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A Taste of Colorado shares details of 2021 return

After canceling the 2020 event, organizers are bringing the festival back in a new format that will be downtown-wide.

DENVER — Colorado's signature Labor Day weekend festival is set to return with a new downtown-wide format.

The "reimagined" A Taste of Colorado will be held Saturday, Sept. 4 to Monday, Sept. 6 at locations across downtown Denver.

"We're not going to be in Civic Center Park this year. We're going to be along the 16th Street Mall right here in the Denver Pavilions, which is on Glenarm Plaza," said Sharon Alton with the Downtown Denver Partnership (DDP).

Now in its 38th year, the festival was canceled in 2020 due to the pandemic, but will be back with attractions celebrating local art, music and culture.

“Taste of Colorado is a well-loved tradition that spans generations,” said Alton. “We’re proud to bring Taste back as we emerge from the pandemic, this year in a new format that will be a true celebration of our city’s culture and everything that our city’s artists, musicians, and restauranteurs have to offer. Never has it been more important to highlight all things local, and we can’t wait to do just that alongside our community over Labor Day Weekend.”

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Alton said this year's event will feature three stages where attendees can listen to music from a variety of musicians. Downtown restaurants will be creating special Colorado-centric menus for the festival, and local vendors will be selling art and hand-crafted goods along the 16th Street Mall. 

"In Skyline Park, there's going to be a massive kids area with favorites like a Euro bungee, over-sized slides, face painters, clowns and lots more for the whole family," Alton said. 

Over 500,000 people typically attend the annual A Taste of Colorado in downtown Denver each year. The family-friendly festival is beloved for its musical concerts, food and shopping.

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