Denver’s recent population boom has affected the entire city but few neighborhoods have changed more drastically than the arts district now known as RiNo. As the neighborhood continues to grow and evolve, a new music festival is launching later this month with the aim of giving back to the community.
The RiNo Music Festival will be held on August 26 with performances from Silversun Pickups, St. Lucia, Bishop Briggs, A Silent Film and local stars 888. The festival’s strong musical lineup is only part of its appeal, as it also coincides with the launch of an all new event space dubbed RiNo Live!
Sandwiched between Chestnut Place and Arkins Court at 37th Avenue, RiNo Live! is an all purpose outdoor space that organizers hope will serve a similar function as the recently departed TheBigWonderful. Shaped like a football field, the space is owned by Bernard Hurley and according to Scott Campbell -- the talent buyer for Larimer Lounge and Lost Lake who is putting together the RiNo Music Festival -- Hurley’s vision for his plot dovetailed with his own goals of a dedicated space to host a festival following the successful Project Pabst block party earlier this year.
“It’s close to the new light-rail stop [at 38th and Blake streets], close to the bike path and close to parking at the Denver Coliseum,” Campbell told Westword in a recent interview. “It’s a great site for a city-based festival, with so many transportation options and so many positive, exciting things going on in the neighborhood around it.”
The RiNo Music Festival is focused on giving back to the neighborhood by donating $1 for every ticket sold to the River North Arts District. The combination of community support, a new event space (which will also include some of the Mile High City’s best food trucks) and a stellar lineup makes the RiNo Music Festival one of the best events of the late summer.
Watch an announcement video for the festival above and click here to get your tickets.