Giving Back to the Community
Local businesses are what makes Denver, Denver. Make the most of your time in The Mile High City by spending it at the many places that give back to the community.
Little Man Ice Cream
This iconic ice cream shop is focused on feeding both the Highlands neighborhood and the hungry. Their “Scoop for Scoop” program donates a portion of rice, beans or other essentials to a community in need every time you get a delicious scoop of ice cream. It’s a win-win.
The highly successful Chef Frank Bonanno is focused on satisfying meals, outstanding service and community. Over the past 20 years, he has donated millions of dollars to the health, safety and education of children through numerous Colorado organizations.
Discover Your Wild Side
Take a trip to nearby Keensburg and discover the Wild Animal Sanctuary, the world’s largest carnivore sanctuary. Come and see more than 500 rescued animals as you walk along an elevated walkway. Your ticket purchase helps support their mission to feed and house these animals and to rescue more.
Brews That Make A Difference
Denver breweries are setting the green standard for brewers everywhere. They’re pouring their hearts into sustainable practices that protect our planet. So go ahead and let them pour you a drink.
Denver Beer Co.
Denver’s craft brewery scene believes in good beer combined with environmental stewardship. That’s why Denver Beer Co.’s brewing facility uses locally sourced water, malt, hops and yeast, as well as LED lighting and programs that repurpose or recycle any generated waste. Wynkoop Brewing Company
Wynkoop Brewing Company
As the first craft brewery to open in Denver, Wynkoop has been a pioneer of both creative beers and community engagement by dedicating time and funds to local organizations such as The Cottonwood Institute and Metro Caring.
Great Divide Brewing Co.
Boasting a 99-percent waste diversion rate, Great Divide is devoted to producing award-winning beer that is economical and sustainable. They’re also getting other neighborhood businesses to reduce their environmental impact through their community recycling program.
Do you have passion and commitment? Bring that with you to The Mile High City. Denver has dozens of worth organizations to devote your time to before, during or after your event.
Want to save three lives over lunch? Visit Vitalant (previously Bonfi ls Blood Center) and donate blood. Plus, if your group has 30 people or more, they’ll be happy to help you organize a mobile blood drive right at your event.
Denver Parks and Recreation
Denver is overflowing with nature, from the Rocky Mountain backdrop to the extensive urban park system. Help keep The Mile High City beautiful by spending some time removing graffiti, maintaining city playgrounds or planting trees.
Denver Urban Gardens
Denver isn’t afraid of getting its hands dirty. Come help cultivate a Denver community at a garden construction workday. It’s the perfect way to help Denver grow in just three hours.
Wish for Wheels
Schedule time to build bikes while working on your team-building skills. This unique organization allows you to assemble and donate bicycles (and helmets) to students in need.
Food Bank of the Rockies
Help feed the hungry by volunteering for a three-hour shift at an organization that’s fiercely dedicated to helping under-served Colorado families thrive.
Mile High wellness is a way of life! Even when you’re away from your normal routine, get your #selfcare on in Denver.
Denver gives you plenty of opportunities to unwind from a busy day of learning and networking.
Civic Center MOVES
This free fitness series offers a variety of exercise classes five days a week, all year long. Yoga, HIIT, dance, bodyweight workouts and more are taught on Civic Center Park’s great lawn and in the renovated McNichols Building, which is just a short walk away from the Colorado Convention Center.
Denver B-cycle was the first large-scale bike-sharing program in the nation. Now, more than 700 shiny, red bikes are available year-round at nearly 90 rental stations throughout the Denver area. Denver has miles of paved bike trails, so you’ll never run out of room to ride.
Grab some axes and split into teams at DAGAR (Downtown Art Gallery and Axe Room). A combination art gallery, bar and axe throwing venue, DAGAR will help you let off steam in a safe and unique way.
Tour the City
Denver has an exceptionally walkable downtown! To make the most of your urban exploration, book a walking tour. Whatever your interest, Denver can cater to you, whether you’re hunting for culinary gems, innovative craft breweries, colorful street art, historical tales or striking architecture.
Head for the Hills
Denver is located near the Rocky Mountains, but not in them. Come early or stay late to take full advantage of the world’s best playground. Hiking, biking, rafting, fishing, skiing and more are all available for a quick day trip – you can go adventuring and still be back in the city in time for dinner.
