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50 Things to do in Denver this Summer

50 Free Things To Do This Summer In Denver

Denver’s summer is packed with free things to see and do, from fun festivals and outdoor movies to scenic drives and quaint mountain towns.

FREE FESTIVALS & EVENTS

DOWNTOWN DENVER ARTS FESTIVAL

WHEN: May 23-25 950 13th St.
WHERE: Denver Performing Arts Complex, 950 13th St.

The Downtown Denver Arts Festival is held Memorial Day weekend and features the best of Colorado visual artists. More than 125 artists from around the state will be exhibiting and selling their art all weekend long. Come meet the artists and join the 150,000 people that visit this show.

ARTSTIR DENVER

WHEN: May 24-25
WHERE: Denver Pavilions, 500 16th St. 
ArtStir Denver is an art market exclusively showcasing Colorado Creatives designed to stir up the artist in all of us with a spirited blend of Colorado art, music and style.

DENVER FLEA

WHEN: May 24
WHERE: City Park, 17th Ave. and Colorado Blvd.

A celebration of the finest Colorado-made goods, beer, food and more from our favorite local craftsmen and craftswomen! At the first Denver Flea, experience a hand-picked selection of local artisans, designers, and makers, along with vendors of vintage items, repurposed furniture and other curiosities. There will also be food trucks, craft beer tents and entertainment.

DENVER CHALK ART FESTIVAL

WHEN: May 31-June 1
WHERE: Larimer Square, Larimer St., between 14th and 15th Sts. 

A little bit of Italy comes to the Mile High City this summer, thanks to the annual Denver Chalk Art Festival. The art you’ll encounter during the festival isn’t in galleries — it’s on the pavement! The event features more than 150 professional and amateur artists who will spend hours on their hands and knees over the course of two days transforming Larimer Square into a bright and colorful street museum using vivid pastel chalks.

CAPITOL HILL PEOPLE’S FAIR

WHEN: June 7-8
WHERE: Civic Center Park, Broadway and Colfax Ave.

The Capitol Hill People’s Fair is a celebration of Denver’s diverse urban community in Civic Center Park. The uniqueness and magic of Capitol Hill People’s Fair is created by the careful blending of great family fun, carefully selected handmade arts & crafts, delicious culinary delights, fabulous entertainment and the commitment to raise funds for and promote the missions of non-profit organizations.

DENVER PRIDEFEST

WHEN: June 21-22
WHERE: Civic Center Park, Broadway and Colfax Ave.
Denver’s Lesbian, Gay Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community throws an enormous party every summer with Denver PrideFest in Civic Center Park. Recognized as one of the top ten pride events in the country, Denver PrideFest is a celebration of community and culture that is welcoming — and fun! — to all attendees, regardless of sexual orientation. Produced by the Gay Lesbian Bisexual & Transgender Community Center of Colorado, the two-day festival gets bigger. Last year attracted more than 200,000 people from Colorado and the surrounding areas. This year should draw even more revelers.

CHERRY CREEK ARTS FESTIVAL

WHEN: July 4-6
WHERE: Cherry Creek North from 2nd to 3rd Aves., on the seven streets between Columbine and Steele Sts. 

Cherry Creek Arts Festival (CCAF) is a world-class and award-winning celebration of the visual, culinary and performing arts, and enjoys an attendance of 350,000 visitors over the 3-day event. CCAF gives patrons the rare and special opportunity to meet and talk with international visual artists, sample fine cuisine, visit special exhibits and artist demonstrations, and entertain their families with interactive “Artivities” and exciting performing arts.

COLORADO BLACK ARTS FESTIVAL

WHEN: July 11-13
WHERE: City Park West, 17th Ave. and Colorado Blvd.  

The Colorado Black Arts Festival is a three-day festival that presents an array of exciting African-American arts and cultural delights. A wide array of art will adorn the grounds and live music (including jazz, hip hop, R&B, rock ‘n’ roll and more) from the people of African descent will give way to a memorable weekend. This is a family friendly event with programming and activities for the entire family.

COLORADO DRAGON BOAT FESTIVAL

WHEN: July 19-20
WHERE: Sloan’s Lake Park, 1700 S. Sheridan Blvd. 

Founded in 2001 to celebrate Colorado’s rich Asian Pacific American (APA) culture, theColorado Dragon Boat Festival has become the region’s fastest growing fun, family-friendly summer festival. Named “Top Annual Festival” by the Rocky Mountain News and a “Best of Denver” event by Westword, it offers festival-goers the opportunity to explore APA customs through performances, arts and crafts, shopping, dining and the exciting athletic competition of dragon boat racing.

