Admit it: Last summer was a bust. Denver soldiered on, of course — businesses pivoted, pivoted and pivoted some more, transforming IRL concerts, food fests, cooking classes, races, art exhibits, movies nights and more into online events — but summer 2020 isn’t going on the top of anyone’s list of good times. This year is a different story, as COVID restrictions are lifted and in-person fun of all kinds returns with a vengeance.
For our annual Summer guide (see it here in a flipbook) — we compiled these listings of hundreds of recreational, food and drink, art, theater and shopping events through the end of September.
Check the Ongoing section to get a jump on events that run through the summer, then continue reading for month-by-month listings. And have a great summer!
If the last eighteen months weren’t surreal enough for you, try a Wonderland-themed tea party.
Courtesy the Alice
74th Annual Juried Art Show: Through August 14, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. daily, free admission, Gilpin County Arts Association, 117 Eureka Street, Central City, 303-582-5952, gilpincountyartsassociation.org.
74th Annual Members Art Show: August 21-October 25, free, Gilpin County Arts Association, 117 Eureka Street, Central City, 303-582-5952, gilpincountyartsassociation.org.
The Alice: The Alice in Wonderland-themed pop-up bar includes riddles, challenges, two drinks and cakes demanding, “Eat me!” Through August 31, $40, Denver location TBA, explorehidden.com.
Arapahoe Basin Via Ferrata: The highest-elevation fixed-handhold climbing route in North America; choose from half- or full-day guided climbs. $175-$225, Winter Sports Center, Mountain Goat Plaza, Dillon, arapahoebasin.com.
Arvada Center Art Galleries: (Don’t be embarrassed by) your trouble with living; 100 +1: Women and the Vote; and Viral Influence: Art in the Time of Coronavirus, through August 22. Free admission with reservation, Arvada Center, 6901 Wadsworth Boulevard, Arvada, 720-898-7200, arvadacenter.org.
Aurora History Museum: Aurora Parks Explored, through October 31; The Rise of the Aurora Suburb During the Cold War, through April 24, 2022. Free, Aurora Museum, 15051 East Alameda Parkway, Aurora, 303-739-7000, auroramuseum.org.
Black Love Mural Festival: The BLM project has expanded this year, with the work of participating Black artists spread out from Civic Center Park to Five Points Plaza and other Denver locations. Through August 8, instagram.com/blacklovemuralfestival.
Boulder County Farmers Markets: Weekly markets in Denver, Boulder, Lafayette and Longmont offer seasonal Colorado produce and products. Online ordering, curbside pick-up and delivery are also available. Days and hours vary, free admission, 720-840-0529, bcfm.org.
Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art: The Stubborn Influence of Painting, through September 6; Taiko Chandler: At Twilight, through September 6; Web Model Dot Space, through August 1. Admission $2, Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, 1750 13th Street, Boulder, 303-443-2122, bmoca.org.
Bravo! Vail Music Festival: Orchestras, chamber music groups and soloists from around the world take up residence in Vail for seven weeks. through August 4, various Vail locations, 877-812-5700, bravovail.org.
Center for the Arts Evergreen: Love, through August 7; 120 for $120, August 13-September 10. Free, Center for the Arts Evergreen, 31880 Rocky Village Drive, Evergreen, 303-674-0056, evergreenarts.org.
Chatfield Corn Maze: The seven-acre corn maze takes about an hour to complete. There’s also a mini-maze for kids under ten and escape rooms to solve. Opens September 17, Fridays-Sundays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., $15 and up, Denver Botanic Gardens Chatfield Farms, 8500 West Deer Creek Canyon Road, Littleton, 720-865-3500, botanicgardens.org.
Civic Center Eats runs Tuesdays through Thursdays all summer.
Courtesy Civic Center Eats
Civic Center Eats: The annual food truck rally now serves dinner, too; order from nearly 20 trucks Tuesdays through Thursdays, through September 30. Free admission, Civic Center Park, Broadway and Colfax Avenue, civiccentereats.com.
Civic Center Moves: This summer’s lineup includes three yoga classes and one fitness class every week through the end of summer. Monday through Thursday, 6-7 p.m., $10, Civic Center Park, Broadway and Colfax Avenue, civiccenterpark.org.
Colorado Fresh Markets: The twice-weekly market runs through the end of September; days and hours vary. Free admission, Cherry Creek Shopping Center, First Avenue and University Boulevard, 303-442-1837, coloradofreshmarkets.com.
Colorado Rapids: Single tickets for home games are available through November 7. Dick’s Sporting Goods Park, 6000 Victory Way, Commerce City, coloradorapids.com.
Colorado Renaissance Festival: History repeats itself as the Renaissance returns post-pandemic. Weekends, through August 22, 10 a.m.-6:30 p.m., $25-$27, 650 West Perry Park Avenue, Larkspur, 303-688-6010, coloradorenaissance.com.
Colorado Rockies: The team’s final home game is September 29; schedule and ticket information available at mlb.com/rockies. Coors Field, 2001 Blake Street, mlb.com/rockies.
Colorado Shakespeare Festival: A Midsummer Night’s Dream, through August 15; The Odyssey, through August 14; Pericles, August 1-3. Tickets $19 and up, Mary Rippon Outdoor Theatre, Boulder, 303-492-8008, cupresents.org.
Communications Solutions: A Story of Extravagant Love: This sordid tale of corporate and sexual intrigue plays out over seven days online, climaxing in a real-life storefront reveal. July 26-August 1, $20, online and Theater 29, 5138 West 29th Avenue, theater29denver.com.
Denver Art Museum: Each/Other, through August 22; Simphiwe Ndzube: Oracles of the Pink Universe, through October 10; Memory Mirror, through March 5, 2023. Admission $10-$13, Denver Art Museum, 100 West 14th Avenue Parkway, 720-865-5000, denverartmuseum.org.
Denver Botanic Gardens Chatfield Farms: The southern outpost of Denver Botanic Gardens is a native plant refuge and working farm. Open daily 9 a.m.-4 p.m., $10, 8500 West Deer Creek Canyon Road, Littleton, 720-865-3500, botanicgardens.org.
Denver Botanic Gardens York Street: Golden Opportunity: Botanical Illustration, through August 15; Salvador Dalí: Gardens of the Mind, through August 22; Of Sky and Ground: Yoshitomo Saito, July 24-November 28; Fervor: Ana María Hernando, September 11-January 2, 2022. Evenings al Fresco (see below), through August 30. Open daily 9 a.m.-8 p.m., $15, 1007 York Street, 720-865-3500, botanicgardens.org.
Denver Museum of Nature & Science: Stonehenge, through September 6; Birdly Virtual Reality Experience and Numbers in Nature: A Mirror Maze, now open. Free nights August 11 and September 1. Admission $18.95 plus special exhibits, 2001 Colorado Boulevard, 303-370-6000, dmns.org.
Elitch Gardens Theme & Water Park: The park is open Wednesdays to Mondays through August 13, then Saturdays and Sundays only through October 31; hours vary. Admission $45 and up, 2000 Elitch Circle, 303-595-4386, elitchgardens.com.
Evenings al Fresco: Denver Botanic Gardens brings a lineup of diverse musicians to play among the plants during evening hours. Mondays and Wednesdays through August 30, $30, Denver Botanic Gardens, 1007 York Street, 720-865-3500, botanicgardens.org.
Figures in Literature: Draw models costumed as famous literary figures; bring your own drawing supplies. Thursdays through September 30, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.. Free with reservation, Boulder Bandshell, 1212 Canyon Boulevard, Boulder, eventbrite.com.
Fine Arts Center at Colorado College Museum: Anna Tsouhlarakis: To Bind or to Burn, through August 21; Ansel Adams: Masterworks and Eugène Atget: Photographing Paris 1898–1925, through September 4. Admission $10 with reservation, Fine Arts Center at Colorado College, 30 West Dale Street, Colorado Springs, 719-634-5581, fac.coloradocollege.edu.
