DENVER – Every weekend, Denver7 puts together a list of some fun events you might like. Here are our tips for the 7 best things to do in the Denver metropolitan area and beyond this weekend.
1. Two steps to the Country Jam Music Festival
What: Country Jam is a four day country music festival featuring the biggest names in country music on multiple stages, surrounded by Colorado’s stunning red rock landscape. Little Big Town, Willie Jones, Sam Hunt, Morgan Myles and more will perform.
Where: Grand Junction, Colorado.
When: Wednesday, June 12th from 6:00 pm to 11:15 pm; Thursday, June 13th from 2:00 p.m. to 1:30 a.m.; Friday, June 14th from 2:00 p.m. to 1:30 a.m.; Saturday, June 15th from 2:00 p.m. to 1:30 a.m.; Sunday, June 16 from 2:00 p.m. to 11:45 p.m.
Admission: $ 144 to $ 285; Tickets can be found here.
More information: https://countryjam.com/
2. Drink and eat at the Food and Wine Classic in Aspen
What: Go to Aspen and join the party for the Food & Wine Classic! The premier culinary event consists of three incredible days of cooking demonstrations, wine tastings, and panel discussions from world-class chefs and wine experts.
Where: Wagner Park, 419 S. Mill St. in Aspen, Colo.
When: Friday, June 14th and Saturday, June 15th from 10am to 6.15pm; Sunday, June 16, from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Admission: $ 150- $ 4,000
More information: https://classic.foodandwine.com/
3. Pig at the Denver BBQ Festival
What: Get ready to let off steam at the second annual Denver BBQ Festival this Father’s Day weekend. New this year? An extended menu far beyond the basics –
To prove it, they’ll be smoking over 18,000 pounds of delicious meat. So bring your appetite and grab a platter, hammer pork and beef at the Front Range’s best BBQ festival.
Where: Broncos Stadium at Mile High, 1701 Bryant St., Denver
When: Friday, June 14th from 5:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Saturday, June 15th from 11am to 8pm; Sunday June 16 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
More information: https://denverbbqfest.com/
4. Celebrate diversity at Denver PrideFest 2019
What: One of the biggest Pride events in the west is happening right here in Denver. This year, the city – and the nation – commemorate 50 years since the 1969 Stonewall Inn riots in New York. Legendary Queen Lady Bunny and Denver’s own Yvie Oddly will be performing during this year’s PrideFest, but these aren’t the only big names coming to Denver for Pride.
Where: Denver’s Civic Center Park
When: Saturday, June 15th from 11am to 7pm; Sunday, June 16, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Notes: Do you want to keep the party going? Check out our Denver Pride guide.
5. Jam with Ashanti at the Juneteenth Music Festival
What: Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration to mark the end of slavery in the United States. Located in the historic Five Points neighborhood, the family-friendly celebration features funk, soul, R&B, and hip-hop performances by nationally acclaimed acts and local bands. The festival also features a great youth zone with games, rides, free prizes, and more. Grammy winner Ashanti will headline the festival this year. The annual Juneteenth Parade begins on Saturday at 9 a.m. and officially starts at 11 a.m. at Manual High School.
Where: Five Points neighborhood, on Welton St. between 25th and 30th Streets
When: Saturday, June 15 from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Sunday June 16 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
More information: https://www.juneteenthmusicfestival.com/
6. Step back in time at the Colorado Renaissance Festival
What: Prepare to dress contemporary, whet your appetite for turkey legs, and get ready to step back in time as the 43rd annual Colorado Renaissance Festival is back in Larkspur this weekend.
Where: 650 West Parry Park Avenue in Larkspur, Colo.
When: Saturday June 15 and Sunday June 16 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Admission: Adults US $ 23.50, Children 5-12 years old US $ 11.11, Children under 5 years old are free.
More information: https://coloradorenaissance.com/
7. Go to bed and run in honor of Madam Lou
What: Legend has it that Lou Bunch, a woman who ran brothels in Central City during the gold mining boom, turned her homes into makeshift hospitals after a tuberculosis epidemic broke out. To commemorate Madam Bunch and her bond with the city’s local history, Central City now hosts a variety of events including a Madams and Miners Ball, food, beer, and the famous bed races. The event is officially known as Madam Lou Bunch Day and Famous Bed Race.
Where: Central City, Colorado.
