18 fun things to do in Denver this week
posted by: Amber Johnson
There are plenty of fun family events in Denver this week including the Columbian Independence Celebration, SwimLabs Littleton Grand Opening with free swimming, Colorado Irish Festival and more. See our event calendar for additional information.
Free Fridays at Mile High Flea Market
July 14, 7:00 am – 5:00 pm
Come and enjoy the flea market on a Friday for free.
Slow Food Nations at Denver Union Station
July 14 – 16
Slow Food Nations will gather leaders and eaters, farmers and chefs, educators and families for a weekend of tastings, tours and talks from July 14-16, 2017. For three days, Denver, CO will become the center of the international food universe.
Mile High Global Bazaar at 16th Street Mall & Arapahoe St
July 14– 16
The Mile High Global Bazaar is a 3 day, annual celebration of international cultures, arts, crafts, merchandise, food, and music. The event will consist of exhibitors from around the globe representing a vast array of cultures and goods. Denver is home to more than 2 million people representing a vast array of cultures and countries from around the world.
Four Mile Free Day at Four Mile Historic Park
July 14, 12:00 – 4:00 pm
Take a tour of the Four Mile House Museum, check out historic demonstrations, explore our 12-acre grounds, sample a treat from our summer kitchen, and greet our farm animals. We’ll also be offering our Hay Bales & Tall Tales story and activity time from 12:00-1:00 pm. Admission is free thanks to the support provided by your Scientific & Cultural Facilities District.
Colorado Irish Festival
July 14 – Jul 16
Held in the heather of Clement Park in Littleton, with a backdrop of the Rocky Mountain Highlands, the Colorado Irish Festival celebrates all that is Green. This eclectic gathering of tens of thousands is known throughout the west for its outrageous display of kilts and bagpipes; Gaelic sports and Irish step dancing; and the best Irish rock and classic music this side of the Emerald Isle. The 2017 line up promises to be a memorable weekend of great entertainment.
Colorado Music Festival Fresh Fridays “Beethoven’s Ninth” at Chautauqua Auditorium
July 14, 6:30 – 7:30 pm
Make the Colorado Music Festival your date night destination with a fresh approach to Friday Nights! It’s a concert experience – reimagined. Start at 6:30pm with a short, hour-long concert featuring an unforgettable performance of Beethoven’s grand Ninth Symphony, with its iconic finale, “Ode to Joy, ” with nationally acclaimed opera singers.
USA Football Protection Tour at Sports Authority Field at Mile High
Parents bring your players out to Sports Authority Field! USA Football’s Protection Tour is all about making the game safer for participating players. The event is for players ages 7 to 14 years old. This FREE to attend, one day football camp is the perfect opportunity to get youth players out on a NFL field and learn the fundamentals of football, get their helmet fitted, and more.
Free Day Lavender Festival at Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield
July 15, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Butterflies at Chatfield will be open during these Free Days with paid admission for the butterfly house. Audubon Society of Denver is offering free bird tours on Chatfield Farms Free Days, except on July 15 during the Lavender Festival. The tours are from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m., leaving every half hour from the Earl J. Sinnamon Visitor Center, and take place on the nature/wetlands trails.
Colorado Renaissance Festival
July 15 – 16
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.
Pearl Street Arts Fest at Pearl Street
July 15 – 16
Pearl Street Arts Fest is a juried celebration of visual arts celebrating photography, sculpture, upcycled art and much more. Event features artists from around the country; children’s art activities; live interactive performances – and much, much more!
July 15 – 16
Presented by Center for the Arts Evergreen, Summerfest is a two-day community fine craft and Arts festival held outdoors in beautiful Evergreen, CO. Now in its 36th year, Summerfest draws over 6,000 visitors from all over the Denver Metro Area. This fantastic outdoor festival features a selection of gallery-quality fine arts and crafts , a children’s tent, and live performances by popular musicians to entertain all! Additionally featured are Palette of Brews, a craft beer and wine tasting event.
SwimLabs Littleton Grand Opening
July 15, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
SwimLabs Swim Schools will celebrate the opening of its newest location in Littleton on Saturday, July 15, with a grand opening event featuring Olympic swimmer Kara Lynn Joyce, facility tours, and the chance for the public to be the first to take a swim in their pools. SwimLabs highly-effective swim school combines indoor, warm-water pools, highly-trained instructors and the same training video-feedback technology used by Olympians like Joyce and Missy Franklin to help swimmers be safer, compete smarter, feel confident and enjoy a lifelong love of the sport. SwimLabs Littleton will officially open on Monday, July 10, and is taking registrations for classes now!
The Square on 21st
July 15, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
The Square on 21st, a collaboration between the City and County of Denver and the Partnership, will establish a new park-like public space between Denver’s Ballpark and Arapahoe Square neighborhoods where residents and visitors can relax in the shade, play lawn games, sip early morning coffee, sample late-night eats, and enjoy activities for all ages (and dogs, too!)
Orthodox Food Festival
July 15, 11:00 am – 7:00 pm
ONE DAY ONLY! Enjoy great ethnic food and live entertainment at our Annual “Orthodox Food Festival and Old Globeville Days” at Holy Transfiguration Orthodox Cathedral 349 E 47th Avenue (at Logan Street) in Denver.
Dinos! Prehistoric Party at Denver Zoo
July 15, 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.
Drums Along the Rockies at Sports Authority Field at Mile High
July 15, 6:30 – 10:30 pm
Drums Along The Rockies, Colorado’s premier marching music event, is annually one of the best and most popular events of its kind in the world. Held for years at Mile High Stadium, and now at beautiful Sports Authority Field at Mile High, Drums Along The Rockies has become a Denver institution and a thrilling summer event for families across Colorado and the Rocky Mountain region.
Colombian Independence Festival
July 16, 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
The ASOCOCO Organization invites you to the 3rd Colombian Independence Festival. Within the framework of this celebration, cultural and artistic events will be carried out that seek to exalt national values, strengthen ties between Colombians resident in the state, creating spaces to spread the Colombian culture.
Free Day at Denver Botanic Gardens
July 17, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Free Days occur throughout the year at both York Street and Chatfield Farms, thanks to funding from the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD). No tickets are needed for admission to Free Days. Free Days are for regular Gardens hours only and do not include ticketed events.