A TASTE OF COLORADO

WHEN: Aug. 29 – Sept. 1
WHERE: Civic Center Park, Broadway and Colfax Ave. 

A Taste of Colorado stands proud as the end-of-summer celebration of community pride and spirit in the Denver region. Over 500,000 people make the four-day festival their Labor Day Weekend celebration, enjoying the offerings of more 50 area restaurants, 250 marketplace artisans and vendors, seven stages, and educational programs promoting the diverse cultural and western heritage of the region.

OUTDOOR MOVIES IN THE PARKS

WHEN: All summer long
WHERE: In Denver’s city parks

Spread out a blanket in one of Denver’s gorgeous parks for FREE, family friendly Outdoor Movies in the Parks. Check back soon for dates and locations.

FREE LIVE MUSIC

DENVER DAY OF ROCK

WHEN: May 23-24
WHERE: Downtown Denver
Denver Day of Rock is a one-of-a-kind music event presented by Concerts For Kids to raise awareness of the children in our community. This free event will feature five stages of live music throughout downtown Denver. New this year, enjoy a special evening kick-off concert inSkyline Park featuring the Wallflowers on May 23.

CITY PARK JAZZ

WHEN: Sunday evenings in June and July
WHERE: City Park, 17th Ave. and Colorado Blvd. 

Every Sunday night in June and July, the City Park Bandstand and Pavilion turns into a swinging, open-air jazz club as music lovers of all ages congregate for the free City Park Jazz.

SOUTH PLATTE RIVERFEST

WHEN: June 28-29
WHERE: Confluence Park, 2250 15th St. 

The South Platte RiverFest is a two day festival includes free stand up paddle board lessons and demos, a variety of riverside recreational activities, live music, beer, food, and more.

CIVIC CENTER PARK’S INDEPENDENCE EVE

WHEN: July 3 
WHERE: Civic Center Park, Broadway and Colfax Ave. 
The annual Independence Eve Celebration will feature a free patriotic concert by The Colorado Symphony, an innovative light show on the Denver City and County Building and a stunning fireworks finale.

FREE ATTRACTIONS AND TOURS

U.S. MINT TOUR

320 W. Colfax Ave. 
Learn how to make money! The U.S. Mint produces 50 million coins a day, each one stamped with a little “D” for Denver. Free tours show every step in the process of turning a dull, blank, metal slug into shiny pocket change.

GARDEN OF THE GODS

1805 N. 30th St., Colorado Springs
Located 60 miles from Denver, the awe-inspiring Garden of the Gods features gigantic 500-foot high red sandstone rock monuments at the base of Pikes Peak.

SCIENTIFIC AND CULTURAL FACILITIES DISTRICT (SCFD) FREE DAYS

Colorado residents can enjoy the following cultural attractions for free on select days throughout the summer: The Denver Art Museum (June 7, July 5, August 2, September 6 – free to all, not just Colorado residents); Denver Botanic Gardens at York Street (August 4); Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield (June 3, August 5); Denver Museum of Nature & Science (June 2, June 30, July 20, September 8); Clyfford Still Museum (June 20, August 7); Denver Firefighters Museum (August 2). Check out the full calendar.

DENVER SKATEPARK

19th and Little Raven Sts.
The expansive Denver SkatePark – one of the most renowned skate parks in the country – is filled with bowls for all levels of skating skill. Admission is free. Helmets are required.

NATIONAL CENTER FOR ATMOSPHERIC RESEARCH

1850 Table Mesa Dr., Boulder
Learn about global warming, the 21st century’s hottest topic, at the National Center for Atmospheric Research. See a hailstone the size of a softball, watch as a miniature tornado is whipped up in front of your eyes, and get an up close look at how lightning is created.

RED ROCKS AMPHITHEATRE & PARK

18300 W. Alameda Pkwy., Morrison
Carved from towering red rock monuments, Red Rocks Amphitheatre & Park is one of the world’s most renowned concert venues. When there’s no concert, the free Visitor Center has a museum Performers’ Hall of Fame, while the surrounding park has hiking trails that weave in, around and over the colorful red rocks.

COLORADO STATE CAPITOL TOUR

200 E. Colfax Ave. 
Tour magnificent, gold-domed Colorado Capitol Building. Stand at exactly a mile high on the steps, see Allen True’s beautiful murals, listen in on the Colorado General Assembly, and check out the gorgeous Rose Onyx wainscoting. Free tours are available 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Mondays through Fridays.

