The Mile High City says sayonara to summer with a long weekend packed with events and activities – many of them free. This is also visitors’ last chance to take advantage of Denver’s summer hotel deals with rates starting as low as $99 a night.
Here are 10 Labor Day Weekend highlights around Denver:
Sept. 2-5, Civic Center Park
More than 500,000 people make this free, four-day festival the focus of their Labor Day Weekend, enjoying the offerings of more than 50 area restaurants and an elegant fine dining area that highlights gourmet cuisine from renowned chefs and offers daily cooking demonstrations. The food is just the beginning of the fun though. The fest also features:
· 250 marketplace artisans and vendors selling one-of-a-kind items;
· Seven stages of live entertainment featuring progressive rockers ASIA (Sept. 2), Canadian guitar hero Pat Travers (Sept. 3), British Invasion band Herman’s Hermits (Sept. 4) and jazz rockers Blood, Sweat & Tears (Sept. 5);
· The LEGO Experience Tour, where kids can get their hands on thousands of LEGO bricks and use their imaginations to build their very own LEGO creation for display at the festival.
Sept. 2-4, Red Rocks Park & Amphitheatre
By the end of August, the famed Red Rocks summer concert season is winding down – but there are still can’t-miss shows left to see.
· Sept. 2: Bluegrass superstar Alison Krauss (Sept. 2) and her longtime backing band Union Station bridge the gap between roots music and country, rock and pop.
· Sept. 3-4: Guitar icon Santana and comedian George Lopez are teaming up as co-headliners for the Divine Rascals show, featuring a set of sizzling Latin grooves from Santana and standup from Lopez.
Sept. 2-4, Dick’s Sporting Goods Park
Jam band titans Phish bring their summer tour to a close in Denver with a three-night stand at Dick's Sporting Goods over Labor Day Weekend. Convenient onsite camping will be available in the soccer fields adjacent to the stadium.
Sept. 3, Denver Art Museum
Enjoy one of the Mile High City's top attractions for FREE on Saturday. The Denver Art Museum’s must-see, museum-wide program Marvelous Mud – a multimedia celebration of clay and creativity throughout the ages – offers plenty of chances for families to get their hands dirty while creating their very own masterpiece.
Through Nov. 13, Denver Botanic Gardens
The Denver Botanic Gardens’ open air sculpture exhibit, Native Roots | Modern Form: Plants, Peoples and the Art of Allan Houser, features more than 20 bronze works created by American modernist Allan Houser (Warm Springs Chiricahua Apache, 1914–1994), one of the most important American artists of the 20th Century.
Sept. 5, Coors Field
The Rockies take on the Arizona Diamondbacks at Coors Field during this special matinee game on Labor Day starting at 1:10 p.m. Grab a ticket early – holiday games are known to sell out fast.
Sept. 4, Elitch Gardens Theme & Water Park
Ride the roller coasters and waterslides at Downtown Denver’s Elitch Gardens and end the day with a fireworks show celebrating Labor Day Weekend.
Aug. 30 – Sept. 10, Denver Center for the Performing Arts
This brand new 25th anniversary production of Boublil & Schönberg’s legendary musical, Les Miserables, features new staging and re-imagined scenery inspired by the paintings of Victor Hugo. This new production has already been acclaimed by critics, fans and new audiences and is breaking box office records wherever it goes.
Through Labor Day
Adventurous motorists’ last chance to get as high as they can possibly go comes on Labor Day. The Mount Evans Scenic Byway, just 60 miles west of Denver, is the highest paved road in North America. A day trip to the top is a journey that climbs to the 14,264-foot summit of Mount Evans – one of 54 peaks in Colorado that soar to 14,000 feet and above – the famous “fourteeners.” After Labor Day, Mount Evans generally closes to motorists due to snow.
Sept. 2-4, Denver Merchandise Mart
Psychic readers, magical healers, and unique vendors make up the oldest Conscious Living Fair in America, serving the holistic community since 1978. These gatherings provide a safe environment to explore the deeper aspects of life, metaphysical philosophies, and holistic lifestyles.