In my last post, I talked about different things you can do this Labor Day weekend. That got me thinking, there is so much to do this weekend that my post about it showing 5 of the best things to do is not enough.In fact, there is so much to do in Denver, and the state of Colorado in general, that I should post about it more often.
That is why starting this week, you guys can expect weekly updates on what to do in Denver every week. So, aside from the activities I listed on my Labor Day Weekend post, here are some more activities you can do this week:
Last Chance to Get Wet at Elitch’s Water Park
As summer ends, this is your last chance this year to enjoy Elitch’s Water Park. Cool your tails off their giant slides and other water attractions. Oh, and admission to the water park also includes admission to Elitch’s Theme park. So, you can get your adrenaline running on rides, then cool off on the pools.
Elitch’s Water Park
2000 Elitch Circle, Denver
10:30 a.m.-9 p.m.
Catch the Buffaloes and Rams Annual Rocky Mountain Showdown
The 17th Annual battle for Colorado college football supremacy will take place on September 1. The Friday game between the University of Colorado Buffaloes and the Rams of Colorado State University will be on Sports Authority Field at Mile High.
Sports Authority Field at Mile High
1701 Bryant St., Denver
Friday, Sept. 1, 6 p.m.
Attend the Colorado Springs Labor Day Lift Off
There are about 60 huge hot-air balloons to be featured and lifted-off in this three-day affair. Festivities start on September 2 at six in the morning. There will be different activities during the festivities including chainsaw carving, skydiving, dragonfly paddle yoga, sumo wrestling, and a donut eating contest.
1605 E. Pikes Peak Ave., Colorado Springs,
Sept. 2-3, 6 a.m.-10 p.m., Mon., Sept. 4, 6-10 a.m.
Get Good Brews and Good Food at Brews and Views Beer Fest
Visit the annual Brews and Views Beer Fest. For just $25 admission price, you can enjoy beers from over 30 breweries across the state of Colorado. You can pair the beer with different food from different participating food trucks as well. Enjoy the good beer and food while appreciating the views of Hudson Gardens.
6115 South Santa Fe Dr., Littleton.
Sept. 2, Sat., 2-5 p.m. Tickets
Brush up on Culture for Free at Denver Art Museum
It’s the first Saturday of the month this weekend, which means admission at Denver Art Museum will be free after 10 a.m. Add some culture in your life and appreciate exhibits like The Western (an exhibit about the Western genre), Common Ground (Photographs by Fazal Sheikh), and Mi Tierra (featuring site installations by Latino Artists).
Denver Art Museum
100 W 14th Avenue Pkwy,
Sept. 2, Sat., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
It takes a lot of courage to leave the familiar and travel thousands of miles to the unknown west. But that is what the Colorado pioneers did. They left the overcrowded states in the east to take a risk by moving westward.
From there, they built the state of Colorado and built a unique community. Let’s take a look back and relive the pioneer days at these spots:
Not only for Colorado history enthusiast but for the classic car guys as well. Aside from preserving the history of the Gunnison County pioneers, they also showcase an antique car museum featuring 25 completely restored classic cars. The museum also features different artifacts and memorabilia from the pioneer days, and the Denver & Rio Grande Narrow Gauge Train.
If you want an experience that is as authentic as it can get to the pioneer days, then the Wild West Ghost Town Museum is for you. Don’t be misled by the name, there are no ghosts or other scary things here. What you get is interactive things to do like panning for gold, cranking a butter churn, or live your wild, wild, west dream and shoot ‘em up at the shooting gallery. The museum also has thousands of preserved old west artifacts for the visitors’ appreciation.
This 12-acre museum is massive. One of the highlights is the guided tour of the Four Mile House, which was built as a homestead in 1859. Get a feel of what life was back in the pioneer days with historical buildings like an old school house, teepees, a blacksmith shop, a miner’s cabin, and a farm. They even have live animals and you can even go on a horse-drawn wagon ride. Take your whole family and have a picnic wearing pioneer outfits.
This place will take you back to the pioneer days more than 100 years ago. Step back into memory lane and ring the bell atop the Sand Creek Schoolhouse. Walk along the old Main street and check out the Coalby Store, where Pioneers picked up supplies. Visit the Charles state museum, where you will not only see displays about the old pioneer life but also see largest dinosaur footprint ever found. You can stroll around the old town but don’t do anything fishy. You might get caught by the Sheriff and you might just find yourself inside the original 1906 unheated jail.
The 2nd annual Denver International Festival is a celebration of hundreds of countries and cultures that call Denver home and it’s all happening this Saturday. This free event features live music and dance performances, interactive art, cultural displays, a marketplace and kid’s village, a beer garden, and over 30 restaurant and food truck vendors offering some of the best food and drinks in the city. If you’re planning to attend, here’s a quick guide and few highlights to let you know what’s going on.