CHILDREN’S MUSEUM FREE TARGET TUESDAYS

2121 Children’s Museum Dr. 
A perfect after-school activity — the extremely fun Children’s Museum of Denver is FREE every first Tuesday of the month from 4-8 p.m.

DENVER STORY TREK

Ever wonder about the stories of the places you pass? On Denver Story Trek you’ll explore the stories behind Denver’s historic landscapes and landmarks on an interactive, self-guided tour of the city. It’s simple to use and free!

LITTLETON MUSEUM

6028 S. Gallup St., Littleton 
Travel back in time at the Littleton Museum and get a glimpse into Colorado’s pioneer past. Located on 39 acres, the museum consists of two living history farms (one from the 1860s and one from the 1890s), with a working farm, a blacksmith shop and more than 40,000 historically Colorado artifacts.

TATTERED COVER BOOKSTORE

1628 16th St. 
The Tattered Cover is one of the nation’s largest and most well-known independent bookstores and often hosts free signings by some of the literary world’s most famous authors. They also offer free wi-fi if you want to surf the net while you’re there.

COORS BREWERY TOUR

13th and Ford, Golden
“Taste the Rockies!” Coors Brewery, the world’s largest brewing site still uses the same Rocky Mountain spring water that Adolph Coors discovered in 1873. Free tours show every step in the brewing process, and end with free samples for those over 21.

CELESTIAL SEASONINGS TOUR

4600 Sleepytime Dr., Boulder
See how Celestial Seasonings, the largest specialty tea manufacturer in North America, blends, packages and ships its teas, then enjoy free samples of every variety they make, and discover a gallery of original artwork from their famous tea boxes.

GREAT DIVIDE BREWERY TOUR

2201 Arapahoe St. 
Get a behind-the-scenes look at Denver’s craft beer world on a free tour at the Great Divide Brewery in downtown Denver. Tours take place at 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. Monday – Friday and each hour starting at 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday and 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday.

DINOSAUR RIDGE

16831 W. Alameda Pkwy., Morrison
See some dinos – or what’s left of them anyway. Dinosaur Ridge features famous Jurassic dinosaur bones, such as Stegosaurus and Apatosaurus, discovered in 1877, and Cretaceous dinosaur footprints. A guidebook is available for use on self-guided tours.

COLORADO SPORTS HALL OF FAME MUSEUM

1701 Mile High Stadium Cir.
Housed in Sports Authority Field At Mile High Stadium (home of the Denver Broncos), the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame Museum honors the legacies of The Mile High City’s greatest sports heroes, and features the Gallery of Legends, a “Great Moments in Colorado Sports” exhibit and a section celebrating the achievements of girls and women in Colorado Sports.

ROCKMOUNT RANCH WEAR

1626 Wazee St. 
Browse the racks and enjoy the free museum at Lower Downtown’s historic Rockmount Ranch Wear, the originator of the western snap-button shirt. The walls are adorned with photos of the many celebs who have worn Rockmount shirts, including Eric Clapton, Robert Redford and Elvis Presley.

FEDERAL RESERVE BANK OF KANSAS CITY-DENVER BRANCH’S MONEY MUSEUM

1020 16th St. 
The Money Museum offers an opportunity to learn about the Federal Reserve Bank. And, best of all, it’s free! Walk-ins are welcome and groups can make advance reservations. Photo ID required for visitors 18 and older. On your way out, don’t forget to get your bag of shredded money.

FREE DAYTRIPS

LARIAT LOOP BYWAY

Retrace the motoring adventures of the early 1920s and experience the thrill of foothills exploration at the dawn of the Age of Motorcars on this 40-mile scenic circle in the foothills west of Denver. The Lariat Loop takes motorists to several popular attractions, including Buffalo Bill’s Grave & Museum, the Colorado Railroad Museum and the Mother Cabrini Shrine.

DENVER PARKS & LAKES

Denver’s city parks are beautiful. Confluence Park, located within walking distance of downtown, offers sandy shores for sunbathing, a kayak practice route, and bike paths. Up in the Highlands neighborhood, explore Sloan’s Lake Park, an urban oasis with the enormous Sloan’s Lake taking center stage.

ESTES PARK

At the entrance to the legendary Rocky Mountain National, the historic resort village of Estes Park offers shopping and dining – as well as the hotel that inspired Stephen King’s The Shining!

BOULDER

A recent study pegged Boulder as the “happiest” city in America. You’ll find out why when you stroll past the shops, cafes and street performers on the Pearl Street Mall, or take a hike on the city’s 200 miles of trails.

