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Winter Events & Activities

Downtown Denver Rink 

WHEN: Thru Feb. 11, 2024
WHERE: Skyline Park

Enjoy some romance on the rink! The Downtown Denver Partnership invites you and your loved one for a spin around the Downtown Denver Rink presented by Southwest Airlines.

Orchid Showcase 

WHEN: Thru Feb. 19, 2024
WHERE: Denver Botanic Gardens

Why were the Victorians obsessed with orchids? Learn about "orchid fever" while viewing hundreds of these exotic blooms, including rare specimens from the Gardens' collection. Local orchid grower Fantasy Orchids will be on-site on select dates with orchids for purchase. The Showcase is a great idea for a Valentine’s Day activity and is included with admission to the Gardens.

Ice Castles in Cripple Creek

WHEN: Thru Feb. 23, 2024
WHERE: Irene Avenue and 4th Street, Cripple Creek
Each year, Ice Castles brings fairy tales to life for hundreds of thousands of families across North America. For all who enter through the icicle-adorned archways, explore ice tunnels and glide down ice slides, time spent at Ice Castles is a source of joy and inspiration.

McGregor Skate

WHEN: Thru Feb. 25, 2024
WHERE: McGregor Square
McGregor Skate is LoDo’s newest skating rink located in the bustling McGregor Square plaza. Open daily, McGregor Skate is the perfect winter activity for guests of all ages. With skates available on-site, the rink can be enjoyed by locals and travelers alike.

Valentine's Day 4 Mile 

WHEN: Feb. 11, 2024
WHERE: Washington Park

If running is your love language, you won't want to miss this Valentine's Day 4 Mile! Find a sweetheart (or run with your sweetheart!) and share your love story! #Run4TheLoveOfIt. There's also a Cupid's free Kids 200 Meter Fun Run and a costume contest: Dress up as your favorite couple from a TV show/movie/book, or get done up for a fancy date night!

Olde Town Arvada Mardi Gras

WHEN: Feb. 13, 2024
WHERE: Olde Town Arvada

Kicking off at 5 p.m. in front of Carly's Boutique (7401 Grandview Ave), the infectious music of Guerrilla Fanfare will fill the streets of Olde Town. As they roam through the streets, the band will be stopping along the way for lively jam sessions until 7 p.m. Look for an unforgettable evening filled with music, festivities, and delicious treats!

2024 Denver Winter Tequila Tasting Festival

WHEN: Feb. 17, 2024
WHERE: 1930 Blake
 St.
Taste more than 20 different craft, small-batch and world-renowned tequilas plus mezcals. Learn all there is to know about tequila/mezcal directly from the ambassadors, plus live music and other fun. 

6th Annual Petite Parade

WHEN: Feb. 18, 2024
WHERE: Dairy Block

Enjoy a Mile High Mardi Gras celebration. Attendees are invited to “laissez les bons temps rouler” by building a creative float starting with a shoebox base. Each float must be no larger than 2 feet long by 2 feet wide and shorter than 3 feet tall. It also must be able to be pulled on wheels. Free and open to all, the 2024 Dairy Block Petite Parade will take place in The Maven’s Windsor Room and the heated Alley, with festive entertainment provided by Denver’s Handsome Little Devils, live music and more.

Colorado Environmental Film Festival

WHEN: Feb. 22–25, 2024
WHERE: Colorado School of Mines​
, Golden
Now in its 18th year, CEFF curates exciting and inspiring world-class environmental films, including screenings of feature-length and short films from foreign, Colorado and young filmmakers. The event offers thoughtful discussions with filmmakers, panels and a vibrant Eco-EXPO where you can connect with environmentally conscious brands and organizations. True to the spirit of Colorado, this event is supported and attended by people who value the natural world, are eager to learn about current issues and solutions and share a passion for the power and beauty of film.

Mile High Beer Festival

WHEN: Feb. 24, 2024
WHERE: Stockyards Event Center​

Get ready to sample an incredible selection of craft beers from local breweries. Whether you're a beer enthusiast or just looking for a fun day out, this festival is the perfect way to enjoy a variety of brews. Grab your friends, raise a glass and let the good times flow at the 2024 Mile High Beer Festival!

2024 Banff Mountain Film Festival

WHEN: Feb. 29–March 2, 2024
WHERE: Paramount Theatre​
This annual tour features the best in outdoor and adventure films from around the world. You'll be inspired for sure.

Denver St. Patrick's Day Parade

WHEN: March 16, 2024
WHERE: Downtown Denver

The Denver St Patrick’s Day Parade has been a hallmark of The Mile High City since 1962, celebrating a deep love for the Irish culture. The parade will start on Wynkoop Street at 19th Avenue, then turn southeast down 17th Avenue before turning northeast on Blake Street (renamed Tooley Street for the parade), then continue on Blake Street until 27th Avenue.

