Every day, there is plenty to do in the Denver. The Denver Art Museum has a free day the first Saturday of every month, if you are willing to brave the crowds. Adult tickets for Colorado residents are $10, $8 for college students, and $3 for resident children.
The current exhibition is Yves Saint Laurent: The Retrospective. Tickets are $22 for adults, $18 for college students, and $14 for children.
For more activities and museum free days, visit denver.org, also available as a free mobile application. The website has more information on the festivals, as well as other day-to-day things in Denver.
There are several parades and festivals in the summer months. The Cherry Creek Arts Festival — featuring a combination of culinary, visual and performing arts — will take place in July in Cherry Creek North.
The Colorado Gay Rodeo is an otherwise-traditional rodeo with a “goat dressing” and a “wild drag race.” Finally, celebrate everything Irish with the Irish Festival in Clement Park in Littleton with traditional Irish music, dancing and storytelling. The Underground Music Showcase is happening July 19-22. The UMS takes place in various venues across south Broadway.
August brings the Denver County Fair, to be held at the National Western Complex, as well as the Colorado State Fair at the Pueblo Fair Grounds. The Taste of Colorado fair in Civic Center Park finishes the festival season.
In the Mountains
There are a total of 53 mountains in Colorado with peaks that are at least 14,000 feet above sea level. Mount Elbert is the tallest, standing at 14,433 feet. Mount Elbert is in the San Isabel National Forest, southwest of Leadville.
Perhaps the most popular of the fourteeners is Pikes Peak near Colorado Springs.
Pikes Peak stands at 14,110 feet and is rated as a pretty easy hike or you can drive to the summit of the peak. For a more interesting trip, the Cog Wheel Route is a train that will take you from Manitou Springs to the top of Pikes Peak in a three hours and ten minute round trip.
Rates for the train are $35 for adults and $19 for children ages 3 -12. For schedules and coupons, visit cograilway.com. For more trail information on all of Colorado’s fourteeners, visit 14ers.com.
At Red RocksIn addition to two trails, the park amphitheatre’s stadium seats bring a crowd of people doing their daily workouts. From 7a.m. to 8a.m.ion Saturdays until June 28, the park is closed for the HealthONE Red Rocks Fitness Challenge personal workouts.
Some upcoming shows at Red Rocks include Wilco June 22-23, Foster the People July 3, the String Cheese Incident July 5-6, and Florence and the Machine July 25.
Film on the Rocks is also a popular event at the amphitheatre. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and the opening band for the night (usually every Monday) starts at 7p.m. Movies begin at dusk. Prices are $12 for general admission or $35 for VIP. Some of the movies coming up are “The Notebook,” “Wayne’s World,” “Bridesmaids,” “E.T.,” “Anchorman,” and “Spirited Away.” All information on these events can be found at redrocksonline.com.