32 family events in Denver this week
posted by: Amber Johnson
Awesome events include Sesame Street Family Festival and Taping, Cheyenne Frontier Days, the Denver County Fair and more. See our event calendar for full listings and don’t miss our Denver summer activity guide with 150+ ideas.
Free Day at Plains Conservation Center
July 18, 10:00 am – 4:30 pm
This Aurora-based center helps students and adults grow their knowledge and appreciation of the prairie ecosystem and the cultural history of Colorado through a variety of educational programs managed by Denver Botanic Gardens. In cooperation with the City of Aurora.
Cheyenne Frontier Days
July 19 – 28
This year, the 123rd edition of the “Daddy of ‘em All®” returns on Friday, July 19. Nine days of rodeos sanctioned by the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) will run from Saturday, July 20, through CFD’s conclusion on Sunday, July 28. Rodeo events begin at 12:45 p.m. Nearly 1,500 contestants will be vying for a share of the more than $1 million in money and prizes, plus the prestige that comes from winning America’s best known rodeo. In the evenings, “Frontier Nights” will feature premier country and rock musical performers on the arena stage.
The Wienermobile at Denver County Fair
July 19 – 20
The iconic Oscar Mayer Wienermobile will make a stop at the Denver County Fair on Friday, July 19 and Saturday, July 20. Fans of vehicles and hot dogs can take a photo with the Wienermobile and grab a Wiener Whistle.
Mile High Global Bazaar at Skyline Park
July 19 – 21
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. This popular event is an international celebration of global art, crafts, music, food & dance right in the center of the Rocky Mountains.
Denver County Fair at National Western Complex
July 19 – 21
Join us for the Denver County Fair held at the National Western Complex! Carnival, competitions, goat yoga and more!
Slow Food Nations at Larimer Square
July 19 – 21
Historic Larimer Square and Denver’s sunny, bluebird skies are the backdrops for the third annual Slow Food Nations. The festival launches with a Colorado-themed block party and wraps up with the Zero Waste Community Supper made with tasty, unused food ingredients from the weekend. What’s in between is just as impressive, with more than 100 cooking demonstrations, food tastings, family activities, block parties and talks centered around food that is clean, fair and good for all.
Free Day at Joy Park at the Children’s Museum
July 19, 4:00 – 8:00 pm
Discover canyons, rivers, sand dunes and all the surprises Colorado’s wild outdoors has in store.
Dive-in Movie: The Little Mermaid at Elitch Gardens Theme & Water Park
July 19, 7:30 – 9:30 pm
Dive-In Movies are shown in Island Kingdom Water Park every Friday night June 28 – August 2. The Water Park closes at 6pm with the exception of the Wave Pool, movies beginning around 7:30 pm. Movies are free with any park admission or Season Pass.
Lavendar Festival at Denver Botanic Gardens Chatfield Farms
July 20, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
More than 2,000 lavender plants set the scene for this family-friendly celebration of Chatfield Farms’ Lavender Garden. Enjoy free demonstrations and live music. Enjoy a variety of food, dessert and drink vendors, including lavender beer.
Colorado Renaissance Festival
July 20 – 21
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.
First Steps Celebration at Denver Museum of Nature & Science (DMNS)
July 20, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Commemorate one giant leap in human spaceflight with special activities and presentations in the Museum’s “Space Odyssey” exhibition. Event included with Museum admission.
Sesame Street Family Festival and Taping at Arapahoe Community College
July 20, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
To mark five decades since the premiere of the children’s-educational staple that got its start in public television (and now for HBO), “Sesame Street” will hold a free festival on July 20 at Arapahoe Community College in Littleton. Producers will also record a new segment in Denver for the upcoming season, according to a press statement from Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit organization that produces the show.
2019 Latino Festival at Westminster Station
July 20, 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
This year the festival will be at the Westminster train Station. will be featuring special attractions, Latin live music bands, from reggae, to Cuban Fusion, R&B Soul, and Regional Mexican, and some of the most delicious Latino and American food in town. Food booths and trucks representing most Latin American countries, as well as traditional American food staples, will be offering their specialties.
Blues & BBQ Festival at Citizens Park
July 20, 11:00 am – 8:00 pm
Join us for another great year of Blues N BBQ to help the metro area housing situation.
Orthodox Food Festival at Holy Transfiguration of Christ Orthodox Cathedral
July 20, 11:00 am – 7:30 pm
Tamales, latkes, and gyros, oh my! Stop by the 16th annual Globeville Orthodox Food Festival to sample food from Russia, Eritrea, Mexico, and more. Alcoholic beverages available as well. Cheers!
Water Lantern Festival at Carpenter Park
July 20, 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Water Lantern Festival is filled with fun, happiness, hope, and great memories that you’ll cherish for a lifetime. This is a family friendly event that can be shared by everyone as people come together to create a beautiful and memorable experience.
Colorado Rapids vs. New York City FC at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park
July 20, 7:00 pm – 10:15 pm
Come see the Colorado Rapids as they square off against New York City FC
5th Colombian Independence Cultural Festival at Parkfield Lake Park
July 21 – 22
Come and celebrate Colombian Independence Day this July 21st. Please feel free to share this with your friends and family. This celebration event will include great Latin music, delicious food, excellent entertainment, and prizes.
Denver Outlaws vs. Florida Launch at Broncos Stadium at Mile High
July 21, 2:00 pm – 4:00 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!
Kids Film Series: Robin Hood at Longmont Museum
July 23, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
This summer, cool off in the Stewart Auditorium with a bag of popcorn in a place where your don’t have to worry if your kiddo cries in the middle of the movie. Your ticket gets you $1 off the hands-on rodeo exhibit too! Buy tickets ahead; these movies sell out!
Evergreen Jazz Festival at Evergreen Lake House
July 23 – 26
Welcome to the home of the Evergreen Jazz Festival, ‘the best jazz festival anywhere,’ according to national columnist Bob Lynn. Once you’ve experienced the Festival’s world-class talent, intimate venues and Rocky Mountain setting, we’re sure you’ll agree. So if you’re a fan of traditional jazz, check out Colorado’s jazz world gem, the Evergreen Jazz Festival.
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
Summer of Play
June 21 – August 2
On Friday, June 21, the Art Students League of Denver will launch “Summer of Play,” an invitational exhibition featuring a commissioned piece by the Ladies Fancywork Society, displayed alongside artworks by ASLD’s KidART Camp and Teen Studio instructors. The exhibition, which will r27un through August 2, is focused on playfulness and interactivity.
Neil Armstrong said the famous words, “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind” on July 20, 1969. In honor of this achievement, get your space suits on and come celebrate the 50th anniversary of the lunar landing at Fort Collins Museum of Discovery this July. The #MoonMonth at FCMoD celebrations continue with programs and events all month long! fcmod.org/
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