Father’s Day Deals, Denver Broncos, Free Concerts & More
19 things to do in Denver this week
There are plenty of events in the Denver area that include the Colorado Renaissance Festival, Denver Berkeley Art and Music Festival, free days, Rockin’ Block Party and more. See our event calendar for the full listings.
Parker Days Festival
June 8 – Jun 11
Parker Days Festival offers visitors 3 1/2 days of fun with carnival rides, 3 stages of entertainment, a food truck alley, family-friendly parade and a car show.
GoPro Mountain Games
The GoPro Mountain Games are the largest celebration of adventure sports, music, and the mountain lifestyle returning to Vail, CO. Professional and amateur outdoor adventure athletes from the Vail Valley and around the world will converge upon the mountains and rivers of Vail to compete in nine sports and 25 disciplines including: biking, running, kayaking, stand up paddle boarding, slackline, dockdogs, climbing, rafting, and yoga.
The Firebird and Petrushka at the Dairy Center for the Arts
June 9 – 10
Danse Etoile Ballet presents two Stravinsky classic ballets, The Firebird and Petrushka. Experience these enchanting Russian fairytales and the captivating characters of their whimsical world in a way you’ve never seen before. Families and ballet aficionados alike won’t want to miss these artistic interpretations where Russia’s lore comes to life.
Free Day at Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum
June 9, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
The mission of the Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum is to collect, preserve, exhibit, and educate the public about quilts; honor quiltmaking traditions; and embrace the evolution of the art and craft of quilting.
Four Mile Free Day at Four Mile Historic Park
June 9, 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Take a tour of the Four Mile House Museum, check out historic demonstrations, explore our 12-acre grounds, sample a treat from our summer kitchen, and greet our farm animals. We’ll also be offering our Hay Bales & Tall Tales story and activity time from 12:00-1:00 pm. Admission is free thanks to the support provided by your Scientific & Cultural Facilities District.
Family Fun at Jodi’s Race for Awareness at Denver City Park (Pavilions area)
Now in its 8th year, Jodi’s Race is the country’s largest run/walk for ovarian cancer. Kids love this family-friendly event featuring a 5K and 1-mile run/walk; a Kids Fun Zone with face painting, bubbles and games; a Furry Friends Zone; an interactive Expo and music. Proceeds benefit the Colorado Ovarian Cancer Alliance.
Father’s Day Limited Edition Event at Bloom Portraits
Join Bloom Portraits for their Father’s Day Limited Edition Event. Come in for only $25.00 and get a Father’s Day themed photoshoot, goodie bag and discounted art products.
Be My Neighbor Day at Children’s Museum of Denver at Marsico Campus
June 10, 8:00 am – 9:00 pm
Every day is a beautiful day when we help neighbors and others in our community! Join Daniel Tiger for a morning of family-friendly community service, trolley rides and Vroom activities in Joy Park. This event is free, but space is limited and reservations are required.
Colorado Renaissance Festival
June 10-11, 10:00 am – 6:30 pm
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, open Rain or Shine.
Denver Berkeley Park Art and Music Festival
June 10 – 11
The 2nd Annual Denver Berkeley Park Art & Music Festival is back with another great collection of juried national and local fine artists. Art booths feature eclectic and diverse art including jewelry, ceramics, photography, painting, mixed media and more.
Fun Summer Safe Summer
June 10, 1:30 pm – 4:00 pm
For more outdoor family fun, please be sure to visit National Get Outdoors Day from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., June 10, at Sloan’s Lake Park in Denver! We’ll be hosting fishing classes, paddling activities, live music, rock climbing, bike riding, and much more. Rocky Mountain PBS’ Nature Cat will be there to help us celebrate as well.
Rockin’ Block Party
June 10, 5:00 – 11:00 pm
This Rockin’ Block Party is a fun evening of 1980s music and dancing. Live music will be by HEY LADY at 7:00 pm with an outdoor showing of the movie LABYRINTH starring David Bowie at dusk.
Creatura Psychedelica at the Museum of Outdoor Arts
June 10, 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
MOA presents “Creatura Psychedelica,” a monumental pneumatic sculpture installation by Bill Kennedy, aka “Inflatabill” from San Francisco. Bill is best known for the inflatable light sculptures and illuminated décor he exhibits at music and art festivals around the nation.
The Colorado Parent Everything Baby Expo
June 11, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
The Colorado Parent Everything Baby Expo will offer a fun-filled exploration of the world of baby and family-oriented goods and services catering to the baby community. The Colorado Parent Everything Baby Expo caters to a wonderful combination of expecting parents and parents of newborns, infants, and toddlers. We anticipate 500+ attendees with up to 40 vendors and day-long education opportunities representing the baby community.
Kids Film Series: Good Dinosaur
June 13, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Cool off this summer in the air-conditioned 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 dinosaur exhibition too.
Women’s beginner trail running course
June 13 , 6 p.m
Check out the women’s beginner trail running course starting soon with Life’s 2 Short Fitness. This 6-week course entails sessions that meet at different trails across the front range to work on skills and fitness (like how to conquer technical terrain and steep hills) and clinics with expert guest speakers like park rangers to talk about what to do if you see a rattlesnake or mountain lion (gulp) on the trail.
Cirque du Soleil’s LUZIA at the Pepsi Center
June 1 – Jul 9
Delightfully-imaginative and visually-stunning, Cirque du Soleil’s production LUZIA is a waking dream of Mexico. Families are invited to a redesigned white-and-gold Big Top in Pepsi Center’s Parking Lot (Prius West Lot) to escape to an imaginary Mexico – a sumptuous world suspended somewhere between dreams and reality.
Inspire Arts Week in Lakewood in Lakewood, CO
June 1 – 11
The 11-day event offers a broad array of free and discounted events with twenty-plus local organizations producing more than 30 events.
