The annual Labor Day weekend festival is set to return in 2021.
Another one bites the dust ... Following the cancellations of Cheyenne Frontier Days, the Greeley Stampede, and the Denver Botanic Gardens' Summer Concert Series, among others, another big event will not be happening this year because of COVID-19. Officials from A Taste of Colorado have announced that the 2020 event, which was scheduled for Labor Day weekend, has been canceled.
The annual event was scheduled to be held from September 5–7 in downtown Denver's Civic Center Park. Now, we'll have to wait until 2021.
"Thank you to everyone who has supported A Taste of Colorado over the course of the last 37 years," said A Taste of Colorado organizers. "We look forward to celebrating our city, and our diverse food, music and culture for many years to come.
As we continue our work to build an economically resilient center city, we do not take this cancellation lightly. Our primary focus continues to be what is most important during this time – the health and safety of our community during the COVID-19 pandemic."
On average, more than 500,000 people attend A Taste of Colorado each year, with plenty of fun activities, concerts, food, and shopping to partake in during the three-day festival.
However, not all is lost, because you can still support many of the vendors who would've been at this year's event. Check out the list of vendors below and show your support (taken directly from Downtown Denver Partnership):
- Belsito Pizzeria continues to operate and serve mobile wood-fired pizza and is still booking private events at apartment complexes and neighborhoods: BelsitoPizzeria.com
- "New dimensions in flavor": 7barrels.com
- Centennial Cuts offers all Colorado local beef including premium cuts of beef as well as handcrafted beef sticks and summer sausage. centennialcuts.com
- Help prevent old guitar strings from going to the garbage at retunedjewelry.com
- Handcrafted jewelry, including classic, contemporary, steampunk and animal designs: Facebook.com/VictorianEleganceJewelry
- Denver-based face painting, body art, and party services: facefiesta.com
- Professional henna and body art services in Denver and Boulder: denverhenna.com
- Handmade silver jewelry inspired by nature: thebeardedjeweler.com
- Variety of cupcakes from chocolate to vanilla, red velvet to lemon, confetti to salted caramel and everything in between: yummydeliciousbakery.com
- Art prints and stickers of comic book characters, anime, pop culture art and customized work: dominicglover.com
- Assortment of stylish, durable and affordable eyewear: Superflexxeyewear.com
- Hand-painted clothing for men and women made of sustainable materials including bamboo, hemp, organic cotton, and recycled polyester: thirdwolfdesigns.com
- Hand sanitizer in variety of sizes available at retail and wholesale pricing: rtpr.com/hand-sanitizer-bulk/9b91af87
- Colorado clothing and accessories including shirts, hats, beanies, flags, pins and more: local-ltd.com
- Handcrafted face masks made of double-layered polyester filter material: denvermcyology.org
- Organic aloe skin cream: aloecream.biz
- Korean BBQ in a cup: instagram.com/cupbop_colorado
- Hot dogs, sandwiches, burgers and more: billysgourmethotdogs.com
- Sushi and Japanese steakhouse: order.benihana.com/menu/benihana-denver
- Outdoor art and unique gifts made of metal and glass: echolakestudio.com
For more information, visit the festival's website.
Are you disappointed that A Taste of Colorado will not be happening this year? What other events in Colorado have been affected because of COVID-19? Sound off in the comments below.