Fine Arts Center at Colorado College Theatre: Front Range Fables, through August 7; She Loves Me, July 29-August 1; Where Did We Sit on the Bus?, August 12-22; Working, August 24-September 5. Free-$25, Fine Arts Center at Colorado College, 30 West Dale Street, Colorado Springs, 719-634-5581, fac.coloradocollege.edu.
Firehouse Art Center: Means of Production, through August 29, free with reservation, Firehouse Art Center, 667 Fourth Avenue, Longmont, 303-651-2787, firehouseart.org.
First Friday Art Walk, Art District on Santa Fe: The Art District welcomes summer along with the return of the city’s largest gallery stroll. First Friday of every month year-round, 5:30-9:30 p.m. Free, 500 through 1200 blocks of Santa Fe Drive, denversartdistrict.org.
Foothills Art Center: Nicole Banowetz: The Intervening Substance, through August 8; William Stoehr: Victims — Witnesses — Survivors, August 27-October 31; Jan R. Carson: Illuminated Works, July 30-October 10. Free, Foothills Art Center, 809 15th Street, Golden, 303-279-3922, foothillsartcenter.org.
Four Mile Historic Park Free Days: Admission to the 19th-century farmstead is free on the second Friday of each month, year-round. 715 South Forest Street, 720-865-0800, fourmilepark.org.
Courtesy Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park
Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park: The only way into this mountaintop attraction is by gondola. Once in, you can enjoy thrill rides and cave tours. Through October 31, hours vary, $21-$61, 51000 Two Rivers Plaza Road, Glenwood Springs, 970-945-4228, glenwoodcaverns.com.
Historic Denver Walking Tours: Take a turn through Denver neighborhoods and learn about a time when not all buildings were examples of the infamous “Denver fugly” school of design. Through October 31, dates and times vary, $18 and up, various Denver locations, 303-534-5288, historicdenver.org.
History Colorado Center: Building Denver: Where Corners Meet, through October 1; The Civil War Monument “On Guard,” through October 15; Five Points Plus: Neighborhood Memory Project, through November 1; Forty Years on the ’Fax, through December 31; Black in Denver, through March 5, 2022; State Historical Fund Retrospective, through April 30, 2022; Brick & Soul // Armando Geneyro, July 30-July 30, 2022; Building Denver: Visions of the Capital City, through August 31, 2022. Daily 10 a.m.-5 p.m., $14, 1200 Broadway, 303-866-2396, historycolorado.org.
Inside Her Studio Pop-Up Gallery: Identity, through July 31; Abstract, August 6-31. Free, Dairy Block Alley, 1800 Wazee Street, insideherstudio.com.
Looking Forward/Looking Back: This exhibit covers the early days of the restoration of the Unsinkable Molly Brown’s Capitol Hill home. Through September 19, hours vary. Admission $14, Molly Brown House Museum, 1340 Pennsylvania Street, 303-832-4092, mollybrown.org.
Made by Us Merchant Collective: The (most every) weekend market appears around town with vegan eats, vintage clothes and handmade products of all sorts. Various Denver locations; Dairy Block, Infinite Monkey Theorem and Fort Greene are common venues. Free admission, @madebyus_denver.
MCA Denver: Keith Haring: Grace House Mural; Colorado in the Present Tense: Narkita Gold, Rick Griffith, Nathan Hall, and Maia Ruth Lee; and Jaime Carrejo: Waiting, through August 22. Deborah Roberts: I’m and Jason Moran: Bathing the Room With Blues, September 10-January 30, 2022. Admission $10, 1485 Delgany Street, 303-298-7554, mcadenver.org.
Metro Denver Farmers Market: Weekly markets set up in Lakewood, Highlands Ranch, Denver and Littleton. Days and hours vary. Free admission, 303-887-3276, denverfarmersmarket.com.
Museum of Boulder: Memorial Crane Project and Drawing Parallels: Community Art & Artifacts From 2020, through September 17. Admission $10, Museum of Boulder, 2205 Broadway, Boulder, 303-449-3464, museumofboulder.org.
Night Bazaar: There are now two locations of the open-air market, bar and food truck rally: 4-9 p.m. Fridays through August 27 at 2424 Larimer Street; and 3-8 p.m. Saturdays through October 2 at 1611 Raleigh Street. Free admission, denverbazaar.com.
Orvis 101 Fly-Fishing Demo Class: Learn the basics about setting up a fishing rod, casting, flies and tackle. Saturdays through September 25, 10-11:30 a.m. Free with reservation, Front Range Anglers, 2344 Pearl Street, Boulder, 303-494-1375, frontrangeanglers.com.
PACE Center Gallery: Russian Influence, through August 31; Scott Switzer/Denver Veterans Healing Art, opens September 2. Free, 20000 Pikes Peak Avenue, Parker, 303-805-6800, parkerarts.org.
Park Hill Farm & Flea: The market includes locally made homewares, food, crafts and clothing. Thursdays through September 30, 4 to 8 p.m. Free admission, 2255 Oneida Street, parkhillfarmandflea.com.
People & Produce: The Sunday farmers’ market also includes food trucks, a bar (mimosas!) and live music. Sundays through October 3, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Free admission, 4910 South Newport Street, facebook.com.
Pirate Contemporary Art: Robert Green retrospective and Meagan Bray, through July 25; Julie Jablonski and Leah Fernandez, July 30-August 15; Craig Robb and Tom Mazzullo, August 20-September 5; BUG and Hardly Soft, September 10-26. Open Fridays 6-9 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays 12-5 p.m. Free, 7130 West 16th Avenue, Lakewood, 303-909-5748, pirateartonline.org.
Pitkin County Community Read: County residents can register and receive a free copy of The Night Watchman, by Louise Erdrich, and attend a series of summer events related to the novel, like a book club discussion (July 27, 5:30 p.m.), author talk (August 2, 5:30 p.m.) and Beyond the Book social issue activation (August). Free with registration, various Pitkin County locations, 970-925-3122, pitcolib.org.
Courtesy Tabor Opera House
Second Saturday Art Walk in Historic Westminster: The northern suburb’s answer to First Friday art crawls. Noon-5 p.m. every second Saturday. Free, 73rd Avenue between Lowell and Bradburn boulevards, 303-426-4114, westminsterchamber.biz.
Shrek: The Musical: Fiona falls in love with Shrek, but we all know Donkey steals the show. Through August 22, 6 p.m. Tickets $38 and up, Candlelight Dinner Playhouse, 4747 Marketplace Drive, Johnstown, 970-744-3747, coloradocandlelight.com.
Sing Our Rivers Red: Single earrings represent missing and murdered indigenous women in this traveling exhibit. Wednesdays through Saturdays, 2-6 p.m., through July 31. Free with reservation, Dairy Arts Center, 2590 Walnut Street, Boulder, 303-444-7328, thedairy.org.
Solstice Garden: The outdoor exhibition evokes the power of the sun and hopes for a fruitful harvest ahead. Through August 15, free, Art Students League of Denver, 200 Grant Street, 303-778-6990, asld.org.
Somos: A show addressing domestic violence, resilience and healing in the Latinx community. It includes works from thirteen artists, plus workshops about healing through art, conversations about machismo, and a closing reception. Various dates and times through August 19. Admission free-$8, Museo de los Americas, 861 Santa Fe Drive, 303-571-4401, museo.org.
Stanley Farm & Flea: A produce-centric farmers’ market. Fridays through August 27, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Free admission, Stanley Marketplace, 2501 Dallas Street, Aurora, stanleyfarmandflea.com.
