38 fun things to do in Denver this week
posted by: Amber Johnson
From the Rocky Mountain Pinball Showdown to Buskers, Brews & BBQ, to the FREE Colorado Horse Park Grand Prix Series, there are plenty of fun events in Denver this week. See our event calendar for additional details.
June 7 –10
The Parker Chamber is proud to announce Parker Days 2018 on June 7, 8, 9 and 10. Headlined by Trace Adkins on Thursday night. We look forward to another incredible festival with a parade, carnival rides, vendors booths, bands, and kids entertainment.
Denver Outlaws vs. Ohio Machines at Sports Authority Field at Mile High
June 7, 12:00 – 2:00 pm
Don’t miss the thrill and excitement of Major League Lacrosse at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Family-friendly and affordable, the non-stop action will have you on the edge of your seat!
Taste It Broomfield at 1STBANK Center
June 7, 5:00 – 8:00 pm
Enjoy bite-sized dishes prepared by an all-star lineup of talent from local area restaurants serving up tasty attractions that reflect their signature style. Local breweries and wineries will offer tastings as well. Join your friends and neighbors for an evening to remember.
Rocky Mountain Pinball Showdown and Gameroom Expo
June 8– 10
The ultimate Colorado pinball and gamer festival experience June 8-10! Play hundreds of pinball, classic and retro arcade games for free with admission. Buy + sell + mod + tournaments + meet ups + seminars + casual play on hundreds of games. Invite your friends!
Four Mile Free Day at Four Mile Historic Park
June 8, 12:00 – 4:00 pm
Every Second Friday of the Month, travel back to 1859… for free! Enjoy historic demonstrations, a tour of the Four Mile House Museum—a Denver landmark!—and meeting our many farm animals. Our Hay Bales & Tall Tales story and activity time will also be offered from 12-1 pm.
Colorado Rockies vs. Arizona Diamondbacks at Coors Field – Home of the Colorado Rockies
June 8 –10
Enjoy exciting major league baseball and come out to this series between the Colorado Rockies and the Arizona Diamondbacks.
The Little Mermaid, A Story Ballet
June 8– 10
Danse Etoile’s beautiful new ballet will reimagine the classic Hans Christian Andersen fairytale and take you on a journey beneath the waves, with original music score created by Composer Bruce Klepper alongside a mix of contemporary and classical music.
Buskers, Brews & BBQ at Aurora Municipal Center Great Lawn
Expect your favorite local brews, a nationally sanctioned BBQ competition, and live entertainment from a variety of musicians and buskers (quirky street performers). Admission and parking are free! The annual event is scheduled for Saturday, June 9 from 11:00AM to 6:00PM.
9Cares Summer Food Drive at 9NEWS Studio
June 9, 6:30 am – 1:30 pm
Help out our community partner, 9News, on June 9th. Two shifts are available to sort donations and load boxes.
Free Day at the Longmont Museum
June 9, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
The second Saturday of each month is a Free Day. The Longmont Museum, housed in a distinctive contemporary building, features changing exhibits in history, art, and science, as well as the award-winning Front Range Rising, a long-term exhibit on the history and culture of this region. The Museum recently opened an expansion, featuring the 250-seat Stewart Auditorium and Cone-Shortall stage, the Swan Atrium, and the Kaiser Permanente Education Center.
11th Annual National Get Outdoors Day
June 9, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
This fun, family event is FREE and open to all ages and abilities. We’ll host fishing classes for youth, paddling activities, live music, rock climbing, bike riding, and much more. Youth will also have the opportunity to earn their Junior Ranger Badge from the National Park Service and United States Forest Service. This event focuses on supporting healthy lifestyle choices, nature-based outdoor activities, education, and programs/organizations that provide ongoing opportunities for people to connect to the outdoors.
Classic Car Show
June 9, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Join us for the 18th annual Highlands Ranch Cultural Affairs Association Classic Car Show, June 9th! This is the perfect weekend activity that the whole family will enjoy. Free to the public. Join us for a day of entertainment with classic cars, food, drink, music and family fun.
Summer Art Market
June 9– 10
On Saturday, June 9 and Sunday June 10, in the West Washington Park neighborhood, the Art Students League of Denver (ASLD) will host the 26th annual Summer Art Market, an event with 234 visual artist booths, artist demonstrations, kidART programming, live music and food and beverage vendors.
3rd Annual Community Baby Fair at Aviator Park, Stapleton
June 9, 10:30 am – 1:00 pm
The Community Baby Fair is a free community event for new and expecting parents offering them the opportunity to connect with health and safety resources to help give their new bundle of love a healthy, happy beginning. The event will feature exhibitors representing health and safety organizations and baby-focused businesses. There will be prizes and giveaways, food trucks, a kids DJ, face painting, and other fun activities to help kick off summer.