PEAK TO PEAK SCENIC & HISTORIC BYWAY

Less than an hour from Denver, the 55-mile-long Peak To Peak Scenic & Historic Bywayprovides matchless views of the Continental Divide. From Black Hawk to Estes Park, the pleasantly winding road – the oldest scenic byway in Colorado – meanders through valleys and ridges, with shimmering aspens visible throughout the entire route.

DENVER BIKE TRAILS

Denver is home to a massive network of more than 850 miles of paved, off-road trailsthat crisscross throughout the seven county metro area, making it a two-wheeled paradise. Paved trails connect to hundreds of additional miles of dirt trails, offering mountain bike adventures.

MOUNT EVANS SCENIC BYWAY & ECHO LAKE

The highest paved road in North America climbs 9,000 feet from Denver, passing through five life zones en route to the 14,264-foot high summit. Mount Evans is one of Colorado’s 54 fourteeners (peaks that climb to 14,000 feet and above), and one of only two in the nation that you can drive up. Note: Driving the Scenic Byway is $10 per vehicle, but hiking to Echo Lake is free – as is all that magnificent fresh mountain air. Generally open Memorial Day to Labor Day.

GEORGETOWN

Nestled in a steep mountain valley, Georgetown is one of Colorado’s most elegant mining towns with 200 Victorian buildings. Ride the Georgetown Loop Railroad over a 100-foot high trestle to neighboring Silver Plume.

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Summer Skincare Tips

Living a mile closer to the sun can be murderous to your skin! Check out these tips from Mario Bade skin care:

SUMMER SKINCARE TIPS

Summer means sun, shorts, sandals, bathing suits, and bronzed skin. But with beach hair and shorter hemlines comes the dangers that not only instigate the probability of skin cancer, but the aging process as well. Sun exposure is, essentially, subjecting yourself to sun damage – but in the same note, avoiding the outdoors altogether is both impractical and nearly impossible. Thus, taking preventative measures in preparing and caring for it are crucial in keeping your skin in tip-top condition for the ultimate skin-baring season.

Understanding the Dangers of Overexposure

Sun exposure isn’t necessarily bad – it is a key source of Vitamin D. As with all good things, however, keep exposure in moderation. The ideal maximum is 15 minutes before 10 a.m. or after 2 p.m. Anything over is considered overexposure, and any exposure during midday – when the sun is at its harshest – should be limited (if not altogether avoided). Sun rays at this time of day are 10% UVB and 90% UVA: a combination that can cause melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer.

UVA vs. UVB Rays: What’s the difference?

UVA and UVB Rays penetrating skin

UVA and UVB Rays penetrating skin Rays used to be nondescript, and UV protection was generalized. More recent and in depth research has shown that there are two kinds of UV rays: – UVA and UVB – rendering standard sunscreens inadequate. Do look for sun blocks that offer protection from both types.

UVA Rays

On average, most people have already been exposed to large amounts of UVA rays throughout their lifetimes. Though less intense than UVB rays, UVA rays are 30–50 times more prevalent and are present during all hours of daylight – even on the cloudiest of days – making it necessary to incorporate SPF protection into your everyday routine.

Wrinkles and sunspots are largely caused by these rays. Able to penetrate glass and deep into the skin, these rays speed up the aging process and contribute to – if not initiate – the development of skin cancers below the surface.

UVB Rays

UVB rays cause sun burns and reddening. While UVA rays penetrate beyond the superficial layers, UVB rays damage the skin’s surface layers. Its intensity differs by time of day, locale, forecast, and season, but still holds potential in causing sun damage. These are the rays responsible for change in darkness of skin pigmentation, age spots, and the more common tumors that may ultimately evolve into cancer.

Sun Damage and Aging

Signs associated with aging – wrinkles, freckles, skin thinning, sunspots (also known as age spots), uneven pigmentation – are the aftermath of sun damage. Ninety-percent of wrinkles are caused by the sun, and while intentional overexposure (tanning, sunbathing) is incredibly harmful, two-thirds of all sun damage is, surprisingly, incidental (walking the dog, driving).

Thus said, sunscreen is not limited to the poolside or beach – it should be applied on a daily basis. Opt for moisturizers and body lotions with SPF, and if possible, always choose a higher SPF for your face. Don’t forget your hands especially when driving. Hands are an instant giveaway to your true age, so invest in a hand cream that offers SPF protection.

Summer Skin Tips

In addition to following these tips, dress to protect. Lightweight, cotton cover-ups along with a cap or broad-brimmed hat will act as shields from harmful UV rays.