City Summer Fest in Colorado Springs
June 2 – 18
City Summer Fest is 17 days of family fun celebrating the beginning of summer and the southern Colorado community at the Colorado Springs Event Center. June 2nd through June 18th will be filled with music, food and fun with one of the best carnivals in the United States. Crabtree amusements will fill the parking lot in front of Colorado Springs Event Center with everything from kiddie rides to the newest extreme thrill rides. During the 17 days, City Summer Fest will feature multiple free live concerts with national recording artists and local bands.
Denver Guide to Outdoor Summer Concerts 2017
Nothing says summer in Colorado more than a cool night sitting on the grass listening to one of our amazing local bands rock the night away under the stars. Bring the family, bring the neighbors, bring the cooler and the picnic basket. They are almost every day of the week and they are FREE!
Denver City Park Jazz – June 5 to August 7 at 6 p.m.
On Havana Street Rose Garden Summer Concert Series – May 30 to August 22 at 6 p.m.
Greenwood Village Concerts at the Crescent – June 6 to August 1 at 7 p.m.
Coohills’ Beats on the Creek Summer Concert Series – June 20 to August 8 at 6:30 p.m.
Evergreen Lake Summer Concert Series – June 7 to August 30 at 5 p.m.
Bands on the Bricks in Boulder – June 7 to August 9 at 7 p.m.
Streets of Southglenn Dancing in the Streets – June 14 to August 23 at 6:30 p.m.
Littleton Concert Series – June 17 to July 26 at 7 p.m.
Northglenn Summer Concert Series – July 19 to August 23 at 6:30 p.m.
Parker Concert Series – June 1 to July 27 at 6 p.m.
Littleton Foothills Entertainment Series – June 1 to July 27 at 7 p.m.
FlatIron Crossing – June 1 to August 10 at 6:30 p.m.
Highlands Ranch Summer Concert Series – June 8 to July 27 at 6:30 p.m.
Stapleton Concert Series – June 15 to August 3 at 6:30 p.m.
Englewood Sounds of Summer Concerts – June 15 to August 3 at 6:30 p.m.
Thornton’s Twist and Shout Summer Concerts – June 15 to August 10 at 7 p.m.
Arvada APEX Summer Concert Series – June 22 to July 20 at 7 p.m.
Sounds of Southlands – June 22 to August 17 at 6 p.m.
Longmont Museum Concert Series – June 22 to July 20 at 6:30 p.m.
Music on the Plaza at Belmar – June 2 to August 25 at 6 p.m.
Louisville Downtown Street Faire – June 9 to August 11 at 5 p.m.
Boulder Twenty Ninth Street Live! – June 3 to August 26 at 6:30 p.m.
The Orchard Town Center Concerts – June 3 to August 26 at 6:30 p.m.
Stapleton Concerts on the Green – June 10 to August 12 at 7 p.m.
Of course, not all things in life are free but they’re still worth checking out! Denver.org rounded up an impressive list of concerts this summer.
RED ROCKS SUMMER CONCERT SERIES
No summer in Denver is complete without at least one — or two, or five — trips to the awe-inspiring Red Rocks Amphitheatre, just 15 miles from downtown Denver. More than 70 million years in the making, the 9,450-seat venue is flanked by enormous 300-foot red sandstone rock formations and always boasts a star-studded musical schedule. Also, don’t miss Film on the Rocks, a collaborative production of the Denver Film Society and Denver Arts & Venues that was created to provide an affordable opportunity for the community to enjoy films and live entertainment. A few family-friendly choices include Rogue One, The LEGO Movie and Twister.
A few highlights of the 2017 lineup:
- Sat., June 10: Big Head Todd and The Monsters with Collective Soul
- Tues., June 13: Chicago & The Dobbie Brothers
- Wed., June 14: Norah Jones
- Fri.–Sun., June 23–25: Widespread Panic
- Wed., June 28, 2017: Paul Simon
- Mon., July 24: Lyle Lovett and His Large Band
- Mon., Aug. 28: Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats
- Mon., Sept. 4: Foreigner with Cheap Trick
- Mon., Sept. 18: Muse with Thirty Seconds to Mars and PVRIS
PEPSI CENTER CONCERTS
Rock, pop and country’s biggest stars often make a stop at Pepsi Center — a major sports arena that’s right in the heart of the city. When the center isn’t hosting basketball’s Denver Nuggets, hockey’s Colorado Avalanche or lacrosse’s Colorado Mammoth, you can catch killer music acts here year round.
A few highlights of the summer 2017 lineup:
- Sat., June 10: New Kids on the Block
- Thurs., June 29: Styx and REO Speedwagon
- Sat., July 15: Brad Paisley
- Wed., July 19: John Mayer
- Fri., July 21: Neil Diamond
- Tues., Aug. 15: Ed Sheeran
- Fri., Aug. 25: Depeche Mode
SPORTS AUTHORITY FIELD AT MILE HIGH CONCERTS
WHEN: June–August, select dates
In town during summer but still want to get a peek at the Denver Broncos’ famed home stadium? A summer concert at Sports Authority Field at Mile High might be just the ticket. Big-name acts take to the open-air stage as music carries on the Colorado breeze above the storied gridiron for a concert experience you won’t forget.
Summer 2017 concert lineup:
- Wed., June 7: Metallica
- Wed., Aug. 2: Guns N’ Roses
- Sat., Aug. 12: Justin Bieber
ELWAY’S TASTE & TUNES SUMMER MUSIC SERIES
WHEN: Wednesdays, mid June–mid August (Backyard opens at 5 p.m., music runs from 5:30–9:30 p.m.)
Head to the Backyard at Elway’s Cherry Creek every Wednesday this summer for Elway’s Summer Music Series. Enjoy free music from some fantastic bands (including some of the area’s best tribute bands), cocktails, the restaurant’s signature menu and beautiful Colorado evenings. DJ Tanner spins from 5:30–6:30 p.m. and bands start at 7 p.m.
