Summer

Dozens of Things to Do This Summer Around Denver

Many museums are still shuttered, but you can still see art on the streets this summer.
Many museums are still shuttered, but you can still see art on the streets this summer. Courtesy Art in Vail

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Handmade in Colorado Expo: The juried show, which includes work in metal, paper, glass, fiber, clay, gemstones and more, will set up shop in both Denver and Estes Park. Dates and locations vary, free admission, 720-272-7467, coloradoevents.org.
Historic Denver Walking Tours: Explorers can book Dial-A-Docent tours and connect with a tour guide by phone or arrange an in-person private tour for groups smaller than eight people. Tour locations include Capitol Hill, LoDo, Quality Hill, Five Points and Curtis Park. Virtual tours are also available. Dates and times vary, $15 and up, various Denver locations, 303-534-5288, historicdenver.org.
Historic Elitch Theatre (online): An ongoing virtual celebration of the original Elitch Gardens' 130th anniversary, with a Virtual Live Music Series, a Children's Day Family FunFest, a virtual silent auction, and more; historicelitchtheatre.org. 
History Colorado Center: Game Changers: 100 Years of Negro League Baseball, through September 1. Forty Years on the ’Fax: Colfax Avenue, 1926-1966, now open. Hecho en Colorado, now open. Guests must make a timed reservation online or by phone. $14, History Colorado Center, 1200 Broadway, 303-866-2394, historycolorado.org.
K Contemporary Art: Kuzana Ogg: Sugarcube, through September 12. Free admission with reservation, K Contemporary Art, 1412 Wazee Street, 303-590-9800, kcontemporaryart.com.
Lake Dillon Arts Festival: The open-air juried show includes fine arts and crafts. September 4-6, free admission, 104 Village Place, Dillon, 720-941-6088, coloradoartshows.com.
Lake Dillon Boat Tours: Opt for daytime, sunset, historic or women-only boat tours through the end of the summer. Dates and times vary, $40 and up, Dillon Marina, 150 Marina Drive, Dillon, 970-468-5100, townofdillon.com/marina.
Let's Roam: Don't care what you end up doing as long as you get out of the damn house? Sign up for this scavenger hunt around town that you can complete with friends at your own leisure and get a wide sampling of Denver haunts and happenings. $13 per person, various Denver locations, 720-340-3264, letsroam.com.
McNichols Civic Center Building: Lavender Mist: Gay Men in Contemporary Art and Queer City of the Plains, extended. Free admission by appointment, 144 West Colfax Avenue, 720-865-5570, mcnicholsbuilding.com.
Metro Denver Farmers' Market: Markets include Southwest Plaza, Lakewood, Littleton, Highlands Ranch and Commerce City. Days and hours vary, free admission, 303-887-3276, denverfarmersmarket.com.
Museo de las Americas: Rhythm and Ritual: Music of the Ancient Americas, through October 17. $8, 861 Santa Fe Drive, 303-571-4401, museo.org.
Parker Arts Drive-In Series: Instead of taking a seat in the theater, pull up to a spot in the parking lot and listen to live entertainment via your car radio. Days and hours vary, $30 per vehicle, PACE Center, 20000 Pikes Peak Avenue, Parker, 303-805-6800, parkerarts.org.
Republic Plaza: Art installations Then the Story Goes, by Olive Moya, and Passing Through, by Scottie Burgess, are currently on display in the office building. Free, 370 17th Street, artsbrookfield.com.

click to enlarge The Unicorn Festival rides again...albeit with some delays. - AARON THACKERAY
The Unicorn Festival rides again...albeit with some delays.
Aaron Thackeray
Unicorn Festival: Let's hope the mythical unicorns, mermaids and wizards at this fest are immune to real-world viruses. September 5-6, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. and 11 a.m.-5 p.m., $25 and up, Clement Park, 7306 West Bowles Avenue, Littleton, unicornfestivalcolorado.com.
Urban Market: The open-air marketplace has everything from clothing to antiques to furniture. Dates vary, free admission, Skyline Park, 16th and Arapahoe streets, 720-272-7467, coloradoevents.org.
Walker Fine Art: Common Ground now on display. Free admission, Walker Fine Art, 300 West 11th Avenue, 303-355-8955, walkerfineart.com.
Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum: The museum isn't yet open to the public, but you can now book a private, behind-the-scenes tour for up to 10 people. $300, Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum, 7711 East Academy Boulevard, 303-360-5360, wingsmuseum.org.

These listings were prepared for our guide to Summer, the June 25 edition of Westword. While the deadline has passed, you can send event information to [email protected] for consideration for future stories.
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