Event To Relocate To Outdoor Area Of Cherry Creek Shopping Center To Adhere To Safe Practices

CherryArts has postponed the annual Cherry Creek Arts Festival, which was scheduled for July 2, 3 and 4. The event is now planned for Labor Day weekend, Sept. 4, 5 and 6. This will be the 30th annual event after canceling the celebration in 2020.

To adhere to safe event practices from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, including maintaining a safe attendance level through gating and conducting contact tracing, the 2021 event is relocating to the creekside area of the Cherry Creek Shopping Center, across First Avenue, directly across from its traditional home in Cherry Creek North.

“While we are all eager to return to in-person events and celebrations, first and foremost, we are focused on ensuring the safety of our community, which includes hundreds of regional and national artists, hundreds of volunteers, our staff, sponsors, vendors and thousands of visitors,” said Tara Brickell, executive director & CEO of CherryArts. “We’re hopeful that the COVID-19 restrictions will be at a lower level in September, allowing us to gather safely. We look forward to re-envisioning how to come together to support artists and arts education, as we celebrate the 30th anniversary event at the Cherry Creek Shopping Center. The 2021 event will include visual and performing arts and immersive art experiences.”

 The artists featured at the event will be artists who were juried into the 2020 Cherry Creek Arts Festival and are committed to returning in September.

“We welcome the opportunity to help safely bring the community together to continue the long-held tradition of the Cherry Creek Arts Festival,” said Jeramy Burkinshaw, Cherry Creek Shopping Center general manager. “We look forward to celebrating the wonderful lineup of artists and participants and hosting the impressive variety of activities this Labor Day Weekend.”

“We wholeheartedly support the transition of the Cherry Creek Arts Festival to its temporary location at the Cherry Creek Shopping Center for 2021,” said Nick LeMasters, president & CEO of the Cherry Creek North Business Improvement District. “Over the past three decades, Cherry Creek North has hosted the Festival which has grown tremendously, become a renowned international art event, and a staple summertime experience for our community. Given the current state of COVID-19 regulations, the change in date and location is the right thing to do.”

Visit www.cherryarts.org for updated information about the 2021 Cherry Creek Arts Festival, community initiatives and programs, or to donate to support artists and ongoing arts education programming.