Apply sunscreen religiously. It’s a surefire way of protecting your skin. Always apply sunscreen 20 minutes prior to allow time for the product to absorb into the skin; re-apply every few hours or as needed. Look for sunscreens that offer protection for both UVA and UVB rays – keep in mind that a high SPF number is no longer enough.

Use a cleanser with salicylic or glycolic acid. Dry, combination, and/or sensitive skin should completely avoid this and instead opt for one of Mario Badescu’s cream soaps. Combination/oily to oily skin types are more suitable for cleansers containing one of the two acids. Both loosen dead skin cells and encourage cell turnover, in effect helping shed damage while keeping the complexion clean to prevent future breakouts. Do note, however, that salicylic acid increases sensitivity to the sun. Save these cleansers for use at nighttime, and moisturize during the day with extra SPF protection.

Moisturize with SPF. Applying moisturizer with SPF is essential regardless of the season. With the onset of warmer weather, however, consider switching your current moisturizer for another with higher SPF and lighter formulation to prevent sun spots, freckles, and early signs of aging.

… and just moisturize, period. Summer sun – in combination with the heat, humidity, and air conditioning – will wreak havoc on your skin. Moisturize with SPF before sun, and use a richer lotion after sun, after bath, and before bed to keep skin hydrated, soft, and smooth.

Don’t skimp on eye creams and lip protection. Sun exposure will gradually thin skin and cause wrinkles. Protect the delicate areas of your face with appropriate creams and balms. Continue to use an eye cream, but if your usual cream feels too heavy for summer, replace your current product with a lighter formulation or use only at night. Apply and liberally re-apply a lip balm with SPF, like Mario Badescu’s Lip Wax with SPF 15.

Protect your hands and feet too. Your neck, chest, and hands are an instant giveaway to your true age. After moisturizing your face with the Oil-Free Moisturizer SPF 30, bring it down to your neck as well. Be sure to apply sunscreen to your chest area as it is one of the areas of your body more susceptible to sunburn. Invest in a hand cream that offers SPF protection, and apply it at least 20 minutes before driving – keep in mind that two-thirds of all sun damage is purely incidental.

Also, with summer comes open-toed shoes and sandals, so be sure to exfoliate, moisturize, and protect exposed feet as well. Take into account that sunscreen will rub off faster than it would from the rest of your body from rubbing against the straps of your shoes and abrasive sand. Thus, it is recommended to re-apply more frequently to prevent burnt feet.

Boost your block with antioxidants. Skincare products containing antioxidants like Vitamin C, Vitamin E, and green tea can help reverse sun damage. Try serums such as our Vitamin C Serum, suitable for all skin types to help boost your block.

Keep hydrated. Drink water throughout the day. If you’re on the go, try bringing a bottle and a container of fresh fruit on the go to prevent dehydration and heat stroke.

Exfoliate. Depending on your skin type, exfoliate either 1-2 times a week if you’re dry and 2-3 times a week if you’re oily to help shed dead skin buildup and slough off previous sun damage. Doing so helps rejuvenate skin, leaving it soft and brighter.

Make the healthy switch. As tempting as it is to lie in a tanning bed or sunbathe to get the ever-covetable summer skin, make the switch to self-tanners to achieve that color without yielding yourself to the dangers of overexposure. Try a sun-less tan like our Self Tanning Lotion SPF 15 to build color gradually and, most importantly, healthily. (Beauty Tip: Our faces will always be a shade or two lighter than our body; to build color on your face as well, alternate between a tinted moisturizer and a facial self-tanner to achieve an even wash of sun-kissed color).

 

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History of Memorial Day

From History.com

Memorial Day, an American holiday observed on the last Monday of May, honors men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military. Originally known as Decoration Day, it originated in the years following the Civil War and became an official federal holiday in 1971. Many Americans observe Memorial Day by visiting cemeteries or memorials, holding family gatherings and participating in parades. Unofficially, at least, it marks the beginning of summer.

The Civil War claimed more lives than any conflict in U.S. history, requiring the establishment of the country’s first national cemeteries. By the late 1860s Americans in various towns and cities had begun holding springtime tributes to these countless fallen soldiers, decorating their graves with flowers and reciting prayers.

It is unclear where exactly this tradition originated; numerous different communities may have independently initiated the memorial gatherings. Nevertheless, in 1966 the federal government declared Waterloo, New York, the official birthplace of Memorial Day. Waterloo—which had first celebrated the day on May 5, 1866—was chosen because it hosted an annual, community-wide event, during which businesses closed and residents decorated the graves of soldiers with flowers and flags.

