FIRST CHAIR FESTIVAL  |  information



First Chair Festival is back to welcome in the winter-season, and it's bigger and better than ever! It's a one day event, located right in the heart of Downtown Denver.

Fall is a seriously exciting time of the year for snow enthusiasts. People get obsessively anxious for the season to start, with constant reminders that snow is coming. Scattered ski film premieres and big bargain sales have been a part of the passage into winter that we’ve always experienced. This fall it will be the time to bring the community together and have one big kick off to the ski season with First Chair Festival, featuring ski film premieres, live music performances from Air Traffic Controller and the Moth & The Flame , a giant gear sale, and more! This nationally recognized festival is a definitive point to mark the transition into our favorite time of year. This day long event gives everyone a chance to feel that the season is about to begin.

You definitely don't want to miss out on the industry's most anticipated ski event of the season. 



Festival Date
Saturday, October 7, 2017
1pm - 10pm

Festival Location

Denver Performing Arts Complex & Sculpture Park
1231 Champa Street, Denver, CO 80204

Age Restrictions

This event was created for everyone in the ski community and our goal is to ensure everyone has a great experience, while remaining safe at the same time.

Age 15 & under: Adult supervision required

Age 16-18: Adult supervision advised

All attendees 21 and over must present a valid form of ID in order to participate in the consumption of alcohol. Anyone with an expired or invalid ID will not be allowed to drink.



From Denver International Airport (DIA):
Head north on Pena Blvd. for about 11 miles.
Merge onto I-70 West. Continue for approximately 5 miles.
Merge onto I-25 South. Continue for approximately 2 miles.
Exit the freeway at Speer Blvd (Exit 212B).
Turn left (south) onto Speer Blvd.
After approximately 1 mile, turn left onto Arapahoe St. The DPAC parking garage is on your immediate right, between Speer and 14th Streets.

From the South:
Head North on I-25 toward Downtown Denver.
Exit the freeway at Speer Blvd. (Exit 212). Turn left (south) onto Speer Blvd.
After approximately 1 mile, turn left onto Arapahoe St.
The DPAC parking garage is on your immediate right, between Speer and 14th Streets.

From the East:
Head West on I-70 toward Downtown Denver.
Merge onto I-25 South.
Exit the freeway at Speer Blvd (Exit 212B). Turn left (south) onto Speer Blvd.
After approximately 1 mile, turn left onto Arapahoe St. The DPAC parking garage is on your immediate right, between Speer and 14th Streets.

To search using your GPS system or an online map, please use the following address:
1350 Arapahoe Street, Denver, CO 80204

Please note this is not a mailing address. Don’t forget that you can park and ride! To use the RTD Light Rail system, take trains D, F or H to the Theatre District Convention Center Light Rail stop. The Denver Performing Arts Complex is directly across Champa Street from the stop.

The eight-story, DPAC parking garage is located onsite and can accommodate 1,700 vehicles. There are two garage entrances: One located on Arapahoe Street and the second on 13th Street. Additional parking is available at the Colorado Convention Center Parking Garage located at the corner of Speer Blvd and Champa Street, just two blocks south of the DPAC garage.

If you decide to drive to the event, please drive sober or have a Designated Sober Driver to escort you home at the end of the night. DUI's aren't fun for anyone.


Rules of Entry
All attendees must provide a valid event ticket to gain entrance to the event.
Event entrance is on Champa St. between 13th St. and Speer Blvd.
Re-entry is permitted only for those aged 21 and over.
Attendees who appear intoxicated at entry may be turned away. First Chair Festival reserves the right to deny anyone entry due to misconduct or over intoxication.


Hotel Accommodations
We will be compiling a list of hotels if you are visiting Denver from out of town. Check back closer to the event for a list of hotels offering discount rates for festival-goers.




Artist Content
The event will feature videos, live performances and announcements. Some lyrics, gestures, announcements or other content may be offensive to certain individuals. We ask that anyone who would be offended by such content not attend. If anyone believes such content is unsuitable for minors, please keep them at home.

Disabled Patron Access/ADA Accommodation Notice:
First Chair Festival will be wheelchair accessible. For an ADA accommodation, please contact

Emergency Evacuation
In the unlikely event of an emergency evacuation, please follow all directions and demands made by security and police officials onsite.

To anyone traveling in from outside our Mile High City, please be aware of the affects of high altitude. Stay hydrated, wear sunscreen, and please mind your alcohol consumption. There are various water stations around the festival so please be sure to drink water.  Altitude sickness and/or sunburn could really ruin your day at the festival.

Prohibited Items
- No outside food or drink permitted. Food trucks and bars are available within event perimeter.
- No glass containers permitted.
- No weapons of any kind permitted.
- No digital, film or video cameras (other than cell phones) permitted unless proper media credentials have been obtained from the organizers.

Illegal Substances
Consumption or possession of any illegal substances while in attendance will result in immediate removal from the festival. We know Colorado is a "green friendly" state, but please keep in mind that this is a public event and public consumption of marijuana is still illegal.

Crowd Surfing/Moshing
While there are no laws in Colorado against crowd surfing or moshing, we would like everyone to be as careful as possible during the event. If an attendee seems to be a threat to themselves or others, removal from the event may occur.