Southeast Denver is home to a huge summer festival. This year, South by Southeast (SxSE) is set for Saturday, August 18 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. in Bible Park. The FREE community festival will feature a fun run/walk, kids’ bike parade, beer garden with local brews, live music from local bands, food trucks and snack carts.
Also a giant solar-powered bubble tower, Samuels Elementary Garden Club farmers’ market, kids’ play area, local vendors, pop-up dog park, family yard games, and more.
Bands start playing at noon. Here’s the line-up:
noon to 1 p.m. — Denver Municipal Band
A staple in the community, the DMB has played for over 100 years at summer concerts, showcasing the area’s leading professional players.
1:20 p.m. to 2:10 p.m. — Lila Bloom
An indie/alternative/folk band from Southmoor Park. Lila Bloom was born on a warm summer night, when an old woman called the wrong number and spoke in a teary voice of “little songs.”
2:30 p.m. to 3:20 p.m. — MLIMA
A 7-piece rock, jam, funk band that plays “groovy music.” The band has played at notable venues like the Arise Music Festival, Red Rocks, The Bluebird Theater, Cervantes, and the Fox. Several members went to Hamilton Middle School and are excited to return to their old stomping grounds.
3:40 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. — Irreverent Kings
Long-time veterans of the local Denver music scene, these Southmoor musicians have played dozens of shows at Herman’s Hideaway. Their set lists are eclectic, crowd pleasing rock n’ roll favorites that always pack the dance floor!
4:50 p.m. to 5:40 p.m. — Jimbo Darville and the Truckadours
“Truck Driving Music” and underground blue grass which is old time country with flairs of bluegrass, country rock, etc.
6 p.m. to 7 p.m. — Colorado Symphony Brass Quintet
One of the leading orchestras in the United States, the Colorado Symphony performs more than 150 concerts annually. They will perform modern tunes like the Star Wars theme song & more.
Food trucks include Mac & Noodles, Pericos Tacos, Smokestack 70 and Repicci’s Italian Ice & Gelato. Hot dogs, soft drinks and snacks will also be sold. There’s even a pop-up, off-leash dog park.
If you are relying on GPS, use 7000 E. Yale Ave., the parking lot entrance. Note that parking is limited so if you can walk or bike, even better.