7 best things to do in Denver this weekend, July 21-23, 2017

DENVER -- Every weekend, Denver7 compiles a list of some family friendly events you might enjoy. Here are our picks for the 7 best things to do in the Denver metro area this weekend.      

1. Denver County Fair

What: Prepare for Denver’s own fair-ly weird county fair! Enjoy carnival rides, blue ribbon pies, as well as six stages with a variety of programming, local bands and performers, a ukulele contest, hot dog, pie and bug-eating contests and much, much more.

When: Friday, July 21 from noon to 9 p.m.; Saturday, July 22 from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Sunday, July 23 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.

Where: National Western Complex

Admission: Between $3 - $20 (does not include carnival rides)

More info: http://www.denvercountyfair.org/

2. German Fest 2017

What: Prepare your stomach for all the beer you can… stomach! The German Fest is bringing all the German food, music, dancing and other activities you can imagine! You can also enjoy some arts and crafts with the rest of the family, but please leave the dogs at home.

When: Friday, July 21 from 4 to 9 p.m.; Saturday, July 22 from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Sunday, July 23 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Where: Lakewood Heritage Center, 801 S. Yarrow Street, Lakewood, Colo.

Admission: $7 for adults, $2 for kids ages 3 to 9.

More info: http://www.germanfestdenver.com/

3. VegFest Colorado

What: Fruit and veggie lovers, unite! The VegFest is coming to Colorado this weekend and includes seminars, exhibits, cooking demos, kid’s activities, food samples and much more.

When: Saturday, July 22 and Sunday, July 23 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Where: Jefferson County Fairgrounds, 15200 West 6th Avenue, Golden, Colo.

Admission: $10 for adults, children enter free

More info: http://www.vegfestcolorado.org/

4. Colorado Symphony’s Season Preview Concert

What: If you’re anxiously waiting for the 2017-2018 season of the Colorado Symphony, you may want to check out the season preview concert this weekend. You must get to the box office before 6 p.m. in order to get a ticket.

When: Saturday, July 22 at 7:30 p.m.

Where: Boettcher Concert Hall, 1000 14th Street in Denver, Colorado.

Admission: Free

More info: http://coloradosymphony.org/

5. Hammond Candies Factory Tour

What: Did you know that you can take a free tour of Colorado’s very own Hammond’s Candy Factory?  Tours run every half-hour Monday through Saturday.  Watch candy makers as they hand-pull and twist oversize candy canes, ribbon candy, lollipops and chocolate.  It’s educational fun for candy lovers of all ages.  And bonus, every tour guest gets a free candy sample.

Where: Hammond’s Candies, 5735 N. Washington Street, Denver, Colo.

When:  Mondays – Fridays: 9 a.m.-3 p.m.; and Saturdays: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. (Closed Sundays)

Admission: Free

More info: hammondscandies.com

6. Coors Brewery Tours

What: Coors has been making beer in Golden, Colo., since the 1870s. The brewery experience includes a 30-minute self-paced tour highlighting the malting, brewing and packaging processes.

Where: Ford Street, Golden, CO

When: Weekly on Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.; Weekly on Sunday from noon – 4 p.m.

Admission: Free

More info: http://visitgolden.com/coors-brewery/

7. Colorado Renaissance Festival

What: Prepare to dress up in period-accurate fashion, bring your appetite for turkey legs and get ready to return to the past, because the 41st annual Colorado Renaissance Festival is coming back to Larkspur this weekend.

When: Saturday, June 10 – Sunday, July 30

Where: 650 West Parry Park Avenue in Larkspur, CO.

Admission: Adults $24, Children between 5 and 12-years-old $12, Children under 5 get in free.

More info: Learn more about the Colorado Renaissance Festival here.

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