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7 best things to do in Denver this weekend

Posted at 4:44 PM, Sep 11, 2015
and last updated 2015-09-11 18:44:51-04

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

Friday - Saturday

Longmont Oktoberfest

What: Grab your stein.  It is Oktoberfest season.  The Left Hand Brewing Company leads this favorite fall gathering featuring ten bands and nine local breweries.  Enjoy live music, German food, craft beer and fun festivities for all ages including a bratwurst eating contest, malt sack races and the first ever Locomotion parade, traveling down Main Street Saturday morning.

Where: Roosevelt Park, 700 Longs Peak Avenue, Longmont, Colo.

When: Friday: 4 p.m.-10 p.m. and Saturday: 12 p.m.-10 p.m.  (Parade starts at 10 a.m.)

Admission: Free

More Information: lefthandbrewing.com

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Saturday - Sunday

Colorado High Plains Balloon & Kite Festival

What:  It’s a weekend full of aviation delights from colorful hot air balloons and kites of all shapes and sizes to agricultural drone demos and a chance to have a hands-on experience with a black hawk helicopter.  Bring a blanket to kick back and watch the skies, plus enjoy other family fun activities, vendors, and arts and crafts.    

Where: May Farms, 64001 E. Hwy 36, Byers, Colo.

When: Saturday: 6 a.m.-7 p.m.; and Sunday: 6 a.m.-4 p.m.

Admission: $10; Kids under 5 are free. (Military families get in free on Sunday with ID.)

More Information: cohighplainsballoonfestival.com

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Saturday - Sunday

A Day Out with Thomas: The Celebration Tour 2015

What:  The event little engineers look forward to each year.  Thomas fans of all ages are invited to spend the day with their favorite No. 1 engine.  This event gives kids an opportunity to ride on board a train lead by Thomas and have their picture taken with Sir Topham Hatt.  Admission includes access to museum exhibits, as well as special Thomas themed activities including a petting zoo, Imagination Station, sing-a-longs, and a magic show. 

Where: Colorado Railroad Museum, 17155 W. 44th Avenue, Golden, Colo.

When: Saturday & Sunday: 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. (runs weekends through Sept. 27th)

Admission: Tickets Range from $20-$25 - Ages 2 years and older (Tickets are limited; advance purchase recommended.)

More Information: coloradorailroadmuseum.org

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Saturday - Sunday

Denver Coliseum Mineral, Fossil and Gem Show

What:  This annual show and sale features cool minerals, rare fossils, crystals, gems, artisan jewelry and more.  Exhibitors will fill both floors of the Coliseum, plus spill into 100 tents outside.  From the casual to the serious collector, there is something for everyone at this family friendly event.

Where: Denver Coliseum, 4600 Humboldt Street, Denver, Colo.

When: Saturday: 9 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sunday: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. (Runs through Sept. 20th)

Admission: Free

More Information: coliseumshow.com

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Saturday - Sunday

Festival Italiano at Belmar

What: This annual two-day celebration of Italian culture will feature some of the finest Italian food, wine and artisan vendors.  While indulging on Italian cuisine, you’ll be entertained by flag throwers from Italy, a bocce tournament, and strolling performers.  Plus kids’ activities, including face painting and the Balistreri Vineyard’s Children’s Grape Stomp.

Where: Belmar, 464 S. Teller Street, Lakewood, Colo.

When: Saturday: 10 a.m.-9 p.m. and Sunday: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Admission: Free

More Information: belmarcolorado.com

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Saturday

Blue Shoe Run

What: Run for your father, your husband, your brother.  Run for you in the annual Blue Shoe 5K Run/Walk benefiting the Urology Center of Colorado Foundation.  If 5K isn’t your distance, there is also a 1.5-mile family walk and a kid’s fun run.  Be sure to stick around after the event for one of the best post-race parties in Denver featuring food, drinks, live music, and kid’s activities.

Where: The Urology Center of Colorado, 2777 Mile High Stadium Circle, Denver, Colo.

When: Saturday: Kids Run starts at 7:45 a.m.; 5K Run/Walk starts at 8 a.m.; Family Walk starts at 8:15 a.m.

Admission: $50 - Adult Race Day registration ($45 early registration through Sept. 10th)

More Information: tucc.com

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Saturday

Denver Art Museum Friendship Powwow & American Indian Cultural Celebration

What: Experience this annual event celebrating the vitality of American Indian cultures.  In addition to visiting the museum, watch colorful American Indian dancers and drum groups entertain the crowds.  You’ll have the opportunity to get your hands dirty with local artist activities, browse vendors and enjoy delicious fry bread.  Powwow activities and general museum admission are free.

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

When: Saturday: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Admission: Free

More Information: denverartmuseum.org

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Bonus Things To Do:  Bikes, beers and bemusement will be abound at Denver’s City Park on Saturday for New Belgium’s annual Tour de Fat event; or visit the at the Adams County Museum on Saturday for the Family Heritage Day & Car Show; or tempt your taste buds at the inaugural Colorado Chile Fest in Centennial Center Park on Saturday and Sunday.   

 

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