ELITCH GARDENS THEME & WATER PARK SUMMER CONCERTS
Elitch Gardens Theme & Water Park is not only a great, family-friendly attraction with roller coasters, water slides and more — it also offers an excellent concert series. All concerts are free with admission to the park.
Summer 2017 lineup highlights:
- Sat., June 3: Skillet
- Sun., June 18: Los Huracanes del Norte
- Sat., June 24: R5
- Sat., July 22: Jacob Sartorius
- Sat., July 29: Vince Neil
- Sun., Aug. 6: La Maquinaria Nortena
- Sat., Aug. 12: Forever In Your Mind
DENVER BOTANIC GARDENS SUMMER CONCERT SERIES
Denver Botanic Gardens is a lush oasis located in the heart of The Mile High City, with hundreds of rare and lovely species of plants populating the grounds. But it’s also home to a stellar summer concert series. The lawns surrounding the stage are general admission, so bring a blanket or lawn chair along with a bottle of wine and a picnic dinner and enjoy the great music in an unparalleled setting. Word to the wise: virtually all Botanic Gardens concerts sell out — so get your tickets early!
Here is a sampling of the 2017 lineup:
- Thurs., June 1: Taj Mo’: The Taj Mahal and Keb’ Mo’ Band
- Wed., July 12: Natalie Merchant
- Wed., July 19: Mary Chapin Carpenter and Sarah Jarosz
- Tues., Aug. 1: Stephen Stills & Judy Collins
- Thurs., Aug. 10: José González
HUDSON GARDENS SUMMER CONCERT SERIES
WHEN: Sundays, June–September
Hudson Gardens is known for presenting some of the best touring artists in the world in a picturesque natural setting, and the 2017 season is shaping up to be one of the most dynamic and exciting yet! All seating is general admission, so bring a blanket or low-back chair. You can bring your own food, or visit one of the many local food trucks that will be dishing out eats during the shows.
Summer 2017 concert lineup highlights:
- Sun., June 11: Loverboy & Survivor
- Sun., June 18: Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band
- Tues., July 4: Firefall
- Tues., July 18: Donny & Marie
- Sun., July 23: Gladys Knight
- Fri., July 28: Chris Isaak
- Sun., Aug. 6: Lynyrd Skynyrd
- Sun., Aug. 20: Kool & The Gang
- Sun., Aug. 27: The B-52s
FIDDLER’S GREEN AMPHITHEATRE SUMMER CONCERTS
Grab a blanket and take a seat on the lawn or buy a reserved seat at this beautiful venue just south of Denver in Greenwood Village. Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre has a variety of acts coming up this spring and summer.
A few highlights of the 2017 lineup:
- Mon., June 5: John Mellencamp
- Tues., July 4: Train with O.A.R. and Natasha Bedingfield
- Sun., July 16: Blondie and Garbage with John Doe and Exene Cervenka
- Wed., Aug. 9: Green Day with Catfish and The Bottlemen
- Fri., Aug. 18: An Evening with Idina Menzel
- Sat., Sept. 2: Dierks Bentley with Cole Swindell and Jon Pardi
- Sat., Sept. 9: OneRepublic with Fitz & The Tantrums and James Arthur
WHEN: July–August 2017
The Levitt Pavilion is a new, state-of-the-art amphitheater in Ruby Hill Park that was created as a gift to the community. This outdoor venue plans to host a slew of free concerts every summer, and a few ticketed events, too. Bring a blanket and a picnic, kick back on the lawn and enjoy artists from a wide range of genres.
Summer 2017 lineup highlights:
- Thurs., July 20: Slim Cessna’s Auto Club with Halden Wofford & the Hi Beams and Andy Thomas’ Dust Heart
- Fri., July 21: UB40 Legends Ali, Astro & Mickey with Matisyahu and Raging Fyah (ticketed event)
- Sun., July 30: Making Movies
- Thurs., Aug. 3: The Suffers with The Other Black
- Fri., Aug. 4: John Fullbright with The Drunken Hearts
- Wed., Aug. 9: Hippo Campus
- Thurs., Aug. 24: Gaby Moreno
DICK’S SPORTING GOODS PARK
WHEN: September 1–3, 2017
This Labor Day weekend concert series has been an annual tradition since 2011. Join Phish and fans at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park for three nights of outdoor jams, dancing and an end-of-summer celebration.
Denver’s Top Summer Festivals, Exhibits & Events
Denver is known for its 300 days of sunshine and the abundance of urban adventure that comes along with its Rocky Mountain backdrop. This summer, The Mile High City will be home to new international events, blockbuster exhibitions, family-friendly festivals and plenty of hotel deals for an ideal summer.
There is an abundance of activity in Denver this season – from romantic date nights and girlfriend getaway ideas to family events; sports and recreation options to music festivals and unique museum exhibits, and a bit of everything in between. There are also dozens of discounted hotel rates to encourage visitors to make a weekend of it.
Below are just a few of the exciting things happening in Denver in the coming months; for a full list of events, go to VisitDenver.org.
DINOS! Live, July 1 – October 31
Denver Zoo will take visitors back in time with DINOS! Live, an exhibit through which 20 animatronic dinosaurs will come to life around the park. Guests will see Mesozoic marvels, from a tyrannosaurus rex to a stegosaurus, and be able to compare them to animals that live at the Zoo and in the wild today.
Denver Chalk Art Festival, June 3-4
More than 200 professional, amateur and student artists will show off their incredible talents in what has become one of Denver’s most treasured events. Over the course of two days, the artists will take to the streets armed with vivid pastel chalks and spend hours recreating major masterpieces or sharing original works of art. Spectators will watch as the intricate chalk paintings come to life and spread out to adorn four downtown blocks in and around Larimer Square. Visitors will enjoy live music, food and beverages while also having the rare opportunity to interact with the artists as they work.
