25 family-friendly events in Denver this week
posted by: Amber Johnson
Denver is alive with fantastic events including Cirque du Soleil’s CORTEO, the kick-off to the fall consignment sale season, the Layfayette Peach Festival & more! See our event calendar for full listings.
Just Between Friends of Aurora at the Arapahoe County Fairgrounds
Aug 15 – 18
Hours for this children’s consignment sale: Thursday 9 a.m.-7 p.m. $2 admission; Friday: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Saturday: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. (25% off sale); Sunday 9 a.m.-3 p.m. (50% off).
Free Day at Plains Conservation Center
Aug 15, 10:00 am – 4:00 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.
University of Denver Women’s Soccer vs. Colorado School of Mines at Denver Athletics and Recreation
Aug 15, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Come out and support Denver Pioneer Women’s Soccer!
Cirque du Soleil’s CORTEO at the Pepsi Center
Aug 15 – 22
Colorado –CORTEO will visit Denver at Pepsi Center from August 15 to 22, 2019. This unique production directed by Daniele Finzi Pasca, premiered in Montreal in April 2005. CORTEO, which means cortege in Italian, is a joyous procession, a festive parade imagined by a clown. The show brings together the passion of the actor with the grace and power of the acrobat to plunge the audience into a theatrical world of fun, comedy and spontaneity situated in a mysterious space between heaven and earth.
Bed Cinema at Runway 35
Aug 15 – 18
“Bed Cinema” is coming to Denver this summer! The bed cinema will involve 150+ double beds complete with pillows, blankets and LED-lit bedside tables. Each bed can accommodate 2-4 people for a night of under-the-stars movie and chills with your best friends. Guests can also bring their own picnic blankets if lying in bed isn’t their preferred movie-viewing position.
Free Day at Joy Park at the Children’s Museum
Aug 16, 4:00 – 8:00 pm
Discover canyons, rivers, sand dunes and all the surprises Colorado’s wild outdoors has in store.
Colorado Rockies vs. Florida Marlins at Coors Field – Home of the Colorado Rockies
Aug 16 – 18
Enjoy exciting major league baseball and come out to this series between the Colorado Rockies and the Florida Marlins.
Sleep Tight Colorado’s 9th Annual 5K Pajama Jog at City Park
Aug 17, 8:00 am – 11:00 am
Sleep Tight Colorado is excited to be hosting their 8th Annual 5K Pajama Jog in Denver’s City Park on Saturday, August 17th starting at 8AM. Support a great cause and appear in a costume for contest prizes! The 5K is professionally timed and participants may choose to run, jog, or walk. You can sign up as a team and get your friends and family together.
20th Annual Lafayette Peach Festival at Old Town Lafayette on Public Rd.
Aug 17, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
20th Annual Peach Festival centers around world famous all-natural Palisade, Colorado peaches. Enjoy peach pies, peach cobbler and peach smoothies. Food vendors, crafters, antique dealers along with some of the finest artists from the Front Range and Western States will be showcased. Children’s activities in two locations.
Mothers of Multiples Society Sale at Douglas County Fairgrounds
Aug 17, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Twice a year, Mile High Mamas does a round-up detailing Colorado’s popular children’s consignment sales. Thousands of shoppers find bargains on kids’ clothing for newborn-preteen, toys, strollers, furniture, baby equipment, books, shoes, maternity items and more…all at 50-90% below retail.
South by Southeast Festival at Bible Park
Aug 17, 11:00 am – 7:00 pm
City Council District 4 invites you to SxSE: A celebration of local food, music and community for the southeast residents. Bring the family to this one-day celebration featuring live music from local bands, a selection of local brews and food for purchase, fun games and activities, a community art project, pop-up dog park and much more!
University of Denver Men’s Soccer vs. Air Force at Denver Athletics and Recreation
Aug 17, 12:00– 3:00 pm
Come out and support Denver Pioneer Men’s Soccer!
Westword Tacolandia 2019 at Civic Center Park
Aug 17, 4:00 – 7:00 pm
Tacolandia, Westword’s annual celebration of street tacos, returns to Civic Center Park from 4 to 7 p.m. on Saturday, August 17. Enjoy unlimited taco samples from forty-plus taquerias and restaurants.
University of Denver Women’s Soccer vs. Texas Tech at Denver Athletics and Recreation
Aug 17, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Come out and support Denver Pioneer Women’s Soccer!
Dog Days of Summer Half Marathon 1M/5K/10K/10M at Central Park
Aug 18 @ 7:00 am – 11:30 am
Come on out and join the fun for the Dog Days of Summer 1 Mile, 5K, 10K, 10 Mile, Half Marathon & Doubles!! The heat is on, but with autumn right around the corner, what better way to keep yourself and the pooch in shape and get ready for the fall marathon season in Colorado?! This is far more than an event just for dogs! Get your tech t-shirt, goody bag, professional timing, free photos and much, much more at this event as you wrap up the summer with a phenomenal, fun event!
A Mile in My Shoes
August 9 – September 27, 2019
The 2019 Biennial of the Americas Festival, in partnership with Riverfront Park Community Foundation, Random Acts of Kindness Foundation, and I Am Denver, will launch Empathy Museum’s “A Mile in My Shoes” exhibition on August 9 in Tail Tracks Plaza (on 16th Street between Wewatta Street and Wynkoop Street). This traveling, one-of-a-kind, participatory exhibition, conceived by British artist Clare Patey in collaboration with philosopher and author Roman Krznaric and produced by Artsadmin, allows participants to literally walk in someone else’s shoes while listening to a story about that person’s life. The exhibition will be open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. On Sept. 28, a visual representation of the project will move to Civic Center Park where the Biennial of the Americas Festival culminates with a free family-friendly event, “Cosmico Americas,” from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.
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.
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