Steamboat Springs Pro Rodeo Series: The rodeo shows include calf and ram scrambles for kiddos, rodeo clowns, team roping, bareback riding and steer wrestling. Fridays and Saturdays through August 28, 6-9:30 p.m. $20-$25, Brent Romick Rodeo Arena, 501 Howelsen Parkway, Steamboat Springs, 970-879-1818, steamboatprorodeo.com.
Steamboat Springs Walking Tours: Olympic Heritage Tour, Tuesdays through August 14; Downtown Historical Walking Tour, Thursdays through August 26; Iconic Steamboat Walking Tour, Fridays through August 27; Mineral Springs Walking Tour, Wednesdays through September 7. Free, various Steamboat Springs locations, 970-879-2214, treadofpioneers.org.
Stories We Tell: The Collection Two Ways: This exhibit brings Clyfford Still works from the vault into the galleries and displays them partially chronologically and partially thematically in an effort to appeal to viewers’ different learning styles. Through October 10. Admission $10, Clyfford Still Museum, 1250 Bannock Street, 720-354-4880, clyffordstillmuseum.org.
Summer of More: In addition to Arapahoe Springs water park, guests at Gaylord Rockies Resort & Convention Center can keep kids busy with pirate- and princess-themed activities. Through September 6, hours and prices vary, 6700 North Gaylord Rockies Boulevard, Aurora, 720-452-6900, tickets.gaylordrockies.com.
Summer on the Streets: A mini art fest takes over downtown Longmont’s alleyways and breezeways, while local musicians perform on three stages. Saturdays through August 21, 4 p.m.-8 p.m. Free, downtown Longmont, firehouseart.org.
Tabor Opera House Tours: Tours of the historic opera house focus on a newly unearthed trove of turn-of-the-(19th)-century stage sets. Fridays through Sundays through September 5. Tickets $14, Tabor Opera House, 308 Harrison Avenue, Leadville, 719-486-8409, taboroperahouse.net.
Tenderly: The intimate musical takes audiences behind the curtain of singer Rosemary Clooney’s public life. August 6-29, JCC Mizel Arts & Culture Center, 350 South Dahlia Street, 303-800-6578, cherrycreektheatre.org.
Theatre Aspen’s summer season is back.
Mike Lyions Photography
Theatre Aspen: Willy Wonka, Jr., July 29-31; Rock of Ages, July 30-August 21; Peter and the Starcatcher, August 5-8; Solo Flights, August 25-31. Tickets $80 and up, Theatre Aspen, 470 Rio Grande Place, Aspen, 970-300-4474, theatreaspen.org.
The Treasurer: This black comedy explores parental abandonment, filial responsibility and guilty consciences. through August 7. Tickets $10 and up, Miners Alley Playhouse, 1224 Washington Avenue, Golden, 303-935-3044, minersalley.com.
Until the Flood: A solo theatrical show tackling a range of responses to Michael Brown’s 2014 murder in Ferguson, Missouri. Free on demand, denvercenter.org.
Vail Farmers Market: Sundays through October 3, 10 a.m-3 p.m. Free admission, East Meadow Drive, Vail Village, vailfarmersmarket.com.
Van Gogh Alive: It’s not just your eyes that will be involved in this multi-sensory exhibit; it’s also your nose and your ear. Through September 26. Tickets $35, the Hanger at Stanley Marketplace, 2501 Dallas Street, Aurora, 303-893-4100, denvercenter.org.
Volleyball of the Rockies: Grass and sand court leagues available, along with clinics and classes. Dates, times and locations vary; 303-745-2255, votr.com.
Water World: Is it even summer if you don’t get fried at the venerable water park at least once? Open daily through August 15 and weekends through September 6. Admission $26.99 and up, 8801 North Pecos Street, Federal Heights, 303-427-7873, waterworldcolorado.com.
Yoga in the Square: Westsiders (or anyone in the neighborhood) can enjoy free weekly yoga sessions in downtown Arvada. Saturdays through August 28, 9 a.m.-10 a.m. Free, Olde Town Square, Olde Wadsworth Boulevard and West 57th Avenue, Arvada, facebook.com.
Yoga on the Rocks: You can’t take your dog to Yoga on the Rocks — but you can take your downward dog. Saturdays and Sundays through August 1, 7 a.m., $17, Red Rocks Amphitheatre, 18300 Alameda Parkway, Morrison, 720-865-2494, redrocksonline.com.
July 23: Reels on Wheels: Show up for live entertainment and a different drive-in movie every night. The Princess and the Frog, July 23. 7 p.m., $10 per car, Alamo Drafthouse, 8905 Westminster Boulevard, Westminster, 303-658-2400, cityofwestminster.us.
Strap on your peg leg and get out there.
Courtesy Pirate Treasure Hunt
July 23-25: Arapahoe County Fair: This year’s county fair includes a beer fest, dock dogs and miniature cattle show. $15 admission, Arapahoe County Fairgrounds, 25690 East Quincy Avenue, Aurora, 303-795-4955, arapahoecountyfair.com.
July 23-24: Breck Film Summer Drive-In: See The Blues Brothers on July 23 and The Karate Kid on July 24. 8:30 p.m., $25 per car, Colorado Mountain College parking lot, 107 Denison Placer Road, Breckenridge, 970-453-6200, breckfilm.org.
July 23-25: Carbondale Mountain Fair: Entertainment at the 50th Carbondale Mountain Fair includes days of live music, bike and foot races, and contests that will test the mettle of artists, bakers, wood splitters, limbo-ers and horseshoe players. Free admission, Sopris Park, Carbondale, 970-963-1680, carbondalearts.com.
July 24: Audi Snowmass 50 Mountain Bike Race: Formerly the Power of Four race, the 25- or 50-mile course includes vertical ascents of 5k or 10k feet. 7 a.m., $100 and up, Snowmass Base Village, 40 Carriage Way, Snowmass Village, aspensnowmass.com.
July 24: Bike Winter Park Weekend: Roll Massif hosts two Winter Park rides in one day: Crooked Gravel (on gravel, duh) and Sunrise to Sunset (mountain trails). $115 and up, various Winter Park locations, playwinterpark.com.
July 24: Latino Conservation Week Adventure Day: The day starts with a guided hike before a sack lunch and wildlife program (all programming is in Spanish). Afterward, attendees can take advantage of activities like climbing walls, mini golf, archery and ax-throwing. 9 a.m.-4 p.m., free, YMCA of the Rockies Estes Park Center, 2515 Tunnel Road, Estes Park, 970-586-3341, facebook.com.
July 24: Pirate Treasure Hunt: Dress like a pirate (and talk like one) at this citywide themed scavenger hunt for crews of two to six. 10 a.m.-1 p.m., $52.50, various Denver locations, 855-464-8326, thecityscavenger.com.
July 24: Summer Brew Fest: The weather is hot. The beer is cold (or at least cellar temperature). What more could you ask for on a Colorado weekend? 1 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 10 p.m. sessions, $35 to $65, Mile High Station
2027 West Colfax Avenue, brewfestevents.com.
July 24: TRYathlon: Always wanted to try a tri but were intimidated? Four mini-courses cater to all levels and abilities. $25, Cook Creek Pool, 8711 Lone Tree Parkway, Lone Tree, 303-483-7034, ssprd.org.
July 24-25: Urban Market: Live music at this outdoor market — where shoppers can buy antiques, furniture, art, clothing and more — starts at noon. 11 a.m.-7 p.m., free admission, Skyline Park, 16th Street Mall and Arapahoe Street, 720-272-7467, coloradoevents.org.
July 25: Midsummer Masquerade Gala: Actor Darren Criss headlines this fancy-dress event in a fancy-shmancy town. Theatre Aspen, 470 Rio Grande Place, Aspen, 970-300-4474, theatreaspen.org.