On May 5, 1862, General John A. Logan, leader of an organization for Northern Civil War veterans, called for a nationwide day of remembrance later that month. “The 30th of May, 1868, is designated for the purpose of strewing with flowers, or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country during the late rebellion, and whose bodies now lie in almost every city, village and hamlet churchyard in the land,” he proclaimed. The date of Decoration Day, as he called it, was chosen because it wasn’t the anniversary of any particular battle.

On the first Decoration Day, General James Garfield made a speech at Arlington National Cemetery, and 5,000 participants decorated the graves of the 20,000 Union and Confederate soldiers buried there. Many Northern states held similar commemorative events and reprised the tradition in subsequent years; by 1890 each one had made Decoration Day an official state holiday. Many Southern states, on the other hand, continued to honor their dead on separate days until after World War I.

Memorial Day, as Decoration Day gradually came to be known, originally honored only those lost while fighting in the Civil War. But during World War I the United States found itself embroiled in another major conflict, and the holiday evolved to commemorate American military personnel who died in all wars.

For decades, Memorial Day continued to be observed on May 30, the date Logan had selected for the first Decoration Day. But in 1968 Congress passed the Uniform Monday Holiday Act, which established Memorial Day as the last Monday in May in order to create a three-day weekend for federal employees; the change went into effect in 1971. The same law also declared Memorial Day a federal holiday.

Cities and towns across the United States host Memorial Day parades each year, often incorporating military personnel and members of veterans’ organizations. Some of the largest parades take place in Chicago, New York and Washington, D.C. Americans also observe Memorial Day by visiting cemeteries and memorials. On a less somber note, many people throw parties and barbecues on the holiday, perhaps because it unofficially marks the beginning of summer.

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Memorial Day in Denver 2014

From Denver.org:

Memorial Day Weekend In Denver

Kick summer off in style over the long Memorial Day Weekend in Denver. Enjoy free festivals, pro sports, live music, can’t-miss museum exhibits, amazing theatre and much more! Check out some great hotel deals and start planning now. 

DENVER DAY OF ROCKDenver Day of Rock takes place during the Memorial Day weekend

WHEN: May 23-24
WHERE: Downtown Denver
COST: Free 

For the sixth year in a row, the 16th Street pedestrian mall will be transformed into a massive block party with more than two dozen free rock concerts throughout the day for the annual Denver Day of Rock.

The lineup includes The Kin, Plain White T’s, The Hold Steady, the Wendy Woo Band and many more. Check out the full list.

For the first time, Denver Day of Rock will kick off early with a special evening concert inSkyline Park on Friday, May 23, featuring the Wallflowers (known for their chart-topping single, “One Headlight”).

The performance areas will be along the 16th Street Mall, making it easy to roam from act to act. Food and beer gardens will be set up throughout downtown for the event, with free music rocking the city from 2:30 to 9:30 p.m.

Visitors can enjoy rock star status at some of Denver’s best hotels with exclusive Denver Day of Rock packages.

Sponsored by Newmont Mining, Denver’s Day of Rock is a fundraising event for Concert for Kids, a Denver-based, non-profit organization that raises funds for more than 50 children’s charities.

For full concert information and updates, visit DenverDayofRock.com.

ARTSTIR DENVER

WHEN: May 24-25
WHERE: Denver Pavilions, 500 16th St.
COST: Free 

Artstir Denver is a creative art market exclusively showcasing Colorado Artists designed to stir up the artist in all of us with a spirited showcase of Colorado art, music and style. Featured works include paint, sculpture, photography, drawings, textiles, furnishings and mixed media.

DOWNTOWN DENVER ARTS FESTIVAL

WHEN: May 23-25
WHERE: Denver Performing Arts Complex, 950 13th St.
COST: Free 

Throughout Memorial Day Weekend at the Denver Performing Arts Complex, mix and mingle with thousands of fellow art lovers at the Downtown Denver Arts Festival, featuring more than 150 of Colorado’s best artists. One of The Mile High City’s premier cultural events, the 2013 festival attracted close to 150,000 people, who supported Colorado’s creative community by purchasing more than $500,000 worth of art.

MEMORIAL DAY PARADE AND TRIBUTE CEREMONY

WHEN: May 24
WHERE: Civic Center Park, 101 W. 14th Ave.
COST: Free 

Denver will celebrate Memorial Day by commemorating those who lost their lives while serving our country during the Denver Memorial Day Parade on Saturday, May 24 at 11:30 a.m. The parade is followed by the Veterans Memorial Day Tribute at the Veterans Monument. The parade will be held in Downtown Denver in and around Civic Center Park.

