Summer in the City: 16th Street Mall Happenings

Summer in the City: Skyline Market 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!

Five of our Fantastic Favorites for Father’s Day Fun (say that three times fast!)

Father's Day 5k1. Break a Sweat with the Old Man 

  • What: Father’s Day 5K
  • Where: Apex Center of Arvada, Colorado
  • When: Sunday, June 16th at 8:00 a.m.
  • 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.

Rockies2.  Root Root Root for the Home Team 

  • What: Rockies Game
  • Where: Coors Field
  • When: Sunday, June 16th at 2:10 p.m.
  • How Much: Call 303-ROCKIES for tickets

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!

Parker Days3.  Father’s Day Ferris Wheel Fun  

  • What: Parker Days Festival
  • Where: O’Brien Park
  • When: June 13th-16th, 2013
  • How Much: $25 presale, $30 at the event

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.

Racing4.  Get Speedy with Pops 

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!

Jazz in the park5.  Jazz up your Father’s Day 

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 Rhinos, Leopards and Elephants…Oh My!

Screen Shot 2013-05-22 at 1.13.18 PMThe Denver Zoo’s Toyota Elephant Passage Exhibit is a magical place that definitely needs to be added to your list of summer adventures.

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.

Toyota Elephant Passage Exhibit

Memorial Day Weekend 2013: How Are You Celebrating?

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.

BolderBoulderThe BolderBOULDER is 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.

Things to Do in Denver: Summer Concerts at Red Rocks

Summer nights spent with a slight breeze, good friends, and music in the air is only complete at one place: Red Rocks.  Colorado’s legendary open-air venue, which has hosted historic acts from the Beatles to Fleetwood Mac, brings performances that will have you dancing all night long.

Photo Credit: redrocksonline.com

Photo Credit: redrocksonline.com

Thursday, May 30: Electronic trio The Postal Service will stop by Red Rocks along the way of their mostly sold out tour, which continues on to New York and Europe. Their debut album Give Up hits the ten-year mark this year.

Friday, June 21The Ultimate Thriller Michael Jackson Tribute isn’t just an admiration tour for the late icon.  This production brings together Jackson’s closest collaborators including his choreographer, principal dancer and recording engineer to re-create the legend’s most unforgettable concert moments.

Tuesday, July 16 and Wednesday, July 17:  Throat granuloma nearly stole John Mayer’s voice, but the musical style shifter announced his Born and Raised World Tour after a three year hiatus.  “The greatest gift I have in my life is the opportunity to play again, which is also the opportunity to dream again,” he told Billboard in March.

Friday, July 19 – Sunday, July 21:  This year at the Global Dance Festival, each night will highlight a different genre for the nearly 10,000-a-day crowd.  Friday will showcase experimental, psychedelic sounds, Saturday will cater to all those who love to dance and Sunday is the base-heavy conclusion.

Saturday, August 24:  This year marks the 25th anniversary of Reggae on the Rocks, which launched in 1988.  Legendary roots reggae artist Burning Spear makes his anticipated return, performing hardly any other shows this summer.

Things to Do in Denver: Art Exhibits

Denver has a lot to offer when it comes to arts and culture. From a diverse live music scene to exciting performing arts shows to numerous museum exhibits, there is always something going on. Here are a few art exhibits you should check out this Spring.

Mammoths and Mastodons: Titans of the Ice Age

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Photo Credit: Denver Museum of Nature and Science

When you visit this exhibit at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, you will encounter some of the Earth’s most awe-inspriing mammals, roam among saber-toothed cats and giant bears and ponder over some of the oldest human artifacts in existence. For more Ice Age fun, be sure to see the IMAX film: Titans of the Ice Age 3D. It ends May 27, 2013, so get your tickets now.

RED/YELLOW/BLUE (and Black and White): Clyfford Still as Colorist

Photo Credit: Clyfford Still Museum

Photo Credit: Clyfford Still Museum

Extended by popular demand until May 19, 2013, this large-scale exhibition explores the significance of color in Still’s art.  Clyfford Still was among the first generation of Abstract Expressionists and is credited with laying the groundwork for the movement. Admission to the Clyfford Still Museum is $10 for Adults, $8 for Seniors, $6 for Students, $3 for Youth (Ages 6-17, and Free for Children under 5. Sunday, April 28 is a free entry day.

Spun: Adventures in Textile

Photo Credit: Denver Art Museum

Photo Credit: Denver Art Museum

Opening May 19, 2013, this highly anticipated exhibit at the Denver Art Museum is taking an unusual approach by presenting twelve exhibits throughout the museum all focused on the same theme. At the heart of the exhibit is Cover Story showcasing the newly renovated textile art galleries with pieces from many of the museum’s permanent collections. Textiles on view are from 24 different countries and span from Pre-Columbian period to the present. This exhibit is included in the general admission fee. Read more about all twelve exhibits here.  