July 25: RiNo Music & Arts Festival: The showcase includes live painting, body art, live music, artisans and visual artists. 12-10 p.m., $20, Number Thirty Eight, 3560 Chestnut Place, facebook.com.
July 25: Silverthorne Art Stroll: For a few hours, the Blue River Trail will be home to pop-up music performances and artists. 12-3 p.m., free, Silverthorne Performing Arts Center, 460 Blue River Parkway, silverthorne.org.
Courtesy Littleton Twilight Criterium
July 28: Mixed Taste Lecture Series: We’re hoping the result of this week’s lectures (on forest health and lowriders) is a plan for car shows in scenic redwood groves. 7 p.m., $10-$20, Denver Performing Arts Complex Seawell Ballroom or online, 14th and Curtis streets, 303-893-4100, denvercenter.org.
July 28: Silent Film Series: Zander the Great (1929) includes spunky orphans, bandits, the Wild West and smugglers. 7 p.m., $14, Chautauqua Auditorium, 900 Baseline Road, Boulder, 303-440-7666, chautauqua.com.
July 28: Track Night in America: Always wanted to get out on a racetrack with other cars? Now you can; all driving abilities welcome. 3:45-9 p.m., $135, Pikes Peak International Raceway, 16650 Midway Ranch Road, Fountain, 719-382-7223, ppir.com.
July 28-30: Reels on Wheels: Show up for live entertainment and a different drive-in movie every night. Dumbo, July 28; and The Greatest Showman, July 29-30. 7 p.m., $10 per car, Alamo Drafthouse, 8905 Westminster Boulevard, Westminster, 303-658-2400, cityofwestminster.us.
July 29: Dining on the Farm: You don’t have to travel far for this farm dinner, but you’ll feel a million miles away from the city. Price includes two drinks, family-style service, live music and garden access. 4:30 p.m. or 6:30 p.m., $150, Denver Botanic Gardens, 8500 West Deer Creek Canyon Road, Littleton, 720-865-3500, botanicgardens.org.
July 29: Flix & Kicks: Join The Goonies in this quintessential hidden-treasure adventure. Screening at dusk, free, Carmichael Park, 650 East Southern Street, Brighton, brightonco.gov.
July 29: Vinyasa, Violins & Vino: Live violin music accompanies both a stroll through the Botanic Gardens’ art galleries as well as an outdoor yoga class. BYOB to enjoy wine in the gardens afterward. 5:30-8:30 p.m., $22, Denver Botanic Gardens, 1007 York Street, 720-865-3500, botanicgardens.org.
July 29-August 8: Logan County Fair and Rodeo: It’s tractor pulls, Tilt-a-Whirls and Travis Tritt at the Logan County Fair. Free admission, Logan County Fairgrounds, 1120 Pawnee Avenue, Sterling, 970-522-0888, lcfair.org.
July 30-August 1: Carve Wars: Hipsters call it “live art.” Mountain men call it “taking a chainsaw to a chunk of wood.” 9 a.m., free, Purgatory Resort, Durango, purgatoryresort.com.
July 30-August 1: Premier Lacrosse League: The traveling league takes a long weekend in Colorado with games Friday through Sunday. $25 and up, Weidner Field, 111 West Cimarron Street, Colorado Springs, 310-928-1107, premierlacrosseleague.com.
July 30-August 7: Aerial Dance Festival: The fest is entirely online in 2021, with virtual performances, lessons on everything from fabric theory to impostor syndrome, and panels tackling aging, implicit bias and LGBTQ+ topics in aerial dance. $10 and up, online, 303-245-8272, frequentflyers.org.
July 30-August 9: Vail Dance Festival: New York City Ballet MOVES and BalletX are among the groups performing at this year’s festival. $27 and up, various Vail locations, 970-845-8497, vaildance.org.
July 31: Bluegrass & Brews Festival: The day includes live music from four bluegrass acts, a fiddle contest and sessionable beers from Loveland breweries. 12-8 p.m., Foundry Plaza, Cleveland Avenue and Third Street, Loveland, downtownloveland.org.
July 31: Heritage Fire: The open-air sibling of porkfest Cochon 555 comes to Snowmass with everything from fish to fowl to farm fare cooking over open flames. 4-7 p.m., $99 and up, Snowmass Base Village, 84 Carriage Way, Snowmass, cochon555.com.
July 31: Littleton Twilight Criterium: Unless you’re an elite bike racer, you’re not participating — but you can take advantage of a cruiser ride, food trucks, a beer garden and live music. 3-10 p.m., free admission, Main Street, downtown Littleton, littletoncrit.com.
July 31: Ned Gravel: This bike race offers three courses (20 to 66 miles) on pavement and gravel with intense climbs. 7 a.m., $50-$100, Chipeta Park, 254 Lakeview Drive, Nederland, nedgravel.com.
July 31: Power of Four Trail Run: Choose from three scenic routes: 10K, 25K or 50K. 6 a.m., $80-$110, all routes end in Snowmass Base Village, aspensnowmass.com.
July 31: Reverse Enduro Race and Brewfest: Choose to work for your brews first with a mountain-bike race that ascends 1,500 vertical feet over 1.8 miles (8 a.m.)…or not (brewfest starts at noon). Mountain Goat Plaza, Dillon, arapahoebasin.com.
July 31: Winter Park Uncorked: Choose from three tickets: entrance (admission only, cash bar and food), GA (wine tastings and two food tix) or VIP (wine seminar, VIP lunch and wine tastings and three food tix). 2-6 p.m., $20-$70, Rendezvous Event Center, 78821 U.S. Highway 40, Winter Park, playwinterpark.com.
July 31-August 1: 16th Street Fair: The 16th Street Mall turns into a marketplace for emerging artists and designers showcasing their work. 11 a.m.-7 p.m., free admission, Skyline Park, 16th Street Mall and Arapahoe Street, 720-272-7467, coloradoevents.org.
July 31-August 1: Gold Rush Days: So the Triple Crown winner was revealed to be a cheat. Not so of the Burro Triple Crown contestants at this fest that includes a beer garden, live music and historical reenactments. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. and 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m., River Park, 913 East Main Street, Buena Vista, 719-395-6612, buenavistacolorado.org.
Courtesy Cherry Creek North Food and Wine
August 1: 16th Street Fair: The 16th Street Mall turns into a marketplace for emerging artists and designers showcasing their work. 11 a.m.-7 p.m., free admission, Skyline Park, 16th Street Mall and Arapahoe Street, 720-272-7467, coloradoevents.org.
August 1: Gold Rush Days: So the Triple Crown winner was revealed to be a cheat. Not so of the Burro Triple Crown contestants at this fest that includes a beer garden, live music and historical reenactments. 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m., River Park, 913 East Main Street, Buena Vista, 719-395-6612, buenavistacolorado.org.
August 1: The Honey Stop: There’s buzz surrounding this beekeeping expo that includes demos, working hives, honey products, pollinator plants and more. 9 a.m.-1 p.m., free, O’Brien Park, 10795 Victorian Drive, Parker, 303-805-3370, parkerarts.org.
August 2: Film on the Rocks: Want to watch the best love story in the history of cinema? Asss youuu wiiish. Watch The Princess Bride for the umpteenth time. 6:30 p.m., $16-$32, Red Rocks Amphitheatre, 18300 Alameda Parkway, Morrison, 720-865-2494, redrocksonline.com.
August 4: Mixed Taste Lecture Series: The penultimate lecture in the series takes on something no one is passionate about (public transportation) and something everyone’s prurient about (polyamory). 7 p.m., $10-$20, Denver Performing Arts Complex Seawell Ballroom or online, 14th and Curtis streets, 303-893-4100, denvercenter.org.
August 4: Silent Film Series: Buster Keaton presciently portrayed a ukulele-playing hipster in 1928’s Steamboat Bill, Jr. 7 p.m., $14, Chautauqua Auditorium, 900 Baseline Road, Boulder, 303-440-7666, chautauqua.com.
