Ready to break out the skis and plan a weekend on the slopes? Not so fast! Summer isn’t over yet and there is still plenty to do and see in Denver. From venturing up to Red Rocks to cheering for the final stage of the US Pro Tour, there is something for everyone to enjoy.
With only two months left to enjoy America’s greatest past time, don’t miss your chance for broiled peanuts and hot dogs at Coors Field as you cheer on the Rockies! Bring the whole family and treat them to the more intimate seats behind home plate.
Believed to be the most perfect music venue on the planet, Red Rocks Amphitheatre is one of Colorado’s most famed attractions and a magical experience no matter who is on stage. Boogie with your favorite band as the dreamlike acoustics of Red Rocks permeate the audience, hike through the park, or wake up early for a morning of Yoga on the Rocks presented by Core Power Yoga. There is still time to enjoy a piece of glorified summertime surrounded by the breathtaking sandstone that has hosted some of the world’s best musicians.
Enjoy boating, fishing, jet skiing, sailboarding, swimming and relaxing at Cherry Creek Reservoir. Just 20 minutes southeast of downtown Denver, Cherry Creek State Park offers a slew of summertime activities.
“Please use caution when exiting this ride.” Cool off in the water park or make your head spin and tummy turn on the amusement park rides at Elitch Gardens while the sun is still hot. Located in downtown Denver and open from 10am-7pm (8pm on the weekends) now through the end of August.
As one of the nations top professional road bike races, the US Pro Tour is noted for its incredible altitudes, spectacular Colorado Rocky Mountain scenery and more than one million annual fans throughout the six stages of the race. The 2013 USA Pro Challenge will start on August 19th in Aspen and conclude on August 25th when the cyclists sprint to the finish line in downtown Denver’s Civic Center Park.
Conveniently located on York Street in Denver’s vibrant Capitol Hill neighborhood and open from 9am-9pm, the Denver Botanic Gardens is a vision of loveliness in the summer months. With a vast collection of plant life and landscapes, the gardens define and celebrate our Western identity marked by the high altitude climate and dynamic geography.
Come out to support a great cause with our culinary team on August 28 at the Chef’s Challenge presented by the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and Colorado Chefs Association. It will be a night filled with delicious food and fun entertainment to benefit those affected by cystic fibrosis. We are so proud of David Lewis and his team for being included among the celebrity crowd who have offered to give their time and talent for such a worthwhile cause.
Featuring appearances by other big names in the Denver culinary circuit as Mark DeNittis and Matt Selby, the evening’s competition will be judged to the last detail. In addition, true foodies are sure to love the silent auction and the chance to mingle with local chefs.
“The Next Culinary Voice” Chefs Challenge will be held from 5:30-9 p.m. on Wednesday, August 28 at Mile High Station, 2027 W. Colfax Avenue, Denver, CO. Tickets can be purchased online. We hope you will join us in promoting cystic fibrosis awareness!
This summer,one lucky grand prize winner will receive round-trip airfare for two, a 2-night stay in a suite at The Bohemian Hotel Celebration in Orlando, Fla., and 50,000 Marriott Rewards points.
Too excited to wait for the grand prize? You’re in luck; monthly prizes will also be up for grabs! The Summer of Serendipity winner for the month of July will be chosen tomorrow and notified via email to claim their prize.
This month, the winner will receive a behind-the-scenes tour of Wynkoop Brewery complete with a micro-brew sampling plus a $50 Wynkoop Brewery giftcertificate, an overnight stay at The Brown Palace Hotel and Spa including dinner for two at Ship Tavern with two pints of cask-style beer from the Palace Caskcraft series, two logo t-shirts and two logo glasses and 10,000 Frontier Airlines EarlyReturns® miles.
The Summer of Serendipity will continue through the end of September with a new winner chosen at the end of each month. August and September prizes include tickets to a baseball game, a couples massage, dinner for two at one of Denver’s finest restaurants and much, much more. Don’t miss your chance to win fabulous prizes all summer long. Click here to enter for your chance to win!
The Brown Palace is teaming up with the Wynkoop Brewing Company once again to create a series of special edition, traditional cask beers using Wynkoop Head Brewmaster, Andy Brown’s creative expertise and ingredients from the hotel’s signature elements. The first beer to debut in the “Palace Caskcraft” small-batch beer series will be a version of Wynkoop’s London Calling IPA with an added hint of lemongrass, a featured component of the Brown Palace’s namesake spa line. As the series continues, additional batch recipes will use infused honey from the hotel’s rooftop beehives and water from the artesian well.
To parallel the Caskcraft Series, the Brown Palace purchased two beer engines for the hotel’s Ship Tavern to create its own house cask beers. The stainless steel casks with old-fashioned hand pumps offer guests the authentic experience of enjoying cask-conditioned beers the way they used to be served when the historic hotel opened in 1890.
