After the pandemic was interrupted last year, the taste of Colorado returned this Labor Day weekend.
The event’s history can be traced back to 1983, and the current avatar has been redesigned in 2021 to celebrate local culture, food, music and art throughout the city. It has also been relocated. This year’s Colorado flavors will focus on the 16th Street Mall, rather than the recently staged Civic Center Park.
Moving to the mall should make transportation easier. This also means that Broadway on Colfax Avenue or Bannock Street will not close the street as usual.
RTD’s Mall Ride service will not operate this weekend because all vehicle traffic on the pedestrian street will be closed. RTD will instead operate buses on 15th and 17th streets between Union Station and Civic Center Station.
The best way to reduce traffic congestion may include using Union Station and RTD services along 15th Street and 17th Street. For those who come in by car, there are many paid parking lots near the event, located on 16th Street between Market Street and Broadway.
“The taste of Colorado is to bring the community together and celebrate the things we love about our city and state,” said Britt Dill of the Downtown Denver Partnership. “We want to help remind people that they like the 16th Street Mall and the downtown area.”
The festival aims to showcase what makes Colorado unique, and all music this year will be performed by local artists. Music is not the only free way to participate this weekend. Children’s areas with trampolines, inflatable toys, etc. will not catch your wallet.
Skyline Park will host a stage for the band and transform it into a bar, showcasing dozens of local craft breweries and hundreds of spirits.
In the past, the event brought as many as 500,000 people to the city center.
The Flavor of Colorado starts on Saturday and lasts until Monday.