Denver Parade of Homes and more: 7 best things to do in Denver this weekend, Aug. 12-13

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. 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

2. Brown Palace celebrates its 125th Anniversary

What: Sixteen years after Colorado became the 38th state in the nation, the Brown Palace Hotel opened its doors to the public. Now, celebrating its 125th anniversary, the hotel is organizing

When: Thursday, Aug. 10 through Sunday, Aug. 13, 2017

Where: Brown Palace Hotel, 321 17th Street in Denver

Admission: FREE

More info: Check out the full schedule of events here

3. Colorado Classic to whiz by downtown Denver

What: The professional world of cycling is coming to the Centennial State for another year (following a hiatus) and this weekend, it’ll whiz by downtown Denver. Two of the four stages of the men’s race are in and around Denver and you can see them as they race.

When: Saturday, Aug. 12 from 12:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, Aug. 13 starting at 12:20 p.m.

Where: Various locations

Admission: FREE

More info: https://www.veloramacolorado.com/colorado-classic/

4. Wheat Ridge Carnation Festival

What: Prepare for yet another exciting year at the Wheat Ridge Carnation Festival. A fireworks display will awe both young and old alike, and you can also enjoy live musical acts, a chili cook-off and more. There will also be a beer garden (and there will be non-alcoholic drinks for the little ones to enjoy).

When: Friday, Aug. 11 through Sunday, Aug. 13, 2017

Where: Anderson Park, 4355 Field Street in Wheat Ridge

Admission: FREE

More info: https://thecarnationfestival.com/

5. Erie Air Fair

What: Erie’s yearly Air Fair invites you to learn about airplanes and other aircraft with display of unique small aircraft, a kid’s adventure zone, a bouncy house and performances from local musicians.

When: Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Where: Erie Municipal Airport, 395 Airport Road, Erie, Colo.

Admission: Free

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

6. Celestial Seasonings Factor 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

BONUS:

What: Join the Colfax Avenue Business Improvement District for the 2nd Annual Art-i-Fax Street Party! Meet at the intersection of Colfax and Park Avenue for a day of live music, a variety of street and performing arts, local food, beer from Great Divide Brewing and community engagement to celebrate Colfax.

Where: Intersection of Colfax and Park Avenue, Denver.

When: Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Admission: FREE

More info: https://www.denvergov.org/content/denvergov/en/office-of-special-events/special-events-calendar/2017/art-i-fax.html

Do you have an event coming up you'd like us to feature? Email oscar.contreras@kmgh.com so he can add it to the list of things to do! 

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