Foster Your Creativity
You’ve worked hard at your meeting, now let your imagination out to play.
Order a craft cocktail and try your hand at jewelry making, woodworking, fiber arts, leatherworking and more at Upstairs Circus, a lively DIY workshop that can accommodate small or large groups.
Spark your own imagination at one of The Mile High City’s many art museums. Denver Art Museum showcases extensive collections, exclusive exhibitions and hands-on activities. Other must-see art institutions that offer distinctive event spaces or group tours include MCA Denver, Clyfford Still Museum and Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art.
Beat the Clock
Channel your inner Sherlock as you sift through clues at a mind-bending escape room. Perfect for team-building or offsite sessions, Puzzah! or Solutions Lounge and Restaurant featuring Escapology offer a slew of riveting games and scenarios.
See a Show
Denver Performing Arts Complex (the second-largest in the U.S.!) hosts Tony Award-winning theater, Broadway musicals, orchestra performances, ballet and more. Book a ticket package or reserve one of the many unique event spaces available for groups.
The Denver Museum of Nature & Science will invite your attendees to explore the cosmos, marvel at mummies, uncover dazzling gems and get up-close with a T. Rex. The museum offers reception space for groups up to 4,000 and the Sky Terrace features the best skyline view in the city.
Be a Chef
Lace up your apron for a cooking class at Cook Street School of Culinary Arts. A fine dining experience with an educational flair, Cook Street specializes in hands-on cooking classes and creating inspired menus for groups up to 100.
Denver chefs are committed to utilizing Colorado’s bountiful harvests to create dishes that are eco-friendly, innovative and delicious.
Farm to Fork
Expect everything from grass-fed bison to Palisade peaches, sweet Olathe corn and famed Colorado green chilies.
According to the Mayo Clinic, a Mediterranean diet is not only good for heart health but can lower your risk of other diseases. To try some of the best Mediterranean cuisine in Denver, make a reservation at Safta, a modern Israeli eatery in the River North (RiNo) neighborhood and the newest restaurant from James Beard Award-winning Chef Alon Shaya. Or make a visit to Rioja, located in historic Larimer Square and run by Chef Jen Jasinski, the first Denver chef to claim a James Beard Award.
Fresh, Whole Ingredients
Chef Troy Guard owns a small dining empire in The Mile High City, but his flagship restaurant TAG is a standout, serving what he calls “continental social food.” Pairing local ingredients with Asian and Latin influences, TAG’s food is healthy, playful and memorable.
Balance is key! Life can’t be all kale and spin classes; remember to enjoy the little things with these local indulgences.
Renowned for its sublime desserts, D Bar, celebrity chef Keegan Gerhard’s restaurant in Uptown, knows exactly how to hit your sweet spot—through churros, beignets, milkshakes, cakes, macarons and much more.
Victory Love + Cookies
This sweetshop, dedicated to building community and “baking with a purpose”, churns out decadent cookies in traditional and inventive flavors. The owner, Kristy Greenwood Bortz, is also committed to supporting cancer patients and survivors.
This elegant parlor and confection boutique in Congress Park specializes in housemade ice cream, including sorbets and vegan flavors, as well as handcrafted chocolate truffles.
Choose Your Own Adventure!
Denver’s gourmet market scene is flourishing. Find a flavor for every palate at these Denver food halls.
Denver Central Market
In the trendy River North (RiNo) neighborhood, Denver Central Market showcases nearly a dozen vendors, including a wood-fired pizzeria, fish market, ice cream shop and more.
The artsy RiNo neighborhood is also home to Zeppelin Station, a diverse, globally-inspired market of retail shops and street food vendors.
This innovative food hall is housed in a former print shop and consists of seven unique restaurant concepts, plus a rooftop patio with a stunning skyline view.
Denver Milk Market
Located in the historic Dairy Block, Denver Milk Market’s 16 individual concepts are all run by renowned Denver chef Frank Bonanno.
The Stanley Marketplace, located in a revamped aviation warehouse, features more than 50 local and independently owned shops and restaurants.
A restored 1880s ironworks foundry building, The Source is now a diverse collective comprised of a boutique hotel, craft brewery, butcher, flower shop, taco cantina and more.