"The Art of Knowing"

32nd Annual Colorado Black Arts Festival

32nd Annual Colorado Black Arts Festival
A Celebration of African American Arts and Culture
“The Art of Knowing”
July 13-15, 2018

Colorado Black Arts Festival
City Park West Denver Colorado
Latitude: 39°44’45.02″N

Festival information

Colorado Black Arts Festival proudly presents its 32nd annual celebration of art and culture of the African diaspora. A Colorado experience like no other takes place July 13 – 15, 2018 in historic Denver City Park West. This event is FREE and open to the public

Festival Hours:

Friday, July 13, 2018, 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, July 14, 2018, 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, July 15, 2018, 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.


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 are not allowed to double park, park in restricted/reserved areas or curbs with yellow paint. 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 as we are a green festival. There will be bike racks provided close to the Martin Luther King Jr. Monument gate. There is B-cycle bikes for patrons to rent at the Museum of Nature & Scienc


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


Pets-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 will not be allowed due to the heat, large crowds, and noise levels. Also, for the safety your pet and festival patrons.


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

CBAF information booth will be located next to the centrally located at the 17th Ave entrance. This is also the start point for the scavenger hunt. Pick up your form and let the hunt begin-you may win a prize!

First Aid:

First Aide will be located West of the Kuumba Main Stage in the Health Highway Pavilion.

Festival rules:

No glass 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.

No coolers are allowed to be brought into the event. Support food vendors and CBAF beverage stations.

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 packages are subject to search.

No photos or video of artwork without attendant’s permission.

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

Alcoholic beverages are not allowed to be brought into the festival and beer bought at the festival is NOT allowed to be taken out the gates. Denver Police 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 will be located at the information booth. If you have a lost child(ren), ask any CBAF volunteer, staff or Denver Police Officer for assistance.



City Park West Denver Colorado

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