DENVER – Every weekend, Denver7 compiles a list of some fun events you might enjoy. Here are our picks for the 7 best things to do in the Denver metro area and beyond this weekend.
1. Test your skills at the CKS Paddlefest in Buena Vista
What: CKS Paddlefest is a city-wide event in Buena Vista where there’s something for everyone: from kayaking and paddle boarding competitions, to live music and family-friendly activities – and it’s all happening on Memorial Day weekend.
Where: CKS Main Street Buena Vista, Colo.
When: Friday, May 24 from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Saturday, May 25 from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Sunday, May 16 from 8:15 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Monday, May 27 noon to 2 p.m.
More info: https://www.ckspaddlefest.com/
2. Blues, Brews and BBQ Festival
What: Blues, brews and BBQ – what more could you possibly want if you’re traveling to the mountains this Memorial Day weekend? That and more is happening at Beaver Creek Resort to kick-off the summer!
Where: Beaver Creek Resort, 210 Beaver Creek Plaza in Beaver Creek, Colo.
When: Friday, May 24 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday, May 25 from noon to 6 p.m.; Sunday, May 26 from noon to 6 p.m.
More info: https://www.beavercreek.com/explore-the-resort/activities/summer-activities/blues-brews-and-bbq-festival.aspx
3. MeadowGrass Music Festival
What: MeadowGrass Music Festival kicks off summer in the Pikes Peak region. The event, which happens over Memorial Day weekend, is known for attracting up-and-coming talent from the region and all over the world. There will also be kids’ activities, workshops, yoga, late-night shows for campers and more.
Where: La Foret Conference & Retreat Center, 6145 Shoup Road in Colorado Springs, Colo.
When: Friday, May 24 through Sunday, May 25, 2019
Admission: $0-$268. Buy tickets here.
More info: https://www.meadowgrass.org/
4. Boulder Creek Festival
What: Don’t want to travel far to kick-off the summer in the Front Range? Then head over to the Boulder Creek Festival! There will be lots of music, great eats, kids’ activities, a market, fitness classes, a fine art expo and more.
Where: Boulder Creek (from 9th St. to 14th St. between Canyon Blvd. and Arapahoe Ave.) in Boulder, Colo.
When: Saturday, May 25 and Sunday, May 26 from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Monday, May 27 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Admission: Free, but you are encouraged to RSVP here.
More info: https://bouldercreekfest.com/
5. Celebrate Memorial Day weekend at Territory Days
What: Come for the 44th annual Territory Days in Old Colorado City! There will be free entertainment on three stages, as well as food, two beer gardens, vendors, a kids’ zone, gold panning and much more, fire dancers and more!
Where: Old Colorado City, Colo.
When: Saturday, May 25 from 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sunday, May 26 from 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.; Monday, 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
More info: https://shopoldcoloradocity.com/event-calendar/#!event/2017/5/27/territory-days
6. Ultimate Colorado Pinball and Gamer Festival
What: If you love pinball, you’ll definitely want to go to the Ultimate Colorado Pinball + Gamer Festival Experience, happening this Memorial Day weekend. You can play hundreds of pinball and classic arcade games or compete in pinball tournaments for all ages and skill levels with trophies, cash or prizes.
Where: Denver Marriott Tech Center, 4900 S. Syracuse St. in Denver
When: Saturday, May 25 from 11 a.m. to midnight; Sunday, May 16 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Monday, May 27 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Admission: $35 for adults per day ($85 for three days); kids 17-12 get in for $18 per day (or $35 for three days); kids 6 and under get in free.
More info: https://pinballshowdown.com/index.html
7. Rock out at Denver Day of Rock Festival
What: Denver Day of Rock, the one-day music festival benefiting Amp The Cause, features five stages of music along the 16th St. Mall on Memorial Day Weekend. Eli Young Band, Lilly Hiatt, Strange Americans and more will be performing this year.
Where: 16th St. Mall in downtown Denver
When: Saturday, May 25, 2019
Admission: Free, unless you buy a VIP lounge pass which costs $250 each.
More info: https://denverdayofrock.com/
Lace up for the BOLDERBoulder
What: One of the biggest races in the U.S. - if the most the most fun - is happening in Boulder this weekend. The BOLDERBoulder is taking place Memorial Day - one of the largest gatherings for the holiday weekend.
Where: Boulder, Colo.
When: Monday, May 27, 2019
Admission: Free admission (unless you're running)
More info: https://bb10k.bolderboulder.com/
Oh, hey there! We see you've made it to the bottom of the article - that's awesome! If you're new here, you may not know that in 1988, former Gov. John Hickenlooper and some friends opened Denver’s first craft brewpub, the Wynkoop Brewing Company, which helped kick off the movement to revitalize the area. The brewery is still going strong and brewing some of the most interesting beers in Colorado, including the Rocky Mountain Oyster Stout - making it a Mile High Must!
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