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.
1~Red Rocks Park & Amphitheatre
Seeing a concert at Red Rocks Park & Amphitheatre is a high point of any summer. More than 70 events have been announced already. 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.
Summer is festival season in The Mile High City! Denver Day of Rock (8/28) is a free, family-friendly, one-day music festival featuring five stages of live music along Denver's 16th Street Mall. For even more 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 (8/27–8/29). In September, the 30th anniversary Cherry Creek Arts Festival (9/4–9/6) will transform the streets of Cherry Creek North into an innovative outdoor fine art show. This year’s A Taste of Colorado (9/4–9/6) festival will take place throughout the streets of Downtown Denver over Labor Day weekend to celebrate diverse food, music and culture.
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.
4~Blockbuster Museum Exhibitions
At Denver Art Museum, make your way through a giant mirror maze made up of a sea of equilateral triangle chambers that feels as if you've stepped into a kaleidoscope at Numbers in Nature: A Mirror Maze (thru 9/19). Salvador Dalí: Gardens of the Mind (thru 8/22) at Denver Botanic Gardens features two rarely seen series of fanciful color lithographs of flowers and fruits on loan from The Dalí Museum in St. Petersburg, Fla. And after centuries of speculation, experts are finally starting to understand the mysteries of Stonehenge, thanks to archaeological excavations and advances in scientific techniques. Explore how it was built and more at Stonehenge: Ancient Mysteries and Modern Discoveries (thru 9/6) at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science.
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.