Things To Do in Colorado When You’re Bored – June 24-26

Denver, Colorado. Source: Nicole Banks, Aurora CO.
Denver, Colorado. Source: Nicole Banks, Aurora CO.

Many things to do in Colorado this weekend. While some events listed here are in the Denver area and surrounding counties. a few are elsewhere in the state.

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Friday, June 24, 2016

Teen Friday Nights (June 24, 2016)

Last chance to enjoy the Teen Friday Nights at the Museum of Contemporary Art, 1485 Delgany Street, in Denver CO. This free event is 5-7pm.  This is a free, drop-in program for teens  in the Teen Lounge, including the option to join workshops led by local artists and creatives. More information on the MCA website here.

Donkey Derby Days (June 24-26, 2016)

Now in its 85th year, Donkey Derby Days invites people from all over the world to watch a race inspired by the town’s resident donkey herd, believed to be distant relatives of the original donkeys from the town’s Gold Rush days. Family activities, music, and more in Cripple Creek CO. Complete schedule online at www.visitcripplecreek.com/events/donkey-derby-days.

Scandinavian Midsummer Festival (June 24 & 26, 2016)

Come celebrate the 2016 Scandinavian Midsummer Festival, a Scandinavian tradition that celebrates the summer solstice. The festival is held in downtown Estes Park CO at Bond Park, located at the intersection of Elkhorn Avenue (US 34/36) and MacGregor Avenue. More details online here.

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Summer Flea (June 25-26, 2016)

At the EXDO Event Center, 1399 35th Street, Denver CO. There is a $5 fee (which includes an adult beverage), plus parking costs. Kids under 12 are free. This event runs 10am to 6pm each day. Fun in the sun with plenty of access to all that the neighborhood has to offer. Crafts and wares for sale, plus locally made goods. More information at www.denverflea.com.

Free Music Arts Festival (June 25-26, 2016)

Come by Highlands Ranch for this free festival at Civic Green Park, 9370 Ridgeline Boulevard Highlands, Littleton CO. This free event begins at 11am. It is a family-friendly event featuring a music– Sousa, patriotic music, show tunes, movie music and classics — artists, crafters, and food vendors.  More information at www.hrmafestival.org.

Meet in the Street (June 25-26, 2016)

This free event is being held at the 16th Street Mall,  1001 16th Street, Denver CO.  Experience the mall in new and exciting ways. More than 10 expanded patio cafes, fitness classes, arts and cultural programming, live music and more. Special activities each day, and a Giant Bunnies Installation too! Continues through weekends in July. More information at www.downtowndenver.com/summer-in-the-city/meet-in-the-street.

16th Annual  High Peaks Art Festival (June 25-26, 2016)

This is a friendly outdoor, juried exhibition in the beautiful mountain setting of Nederland CO. Live music and food booths too. The 2016 Festival includes 43 artists. All  art is juried and only the highest caliber of artwork is accepted.  Hours are 10am-5pm on June 25, and 10am-4pm on June 26. More details online at highpeaksartfestival.com.

4th Annual Coors Light South Platte RiverFest (June 25-26, 2016)

Held at Confluence Park in downtown Denver CO, this free event, includes standup paddleboard demonstrations and races, a beer garden, food tents, vendors, and an art competition. (Article)

Marmot Festival (June 25-26, 2016)

Celebrate the Staunton Park mascot, the yellow-bellied marmot. Visitors can enjoy guided hikes, viewing opportunities, kids’ activities, learn to rock climb, and more. This event is being held at Staunton State Park, 12102 S Elk Creek Road, Pine CO.

Sand in the City (June 25-26, 2016)

The two-day long weekend event offers all-ages fun in the sun at Metro Denver’s only Sand in the City Festival. There is a $5 fee for adults, with kids age 12 and under free. Attendees will enjoy a variety of entertainment, food, and beverage offerings. Starts at 11am both days; June 25 until 9pm and June 26 until 5pm. Held at Ralston Park, 11200 Ralston Road, Arvada, CO. For more information, call 303.424.0313 or email.

“Wilderness Survival” Campfire Program (June 25, 2016)

Learn how simple tools, your environment, and a prepared mind can help you survive wild Colorado. Test your survival skills through activities and scenarios with a park naturalist. Then enjoy campfire s’mores as you share ideas with your friends on how to stay safe in the great outdoors. No registration required for this 7-9pm event. For more information, call Yorke at 970.669.1739 x.19 or email. Participation is free, but $8 park entry pass is required. All Ages may participate. Meet at the Group Campfire Ring by Loop A/B Building in Campgrounds, Boyd Lake State Park 3720 N County Road 11C, Loveland CO. More information on Boyd Lake activities online here.

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Stompin’ Ground Games (June 26, 2016)

This event runs noon to 3pm, and all are invited to be a part of the day for grilling, gathering, and Civic Health discussions. Come to La Raza Park, 1501 W 38th Avenue, Denver CO. Bring family and friends, a grill, and vintage cars, low-riders, bikes, skateboards, strollers, segways, and other vehicles. (Article)

Coming Soon

Cherry Creek Arts Festivak (July 2-4, 2016)

Come to Cherry Creek North, from 2nd to 3rd Avenues, on the seven streets between Columbine and Steele Streets.  This free, outdoor extravaganza includes family-friendly fun, arts, and fine cuisine. (Article). More information at cherrycreekartsfestival.org. (Article)

Independence Eve Celebration (July 3, 2016)

Come to Civic Center Park, Denver CO, at 8pm. The annual celebration features a free patriotic concert, a light show on the Denver City and County Building, and a fireworks finale. Lawn seating will be available on a first-come, first-served basis, so be sure to bring blankets or low-rise concert/beach chairs. You’re also welcome to bring your own picnic, though concessions will also be present on-site. More information online here.

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