43 family-friendly events in Denver this week
posted by: Amber Johnson
From Broncos movie night to the Colorado Irish Festival, Dive-in Movie and Bastille Day, summer is in full swing in Denver! See our event calendar for full listings.
Colorado Rockies vs. Arizona Diamondbacks at Coors Field – Home of the Colorado Rockies
July 10 – 12
Enjoy exciting major league baseball and come out to this series between the Colorado Rockies and the Arizona Diamondbacks.
July 12 – 14
The $idewalk $ale at the Global Village Museum of Arts and Cultures is known for its unique treasures at amazing bargains. From jewelry and clothing to glassware and antiques, you are assured to find that one-of-a-kind item or gift for a special person.
The Big Eat at DPAC/Denver Performing Arts Complex
July 12, 6:00 – 9:00 pm
Taste your way through the city at this year’s The Big Eat, EatDenver’s signature culinary party! Kicking off Slow Food Nations weekend, this culinary experience highlights the independent restaurant community through specialty bites from more than 60 of Denver’s top restaurants and over 15 sips highlighting Colorado’s beverage producers. Uniquely organized by neighborhood, each participating restaurant brings a taste of what they do best. Come hungry and try everything (twice)!
Colorado Irish Festival
July 13 – 15
The 2018 Colorado Irish Festival will be commemorating its 24th Anniversary. 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 2018 line up promises to be a memorable weekend of great entertainment.
Fantastic Family Theatre: Perseus & Medusa
BackStory Theatre Academy’s fantastic summer performance program is unique in that our 8-13 year old students are taught/directed by teams of teens from our Youth Leadership Program (overseen on-site by a professional artistic instructor) in the afternoons for one week culminating with a public stage performance on a Friday evening at the Broomfield Auditorium.
Boulder County Free Days at the Colorado Railroad Museum
July 13, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
In honor of our partnership with the City of Boulder, the Colorado Railroad Museum is proud to offer free admission to Boulder County residents select Fridays throughout the year. Denver Garden Railway Society members operate their model train layout behind the Museum Depot Building from 9:00AM to 12:00PM. Admission: Boulder Residents, Museum Members and Children under 2 are free, Children $5, Adults $10, and Seniors $8.
Colorado Black Arts Festival at City Park
July 13 – 15
Come celebrate the 32nd 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 event will feature three performing stages filled with dance, jazz, blues, soul, reggae, gospel, traditional African drum and dance. This is a family friendly event with programming and activities for the entire family.
Denver County Fair at National Western Complex
July 13 – 15
The National Western Complex will be jam-packed with carnival rides and blue-ribbon pies. This indoor/outdoor fair will include a line-up of events and activities with alpaca costume parade, bug and hot dog eating contests, chicken agility and a petting zoo. Plus, a variety of unique fanfare including a vinyl record sale, roller derby, Little Man Ice Cream Social and the first-ever 5K Mullet Run.
Free day at Four Mile Historic Park
July 13, 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
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.
July 13– 15
We’re bringin’ the heat for Summer Flea, so much so that we’re adding an extra night of fun to this round of the Fleakin’ weekend! The biggest party of the summer returns July 13-15 to the Rock Drill in RiNo with 100s of vendors to style up your summer. The festivities kick into gear on Friday night with a totally bitchin’ “Talking Heads and Tacos” party from 5-9 p.m., complete with a concert by local Talking Heads tribute band Little Creatures, tacos from your fave Denver spots, and the chance to shop early with Flea vendors. If Friday night ain’t your thing, no worries! Come shop, drink, and eat on Saturday from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.!
The Morrison Biergarten Festival
July 13 – 15
The T.E.V. Edelweiss Club announces its annual Beer Festival to be held on July 13th, 14th and 15th, 2018. This three-day event is a replica of an authentic German Festival complete with German bands, dancers, home made food and of course, German beer.
Colorado Rockies vs. Seattle Mariners at Coors Field – Home of the Colorado Rockies
July 13 – 15
Enjoy exciting major league baseball and come out to this series between the Colorado Rockies and the Seattle Mariners.
Broncos Movie Night Featuring Coco at Sports Authority Field at Mile High
July 13, 7:30 – 8:30 pm
The Denver Broncos are hosting a movie night featuring the Disney Pixar film ‘Coco’ on Friday, July 13, 2018 at the stadium. The event is open to fans of all ages. Visit broncosbunch.com for details. – Doors open at 6:30 p.m. – Movie begins at 7:30 p.m.
Dive-in Movie- COCO at Elitch Gardens Theme & Water Park
July 13, 7:30 – 9:00 pm
Dive-In Movies are shown in Island Kingdom Water Park every Friday night June 29 – August 3. The Water Park closes at 6 p.m. with the exception of the Wave Pool, movies beginning around 7:30 p.m. Movies are free with any park admission or Season Pass.
Summer at the Center: Michael Martin Murphey at Arvada Center for the Arts & Humanities
July 13, 7:30 – 8:30 pm
In the early 1970s, Rolling Stone Magazine called Michael Martin Murphey “one of the best songwriters in America.” Since that time, Murphey has left an indelible mark on the American Music Landscape crafting and recording such iconic hits as “Wildfire,” “Carolina In The Pines”, “Geronimo’s Cadillac”, “Cowboy Logic,” “Cherokee Fiddle”, “Boy From The Country” and more.
Free Day at the Plains Conservation Center
July 14, 9:00 am – 7:00 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.
Free day at Longmont Museum
July 14, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
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.