When: Saturday, August 5th | When: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. | Where: Civic Center Park
Admission is FREE
Marketplace, Interactive Art & Cultural Displays
Here’s your chance to meet local businesses, take part in an interactive art mural, and browse beautiful art and clothing products created by some of Colorado’s most talented entrepreneurs and artists.
Luv Mrk’s mission is to ‘Ignite Kindness and ‘Inspire Luv’ by living through our hearts in order to make a positive impact on the world. Visit this booth to meet the owner, purchase unique apparel that lets people know you a part of the solution, and talk about why leaving your ‘luvmrk’ is important.
BeAfrica offers African-inspired, handmade scarves, hoodies, and coin purses using vibrant and strong fabrics from the country. Each product includes a description of its meaning as well as an overview of ways to wear and care for the item.
Denver In Color, a book by Jason Davis and Jonathan Castner featuring the voices and images of Denver interracial couples, will be on sale at their booth. This book allows their voices to come to light and to show that love has no color.
Other highlights include: Heavy Metal Works | Arturo Garcia Fine Art | CommUNITY Fitness | Project Hartwork
This year’s kid village is bigger and better! This is the whole family’s chance to color, paint, and create sand art, take part in cool science experiments, as well play around on the bouncy castles, a bubble station and much more.
Rocket Making & Blast Off: Powered by the Denver Museum of Nature & Science Museum
DIY Slime and Lava Lamps
Mentos & Coca Cola Experiments
Polynesian Hula (watch & learn at 12:30pm)
Meet & Greet: Moana and Captain America (11:30am)
Pinata Breaking (11am, 1pm, 3pm & 5pm)
The Great Kid Village Water Fight (3:30pm)
International Beer and Wine Tasting
If you’re a wine or beer lover, here’s your chance to sample from both local and international wineries and breweries.
Time: 3pm to 6pm
Cost: $25 single admission $45 per couple $100 per group of 5 or more (a portion of the proceeds will benefit Youth on Record)
Admission includes 1 full flight of tastings from all wine and beers per person
El Javi – 3:30pm
El Javi is a Rock Flamenco artist from Mexico City who joins the heart of rock with the spirit of flamenco to deliver a distinct instrumental sound and powerful live performance.
Cicely O’Kain – 4:30pm
This Denver singer/songwriter brings both energy and her eclectic mix and whimsical twist of R&B and soul music to the stage leaving audiences entertained and wanting more every time. Her latest single Like Bass, from her EDM/uptempo dance EP, was considered for a 2017 Grammy nomination.
Orquesta La Brava – 6pm
This is the newest and hottest Denver Salsa band combining Latin percussion accompanied by bass, piano, and a great trombone and singing ensemble.
Irie Still – 7:15pm
Steeped first in Reggae and then incorporated with the elements of Hip-Hop, Soca, Dancehall, Calypso, Ska, Afro Beat, and Tribal Rhythms, this Colorado based band overwhelms the crowd with audience participation, soaring vocal harmony, and great music.
Food & Drinks
Check out our previous write up here.
It’s the weekend and it’s a great time to get out and enjoy the city. But with a tight budget, your options are quite limited.
Fortunately, there are a lot of things in the 303 that you do not have to pay for; the only requirement is for you to bring yourself with some good spirit.
So without further ado, here are the top things that you can do around Denver this weekend for FREE!!
Clyfford Still is considered as one of the most important painters immediately after World War 2. He is one of the first generation of Abstract Expressionists who helped develop a more modern approach to painting. The museum represents about 94% of Still’s lifetime work, which includes early works in the 1920s and late in his career up to the 80s.
Admission is FREE every Friday up to October 30, 2015 from 5pm to 8pm.
Get a close look at how hundreds of different kinds of teas are made at the largest and most modern tea factory in the US. The tour will start with a video history of tea then will proceed to the walking tour. The highlight of the tour is the Mint Room. A whiff from this room will clear any nasal problems you have. The tour concludes with free sampling of different tea varieties.
The tour runs all year long and depart hourly from Monday to Saturday from 10am to 4pm and Sunday 11am to 3pm. Children below 5 years old are not allowed to join tour.
Watch a musical that features Colorado Symphony Orchestra violist Catherine Beeson and other fellow CSO musicians. The show will focus on communications, style, and performance, the musical will also be interactive with a “Music Machine” built from audience members, who will be joined by the performers for some great music improv.
This show is organized by the Friends of Chamber Music at the Denver School of the Arts. Show runs on Saturday, October 25, 2015 at 2pm to 3:30pm.
Spellbinders, an award-winning storytelling organization will host another storytelling event at the Denver Central Library. The theme this Saturday will be Journey Around the World. Check their calendar to see their future events.
Please be at the Denver Central Library on Saturday, October 24, 2015 at 3pm. Bring your kids!!
Instead of feeling blue, just listen to some great Blues jam from the Miles High Blues Society. The host band alternates between Doc Brown’s Blues Band and Jodie Woodward’s Blues Allstars. Check the calendar to see who’s hosting each week.
Drop by at Ziggies every Sunday night at 7pm and melt your blues away.