There’s so much going on in Denver this summer, where do you begin? Here are some top ways to have an unforgettable time. Make it a weekend or more and take advantage of summer hotel deals.

Red Rocks Amphitheatre blue sky1 ~ Arts & Culture

Take your pick of blockbuster museum exhibitions. Denver’s art scene is thriving. Celebrate the visual, culinary and performing arts at the three-day Cherry Creek Arts Festival and explore Denver’s vibrant creative community at First Friday Art Walks.         

2 ~ Music & Nightlife

We’ve got music. Take a seat under the stars with more than 130 concerts to choose from this summer at Red Rocks Amphitheatre, plus check out the other concert venues; head to the Golden Triangle Creative District as the Westword Music Showcase returns with an even bigger and better lineup; and be there for Denver’s premier indie festival, Underground Music Showcase.               

3 ~ Family-Friendly Activities

Ready for some family fun? Head to Elitch Gardens Theme & Water Park. There’s a hot new thrill ride called Star Flyer where guests fly around a 17-story tower, plus three new slides at the water park.

4 ~ Festivals & Special Events

Denver has festivals galore. See Larimer Square take on vivid pastel hues as artists spend hours on their hands and knees creating chalk-drawn masterpieces at the Denver Chalk Art Festival. Join one of the top 10 pride events in the country at Denver PrideFest. And foodies get ready for a unique three-day festival, Slow Food Nations, that aims to produce a world of good, clean and fair food for all.

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5 ~ Holiday Weekends

The holiday weekends—Fourth of July and Labor Day—are packed with exciting events, festivals and urban adventures for all ages.   

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6 ~ Sports

Denver will host world-class sporting events this summer. The Colorado Classic and Velorama Festival combines a professional bicycle race with a three-day festival, featuring live music, food, craft beer and cycling events in August. And in September, college football gets underway at the Rocky Mountain Showdown.

The Edge at Denver Zoo7 ~ Outdoor Fun

Denver is a year-round outdoor city. Explore exotic wildlife, including Denver Zoo’s new Amur tiger exhibit, The Edge. Or get your thrills at theme and amusements parks, take a stroll in city parks or go for a hike at Red Rocks Park.

8 ~ Food & Drink

Find a new favorite eatery by checking out our Must-Try Restaurants, Romantic Restaurants and Outdoor and Patio Dining pages. Get a taste of Denver’s famous craft beer scene by following the Denver Beer Trail, a self-guided sampling of top breweries. If you’re in the mood for wine, check out Denver’s urban wineries or relax and have a cocktail at various sophisticated, sleek and chic lounges.

9 ~ Performing Arts

Denver is featuring a new ensemble of top Broadway touring shows.

10 ~ Free Things, Hidden Gems & More

Denver's summer is packed with free things to do like attending festivals, taking walking tours or listening to live music. Interested in pop culture? Have a rock 'n' roll experience, delve into the city's beat legacy or go see your favorite jam band. Want to get your heart pumping? Go for a bike ride on more than 85 miles of paved trails. In the mood for shopping? See the city’s shopping options and get lost in the world of boutiques. And beyond the big-ticket attractions is a wide array of hidden gems that make for fascinating excursions.

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