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Ancient Aliens Live

Experience the long-running hit program “Ancient Aliens” LIVE on tour! This interactive event explores thought-provoking extraterrestrial theories on fan-favorite topics from Ancient Egypt to the moon, paving the long road to Disclosure. Ancient Aliens Live lands at Denver’s Paramount Theatre on May 23rd. Tickets on sale now at AncientAliensLiveTour.com
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Cheesman Park Art Fest

Get ready for another great weekend of arts, food and fun at The 11th Annual Cheesman Park Art Fest! This charming, award-winning art festival features an outstanding lineup of 150 juried fine artists and craftsmen from across the nation. Held in one of Denver’s prized historic parks, the Cheesman Park Art Fest offers a little something for everyone – from great shopping and artists’ demonstrations to live music and great eats from Denver’s best food trucks! It’s the perfect way to spend a summer day in the Mile High City! This show was recently ranked in the Top 100 events of the Decade by Sunshine Artist Magazine, and has won other local awards in its 10 short years, including Top of the Town by 5280 Magazine & Denver A List.

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Dream State

Come out of your dark day into a brighter night, join us in our Dream State.
Set to a selection of music from the Academy Award Nominated artists of Son Lux, Dream State flows from the difficulties of emotional and physical recovery to the joys of artistic expression and community. Created in Denver Aerial Dance Collective’s signature, uninterrupted style and featuring incredible technical execution, this show is the perfect experience for anyone looking to trade their cage for flight.

Witness gravity-defying aerial acts intertwined seamlessly with intricate choreography, creating a captivating visual spectacle that will transport you to new realms of emotion and imagination. Each movement is meticulously crafted to synchronize with Son Lux’s evocative melodies, resulting in a spellbinding journey through the depths of human experience.

With the Earth above our heads and the sky below, we’ll keep our lanterns lit and search for you at the Denver Fringe Festival.

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Colorado Summer

Colorado Summer Vacation Planning

Colorado Summer Vacation Planning, the best season

If you're planning a Colorado summer vacation, you have come to the right place. A Colorado summer vacation is the best time of year to visit this glorious state. The Mountain West is the most geographically diverse region in the United States, and with that comes natural wonders to be explored. A Colorado summer road trip starts with finding destinations that meet your expectations, planning scenic routes through the mountains, and locating all those fun family activities along the way. Use our FREE itinerary tool to start planning and organizing your summer vacation.

Colorado National and State Parks

Colorado has 42 state parks, 4 National Parks, 11 national forests, and 42 wilderness areas, each showcasing different parts of our great state, from the eastern plains to the highest peaks. That adds up to 43.3% of Colorado classified as public land, and what amazing land it is! These parks and forests are popular attractions during the Colorado summer, and fortunately, they are spread out across the state. You can easily visit one or more during your scenic road trip. State Parks offer various amenities for camping and feature attractions such as a gorgeous mountain lake, hiking trails, and much more. Learn more about National and State Parks.

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Colorado Summer Culture, Festivals, Local Events

As you travel through the state, you will encounter many cultural events and festivals (events calendar).

  • Check the concert calendar and find an outdoor concert or nearby live music. Red Rocks Amphitheater is always a fantastic place to watch a show.
  • Consider a brewery tour such as the Coors Factory Brewery Tour in Golden or the Breckenridge Brewery Tour. Winery tours are also popular.
  • Catch a game at the Coors Field, home of the Rockies, in Denver.
  • Many mountain communities have regular art walks or exhibits going on.
  • The Colorado Pro Rodeo Tour is a popular cultural event with scheduled rodeos throughout the state.
  • Stop at a nearby Farmers Market. Beyond all those mountains lie very fertile valleys. Colorado produces many fresh vegetables, fruits, meats, and artisan crafts. Palisade peaches are a favorite.
  • If you enjoy participating in local athletic events, search your favorite mountain community for whatever type of race or event you would like to participate in. You will surely find something (mountain biking, running, golf tournaments…, etc.).

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Family Fun Colorado Vacation Planning - things to do with kids

If family fun is what you’re after, Colorado is the place to be. You might say that family entertainment is the state’s specialty. Mountain resort towns (ski resorts) are your-round these days, featuring gondola and chairlift access mountain biking and hiking trails. You will also find mountainside adventure parks in these same locations, adding to the fun with various kids activities such as bungee trampolines, put-put golf, adventure park-type challenge courses, mountain slides, and more. Nearby mountain communities have even more fun things to do with kids such as guided tours, state parks, and dedicated adventure parks.

Whitewater Rafting, Lakes, Water Parks, Adventure Parks and more

Getting wet during the Colorado summer season is widespread and easily attainable. With abundant mountain lakes, whitewater rivers, and water parks across the state, you can easily add this to your vacation planing. The popularity of adventure parks has created variations that include adventure packages, which combine water fun with other types of adventure.

