Discover African American art at the Colorado Black Arts Festival
The Colorado Black Arts Festival, now in its 33rd year, will bring an art and cultural experience like no other in Colorado. There will be a Kuumba stage, a film pavilion, an African-American visual arts row, a youth fest, a scavenger hunt, a community mural, an art garden, a food court and more.
Where: Denver City Park West
When: Friday, July 12 from noon to 8 p.m.; Saturday, July 13 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sunday, July 14 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Admission: Free of charge
More info: https://www.colbaf.org/
Wine and Jazz combined into one? It’s happening in Keystone
f you enjoy wine and jazz, head over to Keystone’s Wine and Jazz Festival, which annually brings more than 300 varieties of wine – red, white, bubbly and everything in between – as part of the festival’s Village Grand Tasting event, not to mention the Warren Station Reserve Wine Tasting on Friday evening to kick off the weekend’s festivities. Top it off with educational wine seminars and smooth (and free) jazz shows all weekend.
Where: River Run Village, 100 Dercum Square in Keystone, Colo.
When: Friday, July 12 from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Saturday, July 13 from noon to 5 p.m.; Sunday, July 14 from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Admission: Free of charge for most activities, but others range in price. Find tickets here.
More info: https://www.keystonefestivals.com/festivals/wine-and-jazz/
Drum along with thousands of performers at Mile High
Considered the state’s premier marching musical event, Drum Along the Rockies is one of the best and most popular events of its kind in the world. Come see as the world’s top drum corps entertain an enthusiastic crowd and battle for top honors at Drums Along the Rockies. Performing groups will come from Utah, Texas, California, Washington, Wyoming, Pennsylvania and of course, Colorado.
Where: Broncos Stadium at Mile High, 1701 Bryant St. in Denver
When: Saturday, July 13 at 6:30 p.m.
Admission: $22-$85. Check ticket options here.
More info: https://www.dci.org/events/2019-drums-along-the-rockies
Brewing the New West
Back in the gold rush, saloons weren’t just saloons. They were post offices, restaurants, hotels, and social clubs. But then Colorado banned alcohol—four years before Prohibition hit the rest of the country. By the 1970s, beer was big business again—really big business. Now, homebrewers have gone pro and it seems like there’s a brewery on every corner.
Where: History Colorado Center
History Colorado Center, 1200 Broadway, Denver
When: 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
More info: VISIT WEBSITE
Elitch Gardens hosts a Dive-In Movie. You can cool off from the summer heat and wade into the Elitch Gardens’ water park for a screening of the new Ralph Breaks The Internet. The film follows the characters Ralph and Vanellope von Schweetz as they go on an adventure to travel across the World Wide Web to save Vanellope’s video game.
When: July 12, 7:30 – 10 p.m.
Where: Elitch Gardens, 2000 Elitch Cir., Denver
Admission: $29.99 – $39.99 get tickets here
Halloween in July
Tracks Denver presents Halloween in July. The event features a night to get spooky with fresh beats from DJ Julian Black, DJ Nitrogen, The Hoodbats and DJ Ritual. You can watch performances from dancers and also participate in a costume contest and win prizes for the best Halloween costume while sipping on cocktails from a Beetlejuice bar.
When: July 12, 9 p.m. – 2 a.m.
Where: Tracks Denver, 3500 Walnut St., Denver
Admission: $5 get tickets here
4th Annual Summer Block Party
Denver Beer Co. presents its 4th Annual Summer Block Party. The event features a take over of 17th Street to celebrate all that Colorado has to offer. You can shop from local vendors, dine on bites, sip on brews from Denver Beer Co. and more. You can also jam out to live music, play yard games and snag giveaways. The best part? Ten percent of Denver Beer Co. sales will benefit Casting for Recovery.
When: July 13 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Where: Denver Beer Co., 1695 Platte St.,
Admission: Free admission