Denver Comic Con, June 30 – July 2
This three-day fan convention at the Colorado Convention Center features the best in comics, sci-fi and fantasy television shows, movies, Japanese animation, cosplay, toys, gaming and celebrities. Announced guest speakers include: Nathan Fillion, best known for his roles on “Castle” and “Firefly”; Wallace Shawn from “The Princess Bride” and “Toy Story”; Lou Ferrigno from “The Incredible Hulk”; Garret Wang, who played Harry Kim on “Star Trek: Voyager”; and Bonnie Bright, who played Ginny Weasley in all eight “Harry Potter” series films.
Cherry Creek Arts Festival, July 1-3
Cherry Creek Arts Festival is a world-class and award-winning celebration of the visual, culinary and performing arts, and enjoys an attendance of more than 350,000 visitors over three days. The Cherry Creek North event gives patrons the rare and special opportunity to meet and talk with international visual artists, sample fine cuisine, visit special exhibits and artist demonstrations and entertain their families with interactive art activities and exciting performing arts.
NEW: Slow Food Nations, July 14-16
For the first time ever in the United States, Slow Food Nations will gather leaders, farmers, chefs, educators and foodies for a weekend of tastings, tours and talks. For three days, downtown Denver will become the center of the North American food universe. Innovation meets tradition during exciting culinary workshops, seminars, dine-around dinners, tours, informal eating and drinking and a grand tasting hall. Under the banner of Slow Food Nations, Slow Beer, Slow Fish, Slow Meat, Slow Grain, Slow Wine, Slow Gardens, Slow Money and other Slow Nations will organize product-specific seminars, tastings, and culinary workshops for both experts and novices. Denver’s cellars, warehouses, and restaurants will become spaces for food enthusiasts, chefs and industry experts to interact with each other and taste new flavors.
Colorado Dragon Boat Festival, July 29-30
The Colorado Dragon Boat Festival in Sloan’s Lake Park is a free family-friendly festival highlighting Colorado’s rich Asian Pacific American heritage. A window to the Pan Asian world, this diverse festival is the only one of its kind in the United States. It showcases an array of traditional and contemporary performing arts, cultural customs, cuisine and a marketplace of unique and hard-to-find arts, crafts and vendors, in addition to two days of action-packed dragon boat racing.
Frozen Premiere, August 17 – October 1
The beloved Disney tale of two sisters torn apart and their journey to find themselves comes to life on the stage in August. Premiering at the Buell Theatre in Denver first – before it reaches Broadway in New York – the highly anticipated new musical will run through October 1, 2017.
Rocky Mountain Showdown, September 1
The Rocky Mountain Showdown celebrates a 120 year-old football rivalry between the University of Colorado Buffaloes and the Colorado State University Rams. Played at Sports Authority Field at Mile High, home of the Denver Broncos, the game features pregame events, music, entertainment, marching bands, cheerleaders and giveaways.
A Taste of Colorado, September 1-4
This festival, held in Denver’s Civic Center Park and on the surrounding streets, highlights some of Colorado’s favorite food establishments – from ethnic specialties to traditional favorites, diners can enjoy full-sized or sample portions of their favorites throughout the festival.
Biennial of the Americas, September 12-16
The Biennial of the Americas festival connects the people of Denver with their community and with the Americas. Bringing together inspiring artists, innovators, leaders and experts from the Denver metro area and from North, South and Central America and the Caribbean together around the most pressing issues of our time, the festival features art exhibitions, installations and cultural programming.
First Friday Art Walks (First Friday of every month) – On the First Friday of every month galleries, studios and cultural attractions in Denver’s creative neighborhoods stay open late for a night of art, food, drink and fun. This year, RiNo (River North) Art District and the new Drink RiNo group will sponsor a free bus every First Friday from 5pm-12am (and Saturdays 2-10pm) that will have multiple stops at galleries, studios, breweries and eateries throughout RiNo. For more information, interactive maps and video tours of the arts districts and neighborhoods, check out VISIT DENVER’s Neighborhood Guides.
Vikings: Beyond the Legend, through – August 13
In what is the largest collection of Viking artifacts to visit North America, the Denver Museum of Nature & Science’sVikings: Beyond the Legend lays waste to the one-dimensional stereotype of bearded barbarians with horned helmets and showcases a culture of surprising refinement, complexity, and achievement. Fresh insights revealed through new archaeological discoveries and more than 500 treasures, many never before seen outside of Scandinavia, show why the Vikings will always capture peoples’ imaginations.
Red Rocks Park & Amphitheatre Summer Concert Series
Red Rocks Park & Amphitheatre is a world-famous outdoor concert and recreation venue located approximately 30 minutes from Denver. The only naturally-occurring, acoustically perfect amphitheater in the world, Red Rocks is recognized for its star-studded concert roster and ambience, as well as its awe-inspiring hiking and biking trails. Headliners for the 2017 Summer Concert Series include Chris Stapleton, Tom Pretty & The Heartbreakers, Dispatch, Widespread Panic, Miranda Lambert and more. In addition to concerts, the venue also hosts comedy shows, with 2017 headliners such as Dave Chapelle, and a Film on the Rocks series, featuring cult classic films.
Cirque du Soleil’s LUZIA now in Denver
Cirque du Soleil’s LUZIA has landed in Denver, bringing a dreamy surrealistic vision of Mexico’s vibrant culture and lush landscape. Acrobatics, dance, contortion, juggling, humor, music, and innovative special effects work deftly in a harmonious sensory experience. It starts from the moment you enter the beautiful new gold and white tent.
The international cast of 44 performers holds nothing back as the story unfolds. A hapless skydiver finds himself landing in a flowered field and things are not always what they seem. Water becomes his quest and with that he journeys through many storied aspects of Mexican geography and culture. Deserts and rainforests, horses and birds, modern life and heartfelt tradition — all are whirled together under that big top.
