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Festival Must Know Before You Go!

Festival Policies

The policies found below were created by CBAF in accordance with City and County ordinances to ensure the safety of the festival patrons. As much as we want to have a good time, we must all work together to promote a healthy and safe environment for everyone.


Parking is available in the blocks surrounding the West end of City Park with the three main gates at 21st and York, off 17th Avenue Park roadway 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.

Parking will be available all weekend long at East High School athletic parking lot.

Public transportation is encouraged as we are a green festival.


The Colorado Black Arts Festival reserves the right to decline admittance to anyone who violates the rules established for public safety.

  • Beverages in glass or bottles are not allowed in the park.  Please patronize CBAF beverage concessions.  All sales help support your free community event and non-profit vending partners.
  • No coolers are allowed to be brought into the event.
  • No distribution or selling of items is allowed on festival grounds by anyone other than registered vendors/sponsors.
  • Security will strictly enforce this rule.
  • No petitioners are allowed within 100 feet of the festival gates.
  • No unauthorized performers are allowed on festival grounds.
  • No open containers are allowed to be brought into the festival.
  • 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 bags, backpacks, and purses are subject to search.
  • No photos or video of artwork without the attendant’s permission.
  • No drones are allowed.
  • Alcoholic beverages are not allowed to be brought into the festival and alcoholic beverages bought at the festival are NOT allowed to be taken out the gates.  Denver Police Officers will strictly enforce this policy.


CBAF understands how hard it is to leave our furry friend behind. However, it will be hot, crowded, and noisy which often creates a stressful environment for pets. Please keep your animal and park patrons safe.

Please be kind to your pets and leave them home when visiting the Colorado Black Arts Festival.

  • ONLY qualified and bona fide service dogs are allowed on festival grounds.
  • Comfort pets and non-service dogs are NOT permitted.
  • Patrons that arrive with their animal other than a service animal will not be allowed admittance.