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. Get out of town and head over to the Parker Days Festival
What: Billed as the “best festival on the Front Range,” Parker Days promises four days of fun for the whole family! There will be shows, carnival rides, a parade, incredible food and three concert stages with free, live music. The parade begins at 9 a.m. on Saturday.
Where: 19590 E. Mainstreet, #100 in Parker, Colo.
When: Thursday, June 6 from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.; Friday, June 7 from 5 p.m. to midnight; Saturday, June 8 from 9 a.m. to midnight; Sunday, June 9 from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Admission: Free admission to the festival; carnival ride prices range from $25-$65. Learn more about carnival tickets here.
More info: http://parkerdaysfestival.com/
2. Travel to the Middle Ages at the Colorado Medieval Festival
What: Tired of modern living? Then travel in time to the Middle Ages for the Colorado Medieval Festival! Cheer on your favorite sword fighter, have a taste of cider or mead or simply witness magical acts and belly dancers while you munch of your favorite dish and drink a nice, cold beer. There will also be a great LEGO hunt and a cosplay contest.
Where: The Savage Wood, 1750 Savage Road in Loveland, Colo.
When: Friday, June 7 from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday, June 8 and Sunday, June 9 from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Admission: $13 for adults, $8 for children ages 6-12. Kids 5 and under get in free.
More info: http://www.coloradocastle.com/
3. Jam out at the Greeley Blues Jam Festival
What: If you’re a blues fan, you might want to go to Greeley this weekend. There will be a Blues 101 stage where kids of all ages can learn about the Blues and meet some of the most talented Blues performers from Colorado and around the country. And of course, there will be lots of music, food, vendors, and more. Don’t miss the pre-festival activities in Historic Downtown Greeley at 5 p.m. on the 9th St. Plaza.
Where: Island Grove Arena, 501 N. 14th Ave. in Greeley, Colo.
When: Friday, June 7 from 4 p.m. to midnight; Saturday, June 8 from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Admission: $30-$60; kids 12 and under get in free.
More info: https://greeleybluesjam.org/#about
4. Sample great food and good music at the Taste of Fort Collins
What: Head to Northern Colorado for A Taste of Fort Collins! There will be arts and crafts vendors, good food, beer and wine sampling, children’s activities and live music including Lovelytheband, Dreamers, Rick Springfield and Uncle Kracker.
Where: Civic Center Park and Washington Park in Fort Collins, Colo.
When: Friday, June 7 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday, June 8 from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Sunday, June 9 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
More info: https://tasteoffortcollins.com/
5. Break the diet and head over to Buskers, Brews & BBQ in Aurora
What: Join Denver7 morning anchor Brian Sanders for Buskers, Brews & BBQ! There will be live music, street performers doing juggling, fire eating, stilt walking and hand balancing acts, a BBQ competition, BBQ tastings, and much more!
Where: Aurora Municipal Center, 15151 E. Alameda Parkway in Aurora, Colo.
When: Saturday, June 8 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Admission: Free of charge
More info: https://www.auroragov.org/things_to_do/events/buskers_brews_bbq
6. Cheer on your favorite burro at the Creede Donkey Dash
What: Legend has it that back in the day during the Gold Rush era, two miners in near Creede found gold in the same location, so they raced each other back to town to be the first to stake a claim to the find. But, because neither could ride their animal due to the heavy load they were carrying, the miners had to lead their burro to their destination – and so was born one of the basic rules of burro racing. There are prizes for those participating. There will also be a street festival with live music and fun for the whole family.
Where: Main Street in front of Basham Park in Creede, Colo.
When: Saturday, June 8 starting at 1 p.m.
More info: https://www.creede.com/donkey-dash.html
7. Experience a Taste of Puerto Rico in Denver this weekend
What: A Taste of Puerto Rico (ATOPR) is one of the largest and most diverse Latino festivals in the state of Colorado, attracting over 25,000 people each year. Come and enjoy Puerto Rican culture with dance performances, art, live music, and of course, food!
Where: Denver’s Civic Center Park
When: Sunday, June 9 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
More info: https://www.atopr.com/about
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Enjoy Denver’s local art scene at First Friday Art Walks
What: Come and enjoy the local art scene at Denver’s five art districts: Arts District Santa Fe, Golden Triangle Museum District, the Tennyson Street Cultural District and the RiNo Arts District.
Where: Denver Arts Districts (several locations)
When: Monthly on the first Friday of every month, from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
More info: Check each district’s website for more information.
Jodi’s Race for Awareness of Ovarian Cancer
What: Join Denver7 anchors/reporters Jaclyn Allen and Tom Mustin for Jodi’s Race for Awareness™, a 5K race inspired by Jodi Brammeier, a Colorado native, who was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2008 at age 41.
Where: Denver’s City Park.
When: Saturday, June 8 beginning at 7 a.m.
Admission: $35-40; click here for more registration info.
More info: https://www.jodisrace.org/
Check out a performance of “Twelfth Night” at the Colorado Shakespeare Festival
What: Ring in the summer season with an uproarious comedy about thorny love triangles, mistaken identities … and a pair of twins lost at sea. Since 1958, the Colorado Shakespeare Festival has delighted audiences in Boulder and those visiting the area from across the state and the nation. The festival, now in its 60th season, celebrates and explores Shakespeare and his enduring legacy and influence through theater productions at the University of Colorado Boulder.
Where: Mary Rippon Outdoor Theatre, 277 University Ave. in Boulder, Colo.
When: Friday, June 7 and Saturday, June 8 at 8 p.m.
More info: https://cupresents.org/series/shakespeare-festival/
Get fuzzy at the Wool Market and Fiber Festival
What: Hundreds of producers, educators and vendors specializing in natural animal fiber will come to Estes Park for the Wool Market and Fiber Festival. There will be hands-on activities, fuzzy, approachable animals (alpacas, anyone?), entertaining performances, shopping and more.
Where: Estes Park Events Complex, 1125 Rooftop Way in Estes Park, Colo.
When: Saturday, June 8 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, June 9 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
More info: http://www.estesparkeventscomplex.com/wool-market.html
Find the latest accessories at the International Gem and Jewelry Show
What: Love gems and jewelry? Want to add more to your growing collection? Then head over to the International Gem and Jewelry Show this weekend! The show’s world famous “jeweler’s market” brings wholesalers, manufacturers and designers together under one roof. No photography is allowed at the show. Children under the age of 9 are not permitted inside.
Where: Denver Mart, 451 E. 58th Ave. in Denver
When: Friday, June 7 from noon to 6 p.m.; Saturday, June 8 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday, June 9 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Admission: $6 (online tickets), $8 general admission; free for military members and their families
More info: https://www.intergem.com/events/upcoming-shows/denver-co-june-7-9-2019
The Pride Show, ft. Quiet No More: A Choral Commemoration of Stonewall
What: The choruses of Rocky Mountain Arts Association will join force to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising, a series of riots that sparked the gay rights movement in the United States back in 1969.
Where: The King Center Concert Hall at the Auraria Higher Education Center, 855 Lawrence Way in Denver,
When: Friday, June 7 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, June 8 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
More info: https://www.rmarts.org/events/
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