EGG-citing Things to do in Denver for Easter

UntitledIt’s that time of the year, the Easter Bunny is leaving baskets full of treats, egg hunts will ensue and Easter brunch will be devoured. If you haven’t already made plans for the holiday, here are some ideas of what Denver has to offer for the occasion.

Easter Brunch

Start the morning off right and enjoy brunch with the Easter Bunny himself at Ellyngton’s located here at The Brown Palace Hotel & Spa. Easter brunch includes: waffles, eggs cooked to your liking, champagne and a delicious dessert station. For more information or to make a reservation please visit brownpalace.com

Egg Hunts

The Capital Hill United Neighborhoods is hosting their annual Easter egg hunt at the Tears-McFarlane House located at 1290 Williams St., on the northern edge of Cheesman Park. The festivities begin on Saturday, March 30 at 1 p.m. For more information, visit chundenver.org

The Bunny Trail Eggventure at the Children’s Museum is a great Easter activity for the entire family.  For more information about the festivities, visit mychildsmuseum.org

We hope you have an Egg-traordinary Easter!

Best Things To Do in Denver This Spring

Denver-attractions-4Springtime is officially here in Denver! While we might experience some late spring snowstorms, warm weather is on the horizon. Here are a few ways to make the most of springtime in the Mile High City.

Colorado Rockies Game – Major League Baseball kicks off in April and attending a ball game is the perfect way to start enjoying the warm weather in Colorado.

Denver Botanic Gardens – The Botanic Gardens features seven diverse gardens that highlight plants from Colorado and neighboring states.

Denver Parks – The City of Denver offers more than 4,000 acres of traditional parks and parkways. Whether you are looking for a relaxing stroll through the park or a picnic with your honey, there is a park close by for you to enjoy.

Red Rocks Park and Amphitheater – If you’re going to a concert or just want to explore the 868 acres of deer, dinosaurs, pines and prairie, geological wonders and spectacular vistas, Red Rocks has you covered.

For more information on things to do in Denver, please visit: www.visitdenver.org

5 Must-See Places in Denver, Colorado

denverDenver is located just east of the Rocky Mountains and sits one mile above sea level.  During your next trip, take a look at our 5 must-see places in Denver:

16th Street Mall- Located in the heart of Denver, 16th Street Mall stretches a mile long. 16th Street offers a free bus and plenty of restaurants and shopping.

Colorado State Capitol Building- Built in the 1890s and opened in November of 1894, the building stands as a great symbol. The west steps of the Capitol are home to the famous “One Mile Above Sea Level” engraving on the 13th step.

City Park- Denver’s largest park is home to typical park activities such as sports fields, walking paths and lakes. But it is also home to The Denver Zoo and Denver Museum of Nature and Science. The Denver Zoo is the 4th most popular zoo in the U.S. The Denver Museum of Nature and Science is also a must see as it is full of treasures from the Earth.

Molly Brown House Museum- Once the home of Titanic survivor Molly Brown and frequent Brown Palace Hotel visitor, this building now serves as a historical museum to the story and history of Molly Brown.

Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre- What was once listed as among the Seven Wonders of the World, Red Rocks is more than just an outdoor concert venue. Red Rocks is home to 862 acres of geological amazement and isn’t lacking magnificent views.

Denver Art Museum Unveils “Becoming Van Gogh” Exhibit

What does it take to become an artist—or rather, one of the world’s most famous artists? Find out at the Denver Art Museum’s upcoming exhibition, Becoming Van Gogh, which is showcased October 21, 2012 – January 20, 2013. This comprehensive retrospective explores Van Gogh’s major creative milestones as a largely self-taught artist, displaying more than 70 of his paintings and drawings, as well as important pieces by artists who influenced him. Becoming Van Gogh weaves its multi-dimensional story by combining works from more than 60 private and public collections from across the globe, giving visitors a glimpse into the extraordinary life of this iconic visionary.

Enjoy your own “Starry Night” at the Brown Palace Hotel & Spa with an artistic hotel package in the Mile High City. This special deal includes an overnight stay for two in one of our sumptuous guest rooms; an in-room, Van Gogh-themed amenity, which was designed exclusively by our Executive Pastry Chef; and VIP admission to Becoming Van Gogh, shown only at the Denver Art Museum. This limited “Starry Night” package is available October 21, 2012 – January 20, 2013 and can be booked by calling 800-321-2599.