Hands on History Family Fun Days at the History Colorado Center
June 9, 11:00 am – 6:30 pm
Join us for our Hands on History Family Fun Days! On the second Saturday of each month, families have the opportunity to explore and create their own history, art, and culture through hands-on, immersive activities like adobe brick making, building log cabins, live performances, and role playing in our exhibits.
The Little Mermaid, a Story Ballet at the Dairy Arts Center
June 9, 2:00 pm
Danse Etoile’s beautiful new ballet will re-imagine the classic Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale and take you on a journey beneath the waves, with original music score created by Composer Bruce Klepper alongside a mix of contemporary and classical music. Performances are June 8th at 7:30 p.m. and June 9th at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
The Colorado Horse Park Grand Prix Series at The Colorado Horse Park
June 9, 5:00 – 7:00 pm
Looking for something new to do with your family this summer? Come on down to the Colorado Horse Park, Colorado’s premier equestrian facility, located in Parker, Colorado. Watch the nation’s top equestrians compete in the weekly Summer in the Rockies Grand Prix. Gates open at 4, with competition commencing at 5 PM each Saturday, June 9 – July 21. Parking and general admission are free. Bring a blanket to sit on the grass and enjoy our cash bar, hospitality, vendors, and views.
Emirates Airline Summer Series at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park
June 9, 6:00 – 9:00 pm
The Emirates Airline Summer Series returns June 2018, as the United States Men’s National Team takes on an opponent yet to be announced, as the matchup will be determined soon after the next round of European Qualification for Rugby World Cup 2019 in Japan. Time TBD.
Summer at the Center: Lost in Place
June 9, 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
As issues of migration, ethnicity, culture and spirituality consume our world “Lost in Place,” at the Arvada Center feels especially timely. Humans cultivate a deep feeling of belonging and personal narrative by identifying and memorializing the places they arrive from, return to, and draw memories from.
Open Adventure Day at Colorado Adventure Point
Come see what Colorado Adventure Point is all about! And what better way to do that than by coming to Open Adventure Day!
Start your day on the Rock Climbing wall as your plan your trek up the wall to ring the bell at the top. Then spend some time at the Archery Range where you’ll keep the target in your sights. How about some Leatherworking or Blacksmithing? This is your opportunity to try something new!
Criterium and Brewfest
June 10, 8:30 am – 8:00 pm
Join us on Sunday, June 10 for the Ridge at 38 Criterium and Brewfest. Now in its 5th year, the Ridge at 38 Criterium is chosen once again as the State Championships race! This exciting and fun event has something for the entire family to enjoy. The Brewfest will include local breweries showing off their best summer brews.
Low-sensory Morning at Downtown Aquarium
June 10, 8:30 am – 9:45 am
For our guests that prefer a calmer and more sensory-friendly environment join us for a special morning. We will open early at 8:30am, turn up the lights and turn down the ambient sounds in the exhibits.
35th Annual Colorado Concours D-Elegance & Exotic Sports Car Show
June 10, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
The Colorado Concours is an annual event showcasing nearly 500 rare sports and classic cars, early collectibles and the latest exotics provided by local and regional car clubs. Many of these cars venture out only once a year to help Colorado children. These prestigious beauties are treasures that few people ever get to experience. This family-oriented event draws more than 14,000 participants/attendees and features delicious food, live music, exhibitors, vendors, and fun for everyone!
Taste of Puerto Rico at the Civic Center Park
June 10, 11:00 am – 7:00 pm
The A Taste of Puerto Rico (ATOPR) Festival is deeply rooted in the Colorado community as the largest Caribbean Festival in the state. The event attracts 20,000 plus festival attendees each year. ATOPR is a fun family oriented event with special attractions, musical acts, cultural offerings and some of the most delicious Puerto Rican cuisine found in Colorado.
Denver Nibble+Squeak at Beatrice & Woodsley
June 12, 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Nibble+squeak hosts food events for babies, toddlers, and young children (and their caretakers) across the world! Our mission is to get new parents out, doing the things they loved to do pre-kids — in our case, eating! Come and join us for our next feast near you!
Ongoing Events and Exhibits
Summer in the City
June 1-August 1
The city of Aurora, Colorado invites you to join us this summer for some FREE, fun entertainment. It’s a great way to get the kids outside this summer. This event just for kids offers fun throughout the summer. There will be free, healthy snacks, inflatables, board and field games, an opportunity to try your hand at golf and the gymnastics team will be onsite as well. The library will be there with fun crafts as well as the Aurora History Museum. Come discover all the other programs that the Parks, Recreation and Open Space Department offers.
“Happy City: Art for the People” is a six-week (May 18-June 30) citywide art intervention produced by The Denver Theatre District at Denver Union Station’s Plaza and Great Hall. The art instillation sites are located throughout Denver and includes streets, alleyways, billboards, video screens and Union Station, among other locations.