In addition to the cask beer endeavors with Wynkoop Brewing Company, The Brown Palace is also indulging in Denver’s love for beer with a Signature Mircobrew Package, which offers luxe accommodations, signature glassware and apparel and, of course, Caskcraft beers at the Ship Tavern. “Cask-conditioned beers are a perfect fit for the Brown Palace and Ship Tavern,” says Wynkoop’s Marty Jones. “It’s a great match of timeless treasures.”
The Mile High City may be known as the gateway to the Rockies, but when summer rolls around, you can find most Denver locals soaking up the sunshine and enjoying a Colorado micro-brew on the patio. For Sunday evening entertainment, City Park Jazz is a staple summertime activity for Denverites and a perfect way to enjoy the city’s eclectic local music scene.
Fun for the whole family, City Park Jazz is always a highlight of the summer months. Arrive early on Sunday evening to snag a spot on the lawn near the bandstand pavilion. Enjoy many of our local food trucks or bring a picnic of your own.
Although the City Park Jazz series kicked off in early June, there is still plenty of time to catch this season’s local talent. Sam Mayfield brings the blues this Sunday, July 14, followed by The Ken Walker Sextet on July 21. The sextet is a favorite in the Denver jazz club circuit drawing in local fans with their unique, upbeat sound. Walker, a faculty instructor at the University of Denver’s Lamont School of Music, is no novice to live performances with appearances at both the Telluride and Aspen/Snowmass Jazz Festivals.
Sunday afternoon wouldn’t be complete without a solid show of late afternoon sunshine and snazzy tunes with great friends. Grab a few of your favorite Colorado brews or a bottle of vino and join the Denver community for Sunday Jazz in City Park.
Don’t let the lack of fireworks in Colorado during the dry summer season hinder your Independence Day adventures! Grab your water shoes, hats, sunscreen, a cooler and a few cold ones and you’re ready for a shin dig—Colorado style. Here are some great red, white and blue activities the whole family can enjoy this Fourth of July.
Early riser? Join Michael Franti on Wednesday, July 3rd for a special ‘Yoga on the Rocks’ workshop to get your blood moving. Not-so-early riser? Come out to Red Rocks Amphitheatre a bit later on the 3rd for Michael Franti and Spearhead live in concert. On the Fourth of July, grab your best buds and boogie to the classic sounds of American jam band favorites, Blues Traveler and Moe. Continue the weekend with the Avett Brothers for a two-night run on Friday and Saturday and wrap up the holiday weekend with Josh Groban and the Colorado Symphony on Sunday, July 7th.
White Water Rafting
Escape the scorching summer heat and embark on a white water rafting adventure. Get your adrenaline pumping and discover the beautiful Arkansas River Royal Gorge near Canon City. This excursion is perfect for all skill levels. Book your trip here.
Enjoy unrivaled scenery of the American West and head to Glenwood Springs to raft down the Colorado River. There’s no fire ban here, so you might even catch some stellar fireworks! Book your adventure here.
Boating on Lake Dillon
What’s an American holiday without water sports? At an elevation of 9,000 feet and surrounded by 25 miles of majestic peaks, Lake Dillon offers fun for the whole family. Boat rentals ranging from sailing lessons, runabouts, fishing boats, pontoon boats, canoes, kayaks, stand up paddle boards and paddle boating are sure to keep your crew entertained all day. With no fire ban in Summit County, there’s sure to be a spectacular fireworks show!
Get ready for a summer in the city! The Skyline Market in the heart of Skyline Park opened on Arapahoe between 15th and 16th streets last Friday. This is Denver’s new definition of a market—a food experience that offers artisanal products, ready-to-eat food and a farm fresh experience all in one. The new market provides a variety of options for downtown workers, residents and visitors to enjoy different experiences, entertainment and culture that you won’t find elsewhere. Stop by between 11AM and 7PM for a beer and wine garden and a chance to shop the market with a local chef. In addition to live music during the lunch hour and happy hour, Skyline Market will feature pre-made food items, chef demos, cooking demonstrations, fresh market foods and flowers. Also enjoy a special dinner prepared by one of Denver’s best chefs.
More changes are coming to 16th Street Mall. Four blocks will be reinvented to create sub-districts as a gathering place where people can stay and enjoy art, culture, nature, entertainment, retail and food. The blocks between Curtis and Welton will be home to irreplaceable street food and shopping options all summer long from 11AM to 6PM. Between Welton and California expect to see a number of tent events—a flea market of continually rotating, eclectic merchandise. From California to Stout, six to eight local food vendors will offer ethnic and diverse cuisines as well as lounging areas with tables and chairs to enjoy outside dining. The block between Stout and Champa will host food and merchandise vendors and various special events, product introductions and sampling opportunities.
We’re excited for a great summer in the Mile High City!
