Planning an Epic Colorado Summer

Are you a hammock-laying book lover, lazy afternoon coffee sipper, evenings on a picnic blanket watching the stars kind of person? Or does rock climbing, water-rushing kayaking, marathon sprinting, bike racing get you excited for the summer sun? No matter your preference, the Denver area was made for summertime fun.

Let your adventurous self out

With the foothills close by, many adventures await for all skill levels. Head up to Rocky Mountain National Park for an afternoon picnic and numerous hiking trails. Jaunt on over to the Flatirons or North Table Mountain and Golden Cliffs to enjoy some outdoor rock climbing. Put on your wetsuits and enjoy kayaking, floating, or canoeing the many Colorado river rapids.

If you’re looking for a more local way to expend some energy, registering for the 2019 Summer Solstice Race June 21st, the Bubble Run Denver Race July 28th, or the Colorado Classic Bike Race August 22nd – 25th is a great place to start. Denver is also known for its many running and biking trails throughout the city and surrounding areas.

Satisfy your artistic side

During the summer, Denver’s street market and art districts come alive. Check out the specialty shops and art galleries at the RiNo Arts District, peruse local tastes, and hear from musical artists at The Farmer’s Market at Highlands Square. Take in a wide range of media at the 27th annual Art Students League of Denver Summer Art Market June 8th and 9th, and don’t forget to stop by the Arts District on Santa Fe during First Fridays to experience the street art, food trucks, and local ambiance their district has to offer.
Ready to relax during the summer evenings and be entertained by great music? Discover Denver’s Botanic Gardens Summer Concert Series at the UMB Amphitheater. Relax on the grass with your own food and beverage while listening to a wide range of talented artists.

Make Family-Friendly memories

Exploring the mile-high city has never been easier with Denver’s Golden Treasures Scavenger Hunt. It’s as easy as selecting your adventure, purchasing your ticket at Let’s Roam, choosing your interactive role, and off you go. Unlock hidden gems, answer questions, and complete challenges along the way while your group discovers what Denver has to offer.

Finding a way to spend your day with the kids? Whether looking to beat the heat at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, Butterfly Pavilion or Children’s Museum of Denver, or embracing the outdoors at the Denver Zoo, Pirates Cove Water Park, or Elitch Gardens Theme and Family Water Park, Denver is well-known for its family-friendly centers.


Get on Denver’s Summer adult social festivities

If whiskey is your drink of choice, there’s no better way to enjoy a summer evening than attending the 2019 Denver Summer Whiskey Tasting Festival on Saturday, June 29th. Meet new people and make great connections while starting at The Ginn Mill to taste your favorites and try some new flairs.

June 14th features the annual Garden to Glass, Summer Drinks, and Tapas Workshop at the Botanic Gardens. Mixing together a cooking class, plant growing tips, alcohol-free beverage mixology, and delicious tapas tasting, you’re sure to leave this event learning something new.

Final thoughts

Relax at a park, explore one of the art districts, discover your adventurous side, or traverse a rock cliff. No matter how you love to spend your summer, Denver’s diverse culture and natural, breathtaking backdrop have something for everyone.