Its time for part two of my favorite “Things to do in Denver this Summer” article! (If you haven’t already, check out Part I) Now, I recognize that some of these events have already passed and you may not be able to enjoy them this summer. However, it is never to early to start planning for next summer, right?
#6 Cherry Creek Arts Festival
The annual Cherry Creek Arts Festival takes place in Denver’s Cherry Creek neighborhood on the 4th of July weekend. This festival features the work of both renowned and up-and-coming artists alike. The art ranges in style, price and format. I truly enjoy looking at art. Combine that with my one of my favorite neighborhoods in the state, great weather, and tasty summer festival food and…heaven!
#7 The Denver Chalk Art Festival
Last year, after attending Denver ComicCon, we spent some time walking around Downtown Denver. We stumbled upon some of the coolest art in the making. Local teams of artists were hard at work creating huge works of art. With chalk. In the street. We had stumbled upon the Denver Chalk Art Festival. The detail, color and creativity found in each work of art was absolutely beautiful. I enjoyed being able to watch the artists at work, using chalk to create these massive masterpieces. Its hard to imagine that they would soon be washed away by a rainstorm (or a hose). The festival, sponsored by the Larimer Arts Association, is free, and tends to occur the first weekend in June, on Larimer Square. I highly recommend you check it out!
#8 Denver PrideFest
Denver is known for having one of the largest Pride celebrations in the nation. What do I mean by Pride celebration? Its a festival celebrating the LGBT community. Seeing so many Denverites come out to celebrate (and I do mean cel-e-brate) the LGBT community was incredibly powerful. First, I recommend that everyone check out the PrideFest Parade, which features many members of the LGBT community, in addition to businesses and organizations that celebrate the LGBT community. The parade is followed by a festival (in true Denver style) at Civic Center Park. Check out PrideFest and enjoy art, activism, delicious food and amazing entertainment all while supporting our local LGBT community!
#9 Climb the Manitou Incline
Are you a fitness enthusiast? Or, are you simply feeling a little adventurous (and incredibly brave)? Head to Manitou Springs in Southern Colorado to test your physical endurance, as you scale the Manitou Incline. Climbing the trail only recently became “legal,” although the risk of trespassing charges didn’t seem to stop climbers in the past. The trail itself is only about 3/4 of a mile. It certainly sounds easy. However, over the course of the 3/4 you gain 2000 feet. The trail consists of a makeshift staircase made of railroad ties. It is steep.
There are times where you will find yourself on your hands and knees to reach the next step. While the climb is grueling, the feeling you have once you reach the top is unexplainable. And the view is beautiful. Be sure you arrive early, wear layers and bring water. If you find that you can’t make it to the top, there is a “bail-out” point about half way up the trail, so you can make an early exit. Now, this event isn’t technically in Denver, but its only about sixty miles South, and it is worth the drive. Hey, even Kevin Bacon has done it!
#10 A Taste of Colorado
Denver has a ton of festivals. They are all equally enjoyable, and offer their own special features. A Taste of Colorado is all about food. Of course there is live music, and there are plenty of artisan booths, and carnival rides. The main event, however, is the food.
A Taste of Colorado features booths from over fifty Colorado restaurants, featuring some of their most popular fare. If you plan to attend this festival, come with an empty stomach. I also recommend branching out and avoiding the typical festival foods (turkey legs, corn on the cob, funnel cakes, etc). This is your opportunity to try something new and different. Like alligator. Okay, I am not going to eat alligator. My favorite find at A Taste of Colorado was a Louisiana hot link with sauerkraut. It was delicious. And for dessert, we enjoy some unconventional rice-krispie style treats, make with other cereals. Like Fruit Loops and Cocoa Pebbles. Delicious! Although this festival marks the end of summer (it normally falls on Labor Day weekend), it is one of my favorites. This girl likes to eat.
I hope you have enjoyed my recommendations of things to do in Denver this summer. If you haven’t already, check out Things to do in Denver this summer, Part I.
What did I miss? What Denver events do you look forward to? Comment below!