  • Whitewater rafting is a super fun family adventure. You can easily find rafting companies that provide trips to match the group size and ability level.
  • Try ziplining across Colorado’s stunning landscape. Many zipline companies now offer adventure packages.
  • Water parks are another great summer way to cool down. Check out Elitch Gardens and Water World, both in Denver, which are super fun.
  • Stop at the Frisco Adventure Park, located in Frisco next to Lake Dillon. It is a family-friendly center with lots of family activities.
  • Visit one of Colorado’s many lakes. The larger lakes have marinas with boat rentals, allowing activities like water skiing and jet skiing, sailing, SUPs, fishing, and more.
  • Take a guided horseback ride. Horseback riding is found near mountain resorts or popular destinations like Estes Park.
  • Schedule a group off-road tour, a great way to build memories and see the fantastic sights.
  • Visit a state park. Parks are found throughout the state. These unique parks feature family entertainment such as beaches, picnic sites, boat rentals, fishing, hiking & biking trails, and more.

Colorado Summer Vacation Royal Gorge Dinosaur Experience

Dinosaurs and Historical Vacation Planning Stops

Colorado Summer Dinosaur Sites

Colorado is rich in history and has many interesting historical sites worth visiting along your family's summer road trip. If you’re planning to visit the Royal Gorge Region, add a stop at one of these exciting dinosaur fossil preserves or museums:

  • The Royal Gorge Regional History Museum, see fossils, dinosaur bones, and a complete Stegosaurus replica skeleton.
  • Garden Park Fossil Area - a 3,600-acre area rich with fossils.
  • Indian Springs Trace Fossil Site - see tracks left by prehistoric creatures.
  • Include Skyline Drive as part of your summer road trip - view fossils and more tracks.

Dinosaur National Monument in NW Colorado is a unique geographical place with dinosaur remains from 100 million years ago. This area is rich in fossils and early pioneer history.

Historical Colorado Road Trip

Many of Colorado’s mountain towns developed during the Gold Rush era, coinciding with the cattle companies' open-range days. These two significant Western development events are seen in the Colorado we know today. Check out the local mountain town museums to learn more about how early settlers lived and made a living.

Denver Museums

Dever has 51 unique museums, ranging from children-focused to more traditional centers, such as the Museum of Nature & Science, Black American West Museum, and the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver.

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Sightseeing a Perfect Family and Friends Activity

When you arrive in Colorado, sightseeing begins, as the mountain landscapes will instantly captivate you. However, getting deep into roads less traveled or passing through dramatic landscapes can be done in various ways. Sightseeing tours are a wonderful way to share memories with family and friends. If getting an eye full is what you’re after, here are some recommended sightseeing options:

  • Take a scenic train ride. Not only will you pass through dramatic mountain landscapes, but you will also learn about Colorado’s mining era. These trains are perfect activities for kids as they often feature hands-on mine exploration, storytelling, and special holiday trains.
  • Sign up for an off-road tour. Guided jeep tours will travel on original mining roads (maintained) through rugged terrain and pass by dramatic vistas—a fun family and friends activity.
  • While in one of Colorado’s resort towns, you can buy a ticket for a gondola ride or a chairlift ride and get a bird's-eye view of the forest and surrounding landscapes. You can also hike or bike at the top and stop in for lunch.
  • Include a scenic byway in your Colorado summer road trip. Stop at historical sites, check out ghost towns, and camp along the way.

Summer Vacation Rest and Relaxation

A Colorado summer vacation can be a chance to rest and rejuvenate your soul. Health and wellness retreats and experiences are growing in popularity. Visiting one or several of Colorado’s natural hot springs is a favorite place to recharge. The soothing, hot mineral waters will revitalize your being. Many of these natural springs have been developed into full-service spas that combine experiences such as massage, meditation, and spa services and provide on-site lodging.

Colorado Summer Vacation Hot Springs

Some of Colorado’s favorite places to explore and enjoy your summer vacation are places that have big attractions such as:

  • Rocky Mountain National Park (RMNP) is a favorite national park with various camping options, extensive hiking trails, and educational experiences.
  • Estes Park is a beautiful mountain town beside RMNP, the gateway to Trail Ridge Road, Grand Lake, and Lake Granby.
  • The Royal Gorge Region has attractions like the Royal Gorge Bridge and Park, Royal Gorge whitewater rafting, and the Royal Gorge Scenic Train.
  • Mesa Verda National Park in southwest Colorado offers a spectacular look into the Ancestral Pueblo people. Visitors can call, walk, drive, or take a tour through the park.

