There’s so much going on in Denver this summer, where do you begin? Play in the great outdoors, see world-class museum exhibitions and get a taste of Denver’s thriving food scene by dining alfresco.
Here are some top ways to have an unforgettable time. Check out special hotel deals for great weekend getaways.
Red Rocks AmphitheatreBack to Top of List
Seeing a concert at Red Rocks Park & Amphitheatre is a high point of any summer. More than 70 events have been announced already, including Kraftwerk, Halsey, Pitbull with Iggy Azalea, Widespread Panic, Nine Inch Nails, Shakey Graves and many more. What’s more, the surrounding park offers gorgeous hiking around sandstone monoliths. Plus, you can practice morning yoga at Yoga on the Rocks or catch a movie under the stars during the Film on the Rocks series.
FestivalsBack to Top of List
Summer is festival season in The Mile High City! Denver's two-day PrideFest (June 25–26, 2022) draws visitors from throughout the state of Colorado and the Rocky Mountain region to celebrate the LGBTQIA+ community. In July, the free Cherry Creek Arts Festival (July 1–3, 2022) will transform the streets of Cherry Creek North into an innovative outdoor fine art show, while the Colorado Dragon Boat Festival (July 23–24, 2022) showcases The Mile High City's Asian and Asian American heritage with the biggest dragon boat festival in the country! For music, head to South Broadway for three days of tunes at more than a dozen music venues from more than 100 live bands at the Underground Music Showcase (July 29–31, 2022), then enjoy two more days of music at the Westword Music Showcase 2022 (Sept. 9–10, 2022) when it returns to the RiNo Art District, filling the area with music from local and national acts alike in the city’s longest-running celebration of the scene. Taste of Colorado (Sept. 3–5, 2022) festival will take place in Civic Center Park over Labor Day weekend to celebrate diverse food, music and culture. And this year the RiNo Art District is launching Art RiNo, a new, week-long arts festival featuring art in all its forms, with murals, music, installations, arts workshops and special events in partnership with Westword Music Showcase.
Patio DiningBack to Top of List
There’s no better way to soak up summer and experience the thriving culinary scene than on one of The Mile High City’s splendid restaurant patios. From skyward rooftop terraces to lushly landscaped gardens, these are the ultimate spots to eat and drink alfresco in Denver.
Blockbuster Museum ExhibitionsBack to Top of List
At Denver Art Museum, explore your relationship with memory through animation, dioramas and interactive storytelling in Memory Mirror (thru March 5, 2023) and discover a trove of newly identified photographs with Georgia O’Keeffe: Photographer (thru Nov. 11, 2022). Gain insights into ancient Egypt’s enduring impact on our own modern cultures at Denver Museum of Nature & Science's Egypt: The Time of the Pharaohs (thru Sept. 5, 2022). Frank Lloyd Wright: Inside the Walls (thru Jan. 8, 2023) at Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art examines Wright’s architecture and decorative art, while Heroine of the Titanic (thru Sept. 25, 2022) commemorates 110 years since the sinking of the RMS Titanic at the Molly Brown House Museum.
Basecamp DenverBack to Top of List
Denver and the neighboring Rocky Mountains are overflowing with outdoor activities like cycling, running, white water rafting, kayaking, rock climbing and more. You can play in the mountains and stay in the city. Let Basecamp Denver be your one-stop shop for outdoor fun with links to urban adventures, day trips, outdoor tips, only-in-Denver experiences and unique hotels.