“Inner Visions…Outer Visions” is the theme for this year’s Colorado Black Arts Festival, Friday, July 12 to Sunday, July 14 at the West End of Denver’s City Park. Stages stages will showcase the finest local and regional talent performing jazz, blues, soul, hip-hop, dance, and gospel.
The annual Boogaloo Celebration Parade (Saturday at 10 a.m.) down 22nd between Downing and York Streets is guaranteed to entertain with drum and drill teams, themed floats and local personalities.
The Kuumba (Main) Stage features a variety of performers including jazz saxophonist Eric Darius on Saturday at 7 p.m. and gospel singer Le’Andria Johnson on Sunday at 6 p.m. Other artists expected to take the stage are I.A., Rex People & The X-Factor, Mary Louise Lee Band, Ron Ellison, One on One, The MilesApart Band and many more.
The Marketplace is the place for unique gifts, crafts, woodcarvings, clothing, jewelry, oils, incense, music and books.
Admission is FREE. Open noon to 8 p.m. on Friday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday. For a complete schedule, visit the Festival website or call 888-363-1823.
Parking is available in the park and in the blocks surrounding the West end of City Park with the three main gates at 17th and City Park Esplanade, 21st and York, 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. Vehicles not following these rules will be subject to tow.
Handicap parking will be limited inside the park and only cars with handicap license plates and placards will be allowed in designated handicap parking areas.
Public transportation is encouraged. There will be bike racks provided close to the Martin Luther King Jr. Monument gate. There are B-cycle bikes for patrons to rent at the Museum of Nature & Science.