A Colorado Summer Vacation Planning and more

There are many more amazing places and things to do on your Colorado Summer Vacation, and hopefully, you will make discoveries along your journey. Planning your summer vacation starts with finding destinations and activities that interest you and crafting your summer road trip route to facilitate these visits. If finding kids activities is a primary focus please check out this article specifically about kids activities in Colorado. Please use the free itinerary tool as you will find it indispensable for organizing your trip.

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Lamont Wind Ensemble

$5 for reserved parterre, or general admission

Complimentary parking

Directed by Joseph Martin, the Lamont Wind Ensemble is thrilled to continue the 2023-2024 season with works by some of the most prominent traditional and contemporary composers.

For ticket questions, please contact the Newman Center Box Office at 303-871-7720.

For all other Lamont questions, please call 303-871-6400.

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Classical Guitar Ensembles

Free admission, no ticket required

Ensembles vary in size from duos to octets, and we especially emphasize collaboration with singers and other instrumentalists. The course covers music from the Renaissance to the present day.

For ticket questions, please contact the Newman Center Box Office at 303-871-7720.

For all other Lamont questions, please call 303-871-6400.

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St. Patty’s Palooza at Punch Bowl Social

St. Patrick’s Day is right around the corner and Punch Bowl Social, is gearing up to deliver an unforgettable bash. From March 15 to March 17, all Punch Bowl Social locations will celebrate the luck o’ the Irish with hand-crafted cocktails featuring Tullamore Dew spirits and a treasure hunt, in addition to the fun and games for which Punch Bowl Social is known.

On Saturday, March 16, all Punch Bowl Social locations will host a “St. Patty’s Palooza” during which partygoers can embark on a treasure hunt, scouring the venue for hidden Pots O’ Gold and winning prizes that include gift cards to use on their next visit. At 2 p.m., the Punch Bowl Social team will invite guests to gather for a Tullamore Toast to add to the excitement. Admission to the St. Patty’s Palooza is free with RSVP. To reserve your spot visit Eventbrite.com/cc/st-pattys-palooza-3109899

What’s Punch Bowl Social without its signature punch bowl? Dive into delicious libations to get the festivities flowing. Enjoy punch, made with Tullamore D.E.W., shots and green beer accompanied by exclusive Tullamore D.E.W. swag all weekend.

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Outside Festival

The first-ever Outside Festival will take place in downtown Denver from June 1-2, 2024. This new event is a one-of-a-kind celebration of everything outdoors, featuring music, films, speakers, and gear. The festival is designed for beginners and experts alike, with experiences and inspiration for climbers, hikers, cyclists, skiers, and the everyday recreationist. The Outside Festival is driven by a partnership between Outside Interactive Inc., The State of Colorado’s Outdoor Recreation Office, and Visit Denver — all with a shared desire to make the outdoors more accessible and more inclusive. For more information, including tickets, please visit festival.outsideonline.com

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Milquetoast & Co.

Milquetoast & Co. is becoming one of the staple bands in Denver keeping the sound thread weaving; feverishly creating more ways to stay genre-less. Are they rock, indie, jazz? None of the above and frightfully aware of it. Come in to one of the most magnificent clubs in Denver, grab a beverage and enjoy. Dazzle welcomes one of its favorite ancillary acts; The indelible sonic ink blot that is, Milquetoast & Co. Denver-based Milquetoast & Co.’s sound has drawn inspiration from Morphine, Lord Huron, Jeff Buckley, Father John Misty, Aldous Harding, Andrew Bird, DeVotchKa, Radiohead, Jacques Dutronc and many others. “It’s unique… haunting, but not depressing, jazz-ish but not chaotic… kind of ethereal but grounded.” The lyrics are abundantly self-aware and ironic without watering down the complexity of the human experience. The band’s eclectic sound is brought to life by James McAndrew’s emotive vocals and wry, witty, sometimes wistful storytelling; co-producer Dan Zangari’s bass lines; Kyle Bocchieri’s drum work; Joe Engel’s cello technique and rich tone, and Ben Parrish’s guitar style.

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USS Nationals 2024 Presented by Cerberus Strength

We are very excited to have everyone head west to come visit the beautiful Colorado in June of 2024! This event will consists of 500+ athletes battling for a title of National Champion in their division in the sport of Strongman. The day will consist of 5 events including Circus Dumbbell Press, Yoke Walk, Deadlift on a Powerbar, Sandbag to Shoulder Carry Medley, and the iconic Atlas Stone lifting. There will also be many booths set up where you can purchase swag from including Cerberus Strength, Odd Objects, Premier TRT, Thighbrush, Forge Beard Company, Iron Titan Gym, and many more! Bring the whole family out and watch a National Champion being crowned.

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