How Much: $30 preregistration; $35 day of the event
Do some good with your dad at the 6th annual Apex Park and Recreation District’s Father’s Day 5K! There is also a free 1 mile “Fun Run” scheduled for the whole family and an Ugly Tie Contest! In addition to supporting general community recreation in the area, Apex Park and Recreation District Foundation has designated the funds for after-school recreation programs at Arvada middle schools.
Gather some peanuts and cracker jacks for dad at the Rockies vs. Phillies game! Competition should be heavy since this is the third game of a three-game series. So sit back, order a couple cold brews and enjoy the game under a beautiful Colorado sun!
Hit the carnival for some family-friendly fun! O’Brein Park features many family activities with free entertainment as well as smaller child friendly bounce houses and a Petting Zoo. Enjoy carnival rides, attractions, music from live bands, arts and crafts exhibitors, a Car Show on Father’s Day, and two stages with beer gardens. On Saturday, the Parker Days Parade travels down Main Street complete with floats, marching bands, horses and vintage cars.
Give dad an adrenaline rush and pump the gas at Bandimere Speedway on Father’s Day! The Thunder on the Mountain Drag Racing Series, sponsored by Grease Monkey, features Top Fuel Harley Motorcycles, 250 mph Alcohol Dragsters and Funny Cars!
If dad prefers to get groovy, try taking him for some blues in the park! Pack some food and drinks and enjoy the free concert in honor of Neil Bridge! This show would be great for a calm cool-down from a long day of activities!
Exotic animals that fly through the night and swing through trees or use their trunks as snorkels and cool off in the shade to keep from overheating don’t only exist in Asia. One-horned rhinos, Asian elephants, fishing cats, clouded leopards and acrobatic gibbons, mingling around watering holes and giant rocks are all part of an Asian village working together at the Denver Zoo. Across ten acres, Toyota Elephant Passage’s extensive compound with important species allows visitors to explore and study the opulent background of animals in Asian culture, their intricate relationship with humans and the amount of work the Denver Zoo has done to protect these villages. These majestic, Asian species encourage visitors to understand the delicate ecosystems in which they live and make informed decisions about the global efforts to protect these endangered animals.
With its lead in animal care, conservation and management, the Toyota Elephant Passage provides seven times the space of the current Pachyderm exhibit making it one of the biggest elephant habitats in North America. The Denver Zoo alternates each of the Asian elephants, Indian rhinos and Malayan tapirs among five territories that provide a diverse landscape, enabling the zoo to also house a substantial number of bull elephants. In the long run, Toyota Elephant Passage hopes to make the Denver Zoo an Asian elephant breeding center.
The Chang Pa Wildlife Preserve helps visitors understand the relationships between animals and humans, which is a theme. Get close to the elephants and rhinos as you stroll across the boardwalk. But don’t be scared of the swinging gibbons and flying foxes overhead. Learn about the efforts for practical solutions to conservation challenges in the Schoelzel Family Village, the exhibit hub that observes a varied collection of Asian animals. Although efforts to protect wildlife in Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia and Sumatra are strongly effective, labors to keep elephants out of villages’ livelihood is just as important. In the Village Outpost, the Denver Zoo conservation/biology research staff presents actual stories from people who work with elephants and native peoples through the struggles to help them co-exist.
Kick off summer with music festivals, waterparks and all-day events around Denver this Memorial Day. There are so many events happening in Colorado, we’re going to have trouble deciding what to do!
Commemorate those who lost their lives while serving our country during the Denver Memorial Day Parade on May 25 at 11:30 in and around Civic Center Park. Followed by the parade is the Veterans Day Memorial Day Tribute at the Veterans Monument.
The BolderBOULDERis a favorite Colorado 10k. The second largest race in the country with over 50,000 runners, the BolderBOULDER is not your ordinary race. More than thirty bands and other entertainers will line the course to get you to the finish with a smile.
Throughout Memorial Day Weekend, the Denver Performing Arts Complex invites art lovers alike to the Downtown Denver Arts Festival featuring more than 150 of Colorado’s best artists starting May 24 through May 26. Last year’s event attracted nearly 150,000 people, who purchased more than $500,000 worth of art contributing to Colorado’s creative community.
For those who like things a little louder, check out Denver Day of Rock as the 16th Street Mall transforms into one massive block party with 25 free rock concerts on May 25. From 2:30 to 9:30 rock your head to the sweet sounds of free music while enjoying great food and beer set up throughout downtown. Check out the full lineup here.
This four-day event is sure to stir up the artist in all of us. The brand new ArtStir Denver at the Denver Pavilions downtown showcases local and regional artists, more than 75 artisan booths, and a locals only stage. With a dynamic mixture of talented musicians and artist demonstrations, a portion of the proceeds will benefit the Colorado Chapter of AIGA.