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The Best Summer Activities in Denver

Warm Weather Adventures Abound

Denver is a wonderful winter playground when the mercury dips, drawing skiers, boarders and hikers to its snowy scenery. But as the summer sun casts its golden rays over the Mile High City, Denver comes alive with a vibrant energy that beckons adventurers and leisure seekers alike to no end of seasonal fun. Denver’s events calendar always offers incredible festivals, parades, and countless other community get-togethers. Join us as we explore the exciting array of activities and events that await you during your summer stay. Reserve our hello summer package and plan your visit!

Summer Activities

Enjoy Peak Hiking

Just a stone's throw from Denver's bustling cityscape, the majestic Rocky Mountains beckon outdoor enthusiasts with their awe-inspiring trails and scenic vistas. Lace up your boots and enjoy a journey through nature's grandeur, where towering peaks, crystalline lakes, and meandering streams provide the ultimate playground for adventurers. Whether you're seeking a challenging summit ascent or a leisurely stroll through alpine meadows, the mountains offer a refreshing escape from the city's energy. We recommend checking out trails like St. Mary’s Glacier, Rattlesnake Gulch Emerald Lake, Palmer Trail in Garden of the Gods hiking, and East Plum Creek Trail.

Visit The Denver Zoo

Immerse yourself in the wonders of the animal kingdom at the Denver Zoo, a beloved attraction that has long captivated visitors of all ages. Explore the diverse habitats that house over 3,000 animals from around the globe, including majestic lions, playful primates, and graceful giraffes. With interactive exhibits, educational programs, and unforgettable encounters, the Denver Zoo promises a day filled with excitement, learning, and lasting family memories.

Events and Things to Do

Hop aboard a pedal-powered party on wheels (and experience Denver's vibrant nightlife in a unique and eco-friendly fashion) with the Pedal Hopper Mobile Bar. Celebrate love, diversity, and inclusivity at the annual Denver PRIDE Fest, a vibrant and empowering event that brings together the LGBTQ+ community and allies from across the region. Delve into the captivating world of street art on the Denver Graffiti Tour. Experience a truly unique and rejuvenating exercise with Yoga on the Rocks at Red Rocks Amphitheatre, one of the world's most iconic outdoor event venues. Elitch Gardens Denver's premier amusement park, and the place to be to step into a world of thrilling rides, entertaining shows, and family-friendly fun. Or embrace the farm-to-table movement and savor the freshest local produce, artisanal goods, and delectable treats at Denver's celebrated farmers markets.

Music Events and Entertainment Venues

Denver's arts and entertainment scene is a rich tapestry; one deeply woven with venues that cater to every taste and preference. Catch your favorite artists performing under the starry summer skies at the Coors Field Summer Concert Series. Immerse yourself in the rich tradition of the most vibrant American art form at the Five Points Jazz Festival. Step into the state-of-the-art Mission Ballroom, a state-of-the-art music venue that delivers an unparalleled audio-visual experience. For a timeless “big shed” experience, Ball Arena is the place to be. This massive venue hosts some of the biggest names in music, as well as thrilling sporting events and spectacular live touring shows. Empower Field is far more than just one of the country’s best sports venues — it's a premier entertainment hub that hosts concerts, festivals, and other high-profile events throughout the summer months. Fan of the outdoors? The iconic Red Rocks and Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatres offer shows under an open sky. Or catch live comedy, touring acts and variety shows on stages like Ogden Theatre, Summit Music Hall and Bluebird Theatre. Of course, the Denver Center for the Performing Arts is also a must-vist for culture and sophistication. Poka Lola Social Cub’s Weekly Live Music is a cozy and eclectic venue that showcases a diverse range of talented local and touring artists, creating an intimate and lively atmosphere perfect for music lovers seeking an authentic and memorable experience. Or step into the charming alleyways of Dairy Block for the Alley Soundscapes Series, where the urban landscape comes alive with the melodies of local musicians and artists.