A Taste of Colorado, Free Day at the DAM and more: 7 best things to do this Labor Day weekend

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. 34th Annual A Taste of Colorado

What: Downtown Denver’s Civic Center Park and the surrounding streets are transforming for the four-day, free admission, music, food, shopping and family-fun festival of the 34th Annual A Taste of Colorado.

Where: Denver’s Civic Center Park

When: Friday, Sept. 1 from 11:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.; Saturday, Sept. 2, from 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Sunday, Sept. 3 from 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Monday, Sept. 4 from 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Admission: Free

More info: http://atasteofcolorado.com/

2. Lakeside Amusement Park’s Labor Day weekend celebration

What: Lakeside Amusement Park is celebrating Labor Day weekend with $10 unlimited rides! Rides required one to six coupons each. Gates open at 6 p.m. on Friday and at noon on Saturday, Sunday and Monday.

Where: Lakeside Amusement Park, 4601 Sheridan Boulevard in Denver

Admission: $13.50 (There’s a $3.50 price for admission)

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

3. Denver Art Museum Free Day

What: Enjoy free admission to the Denver Art Museum.  Note that special exhibitions will require a ticketed admission.

Where: Denver Art Museum, 100 W. 14th Avenue Parkway, Denver, Colo.

When: Saturday: 10 a.m.- 5 p.m.

Admission: Free

More info: denverartmuseum.org

4. The 2017 Denver Parade of Homes

What: Dozens of new, custom-built homes will be on display in the Denver metro area starting this week. The Parade of Homes includes 66 newly-built homes throughout the Denver metro area, all of which are up for sale. The tour is self-guided, allowing potential buyers to browse whichever homes they want whenever they want.

When: Thursday, Aug. 10 through Monday, Sept. 4, 2017

Where: Several locations

Admission: Free

More info: Learn more about the 2017 Parade of Homes by clicking here

5. Hammond’s Candy 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 Information: hammondscandies.com

6. Celestial Seasonings Factory Tour

What: Did you know you can tour Colorado’s very own Celestial Seasonings Factory for free?  Factory tours run every hour Monday through Sunday.  And every tour includes a whiff of the Mint Room, guaranteed to clear any stuffy nose.  Afterwards, be sure to visit the sampling bar with over 100 kinds of tea to taste.  Note that kids must be at least 5 years old to tour the factory floor.

When: Mondays – Saturdays: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; and Sundays: 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Where: Celestial Seasonings, 4600 Sleepytime Drive, Boulder, Colo.

Admission: Free

More info: celestialseasonings.com

7. 88 Drive-In Theater: Triple-Feature

What: If you long for the days of the drive-in movie theater experience, you don’t have to look very far. 88 Drive-In Theater is the only drive-in theater left in the Denver metro area still showing movies. Click here for the current line-up.

Where: 88 Drive Theater, 8780 Rosemary Street, Commerce City

When: Saturday, May 27 and Sunday, May 28 starting at 8 p.m.

Admission: $8

More info: https://www.88drivein.net/faqs


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