LoDo’s the Original will be competing in the Denver Burger Battle with croughnut sliders.
Courtesy the Original
August 5: Denver Burger Battle: Twenty Denver restaurants vie to see who will be named Baron of Beef. 5:30 p.m., $79 and up, Tivoli Quad, 1000 Larimer Street, 303-777-6887, denverburgerbattle.com.
August 5: Taste of the West: Take in the view of the foothills from the Colorado Mills parking deck while you’re sampling bevs and bites from Jefferson County eateries, breweries, wineries and distilleries. 5-8 p.m., $20-$25, Colorado Mills, 14500 West Colfax Avenue, Lakewood, westmetrochamber.org.
August 5, 12, 19 and 26: Dining on the Farm: You don’t have to travel far for this farm dinner, but you’ll feel a million miles away from the city. Price includes two drinks, family-style service, live music and garden access. 4:30 p.m. or 6:30 p.m., $150, Denver Botanic Gardens, 8500 West Deer Creek Canyon Road, Littleton, 720-865-3500, botanicgardens.org.
August 5, 14-15 and 21-22: Urban Market: Live music at this outdoor market — where shoppers can buy antiques, furniture, art, clothing and more — starts at noon. 11 a.m.-7 p.m., free admission, Skyline Park, 16th Street Mall and Arapahoe Street, 720-272-7467, coloradoevents.org.
August 5-15: Acoustic Flow: In concert with the Breckenridge Music Festival comes a morning yoga class accompanied by local musicians. 8 a.m., free with registration, Riverwalk Center Lawn, 150 West Adams Avenue, Breckenridge, 970-547-3100, breckcreate.org.
August 6: Dairy Block First Friday Art Walk: Curated artworks, live music and refreshments are the focus of this mini art walk. 4-8 p.m., free, Dairy Block Alley, 1800 Wazee Street, dairyblock.com.
August 6: Hidden Figures: The third installment of Regis University’s family-friendly summer movie series. Food trucks will be on hand if you don’t want to bring a picnic. 6:30 p.m., free, Regis University, West 50th Avenue and Lowell Boulevard, regis.edu.
August 6-7: Breck Film Summer Drive-In: The drive-in series’ final weekend screens Dirty Dancing on August 6 and Toy Story on August 7. 8:30 p.m., $25 per car, Colorado Mountain College parking lot, 107 Denison Placer Road, Breckenridge, 970-453-6200, breckfilm.org.
August 7: Beer Run: Costumes are encouraged (and prizes awarded) at this three-mile fun run that stops by three breweries…er, hydration stations along the way. Brews included in registration cost. 12-1:30 p.m., $45, various Denver locations, explorehidden.com.
August 7: Denver Family Fest: A fun-packed festival with kids’ activities, live entertainment and vendors. Kids admitted free, adult tickets $10 in advance, $15 day of event; 11 a.m.-5 p.m., National Western Complex, 4655 Humboldt Street, theexpopros.com.
August 7: Pink Party: One Colorado never hosts stuffy fundraisers, and this year is no exception. There will be a drag show, open bar and live music at the IRL bash; virtual attendance is free. 6-10 p.m., $75, Tracks, 3500 Walnut Street, 303-396-6170, one-colorado.org.
August 7: ReFlect-ReClaim: Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble presents a program of classic and innovative works from its 51-year history. 7:30 p.m., $28-$40, Arvada Center, 6901 Wadsworth Boulevard, Arvada, 720-898-7200, arvadacenter.org.
August 7: Run for the Ring 5K Run/Walk and Kids’ Fun Run: In-person fundraiser presented by Empower Retirement; proceeds benefit the Guild of the Children’s Diabetes Foundation. Register in advance or at 7 a.m. the day of the event. 8 a.m., Barbra Davis Center for Diabetes, Anschutz Medical Campus, 1775 Aurora Court, Aurora, runsignup.com/Race/CO.
August 7: Winter Park Beer Festival: Plans are still being finalized for this mountaintop fest, but expect good views and brews. 12-5 p.m., winterparkbeerfestival.com.
August 7-8: Bluegrass & Beer Festival: Blues and brews are back at this summer Keystone tradition. River Run Village, Keystone, keystonefestivals.com.
August 7 and 12: Morning Tea in the Garden: Reservation required for this tea and brunch held in the art gallery’s sculpture garden. 10 a.m.-12 p.m., $20, Aar River Gallery, 3707 West 73rd Avenue, Westminster, 303-426-4114, aarrivergallery.com.
August 8, 9 and 15: Summer Cabaret Series: Take in dinner and a show (in the same place) in this series put on by Theatre Aspen. Various Aspen locations, 970-300-4474, theatreaspen.org.
You can’t get cooler than wine and jazz.
Courtesy Live at the Vineyards
August 11: Mixed Taste Lecture Series: Is everyone who works at Casa Bonita a social robot? Is everyone who’s visited the landmark a robot? What about everyone who’s heard of the pink palace? Are you a robot? Find out as this lecture takes on Casa Bonita and social robots. 7 p.m., $10-$20, Denver Performing Arts Complex Seawell Ballroom or online, 14th and Curtis streets, 303-893-4100, denvercenter.org.
August 11: Wine and Watercolor Class: Call to reserve your spot for this class, which includes wine to help your creativity flow. 6 p.m.-9 p.m., $35, Aar River Gallery, 3707 West 73rd Avenue, Westminster, 303-426-4114, aarrivergallery.com.
August 11-12: Boulder International Fringe Festival: Thirty artists from the U.S. and Canada give no-holds-barred live and livestreamed performances. Various Boulder locations and online, boulderfringe.com.
August 11-14: Cherry Creek North Food & Wine: Four days of tastings, seminars and demos culminating in a grand tasting on August 15. $50 and up, Cherry Creek North, 2401 East 2nd Avenue, 303-394-2904, ccnfoodandwine.com.
August 12: Drink Up!: Tired of drinking your hooch out of a Mason jar like a heathen? Learn to craft ceramic mugs, cups and more at this workshop. 12:30-3 p.m., $215, Bemis School of Art, 818 Pelham Place,
Colorado Springs, 719-475-2444, artschool.csfineartscenter.org.
August 12: Flix & Kicks: Go old-school with the 1992 version of Aladdin. Screening at dusk, free, Carmichael Park, 650 East Southern Street, Brighton, brightonco.gov.
August 12-15: Vail Wine Classic: Wine dinners at La Tour and Matsuhisa, panels and seminars complement four Grand Tasting sessions. $99 and up, various Vail locations, 303-777-6887, vailwineclassic.com.
August 13: Hot Night Fusion: Step up for a dance night that mixes and matches dance styles and music with a focus on innovation, not tradition. Optional lesson starts one hour before open dance. 7:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m., $10-$20, CM Dance, 6445 East Ohio Avenue, 303-883-6691, cmdance.org.
August 13-15: Wheat Ridge Carnation Festival: This year’s celebration includes two nights of fireworks, a classic car show, kids’ activities and music including Hazel Miller. New this year: a mile race and fun run. Free admission, Anderson Park, 4355 Field Street, Wheat Ridge, thecarnationfestival.com.
August 14: Art in the Garden: Guests will soak up the sun and scenery while painting a classic Colorado landscape. 10 a.m., $30, Chautauqua Picnic Shelter, 900 Baseline Road, Boulder, 303-440-7666, chautauqua.com.
August 14: Belleview Station Beer Fest: The first in a series of music-themed summer beer festivals includes samples from thirty local breweries, food trucks and an ’80s dance party. 3-7 p.m., $35-$50, Belleview Station, 6785 East Chenango Avenue, gumpoppresents.com.
