29 fun events in Denver this week
posted by: Amber Johnson
Fun events this week include the Boulder County Fair, The [Smash] Summer Fine-Arts Festival, free days and more. See our event calendar for full listings and don’t miss our Denver summer activity guide with 150+ ideas.
Packz 4 Kidz at FOX31 and Channel 2 phone bank benefiting Packz 4 Kidz
Aug 1, 6:00 am – 12:00 pm
FOX31 and Colorado’s Own Channel 2 are proud to again support this year’s Packz 4 Kidz campaign as part of the Kenzi’s Causes program. Tune in Thursday, August 1st for the FOX31 and Channel 2 hosted phonebank all to benefit Packz 4 Kidz.
Buskerfest at Denver Union Station
Aug 1-Aug 4
Wynkoop Plaza at Denver Union Station will be home to a Colorado Day celebration kicking off the fourth annual Buskerfest. Colorado will be turning 143 years young – and to wish the great state happy birthday – local artists and members of the international busking community will present their fun, zany acts to crowds.
Denver Burger Battle at Stanley Marketplace
Aug 1, 5:30 – 7:00 pm
Denver Burger Battle has one simple goal: to determine the Best Burger in Denver. Dozens of restaurants from across the Denver-metro area compete for burger dominance in a bloody, beefy brawl.The smackdown began in 2010 and the revelry has continued ever since. Hello year #9! We invite chefs to settle their beef and throwdown the burger sure to beat them all.
Free Movie at the Park: Avengers at Fairfax Park
Aug 1, 7:00 – 9:00 pm
Come and watch a FREE movie with the family. There will be prizes and lots of fun. Party starts at 7pm, movie starts at dusk.
Boulder County Fair at Boulder County Fairgrounds
Aug 2 – 11
The Boulder County Fair is the oldest fair in Colorado celebrating its 150th year. The Fair is a non-profit that rents the grounds and facilities from Boulder County who in turn is our main sponsor supporting the 4-H and open events during Fair.
Free Day at Museo de las Americas
Aug 2, 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
Located in the heart of the Art District on Santa Fe, Museo de las Americas is the premier Latin American art museum in the Rocky Mountain region. Museo de las Americas is dedicated to educate our community through collecting, preserving, interpreting and exhibiting the diverse arts and cultures of the Americas from ancient to contemporary, through innovative exhibitions and programs.
Colorado Rockies vs. San Francisco Giants at Coors Field
Aug 2 – 4
Enjoy exciting major league baseball and come out to this series between the Colorado Rockies and the San Francisco Giants.
Dive-In Movie: Incredibles 2 at Elitch Gardens Theme & Water Park
Aug 2, 7:30 – 9:00 pm
Dive-In Movies are shown in Island Kingdom Water Park every Friday night June 28 – August 2. The Water Park closes at 6 pm with the exception of the Wave Pool, movies beginning around 7:30 pm. Movies are free with any park admission or Season Pass.
Run for the Ring at The Barbara Davis Center for Childhood Diabetes
Aug 3, 7:00 am – 12:00 pm
The 5th Annual Run for the Ring 5K Run/Walk and Fun Run will be held on August 3, 2019 at the Barbara Davis Center for Diabetes. This event brings patients, loyal supporters, and running enthusiasts together to run for the “brass ring” – the cure. All proceeds support the efforts and programs of The Guild of the Children’s Diabetes Foundation whose mission is to fund research, promote diabetes awareness and education, assist families in need, provide continuing education scholarships, and sponsor social activities for children and their families.
The Eating Well & Health Fit Foodie Festival & 5K at Westminster City Park
Aug 3, 8:00 am – 11:00 am
The Fit Foodie Festival & 5K celebrates the balance of a delicious, healthy and active lifestyle as you eat your way to the finish line with bites along the course, then celebrate at the post-run Food and Fitness Festival. Save 15% on your registration with code: COCAL
[Smash] Summer Fine Arts Festival at Cherry Creek
Aug 3 – 4
The [Smash] Summer Fine-Arts Festival is this August 3rd & 4th in the absolute heart of Cherry Creek (St. Paul Street between 2nd & 3rd Avenue). An exquisite upper-echelon fine-art exhibit showcasing national artists (painting, photography, mixed-media, metal, sculpture, jewelry) with event elements Live Violin/Jazz Music + Fine-catering.
Colorado Renaissance Festival at Colorado Renaissance Festival
Aug 3 – 4
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. Saturdays & Sundays only through August 4, 2019.
Free Day at Denver Art Museum
Aug 3, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
General admission to the Denver Art Museum is FREE to all youth age 18 and under every day, granting more kids access to art than ever before. General admission is free on the first Saturday of the month thanks to Your 6 Hometown Toyota Stores and the citizens who support the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD).
Free Day at Clyfford Still Museum
Aug 3, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Considered one of the most important painters of the 20th century, Clyfford Still (1904–1980) was among the first generation of Abstract Expressionist artists who developed a new and powerful approach to painting in the years immediately following World War II.
Denver International Festival at Civic Center Park
Aug 3, 11:00 am – 7:00 pm
The 3rd annual Denver International Festival is a summer celebration of the best traditional food, music, art, beer and wine from Colorado and abroad. Come eat, drink, dance and play on Saturday, August 3rd, 2019 from 11 am – 7 pm in the heart of downtown Denver at Civic Center Park.
Colorado Rapids vs. Montreal Impact at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park
Aug 3, 7:00 – 10:30 pm
Come see the Colorado Rapids as they square off against the Montreal Impact.
Denver Outlaws vs. Charlotte Hounds at Broncos Stadium at Mile High
Aug 3, 7:00 – 11:30 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 of Ethipia at Parkfield Lake Park
Aug 5, 10:00 am – 9:00 pm
Ethiopian food may still be a niche cuisine across the globe, but that is not the case for the Mile High city. With over 22 Ethiopian restaurants in the metro area, Ethiopian cuisine is no longer just a hidden gem for foodies. On Saturday August 5th the 5th annual Taste of Ethiopia Festival will be a celebration of the culture and tradition of the 2nd largest immigrant population of Colorado.
Free Day at Chatfield Farms
Aug 6 ,9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Free Days occur throughout the year, 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.
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