32 fun events for Father’s Day weekend
posted by: Amber Johnson
Fun events this week include Father’s Day Family Show , Big Bounce America, Colorado Renaissance Festival and more. See our event calendar for full listings.
Kids DJ Dance Party at Elitch Gardens Theme & Water Park
June 13, 12:30 pm – 5:00 pm
Kids DJ Dance Party is a high-energy, fun show! Through audience participation guests are invited to compete and dance the day away! Highlights include a hula hoop contest, the limbo, and musical chairs to name a few. Get your dancing shoes ready and prepare to get silly as our DJ spins the hits!! Don’t miss this exciting and high infectious show!
Spoons & Tunes at Park Meadows Retail Resort
June 13, 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Join Park Meadows Retail Resort for a free, family-friendly, summer event, Spoons & Tunes, on Thursdays June 6th through August 8th from 5pm – 8pm. Head on over to The Vistas outdoors on the west side of Park Meadows between Arhaus and The Cheesecake Factory for some summer fun including food trucks, live music, dancing, a beer garden, barbeque, a kid’s train, lawn games, ice cream, bubble tea and more!
Taste of Arvada at the Apex Center
June 13, 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
In addition to the new date, this year’s Taste of Arvada will be bigger and better! We are expanding to an outdoor space, with additional food and drink options, live music, art vendors, and more!
The Mother of All Baby Showers at The Hangar at Stanley Marketplace
June 13, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
MOABS is coming to Denver’s Hangar at Stanley Marketplace for an amazing night out for new parents AND expectant parents! Join on Thursday, June 13 from 6-9pm for the best food and drinks, education, celebration, giveaways and more!
Colorado Rockies vs. San Diego Padres at Coors Field – Home of the Colorado Rockies
June 13 – 16
Enjoy exciting major league baseball and come out to this series between the Colorado Rockies and the San Diego Padres.
Launch Party at Bigsby’s Folly Craft Winery
June 13, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Denver Date Nite is seeing spectacular growth and in preparation for our upcoming expansion, we have built a national brand that we hope you will love.
2nd Annual Denver Barbecue (BBQ) Festival at Broncos Stadium at Mile High
June 14 – 16
The Denver BBQ Festival will be back again and bigger than ever to bring together legendary pitmasters from Denver and around the nation to serve award-winning BBQ, with live music from bands like The Rick Lewis Project, Hazel Miller Band and My Blue Sky – a tribute to the music of The Allman Brothers to name a few. In addition, attendees can enjoy cold beer and drinks, BBQ tutorials and demonstrations as well as games and activities for the whole family.
Coop and Hive Tour at Golden History Museum & Park
June 14, 10:00 am – 11:00 am
We invite you to a special behind-the-scenes tour of our chickens’ historic home on Friday, June 14, 2019 at 10 am. You’ll also take a close look at the bee yard to see what’s happening at the hives. Meet at Golden History Park’s chicken coop.
Free day at Four Mile Historic Park
June 14, 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Colorado Renaissance Festival at Colorado Renaissance Festival
June 15 – 16
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.
Highlands Street Fair at Highlands Square
June 15, 10:00 am – 7:00 pm
You’re invited to the 37th annual Highlands Street Fair! On Saturday, June 15 from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m., the Highlands Square neighborhood — all along 32nd Avenue between Perry and Irving — will be covered in tents and entertainment for you, family and friends to enjoy all day!
Kids Father’s Day DIY Gift Making @ MoonDance Botanicals
June 15, 10:00 am – 11:30 am
This event is intended to give kids a space to create gifts for Father’s day! Each child will make three wrapped gifts to take home. Parents are welcome to stay if they would like or feel free to drop off your child. Snacks will be available. Ages 5 and up.
Denver Pridefest 2019 at Civic Center Park
June 15 – 16
Recognized as one of the top ten pride events in the country, Denver’s PrideFest is a celebration of community, heritage, family and culture. Produced by the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Community Center of Colorado (The Center), more than 250,000 people from Colorado and surrounding areas come out to enjoy the parade, rally, music, entertainment, food and much more.
