Summer

Summer's Not Over Yet: Dozens of Things to Do Around Colorado

Relax: We've got all your summer happenings covered.
Relax: We've got all your summer happenings covered. Michael Emery Hecker
Hot times, summer in the city...and all around Colorado.

Denver reportedly has 300 days of sunshine a year, and sometimes it seems like they’re all packed into the three months of summer, which still has a couple of days to go. Whether you’re heading off on a weekend trip to the mountains or just a quick jaunt around town, it's not too late to get out and enjoy this state!

For our annual Summer guide, we compiled a list of hundreds of festivals, runs, shows and other activities in Denver and throughout the state this summer. Check our Ongoing section for events now under way, then continue on for week-by-week listings through the week of September 26. (And watch for hundreds of new listings in our Fall Arts Guide, which will be inserted in the September 26 issue of Westword.)

ONGOING
Boulder County Farmers’ Markets: Weekly markets hawking farm-fresh produce run through the summer at various locations in Boulder, Longmont, Lafayette and Denver. Days and hours vary, free admission, 303-910-2236, bcfm.org.
Cherokee Castle Tours: The story of a fifteenth-century-style Scottish castle built on Colorado’s Front Range in the 1920s can’t be anything but fascinating. Year-round, $20, Cherokee Ranch & Castle, 6113 North Daniels Park Road, Sedalia, 303-688-5555, cherokeeranch.org.
Children’s Museum of Denver Free Nights: The museum is open for free on the first Tuesday evening of every month, and the outside Joy Park is free on the third Friday of each month. 4-8 p.m., 2121 Children’s Museum Drive, 303-433-7444, mychildsmuseum.org.
Civic Center Eats: Over eighty food trucks serving everything from arepas to zeppole set up shop on Tuesdays through Thursdays all summer long. New this year: a Thursday beer and wine garden. Through October 10, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., free admission, Civic Center Park, Broadway and Colfax Avenue, civiccenterconservancy.org.
Civic Center Moves: Summer means five days a week of free outdoor fitness classes ranging from yoga and dance to body weight and HIIT training. Monday through Fridays, year-round, Civic Center Park, Broadway and Colfax Avenue, civiccenterconservancy.org.
Colorado Brewery Running Series: Runners, joggers, walkers and just plain drinkers can all participate in this series of 5K runs that begin and end at local breweries. Cost includes a free beer, and 10 percent of proceeds are donated to nonprofits. Dates vary, $30, various locations, breweryrunningseries.com/colorado.
Colorado Fresh Markets: Includes flowers, fashion and food vendors at locations in Cherry Creek, City Park, Stapleton and RiNo. Days and hours vary, free admission, 303-442-1837, coloradofreshmarkets.com.
Colorado Rapids: The 2019 season runs through October 6. $35 and up, Dick’s Sporting Goods Park, 6000 Victory Way, Commerce City, coloradorapids.com.
Colorado Rockies: The 2019 season runs through September 29. $8 and up, Coors Field, 2001 Blake Street, mlb.com/rockies.
Denver Art Museum Free Days: The first Saturday of each month finds general admission to the DAM free to the public; special ticketed exhibitions are not included. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., 100 West 14th Avenue Parkway, 720-865-5000, denverartmuseum.org.
Denver Botanic Gardens Chatfield Farms Free Days: See native plants, a working farm and exceptional birdwatching for free on the first Tuesday of every month through August (Butterflies at Chatfield Farms is not included). 9 a.m.-5 p.m., 8500 West Deer Creek Canyon Road, Littleton, 720-865-3500, botanicgardens.org.
Denver Botanic Gardens York Street Free Days: Guests can take in the sights, sounds and aromas of a traditional Japanese garden, water gardens and arid Western landscapes at no charge on the first Tuesday of every month (excluding August). 9 a.m.-5 p.m., 1007 York Street, 720-865-3500, botanicgardens.org.
Denver Outlaws: The Major League Lacrosse team’s 2019 season goes through September 20; the July 4 game includes a fireworks display. $20 and up, Broncos Stadium at Mile High, 1701 Bryant Street, 303-688-5297, denveroutlaws.com.

