Summer is by far my favorite season. And Denver is one of my favorite places to be. I decided to put together a list of my absolute favorite things to do, and places to go in Denver
#1 People’s Fair
If you enjoy checking out the work of local artists, listening to live music from some of Denver’s best bands and indulging in the typical “fair” foods, you will love the Capitol Hill United Neighborhood’s People’s Fair. Located in Civic Center Park in the Center of Downtown Denver, this annual festival is a fun, inexpensive outing. There is even a carnival-like section with rides, games and cotton candy. My favorite thing about the People’s Fair, however, is people watching. Check out this year’s People’s Fair June 7th and 8th!
#2 Denver Comic Con
It is only recently that I have become interested in all things Comic Con. Thanks to my husband-to-be, I’ve started exploring video games, superhero movies and television shows, and I have even developed a fascination with Cosplay. Last year, we decided to check out Denver Comic Con. I can promise you, even if you are NOT into superheroes, video games, Cosplay, etc., Denver Comic Con is something that everyone should experience. No, Comic Con isn’t just a bunch of people hanging out, being nerdy. There are seminars that cover everything from designing costumes to learning to draw cartoons. Even better, each year Comic Con is a star-studded event. This year’s Denver Comic Con will feature a number of familiar faces including William Shatner, LeVar Burton and Stephen Amell. My favorite thing about Denver Comic Con happens to be the attire. Some of the attendees are so incredibly talented and creative in their costume design. Check it out for yourself. This year, Denver Comic Con will be held from June 13th-15th at the Denver Convention Center.
#3 Renaissance Festival
I am a self-admitted history nerd! I love all things history. I think this is what draws me to the Colorado Renaissance Festival. Okay, the history, the food, the costumes, and the feeling that you are thrown right into a Medieval village. The Renaissance Festival is located in Larkspur, Colorado. In what feels like the middle of nowhere. There are a number of permanent wooden buildings which house tons of neat shops, where merchants and artisans sell unique goods that you likely won’t find anywhere else. The food is delicious. I love the artichokes, while my fiance looks forward to a giant turkey leg. The Renaissance Festival also provides a great deal of entertainment. There are street performers everywhere, and they also put on regular shows, and royal parades. For a good laugh, I suggest you check out the Puke and Snot show. Its gross, its crude but its funny. Next time, I fully intend to dress like a Renaissance era wench. The festival runs Saturday and Sunday from June 14th to August 3rd.
#4 City Park Jazz
Beginning June 1st, the City Park Jazz concert series will begin! This weekly free concert is one of my favorite, inexpensive ways to spend a Sunday evening. Essentially, people arrive with blankets, chairs, wine and tasty snacks, and settle around the pond to listen to live jazz in Denver’s City Park. Check out the City Park Jazz website for a complete calendar of performers.
#5 Patios, Patios, Patios!
There is nothing that we enjoy more than spending a warm summer day on a shaded patio, enjoying an ice cold beer (or margarita, or long island, etc.), and people watching, of course. Denver has some bad ass patios that are perfect venues for such an occasion. Some of our favorites include Govnr’s Park Tavern, Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant, Tavern Uptown, Tony P’s, Bar Louie (in Northfield) and Chad’s Grill in Lakewood. Oh, and Forest Room 5 is alway fun, in a weird kinda way, if you like to have drinks in the middle of a mini forest.
What are you looking forward to doing this summer in Denver? I’d love to hear your favorite activities!