WATER WORLD OPENING WEEKEND

Water World (credit: CBS)WHEN: May 24
WHERE: Water World, 88th & Pecos
COST: $39.99 (General Admission Ticket) 

Celebrate opening weekend at Water World, Denver’s 67-acre water park, home to more than 65 aquatic attractions.

DENVER FLEA

WHEN: May 24
WHERE: City Park, 17th Ave. and Colorado Blvd.
COST: Free

A celebration of the finest Colorado-made goods, beer, food and more from our favorite local craftsmen and craftswomen! At the first Denver Flea, experience a hand-picked selection of local artisans, designers, and makers, along with vendors of vintage items, repurposed furniture and other curiosities. There will also be food trucks, craft beer tents and entertainment.

RED DIRT ON THE ROCKS

WHEN: May 25
WHERE: Red Rocks Park & Amphitheatre, 18300 W. Alameda Pkwy., Morrison
COST: $32.50 (advance), $35 (day of show)

Head out to the one-of-a-kind Red Rocks Park & Amphitheatre for Red Dirt on the Rocks, a concert featuring the rootsy country rock of the Randy Rogers Band, the Casey Donahew Band and the Turnpike Troubadours.

COLORADO RAPIDS VS. MONTREAL IMPACT

WHEN: May 24
WHERE: Dick’s Sporting Goods Park, 6000 Victory Way, Commerce City
COST: Tickets start at $22 

See a high-energy game of Major League Soccer as the Colorado Rapids battle the Montreal Impact.

ELITCH GARDENS THEME & WATER PARK

WHEN: All weekend long
WHERE: Elitch Gardens Theme & Water Park
COST: $34.99 for adults, $31.99 for kids under 48 inches tall and people over 62 years old, kids 3 and under are free 

Head to Elitch Gardens Theme & Water Park – the only downtown theme & water park in the USA – for roller coasters, water slides, family entertainment and much more.

AMERICAN IDIOT

WHEN: May 23-25
WHERE: Buell Theatre, Denver Center for the Performing Arts, 950 13th St.

COST: Tickets start at $25 
Based on Green Day’s groundbreaking rock opera of the same name, American Idiot tells the story of three lifelong friends, forced to choose between their dreams and the safety of suburbia, and features the smash hits “Boulevard of Broken Dreams,” “Holiday” and “21 Guns.”

MAYA: HIDDEN WORLDS REVEALED

WHEN: Through August 24
WHERE: Denver Museum of Nature & Science, 2001 Colorado Blvd.

COST: Non-member tickets start at $22
Discover a hidden world at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science. The largest exhibition about the ancient Maya ever to be displayed in the United States, Maya: Hidden Worlds Revealed includes never-before-seen artifacts, hands-on activities, and immersive walk-in environments. Highlights include re-creations of an underground cave and a colorful, life-size frieze that once surrounded the top of El Castillo pyramid at Xunantunich in Belize. Explore the rise and decline of ancient cities, and learn how the Mayans’ innovations (such as a 365-day calendar and incredible architecture) still impact our lives today.

MODERN MASTERS: 20TH CENTURY ICONS FROM THE ALBRIGHT-KNOX COLLECTION

WHEN: March 2-June 8
WHERE: Denver Art Museum, 100 W. 14th Ave. Pkwy. / Clyfford Still Museum, 1250 Bannock St.

COST: Non-member tickets start at $20
The Denver Art Museum (DAM) and the Clyfford Still Museum (CSM) present the must-seeModern Masters: 20th Century Icons from the Albright-Knox Art Gallery. This exhibition brings together approximately 50 iconic artworks by Vincent van Gogh, Pablo Picasso, Georgia O’Keeffe, Salvador Dalí, Frida Kahlo, and Andy Warhol as well as one of Jackson Pollock’s finest drip paintings. In all, more than 40 influential artists will be on view. A special ticket will give visitors admission to the exhibition at the DAM as well as 1959: The Albright-Knox Art Gallery Exhibition Recreated, a correlative exhibition at the CSM, through June 15, 2014. 1959 recreates Still’s landmark exhibition held at the Albright-Knox in the fall of 1959. This exhibition was the largest of Still’s career and the first following his decision to break ties with the art world in 1951.

OUTDOOR CAFES, BARS & RESTAURANTS

Spend some time dining in the sunshine. With 300 days of sunshine, Denver is a city that loves to live outdoors. There are 42 outdoor cafes on the 16th Street Mall alone. Huge rooftop cafes at Amato’sViewhouseLoDo’s Bar & Grill, the Tavern DowntownLinger and Lolaoffer views of the city and the nearby snowcapped Rocky Mountains. And don’t miss the newRooftop at Coors Field – the largest outdoor bar in any sports stadium in the nation that is exactly one mile high with a bar 52 feet 80 inches long.