It’s important to note that many of the creators, writers, designers, and the featured singer in LUZIA have roots in Mexico. With that comes a true, intimate love of the country, its people, and its richly diverse traditions. 21-year-old singer Majo Cornejo is Mexico’s first featured voice in a Cirque du Soleil production. LUZIA wouldn’t have been the same without her beautiful, warm, soulful voice singing often-haunting songs.
LUZIA, a waking dream of Mexico, pushes the limits of performance and endurance. For example, contortionist Aleksei Goloborodko of Russia folded himself into shapes that defy common sense. It was extraordinary to witness. Benjamin Courtenay of Canada exhibited superhuman strength in his strap-based performance as a whimsical Jaguar prowled around shimmering blue water. Mexico’s national sport, football (soccer), gets the Cirque du Soleil treatment with two outstanding performances by Laura Biondo of Italy/Venezuela and Abou Traore’ of Guinea. They sling together sport and dance in a highly energetic routine. For those of us who can barely kick a ball across a lawn, this was a spectacle to remember
One of the many highlights of LUZIA, a waking dream of Mexico, is the incorporation of water on stage. It’s used to push along the story of our dear skydiver, but it is also a character in itself. Water is life, making the deserts bloom. It’s whimsy, as highlighted in high energy beach and scuba diving scenes. It provides comic relief. It becomes a stunning backdrop as iconic images are projected onto a falling wall of water. Water is WOW.
From now until July 9, 2017, you and your family can be whisked off to a dreamy vision of Mexico. The big tent is located in Denver’s Pepsi Center parking lot. You can get family packs of tickets that save 20%. Concessions are available and the show is appropriate for all ages to enjoy. Visit www.cirquedusoleil.com/luzia for more information, video highlights, and to purchase your tickets.
26 fun things to do in Denver this week
Judging by the length and quality events on our calendar, summer is officially underway. A few things to look forward to include Cirque du Soleil’s LUZIA, the Colorado Medieval Festival, free days, the People’s Fair and more. See our event calendar for the full listings.
Cirque du Soleil’s LUZIA Debuts in Denver June 1 Under the Big Top Tent! at the Pepsi Center
June 1 – July 9
Delightfully-imaginative and visually-stunning, Cirque du Soleil’s production LUZIA is a waking dream of Mexico. Families are invited to a redesigned white-and-gold Big Top in Pepsi Center’s Parking Lot to escape to an imaginary Mexico – a sumptuous world suspended somewhere between dreams and reality.
Inspire Arts Week in Lakewood at Lakewood, CO
June 1 – 11
The 11-day event offers a broad array of free and discounted events with twenty-plus local organizations producing more than 30 events. June 1 at Lakewood Cultural Center is the kickoff and opening of the 15th annual sculpture exhibit, then stay for “The Planets,” a concert with the Lakewood Symphony. Another highlight is First Friday art walks, hosted by 40 West Arts District and Belmar’s Block 7.
Tesoro Cultural Center’s Living History Experience at The Fort
June 2 – Oct 15
Tesoro’s Living History Experience will be hosted on the grounds of The Fort restaurant and will feature engaging family-friendly activities, dynamic enrichment opportunities, and immersion into the past. Highlights include: Rotating theme weekends, including American Indian, Spanish Colonial and Western, with corresponding art, music, dancing, demonstrations and workshops.
Colorado Medieval Festival
June 2 – 4
The Colorado Medieval Festival will be June 2nd, 3rd and 4th just west of Loveland in The Savage Woods with the landmark of the Devil’s Backbone as a breathtaking backdrop. For the 2nd year they are proud to host official games for the Rocky Mountain Scottish Athletes. The games will be June 3rd and 4th.
District-wide Family-friendly Art Walk at 40 West Arts
June 2, 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Join 40 West Arts for a district-wide art walk celebration. During these art walks, every location in the district opens to the public including multiple galleries, creative businesses, 40 West Studios, and more! Bring the entire family and take part in the fun. As always they’ll offer free beer & wine, light bites, and tons of artwork to enjoy and purchase.
Birthday Bash at the Children’s Museum of Denver at Marsico Campus
June 2, 6:00 pm – 10:30 pm
The Birthday Bash is the Children’s Museum’s most significant annual fundraiser. Whimsical yet elegant, this year’s theme Beyond the Wild Wood is inspired by The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame. Please note, this is an adults-only event.
Music on the Plaza at Belmar
June 2 – Aug 25 at 8:00 pm
Jam out to pop, folk, indie, jazz, swing, rock music and more this summer at Belmar’s Music on the Plaza outdoor concert series. Throughout the summer, watch 13 live performances by Jimmy Buffett cover band Mango Brothers Band; Santana tribute band Soul Sacrifice; jump, jive and swing band Bluzinators; and Colorado natives Branden Sipes, John Weeks Band, Karl Ziedins, The Constant Tourists, Tin Brother and more!
Highlands Street Fair at Highlands Square
June 3, 10 a.m.6- p.m.
This quintessential summer event is a celebration for all ages, with three stages, a bike parade, slack-line instruction, kid’s art area, local vendors, beer garden, craft cocktails and more. One of Highlands Square’s largest events of the year, the Highlands Street Fair attracts Highlands Square residents, local Denverites and visitors to enjoy Highlands Square’s laid-back, family-friendly vibe
Into the Wild Running Festival at The Wild Animal Sanctuary
June 3, 7:00 am – 12:00 pm
This is a fun 5K or 10K walk/run for individuals, families or groups of friends that want to spend a Saturday morning across the Sanctuary’s 720 acres of open grassland – as the course weaves between natural habitats filled with rescued animals.
Free Day at the Denver Art Museum
June 3, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
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).
