About - Global Dance Festival


Celebrate the 20th anniversary of Global Dance Festival as we return to Empower Field this July 21st and 22nd for two days of dancing ’til the sun goes down! Join us for sets from world renowned talent, tasty treats from some of the best food trucks Denver has to offer, immersive art installations and more!

GDF has been a cornerstone of dance music in Colorado since the early 2000s, growing into the premiere festival at one of the best venues in the world, Red Rocks Amphitheatre and the largest annual summer music festival in the Rocky Mountain United States. In 2017, GDF took its leave of Red Rocks and debuted in its new home at Empower Field at Mile High in order to present an immersive festival that was just not possible at the legendary amphitheatre. GDF has stood as one of Colorado’s staple festivals for two decades, solidifying its place as the must attend electronic festival of the Mile High city.

Festival Dates: Friday, July 21st and Saturday, July 22nd
Festival Hours: 3:00pm-11:00pm Daily
Will Call / Box Office: 1PM Daily

Empower Field at Mile High
1701 Bryant St
Denver, CO 80204

This event is All Ages
Global VIP Experience is 18+
21+ with ID for Bars

Food and Beverage:
Food and beverage will be available at various locations throughout the venue. The Food Truck Marketplace will offer a wide variety of selections.  Free water refill stations will be at various locations that can be located on the festival map.

Bars for 21+:
Liquor and beer is available for guests 21+ with valid ID at various locations that can be located on the festival map.

Acceptable Documents (For 18+ VIP Entry & 21+ Bars) – All identification must be official documents issued and sealed by a US government entity or a verifiable foreign government, and contain a clear photo, description and date of birth. Centerplate recognizes valid State issued drivers licenses from the US or state issued identification cards from the US; valid issued drivers licenses from another government or government issued identification cards from another government; passports from the US or another government; and US military identification cards. Each unit must comply with applicable state, provincial or local law on acceptable forms of identification.

Staying Hydrated:
It is vital to drink plenty of water throughout the weekend, especially since the event takes place at altitude. Be sure to stay hydrated.

There are ATMs located in the event grounds.

Re-entry is not permitted except in certain emergencies and severe weather conditions.

All guests are subject to inspection upon entrance. All rules and guidelines are subject to security discretion.

Will Call:
Will Call is located in the Empower Field box office.

There is parking in lots at Empower Field. Parking fee applies. Security will help direct all guests into parking areas. Please park properly.

Prohibited Parking –
Parking in the neighborhood streets surrounding Empower Field at Mile High is strictly prohibited. Guests who park in the neighborhoods surrounding Empower Field at Mile High are subject to citation and tow by the City of Denver’s Right of Way and Permit Enforcement Division. Towed vehicles will be taken to the Wastewater Management Facility at 2nd and Umatilla for two hours after the game. To find out if your car was towed to this facility, please call 720-913-1626.

Vendors will be located around the venue. Merchandise will be available for purchase. Also look for official GDF Gear!

The festival will take place rain or shine.

Parking Lot & Tailgating Guidelines:
Parking lot guidelines have been established in all stadium managed parking lots.  Violation of parking lot guidelines may result in ejection from stadium property, arrest and the revocation of tickets and parking passes. Parking will be $20 per space.
1 Vehicle – 1 Space
Tailgating is allowed in the stadium parking lots, but the on-site stadium parking spaces are intended for vehicles, not tailgating equipment. Tailgating is strictly limited to the area directly behind or in front of the lined parking space you have purchased. If you are arriving early to tailgate, it is highly advised that you back your car into a parking space on the perimeter of the parking lot to utilize the adjacent landscaped areas to set up your tailgate equipment. FANS ARE NOT ALLOWED TO SET UP TAILGATE EQUIPMENT IN THE EMPTY PARKING SPACES ADJACENT TO THEM. All tables, chairs, tents, coolers, barbecues, etc. must be within the parking stall or directly behind your vehicle. Overflowing into or blocking the drive lanes is prohibited. A 16 ft. emergency drive lane must be maintained at all times. Tents or canopies exceeding an 8′ x 8′ footprint and vehicles measuring more than 18′ in length and/or 8′ in width are not permitted in a lined parking space.

Exercise caution when parking in off-site lots and utilize only those which 1) display a special event parking sign issued by the City & County of Denver, or 2) are existing approved parking lots clearly managed by reputable companies. Specific pricing and availability of off-site parking lot locations is subject to change without notice.


Camping is not allowed at Empower Field at Mile High. Downtown Denver is home to a variety of hotels that are a quick ride or walk from the festival grounds!

Lost and Found:
Items found during the show will be taken to the Empower Field at Mile High box office. Please call 720.258.3889 to inquire about any lost articles. Items will be held for 60 days.