Juneteenth Music Festival at Historic Five Points Neighborhood
June 15 – 16
Join us Saturday June 15 and Sunday June 16, 2019 in the Historic Five Points Neighborhood, Denver Colorado on 27th & Welton Street to celebrate Juneteenth. The annual Juneteenth Parade kicks off the fun, staging 9:00 am at Manual High School and beginning promptly at 11:00 am.
Family Fishing Event at Bass Pro Shops
June 15 – 16
Bass Pro Shops founder Johnny Morris is challenging families to put down their digital devices and get outside this summer to discover the joys of fishing. To help connect more kids to the great outdoors, Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s are donating more than 55,000 rods and reels nationwide to nonprofit organizations.
1940s Ball at the Boulder Airport @ Boulder Airport
June 15, 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm
11th Annual 1940s WWII Era Ball: A Salute to the USO Stars and Allies of D-Day on the 75th Anniversary. Featuring 5 Nation Promenade Showcasing: THE WORLD FAMOUS GLENN MILLER ORCHESTRA, Pete Jacob’s Wartime Radio Revue, Frank Sinatra, Bob Hope and Hollywood’s singing and tap dancing sweethearts the Satin Dollz.
True Colors Safari at Denver Zoo
June 15, 6:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Celebrate Your YOUness with an adventure-packed evening at Denver Zoo! Whether it’s in the animal kingdom or your own community, we all thrive when our unique selves come together in beautiful harmony. After all, we’re each perfect exactly the way we are. So come join this celebration where birds of every feather can flock together and show off their true colors in wild and amazing ways.
Brave Space at Moth Contemporary Circus Center
June 15, 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Brave Space is the building of a blanket fort, sneaking under a hoopskirt, an impulsive congregation in the tiniest of tents. Starting as a puddle of fabric on the floor, it grows to encompass a world of wondrous circus.
Foam Wonderland at National Western Complex
June 15, 7:00 – 10:00 pm
Foam Wonderland produces the biggest foam party production across the country, touring from city to city and bringing the world’s hottest DJ’s to take over the stage. Brace yourselves a wild deep sea adventure with this year’s theme on the Sunken & Savage Tour 2019!
Father’s Day Downtown Brunch with the Adam Bodine Trio at Dazzle at Baur’s
June 16, 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
Come celebrate Dad by treating her to Westword Reader’s Choice Best Brunch in Denver! The freshest ingredients are featured each week in a buffet of home-style comfort food. Sip on a Mimosa or Bloody Mary and enjoy the eats while chilling to the sound of the Adam Bodine Trio.
Father’s Day Special at WOW! Children’s Museum
June 16, 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Dads and grandpas play for free! In celebration of Father’s Day, we are offering all dads and grandpas free admission on June 16.
Father’s Day Family Show at Comedy Works South at the Landmark
June 16, 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Celebrate Father’s Day with Kevin Fitzgerald performing an ALL AGES family show. Kevin Fitzgerald has a background that ranges from touring as a bouncer with The Rolling Stones and The Who to a 25-year career in veterinary medicine along with performing stand-up on almost a nightly basis. Known for his 10 seasons on Animal Planet’s Emergency Vets, Kevin’s passion for making people laugh is surpassed only by his unwavering dedication to all creatures. Kevin hosts the weekly segment Animal House on CW2’s morning news. Looking to dine before the show? Visit LucyRestaurant.com
Big Bounce America 2019 at Meridian Park
June 14 – June 23
Welcome to the biggest, craziest and most awesome inflatable theme park ever to exist! We’re inviting YOU to join us and spend some quality time with family and friends in our magical, candy-colored wonderland of inflatable adventure.
