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July Events in Denver

Posted at 06/29/2020 03:00 PM by Pat O'Connor

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Summer at Arapahoe Basin | July 2 | Dillon

Summer at A-Basin is off the beaten path and at a higher elevation than anywhere else in the area. When people think of an authentic Rocky Mountain experience, this peaceful, natural and rugged place is what they’re imagining. A-Basin sits adjacent to the Continental Divide with incredible views, cool temperatures and no crowds—offering visitors a high-alpine, big-mountain experience between 10,780 and 13,000 feet. All activities take place in the trees or on the mountain, putting visitors right in the midst of a stunning landscape covered in wildflowers and visited often by a resident mountain goat herd.

Check out all the fabulous mountain activities including the brand new Aerial Adventure Park.

Arapahoe Basin, 28194 U.S. Hwy. 6
Check website for activities and opening times

Metro Denver Farmers’ Markets

Littleton

Southwest Plaza, Wadsworth and Bowles (southeast parking lot)

Saturdays: May 30-Oct. 31

8 a.m.-2 p.m.

Highlands Ranch

Highlands Ranch Town Center, 9288 Dorchester St.

Sundays: May 31-Nov.. 1

10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Lakewood

Mile High Church, 9077 W. Alameda Ave.

Saturdays: June 13-Sept. 26

10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Commerce City

Reunion Recreation Center, 17410 Parkside Drive North

Sundays: June 14-Sept. 27

10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Littleton

Aspen Grove lifestyle Center, 7301 S. Santa Fe Drive

Wednesdays: June 17-Sept. 30

10 a.m.-2 p.m.

South Pearl Street Farmers' Market | May 31-Nov. 15 | Denver

This market covers 27 weeks, with over 100 vendors and thousands of shoppers and aficionados. The Farmers’ Market would like to specially acknowledge Ela Family Farms, known far and wide for their mouth-watering peaches and apples from the Western Slope, and Styria Bakery, legendary for their fresh baked bread, both of whom have been with us since that very first day in 2001.

1500 block of South Pearl Street

Sundays: 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

Highlands Farmers' Market | May 31-Oct. 11 | Denver

Highlands Farmers Market is located in the Highlands Square district.  This market’s urban vibe coupled with its dynamic vendor base has become a Denver favorite. Enjoy quality and diversity among our farm and vendor base, a healthy and delicious selection of ready  to consume foods from our trucks and local restaurants.

32nd and Lowell Blvd.

9 a.m.-1 p.m.

Golden Triangle Farmers' Market | June 7-Oct. 11 | Denver

1115 N. Acoma St.

Saturdays: 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

Stapleton Farmers' Market | June 7-Oct. 11 | Denver

Seasonal outdoor markes feature a fresh mix of beautiful flowers, local produce, gourmet products, and delicious cuisine from Colorado and beyond.

Stapleton Founders Green, 29th Ave. & Roslyn St.

Sundays: 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

Arvada Farmers' Market | June 7-Sept. 27 | Arvada

Stenger Soccer Complex, 11200 W. 58th Ave.

Sundays: 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

West Colfax Farmers' Market | June 14-Oct. 18 | Lakewood

Lamar Station Plaza, 6715 West Colfax

Sundays: 8 a.m.-1 p.m.

Power and Fragility | Now Through Aug. 1 | Denver

The six artists in Power and Fragility draw their inspiration from the organic world around them as well as their internal atmospheres, creating multi-media artworks that reflect, evoke or transform elements of the self within the natural world. 

Walker Fine Art, 300 W. 11th Ave.

Tue-Sat: 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. 

Prismajic | Showing Now | Denver

Prismajic, creators of Natura Obscura, is launching an immersive arts pop-up experience called “Shiki Dreams." “Shiki Dreams” follows on the heels of the smash hit Natura Obscura, a 2019 collaborative installation with MOA (Museum of Outdoor Arts). Prismajic’s temporary 1,200-square-foot pop-up installation, created through the collaborative work of more than 20 Colorado-based artists, is a fun and beautiful step into the world of Shiki, the spiritual yeti guide and leader of the Spirits of the Forest from Natura. The experience explores the dreams of this most wise spirit in a multi-sensory experience of stunning creativity that incorporates augmented reality and digital technologies. Buy tickets here.

Shiki Dreams, 2219 E. 21st Ave.