Taste of Louisville
June 3, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
An opportunity to taste the “Quality of Life” in Louisville. Come and enjoy excellent food served by our fine restaurants, craft booths, kids entertainment and informational booths from local merchants. You won’t want to miss the Louis-Palooza which features local bands performing at the Steinbaugh Pavilion. The Louisville Farmer’s Market will be also be open during the Taste.
Free Day at Molly Brown House Museum
June 3, 9:30 am – 3:30 pm
There are loads of things you can do for free in and around Denver thanks to the funding of SCFD (Scientific Cultural and Facilities District) which is funded by your tax pennies. With this awesome funding you can take the family to see facilities for FREE.
Capitol Hill People’s Fair at Civic Center Park
June 3 – 4
The People’s Fair is one of the largest two-day festivals in the country with over 200,000 fairgoers, and is one of Colorado’s longest-running outdoor urban festivals featuring handmade arts & crafts, food from local restaurants, kids’ activities, live local entertainment, and more!
Annual Spring Yarn Knot-out and Crochet Community Event
June 3, 10:30 am – 4:30 pm
Celebrate local artisans; fibers, yarn, roving, handmade gifts of crochet, knit, felting and roving in our locally owned Yarn Shoppe in downtown Denver! Sit and Knit, stay and Crochet. There will be free door prizes every day.
Community Baby Fair at Aviator Park and Pool
June 3, 10:30 am – 1:00 pm
The 2nd annual Community Baby Fair kicks off summertime fun and connect Stapleton and Lowry families with local health and safety resources to help give their children a happy, healthy beginning.
The Oddest Sea: Greek Gods and Giggles at the Chautauqua Picnic Shelter
June 3, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Odysseus learns the hard way that one shouldn’t anger Poseidon. Ten years after the fall of Troy, our hero is still unable to make it home where, unbeknownst to him, his wife is being courted by 108 suitors! Set sail up the trail with us and encounter gods and goddesses, a cyclops, a whirlpool, a sea-witch, and more in this humorous adaptation of the Greek classic that would please even Zeus himself.
Denver Chalk Art Festival at Larimer Square
June 3 – Jun 4
More than 200 professional, amateur and student artists will show off their incredible talents in what has become one of Denver’s most treasured events. Over the course of two days, the artists will take to the streets armed with vivid pastel chalks and spend hours recreating major masterpieces or sharing original works of art.
Free Day at Denver Museum of Nature and Science
June 4, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
The Scientific & Cultural Facilities District is a voter-approved special district in the seven-county metro area that provides a stable source of supplemental funding to more than 300 scientific and cultural organizations inside the district’s boundaries. A fee still applies to IMAX films, Planetarium shows, and temporary exhibition.
Free Day, Denver Museum of Miniatures, Dolls and Toys
June 4, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
The Denver Museum of Miniatures, Dolls and Toys (DMMDT) was founded in 1981 through the support of a grass-roots community coalition of miniature doll artists, business owners and civic leaders.
Putt-Putt on the Plaza at the Denver International Airport
PUTT-PUTT ON THE PLAZA. Denver International Airport presents a custom, sponsor-themed 18-hole miniature golf course. The course will be open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. Participants simply provide an ID at the onsite “DEN Clubhouse” in exchange for a putter, golf ball and scorecard. In addition, on June 16 and 17, you can join us at our VIP lounge on the plaza to watch the U.S. Open and test your own skills on the DEN course
Music Train Family Concert Series at Table 6
June 1, 4:00 – 6:00 pm
All age family-friendly concerts! Grab your friends, families and neighbors for an afternoon of great music, BBQ, wine, beer, juice boxes and fun. This month they will feature Milestone with a BEATLES REVUE.
City Summer Fest in Colorado Springs
June 2 – 18 at 9 p.m.
City Summer Fest is 17 days of family fun celebrating the beginning of summer and the southern Colorado community at the Colorado Springs Event Center. June 2nd through June 18th will be filled with music, food and fun with one of the best carnivals in the United States. Crabtree amusements will fill the parking lot in front of Colorado Springs Event Center with everything from kiddie rides to the newest extreme thrill rides.
June 5, 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Summer is here and it’s time to enjoy Colorado’s great outdoors with Camp GO, Smokey Bear and Woodsy Owl at Jefferson County Public Library’s Golden Library. Bring the family and learn outdoor safety tips while building skills for a fun and adventurous summer.
Mile High Magicians Society–Close Up Show
June 5, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Mile High Magicians Society presents their 7th Annual Close-Up Show at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, June 5 at the Lumber Baron Mystery Mansion. Two solid hours of exciting close up magic performed by six of the best sleight-of-hand artists in the state. Appropriate for all ages.
Free Day at the Botanic Gardens at Chatfield Farm
June 6, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Free Days occur throughout the year at both York Street and Chatfield Farms, 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.
Target Tuesday Free Nights at Children’s Museum of Denver at Marsico Campus
June 6, 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Target is committed to giving back to the communities where their guests and team members live and work. Through their generous sponsorship of the Children’s Museum of Denver at Marsico Campus, families can play for FREE the first Tuesday* of each month from 4 – 8 pm.
New Living History Experience Brings 20 Summer Weekends of Educational Fun
Step back in time and become a part of living history with Tesoro Cultural Center, a Colorado nonprofit based in Morrison that’s dedicated to the cultural preservation of the early West.
For the first time, Tesoro will open its doors every Friday, Saturday and Sunday throughout the summer, beginning June 2, for Living History Experience weekends. Hosted at The Fort restaurant, the three-day mini markets will utilize the authentic adobe building, courtyard and tipi to create an immersive experience for guests.