Annual Olde Town Arvada St. Patrick’s Day Festival

WHEN: March 16, 2024
WHERE: Olde Town Arvada

Everyone’s Irish at this all-ages St. Patrick’s Day Festival! The free street festival features live music, 70+ unique vendors, food trucks, a kids zone and adult libations. 

St. Patrick's Day 5K

WHEN: March 16, 2024
WHERE: 9352 Dorchester St., Highlands Ranch

Join the festivities at the St. Patrick's Day 5K starting on Dorchester Street in Highlands Ranch Town Center South. Don your best Irish flair, round up your friends and family, lace up those running shoes, and let the celebration begin! After crossing the finish line, join fellow athletes for a refreshing pint from Living the Dream Brewing, a complimentary pancake breakfast and lively entertainment. Along the course, a mischievous leprechaun has hidden a golden kettlebell; find it, bring it back to the finish line and win $100! 

Erin Go Bragh 7.77k

WHEN: March 16, 2024
WHERE: 10600 Westminster Blvd., Westminster

The annual Erin Go Bragh 7.77k is THE luckiest race on Earth! There may not be a real pot of gold at the finish line of this happy-go-lucky fun run, but there will be unlimited Lucky Charms, a costume contest, a dance party and more! All runners get a lucky, signature Erin Go Bragh 7.77k green t-shirt (or upgrade to a hoodie for $40).

Lucky Leprechaun 5k

WHEN: March 17, 2024
WHERE: Twisted Pine Brewing Company, Boulder

The Lucky Leprechaun Fun Run celebrates the origins of Saint Patrick's Day, or the Feast of Saint Patrick, which is a cultural and religious celebration held on March 17 each year. The holiday has evolved into a worldwide celebration of Irish culture, with parades, special foods, music, dancing, drinking and a whole lot of green. Twisted Pine Brewing Company will be making an "Irish Stout" and Savory Cuisines will be doing a great Irish breakfast burrito, so come on out and celebrate this great Irish tradition, with Irish Band “Avourneen” and Boulder’s “Mc Teggart Irish Dancers.”

The Shamrock 7k

WHEN: March 17, 2024
WHERE: Wibby Brewing, Longmont

The Shamrock 7k at Wibby Brewing is a 7k-ish fun run event that starts and ends at this awesome taproom in Longmont. Run, walk, jog—anything goes! Complete the course and celebrate with a free local craft brew at the finish line. Wear your best St. Patrick's Day green for a chance to win prizes! All participants also receive your choice of a collector’s pint glass or seasonal swag item from the Brewery Running Series and access to event festivities, including live music, food trucks, local vendors, fun with our partners and sponsors, goodies and giveaways

Winter Day Trips

Red Rocks & Golden

The concert season at Red Rocks Park & Amphitheatre may be over, but you can still enjoy this natural wonder year-round. The Red Rocks Visitor Center is open seven days a week. Check out the Red Rocks Hall of Fame, featuring photos and memorabilia from more than 40 years of incredible concerts. Learn about the massive rock formations in the Geologic Niche and explore the Trading Post Loop Hiking Trail, a 1.4-mile adventure through spectacular rock formations, valleys and a natural meadow. After you've enjoyed Red Rocks, spend some time in nearby Golden's Old West-themed downtown, with a charming selection of shops, restaurants and attractions. 

Central City & Black Hawk

I-70 West and Exit 243 onto Central City Pkwy.
Head for the hills and check out all the fun Central City and Black Hawk have to offer. Located 34 miles (55km) west of Denver, the two towns offer more than 30 casinos with blackjack tables, craps, roulette, poker games and more than 10,000 slot machines. In 2009, gambling stakes were raised to $100, to the delight of high rollers. The two cities are also known for having some of the best-preserved Victorian architecture in the West. Other attractions include the Teller House Hotel, where President Grant once stayed and the Central City Opera House, which still features an outstanding summer season of opera after more than 100 years. There are mine tours, mining museums and several places offering instruction in the fine art of in-stream gold panning where a half-billion dollars of the coveted, shiny metal was once found.

Rocky Mountain National Park

I-25 North to Exit 217, US Hwy. 36 west to Estes Park
The legendary Rocky Mountain National Park, located just an hour from The Mile High City, offers spectacular snowshoeing and cross-country skiing options that will take you to some of the most scenic and serene spots in all of Colorado. Rent cross-country skis and/or snowshoes in Denver and take the short drive up to Rocky Mountain National Park - you won't regret it. Check with rangers at visitor centers for info on the right trail for you.

Winter Fun at Nearby Ski Slopes

Located two hours or less from most Front Range ski areas, Denver has always been the gateway to Colorado skiing and boarding.