August 14: Live at the Vineyards: Nibble bites from fifteen local restaurants while sipping Colorado wine and listening to the KUVO Jazz & Blues All-Stars. 6:30 p.m., $80-$125, Balistreri Vineyards, 1946 East 66th Avenue, 303-620-5793, kuvo.org.
August 14: Madam Lou Bunch Day: The famed bed race is the main attraction celebrating the Central City sporting girls, but there’s also a Madam and Miner’s ball and costume contest. 12-8 p.m., free, Main Street, Central City, facebook.com.
August 14: Parker Brewfest: Over 25 Colorado breweries are slated to be pouring at this suburban suds fest. 1-5 p.m., $50-$75, O’Brien Park, 10795 Victorian Drive, Parker, parkerbrewfest.com.
August 14: Run the Rockies Trail 10K and Half Marathon: Did you know about the Frisco Peninsula? Neither did we, but these races run around and all over it. $45-$65, Frisco Adventure Park, 621 Recreation Way, Frisco, 970-668-2558, townoffrisco.com.
August 14-15: Colorado Irish Festival: Irish music, dancing and sports are on the docket, as well as history and language lessons, all in a new location for 2021. Citizens Park, 5401 West 22nd Avenue, Edgewater, 720-326-4665, coloradoirishfestival.com. NOTE: THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELED.
August 14-15: Estes Park Wine Festival: Tickets include a wine glass and tote, live music, artisan vendors and unlimited tastings from twenty Colorado wineries. 11 a.m.-5 p.m., $35-$85, Bond Park, 260 Park Lane, Estes Park, 970-218-4545, estesparkwinefestival.com.
The Pancake Stampede ends with a tasty breakfast (call it carb loading).
South Suburban Parks and Rec
August 15: Pancake Stampede 5K: If you can’t keep up with the crowd, you could end up trampled as flat as a…well, you know. A flapjack breakfast follows the race. 8 a.m., $20, Hudson Gardens and Event Center, 6115 South Santa Fe Drive, Littleton, 303-483-7034, runningguru.com.
August 18: Tulip Bulb Giveaway: While supplies last, select Boulder businesses will be giving away bags of tulip bulbs to bring color to next spring’s lawns. First come, first served. Free, various Boulder locations, 303-449-3774, boulderdowntown.com.
August 19: Night Drag Queen Bingo Brunch: Is it really brunch when it starts at night? With drag queens involved, anything is possible. 6-9 p.m., Dairy Block Alley, 1800 Wazee Street, dairyblock.com.
August 19: Riverfront Park Summer Sessions: The monthly sessions include live music, beer, cider and food trucks. 4-8 p.m., free admission, Commons Park, 19th Street Bridge, 19th and Platte streets, riverfrontparkevents.com.
August 19-21: Palisade Peach Festival: The annual summer shenanigans include the Just Peachy 5K, a peach-eating contest, farm dinners and recipe demos. $7 admission, Riverbend Park, 451 Pendleton Drive, Palisade, 970-464-7458, palisadecoc.com.
August 20: Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark: If only modern-day Nazis were as easy to defeat as they are in this classic swashbuckler. Screening at dusk, free, Clear Creek Valley Park, 3700 West 58th Place, Arvada, 720-898-7403, arvadafestivals.com.
August 20: Some Enchanted Evening: Grab your most artistic friend, set up an easel, and paint the mountain sunset; cost includes one beer or glass of wine. 7-9 p.m., $25, Old Masonic Hall, 136 South Main Street, Breckenridge, 970-453-3100, breckcreate.org.
August 20-21: Adventure Van Expo: Living in your car has never been so cool. Meet “vanlifers” and see product demos at this adventure vehicle show. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and 10 a.m.-3 p.m., 201 West Lodgepole Street, Dillion, free, 530-448-1944, adventurevanexpo.com.
August 21: Arvada Days: Show up for the beer garden, stay for the petting zoo (not just for kids!), Dutch-oven cook-off and fishing derby. Clear Creek Valley Park, 3700 West 58th Place, Arvada, 720-898-7403, arvadafestivals.com.
August 21: The Crazy Market: The local monthly market hosts artists, jewelry makers, home goods, beads, crystals and food from neighboring Mi Cocina. 11 a.m.-5 p.m., free admission, the Crazy Merchant, 1700 West Belleview Avenue, Littleton, 303-761-6100, thecrazymerchant.com.
August 21: Dinner at DeLaney: This farm-to-table fundraiser for Project Worthmore includes dinner prepared by chef Caroline Glover of Annette. 170 South Chambers Road, Aurora, 720-460-1393, projectworthmore.org.
August 21: Festival for Life 5K Walk/Run: Run a 5K route of your choosing and upload your time, then show up for a socially distanced, in-person festival with the AIDS ceremonial quilt, Diva Dash and brunch garden. 9 a.m.-1 p.m., $40 race registration, Cheesman Park, 303-962-5316, coloradohealthnetwork.org.
August 21: Front Range Wine Festival: Drink wine and mead from over thirty Colorado producers at this outdoor fest that also boasts live music and retail vendors. 11 a.m.-5 p.m., $40-$50, Main Park, 300 Locust Street, Windsor, 970-218-4545, frontrangewinefestival.com.
August 21: Triple Bypass: The 110-mile bike race from Evergreen to Vail is sold out, but it’s still open to volunteers and, of course, spectators. 6:30 a.m., starts at Buchanan Park, 32003 Ellingwood Trail, Evergreen, triplebypass.org.
August 21: Vail Valley Brew’au: Landlocked luau? Anything can happen when the mountains meet a beer festival. 2 to 7 p.m., $45 to $55, Harry A. Nottingham Park, 1 Lake Street, Avon, brewfestevents.com.
August 21: Western Saloon Night: A fundraiser benefiting Western Museum of Mining & Industry (WMMI), with dinner, drinks and reenactments. 6-9 p.m., $50, WMMI, 225 North Gate Boulevard, Colorado Springs, 719-488-0880, wmmi.org.
August 21-22: Golden Fine Arts Festival: The 31-year-old fest showcases the work of artists both local and out of state. Beer and wine gardens and food trucks will be set up. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., free admission, 11th Street between Arapahoe and Maple streets, Golden, goldenfineartsfestival.org.
August 22: Silverthorne Art Stroll: For a few hours, the Blue River trail is home to pop-up music performances and artists. 12-3 p.m., free, Silverthorne Performing Arts Center, 460 Blue River Parkway, silverthorne.org.
August 26: Flix & Kicks: Gal Godot kicks ass on the big screen in Wonder Woman 1984. Screening at dusk, free, Carmichael Park, 650 East Southern Street, Brighton, brightonco.gov.
August 26: Top Taco: Answer the age-old question: How many tacos is too many? Booze included. 6-10 p.m., $89-$165, Stanley Marketplace, 2501 Dallas Street, Aurora, toptacodenver.com.
August 27: COLORCON: Alleyways are for more than just dumpsters and illegal parking. During this all-day fest, they’re museums for murals and stages for singers. Golden Triangle neighborhood, coloradocolorcon.com.
August 27: Fête de Fleurs: The gala fundraiser includes cocktail hour and seven different dining stations spread across the scenic Gardens. Tickets sold in groups of four or more only. 5:30-9:30 p.m., $1,000 and up, Denver Botanic Gardens York Street, 1007 York Street, 720-865-3500, botanicgardens.org.
August 27-29: Hot Rod Rock & Rumble: The rockabilly festival includes drag racing; a pre-’76 car show: burnout, flamethrower and pinup contests; and music from the Delta Bombers. Pikes Peak International Raceway, 16650 Midway Ranch Road, Fountain, 719-382-7223, ppir.com.
