Father's Day is Sunday, June 21, 2020. Even with social distancing, you can still plan a special day for your dad in The Mile High City! Here are a few ideas to get you started, plus great hotel deals if you're traveling to Denver to spend time with Dad. Please check with any venues first to make sure they are open.
Denver Zoo – With more than 3,500 animals on 84 gorgeous acres, Denver Zoo is an amazing experience year-round.
Denver Botanic Gardens – One of the top five botanic gardens in the nation, Denver Botanic Gardens is an oasis in the city. Meanwhile, Chatfield Farms, located in nearby Littleton, takes pride in its exemplary nature preserve and gardens.
Hudson Gardens – Enjoy thirty acres of natural beauty offering recreational, educational, and social opportunities for all ages.
Denver Street Art – Denver street artists have been busy brightening (and enlightening) the urban landscape for decades by making canvases of the city’s alleyways, building exteriors, warehouses, garage doors and storefronts.
Museum of Outdoor Arts – Despite the name, MOA's Englewood collection includes both outdoor sculptures as well as indoor exhibits, including the always-popular Cabinet of Curiosities.
Farmers' Markets – Pick up fresh produce, meat, eggs, breads and more, plus chef demos.
Outdoor Movies – From classic drive-in theaters to movies in the park.
Bike Rides – See why Denver is a paradise for cyclists by going for a ride on the vast network of paved paths.
City Parks – Head for the green space at the city's many public parks.
GAMES & SHOPPING
EscapeWorks Denver – Choose from five themed escape rooms where dad gets to escape for free with the discount code "DAD."
Dad & Kid Archery (June 20, 2020) – In honor of Father's Day, head to High Altitude Archery in Longmont, where dads shoot for free with their paid child.
Jackalope Father's Day Virtual Market (June 9–21, 2020) – Shop gifts for dad (think: beer-scented candles and gourmet beef jerky) and support a great cause: 20 percent of all proceeds from this market will be donated to the Advancement Project.
SPECIAL EVENTS (VIRTUAL)
Juneteenth Music Festival (June 18, 2020) – Each year, Five Points — a historic district formerly known as the “Harlem of the West” — hosts Juneteenth, a celebration of African-American culture. Listen to the sounds of hip-hop, R&B, blues, soul and jazz at this year's virtual event.
23rd Annual Blues & BBQ Festival (June 18, 2020) – Groove to tunes and eat some BBQ. Tickets to the live event are limited, but you can also join in the fun online!
SeriesFest Season 6 (June 18–24, 2020) – SeriesFest is a six-day festival celebrating the art of independent TV series creation. It showcases the best new pilots from around the world in an international, juried competition. This year's festival will feature a schedule of must-stream, virtual events with all panels, competitions and premieres available online.
Denver PrideFest (June 20–21, 2020) – Recognized as one of the top 10 pride events in the country, Denver PrideFest is a free, two-day festival celebrating LGTBQ culture. This year's PrideFest will be a virtual event.
Father's Day Brew Run (June 21, 2020) – Run with Rocky Mountain Brew Runs this Father's Day weekend. This is a virtual event with in-person beer and goody bag pickup.
Shiki Dreams (May 14–July 5, 2020) – In this 1,200-square-foot pop-up installation, you'll follow Shiki, a spiritual yeti guide and leader of the Spirits of the Forest. The immersive experience explores the dreams of this wise spirit in a multi-sensory experience of stunning creativity.
Believe It or Not - Stephanie Kuhne (June 19–July 5, 2020) – Art is a reflection of one's personal experience, culture and vision. Sculptor Stephanie Kuhne's whimsical work tells stories of personal inspiration and exploration through the use of silver, metal, glass, resin, wood and other mixed-media materials. See it at Core New Art Space in Lakewood.
Legacy - Darlene Kuhne (June 19–July 5, 2020) – This retrospective exhibit features work where color is manipulated through layering, splattering, dripping and squeezing wet and dry pigments. Kuhne’s acrylic and mixed media paintings show how she was always changing and evolving. See it at Core New Art Space in Lakewood.
