Fest on Saturday, July 14th at 5:00 p.m. on the Kuumba Stage

Colorado Black Arts Festival proudly presents its 32nd annual celebration of African American art and culture. A Colorado experience like no other takes place July 13, 14 and 15, 2018 in historic Denver City Park West.

This event is FREE and open to the public

Festival Hours:
Friday, July 13 12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, July 14 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, July 15 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Parking is available in the blocks surrounding the west end of City Park with the three main gates at 21st and York, off 17th Avenue park roadway and next to the Martin Luther King, Jr. monument. Please observe all City of Denver rules and regulations regarding vehicle parking. Be kind to the neighborhood residents and not block driveways or alleyways. On Saturday, July 14th only, free parking is allowed near Ferrill Lake.

Public transportation is encouraged as we are a green festival.

ATM’s will be located on festival grounds for your convenience.

Major credit cards are accepted everywhere.

Please be kind to your pets and leave them at home when you visit the Colorado Black Arts Festival. ONLY service dogs are allowed as long as they have identification as a helper. Pets are highly discouraged due to the heat, large crowds, noise levels and for the safety your pet and festival patrons.

Portable toilets will be available near the 17th Avenue and MLK gates.

First Aide will be located in the Health Highways Pavilion along the York Street roadway, a first aid sign will be prominently displayed.

Beverages in glass or bottles are not allowed in the park. Please patronize CBAF beverage concessions. All sales help support your community event and non-profit vending partners.

A few rules……
● No bottles or containers are allowed in the park.
● No distribution or selling of items is allowed on festival grounds by anyone other than registered vendors/sponsors.
● Security will strictly enforce this rule.
● No petitioners allowed within 100 feet of the festival gates.
● No unauthorized performers are allowed on festival grounds.

● No coolers are allowed to be brought into the event. Support food vendors and CBAF beverage stations.
● No open containers are allowed to be brought into the festival.
● No smoking is allowed inside the tents or in any seating area on the festival grounds.
● No riding of bicycles, skateboards or use of roller blades on festival grounds for the safety of festival patrons.
● All bags, backpacks, and purses, are subject to search.
● No photos or video of artwork without attendant’s permission.
● No drones are allowed.

Alcoholic beverages are not allowed to be brought into the festival and alcoholic beverages bought at the festival are NOT allowed to be taken out the gates. Denver Police Officers will strictly enforce this policy.

The Colorado Black Arts Festival reserves the right to decline admittance to anyone who violates the rules established for public safety.

Lost children and lost and found items will be located in the Information Booth near the 17th Avenue and Esplanade gate. If you have a lost child(ren), ask any CBAF volunteer, staff or Police Officer for assistance.


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.

Towards the fulfillment of its mission, the CBAF is committed to the following objectives:

● Raise the level of appreciation for the role that Black arts and culture play in the development, growth and well-being of the community.
● Provide a medium for local Black talent in the area of visual and performing arts.
● Educate and stimulate cultural awareness.
● Cultivate harmony, pride, self-esteem, and unity.

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