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7 best things to do in Denver this weekend

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Posted at 4:17 PM, May 18, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-18 18:17:27-04

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 Denver this weekend.  

Friday - Sunday

The Golden Games

What: Created to highlight the outdoor recreation and lifestyle Coloradans cherish, this three-day event plays host to a variety of sporting events, live music, demos, gear swaps and more.  This is your chance to try outdoor activities like kayaking, river surfing, stand up paddle, slack lining and more.  The Games are designed to be enjoyed by families, athletes and spectators. 

Where: Soda Lake, near Morrison Road and C-470, Lakewood, Colo.; and Clear Creek White Water Park, 1201 10th Street, Golden, Colo.

When: Friday – Sunday: Times vary by event (Check website for details.)

Admission: Event entry fees range from free - $40; Varies by event and registration may be required.

More Information: racedirectorsolutions.com

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Saturday - Sunday

Strawberry Fest Antique Show

What:  It’s the 46th Annual Antique and Collectibles Show featuring over 80 local and national dealers of high-end antiques and collectibles.  Attendees will also enjoy an art show, glass grinder and café with food and drinks available for purchase.

Where: Boulder County Fairgrounds, Exhibit Building, 9595 Nelson Road, Longmont, Colo.

When: Saturday: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; and Sunday: 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

Admission: $5 – Adults; Kids under 12 years are free.

More Information: stvrainhistoricalsociety.com

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Saturday

Cherry Creek Fresh Market

What:  The Cherry Creek Fresh Market is open for the season and stocked with a high quality mix of local growers and unique gourmet food vendors representing the best of the Rocky Mountain Region.  Visitors will also enjoy chef events and live music.     

Where: Cherry Creek Shopping Center, corner of 1st Avenue and University Blvd., Denver, Colo.

When: Saturday: 8 a.m.-1 p.m.

Admission: Free

More Information: coloradofreshmarkets.com

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Saturday

Rocky Mountain Pet Expo

What: Grab Fido’s leash and head to the Rocky Mountain Pet Expo.  Enter the cutest dog contest or check out the pet fashion show. Plus, animal adoptions, obedience demonstrations, exhibitors, and other fun activities for you and your pet.   

Where: National Western Complex, 4655 Humboldt Street, Denver, Colo.

When: Saturday: 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

Admission: Free

More Information: rockymountainpetexpo.com

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Saturday

Kids to Parks Day

What: This nationwide initiative organized by the National Park Trust encourages families to get outdoors and visit America’s parks, from the local greenspaces to the National Parks.  And no community will celebrate this day with more enthusiasm than Boulder.  Enjoy family fun activities provided by Children’s Museum of Denver, Play-Well TEKnologies, The Wild Animal Sanctuary and more. Discover the science, history, nature and adventure waiting for you in the park.

Where: Civic Center Park at Boulder Public Library, 1001 Arapahoe Blvd., Boulder, Colo.

When: Saturday: 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

Admission: Free

More Information: bouldercolorado.gov

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Saturday

Erie Balloon Festival and Town Fair

What: Balloons will take flight in the skies over Erie this weekend, as part of the annual Balloon Festival and Town Fair.  Watch the colorful display of hot air balloons as they launch at 6:15am, Friday, Saturday and Sunday (weather permitting.)  On Saturday, Historic Downtown Erie will host over 200 craft and food vendors, as well as the Garage Rats Car Show during the day.  Music performances take over the stage at Coal Creek ballpark Saturday evening, plus carnival games, activities for the kids, and more.  Fireworks cap off the day at 9:15pm.

Where: Historic Downtown Erie, and Coal Creek Park, 575 Kattell, Erie, Colo.

When: Saturday: 10 a.m.-9 p.m.

Admission: Free

More Information: eriechamber.org

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Saturday

Five Points Jazz Festival

What: Celebrate the rich history of Denver’s Five Points Neighborhood, which was once home to jazz clubs that hosted music legends including Miles Davies and Thelonious Monk.  More than 30 bands will span nine stages throughout the day featuring a culturally diverse line up of Latin, blues, funk, trios, and more.

Where:  Denver’s Five Points Neighborhood, 27th Street and Welton, Denver, Colo.

When: Saturday: 11 a.m.-8 p.m.

Admission: Free

More Information: artsandvenuesdenver.com

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