By Eric Heinz
Celebrating its 20th year, the Sunnyside Music Festival will return from noon to 7 p.m. Sep. 10 to Chaffee Park, 44th Avenue and Tejon Street.
The festival started as a “backyard party” and has grown to a 12,000-person event that has raised more than $48,000 for North Denver music programs over the last seven years, Joe Michie, a board member of the festival’s nonprofit arm, said.
“I think we’ve evolved as the neighborhood’s evolved,” Michie said. “It was a couple families who got together, back in the day it was quite different.”
There are five bands scheduled to play, with one stage located along Tejon Street. The 2022 lineup headliner is iZCalli, a rock band that performs in both Spanish and English. The other four bands are Chella & The Charm, Chain Station, Banshee Tree, and Dragon Deer.
Food, beer, and other vendors will surround the park during the festival. As the festival has grown up, so have the organizers, who are keeping family-friendly activities and entertainment in the front of mind.
Swallow Hill, Flesher Hinton Music, and the Colorado Youth Symphony Orchestra will provide opportunities for people of all ages to learn about various instruments. The Denver Museum of Nature and Science will also be in attendance with its Curiosity Cruiser, a mobile museum.
A fundraiser for the festival will take place 5-8 p.m. Aug. 17 at Edgewater Beer Garden, 2508 Gray St. More information can be found at the Sunnyside Music Festival’s Facebook page. More information about the festival is available at sunnysidemusicfest.org.