Play Ball! at the History Colorado Center
April 7-September 30, 2018
See classic baseball artifacts—from Babe Ruth to the Blake Street Bombers. Treasured memorabilia and iconic photographs bring the past to life through stories that begin on the ball field and echo through American history. Size up your hand against Babe Ruth’s. Find the nails Ty Cobb used to hold his favorite bat together, and admire the glove flashed by Willie Mays to make some of the game’s most memorable catches. See the uniform Joe DiMaggio wore in his final World Series and a receipt for roses he sent to Marilyn Monroe. historycolorado.org/exhibit/play-ball
Dead Sea Scrolls at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science
March 16-Sept. 3
Dead Sea Scrolls is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see authentic Dead Sea Scrolls, ancient manuscripts that include the oldest known biblical documents dating back over 2,000 years. The scrolls will be dramatically presented within a massive exhibit case featuring carefully regulated individual chambers, along with the full English translation. dmns.org/dead-sea-scrolls
Denver Puzzling Adventure at Civic Center Park
Puzzling Adventures™ are a cross between a scavenger hunt, an informative self-guided tour, and The Amazing Race®. Each adventure consists of a series of locations that you are guided to where you are required to answer questions or solve puzzles to receive your next instruction. http://puzzlingadventures.com
Eyes On at Denver Art Museum
December 3, 2017 – July 8, 2018, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Xiaoze Xie has a lifelong passion for books. In his worldview, books are conveyers of prestige and signifiers of collective cultural knowledge: repositories of historical meaning, cultural conflict, and political strife. For Eyes On: Xiaoze Xie, the artist has created still-life paintings of books, videos, and installations based on banned and forbidden books in China. http://denverartmuseum.org/exhibitions/eyes-on-xiaoze-xie
Past the Tangled Present at the Denver Art Museum
November 14, 2017 – October 28, 2018, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
This interactive and immersive installation by Denver artist Jaime Molina was born of imagination and the joy of discovery. Step into a different world where the paintings on the wall flow into 3-D objects that Molina created for the space. Sit on boxes painted with faces and play in a garden of fabricated cacti. http://denverartmuseum.org/exhibitions/past-tangled-present
Creatures of Light at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science
February 23- June 10, 2018
They light up our lives, but have you ever wondered how? Delve into the world of living things that blink, glow, flash, and flicker, from tiny fireflies to strange creatures in the ocean depths. The new exhibition Creatures of Light explores the mysterious world of bioluminescence and biofluorescence, visible light emitted by living things. This enlightening experience features larger-than-life models, engaging immersive environments, fun activities, and real animals, fungi, and minerals that get their glow on. http://www.dmns.org
Colors of East Africa
Jan. 20-May 19, 2018
Colors of East Africa, an exceptional showcase of eight countries along the Great Rift Valley, continues through May 19 at the Global Village Museum of Arts and Cultures. The exhibit features art and artifacts on loan from over 40 collectors and international travelers in Northern Colorado. Many items reflect the intersection between the wildlife and the indigenous cultures, such as a loin cloth fashioned from fish vertebrae and a Maasai shield & weaponry. http://globalvillagemuseum.org/upcoming-main-gallery/
AI Weiwei: Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads
Oct. 18, 2017–Oct. 17, 2018
The 12 bronze heads of Ai Weiwei’s Circle of Animals represent the 12 animals of the traditional Chinese zodiac. See it for free at Civic Center Park! https://www.denver.org
Zoom In: The Centennial State in 100 Objects
Nov. 21, 2017–Dec. 31, 2018
History Colorado created a brand-new space, the Tim Schultz Gallery, to house this 3,700-square-foot exhibit of 100 objects, each of which had a role in shaping the history and culture of Colorado. https://www.historycolorado.org/venue/history-colorado-center
Pixelated: Sculpture by Mike Whiting
April 28–Sept. 23, 2018
Mike Whiting’s geometric sculptures at the Denver Botanic Gardens also represent the intersection of two distinct visual styles: 8-bit pixel graphics—which have enjoyed a recent resurgence in games like Minecraft—and minimalist sculpture. Technological limitations in early video games like Pac-Man and Space Invaders reduced the graphics to simplified shapes, while the minimalist art movement created artworks that purposely lacked detail. Pixelated investigates the opposite intents of these two artistic approaches that result in a strikingly similar visual outcome. https://www.botanicgardens.org/exhibits/pixelated-sculpture-mike-whiting
Peak-A-Boo Play launched in spring 2018 in The Hangar at Stanley Marketplace. The space is a clean, safe, pop-up experience offering drop-in, open play for kiddos three years of age and under. Parents/caretakers must be present and will have opportunities to socialize, grab coffee and take a breather while kids explore over 500-square-feet of mats, plush tumbling gear, sensory toys, bubbles, music and more. Summer admission is $10 per child with sibling discounts available. Hours of operation are Monday and Thursday mornings, 9 to noon; however, schedule is subject to change/expand and will be regularly posted to website and social channels.