Thursdays-Sundays: Times vary

Cherry Creek Fresh Market | July 4, 11, 18, 25 | Denver

Since 1997, Colorado Fresh Markets’ award winning seasonal outdoor markets feature a fresh mix of beautiful flowers, local produce, gourmet products, and delicious cuisine from Colorado and beyond.

1st Avenue & University

8 a.m.-1 p.m.

Wednesdays (July 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29): 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

Union Station Farmer's Market | July 4, 11, 18, 25 | Denver

Denver’s premier farmers market featuring fresh produce exclusively from local farmers and growers is back in the heart of downtown! Curated by the nationally renowned Boulder County Farmers Markets, this annual market hosted on Union Station’s Plaza is free and open to the public. For the health and safety of Union Station Farmers Market guests, farmers and volunteers, please make a reservation to reserve your shopping window.

Union Station, 17th St. & Wynkoop

9 a.m.-2 p.m.

Fetch Summer Markets | July 4-5, 18-19 | Aurora

Formerly known as the Denver Flea, Fetch Markets are among the country’s most creative celebrations of small business, design, local culture, and community. Summer 2020 will offer a similar experience, but keeping community health in mind, we are hosting smaller more frequent markets. Our past markets boasted some of the largest in the country 150+ vendors per weekend. We’ve adapted this summer’s program to include around 40-50 vendors, yet a more frequent occurrence. 

Stanley Marketplace, 2501 N. Dallas St.

Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Fireworks | July 4 | Denver Metro Area

Unfortunately, fireworks in the city of Denver have been cancelled this year. However, some of the smaller surrounding communities will still be celebrating our Independence Day with aerial displays. Here are a few that you can enjoy at dusk:

Brighton (East Brighton)

Castle Rock (Santa Fe Quarry)

Highland Ranch (Mountain Vista High School)

Morrison (Bandimere Speedway)

Parker (South of the Pinery)

Crested Butte Wildflower Festival | July 10-19 | Crested Butte

Since 1986, Crested Butte has been the capital of wildflowers. In response to the Covid-19 outbreak and an effort to keep the Wildflower Festival Community safe and healthy, the number of events offered  has been reduced. Events that take place outdoors, do not require food, drink, or transportation, and are limited to 8 participants will continue on. They may add additional events at a later date if travel and social restrictions are lifted.

Various locations and times, check website for details

Denver Fashion Week | July 11-18 | Denver

Denver Fashion Week (DFW) is Denver’s largest fashion showcase featuring emerging designers, local boutiques, national brands, hair stylists, makeup artists and models.

McNichols Building, 144 W. Colfax Ave.

Varies, check website for events and times

Sloan's Lake Summer Bazaar | July 18-19 | Denver

Sloan’s Lake Summer BAZAAR will feature shopping at over 100 local makers, craft beer tastings, fashion trucks, local food & more. Live DJs provide a funky Shopping & Sipping soundtrack all weekend long, plus local music discovery tents will be spread throughout the market with acoustic performances and collaborations. The best part? This event is free to attend and all-ages! Cash bars will be available for individual drink purchases. Only Shop & Sip Ticket Holders will be able to sample from local breweries at this event. Be sure to RSVP for drink discounts, exclusive event announcements and more.

Sloan's Lake / West Colfax, 1565 N. Raleigh St.

Saturday, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.
Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Castle Rock Wine Fest | July 18 | Castle Rock

An outdoor wine tasting event that offers more than two dozen wineries and over 180 varieties of Colorado wine. This annual event arrives on the third weekend in July and draws wine aficionados for the enormous variety of Colorado wines, fabulous food trucks, and an amazing local band to dance into the night.  There’s even a Beer Garden where patrons can purchase a cold craft beer local to the area.  Get Your Tickets Today!  This event is for adults only—no Children under the age of 17 and no pets.   **Alert:  Please review the WineFest COVID-19 modifications we have issued for this event.

Butterfield Crossing Park, 3952 Butterfield Crossing Dr.

2-8 p.m.

Blues & BBQ | July 18-19 | Denver

Yes! The 23rd Annual Blues & BBQ Festival is still happening! This year's event will look a little different. 
There will be seating for 75 people inside the restaurant. You can buy tickets to one show for $30, or buy multiple tickets at discounted pricing. There will be a live stream of the event on Facebook, asking for a suggested donation online of $10. https://www.facebook.com/bluesandbbqforbetterhousing
Please consider hosting a Watch Party or a back yard BBQ and listen to/watch the Blues & BBQ show. This year's Tribute Tour band lineup includes tributes to Bruce Springsteen, The Rolling Stones, Bonnie Raitt, The Who, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Bob Seger.

