A scene from Lucha Libre & Laughs at the Oriental Theater. Photo courtesy Geoff Decker of Hidden Vision PhotographyThe Insider’s Guide to the 2021 MLB All-Star Game in Denver
This is how to spend All-Star Week if you’d prefer to be taken somewhere other than the ball game.
• July 1, 2021
The arrival of MLB All-Star Week on July 9th, which Mile High City is hosting for the first time since 1998, heralds a five-day extravaganza for Denver’s baseball nerds. They meet mascots, get autographs, complain about bad draft picks and place bets on the home run derby. It all leads to the big game on July 13th at 5:30 p.m. MT – and you don’t care. Baseball may be America’s pastime, but that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s yours. Fortunately, there are plenty of fun events in Denver that have nothing to do with yelling at a referee or pretending to like Coors Light. Here’s a round-up of all of our favorite events outside of baseball.
Lucha Libre & Laughs: Two to twitch!
When: July 9th, 8pm – 11pm
Where: Oriental theater
Join the loudest crowd in Mile High City (sorry, Coors Field) for an evening of pro-wrestling and stand-up. Anaya will defend his title against an unknown challenger, and women’s champion Heather Monroe prepares to take on two fighters at once in a classic triple threat. If all of this didn’t make sense, don’t worry – Denver comedians lead the fights, offering insights and full-body slams for newbies to wrestling … uh, laughs. From $ 16, 18+ only
The Rocky Mountain Regional Rodeo. Photo courtesy Ryan Villanueva
Rocky Mountain Regional Gay Rodeo
When: 9. – 11. July
Where: Arapahoe County Fairgrounds and Convention Center County
Run by the Colorado Gay Rodeo Association, which has sponsored queer members of the country community for 40 years, the rodeo includes traditional competitions like calf rappelling, barrel racing, and bull riding. But it also brings a cheeky twist to the Western pastime with events like the goat dressing, where a team of two battles to put a pair of underwear on a goat. From $ 12
Van Gogh Alive, The Experience
When: 9. – 13. July and beyond
Where: Stanley Marketplace, Aurora
While the crowds focus on baseball, head to the Aurora Food Hall for the grand opening of this stunning art exhibit. The team at Grande Experiences, who compose multidimensional cultural experiences around the globe, project changing images of Van Gogh’s work onto screens as sounds and scents flow in to deepen the audience’s feeling of actually stepping into each painting. From $ 35
Young Lions Obstacle Course Denver 2021
When: July 10th, 9 am-1pm
Where: Bicentennial Park, Aurora
Do children have way too much energy to burn? This mile-long obstacle course, inspired by the television show American Ninja Warrior, should tire you out. Put junior in the appropriate age group (the organizer, Young Lions OCR, divides the older and younger kids into separate lanes) and unlocks them on 10 challenging but safe barriers – which is way cooler than running the bases. From $ 20
When: July 10, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Where: The Picnic Park in Aspen Grove, Littleton
Don’t freak out, but this could be your dog’s chance for fame. Littleton Mall is super welcoming for dogs. In fact, it chooses a dog-friendly mascot every year and its search for its next star begins at this annual exhibition. Make your first stop at the on-site dog wash station so Fido looks good to the talent scouts. Next, visit puppy dealers (like toy maker Kong), watch dog agility demos, listen to live music, and buy ice cream for you and your pup. Free
The Colorado Tiny House Festival in Brighton. Photo courtesy of the Colorado Tiny House Festival
Colorado Tiny House Festival
When: 10. – 11. July, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Where: Riverdale Regional Park, Brighton
You’ve been following the tiny home trend on Instagram so now is the time to see it IRL. Tour a variety of miniature housing solutions such as container houses, yurts, tricky delivery vans, and converted school buses, also known as “skoolies”. If you’re really tempted, small home builders can answer your questions – or you can just get crpes from one of the vendors before driving the 22 miles back to Denver and your luckily full-size home. From $ 15
Dig Studio Landscape Architecture Series: Washington Park
When: July 10, 10 a.m. and July 12, 4:30 p.m.
Where: Washington Park
Landscape architects and designers from Dig Studio, a landscape architecture firm in LoDo, guide attendees through the history of Washington Park. As you wander the 160 acres of green space, learn about the French origins of landscaping, what it takes to keep a historic park current, and the influence of philanthropist Molly Brown on the public park. From $ 25
A flight of Stem Ciders paired with a Truffle Cheese Shop board. Photo courtesy of Stem Ciders
Apple cider & side dishes
When: July 13th 3pm – 9pm
Where: Original wines Ci
The Lafayette-Cidery’s RiNo-Tape hosts this weekly event where ticket holders receive a flight of cider with goods from a local company. The truffle cheese shop in Cherry Creek is up and running this week (sorry), so expect a board of meats and cheeses – and the perfect cider to wash down every bite. From $ 29
Angela Ufheil, co-editor
Angela Ufheil is co-designer of the compass, adventure and culture sections of 5280 and writes for 5280.com.