Things to Do

Ten More Things to Do In and Around Denver Today

It's Demolition Derby time.
Colorado State Fair
It's Demolition Derby time.
This is the last weekend of August, and although Labor Day is still over a week away, it's beginning to feel like summer's almost over. Grab seasonal experiences while you can! You can head to the hills for the No Barriers festival, turn south for the Colorado State Fair, or stay in town for the third annual La Raza Park Day and Cruise!

Don't miss our list of free things to do in and around Denver, and keep reading for ten more great events this weekend:

Alamosa Round-UP 2021
Sunday, August 29
The Alamosa Round-UP has been a tradition in the San Luis Valley for almost forty years. The 2021 version includes several days of events, including rodeos on Saturday, a demolition derby, and the third annual Round-UP Concert with Chancey Williams and the Younger Brothers Band on Sunday. Get tickets to various events and find out more here.

No Barriers Summit
Sunday, August 29, through Monday, August 30
Keystone, Arapahoe Basin and online

On the twentieth anniversary of Erik Weihenmayer summiting Mount Everest, No Barriers is presenting an accessible, multicultural experience that ranges from concerts to speakers to the What's Your Everest auction and fundraiser. Many of the events are free; get the complete schedule here.

Summer Art Market
Sunday, August 29, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
West Washington Park (click for map)

The Art Students League of Denver (ASLD) presents the 28th annual Summer Art Market, with nearly 100 visual artist booths, artist demonstrations, kidART programming, and food and beverage vendors. Summer Art Market features a range of media, including ceramics, fiber arts, mixed media/book art, painting, drawing, photography, printmaking, jewelry and sculpture. The event includes six first-time exhibitors, as well as work by ASLD faculty and students. Admission is $5 for adults, free for children twelve and under. Find out more here.

The Affordable Arts Festival
Sunday, August 29, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Arapahoe Community College, 5900 South Santa Fe Drive, Littleton

What if there was an art festival in metro Denver where every work of art was less than $100? The Affordable Arts Festival, where bargains abound, returns to the Arapahoe Community College campus, with 160 vendors selling overstock and older work at budget prices. Organizer Jim DeLutes calls it the “garage sale” of art fairs, and that’s the bottom line. Find tickets, $12 (free for children under three), and details here.
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Third Annual La Raza Park Day and Cruise
Sunday, August 29, 1 to 6 p.m.
Berkeley Park, 4601 West 46th Avenue La Raza Park, 1501 West 38th Avenue
After-Party: Sunday, August 29, 6 p.m., The Bar at Plaza 38, 3550 West 38th Avenue, #98

What’s changed since the second annual La Raza Park Day and Cruise? The park itself, formerly dubbed "Columbus Park" to honor Christopher Columbus, and now finally transformed to La Raza Park after years of protests from the surrounding Northside community. This year, the cruise is all about people getting together to enjoy their victory. Cruisers will start at Berkeley Park with an opening prayer by the Aztec dancers in Grupo Tlaloc before a leisurely drive to La Raza Park for food, lowrider cars and bikes, DJ spins and more; at 6, the adult crowd can head west to the Bar at Plaza 38 for an after-party. Find more info here.

2021 Denver BrunchFest
Sunday, August 29, 1 to 4 p.m.
York Street Yards, 3881 Steele Street
Looking for the perfect Sunday brunch? BrunchFest prides itself on being bottomless, beginning with the mimosas and Bloody Marys and continuing with the food — a grand mixture of sweet and savory eats from local restaurants and caterers, all served outdoors. Dig in for the general admission price of $59.99, or opt for early entry at 12:30 p.m. for a jump start on the best dishes for $79.99; get tickets and learn more online at Ticket Tailor.

Log Cabin Republicans of Colorado Summer BBQ
Sunday, August 29, 3 to 6 p.m.
The Barn, Evergreen Memorial Park, Evergreen
The Republican Party of Colorado is splintered, and this Log Cabin group could show the way back to unity. At this tenth annual barbecue, the featured speaker is the liberal-triggering, identity-politics-obliterating heroine Lady Maga USA (actually Ryan Woods, chapter president of the Log Cabin Republicans of Utah. The $25 ticket includes the entertainment as well as a barbecue meal and drinks, and the event is open to all. Find out more here.

Sunday, August 29, 6:30 p.m.
JCC Boulder, 6007 Oreg Avenue, Boulder

Lemon Sponge Cake Contemporary Ballet will perform Anima, which will be followed by a conversation with choreographer Robert Sher-Machherndl and Jenifer Sher. Bring a picnic, blanket and lawn chairs for this relaxing evening. Tickets are $22 here.

and through next weekend:

Colorado State Fair
Through Monday, September 6
State Fairgrounds, Pueblo

The state fair is back, and there's something for everyone at this 149th annual edition: big musical acts, the All American High Dive team, duck and pig races, a petting zoo, the Motorcycle Thrill and Stunt Show, a demolition derby, animal auctions and rodeos, and a special Colorado Tourism Office staycation display showing how much more there is to see in Colorado. Governor Jared Polis has also started the Governor's Plate, a contest between food trucks. “Colorado has so much to be proud of and there’s no better way to celebrate our state than by visiting the state fair. From our top-notch food products to our award-winning livestock, Colorado is a leader in agriculture,” he says. “I’m thrilled to kick off the first-ever Governor’s Plate competition and watch some of Colorado’s top chefs compete to cook the best possible dish made with grown-in-Colorado ingredients.” General admission is $12; get the complete schedule (including free days) here.

Through Saturday, September 4
Studio Friction, 740 Lipan Street
Tickets: $30 at Eventbrite

Denver composer Nathan Hall’s kink opera Unbound, a queer love story with a twist, is almost sold out—but an extra show has been added. This musical tale that involves some consciousness-raising through the art of shibari (Japanese bondage) and a cool electronic soundtrack straight from the gay disco is more about finding one’s true self than it is about kink, even if the show does take place in a real bondage studio. If you can’t get a seat, you can already access the soundtrack online here, and eventually a filmed version of the opera will join it online. Visit Eventbrite for info.

Do you know of a great event in Denver? We'll be updating this list through the weekend; send information to [email protected]