DENVER B-CYCLE

Denver has one of the largest bike trail networks in America — some 850 miles of paved, off-street bike trails. A perfect way to explore the system is on Denver B-cycle, which was the first bike sharing program in America. More than 800 sturdy, red Trek bikes are available at 83 stations across the city. Swipe a credit card, and for just $9 a day, all rides of half hour or less are free. Hop on, pedal across town, and leave the bike at another station and explore the city.

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RED Day 2014

RED Day 2014 Update:

We split the Donations between two local Food Banks:

Broomfield FISH: 2,600 lbs.
North Denver COFU: 3,043 lbs.

Check out our video of RED Day 2014…Strange Style!

 

What is RED Day?  Let Alan explain…

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Help our team give back! RED (Renew, Energize, Donate) Day is Keller Williams Realty’s day dedicated to help our local communities.

This year we’ll be helping local food banks.

Here’s how YOU can help:

1. Put Non-Perishable food in any grocery bag

2. Call us 303.668.5208 by May 7th  to have your bag picked up on May 8th,

or drop it off at our office at 11859 Pecos St. Suite 200 Westminster, CO 80234

It’s that simple…Thank you for helping make RED Day a success!

Stay tuned for updates on how much we collected!

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Cinco De Mayo 2014

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Cinco de Mayo commemorates a battle between Mexico and France on the morning of May 5, 1862 at Puebla, Mexico. Located 100 miles east of Mexico City, the city of Puebla witnessed a victory for the Mexican troops under the command of General Zaragosa. More than 150 years later, Cinco de Mayo is celebrated as a festival of Mexican culture, art and music across the U.S.

1. Cinco de Mayo Festival

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Celebrating its 27th anniversary, Denver’s Cinco de Mayo festival unites traditional Mexican food, artwork, crafts and music downtown in Civic Center Park. Sample fresh tamales, or simply be serenaded by Mariachi bands strolling around the park.

Date: Saturday, May 3 – Sunday, May 4, 2014
Location: Civic Center Park, Denver
Time: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. both days
Cost: Free admission.
Contact: 303-534-8342

2. Cinco de Mayo Parade

As part of the Cinco de Mayo Festival, a Cinco de Mayo parade marches through the streets of downtown Denver. The parade begins at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 3, 2014. The parade route starts three blocks west of the City & County Building, and ends at Civic Center Park.

Date: Saturday, May 3, 2014
Location: Downtown Denver
Time: Starts at 10 a.m.
Cost: Free admission.
Contact: 303-534-8342

3. Drink a Few (but Maybe not Five) Margaritas

Cinco de Mayo without margaritas is like a tequila shot without salt. Savor the city’s best margaritas at one of these five (yes, count ’em, five) Mexican restaurants in Denver.

  1. Rio Grande at 1525 Blake St. pours the city’s strongest margaritas.
  2. El Noa Noa at 722 Santa Fe Dr. features an outdoor patio in the Santa Fe art district, as well as generous pitchers of margaritas.
  3. Mezcal at 3230 E. Colfax Ave. offers a selection of top-shelf tequilas for the discriminating margarita drinker.
  4. Blue Bonnet at 475 S. Broadway has a casual air but serious margaritas.
  5. You can’t miss with Benny’s margaritas at 301 E. 7th Ave.

4. Visit the Museo de Las Americas

The Museo de Las Americas, founded in 1991 in the Santa Fe art district, exhibits art from across Latin America. Exhibits range from pre-Columbian artifacts to work from modern artists exploring Latino themes. The museum also features workshops for schoolchildren.

Date: Open Tuesdays – Sundays (Closed Mondays)
Location: 861 Santa Fe Dr., Denver
Time: Museum hours are 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. on weekdays and 12 p.m. – 5 p.m. on weekends.
Cost: General admission is $5.
Contact: 303-571-4401

5. Frida Kahlo’s Agua Frescas Stand

Fresh City Life, a program from the Denver Public Library, is giving away free samples of agua frescas at the Acoma Plaza near the Central Library. Patrons can also make their own buttons commemorating Frida Kahlo, one of Mexico’s most famous artists. The Denver Art Museum is also showing one of Kahlo’s iconic self-portraits as part of its Modern Masters exhibit.

Date: Sunday, May 4, 2014
Time: 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Location: 10 W. Fourteenth Ave. Pkwy.
Cost: Free

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