26 fun events in Denver this week
posted by: Amber Johnson
Awesome events this week include the Jeffco Fair & Festival, Carnation Festival, Dinosaur Discovery Day and more. See our event calendar for full descriptions.
Denver Handmade Homemade Market
Through Aug 11
The Denver Handmade Homemade Market is a fantastic way to shop local and get in touch with the products we buy & those that make them. We give opportunity to creatives just starting their hustle and need a low cost, low risk market.
Aug 10 – 12
Wheat Ridge is holding its 49th annual Carnation Festival. This year’s festival will include an art show, live music, carnival rides, the Zoppe Italian Family Circus, and many more family- friendly attractions and activities. The festival also offers plenty of fun for adults, including one of the state’s largest beer and wine gardens.
Buskerfest at Denver Union Station
Aug 10 – 12
Save the date: on August 10th, 11th and 12th, the Plaza at Union Station will be transformed into a world-class busker festival. Join us on the 105th Meridian for an amazing weekend of family entertainment & fun! Featuring street performers, live bands, film screenings, face-painters, interactive workshops & a scavenger hunt at Denver’s glorious Union Station. Art Cars from Trinidad, CO, crafts by Board & Brush & the students from Arts Street, a Tesla to explore & so much more. See website for schedule.
Jeffco Fair & Festival
The Jeffco Fair & Festival is a re-imagined event that was built off previous fairs and festivals held throughout Jefferson County history. The first annual Jeffco Fair & Festival was held August 11 – 14, 2016 at the Jeffco Fairgrounds where event attendees were treated to a dash of fun, interactive, engaging and traditional experiences with a focus on locality to ensure there was something for everyone.
Food Truck Rodeo at Aurora Municipal Center Great Lawn
Aug 10, 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Take a break from bagged lunches and have something extraordinary at the Food Truck Rodeo! The food trucks are here to serve up delicious eats and treats at the Aurora Municipal Center. Spend your lunch time break with us on our great lawn area while tasting some yummy food!
Free Day at Four Mile Historic Park
Aug 10, 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.
High School Musical Jr.
Aug 10 –18
Disney Channel’s smash hit movie musical comes to life on stage in Disney’s High School Musical JR. Troy, Gabriella and the students of East High must deal with issues of love, friends and family while balancing their classes and extra-curricular activities. It’s the first day after winter break at East High. The Jocks, Brainiacs, Thespians and Skater Dudes all find their cliques. Basketball team captain and resident jock, Troy, discovers that the brainy Gabriella, a girl he met singing karaoke on his ski trip, has just enrolled at East High. The couple causes an upheaval when they decide to audition for the high school musical. Although many students resent the threat posed to the “status quo,” Troy and Gabriella’s alliance might just open the door for others to shine as well. The show’s infectious, danceable songs are sure to be a hit!
Fantastic Family Theatre: The Little Mermaid
Aug 10, 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
These short shows are the perfect way to introduce young audience members to theatre! Bring the whole family to enjoy a silly, original adaptation of a classic story written by the cast and youth directing team.Tickets are available at the door beginning at 6pm. Shows run approximately 20 minutes. Cash & Check preferred, there may be a surcharge for tickets purchased by credit card. Cast members are students in our summer Academy (BSTA) class program, directed by our teen leadership team (BYLP). It’s theatre by kids, for kids!
University of Colorado Night at the Rockies at Coors Field – Home of the Colorado Rockies
Aug 10, 6:30 pm – 11:00 pm
The Colorado Rockies would like to invite the faculty, staff, students, and alumni of the University of Colorado to come and watch the Rockies take on the Los Angeles Dodgers on Friday, August 10. Don’t forget to wear your best CU gear to the game and arrive early! See event calendar for promo code.
Summer Low Sensory Mornings at Denver Botanic Gardens
Aug 11, 8:00 am – 9:30 am
Experience a quiet and sensory-friendly visit to Denver Botanic Gardens at York Street. The Gardens opens early on select Saturdays for those who wish to connect with plants in a safe, restful location while engaging their senses and providing social enrichment.
Econo Cat Club Show at Denver Crowne Plaza Airport – Convention Center
Aug 11– 12
The Econo Cat Club is in town on a mission to stage, reward and celebrate our purrrrfect companions. Share the love with more than 220 cats of over 50 different breeds.
Free day at Longmont Museum
Aug 11, 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.
Dinosaur Discovery Day: Reptile and Bird Day at Friends of Dinosaur Ridge
Aug 11, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Join the Friends of Dinosaur Ridge and several special guests to explore the relationship between dinosaurs and their cousins the reptiles, and their descendants the birds! At the Visitor Center: Wild Wings will be here with live raptors (hawks, falcons, and owls), and the Denver Zoo will be here displaying many awesome reptiles such as snakes, lizards, turtles! Other special guests include the Morrison Natural History Museum, and more! On the Ridge: Scientists will be stationed along the trail to interpret the fossil and geological sites to visitors that hike up. Hiking is free. An optional shuttle ride will be available at a cost of $4/person (3 and under free). Education@dinoridge.org for more information.
Minefaire at Denver Mart
Aug 11 – 12
Connect with your kids, and be blown away by off-the-charts fun at the #1 Minecraft event in the USA. Minefaire: The Ultimate Minecraft Experience just broke another Guinness World Record for largest convention for a single video game, and is coming to Denver on Saturday, August 11 and Sunday, August 12 at Denver Mart 451 East 58th Avenue Denver, CO 80216. Meet your favorite YouTube creators flown in from around the world, join parent-child build challenges, win a Minecraft costume contest, witness nonstop mega-stage shows, meet and learn from Minecraft Education Global Mentors and other Minecraft experts through hands on workshops and presentations, and discover the World’s Largest Official Minecraft Merch Store.
Arts & Ales Festival at the Arvada Center for the Arts & Humanities
Aug 11, 12:00 pm – 7:00 pm
– A celebration of local art, craft brews, food, and music, the second annual Arts & Ales Festival returns to the grounds of the Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities Saturday, August 11, 2018. Designed as a family-friendly event, the Arts & Ales Festival also includes activities for the kids, live local music and fun contests – all outdoors at the Center’s Sculpture Field. The Arvada Center is located at 6901 Wadsworth Blvd. and provides free parking at the venue.
Colorado Rapids vs. San Jose Earthquakes at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park
Aug 11, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
The Colorado Rapids take on the San Jose Earthquakes.
Free Day at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science
Aug 13, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Free day! To add a temporary exhibit, IMAX or Planetarium show, purchase tickets at the Museum on the Free Day; upgrade rates apply.
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 opened at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science on July 20.
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.
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