August 27-September 6: Colorado State Fair: It’s everything you’d expect from a state fair: rodeos, monster trucks, funnel cakes, carnival rides and performances by George Thorogood and…Nelly? $12 admission, Colorado State Fairgrounds, 1001 Buelah Avenue, Pueblo, 719-561-8484, coloradostatefair.com.
August 28: Boulder Taco Fest: Tacos, craft beer and tequila take center stage at Taco Fest, but there will also be luchadores and live music. 12-8 p.m., $25-$55, Foothills Park, 800 Cherry Avenue, Boulder, bouldertacofest.com.
August 28: An Evening Under the Stars With the Colorado Ballet: Guests will see excerpts from Colorado Ballet’s upcoming season and a performance of Celts set to traditional Irish music. 7:30 p.m., $15-$46, Arvada Center, 6901 Wadsworth Boulevard, Arvada, 720-898-7200, arvadacenter.org.
August 28: Manitou Wine Fest: Choose the morning or afternoon session to taste juice from over 35 Colorado wineries. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. or 3 p.m.-6 p.m., $35, Memorial Park, 502 Manitou Avenue, Manitou Springs, manitousprings.org.
August 28-29: Art Students League of Denver Summer Art Market: The annual art sale is smaller this year because of social distancing, but there will still be multiple sculptors, jewelers, printmakers, painters and mixed-media artists to buy from. $5 admission, Art Students League of Denver, 200 Grant Street, 303-778-6990, asld.org.
August 28-29: Big Mountain Enduro: There’s still time (and room!) to register for two days of intense backcountry mountain bike racing. $250, Purgatory Resort, Durango, bigmountainenduro.com.
August 28-29: Smash Fine Arts Festival: Feast on fine art, live violin and piano music, and bites from caterers. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Fillmore Plaza, Fillmore Street and First Avenue, smashinthesquarefestival.com.
August 29: Affordable Arts Festival: Shop for art you can actually afford at this show, where everything costs just $100 (or less). 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Arapahoe Community College, 5900 South Santa Fe Drive, Littleton, 303-330-8237, affordableartsfestival.com.
August 29: RiNo Beer Fest: The second in a series of music-themed summer beer festivals includes unlimited brews from thirty local producers, food trucks, lawn games and a disco dance party. 3-7 p.m., $35-$50, 2424 Larimer Street, gumpoppresents.com.
September 1, 8, 15, 22-23 and 29: Dining on the Farm: Diners don’t have to travel far for this farm dinner, but the meal will feel a million miles away from the city. Price includes two drinks, family-style service, live music and garden access. 4:30 p.m. or 6:30 p.m., $150, Denver Botanic Gardens, 8500 West Deer Creek Canyon Road, Littleton, 720-865-3500, botanicgardens.org.
September 3: Dairy Block First Friday Art Walk: Curated artworks, live music and refreshments are the focus of this mini art walk. 4-8 p.m., free, Dairy Block Alley, 1800 Wazee Street, dairyblock.com.
September 3-5: Four Corners Motorcyle Rally: The rally includes a poker run, joint-rolling and arm-wrestling contests, demo rides, stunt shows and races. Various Durango locations, fourcornersmotorcyclerally.com.
September 4: Belgian Brew Fest: Forget Oktoberfest brews and get ready to drink like a Belgian. 1-4 p.m., $48, Bruz Beers, 1675 West 67th Avenue, 303-650-2337, belgianbrewfest.com.
September 4: Keystone Oktoberfest: This overachieving Oktoberfest celebration is the earliest to hit our calendar this year. River Run Village, Keystone, keystonefestivals.com.
September 4-5: Summerfest: The juried fine arts show includes crafts for kids and craft beer for parents. 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Buchanan Field, 32003 Ellingwood Trail, Evergreen, 303-674-0056, evergreenarts.org.
September 4-6: Cherry Creek Arts Festival: The nationally renowned fine art show is back, albeit over Labor Day instead of Independence Day weekend and with a new location south of its original stomping grounds. Free, University Boulevard and Cherry Creek North Drive, 303-355-2787, cherrycreekartsfestival.org.
September 4-6: Commonwheel Artists 47th Annual Labor Day Art Festival: Head south for this annual celebration of original fine art and contemporary crafts in historic Manitou Springs. The family-friendly fest also includes music, food and free shuttle service. Saturday, September 4, through Monday, September 6, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. Free, Memorial Park, 502 Manitou Avenue, Manitou Springs, 719-577-7700, commonwheel.com/festival.
Seen at A Taste of Colorado 2019.
Michael Emery Hecker
September 4-6: A Taste of Colorado: The annual Labor Day weekend fest is back — and no longer confined to Civic Center Park. Instead, food and marketplace vendors and bands will set up all over downtown Denver. 11 a.m.-10 p.m., atasteofcolorado.com.
September 9 and 23: Urban Market: Live music at this outdoor market — where shoppers can buy antiques, furniture, art, clothing and more — starts at noon. 11 a.m.-7 p.m., free admission, Skyline Park, 16th Street Mall and Arapahoe Street, 720-272-7467, coloradoevents.org.
September 10: Gala on the Bridge: It’s not a beachfront restaurant, but you’ll have water views as enjoy live music, cocktails and a multi-course dinner. 5:30-10 p.m., 19th Street Bridge, 19th and Platte streets, 303-455-7109, thegreenwayfoundation.org.
September 10: Raptor Day: Raptor stations will be set up throughout the Botanic Gardens, where visitors can learn about different species of prey birds (included with admission). A ticketed program at 5 p.m. ($35) includes a screening of The Eagle Huntress, a talk on falconry, and a meet-and-greet with a golden eagle. Denver Botanic Gardens, 1007 York Street, 720-865-3500, botanicgardens.org.
September 10-12: Boulder Fall Fest: Local food, beer and bands, kids’ entertainment and the Firefly Handmade Market take over the Pearl Street Mall for three days. Free admission, Pearl Street Mall, Boulder, boulderdowntown.com.
September 10-12: Colorado Festival of Horror: Author Steve Niles headlines the day fest for folks who didn’t get enough death, treason and apocalyptic vibes in 2020. Three-day passes $40-$50, Embassy Suites, 4444 Havana Street, cofohorror.com.
September 10-12: Food & Wine Classic: The swanky food fest is already sold out, but you can join the waitlist. Note: Guy Fieri is a guest this year. Various Aspen locations, classic.foodandwine.com.
September 10-12: Pedal the Plains: Take a bike tour of the Eastern Plains instead of the mountains in this multi-day bike ride. Route TBA, 303-954-6701, pedaltheplains.com.
September 10-12: Union Station Buskerfest: Street performers from around the globe bring acrobatics, dance, circus performances, magic and music to the Union Station plaza. Free, Union Station, 1701 Wynkoop Street, unionstationbuskerfest.com.
September 10-12 and 17-19: Vail Oktoberfest: One weekend cannot contain Vail’s epic Oktoberfest celebration. Celebrate in Lionshead the first weekend and Vail Village the second. Various Vail locations, oktoberfestvail.com.
September 11: Big Chili Cook-Off: This is no office potluck; the cook-off takes up an entire park and includes a cash bar, full day of live music and firefighters’ challenges. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., $18-$20, Buchanan Park, 32003 Ellingwood Trail, Evergreen, 303-973-1209, bigchili.org.
September 11: Boulder Valley Wine Festival: Over 30 producers are scheduled to appear at this fest, where VIP ticket holders get exclusive food and drinks. 11 a.m.-5 p.m., $40-$80, Community Park, 955 Belle Vista Drive, Louisville, 970-218-4545, bouldervalleywinefestival.com.
September 11: Fall Into Blues Fest: The day includes live blues performances plus beer and food from downtown Loveland breweries and eateries. 1-7 p.m., the Foundry Plaza, Cleveland Avenue and Third Street, Loveland, downtownloveland.org.
