Things to Do in Denver

by MBC

This article will offer special things to do or see each month throughout the year in Denver, Colorado.

The National Western is the largest annual event in Denver and it is growing and, in fact, they are looking to move or remodel to provide a new larger location. This is a great way to start out the New Year in Colorado! More than 600,000 on average attend in a 2 week period in mid-January. Enjoy all the horses, sheep, cattle, chickens, and rabbits that are exhibited by ranchers from miles around.

Rodeo events go on every day, with the nation's top horse and bull riders, calf ropers, you name it, compete for nearly $500,000 in prizes. Between the big events, you can see all kinds of oddball fun: rodeo clowns, Western battle recreations (cover the kids' ears if loud noises scare them), and a sheepdog herding sheep with a monkey in a cowboy suite riding on its back. Tickets to the Professional Bull Riders are the most expensive. The National Western begins with a colorful parade through downtown Denver.

Other Popular Holiday Celebrations in Denver include:

Denver’s March PowWow
Octoberfest in Larimer Square
The Greek Festival
May Day
Ride the Rockies
Mother’s Day
Cinco De Mayo
The Juneteenth Festival
Cherry Creek Arts Festival
July 4th
Labor Day
New Year’s

Make a return visit to this site and see what’s up in Denver

Three Venues in Denver that Always Have Fun Things Going On

The first place I want to mention is Pepsi Center.  It is on Spear Blvd. right down by the Platte River (which has many pretty places to walk and eat).  Pepsi Center is where the Democratic Convention was held when Obama accepted the nomination.  It is also walking distance to Elitches Park where they offer many rides and concerts that are tons of fun. It is also walking distance to Denver Sports Authority Field for you football fans.

Denver's Sports Authority Field
Denver's Sports Authority Field
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Elitches Amusement Park Downtown Denver
Elitches Amusement Park Downtown Denver
My personal photo
Denver Skyline
Denver Skyline
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Take in a Concert at Red Rocks Amphitheater

Lots of Big Names Come Here Every Year
Red Rocks Amphitheater
Red Rocks Amphitheater

Each Year Easter Sunrise Services Are Held at Red Rocks State Park

Easter services are held annually at the spectacular Red Rocks State Park.

For many years Red Rocks State Park has hosted Easter sunrise services as well as other events such as outdoor concerts every summer. The natural setting makes for a memorable experience, and the park also features numerous hiking trails. The amphitheater is located 15 miles west of Denver

Early birds will appreciate the sunrise Easter service at Red Rocks which will be held on Sunday, April 8th, 2012. Red Rocks amphitheater hosts a non-denominational service at 6 a.m. Coffee is provided, and there is no charge for parking. After the service people can visit the the Ship Rock Grille, for Easter brunch. The views at Red Rocks are fabulous and guaranteed to be inspirational.

Of course, if you are in Denver during the summer months they offer a wide variety of outdoor concerts at Red Rocks.

Celebrate St. Patricks Day in Denver

On March 17th, 2015 will be Denver’s 53th Annual St. Paddy’s Day Parade which is bigger in Denver than in Chicago and that’s BIG! This is the perfect start to Spring! So next year come on out and celebrate with us in Downtown Denver.

It is an annual event so start planning now for next years parade in Denver.

Watch Video on Denver's St. Patty's Day Parade

A Messenger Bag with an Irish Clover Theme

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Take a Trip to the Rocky Mountain Arsenal which is now a Wildlife Refuge - You can See Buffalo and many Birds There and It's just North of I70

I took this photo at the Arsenal
Great Horned Owl Portrait
Great Horned Owl Portrait

Denver March Pow-Wow

Every March we hold a very large pow-wow in Denver. Over 1,000 Native American tribes from all over North America dance in full costume. Each year about 40 to 50 drum groups compete in this three-day event with about 80,000 people attending (not including children under six and adults over 60 who attend for free). There is a large Grand Entry dance at the opening of all three days. You will need to purchase a permit to use a video camera. There are also a large number of vendors selling drums, pipes, jewelry and other treats.

