Dozens of Things to Do This Summer Around Denver

Courtesy Art in Vail
Many museums are still shuttered, but you can still see art on the streets this summer.
Back in March, Coloradans were looking forward to a summer of warm weather and a wealth of seasonal events. Then the coronavirus pandemic shook up the entertainment industry, moving everything from art shows to wine dinners online. But cultural institutions are slowly reopening, and festivals and some special events are moving offline and into the real world...all while observing new safety protocols, of course.

Here's what's still on the calendar for summer 2020. Enjoy...and be careful out there!

Affordable Arts Festival: Novice collectors, bargain hunters and just plain cheapskates will love this art fair, where all pieces cost less than $100. August 30, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., $10-$11, Arapahoe Community College, 5900 South Santa Fe Drive, Littleton, 303-330-8237,

click to enlarge The Ladies Fancywork Society celebrates the installation of work at the Denver Art Museum. - COURTESY ART IN VAIL
The Ladies Fancywork Society celebrates the installation of work at the Denver Art Museum.
Courtesy Art in Vail
Boulder County Farmers' Markets: Get local meat, dairy, produce and flowers at weekly markets in Boulder, Longmont and Denver. Days and hours vary, free admission with reservation, 303-910-2236,
Butterfly Pavilion: Reserve your timed ticket online to enjoy the tiny and surprising world of invertebrate. 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m., $8-$12, 6252 West 104th Avenue, Westminster, 303-469-9201,
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo: Get your fix of lions, tigers and bears. Timed entry with online ticket pre-purchase is required. $19-$24, 4250 Cheyenne Mountain Zoo Road, Colorado Springs, 719-633-9925,
Colorado Fresh Markets: The market offers Colorado produce and food products. Saturdays through November 14, 8 a.m.-1 p.m., free admission, First Avenue and University Boulevard, 303-442-1837,
Colorado Rapids: Major League Soccer resumes its 2020 season; visit the Rapids' website for details on rescheduled matches. Dick's Sporting Goods Park, 6000 Victory Way, Commerce City,
Colorado State Fair: A scaled-back version of the fair will feature limited vendors, fair food and carnival rides. Through September 7, free admission, Colorado State Fairgrounds, 1001 Beulah Avenue, Pueblo, 800-876-4567,
Commonwheel Arts Festival: Enjoy the long-running art festival in a scenic mountain setting. September 5-7, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., free admission, Memorial Park, 502 Manitou Avenue, Manitou Springs,
Denver Bazaar: The erstwhile pop-up bazaar has reinvented itself as a weekly farmers' market, with online ordering and curbside pick-up Thursday through Sunday as well as in-person shopping Friday and Sunday. Dates and times vary, free admission,

click to enlarge Denver Botanic Gardens is once again open to the public. - COURTESY OF THE DENVER BOTANIC GARDENS
Denver Botanic Gardens is once again open to the public.
Courtesy of the Denver Botanic Gardens
Denver Botanic Gardens York Street: Reserve a spot in advance to see the Gardens' lush summer displays. On-site events include the Rocky Mountain Bonsai Society Show, September 5-6. Admission 9 a.m.-5 p.m. $15, 1007 York Street, 720-865-3500,
Denver Botanic Gardens Chatfield Farms: Reserve a spot in advance to see the Botanic Gardens' native plant refuge and working farm. 9 a.m.-5 p.m., $7, 8500 West Deer Creek Canyon Road, Littleton, 720-865-3500,
Denver Mart Drive-In: See a double feature every Friday, Saturday and Sunday through Labor Day; online ticket sales only. 8 p.m., $10 per person, 451 East 58th Avenue,
Denver Museum of Nature & Science: The museum is now open to the public with timed entry; purchase tickets on its website. Current exhibits include The Art of the Brick and After the Asteroid, and (extremely) limited in-person events such as illustration classes and museum-led float trips are also on the website. $13.95 and up, 2001 Colorado Boulevard, 303-370-6000,
Denver Zoo: Purchase timed-entry tickets up to seven days in advance online only; no on-site ticket sales at this time. 8:30 a.m.-7 p.m., $14-$20, Denver Zoo, 2900 East 23rd Avenue, 720-337-1400,
Downtown Aquarium: While the 4-D theater is still closed, the aquarium's exhibits and restaurant are now open to visitors. 10 a.m.-8 p.m. daily, $17.50 and up, 700 Water Street, 303-561-4450,
Fetch Market: Shop for an eclectic mix of goods and services at the weekend-long pop-up flea market. Dates vary, free admission, Stanley Marketplace, 2501 Dallas Street, Aurora,
Foothills Art Center:  False Choice now open. Free admission, Foothills Art Center, 809 15th Street, Golden, 303-279-3922,
Four Mile Historic Park: Currently, the 12-acre park and historic home (the oldest in Denver!) is open Friday through Sunday with advance ticket purchase. 10 a.m.-4 p.m., $5, 715 South Forest Street, 720-865-0800,