September 12: Colorado Concours d’Elegance: You can’t drive these rare and exotic cars, but you can gawk at over 400 of them at this annual fundraiser for Ability Connection Colorado. 9 a.m.-3 p.m., $9-$10, Arapahoe Community College, 5900 South Santa Fe Drive, 303-691-9339, abilityconnectioncolorado.org.
September 14: Cornucopia: The fundraiser for Metro Caring includes bites from an all-star chef lineup as well as day-long access to the Botanic Gardens. $75-$100, 6 p.m.-8:30 p.m., Denver Botanic Gardens, 1007 York Street, 303-860-7200, metrocaring.org.
September 16: Rare: Want to eat steak under the boiling-hot sun? Here’s your chance. Unlimited wine and cocktails included. 6 p.m., $150-$350, Denver Performing Arts Complex, 14th and Curtis streets, raresteakfest.com.
September 16: Riverfront Park Summer Sessions: The monthly sessions include live music, beer, cider and food trucks. 4-8 p.m., free admission, Commons Park, 19th Street Bridge, 19th and Platte streets, riverfrontparkevents.com.
September 16-18: High Plains Comedy Festival: Tragedy plus time equals comedy, as the saying goes. So is anyone joking about last year yet? Hit some shows and find out. Festival pass $150, various Denver locations, highplainscomedyfestival.com.
September 16-19: Breckenridge Film Festival: The dates are decided, but most all other fest details are up in the air. Practice spontaneity! Various Breckenridge locations, 970-453-6200, breckfilm.org.
September 17-18: Color of Fashion: NYC, Chicago and LA talent joins Colorado designers for two runway shows. Colour highlights artists of all backgrounds, Noir shines the spotlight on Black clothing designers. Various Denver locations, $25-$75, coloroffashionco.com.
September 17-18: Taste of Vail: This year’s fest includes a lamb cook-off, grand tasting, wine tasting and caviar seminar. Various Vail locations, $220 Grand Tasting admission, 970-401-3320, tasteofvail.com.
September 17-18: Westword Music Showcase: The 2021 Westword Music Showcase will roll out over two days in a new location: Friday, September 17, and Saturday, September 18, in the RiNo Art District and on the grounds of the Mission Ballroom. Watch for details at westword.com.
September 17-19: Denver BBQ Festival: Free admission gets you barbecue, beverages and bands à la carte; Pit Passes include all you can eat and drink. $79, Empower Field, 1701 Bryant Street, denverbbqfest.com.
September 17-19: Denver Tattoo Arts Convention: This is not a stuffy business convention. Come and get inked or just engage in some intense people watching. $22-$45, Denver Convention Center, 700 14th Street, 215-423-4780, villainarts.com.
September 17-19: Handmade in Colorado Expo: All artists and craftspeople at this outside bazaar are local Colorado makers. 11 a.m.-7 p.m., free admission, Skyline Park, 16th Street Mall and Arapahoe Street, 720-272-7467, coloradoevents.org.
September 17-19: Parker Oktoberfest: Steins, steins and more steins down south. Free admission, O’Brien Park, 10795 Victorian Drive, Parker, facebook.com.
September 17-19: Telluride Blues & Brews Festival: Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats and Buddy Guy headline this year’s music lineup. While beer will be available to buy, the beer fest portion has been cancelled for now. $30, various Telluride locations, tellurideblues.com.
September 17-19 and 24-26: Denver Oktoberfest: You’ve had an extra year to train, so your dachshunds should be faster, your brat-eating skills more developed and your stein-lifting arm even more muscled. 2100 Larimer Street, thedenveroktoberfest.com.
September 18: Arapahoe Basin Oktoberfest: Listen to live music and nosh on knackwurst. Free chairlift rides will be closing out the summer season. 8 a.m.-6:30 p.m., free admission, Mountain Goat Plaza, Dillon, arapahoebasin.com.
September 18: The Crazy Market: The local monthly market hosts artists, jewelry makers, home goods, beads, crystals and food from neighboring Mi Cocina. 11 a.m.-5 p.m., free admission, the Crazy Merchant, 1700 West Belleview Avenue, Littleton, 303-761-6100, thecrazymerchant.com.
September 18: A Force of Nature Gala: This gala celebrates 125 years of lions, tigers and bears (oh my!) at the Denver Zoo. 5 p.m.-9 p.m., Denver Zoo, 2300 Steele Street, 720-337-1400, denverzoo.org.
September 18: Park Hill Beer Fest: The third in a series of music-themed summer beer festivals includes brews from thirty local taprooms, food trucks and a classic-rock dance party. 3 p.m.-7 p.m., $35-$50, 2225 Oneida Street, gumpoppresents.com.
September 18: Run the Rockies Road 10K and Half Marathon: Did you know about the Frisco Peninsula? Neither did we, but these races run around and all over it. Route TBA, Frisco, 970-668-2558, townoffrisco.com.
September 18: Suave Fest: Enjoy cervezas from Latino-owned craft breweries across the country, plus food trucks, art and live music. 12 p.m.-6 p.m., $35 and up, Raíces Brewing Company, 2060 West Colfax Avenue, eventbrite.com.
September 18-19: Colorado Mountain Winefest: The fest celebrates its thirtieth year with 35 wineries at its already-sold-out grand tasting (you can still get on the waitlist, though). Riverbend Park, 451 Pendleton Street, Palisade, 970-464-0111, coloradowinefest.com.
September 18-19: Denver Arts Festival: There will be wine and beer at this arts and crafts show. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and 10 a.m.-5 p.m., free admission, 8304 East 49th Place, 303-330-8237, denverartsfestival.com.
September 19: Monarch Crest Crank: At 25 miles, this isn’t the longest race in the state, but the terrain is rough and the altitude is high. 7:30 a.m., $95, departs Riverside Park, 210 East Sackett Street, Salida, monarchcrestcrank.com.
September 21: Margaret Brown & Being Female: The Molly Brown House Museum director conducts a livestreamed, virtual tour of the house with a particular focus on gender politics and time for a Q&A. 7-8 p.m., $16, online, 303-832-4092, mollybrown.org.
September 22-26: Convergent Circus: The pop-up art park is a half-mile walk of outdoor, site-specific art installations themed around the four elements: earth, air, water and fire. 13 Moons Ranch, Carbondale, 970-963-1680, carbondalearts.com.
September 24-25: Fall Plant & Bulb Sale: That garden you started last summer may (or may not) have made it through 2021. But it’s never too late to start planning for 2022’s plot! Denver Botanic Gardens, 1007 York Street, 720-865-3500, botanicgardens.org.
Courtesy Vail Film Festival
September 24-26: Vail Film Festival: The details are sparse so far, but as with all things Vail, its film fest should be luxe (and spendy!). Various Vail locations, vailfilmfestival.com.
September 25: Denver Century Ride: Dust off your road bike for a C (100-mile), LXXXV (85-mile), L (50-mile) or XXV (25-mile) ride followed by the party of the…you know. 6:45 a.m., $50-$99, the Shops at Northfield, 8340 Northfield Boulevard, denvercenturyride.com.
September 25-26: Colorado Dragon Boat Festival: 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, free admission, Sloan’s Lake Park, 1700 Sheridan Boulevard, cdbf.org.
September 26: More Than Pink Walk: The 2021 version of the annual fundraiser for the Susan G. Komen Foundation includes a virtual welcome ceremony, then a 5K walk in your neighborhood. Various Denver locations, komencolorado.org.
September 28: Vinyasa, Violins & Vino: Live violin music accompanies both a stroll through the Botanic Gardens’ art galleries and an outdoor yoga class. BYOB to enjoy wine in the gardens afterward. 5:30-8:30 p.m., $22, Denver Botanic Gardens, 1007 York Street, 720-865-3500, botanicgardens.org.
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