Photo used under Creative Commons from: Zen, on Flickr

My Photos Taken at The Furry Scurry Event Photo Gallery in Washington Park Denver

This Fund Raising Event for the Denver Dumb Friends League Has Been Going on Since 1993 Every May in Washington Park
Bernese Mountain Dog
Bernese Mountain Dog

Visit the Denver Acquarium

This is a fantastic place to take friends and family!  Tourists love it too.  It's right downtown near the Platte River.  They have incredible fish and sea life, but they also feature swimming tigers.  I took the photo on the iPhone case there.  College kids love to become mermaids and swim with the fish.  Also the Acquarium has a wonderful restaurant.  

A great day or evening trip.

Celebrate the Five Points Jazz Festival

Let’s start May with the Seventh Annual Five Points Jazz Festival.

Join Denver Office of Cultural Affairs and the Five Points community in celebrating the history, culture and music of the Five Points neighborhood during the 7th Annual Five Points Jazz Festival to be held on May 22nd in 2010 from 1-8 PM on Welton Street in Historic Five Points. Pack a picnic and come on down!

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Here's Some Memorabelia Luggage to Remind You of Your Trip to Denver Did you Go to the Zoo?

Enjoy the Downtown Denver Arts Festival

Happens Every Memorial Weekend

~This is a FREE event~

Friday 4-8PM
Saturday 11-8PM
Sunday 11-5PM
Monday 11-4PM

The Downtown Denver Arts Festival is dedicated to supporting and showcasing Colorado artists. Downtown Denver Arts Festival holds its annual premier event each Memorial Day Weekend at the Denver Pavilions. The fine art and fine craft exhibition features over 125 of Colorado’s best artists with over 150,000 people expected to attend.

Denver's Downtown Redevelopment Project at the Train Station

Don’t miss the 35 new restaurants and hotel at the refurbished Union Station. This area down by the Platte River is an active place year round.
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Enjoy the Taste of Colorado

A Taste of Colorado is a free, four-day outdoor festival held in Downtown Denver’s Civic Center Park on Labor Day weekend. It is produced by and benefits Downtown Denver Events, Inc., a non-profit organization of the Downtown Denver Partnership that produces community and cultural events.

This event typically draws over 500,000 visitors a year. A Taste of Colorado includes over 50 booths operated by local food restaurants. The event also features seven music stages, arts and crafts vendors, kids’ activities and carnival rides, and interactive exhibits.

During December Both the Denver Botanic Gardens and the Denver Zoo Offer Christmas Light Displays

They also offer the Parade of Lights and ceremony called Light the Lights at Denver Civic Center during December.  And they decorate a B52 bomber at the Air Museum called Wings Over the Rockies on Lowry which was home to a former Air Force Base.

Watch for Both the National Western Stock Show and the Stock Show Parade in Early January

I took this photo at the Stock Show Parade

There is a Lake Just North of Denver Where You Can See Bald Eagles

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Camping Can Be a Special Occasion Any Day in Colorado!

Most prefer it during the warm months.

More Sites to Visit

This page was written to share my own travels to Vail. I am a long time Colorado resident who loves to share information about my state. I have a series of articles on Colorado.
In this article we will discuss a few of the almost 30 various species of owls; their habitats, vocalizations, nesting, reproduction, conservation and behavior as well as photos.
Visit the Denver Zoo while in Colorado. Each zoo is unique and features different animals. I have found the Denver Zoo to be a wonderful place for family fun.
As the title indicates I have included many photographs taken at the Denver Botanic Gardens including some of the Dale Chihuly designs currently being exhibited.

The Butterfly Museum in Broomfield (just North of Denver) is NOT to be Missed

Enjoy Your Time Colorado

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Updated: 04/27/2019, MBC
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MBC on 09/30/2015

You should come for a visit for sure.

Veronica on 09/19/2015

Furry scurry event. That is brilliant ! :)

Sunrise Services for Easter and a St Patrick's Day parade. That's lovely. I wish I was there.

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