America’s Best Cities for Festivals
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America’s Best Cities for Festivals

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David Zalubowski

Come for a weekend, or more, to celebrate films, a musical legend or even just a sandwich: Travel+Leisure readers ranked the best cities for welcoming parties.

No. 20 Denver

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The Mile High City gives a Western twist to some of its biggest parties—like the punk-rock-fueled Riot Fest, whose Denver manifestation also includes a rodeo. But the banner festivals come in late September and early October: BeerFest followed by the Great American Beer Festival, the latter more than 200 tastings, trumpeting the city’s top 10 ranking for beer. Don’t overindulge, though: two other big events in the fall require stamina. October’s Denver Zombie Crawl is a day-long race and festival (with free makeup help, if you need it) and the Gorilla 5K benefits mountain gorilla conservation in Africa.  Whether they eat brains or not, Denver locals got big points from readers for being fit.

America’s Best Cities for Festivals

No. 20 Denver

The Mile High City gives a Western twist to some of its biggest parties—like the punk-rock-fueled Riot Fest, whose Denver manifestation also includes a rodeo. But the banner festivals come in late September and early October: BeerFest followed by the Great American Beer Festival, the latter more than 200 tastings, trumpeting the city’s top 10 ranking for beer. Don’t overindulge, though: two other big events in the fall require stamina. October’s Denver Zombie Crawl is a day-long race and festival (with free makeup help, if you need it) and the Gorilla 5K benefits mountain gorilla conservation in Africa.  Whether they eat brains or not, Denver locals got big points from readers for being fit.

David Zalubowski
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