When: Saturday, June 15 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Notes: Learn more about the 45th annual Madam Lou Bunch Day and the famous bed race by clicking here.
Looking for more? Check out these other events:
The big leap America
What: Starting this Father’s Day weekend, a big, bright, inflatable castle is returning to Colorado for two weekends! The 10,000 square foot inflatable castle will have multiple zones including basketball hoops, an obstacle race, a giant slide that takes you into a giant ball pit, an inflatable forest (jungle animals included), as well as giant inflatable beds if you’re in need of a break.
Where: Meridian Park, 10500 Bierstadt Way in Englewood, Colo.
When: Friday June 14th to Sunday June 16th and Friday June 21st to Sunday June 23rd.
More information: https://thebigbounceamerica.com/adult/
Frisco BBQ Challenge
What: Visit the town of Frisco in Summit County for the 26th annual Frisco BBQ Challenge. It’s not all BBQ, however. There will be nine free concerts, pig races, a 6K with bacon help station, cooking demos, street performers, a firefighter cook-off, a whiskey tour and a charming Main St. setting surrounded by mountains and a beautiful lake.
Where: City of Frisco, Colo.
When: Friday, June 14th from 11am to 9pm; Saturday 15th June from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Entry: Free entry, but you need to purchase Hogback tickets to buy everything inside.
More information: https://www.townoffrisco.com/play/colorado-bbq-challenge/general-info/
Pride Night with the Colorado Rockies
What: Come Pride with the Colorado Rockies in Denver when they take on the San Diego Padres! A portion of every ticket sold goes to lobbying for One Colorado.
Where: Coors Field, 2001 Blake St. in Denver
When: Friday, June 14th at 6:40 p.m.
Admission: $ 20- $ 51
More Info: Find out more about this and other Denver Pride-related events here.
Reepticon Denver reptile show
What: Head to Aurora for a weekend with a wide variety of animals, reptile supplies and merchandise, fun seminars, and animal presentations.
Where: Arapahoe County Fairgrounds, 25690 E. Quincy Ave. in Aurora, Colorado.
When: Saturday June 15 and Sunday June 16
Admission: $ 12 for adults, $ 5 for children 5 to 12 years old; Children up to 4 years have free entry
Further information: Find out more about Reepticon here.
Festival of morbid curiosities
What: It’s time for the third annual Morbid Curiosities Carnival! Never been Expect a hearse and ambulance show – and yes there will be a hearse giveaway; Vendors selling morbid items, curios, dark art, and more, including presentations on how to repair massive wounds and survive a zombie apocalypse; a creepy petting zoo, live music and more.
Where: Stampede, 2430 S. Havana St. in Aurora, Colorado.
When: Saturday, June 15th from 12pm to 6pm
Entry: $ 8
More information: Here you can find out more and get tickets.
Palisade Bluegrass and Roots Music Festival
What: Palisade has been celebrating his love for hot guitars, outstanding artistry, glowing violins and the Colorado sun for over ten years. Located on the Colorado River in Riverbend Park, the Palisade Bluegrass & Roots Festival brings together some of the best bluegrass artists in the country as well as Colorado’s most popular rising stars for three days of uninterrupted festival spirit.
Where: Palisade, Colo.
When: Friday, June 14th from 1pm to 10pm; Saturday, June 15th from 11am to 9pm; Sunday June 16 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Admission: $ 65- $ 195
More information: https://www.palisademusic.com/
Pikes Peak Celtic Festival
What: The Pikes Peak Celtic Festival is filled with the noise of the bagpipes, the smell of fish and chips, the sight of Irish world champion dancers and events / activities for all ages.
Where: Western Museum of Mining & Industry, 225 North Gate Blvd. in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
When: Friday, June 14th from 4:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Saturday, June 15 from 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.; Sunday, June 16 from 11 a.m. to 4.30 p.m.
Admission: $ 15- $ 25; Buy tickets here.
More information: https://pikespeakcelticfestival.com/festival-info/
Gem and mineral show
What: Historic town of Victor is hosting its 7th annual Victor Gem and Mineral Show this Father’s Day weekend. Vendors from across the state will be selling minerals dug from Colorado.
Where: City of Victor, Colo.
When: Friday, June 14th to
More information: https://www.victorcolorado.com/GemandMineralShow.htm
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