Each weekend will feature a different cultural theme – including American Indian, Spanish Colonial, Western and more – with corresponding art, music, dancing, demonstrations and workshops. Each day, award-winning artists will display, sell and demonstrate their work. Historical interpreters in period dress will roam the grounds, interacting with guests as they would have in the 1830s – bartering and telling stories. Children and adults alike can touch and examine historical objects and explore their stories at Tesoro’s Hands-On-History cart.
Tesoro Cultural Center has proudly produced three short educational films, documenting the oral histories of the Kiowa People, the Ute Indians and the early Spanish settlers of Colorado and New Mexico. These films, available to the public at no cost and accompanied by classroom activity packets for students, explore the history, art and culture of the early American West. The three films will be shown throughout the weekend, along with showings of “Shinin’ Times,” a film about the connections between Bent’s Old Fort and The Fort restaurant, narrated by the late Sam Arnold, founder of the iconic Colorado restaurant.
In the past, Tesoro has produced just two large annual events – the Indian Market & Powwow and 1830s Rendezvous & Spanish Colonial Art Market. Still active, these festivals will now be one-day special engagement events, wrapped into larger Living History Experience weekends. The 17th Annual Indian Market & Powwow will feature contest powwow activities on Saturday, June 3, and the 1830s Rendezvous is scheduled for September 16-17.
“The decision to create the Living History Experience, in place of just two large annual market events as we’ve held in the past, was based on our desire to provide more opportunities for people to visit this vibrant, cultural space in the heart of The Fort,” said Holly Arnold Kinney, executive director of Tesoro Cultural Center. “Our mission has always been to create community-based events and educational programs designed to enrich and celebrate our cultural heritage. We are excited to present the Living History Experience, as these 20 summer weekends will help us to educate the public on a continuous basis, making more of an impact in our community.”
Admission to the Living History Experience is $5 per person and free for children ages six and under.
10 Memorial Day Weekend Events in Denver
Memorial Day weekend is the official kick-off to summer in Denver! Events include the Veteran’s’ Memorial Day Tribute, Water World opening, Boulder Creek Festival and the Denver Arts Festival. See our event calendar for additional details and hours.
Veteran’s Memorial Day Tribute
May 27, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Denver’s respected observance of Memorial Day is held at the historic POF Hall just south of the state capitol. The holiday “Tribute” ceremony honors Colorado’s fallen heroes in the presence of families, friends, military / political figures and the public. The annual Tribute continues to honor all fallen Colorado heroes & families on Memorial Day weekend.
Denver Day of Rock at Downtown Denver
May 27 , 2:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Denver Day of Rock is a free one-of-a-kind music event presented by Amp the Cause to raise awareness of the children in our community. This free event will feature five stages of live music throughout downtown Denver.
Water World Opening Weekend
May 27 – 28
Featuring nearly 50 attractions for the entire family, Water World is one of the country’s premier family water parks.
Memorial Weekend Festival: Kick-off to Summer
May 27 – May 29
Help us kick-off Summer with three days of great family-friendly entertainment, delicious food, local vendors, and so much more! The Festival is located on the 1000 block of South Gaylord Street.
Denver Mart Drive-in Opening Weekend
May 26, 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm
It’s opening weekend for the summer at the Denver Mart Drive-in. Coming Soon: Mart Café at the Drive In. Located inside their plaza building creating the opportunity for dinner, drinks and entertainment prior to the main features at the Drive In. Spirits for the adults 21 and older can be consumed indoors prior to the movies each night. Their digital projection system throws to the largest outdoor screen in the area,
Denver Arts Festival
May 27 – 28
Since 1999 the Denver Arts Festival (formerly the Downtown Denver Arts Festival) is a fine arts and fine crafts festival that continues to be dedicated to supporting Colorado artists while also showcasing a select group of national artists. The Denver Arts Festival holds its annual premier arts event in Stapleton’s Conservatory Green. The fine art and fine craft exhibition features some of Colorado’s and the nation’s best artists with over 50,000 people expected to attend.
Disney Pixar’s CARS 3 Road to the Races Nationwide Tour at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema
May 27 – 28
Disney∙Pixar’s CARS 3 Road to the Races Nationwide Tour is coming to Denver May 27-28 for two days only! Come see your favorite five-time Piston-Cup champion Lightning McQueen, tech-savvy trainer Cruz Ramirez and the sleek next-gen racer Jackson Storm at this free and open to the public event.
Boulder Creek Festival
May 27 – 29
For over a quarter century, the Boulder Creek Festival® has been the unofficial kickoff to summer in Boulder. Widely considered Boulder County’s favorite event, the Festival includes three days of festivities featuring a large variety of events, activities, food and entertainment unique to the Boulder community. The Festival is free to the public and features something for everyone: 9 separate event areas with 500 vendors showcase everything from community arts and crafts to healthier alternatives and technology while 3 performance stages feature a spectrum of music and dance.
The Music of Star Wars at Boettcher Concert Hall in the Denver Performing Arts Complex
May 27 – 28
The Force summons you to join us for a performance of epic music celebrating a galaxy far, far away. The Colorado Symphony presents an evening filled with music from the world of Star Wars and classical favorites spanning the parsecs between Denver and Dagobah. Whether your loyalties lie with the Imperial Forces or the Rebel Troops, you’re sure to hear your favorite themes and discover a few more.
17 fun events in Denver this week
Summer break is right around the corner and here are 16 fun events to get you in the mood, including BLOOMapalooza, Pure Speed Drag Racing Experience, the Plein Air Festival and more. See our event calendar for full listings.
Joy Park Free Nights at the Children’s Museum of Denver at Marsico Campus
May 19, 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm
We’re keeping Joy Park open after hours from 4 – 8 pm (or dusk) on the third Friday of every month, May – September, thanks to a collaboration with Denver Parks and Recreation. Please note: These FREE nights include access to Joy Park only and are weather permitting. Except for the restrooms, the inside of the Museum will be closed.