Ski and Snowshoe Tours

Take a ski, snowboard or snowshoe tour of Colorado's world-class ski resorts or experience the gorgeous backcountry and let someone else do the driving and planning. Adventure Scenic Tours of Colorado offers private custom tours all over Colorado for one to six passengers in luxury SUVs. They can take you on snowshoeing and cross-country skiing adventures in the nearby foothills and get you to the ski resorts for even bigger fun. Skip the ski lifts and go on a cross-country skiing adventure with Aspire Tours. Also, check out Denver Adventures for full- and half-day snowshoe hikes in the Front Range. Looking for something a little longer? Let Colorado Wilderness Rides and Guides lead you on full-day snowshoeing excursions to Indian Peaks or Rocky Mountain National Park or multi-day ski tours of Colorado's famed mountain huts. And take an exhilarating heated "sleigh ride" via an all-terrain vehicle thanks to Great Outdoors Adventures. They'll let you play around on snow-covered trails.

Winter Park

Winter Park Resort is nestled at the base of the Continental Divide at the east end of the Fraser Valley. As the closest major destination resort to Denver, Winter Park offers easy access to skiers arriving at Denver International Airport from hundreds of domestic and international points. Just two hours from the airport, the surrounding mountain expanses and breathtaking scenery at Winter Park give visitors the impression that they are far away from the hustle and hassle of city life. If you don't want to drive, hop on the Winter Park Express ski train for a memorable ride through a stunning landscape. (Note: The ski train has suspended operations indefinitely due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.) 

Vail

One of the largest ski resorts in the world with more than 5,200 acres of open terrain, Back Bowls spanning seven miles and the most groomed terrain on the planet, Vail has been the ideal winter destination for skiers and snowboarders for more than 50 years. Besides being one of the favorite ski destinations in the world, Vail features everything from Ski & Snowboard School to on-mountain events, shops and spas, numerous dining options and luxurious accommodations. Vail is a mountain resort like nothing on earth.

Loveland Ski Area

Just 53 miles west of Denver on I-70, Loveland Ski Area is super close to Denver and averages 400 inches of snow annually. Loveland's location offers unique skiing possibilities you simply cannot find at other ski areas. There's no glitz here. Loveland has been long known for some of the best skiing and snowboarding conditions in Colorado. At Loveland you get 1,365 diverse acres of terrain and breathtaking views from the second-highest chairlift in the world, high atop the Continental Divide. When you need to escape from the city for a day of riding and a night of good food, Loveland won't disappoint. Daytripper packages are available, including lift ticket, equipment and clothing rental. Ski school lessons are available for all abilities and schedules.

Keystone Resort

Seventy miles west of Denver, in Summit County, Colorado, you'll find Keystone Resort. With 131 trails, 235 inches of snow, more than 3,000 skiable acres and 20 lifts, Keystone delivers a truly world-class mountain experience, all within a short drive from Denver and the Front Range. At 11,640 feet, Dercum Mountain is home to long, open runs and perfect groomers to keep you cruising all day — a great place to start for beginners and intermediate skiers and snowboarders. For those who crave big air, Keystone's A51 Terrain Park will not disappoint. Named a top-ranked park by Freeskier and Transworld Magazines, this is the place to be for shredders and jibbers. Looking to explore Denver by day and Keystone at night? The mountain offers not only the largest night skiing operation in Colorado, but the longest ski day as well, operating from 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Arapahoe Basin Ski Area

Known for its excellent snow and extended ski season (the longest in Colorado), Arapahoe Basin Ski Area (or "A-Basin" to locals) is 68 miles from Denver, with killer views. A-Basin's acclaimed terrain and laid-back vibe make it a favorite for experts to beginners. Half of the mountain is above timberline, with open-bowl skiing and snowboarding through spring and into early summer. One of its signature runs, Pallavicini, is one of Colorado's longest and steepest trails. Family-friendly features include two learning areas, a full-service Snowsports School, on-site rentals and three dining locations. On sunny days, you might want to lounge on "The Beach," a stretch near the Early Riser parking lot that backs up to three lower-mountain chairlifts.

Copper Mountain Resort

Winter activities at 9,600 ft. available at Copper Mountain include skiing, snowshoeing, overnight back-country hut trips, sleigh rides and more! As the largest resort in Summit County, Copper offers diverse terrain on a well-designed, easy-to-navigate mountain. Veteran skiers prefer the east side, while beginner and intermediate skiers enjoy the moderate terrain farther west. The resort also boasts 16 miles of cross-country trails and first-rate terrain parks. Make sure to catch the Winter Dew Tour (Dec. 16–19, 2021), a free annual winter ski and snowboard competition and festival.

Echo Mountain

Located just 36 miles from Denver in nearby in Idaho Springs, Echo Mountain is the closest ski area to Denver, making it easy to fit into even the shortest weekend trip! Originally opened in 1960 as the Squaw Pass Ski Area, Echo has gone through many iterations over the years, including a terrain park and a private ski race training facility. It reopened as a ski resort in 2016 and has undergone extensive renovations over the past few years, including a brand new tubing hill, an expanded beginner ski area and a new food-and-beverage menu (featuring “life-changing fries”). Night owls can even take part in night skiing throughout the season!

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