18 fun things to do in Denver this week
posted by: Amber Johnson
There are lots of fun summer events this week including the Colorado Black Arts Festival, Corner Store Fun Run & County Fair, the BigWonderful Summer weekend and more. Se our event calendar for more information.
First Friday Free at the American Museum of Western Art – The Anschutz Collection
July 7, 10:00 am – 4:30 pm
The first Friday of each month this summer we are offering All-Day Self-Guided tours FREE of charge. Come on down to the museum to explore fine art and western history.
Biergarten Festival at the German American Chamber of Commerce – Colorado Chapter
July 7 – 9
This family-friendly cultural event offers traditional German food, entertainment, live music, dance groups and, of course, beer. The event will offer several games and activities for the children.
Colorado Black Arts Festival, City Park
July 7, 12:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Come celebrate the 30th annual Colorado Black Art Festival showcasing the rich and creative talents of local, regional, and national African Americans in art and culture. The three day family-friendly event will feature three performing stages filled with dance, jazz, blues, soul, reggae, gospel, traditional African drum and dance.
Music Festival at Copper Mountain Resort
July 7 – 9
The weekend offers not only free music from highly-acclaimed musicians but workshops, jam sessions with fellow music enthusiasts, outdoor adventures topped off with celebratory fireworks. Activities include: unlimited access to mini golf, scenic chairlift ride and bike haul, digglers (scooter), bumper boats, hydro bikes, the climbing wall and (3) bungee, (1) go kart ride, and more.
Romeo and Winifred
July 7– 8
This hilarious spoof turns Shakespeare upside down and shakes things up with a stage full of zany modern-day characters. When Romeo and Winifred, heirs to rival retail empires, fall in love, well… you know the rest. But this modern play has a happy ending. With pie fights instead of duels, a nurse obsessed with paper cuts, and an outrageous parody of the most romantic scene in literature, you’ll forget the story ever had anything to do with tragedy.
Summer Dog Barket at Ink Lounge
July 7, 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Ink Lounge is welcoming summer with artisans and vendors inspired by our furry friends, and we’re calling it a Micro Barket! Art, toys, collars, accessories, treats and activities, all created with our four-legged family in mind. For our July First Friday we’re excited to partner with MaxFund Animal Adoption Center and they’re bringing their mobile adoption unit so you can meet some new friends. Drink proceeds and a portion of vendor sales will benefit MaxFund to help support the great work they do.
The BigWonderful Summer Weekend at Stanley Marketplace
July 7 – 9
TheBigWonderful is Denver’s most original urban festival that celebrates Colorado’s eclectic culture to the fullest. This quarterly weekend festival incorporates a Beerfest, Bands, and a huge day & night Bazaar featuring Denvers best eating & drinking & pop up retail.
Corner Store Fun Run & County Fair, National Western Complex
July 8, 8:30 am – 1:00 pm
The Country Run is a 5K Fun Run and Competitive 5K brought to you by Corner Store that will bring out your inner cowpoke or cowgirl. Participants are encouraged to wear over-the-top country attire and gallop, trot or do-si-do their way across that finish line. Along the way, runners will encounter farm-themed zones with hay bales, tractor tires and giant inflatable pigs and cows. Afterwards, everyone is invited to stick around for a family-friendly country fair with free sponsor swag, carnival games, live music, food and a beer garden.
Colorado Music Festival Young People’s Concert
July 8, 10:00 – 11:00 am
Introduce young children (ages 4+) to the excitement of live orchestral music with a program that engages audience members young and old! After each concert, join us on the lawn for a Music Fair where kids meet costumed characters, try the instrument petting zoo, enjoy face painting and more.
Colorado Renaissance Festival
July 8 – 9
Flashback to the 16th Century and journey through a medieval city. Enjoy full-armor jousting, tasty turkey legs, music and a marketplace featuring more than 200 artisans.
Summer Family Day at the Clyfford Still Museum
July 8, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
In appreciation of the citizens who support the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SFCD), and in the spirit of community engagement, the Clyfford Still Museum offers free admission on select days throughout the year.
Meet in the Street at 16th Street Mall
July 8, 11:00 am – 6:00 pm
Meet in the Street, funded by the Downtown Denver Business Improvement District, returns for a fourth year to offer residents and guests new experiences by transforming the Mall with activities ranging from expanded outdoor cafes and live music to fitness classes, cultural performances and more.
2017 Summer Festival at Central City Opera Association
July 8 – 9
Central City Opera’s 2017 Summer Festival features Bizet’s Carmen and Mozart’s Così fan tutte performed in repertory in the historic Central City Opera House, and three one-act operas with limited runs—Britten’s The Burning Fiery Furnace, Douglas Moore’s Gallantry, and Amy Beach’s Cabildo—performed in smaller venues located around the town of Central City.
Dinos! Prehistoric Party at the Denver Zoo
July 8, 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Come celebrate the opening of our newest traveling exhibit, DINOS! Live at Denver Zoo, brought to you by your Hometown Toyota Stores at DINOS! Prehistoric Party, offered every Saturday night in July. Visit these 21 life-size animatronic dinosaurs after the sun goes down while enjoying additional family-friendly entertainment.
Emmanuel Sanders Football ProCamp® at Northglenn High School
July 10– 11
Learn from and interact with Denver All-Pro Wide Receiver Emmanuel Sanders! Throughout his two-day camp, Emmanuel Sanders and our coaches will offer tips and hands-on instruction, including lectures, fundamental football skills stations, contests, and non-contact games in a high-energy, fun, and positive environment. Campers will be placed in small groups by age to ensure that each child gets maximum instruction.
Kids Film Series: Trolls at Stewart Auditorium
July 11, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Cool off this summer in the air-conditioned Stewart Auditorium with a bag of popcorn in a place where your don’t have to worry if your kiddo cries in the middle of the movie. Your ticket gets you $1 off the hands-on dinosaur exhibition too!
Target Tuesday Free Nights at Children’s Museum of Denver at Marsico Campus
July 11, 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Target is committed to giving back to the communities where their guests and team members live and work. Through their generous sponsorship of the Children’s Museum of Denver at Marsico Campus, families can play for FREE the first Tuesday* of each month from 4 – 8 pm. *Please note, due to the Fourth of July holiday, Target Tuesday takes place on the second Tuesday in July.
Cirque du Soleil’s LUZIA at the Pepsi Center
Jun 1 – Jul 9
It’s your last chance to see the delightfully-imaginative and visually-stunning, Cirque du Soleil’s production LUZIA is a waking dream of Mexico. Families are invited to a redesigned white-and-gold Big Top in Pepsi Center’s Parking Lot (Prius West Lot) from June 1 – July 9, 2017, to escape to an imaginary Mexico – a sumptuous world suspended somewhere between dreams and reality.