ISDenver’s International Bash at the International School of Denver
May 20, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Travel the world in one day! Our International Bash is a festive end-of-year carnival-style event that attracts more than 3,500 guests. Imagine an outdoor celebration with games, activities, face painting, a cultural village, international-themed food trucks, student performances and plenty of fun for the whole family. The Bash is one of the largest international festivals in the Denver metro area. Everyone is welcome to join our end-of-year celebration of our globally-minded community.
Soccer star Neymar Jr’s Global Tournament Qualifier at Northside Park
Neymar Jr’s Five, the world’s biggest five-a-side football tournament comes to Denver where the winners of the qualifier will advance to the US finals in Miami in June with the ultimate goal of earning a spot in the World Final at the Instituto Projeto Neymar Jr in Praia Grande, Brazil.
FREE Family BBQ at Colorado Early Colleges Aurora
May 20, 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Join Aurora’s newest high school for a day of family fun! Come and enjoy food trucks, bouncy houses and school tours from 12-3 p.m.! Bring your family and neighbors so they can learn more about CECA and how students are earning their Associate Degree.
Colfax Marathon at City Park
May 20 – May 21
The best urban tour around! Run the mile high course that takes you on and off Colfax, through parks, neighborhoods, trails and downtown. Enjoy amazing views of the front range, Confluence Park, Sports Authority Field at Mile High’s concourse, and the Cherry Creek trail. The half runs through the Denver Zoo.
BLOOMapalooza at the Butterfly Pavilion
May 20, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Join Butterfly Pavilion for Bloomapalooza on May 20th from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. This nature-filled extravaganza celebrates the wonder of flowers and the pollinators who make their growth possible. This event is part of our national Pollinator Awareness through Conservation and Education (PACE) initiative focused on increasing awareness of invertebrate pollination, encouraging the conservation and restoration of habitats.
Meet the Beekeeper at The Hudson Gardens & Event Center
May 20, 9:00 am – 10:00 am
Stop by the Hudson Gardens’ Apiary for a glimpse into the world of honeybees. All ages. See website for times.
Walk in the Wild: International Migratory Bird Day at Walden Ponds
May 20, 9:00 am – 1:30 pm
Want to learn more about birds and have fun in the great outdoors with your family? Join us on Saturday May 20th and celebrate International Migratory Bird Day: Walk in the Wild. Visit education stations, go on a guided bird walks, and meet raptors in the hand. Feeling crafty? Paint a bird for our Flock project. Free food and much more. This event is free, but also serves as a fundraiser for habitat restoration.
Family Discovery Series: Siren Song – A Pirate Odyssey at the Schoolhouse Theater
May 20, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Looking to introduce your little ones to new experiences? Then this series is perfect for you! Each show is affordably priced and under 60 minutes, to give your kids a taste of all that is great about the arts. A lifetime of enjoying the arts starts one Discovery at a time.
Plein Air Festival & Auction
Don’t miss the Plein Art Festival and Auction Saturday, May 20 in Loveland, Colorado. This free family-friendly festival showcases 50 Colorado artists as they masterfully paint works of art open air and on location throughout Loveland, providing a unique opportunity to experience each piece as it is being created. Once complete the paintings will be auctioned off at the Rialto Theater in downtown Loveland.
Five Points Jazz Festival at Denver’s Five Points neighborhood
May 20, 11:00 am – 8:00 pm
The free festival takes place the third Saturday of May and celebrates the history of Denver’s Five Points neighborhood. Once known as the Harlem of the West, Five Points was home to several jazz clubs which played host to many of jazz music’s legends such as Miles Davis, Thelonious Monk and many more. Since its inception in 2004, the Five Points Jazz Festival has grown each year in size and popularity.
Fun Summer Safe Summer at Standley Lake Library
May 20 @ 1:30 pm – 4:00 pm
Summer is just around the corner and there are plenty of upcoming camps, workshops, and events for your kids to have a fun, safe, and adventurous summer! Bring the family and join us in our grassy space outside the library to learn about these exciting opportunities. While you are busy gathering information we will provide activities and crafts for the kids to enjoy.
Konstantin Dimopoulos’ “The Blue Trees” Family Fun Day at Skyline Park
Family Fun Day will take place on Sunday, May 21 at Skyline Park on the 16th Street Mall, giving families a FREE opportunity to color 200 child-sized trees, participate in environmentally friendly educational activities, and enjoy kid-friendly entertainment.
Pure Speed Drag Racing Experience
May 21, 8:30 am – 1:30 pm
Have you ever wanted to take a trip down the drag strip at exhilarating speeds? Well, now’s your chance! Join Pure Speed Racing to fulfill your Need for Speed.
You can jump in the passengers seat of one of our 2-Seated Dragsters and take the Ride of Your Life, reaching speeds of 140+ mph in just a 9 second, 1/4 mile pass! But if you want to control your own destiny, let us strap you in the drivers seat of one our state of the art dragsters where you can spin the tires for a smoky burnout, stage the car at the lights, then launch off the line reaching speeds of approximately 130 mph in a full 1/4 mile run.
Info Night – Steve & Kate’s Camp at The Logan School for Creative Learning
Learn all about Steve & Kate’s innovative daily drop-in model as well as our self-directed studios that give kids the freedom to design their own learning experience this summer.
Picnic-N-Planes at Western Museum of Mining & Industry
May 24, 9:30 am – 2:30 pm
Picnic-N-Planes (USAFA Graduation Day). For $5 per carload, come to the museum to see the Thunderbirds fly low over the museum property. Bring your picnic lunch, cameras, and binoculars for a fun outing.
Nature EdVentures – Maps and Compass Treasure Hunt at Dad Clark Park
May 24 @ 4:54 pm – 5:54 pm
Learn how to read a map, orient yourself, and find various sites using a map and compass. Ages 8-12. Advance registration required. $20, $23 nonresident.