Pathways (June 18–July 11, 2020) – SYNC Gallery presents Pathways with James C. Jones, Kristy K. Smith and Cyncie Winter.
Power & Fragility (May 26–Aug. 1, 2020) – The artists in this group exhibition draw their inspiration from the organic world around them as well as their internal atmospheres, creating works that focus on environmental patterns, rhythms, colors and forms. See it at Walker Fine Art.
Rauschenberg: Reflections and Ruminations (June 1, 2020–Mar. 12, 2021) – This exhibition at the Museum of Outdoor Arts in nearby Englewood showcases Robert Rauschenberg’s original works spanning from 1962 to 2008 and features more than 50 original artworks by the American Master, making this the largest collection of Rauschenberg’s artworks ever displayed in Colorado.
Night Lights Denver (May 9, 2020–May 29, 2021) – Night Lights Denver features rotating content designed by local artists and the community and projected on the Arapahoe Street side of the Daniels & Fisher Tower every Thursday through Saturday evening.
MUSIC & THEATER
'Cavalcade!' (June 12–15 and 19–21, 2020) – This in-person/in-car performance experience takes guests on a 9-mile drive in their own personal vehicles, with performances at multiple sites and sound delivered right into your car via FM radio. Produced by Control Group Productions.
'The Grasshoppers' (June 11–27, 2020) – "The Grasshoppers" is a short, funny twist on a nature documentary featuring four giant grasshoppers in a live drive-in theater experience to enjoy from the safety of your car.
MORE VIRTUAL FUN
Rocky Mountain Virtual Music Festival – This is an all-virtual music festival designed to support Colorado musicians and music lovers during this difficult time. The Rocky Mountain Virtual Music Festival features artists playing live shows from rooms of 10 people or fewer every Friday!
Virtual Lawn Concert: Jupiter and Okwess (June 19, 2020) – Since the Clyfford Still Museum can't bring you Jupiter and Okwess live in their forecourt, enjoy the museum's first virtual summer lawn concert at 4:30 p.m. on the Clyfford Still Museum's Facebook page.
Zoo to You: Virtual Safari by Denver Zoo – Denver Zoo may be closed, but the dedicated animal care staff is still providing vital care for the nearly 3,000 animal residents. Stay informed, entertained and engaged with daily videos, wildlife-themed activity ideas and much more!
Denver Museum of Nature & Science: DMNS@Home – Avoid boredom at home with the team from Denver Museum of Nature & Science! Raid your pantry and closets for everyday items you can use to explore science, math and engineering and create fun art projects.
Colorado Music Festival – Enjoy diverse performances of orchestral and chamber music from world-class musicians.
Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum's "Behind the Wings" Video Series – Go “behind the wings” of some of history’s most iconic aerospace treasures, housed at Denver's Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum. Peek into the cockpits of rare warbirds, fly over the Centennial State in a state-of-the-art Skyhawk and climb into the cockpit of the legendary B-52 Bomber.
Comedians Doing Stuff in Denver Video Series – Get ready for some serious laughs when comedians from The Mile High City get paired with other things Denverites love: beer, street art, world-class cuisine, music and adventure!
Videos of Red Rocks Amphitheatre's Popular Concerts – There may not be a Red Rocks show this weekend, but you can relive concerts from years past online, including John Mayer, String Cheese Incident, The Avett Brothers and many more.
Levitt in Your Living Room: Free Streaming Concerts from Levitt Pavilion – Enjoy live music from Levitt Pavilion every weekday evening.
Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art's 360-degree Tour – The way Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorate Art displays its three collections "salon style" gives it a noticeably different atmosphere than most other museums. Take a virtual tour of the layout and get a peek at favorite pieces and exhibits.
Cleo Parker Robinson Virtual Village – Explore Cleo Parker Robinson Dance’s virtual offerings, which include online dance lessons, a podcast, recorded performances and more.
American Museum of Western Art-The Anschutz Collection – Discover the people, places and stories of the American West through online lessons and activity ideas.