10)Chihuly by daylight Denver Botanic Gardens, 1007 York Street The Chihuly exhibit runs through the end of November, but catching this fantastic glass art show in the Denver Botanic Gardens during the day as the leaves and colors begin to change is worth a warm day trip now. Marvel at the hundreds of glass pieces in a rainbow of hues while taking in the seasonal foliage before Colorado enters full-on into fall. (Also be sure to check out Chihuly Nights beginning in October for a different view of the artist's work under the night sky.)
9) Urban Market Skyline Park Browse a sampling of local wares at this open-air market right in the middle of the city. Local crafters, antique dealers, holistic healers, artists and designers hawk their creations, products and services at this one-stop shop for all things Colorado-made.8) Dinosaur Discovery Days Dinosaur Ridge, Alameda Parkway and Rooney Road, Morrison This free monthly outdoor event goes on now through October, inviting kids and adults alike out to the Ridge to hike around and learn about dinosaurs. Along with the hiking trail, visitors can pan for gold, paint fossils and enjoy puppet shows and educational lectures.