For more information, please visit www.bluesnbbq.com.

The Venue, 1451 Cortez St.

Saturday: 4:30-10 p.m.

Sunday: 2:30-8 p.m.

Underground Music Showcase | July 25 | Denver (virtual event)

Underground Music Showcase will not be happening live this year. But UMS will be supporting Broadway venues, artists, and family that make this festival come true. So we present to you: Underground Music Something. What’s that? We’re honestly not really sure and would certainly hate to spoil a good surprise. We will be raising money and raging safely.  

Check website for details.

Colorado Black Arts Festival | July 30-Aug. 2 | Denver (virtual event)

The 2020 Colorado Black Arts Festival is going virtual due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Colorado Black Arts Festival is a experience like no other will takes place online via COLBAF - YouTube.

Virtual event, see website

Robert Rauschenberg: Reflections and Ruminations | June 1, 2020-March 20, 2021

Reopening on June 1st and now extended to March 20, 2021, “Rauschenberg: Reflections and Ruminations" exhibits over 50 works by one of the most influential American artists of the 20th century, Robert Rauschenberg (1925-2008). Explore this unique collection of works that range from 1962 - 2008 in an intimate setting at our indoor galleries. This is only the second solo exhibition of the artist's work ever to be exhibited in Colorado since 1982.

Tickets are $10 per person. To prevent crowding during COVID-19, you must reserve your tickets in advance via the ticket link. Tickets will NOT be available at the door. Children 5 and under are free, a free child ticket is still required to be reserved in advance. Admission is timed at hourly intervals. Just choose the day and time slot during which you would like to visit and your ticket will be good for entry at the start of your time slot. 

Museum of Outdoor Art, 1000 Englewood Pkwy.

10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Denver Botanic Gardens | Open Now | Denver

The Denver Botanic Gardens is thrilled to be open again. Here's your chance to see Denver in full bloom. Click here to purchase tickets and reserve your time slot. Limited numbers will be allowed in the gardens at any given time.

Denver Botanic Gardens, 1007 N. York St.

Times vary, reserve here

Hudson Gardens | Open Now | Littleton

The walking trails and garden exhibits remain free and open to the public every day of the week from sunrise-sunset. Check out our Must See & Do: Spring and Summer guide for a list of popular attractions and recommended activities.

Hudson Gardens, 6115 S. Santa Fe Drive

Open every day, sunrise to sunset

Denver Zoo | Open Now | Denver

The beloved Denver Zoo is now open. Here's your chance to see the new baby rhino Joona among the other hundreds of animals. Tickets will need to be purchased in advance and there will be a reservation system in place. Check the website for the most up-to-date information.

Denver Zoo, 2900 E. 23rd Ave.

Denver Art Museum | Open Now | Denver

For our initial reopening all tickets will be timed-entry and will need to be purchased in advance. Please note that tickets are on sale in two week blocks and will be released at 10 a.m. daily. We are committed to keeping you healthy and safe, but please be aware that exposure to COVID-19 is possible in public places. To protect yourself and help ensure the best possible experience, we ask that you follow the guidelines outlined on the website.

Denver Art Museum, 100 W 14th Ave. Pkwy.

10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Denver Museum of Nature and Science | Open Now | Denver

Purchase your ticket/reserve your entry time in advance online

Denver Museum of Nature and Science, 2001 Colorado Blvd.

8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Fridays, 8 a.m.-10 p.m.

Posted by Pat O'Connor

Pat O’Connor has dual citizenship in both Wisconsin and Colorado, having been born and raised in Wisconsin Dells, but later adopted by the Centennial State. A graduate of the University of Colorado (B.S. Journalism, 1980), O’Connor began her career as a sportswriter at the Boulder Daily Camera under the tutelage of the venerable Dan Creedon. Her experience also includes stints in public relations at Aspen Highlands Ski Area, the Colorado Trial Lawyers and the Colorado Division of Wildlife. When she isn’t piecing together sentences, the self-proclaimed “Cheesehead” enjoys hanging out with her three kids and assortment of family pets, running, playing golf, hiking 14ers, horseback riding and skiing. As a mother to two (at one time three) competitive swimmers, her favorite fragrance is eau de chlorine. During football season, she can be found cheering for the Buffs on Saturdays and screaming when the Packers score on Sundays. She loves talking sports and giving recommendations on cheese curds.

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