Fill your Spring with outdoor food fairs, rooftop drinking, and culture activities that are just waiting to be explored. This is your ultimate Spring in the city Bucket List for when you’ve run out of inspiration.
1. Take a stroll through the Denver Botanic Gardens
The Denver Botanic Gardens is the perfect activity to kick off a weekend in Spring. Explore the cherry blossoms in the Japanese Gardens or the Tulips that are in full bloom until spring bloom season is over. If you’re interested in outdoor art, check out Chatfield Farms which is currently housing a large art installation made entirely out of nature.
2. Visit the newly renovated Denver Art Museum
The Denver Art Museum has recently gone under a hefty 4 year, $150 million dollar renovation and renamed their North Building to the new and improved Martin Building. The recent renovations also earned DAM a spot on best new museums of 2021 in Condé Nast Traveler. Some of the exhibits currently on display this summer are an exhibit of abstract photography from the past 100 years has been added to the 2,800 square foot sixth floor of the Martin Building. Bank of America has allowed DAM to borrow their traveling exhibit featuring more than 100 images by women artists.
3. Kick back with a drink and stunning views at a rooftop bar
4. Listen to live music at the Red Rocks Amphitheatre
Visit Denver’s most amazing outdoor music venue, Red Rocks Amphitheatre, known for its amazing acoustics and beautiful landscape is a can’t miss activity this Spring. That’s not even mentioning the lineup this Spring, from Ziggy Marley to Blackbear and Global Dub Festival. To check out the full lineup, check out their website.
5. Be immersed in unique art experiences around the city
From Meow Wolf’s Convergence Station to Spectra Art Space’s new immersive art festival coming in June called the Festival of Spirit that boasts a big line up of artists. Currently, there’s a museum of art from their past exhibits, which you can buy tickets for on their website, and Meow Wolf is always offering access to their exciting 4-story immersive art experience with 70+ unique installations, rooms, and portals.
6. Get wild at a themed brunch
What’s better than brunch? Themed brunch. And there’s no better time to enjoy a good weekend brunch than during the cooler months of Spring. We’d recommend checking out Ophelia’s Daft Punk themed brunch, Harder, Bruncher, Faster, Stronger which will feature music from the French house duo as well as other French house artists.
7. Stroll through a farmers market during the weekends
Farmer’s Market season is upon us, and while a majority of the weekday ones open in June, there are quite a few weekend markets open right now for your perusing pleasure this Spring.
- Cherry Creek Fresh Market Every Saturday from 9am – 2pm
- City Park Farmers Market Every Saturday from 8am – 1pm
- Denver Union Station Farmers Market Every Saturday from 9am – 1pm
- University Hills Farmers Market Every Saturday from 9 am – 1pm
- Southlands Farmers Market Every Saturday from 8am – 1pm
- Southwest Plaza Farmers Market Every Saturday from 8am – 2pm
8. Be thrilled at Elitch Gardens
Elitch Gardens Theme Park and Water Park is the perfect activity for your Spring itinerary. You won’t want to miss out on heart-stopping and jaw-dropping thrill rides, like their roller coasters, or bring the whole family and enjoy the kid rides that are available in the kid’s part of the park. The Water Park will open Memorial Day weekend so you can grab your swim suit and head on over once the summer heat really starts to kick in. Season passes cost $74.99 and you can purchase yours online.
9. Visit the Denver Arts Festival
May 29th from 6pm to 1am on May 30th, Denver will be hosting the annual Denver Arts Festival. At the festival, taking place Memorial Day, there will be 140+ great artists, live music, a children’s art creation area, and new this year, Napa valley winery La Crema will be doing wine tastings all weekend. Check out their website for more details on how to attend!
10. Have a picnic or kayak at Confluence Park
Head to Confluence Park for a day of picnics or kayaking to cool off in the warmer Spring days. Swimming is allowed in the shallow shore, tubing is also a fun activity, and there’s some urban hikes you can do on a bike or on foot. Confluence Park is located in LoDo so once you’re done at the park, head into the neighborhood and drink a beer at a spot like Wynkoop Brewing Company.