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. Drive north and head to Trapper Days in Fort Lupton
What: Want to be part of a long-standing tradition? Head north to Fort Lupton for live music, food, a quilt show, historical demonstrations, the Trapper Days Parade, live fire demonstrations, and much more.
Where: Downtown Fort Lupton, Colo.
When: Friday, Sept. 6 from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday, Sept. 7 from 8 a.m. to dusk; Sunday, Sept. 8 starting at 11 a.m.
More info: https://www.fortlupton.org/472/Trapper-Days
2. Get in the Celtic spirit at the Long’s Peak Scottish-Irish Highland Festival
What: The Estes Park's Longs Peak Scottish-Irish Highland Festival is the largest gathering of its kind between the Mississippi River and California, and traditionally hosts bands - from the marching kind to the rocking kind and everything in-between - hailing from Great Britain, Scotland, Ireland, Canada and, of course, the United States. Enjoy jousting knights, dancing girls, hoisting athletes, bagpipe performances and dog agility competitions as well as races.
Where: Estes Park Events Complex, 1125 Rooftop Way in Estes Park, Colo.
When: Friday, Sept. 6 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday, Sept. 7 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sunday, Sept. 8 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Admission: Varies; click here for tickets.
More info: https://www.scotfest.com/
3. Why go to Burning Man when you can go to the Burning Mountain Festival?
What: Burning Man who?! Head over to Garfield County for the Burning Mountain Festival in New Castle. There will be live music, a parade, a pie eating contest, the world-famous Westernaires, a bouncy house, bungee run, face painting and more.
Where: Garfield County Fairgrounds, 1001 Railroad Ave. in Rifle, Colo.
When: Friday, Sept. 6 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday, Sept. 7 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sunday, Sept. 8 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
More info: https://newcastlecolorado.org/burning-mountain-festival-september-6-7-8-2019
4. Find your center at Yoga on the Rocks
What: Join hundreds of others at the break of dawn for sun salutations in one of the world’s most breathtaking venues – Red Rocks! The exhilarating workout begins at 7 a.m.
Where: Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre, 18300 W. Alameda Parkway in Morrison, Colo.
When: Saturday, Sept. 7 from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m.
Admission: $16-118; find tickets here.
More info: https://www.redrocksonline.com/yotr/
5. Keep the doctor away by going to Buena Vista’s Apple Fest
What: Apple pies, apple cider, apple sauce, apple bobbing and more – that’s all happening this weekend in Buena Vista! Enjoy old-time demonstrations, two-man log sawing, pony rides, and fun for the kids as well.
Where: Turner Farm, 829 W. Main St. in Buena Vista, Colo.
When: Saturday, Sept. 7 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
More info: https://www.buenavistacolorado.org/events/apple-fest-at-turner-apple-farm/
6. Immerse yourself in Native American culture at the Denver Art Museum Friendship Powwow
What: One of the Denver Art Museum's (DAM) longest-running events, the 30th Annual Friendship Powwow and American Indian Cultural Celebration will feature American Indian dancers, drum groups, artist booths, and more. The museum is also free of charge (except for special exhibitions) this Saturday.
Where: Denver Art Museum, 100 W. 14th Ave. Pkwy. in Denver
When: Saturday, Sept. 7 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
More info: https://denverartmuseum.org/calendar/30th-annual-denver-art-museum-friendship-powwow-american-indian-cultural-celebration
7. Get a spice of Hispanic culture at the Westwood Chile Fest in Denver
What: The Westwood Chile Fest returns for another year in Denver’s Westwood neighborhood to celebrate Hispanic-centric cultures with music, dance performances, as well as carnival games. This year’s theme revolves around day and night, so get ready to turn up the heat with live music, artists, a chile booth, aa pepper-eating contest and more!
Where: 4200 Morrison Rd. #3 in Denver, Colo.
When: Saturday, Sept. 7 from noon to 7 p.m.
More info: https://www.bucuwestchilefest.com/
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Celebrate the end of summer at Septemberfest in Snowmass Village
What: Head to the mountains to celebrate the end of the summer season with live music, kids activities, lawn games, food and drinks, as well as local vendors showcasing various handmade goods.
Where: Snowmass Village, Colo.
When: Saturday, Sept. 7 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
More info: https://www.gosnowmass.com/event/snowmass-septemberfest/
Head back to the last century at this year’s Denver Retro Con
What: Head back to the 70s, 80s, and 90s at Denver Retro Con. The pop culture celebration will feature toys, home, fashion and music of that era! There will also be cosplay, an 80’s fashion show, over 100 vendors and more.
Where: Ramada Plaza Denver North, I-25 at 120th (exit 223)
When: Sunday, Sept. 8 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Admission: $8 general admission; kids 12 and under, as well as cosplayers, get in free
More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/404129490208873/
Celebrate being out at Boulder Pridefest
What: Missed this year’s Denver PrideFest? You’ll have a chance to march proudly this weekend in Boulder. The day will be filled with activities for kids and adults alike, including a Rainbow Run/Walk 5K, a visibility march, as well as food and vendors.
Where: Central Park, 13th and Canyon in Boulder, Colo.
When: Sunday, Sept. 8 from 11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/314726542721991/
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