Ongoing General Events
May 24-Sept. 2
Denver International Airport is brimming with free family-friendly activities all summer. DEN Park on the Plaza will include gardens featuring native Colorado trees and plants, live music, lunchtime fitness classes and family activities. Each Wednesday, join a free, weekly lunchtime workout. Fitness classes include yoga, Pilates, Krav Maga, Zumba and more! Each Friday, enjoy a variety of free, fun, cultural and family-friendly activities and performance and from June 14-July 14 you’ll find free 18-hole mini golf course! Test your putting skills while you wait for your flight or simply as a fun outing. www.flydenver.com/events
Colorado Shakespeare Festival: Twelfth Night at Mary Rippon Outdoor Theatre
June 7 – August 11, 2019
Ring in the summer season with an uproarious comedy about thorny love triangles, mistaken identities … and a pair of twins lost at sea. When Viola finds herself shipwrecked and her brother drowned (or so she thinks!), she begins to dress as a man named Cesario. Since 1958, the Colorado Shakespeare Festival has delighted audiences with professional theatre on the CU Boulder campus. Complete your Colorado summer with Shakespeare under the stars in the historic Mary Rippon Outdoor Theatre—complimentary seatbacks included. cupresents.org
Butterflies at Chatfield Farms
May 25 – September 2
$4, $2 Gardens or Butterfly Pavilion member, free for children 2 and under
This seasonal habitat is home to hundreds of native butterflies such as swallowtails, monarchs, mourning cloaks and painted ladies. The plants in this house are used as a nectar source for butterfly food and designed to create a whimsical atmosphere for visitors of all ages to enjoy. Learn what types of plants you can add to your garden to attract butterflies and other pollinators. Presented with Butterfly Pavilion.
Serious Play: Design in Midcentury America at the Denver Art Museum
May 5 –August 25
Serious Play: Design in Midcentury America presents the concept of playfulness in postwar American design as a catalyst for creativity and innovation. This exhibition explores how employing playfulness allowed designers to bring fresh ideas to the American home, children’s toys and play spaces, and corporate identities. The cost is included in general admission which is free for kids 18 and under every day.
Our Senses: Creating Your Reality at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science
April 12 – August 4
When it comes to our senses, hasn’t the number five had enough time in the spotlight? Now other sensory heroes get some overdue attention in Our Senses: Creating Your Reality, a new exhibition at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science for the whole family where you play with color, patterns, sounds, scents, and textures to discover there’s so much more to human senses than just the famous five. www.dmns.org
Denver Art Museum
Visit the Denver Art Museum this summer where kids receive FREE general admission every day! There is plenty to do during #SummerofPlay2019 at the DAM including family-friendly artmaking in the galleries and in the Paint Studio (opening June 1). Step into the shining world of the new First Light Family Space (opening June 1) and try hands-on activities inspired by the exhibition The Light Show. Don’t miss this summer’s main exhibition, Serious Play: Design in Midcentury America, opening May 5, where children are invited to play in the Free Play Zone at the end of the exhibition where they can try on bold masks and bring them to life in a colorful theater, climb on a wavy playscape by sculptor Isamu Noguchi and creatively combine the pieces of the Tyng Toy.
Images from the Tracks at the Colorado Railroad Museum
January 28, 2019 – January 5, 2020
One of the foremost photographers to photograph the great American West, William Henry Jackson’s images had an immense influence on the public’s perception of the American West. A portion of those images were captured here in Colorado as Jackson traveled throughout the west by rail. This exhibit not only showcases the Museum’s collection of Jackson photographs but provides visitors with the opportunity to visit the rail car he traveled and lived in – the Denver & Rio Grande Western business car – the Rico.
Marine Biologist for a Day at the Downtown Aquarium
Jan 1- Dec 31, 2019
See if you have what it takes to become a Marine Biologist! Spend a day behind the scenes where all the scientific action happens. Experience close encounters with exotic species from the deep sea to shallow reef and everywhere in between. You’ll even get to dissect a squid! Program includes guided tour, biologist dive show, squid dissection, animal feedings and much more! T-shirts & lunch included.
Friday Night Bazaar
June 7- September 27
Celebrate the return of Friday Night Bazaar as they open on June 7th and pop-up weekly in RiNo, River North Art District all summer long from 5-10 p.m. for your shopping & sipping needs! Weekly features include 25+ Local Makers, Food & Fashion Trucks, live DJ and more. denverbazaar/fridaynightbazaar