2019 Event Details
celebrating music and community!
Where: Chaffee Park, 44th & Tejon in Denver's Sunnyside Neighborhood
When: Saturday, September 14th, 2019. 12pm - 7:30pm
*NEW THIS YEAR* You will now be able to purchase beer and drinks in the park. No longer to have to be be confined to the beer gardens on the street. Since our liquor license is now for the entire park, we cannot allow outside beer into the area. Please support SMF by purchasing a declious beverage at the event.
THIS IS A FREE EVENT! NO TICKET NEEDED.
The Sunnyside Music Festival provides free music, fun entertainment, local food, lots of beer, and kids activities to the greater Sunnyside neighborhood of Northwest Denver via an inclusive all-day music festival in Chaffee Park. Through community outreach, it supports musicians, artists, businesses, schools, and non-profits.
In 2000, the (then named) Sunnyside Bluegrass Festival began in the backyard of a neighborhood couple who wanted to have a free music festival for their friends and neighbors. It started with 2 bands, 2 kegs, 50 people and about 20 dogs.
The next year, a monsoon rolled off of the mountains and it was rainy and about 45 degrees all day, but the event grew in both attendance and beer consumption. The founders knew they were getting somewhere in 2002 when a couple of local politicians showed up to glad hand. The second stage, located in a neighbor¹s back yard, and actually on a back porch.
By 2004, the event was on the brink of moving into Chaffee Park, but the abundance of expensive permits and paperwork seemed daunting. Shortly after, the couple moved away, and sadly the festival was discontinued.
In 2007, local Sunnyside folks applied for two small grants to revive the festival. Together with a handful of friends they re-launched the event with the help of local musicians like Mollie O¹Brien. Now coming up on its eighth year, The Sunnyside Music Festival has become a mainstay for the NW Denver Neighborhood, taking over Chaffee Park during the second weekend in September each year.
Since 2016, we have raised enough money through the festival to distribute grants to local non-profits that are working to get our neighborhood kids playing music.
WHAT TO BRING
Money (the kids area takes credit card next to the bounce house)
Refillable Water Bottle (water station is on the West side of the park)
Well behaved dogs on leashes (they should be good around small kids and loud music)
WHAT NOT TO BRING
Alcohol (our liquor license does not allow outside alcohol, please support the fest by buying a drink)
Thank you to OUR SPONSORS who make this event possible.
We hope to see you at this year's festival.
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