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!

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.  

Things to do in Denver in March

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Wondering what to do in Denver while you’re staying at The Brown Palace? With March and warmer weather just around the corner, there are plenty of fun things to discover in the Mile High City. Let us help you with some ideas that you can do this month:

Professional Sports Events: Denver is home to NHL’s Colorado Avalanche, NBA’s Denver Nuggets and NLL’s Colorado Mammoth. Be sure to catch one of the many games at the Pepsi Center this March.

Denver Museum of Nature & Science: If the weather is not cooperating, don’t worry. The Denver Museum of Nature & Science offers great indoor entertainment for both you and your family and is sure to keep you occupied and intrigued for days. 

St. Patrick’s Day: If you are looking to celebrate the luck of the Irish, you are in the right town. Denver’s beer culture is rich and diverse and offers a great atmosphere to enjoy a glass of green beer or Irish-style lager. 

For more information on things to do in Denver, visit: http://www.denver.org/what-to-do

 

Get Ghoulish with Monster Brunch at Ellyngton’s

Spooky servers, see-through spider webs and freakish treats—we’ve got it all at this year’s Monster Brunch: Ellyngton’s special Halloween edition of its famous champagne brunch.

The morbid morning feast is perfect for an eerie family outing, as servers and guests alike will be donned in their creepiest costumes, and the lineup of food will include everything from chocolate “spider”-topped cakes to candy corn adorned confections—alongside our signature spread of seafood, sushi and breakfast staples, of course.

Wondering what other spine-chilling Denver activities to explore while you’re here? Well, not all Denver accommodations come with their own resident ghosts, but at The Brown Palace, you can take a haunted “Ghost Tour” to learn about our hotel’s paranormal activity and unexplained phenomena. If you’re feeling extra brave, call ahead to stay in the notoriously haunted room #904. We hear it’s a scream.

Monster Brunch: Sunday, October 28; 10 a.m.-2 p.m.; $61.95 adults, $18.95 ages 6-12, ages 5 and under are free. Reservations strongly recommended. Call (855) 559-8617 to reserve your table.

3 Must-Do Summertime Denver Activities

Summertime will be in Denver, Colorado before you know it. But don’t wait till it’s here to start planning your summer vacation outings in the wonderful Mile High City. To help you make the most of your 2012 summer, take a look at these events and activities that will make it impossible to leave or resist a trip to Denver.

  1. Toyota Elephant Passage: This one of a kind experience will open June 1st at the Denver Zoo.  Occupying 10-acres on the southern edge of the Denver Zoo, Toyota Elephant Passage ( is the largest bull elephant habitat in the world). The expansive $50-million complex will allow you to explore and discover the rich history of animals in Asian culture and their complicated relationship with humans. In short, it’s Denver’s newest must-see!
  2. Colorado History Museum: On April 28th, the doors of the History Colorado Center will open to tell the stories of colorful Coloradans with fun, family-friendly activities inside a beautiful new building in Denver’s Golden Triangle Museum District. The opening exhibits highlight the courage, persistence, triumphs, tragedies and character of the men and women who created Colorado.
  3. Summer concerts at Red Rocks: No summer in Denver is complete without at least one — or two or five — trips out to the awe-inspiring Red Rocks Amphitheatre, located just 15 miles from downtown Denver. 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. There is no doubt that a concert at Red Rocks is a must-do this summer.

For more information Denver or to make your own reservations at The Brown Palace Hotel & Spa please call (303) 297-3111 or e-mail us atconcierge@brownpalace.com.