String of Pearls 5K Run Walk
July 14, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
This run is for everyone! Men, Women, Children, Athletes, Non-Athletes. There will be a bounce house, music and most importantly a beautiful Colorado summer day to enjoy with friends and family. The String of Pearls 5K Run/Walk was organized to bring together the community and its surrounding areas through a fun, exciting and family-friendly event to raise funding through sponsorship’s, donations and registration fees to benefit String of Pearls, a local nonprofit.
Colorado Renaissance Festival
July 14 – 15
Flash back 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.
Dinosaur Express Train at the Colorado Railroad Museum
July 14, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Make fresh tracks through prehistory with a day of exciting activities and surprises for the whole family. Ride behind a historic Denver & Rio Grande Western Steam Locomotive and follow the dinosaur tracks around the Museum’s 15-acre railyard and enjoy dinosaur themed activities.
Hands-on History Family Fun Days at the History Colorado Center
July 14, 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
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.
Urban Home Show
July 14, 11:00 am – 7:00 pm
An event designed for homeowners in all stages of remodeling, landscaping and decorating their homes. Homeowners will be inspired with countless ideas on enhancing their home’s comfort and functionality, as well as its aesthetic appeal and overall value. The Urban Home Show is the place for you to experience what’s new in Home, Gardening, Remodeling, Home Decor, and Much More! The show offers you the opportunity to meet the experts and experience a vast array of products and services.
DCF Little Man Ice Cream Social at Little Man Ice Cream
July 14, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Come and enjoy Denver’s favorite ice cream – Little Man at the Denver County Fair! Just $5 for two of your favorite scoops
Bastille Day Block Party!
July 14, 2:00 – 6:00 pm
Join us for a block party at the Alliance Française de Denver to celebrate Bastille Day 2018. Stop by to grab some crêpes, to socialize with other francophiles, to listen to music and dance. Bring your children too as there will be plenty of kids activities!
The Colorado Horse Park Grand Prix Series at Colorado Horse Park
July 14, 5:00 pm – 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.
Colorado Rapids vs. Houston Dynamo at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park
July 14, 7:00 – 9:00 pm
Come and see the exciting match between the Colorado Rapids and Houston Dynamo at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park.
Sensory-friendly Playtime at WOW! Children’s Museum
July 15, 8:00 am – 10:00 am
Sensory Friendly Playtime is a low sensory event for children with autism spectrum or sensory processing disorders. This month, families can explore our new sensory friendly exhibit, Forest of Light, and participate in an adapted music and movement class hosted by special guest A Child’s Song! WOW! will turn down sounds and lights, and provide adaptive equipment to offer a safe and fun experience for all. Admission is free for participating families, however, reservations are required.
World Soccer Celebration 5K at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park
July 15, 8:00 am – 10:45 am
Start your Championship Sunday by getting warmed up with a 5K through DICK’S Sporting Goods Park. Show off your soccer skills in the Fan Fest’s Skill Zone and grab a bite to eat, a drink and kick back as you enjoy the electric atmosphere. Spend your day filled with the best soccer action in the world!
Slow Food Nations: Family Pavilion at Larimer Square
July 15, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Hey kids! Enter the Family Pavilion at Slow Food Nations and get your hands in the dirt. Learn how to grow, cook and enjoy Slow Food — real, delicious, flavorful food. We want kids to know how to make good food choices. How do we do that? By giving them tangible skills and lots of confidence. The seeds we plant now will make a big impact on food and farming in the future. So come on over and have some fun!
Summer at the Center: Good Vibrations at Arvada Center for the Arts & Humanities
July 15, 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Back by popular demand, join the Denver Brass and 17th Avenue Allstars for Good Vibrations. Featuring classic hits worthy of any summer playlist, come relive the magic of America’s golden age of rock through the nostalgic sounds of The Beach Boys, Elvis, Earth Wind and Fire, The Beatles, Chicago, and more. Gather friends and family of all ages for a memorable evening under the stars.
Artsweek Golden at the Foothills Art Center
July 16 – 22
ARTSWEEK GOLDEN is a week-long celebration of the arts orchestrated by Foothills Art Center in partnership with arts-oriented organizations in beautiful Golden, Colorado. Foothills Art Center traces its roots to 1968 when a group of artists formed to renovate the historic First Presbyterian Church into a thriving regional arts center. In 2018 Foothills Art Center will celebrate its 50th Anniversary while continuing to serve artists, house creative exhibits and offer educational programming and classes for learners of all ages.
American Idol: Live! 2018 at the Paramount Theatre
July 16, 7:00 pm – 10:30 pm
American Idol is back on tour! American Idol: Live! 2018 is coming to Denver featuring your Top 7 LIVE on stage, including your 2018 American Idol Winner Maddie! Cade, Caleb, Catie, Gabby, Jurnee, Maddie and Michael plus special guest, Season 8 American Idol Winner, Kris Allen bringing your favorite television competition directly to you in performances you cannot miss!
Ongoing Events and Exhibits
Love brainteasers? Enter “Mindbender Mansion,” a quirky place full of puzzles, brainteasers and interactive challenges that put minds of all ages to the test. This unique, high-energy experience opens at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science on July 20.
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! and LEGOradoat 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. Also, don’t miss LEGOrado where you can unlock the stories that have shaped the past by exploring a giant LEGO® re-creation of Colorado history. The pro builders from the Colorado and Wyoming LEGO Users Group have created this sprawling concoction of Colorado scenes—both factful and fanciful.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
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
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.