Elitch Gardens Theme & Water Park: The park is open weekends through November 2. $39.99-$69.99, 2000 Elitch Circle, 303-595-4386, elitchgardens.com.
First Friday: Art District on Santa Fe: Art from emerging and established artists is on display as galleries, studios and co-ops welcome visitors from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. on the first Friday of every month. Year-round, free, 500 through 1200 blocks of Santa Fe Drive, denversartdistrict.org.
Four Mile Historic Park Free Day: Admission to Four Mile Park is free the second Friday of each month, with tours at 12:30, 1:30 and 2:30 p.m. 715 South Forest Street, 720-865-0800, fourmilepark.org.
Friday Night Bazaar: The combination of cocktail bar, artisan market and food truck rally has proved wildly successful for Denver Bazaar; its summer markets pop up in RiNo every Friday night through September 27. 5-10 p.m., 2845 Walnut Street, denverbazaar.com.
Historic Denver Walking Tours: These guided tours cover the usual suspects like LoDo, Capitol Hill, 16th Street and Larimer Square as well as Curtis Park, Five Points and Quality Hill. Through October 31, $15-$20, various locations, 303-534-5288, historicdenver.org.
Lunch on the Terrace:
Channel your inner Meghan Markle while you lunch on the terrace of a real castle; ticket price includes a tour of the chateau. Through October 25, 11:45 a.m., $50, Cherokee Ranch & Castle, 6113 North Daniels Park Road, Sedalia, 303-688-5555, cherokeeranch.org.
One Fell Swoop by Patrick Dougherty: This site-specific art installation was created with local willow branches and will be on display until it naturally falls apart. Free with Garden admission of $5; Denver Botanic Gardens Chatfield Farms, 8500 West Deer Creek Canyon Road, Littleton, 720-865-3500, botanicgardens.org.
Metro Denver Farmers’ Markets: Markets include Southwest Plaza, Lakewood, Littleton and Highlands Ranch. Days and hours vary, free admission, 303-887-3276, denverfarmersmarket.com.
Museo de las Americas Free First Fridays: The Latin American art museum welcomes visitors for free on the first Friday of each month. 5-10 p.m., 861 Santa Fe Drive, 303-571-4401, museo.org.
Skyline Beer Garden: This community beer garden serves brews, wine, cocktails and street food on Tuesdays through Sundays in the heart of the city (weather permitting). Through September 29, 11 a.m.-10 p.m., free admission, 16th and Arapahoe streets, skylinebeergarden.com.
Summertime Tea in the Gardens: A traditional tea service presented in scenic surroundings on the second and fourth Saturday of each month. Through September 21, 10 a.m., $42, Denver Botanic Gardens, 1007 York Street, 720-865-3500, botanicgardens.org.
Urban Market: Artisans, vendors and local restaurateurs set up shop at this outdoor marketplace in Skyline Park. See website for dates, free admission, Skyline Park, 16th and Arapahoe streets, 720-272-7467, coloradoevents.org.
Volleyball of the Rockies: Summer leagues run through early September. Dates, times and locations vary, 303-745-2255, votr.com.
World of Wearable Art: Hailing from New Zealand, this extravagant exhibit challenges designers to reimagine clothing as fine art. Through September 22, $10, Fine Arts Center at Colorado College, 30 West Dale Street, Colorado Springs, 719-634-5581, fac.coloradocollege.edu.
Yoga on the Rocks: It’s not just warrior pose that will take your breath away; the scene of hundreds of yogis practicing at Red Rocks is just as breathtaking. Select dates through the summer, 7 a.m.-8 a.m., $16, Red Rocks Amphitheatre, 18300 West Alameda Parkway, Morrison, 720-865-2494, redrocksonline.com.

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